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Grandma’s Old Fashioned Boiled Dressing

A traditional classic slaw dressing that is 2 generations old. Grandma’s Old Fashioned Boiled Dressing had zero and incredible flavor!  It’s creamy, tangy, peppery and perfectly delicious!  

Grandma was a rock star in the kitchen. She took all of 5′ nothin’ but man she was a giant in the kitchen. This recipe is iconic of her. It was creamy, sweet, with a hint of sass and went beautifully with everything. Grandma used this dressing on her potato and egg salads often when she was out of mayo. I, was always thankful when she was out mayo as I’m not a big fan of it. This dressing, there’s just something so unique about the flavor and the way it kind of hugs the foods.

This dressing, to be honest, I would have never thought of to use on anything other than my potato salad or zippy egg salad. It wasn’t until I was at work and tried that classic broccoli salad. It looked awesome but that first bite, all I tasted was mayo.  Yeah, no… I could do better.

You’ll fall in love with this dressing!!!

Spiced Pork Flatbread with Caramel Sweet Potato Pizza Sauce

Elevate your pizza game up 47 levels on the YUM scale with this Spiced Pork Flatbread with Caramel Sweet Potato Pizza Sauce!  Apple Caramel Creams® are the secret to this unbelievably delicious sauce!

This post is being sponsored by Goetze’s Candy Company featuring their Caramel Apple Creams® candies (which are seriously one of the best candies on the face of the planet!).  All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING candies are mine.

So hey… people I am bursting at the seams about this recipe. You guys all know I am a HUGE pizza snob because simply put, pizza is my all time favorite food ever. Like it takes a lot for me to post a pizza recipe or ever recommend a place that sells pizza. Perhaps it stems from running a family pizza shop for years that had seriously good pizza or the fact that I know I make one epic mean pie. All I know is I. KNOW. PIZZA. As you know I teamed up with Goetze’s Candy company last month to bring you that insane caramel infused chicken burger that took over social media. Oh, sure I got a lot of “Seriously, Lor???  Candy in a burger?” comments but every person that tried it became addicted to it. It’s THAT good!

This month my friends at Goetze’s Candy Company challenged me again to see how else or how much further I could push the proverbial envelope again with these candies. I had a few ideas (still do so I can’t wait to work on more recipes for them) but for this one, I kept coming back to pizza. Maybe it’s because I was craving pizza.

Who am I kidding? I’m always craving pizza.

Oh people have I got one seriously delicious recipe for you!!!

Chimichurri Sauce

Jump on board the Flavor Train with this Ultimate Chimichurri sauce! Packed with fresh herbs & spices you’ll send your dishes over the top with this insanely delicious sauce!

So chimichurri sauce is one of those sauces that sounds super complicated and requires special ingredients but it’s not and it doesn’t. These ingredients are ones that you pretty much can find year round in the store. Cilantro is a KEY component in this dish. But I know, I know you hate cilantro. Fine, you can make this with using just fresh parsley and oregano – some say it’s actually the authentic Argentine way. However for me it’s all about the Cilantro. I need it and I love it.

To make this dish is seriously simple – no real prep work other than chopping the onions ahead of time.  All you need is a food processor and a little patience (just to stream in the oil).

Most of us know to use chimichurri on skirt or flank steak. Rightly so, it’s awesome (see pic below) but you can use it in so many other ways. I love it atop a fritatta or as a base for a steak/chicken/shrimp crostini. It’s great used with grilled steak on a pizza or really any protein. And yes even in a soup it’s a nice additive topping.

Kick up your meals by topping them with some amazing Chimichurri sauce!

Pressure Cooker BBQ Jelly Drumsticks

These 15 minute BBQ Jelly drumsticks are a super easy and super delicious thanks to the pressure cooker!  You get all the great flavors of bbq’d chicken without ever having to fire up the grill. 

So please tell me you’ve joined the Pressure Cooking revolution by now. Perhaps Santa Amazon brought you one for the holidays or your birthday. I’ve been pressure cooking now for the past few years and honestly it’s changed my life and how I cook dinners.  Let’s face it, we’re busier now than ever.  We work, some times more than one job,  if you have kids they have a million and one activities.  We have the gym, school, late meetings, RIDICULOUS traffic and it just seems like more responsibilities. Free time is often a luxury rather than a given. At least that’s how my life is. Perhaps that’s why I gravitate so much towards using the pressure cooker.  It’s extremely efficient and instead of spending an hour or so on dinner I can have it all done in a quarter of the time which means that’s 45 free minutes I gained.  Plus the benefits of the flavor infusion that the pressure cooker imparts on the food – I’ve never had more tender, more flavorful foods.

Now when I post these recipes I’ll get one of 3 responses:

  1. Oh awesome! I love pressure cooking!
  2. I have a pressure cooker but am too afraid to use it.
  3. I am afraid to buy one because I’m not sure if they are safe.

Okay so let me debunk these items – well not number one as we LOVE to read the #1 responses!  Go Team Pressure Cooker!

Numbers 2 and 3 – I’m going to lump them into one response as the reason why most people are afraid to use it or are afraid to buy one is because they are unsure about how incredibly safe they are nowadays.
Join team Pressure Cooker and make free time for yourself by cooking dinner in one tonight!

Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Spread

Growing up I used to think all bagels were the same. I mean what did I know? I was a small town girl living in the outskirts of Pittsburgh. Bagels weren’t a ‘burgh thing. We were pierogies, sandwiches with fries on them, chipped ham, stuffed cabbages, jumbo (that’s bologna for you non-burgh folks), Pittsburgh salads and Devonshire sandwiches (God I love those!). But Bagels? No, bagels were meant for New York. It was one of those things that I just knew ‘how it was’ meaning only the best bagels come from New York even though I had never tried one… that is until I got a job that required me travel extensively to Manhattan.

I can still remember my first meal when I arrived there. It was about 7:30am as my plane was super early and I didn’t have to be in the office until 9. Starving and wonder-eyed – I mean it was the Big Apple here people after all I found my way to this little coffee shop about 2 blocks from the office. I sat down at the counter, laptop bag around my knees and looked at the menu. Eggs, toast, bagels, fruit, yogurt and milk/juice. Honestly it was pretty much that bleak. Kinda reminded me of that scene from ‘My Cousin Vinny’ where they sit down at the local restaurant and ask for a menu. They open it up and see 3 things – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. That’s pretty much how this place was. So I ordered a bagel with schmear (cream cheese – I asked for cream cheese and the waitress said “okay schmear!”) and a juice. $27 later – yes twenty seven dollars for a bagel with cream cheese and a glass of juice, I was biting into one of the best, no wait.. THE BEST bagels I have ever had in my life.

Everything Bagel CreamCheese1 The ONLY Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Spread worthy of a New York bagel!

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