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Spinach & Artichoke Crispy Skillet Pan Pizza with optional Garlic Butter Herb Shrimp

If you want the BEST crispy pan crust skillet pizza then you’re going to want to make this recipe. The secret to this deliciousness is all from Red Star Platinum Superior Baking Yeast!

This post is being sponsored by Red Star Yeast featuring their Platinum Yeast. All opinions of their ABSOLUTELY AMAZING products are mine.

Pizza is more than just dough covered in sauce and cheese; it goes way deeper than that. I have just a passion and true adoration for it. It’s something that has been in my family for decades stemming from my brother having a pizza shop for 17 years to my branching out on my own and developing my own TKW Signature series for it. Pizza is actually what launched the commercial aspect of The Kitchen Whisperer. Pizza for me is my deserted island food. It’s my last-meal dish. It’s my every-Friday-night-for-the-past-2-decades dinner.

 

When you’re presented with a perfect pizza dough I turn into the Leonardo da Vinci of pizza. Pizza dough is my canvas and the unlimited toppings are my paints. I approach pizza, and dough, from a multitude of ways – as an engineer, as a mathematician, as an artist and lastly as someone who is truly infatuated with pizza.

Truly, Red Star Yeast is the ONLY yeast I trust in my award winning pizza dough recipes!

Honey Mustard Dressing and Dipping Sauce

Only 6 ingredients needed to make this sweet, tangy and perfectly balanced sauce. Hands down THE BEST Honey Mustard Dressing and Dipping sauce you’ll ever taste!

This recipe is one that I’ve had in my repertoire for decades. This recipe is 100% inspired by a local restaurant my sister and I would meet up at once a week for lunch with her co-workers. The restaurant itself wasn’t anything spectacular food-wise but it was the people and environment that made it special. It got to the point where we were there so much that they’d make my sister special items off of the  menu. I was in that phase where I was anti-onions and their version of a ‘bloomin’ onion while, looking absolutely amazing, I would neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever partake in. NO WAY.. it had onions!  But their batter was incredible and they always served it with their own honey mustard sauce.

For me they’d flash fry the fries then dip the fries in their onion batter then fry again. Oh yes it was 100% unhealthy and I loved every single heart-attack inducing fry. For my sister they’d take their mushrooms for steaks and batter dip them. They took care of us needless to say. For years I begged for the recipe of their sauce but they refused to share it until one day the owner said “Lori if you can name 2 ingredients that aren’t honey or mustard I’ll give you a clue.”  Challenge accepted. Trust me I did try the whole honey and mustard and yeah… that doesn’t make true honey mustard.

It took me a while to figure it out but eventually I cracked “the case” and realized mayo was a huge factor in it. And you know how I feel about mayo. I’m not having it but sadly this recipe needs it. You can try plain yogurt but honestly it’s not quite the same result. It’s good but it’s too thick.  So when I took my findings back to the owner showing all 6 ingredients he was in shock, said I “had a real talent” and said now all I need to do is adjust my measurements. But the truth is, I actually liked mine better.
Your chicken, fries, salads will thank you for this dressing!

Ziti Peperonata with Hot Sausage

The perfect trifecta of bell peppers, spicy hot Italian sausage, rich tomato sauce all over a bed of ziti and just a kiss of cheese.

This post is being sponsored by Redpack Tomatoes featuring their Tomato Puree, Crushed Tomatoes in puree and Tomato Paste. All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING products are mine.

Oh My Goodness people, this dish! No for real, we need to talk! Here… grab yourself a fork and dig in while I yammer on about this recipe that you are going to IMMEDIATELY FALL IN LOVE WITH! How do I know this? Because it literally rendered Mr. Fantabulous speechless and in the middle of him telling me something as he took his first bite. True story! Folks, there have been very few times in our life together where that man is truly speechless to where he makes these almost animalistic, guttural groans/growls/moans that are inhuman when he eats. And to boot, he literally was mid-sentence telling me something really important as he shoved the very. first. bite into his mouth.

What happened after that… seriously I’m still smiling!

Whether you’re a professional chef, a home cook or someone who just wants to learn how to cook we all have one common trait. We seek praise and validation in the kitchen. We want to impress and for folks to appreciate the effort we put forth in the kitchen albeit making scrambled eggs to beef wellington. When you’re cooking for someone you want them to love it and more importantly, taste the effort and love you put into it.

Literally one bite is all you need to fall in love with this dish!

Game Day Pretzels – 3 ways!

This post is sponsored by SUPERPRETZEL® Soft Pretzels Products and SheKnows Media

It’s GAME ON! with these 3 winning Game Day Soft Pretzels recipes – Cheesy Crab Dip, Chunky Buffalo Chicken, and Pepperoni Pizza!  You’ll be the MVP of the day when you serve these!

This post is being sponsored by SUPERPRETZEL® Soft Pretzels featuring their Original 6ct box and their Softstix Cheddar Cheese Filled Soft Pretzel Sticks. All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING DELICIOUS products are mine.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, football was a way of life. It was every part of your life as was going to work, grocery shopping, and church. Having 4 brothers that all played, my Friday nights were spent in the bleachers cheering them on as loud as I could. Saturdays I was outside with the youngest of my brothers holding the football tee for him for hours on end so he could practice that game-winning field goal. My family was so into football that my Dad literally built field goal posts in our one flat field. I can’t recall if that field was regulation size but my chubby little legs would tire when trying to run from one end to the other when my third brother ran drills and had scrimmages. And Sundays, well, they were meant for Mom’s homemade bread, watching football all day and eating “football foods” during the games. Oh, we still had a proper Sunday family dinner of say pot roast, mashed potatoes and the like but during the game, it was all about those football foods.

With the big game coming up, folks are already planning their festivities. If they aren’t lucky enough to score a ticket, they are settling for the next best thing – where to watch the game. Some may visit a sports bar while others may host a party at their house. But the one thing that is consistent regardless of where you watch it is the food. You want delicious, easy and something that you only need to use one hand to eat. I mean nothing is better than holding something yummy in your one hand while your other hand is in the air waving like a lunatic cheering on your team. Wait, sorry, I was talking about myself there. LOL

While I can’t help you get a ticket to the big game, I can help you make some seriously awesome dishes for it!  Now anybody can serve plain ol’ buffalo chicken dip, a bowl of pretzels and delivery pizza. Pfft – that’s so 1990!  You’re in an age where people are foodies. They want, and expect, unique, delicious and easy. That’s where these recipes  – thanks to the folks from SUPERPRETZEL® and I – come in!

 

So, who doesn’t love a hot, salted soft pretzel? I know this girl does and we won’t even discuss Mr. Fantabulous’ obsession with them. I always, ALWAYS have to have at least one box of these pretzels on hand. They do all the work for me so all I have to do is just heat and eat!  And the fact is, if you wanted, you could microwave them and have them even faster. BONUS!  These are found in your local grocery freezer section. Plus, check it out!  Head on over to their website and look for a special Coupon Promotion!  You can save .50 cents on a box of SUPERPRETZEL Original 6 ct! Download the coupon here (desktop only).
Stock up today on these pretzels and get ready for the game!

BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos

We’re talking Nacho Awesomeness here people! Crispy Chips, BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos, Caramelized onions, Cheesy Cheese and a Lip-Smackin’ BBQ Sauce!  Get your Deliciousness on!

Am I the only one that when I hear the word “Nacho” I immediately start to sing “Nacho, nacho man. I want to be a nacho man” either in my head or out loud. I’d say out loud with a caveat of if I’m in public or not but let’s be real, that’s not going to stop me. Life is too short to worry about what other people say or if they roll their eyes. I can actually sing and hey, if my little nacho song (with interpretive chair dance) makes someone giggle or smile, so be it. Why be boring, right?

And boring is something these nachos DEFINITELY aren’t!  I mean don’t get me wrong, I love me some stadium nachos with that bright orange cheese sauce that gets everywhere and takes every ladylike mannerism your Mama taught out and throws it out the window. Please, there is just no dainty way to eat nachos. And so help me God you break out a fork and knife with nachos you just need put in the corner and forced to watch paint dry. I mean c’mon. Nachos are a finger food.

And yes… I actually was out once, at a bar with a girlfriend who literally asked for a fork and knife because she “didn’t want to get her hands her nails dirty since she got them done earlier that day.” Yes for real. I literally sat there for a minute, dumbfounded as both the bartender and I looked at her, mouth agape. I then looked down at my food, looked up at the bartender, got up, grabbed my food and drink and literally moved to the other side of the bar. The bartender met me in my new seat and said, “Please tell me she’s kidding.” I just sat there and said, “Sadly no.” She just sat there said “What???” Me being me just replied, “I don’t know you.” What was even funnier is the bartender handed her chopsticks and said they were all out of clean silverware. I literally spit my drink out when I heard him and saw him hand it to her. That man got one fat tip needless to say.

Some of the best nachos you’ll ever eat!

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