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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!

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!

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!

One Minute Pressure Cooker Quinoa – Perfect Every Single Time!

Got a minute? If so then you have perfectly fluffy, ridiculously easy, and absolutely delicious quinoa thanks to the pressure cooker!

Oh people I so love my pressure cooker!  So okay making quinoa isn’t hard as I showed you in  my conventional stove top method. But where the difference lies is I truly believe you get a better consistency in the pressure cooker plus it’s more condensed with flavor. Like any quinoa you need to rinse it due to the naturally produced chemical saponin. Look for an upcoming post on the specifics of why you need to rinse it but trust me, you really should.  And with me, when I make mine I never use water. That’s just nasty. I’m sorry but the flavor comes from the stock that you use. I adapt my stock based off of what I’m pairing it with. Any stock really works.

Just 3 simple ingredients – quinoa, stock and a pinch of salt is all you need to make the best quinoa.

In creating this recipe I actually tested it on 2 different pressure cookers – the ever popular Instant Pot and my stove-top one. They both came out with the same results so if you don’t have the electric instant pot, don’t worry. Next you’ll notice on the recipe I do NOT use the ‘Rice’ function. I found that hitting the “Pressure Cook” or ‘Manual” button and setting the pressure/time was easier.

Quinoa is so packed with vitamins and nutrients, you should really incorporate it into your diet!

Ultimate Pressure Cooker BBQ Coke Pulled Pork – Break out the Instant Pot folks!

One of the best bbq pulled pork recipes out there! Bold, flavorful, tender and perfect for weekly meal prep, freezer meals or a killer pulled pork sandwich! Find out how to make it in no time thanks to the pressure cooker!

All aboard the Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker train folks!  CHOO CHOO! lol God I love pressure cooking!  But then again, you kind of already know that considering I post so many recipes and have been preaching about it for years. Raise your hands if you got one for the holidays?  Raise your hands if it’s still on your wish list. Hmmm…are we at the point yet where some of you have more than one pressure cooker? *raises her hand*  Yeah, at one point I had 3 of them. I mean in all fairness I was testing them out. I did end up giving Mama Fantabulous my smaller 6 quart one.

Now is the time of the year when pork butts and shoulders are the cheapest. They may go a tad cheaper in the warmer months for cookouts and bbqs but in the winter, at least in Pittsburgh, they are pretty cheap. It’s football (and hockey) season which means everyone and their mother makes pulled pork. Every get together, game night, football game, poker night has pulled pork in some fashion.

Ultimate Pressure Cooker BBQ Coke Pulled Pork Butt

Today I’m sharing another version of mine. The last one I shared with you (a million years ago) was with my Bacon BBQ sauce (which to date is still one of my top sauce recipes!). That Bacon BBQ Pulled pork was epic but this one, I’m kind of crushing hard on this one.
You’re definitely want to make this for your freezer meals!

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