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Candied Sweet Potato Wedges with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Glaze

These Candied Sweet Potato Wedges are a great twist on the classic candied sweet potatoes we make for Thanksgiving. Bathed in brown sugar, cinnamon and butter, it’s the perfect side dish to your next roast, chicken or pork dish.

I always have sweet potatoes in my house though that wasn’t always the case. For years I refused to eat these things as they were ‘odd’ and fugly looking with their orange skin and weird sweet taste. But then Mr. Fantabulous walked into my life with this nasty gold velvet crushed sectional couch and a sack of sweet potatoes.

He was a bachelor whose whole life was pretty much work, school, working out and his guitar. Food was just sustenance. It didn’t have to taste good let alone look good; it just had to do its job, sustain him.

And in walks me – this oddly shaped chubby girl who thinks a brown shirt and black pants can work in an ensemble, that can create a 5-star meal out of canned goods and could write code in her sleep. On the surface we didn’t look like a couple but I knew he was the one. He was (is) my splitapart.

Take your sweet potatoes to a whole new level with this recipe!

Best Broccoli Slaw Salad

This is a new spin on a classic broccoli slaw. Crispy and packed with veggies, seeds, cranberries, and bacon topped with my Grandma’s amazing old fashioned boiled dressing. Every cookout needs this dish!

I debated on what to call this dish. It is Broccoli Slaw? Is it Broccoli Salad?  I struggled with it as it has well both broccoli florets and broccoli slaw. So I went with a Slaw Salad. Sure I could have shortened it to Broccoli Slawlad but then again that just like I fat fingered it really, really bad. Trust me, spell-check is screaming at me right now with that word.

This dish I literally had 2 women in their 60’s get into a fist fight over. Well okay technically only one punch was thrown but seriously for me, it was a HUGE compliment. To have people go to the level that they actually fight over your dish… I know I did something good. You can read that story here.

Let’s just focus on getting this in your belly, k?

Veggie Sweet Potato Garden Burgers

Whether you’re a veggie-loving beast or full on meat-craving carnivore these Veggie Sweet Potato Garden Burgers will definitely please! Meatless Monday never tasted so delicious!

Veggie burgers are not a ‘new’ thing yet in the past 3 or so years they’ve become a menu regular. Heck, there are some restaurants that only serve veggie burgers. It’s funny how I actually more often will order a veggie burger than a regular burger these days. I’m not a vegetarian and still love meat but there’s just something intriguing about these things. You wouldn’t expect a veggie burger to be juicy or packed with so much flavor yet they are.

I mean just look at my Chunky Portabello veggie burger. That single burger recipe has bridged the gap between salad heads and meat beasts; both teams love them. Vegetarians absolutely love the fact that you have a burger that is hearty, packed with a bajillion veggies and that is seriously the “best damn veggie burger” out there. And meat lovers…don’t get me started!  Their minds are blown by the fact that they are eating a burger that tastes so much like beef (or a real burger as they’d say) but is made with all veggies. I mean I had some guy argue til he was blue in the face that there was no way anyone could make a veggie burger taste delicious let alone tastes like a ‘real burger’. One bite and I shut him up.

Now before I go any further I should disclose that there is one person that doesn’t like this – Mr. Fantabulous. He doesn’t quite “get” the whole non-meat thing and swears if I try to turn him vegetarian he’s moving out.  For him, honestly, it’s a textural thing I thing as most veggie burgers are a tad more ‘creamy’ in the center. Sure you’ll have chunks of veggies but you never get that same texture as you would with meat. Challenge for me? Perhaps but honestly it’s not that big of a deal and hey if he doesn’t like it, it’s just more for me.

Get your deliciousness on!

Bloomin’ Loaded Baked Potatoes

Your boring baked potato just got all kinds of sexy with this Bloomin’ Loaded Baked Potatoes recipe!  Crispy skinned potato wedges all covered in melty cheese and crispy bacon.  Yeah, life just got a whole lot tastier!

For all of you newbies that found your way recently to the TKW Family, WELCOME!  Now there are a few things you need to know about me and my personality.  The way I write my posts and describe my recipes is I envision you’re sitting with me in my kitchen either watching me cook/bake or you’re helping me.  We’re chatting and laughing like we’ve been friends for decades – like the kind of friends who don’t judge you if you wear your sweats pants on inside out, your hair is a hot mess or if you trip will laugh til they cry all the while helping you up. When I write I open up my home and life as I want you guys to relate to me and to feel like you’re with me as I’m cooking or doing something. You feel at home here, even if you’re half way across the world, you still feel like family.

Something else you need to know about me – my husband is Mr. Fantabulous who has the metabolism of 967 people.  No seriously it’s unreal. I, on the other hand, have a negative metabolism (if there’s such a thing) meaning I don’t even have to eat food to gain jiggle.  I’m obsessed with pigs but I love bacon.  My logic is simply this – bacon is made from ugly pigs, not the uber cutsie ones that are dressed up.  I want a mini teacup pig, a cat and a dog but since our house is still being remodeled (9+ years now – we’re doing it ourselves) it’s not safe to have pets. I loathe anything cherries – I mean we’re talking not even cherry lip gloss. Pizza is my all time favorite food and my favorite veggie is the potato.   Thus this recipe… an ode to the glorious spud.

I’m sure at some point in your lives you’ve had some facet of a “Bloomin’ Onion” either from Outback Steakhouse or some other restaurant.  And even if you haven’t, you’ve had to have heard of them. Right? So these bloomin’ onions were cut in a way that, when batter dipped and deep fried would ‘bloom’ in the hot oil thus making the onion to look like a blooming flower.
These potatoes will dress up any dish. Turn a bland tater into something mouth watering!

Spinach & Cheese Puff Tarts

With the holidays in full swing now, these simple but elegant spinach & cheese puff tarts are the perfect recipe to WOW your guests and family!  These can be made in advance, kept in the fridge or freezer! Just reheat and serve!

So wow it’s like *counts on her fingers* 12 days til Thanksgiving!  However if you’re in any store or mall now we’ve apparently already had Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and are ready for Valentine’s day. I get the whole being ready for the holidays and all but come on, let me enjoy my holiday AT the time of my holiday!  I shouldn’t have to buy Halloween candy in July, my turkey in September and my Christmas tree in October.  However that seems to be acceptable thing now so I might as well go along with the flow; well that is food-wise at least *wink*

Okay seriously I’m ALL about holiday parties, get-togethers and the foods.  That’s when I think houses look the prettiest – the lights, decorations and stuff. Plus the food is just so much ….more. Sure during the warmer months we all have great food but for me, there’s just something a tad more special about holidays foods.

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I think for me it all started as a kid.  Every party we had Mom made it a big deal.  To this day I honestly have no idea where the foods came from as we were really poor; no seriously like REALLY poor but yet Mom would put out a spread that would rival any restaurant.  Starting right before Thanksgiving until the day after New Year’s Day the cooking, baking and holiday festivities were never ending.
Such a simple recipe but with an impressive end result!

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