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Memorial Day 2017 Recipe Deliciousness Roundup

Elevate your Memorial Day foods to a whole new level of deliciousness!  Forgot the dogs and traditional burgers, become a cookout STAR with these recipes!

Oh hello, 3 1/2 day long weekend!  Just look how sexy you are with your carefree attitude, your grilling scents and your tempting dishes. So I don’t know about you but this child is most definitely looking forward to time off. Now while most of you will be chillin’ at some cookouts I’ll be in full TKW mode as I NEED to get at least 2 months of posts typed up and ready to go before I have my surgery on the 9th. Thankfully I have a barrage of recipes done, I just need to edit the photos, type up the recipes and posts. It’s all good though. I can’t just abandon you guys for 2 months.

But this weekend we’re keeping it low-key; no plans, no cookouts. I just want quiet time ya know?  But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to have all kinds of yumminess. I’ll definitely make some burgers and dogs but after making that Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burger, I’m not sure I could eat a plain beef burger again.  It’s so flippin’ good people. And of course Deviled Eggs – gotta have deviled eggs. As for what else, who knows. Maybe I’ll make all of the stuff below and whatever we don’t eat, I’ll make freezer meals so while I’m recuperating, Mr. Fantabulous can eat.

Now there are a ton of recipes to choose from and you’ll see, some use the pressure cooker. Seriously why not use it this weekend?  Save yourself a boat load of time and trouble. You could actually enjoy your party instead of slaving over a grill or oven.  But no worries if you want to grill, go for it. You can make many of these on the grill or better, yet finish them on the grill. And yes you can most definitely make pizza on the grill.

Let the LONG weekend begin!

Bacon Chicken Ranch Meatballs

We’re talking this is a meatball game changer folks!  This homemade blend of ground chicken and bacon, ranch and spices make up one SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS meatball! You cannot eat just one of these! And if you tried well, that’s just cruel!

Growing up Mom only ever made meatballs when she made spaghetti. They never were made outside of that.  Maybe if she had leftovers she made meatball subs but she never set out to intentionally have meatballs be the main dish. And never, ever were they considered an appetizer.  They were kind of like the “Plus 1” on a wedding invite.  They weren’t really invited but it was assumed they’d be there. And if I’m being honest here, Mom’s meatballs weren’t exactly on the top of my favorite foods list for 2 reasons:

  1. They had GINORMOUS chunks of onions in them. No no no no NO, never never never in my world, EVER!
  2. She used the exact same recipe for her meatballs as she did for her meatloaf… and I hated her meatloaf

Now I didn’t have my first “OMG that’s what a meatball is supposed to taste like?!?!” until I was in my mid-twenties and I was on a date pre-Mr. Fantabulous.  This guy (how terrible am I that I can’t even remember his name but I can remember the food?!) took me to this little Italian restaurant in the middle of no where for dinner. The place was old school – marinara stained red and white checkered tablecloths, old wine bottles with wax dripping down the sides and a waiter that spoke very broken English.
Take your meatballs beyond the plate of pasta!

Creamy Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish & Toasted Pecans

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This holiday season treat your family and friends to this seriously delicious Creamy Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish & Toasted Pecans! It takes only 15 minutes and will definitely be the hit of your holiday food table!

Ah the holidays are here – the hustle, the bustle, Christmas movies, shiny wrapping paper, caroling and getting together with loved ones.  And if you’re a foodie like me there’s one more thing to mention about the holidays… THE FOOD!  Let’s face it people.  When the holidays are here, we want foods that impress, wow and taste absolutely incredible.  In my family and circle of friends we don’t gather around the tv or even the fireplace.  Nope, it’s all about where the food is served.  To me the kitchen is the heart of the home.  So why not make foods that show folks you love them, that they are special to you.  As Mama always said “Put your best dish forward Lori!”

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And that’s exactly what I’m doing today.  This Creamy Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish & Toasted Pecans is truly incredible.  It’s creamy, cheesy, tart, citrusy and crunchy all on a single bite on a delicious Keebler® Toasteds® Cracker; Butter Crisp flavor to be exact.  I heart those – like it’s nothing for me to polish off a sleeve of those for dinner and yes, JUST those for dinner!
Impress your guests with this easy and delicious dish this holiday season!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Skewers with Balsamic Reduction Glaze

Just 4 simple ingredients (Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Proscuitto, Cheese and a Balsamic Reduction) make up one of the easiest and most delicious appetizers you’ll have this holiday season!

This post is being sponsored by Daisey Fresh featuring their incredible 100% Natural & Organic fridge filters.  All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING filters are mine.

Hey TKW Family! Have I got a great appetizer recipe for you today that is light, healthy and super delicious!  Plus these Roasted Brussels Sprouts Skewers with Balsamic Reduction Glaze are perfect for your Football food table, upcoming Halloween party or any holiday party. I love this time of year here in Pittsburgh.  The trees are changing from green to bright hues of orange, red and yellow. Halloween is right around the corner and Football Sundays are in full swing. We have days that you may need a long-sleeved shirt and hoodies in the evening.  It’s about being indoors and gatherings inside.

Fall to me means winter fruits and veggies, comfort foods and the holidays.  Though you can get Brussels Sprouts all year long somehow I attribute them to Fall/Winter.  Now full disclosure I hated Brussels Sprouts growing up.  You see Mom only made them for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And well, how do I say this politely?  Um… Mom’s were horrible. Sorry Mom I love you but Brussels Sprouts were not your forte. You see she’d buy the frozen bag, pop them in boiling water, allow them to boil forever until they turned to mush.  Then when they were water-logged and mushy, she’d pretty much bathe them in a vat of butter.  Yeah…. not good.

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Well a few years ago I decided to try fresh sprouts… One simple roasted sprouts recipe and I was hooked.  So today, that’s what I’m sharing with you.  Now it all starts with fresh sprouts. And thanks to the incredible Daisey Fresh filters my sprouts stay fresher longer. No longer do I have to worry about soggy, limp veggies. Nope!  These 100% natural and organic filters save the day and save my wallet!  I no longer have to throw away veggies and fruits because I “forgot” about them or there’s too much humidity in my drawer.

One of the easiest and most delicious appetizers!

2 Seriously Delicious Game Time Recipes

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Growing up in Pittsburgh there were a few things that you were born into.  You were born with the notion that all salads come with fries on them.  You were born into a language of it’s own – Pittsburghese.  And you were born into Pittsburgh Football nation. You were a die-hard black ‘n gold football fan.  And lastly, you were born into serving killer food during those football games. Being that house that hosted the games was a right of passage. Some folks waited decades to become the house where we gathered.  Some just impressed right out of the gate and they took over the hosting.

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Up until we started the remodel on the house, mine was that house that hosted the games.  I’d put out a spread that would rival any Vegas buffet. Now to know me you know I never do simple.  While I love simple chips and Pace® Salsas, I need to take them to another level. That’s why I’m super stoked share with you 2 seriously delicious game time recipes featuring Pace® salsa and picante sauces.  We’re making game time saucy!  Today I’m sharing with you 2, yes TWO, recipes. One is for my Creamy Chicken & Salsa Pinwheels and the other is for my famous Double Bean Cheeeeesy Bean Dip.
Today I’m serving you up 2 killer recipes that will go perfectly with the big game!

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