#BrunchWeek: Bacon and Egg Sandwiches on Cheddar Biscuits

We’re continuing with the third annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Shaina of Take a Bite out of Boca. I’ve been told you can’t have a brunch event without an egg dish. While I could easily disagree, I can see my mom’s point. Most people love eggs and eat them daily for breakfast. I have never been in that camp.

So what to do?

The only egg dish I’ve ever liked (and have even ordered at a brunch place!) is Eggs Benedict. I tried my hand at making Eggs Benedict at home before, and we loved them! But poaching the eggs and making the hollandaise sauce requires too much active attention; I won’t be attempting it again until the little man can play on his own (or takes longer naps…) safely.

Instead I decided on a breakfast sandwich, one I could make each element of separately.

I caramelized some onions and wilted in some kale. I used my mandolin to slice some Easter egg radishes provided by Cal-Organic. I fried up some bacon and some eggs.

To make my sandwiches a step above the rest, I assembled them on top of homemade cheddar biscuits – using Cabot Cheese Seriously Sharp Cheddar.

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Using a 3″ biscuit cutter, this recipe yields 18-20 biscuits.

Cheddar Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 9 tbsp butter
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1 C white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 C shredded Seriously Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Steps:

  1. Cut butter into cubes and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. With the paddle attachment mix in the butter and shredded cheese. Mix until combined and texture is crumbly.
  5. Pour in buttermilk and mix until dough comes together.
  6. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until combined. Pat to 3/4″ thick. Use a 3″ biscuit cutter to cut biscuits and place on prepared baking sheets. (Note: Do not twist the cutter, doing so will pinch the edges and you won’t have that flaky biscuit.)
  7. Brush biscuits with egg wash. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. To make sandwiches: Cut biscuit in half. Top one half with caramelized onions, wilted kale, and a fried egg. Top the other half with a drizzle of honey, bacon, and thinly sliced radishes. Reassemble and enjoy.

*The biscuit recipe is adapted from Donya at http://asouthern-soul.blogspot.com/2013/04/cheddar-cheese-biscuits.html?*

Bacon and Egg Sandwiches on Cheddar Biscuits for #BrunchWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out the other bloggers who posted more brunch recipes today:

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BrunchWeek Beverages:
Mango Swirled Coconut Margarita from The Little Ferraro Kitchen.
Bruleed Grapefruit Mojito from Healthy Delicious.
Strawberry Orange Blossom Sparkler from Baking a Moment.

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:
Bacon and Egg Sandwiches on Cheddar Biscuits from Sew You Think You Can Cook.

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:
Lemon Blueberry Crepes from Love and Confections.
Java Jolt Overnight Oats from Take A Bite Out Of Boca.
Hagelslag-Covered Bread from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
Nutella Stuffed Aebleskiver from greens & chocolate.
Baked French Toast Boats from The Spiffy Cookie.
Skinny Banana Oat Flaxseed Cookies from Hip Foodie Mom.
Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks from Making Miracles.
Cheddar Pear Proscuitto Pull-Apart Bread from It Bakes Me Happy.
Alpine Cheese Grisini from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner.

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:
Bacon Cheddar Hashbrown Pancake from Pink Cake Plate.
Huevos Rancheros Burgers from The Redhead Baker.

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Fresh Mint and Orange Blossom Fruit Salad from Sarcastic Cooking.
Citrus and Cilantro Carrot Slaw from A Day in the Life on the Farm

BrunchWeek Desserts:
Mini Apple Pear Pies from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine.
Strawberry Cake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
Chocolate Chip Walnut Coffee Cake from girlichef.
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars from My Catholic Kitchen.

Disclaimer: Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Bob’s Red Mill, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, California Walnuts, Dixie Crystals, Grimmway Farms/Cal-Organic/True Juice, KitchenAid, Le Creuset, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Pacari Chocolate, Stonyfield Organic, Vidalia Onions, and Woot Froot for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek. All opinions are my own.

Weagle Weagle Chicken Salad

They always say you find things when you stop looking for them. Unfortunately you can’t trick that universal law into working faster!

A couple of weekends ago we had some friends over for game night. As is customary before company arrives the house becomes cleaner in ten minutes than it does all week. Unfortunately, that rush also means things are relocated and forgotten about.

One of those things that needed to be removed from my kitchen counter was a sheet of paper with some recipes on it. (Normally I write my recipes in a notebook, but laziness kept preventing me from grabbing that notebook and bringing it back in the kitchen.) Two of the four recipes were originals! So you can imagine my frustration when I couldn’t find that piece of paper. I may or may not have had a mini meltdown.

I needed one of those recipes to participate in Weekday Supper. #WeekdaySupper is a great movement by the #SundaySupper crew. Easy weeknight meals that can be done in under 30 minutes, without crazy, hard-to-find ingredients. I participated last month with my Green Eggs and Ham. The theme this month is Wraps. Conveniently my New Year’s Resolution recipe for March was a chicken salad, and one that I hadn’t yet shared with my readers.

I couldn’t find the recipe in time to submit to the Sunday Supper Movement webpage and thankfully was relieved of my stress by a good blogging friend, Wendy over at A Day in the Life at the Farm. While I don’t know Wendy personally, I feel like I do! We both participate in numerous blogging groups – Sunday Supper, Secret Recipe Club, Blogger CLUE, etc. So please go check out her page today, I know she put in great effort at the last minute to cover for me.

I was going to post a Thursday Thoughts today instead and this would’ve been the end of the post (along with the photos). But as luck would have it, I found that piece of paper a couple of days ago! Yay!

I created this chicken salad in response to a call for a new flavor at Chicken Salad Chick. While my concept didn’t make it to the voting round we were very happy with the resulting recipe. Chicken Salad Chick is an amazing chicken salad restaurant in Auburn – and have expanded to multiple locations in the south. (My favorite flavor is the Fruity Fran with apples and grapes.)

I wanted to create a chicken salad inspired by Auburn and chose fruits that were orange and blue. I chose to use clementines instead of oranges because they’re not as wet and dried blueberries instead of fresh because they’re sweet, tart, and unique. I added a little celery because I like having a crunch in my chicken salads. (I think adding pecans would be great, too!) In the dressing I used agave instead of honey in case my little man gave it a taste.

I hope you give my recipe a try and let me know what you think!

An Original Recipe

Weagle Weagle Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 C cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1/2 C halved clementine segments
  • 1/4 C dried blueberries
  • 1/2 stalk celery, very finely diced
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 C mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, toss together chicken, clementines, blueberries, celery, and scallion.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, agave, vinegar, S+P. Add as much dressing to the chicken salad as desired.
  3. Serve on a sandwich, in a wrap, with crackers, or simply eat it with a fork!

chicken salad with clementines and dried blueberries from Sew You Think You Can Cook

#FoodieExtravaganza: Grilled Cheese

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Happy April everyone! Did you know April might just be the best food month EVER?! Coffee cake day, caramel popcorn day, and healthy kids day are among the fun food holidays this month, along with BLT month and soft pretzel month. But today, Foodie Extravaganza is celebrating grilled cheese month, hosted by Lauren of From Gate to Plate.

Grilled cheese is a go-to lunch or dinner in my house for days we just don’t feel like cooking. I’m looking forward to the great list from this event to add some twists to the classic sandwich.

I decided to go sweet. I was going to use cream cheese, but I had mascarpone in my fridge and decided to use that. To be honest, I would have preferred the extra tang from the cream cheese, but my husband loved it as is. Use whatever you enjoy best. I only used two slices of bacon but next time, I’m going to up that to 3. Those bacony bites were the best ones!

An Original Recipe

Bacon Apple Mascarpone Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 strips center cut bacon
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, diced
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 tbsp mascarpone cheese
  • butter, for spreading

Steps:

  1. In a small skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Remove and set on a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Cook apple in the bacon grease until tender. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Crumble the bacon and stir into the apples. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  4. Spread 1 tbsp mascarpone cheese on the non-buttered side of two pieces of bread. Top with half of the apple mixture.
  5. Spread a thin layer of more mascarpone cheese on the non-buttered side of the remaining bread. Place cheese side down on top of the apples.
  6. Cook grilled cheese until golden brown, flip and repeat until cheese is soft and gooey.

BAM grilled cheese | Sew You Think You Can Cook

Be sure to check out the rest of these ooey-gooey grilled cheese recipes:

Caramelized Onion Bacon Grilled Cheese by Rebekah at Making Miracles

Grilled Cheese in the Garden by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Spicy Pear Grilled Cheese by Kelly at Passion Kneaded

Griddle Baked Quesadillas with Poblano Rajas by Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm

Ham, Apple, and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese by Carlee at Cooking with Carlee

French Toast Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Berry Compote by Rholinelle at The Joyful Foodie

Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Spinach by Tara at Tara’s Multicultural Table

Chicken Cordon Bleu Grilled Cheese by Marissa at Rae Gun Ramblings

Muffuletta Grilled Cheese by Stacy at Food Lust People Love

Open Faced Italian Grilled Cheese by Kathleen at Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Grilled Cheese by Jacklyn at Mrs. Penguin

Southern Grilled Cheese by Teri at The Freshman Cook

Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese by Lauren at From Gate to Plate

#10DaysofTailgate: Maize and Blue Chicken Salad

Tailgate LogoOn this, the second Saturday of the #10DaysofTailgate event, which is hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, I have decided to put a spotlight on my other college football team – The Michigan Wolverines. My dad is a UM alum so I grew up bleeding maize and blue. And even still, I have a soft spot for the University of Michigan and those Michigan helmets!

When Not Ketchup stepped up and offered participating bloggers a sample of one of their dipping sauces I immediately knew that I’d be signing up for their Blueberry White Pepper flavor. Because when it’s football season, red is out of the question! On the back of the bottle is the slogan “Leave the red stuff for the kids.”

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the flavors of the Not Ketchup. Before receiving my bottle I was thinking of creating a barbecue sauce with it. After all, ketchup is included in most barbecue sauce recipes. I thought of doing Maize and Blue sliders and using cheddar cheese for my pop of yellow. But when I tasted this unique dipping sauce I decided to go in a different direction. Not Ketchup LogoThe blueberry flavor is nicely balanced by the white pepper and the sauce is rounded out by the tang from the apple cider vinegar.

With such a light and flavorful sauce I decided to make chicken salad instead. I knew that mayonnaise would mellow out the tartness of the sauce while fresh apple would still keep it bright and light. The beauty of chicken salad is that you can add in whatever flavors you like! I have never had a chicken salad with corn in it before, but I knew that I could satisfy my “maize” requirement with a little corn. And as a bonus, the grocery store had yellow tomatoes! My original recipe chicken salad is bright and refreshing. It isn’t drowning in dressing and has many textures and unique flavors to satisfy any pallet. I encourage you to order a bottle of Blueberry White Pepper Not Ketchup and give this recipe a go!

ThermoPop

I decided to poach chicken for my chicken salad. I like using poached chicken for chicken salad because poaching allows the chicken to absorb extra flavor and by cooking it in liquid it ensures the meat will stay moist. I even got to test out the Thermopop by ThermoWorks! With nine colors to chose from, I was ecstatic to find that I was sent the orange one! Remember – red is out of the question during football season. I have gone though a few different temperature gauges in my short cooking career. The very first one I had I broke by leaving it in the oven. TW Logo-Stacked 123C-1(Please note: The ThermoPop is not designed to be left in the oven.) After that I bought a digital one as well as a candy thermometer. Neither of these devices compare to the ThermoPop. Not only do their bright colors make it a fun kitchen gadget, but it also means it won’t get lost in my drawer of utensils. It comes with a matching “sheath” to keep the probe free from dirt and damage when not in use. The ThermoPop is also easy to use. A simple touch of the front button turns the device and backlight on (the backlight will automatically turn off after 10 seconds to save power), a button on the back will adjust the temperature from degrees Fahrenheit to degrees Celsius, and probably the best feature, another button will rotate the large digital display 90 degrees. There’s no more twisting your head in awkward angles to read your thermometer and there’s no need for a magnifying glass to read the temperature either.

An Original Recipe

Maize and Blue Chicken Salad

Ingredients for chicken:

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 small red onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

Steps for chicken:

  1. Fill a pot with 2 quarts water. Add ingredients for chicken.
  2. Bring pot to a boil, reduce heat to medium and allow to cook for 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove and let cool before cutting into bite sized cubes.

Ingredients for chicken salad:

  • 3 C cooked, cubed chicken (recommended recipe above)
  • 1 C diced apple (I used honeycrisp)
  • 1/2 C diced yellow tomato
  • 2 ears roasted corn, kernels removed (or 2 C)
  • 2/3 C blueberries
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1/3 C mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp Blueberry White Pepper Not Ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp kosher salt (to taste)

Steps for chicken salad:

  1. In a large bowl gently toss together chicken, apple, yellow tomato, corn, blueberries, and scallions.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together mayo, buttermilk, Not Ketchup, dried mustard, cayenne, and salt.
  3. Gently coat chicken salad with the dressing.
  4. Serve on toasted buns, in lettuce cups, wrapped in a tortilla, or with crackers.

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I do still want to make a barbecue sauce and a salad dressing with the Not Ketchup, and I know it would be fantastic over wings. The possibilities are endless. So leave the red stuff for the kids and order some today!

Thank you Erika and Jesse for sponsoring our event.

Disclaimer: I was provided a bottle of Blueberry White Pepper Not Ketchup and a ThermoPop from ThermoWorks through this event, however all opinions and statements are my own.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out the other bloggers who posted more tailgating recipes today:

Starters
Chicken Bacon RanchTaquitos by Things I Make (for Dinner)
 Cherry Chipotle Glazed Wings by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Firewired Pancetta-Wrapped Seafood by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Mains
Savory Duck Handpies by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Slow Cooker Smoky Date Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Smokey Red Lentil Chili by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Beef Skewers by The Pajama Chef
Sips
Apple Cherry Spice Cocktail by CafeTerraBlog
Dips
Kicked up Spinach Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
Pizza Dip by Making Miracles
Sweets
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Hard Pretzels by The Spiffy Cookie

Fried Chicken Salad

When we moved to Ohio we spent a week with Stuart’s family in northern Alabama. As a welcome, his aunt provided dinner for us – fried chicken!

I couldn’t tell you the last time I’d had fried chicken. (Other than Chick-fil-A, of course.) It’s not something I have, or even crave, that often. But when it’s made right it makes me wonder why I haven’t been enjoying it more! Perfectly seasoned, crispy batter and juicy meat makes for finger licking good eats.

But what do you do with the leftovers?

Damaris Phillips, winner of last season’s Next Food Network Star, has an answer!

Chicken salad.

I really like chicken salad (as long as it’s made with mayo and not Miracle Whip). I love it on top of a croissant, between toasted bread, and eaten with crackers. There are many options when it comes to chicken salad mix-ins: from nuts, to fruits, to vegetables, even bacon and cheese.

When I watched Damaris make this on her show Southern at Heart, I immediately wanted to make it. I was ecstatic to have the opportunity! This chicken salad is fantastic. I love the tang from the buttermilk, the kick from the cayenne, the crunch from the celery, and the zip from the scallion. I even followed Damaris’s suggestion and served it on a croissant. That buttery, flaky bread is the perfect vessel for the chicken salad.

I encourage you to go out and get some fried chicken, or make your own, just so you can have this chicken salad. Bring it to your next tailgate, go on a picnic, or spice up your weekday lunchbox. Find any excuse you can to make this sandwich!

Fried Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C whole-grain mustard
  • 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 5-6 C cold fried chicken, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 scallions, sliced

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together mayo, mustard, buttermilk, Italian seasoning, and cayenne. Stir in chicken, celery, and scallion.
  2. Create sandwiches with croissants. Makes 6-8 sandwiches.

*This recipe is adapted from Damaris at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/damaris-phillips/fried-chicken-salad-sandwiches.html*

Fried Chicken Salad

Grilled PB&J

Last week I was home sick from work. Which was great because I slept until 10:45 and then got to catch up on some of my favorite Food Network shows while curled on the couch drinking orange juice and water. But the biggest problem with being home during the day is what to do for lunch.

I have a confession to make.

I hate making lunch. I don’t know why. Sandwiches are always easy to put together, but I just hate doing it! Pulling out so many ingredients to simply place between bread for a not-so-spectacular sandwich just doesn’t seem worth it! When it comes to packing lunches for work, it’s usually leftovers or PB&J. And always a serving a fruit or vegetable.

My usual go to at home lunch is a grilled cheese sandwich. But I just wasn’t feeling it. So I decided to try grilling a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

One question: Why haven’t I done this before?!

The crispiness of the bread and the ooey-gooey warmth of the peanut butter make for a completely different sandwich. This sandwich is almost bordering on breakfast – it reminded me of a stuffed french toast.

And the possibilities are endless – use Nutella, any flavor jam or jelly you like, marshmallow cream, fresh fruit…

Grilled PB&J

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of sandwich bread
  • butter or margarine, for spreading
  • peanut butter, for spreading
  • jam or jelly, for spreading

Steps:

  1. Heat a small skillet over low to medium heat.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Spread peanut butter on the opposite side of one slice and jam on the other. Sandwich together so that both buttered sides are facing out.
  3. Place sandwich butter side down in warm skillet. Cook over medium heat until bottom piece of bread is golden.
  4. Flip sandwich to toast the 2nd side until the bread is golden and the filling warm.
  5. Slice on a diagonal and serve.

Grilled PB&J

SRC: Turkey Chorizo Burgers

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Today is my very first Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! Each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day! So while I was immersed in my assigned blog, someone else was picking through mine! I’m so excited to be part of this group, to see what on my blog peaks other’s interests and to stumble upon new blogs and new recipes.

For my first month participating I was assigned Lynsey’s blog Lynsey Lou’s. Lynsey has been married for six years (happy anniversary!) to a man she won over through food. Like me, she enjoys cooking most for her family and friends.  She learned how to cook from her family and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen. I have secretly pinned a few recipes from her blog to try out in the future, including: Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Crust, Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie, and Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing.

Even though SRC Reveal Day is on a Monday I didn’t want to limit myself to finding only Mexican recipes. But Lynsey had this burger recipe that I just knew I had to recreate! Lynsey and her family absolutely love burgers, and as they’re one of my favorite foods too I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make one. Especially considering I don’t have any burger recipes on my blog yet! Other than my Frisco Melt recreation where I confess to being a terrible burger maker. Here’s to hoping I can do Lynsey’s recipe justice!

Turkey Chorizo Burger

When we were in Birmingham in January we went to Flip Burger Boutique where Stuart inhaled their Chorizo Burger, by which I mean I took two bites of my burger before I could even ask to try his! The Chorizo Burger came with a fried egg on top, so I decided to add that to her recipe. (I even put cheese on mine – and I normally omit cheese on burgers!)

This burger was a huge hit. Stuart was halfway through his burger before I finished assembling mine! We made this recipe after Daylight Savings Time so the sun was still out when we got home – providing for a prefect evening grilling burgers in the almost-spring weather.

Turkey Chorizo Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, divided use
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 links Mexican chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 1/2 tsp Creole seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • Spinach
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 hamburger buns

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place poblano pepper on a foil lined baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, flipping every five minutes to create an even char. Remove pepper and place in glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit ten minutes. Peel skin and remove the stem and seeds. Roughly chop poblano and place in food processor along with mayo, 1 clove garlic, lime juice, and S+P. Puree.
  3. In a large bowl combine meats, 1 clove minced garlic, and seasonings. Divide into quarters and form into patties.
  4. Grill patties until cooked through to 160 degrees F, about 7 minutes on each side. In the last minutes of cook time top each patty with cheese. Spread buns with a little bit of oil and place on grill, if desired.
  5. Before assembling burgers fry eggs in a little bit of oil.
  6. Assemble burgers by putting chile mayo on each bun, top with spinach, burger, and fried egg.

*This recipe is modified from Lynsey at http://www.lynseylous.com/2012/07/turkey-and-chorizo-burgers-with-green.html*

Turkey Chorizo Burger

To see the other bloggers who participated in the Secret Recipe Club this month click here:

Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese

Last week we were kept indoors and out of the office because of a winter storm.

Those of you new to Sew You Think You Can Cook, I live in Florida.

I know we won’t be getting any sympathy from our Northern friends, but keep in mind the Sunshine State gets snow once in a bluemoon. Therefore, our cities don’t have the need, nor could ever justify the budget, for equipment to handle icy roads. I saw on Facebook a fantastic meme of a beautiful Florida Sunset that said, “In Florida we salt margaritas, not sidewalks.” That couldn’t be better said; it’s why people relocate from the white North!

We definitely didn’t have it as bad as Atlanta and other Southern towns, but roads – and more importantly bridges – were closed Wednesday, January 29th. We were sent home from work at 2:00 pm on Tuesday with an expected return of 12:00 pm Wednesday. The return date and time were pushed back to Thursday at noon!

In having been out of town the previous weekend for Food Blog South I hadn’t yet been grocery shopping. We’ve been surviving on empty – frozen pizzas, breakfast foods, leftovers, and grilled cheese. There was a package of chicken thighs in the freezer which I used for grapefruit chicken (to be shared at a future date).

It was pretty cold when we were in Birmingham and Sunday morning our car (Edgar) wouldn’t start. Edgar was so dead that we couldn’t even shift gears into neutral to push it out of the parking spot. Thankfully my in-laws joined us and we were able to get a jump good enough to make it to the local Auto Zone. The battery was fried and a new one installed – a battery with a higher cold temperature rating! It’s a good thing too because on Wednesday Edgar was cocooned in a sheet of solid ice.

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This recipe is probably the simplest recipe I have yet to share, and probably will ever share. It’s your typical grilled cheese, with an Everson twist. My father-in-law would always season the buttered bread with garlic powder, and that’s how my husband still prefers to eat it.

Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of sandwich bread
  • butter or margarine, for spreading
  • garlic powder, for sprinkling
  • 2 American cheese singles

Steps:

  1. Heat a small skillet over low to medium heat.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Sprinkle garlic powder on buttered side of each slice.
  3. Place one slice of bread butter side down in warm skillet. Top with both cheese singles and the other slice of bread, buttered side out. Cook until bottom piece of bread is golden.
  4. Flip sandwich to toast the 2nd side until the cheese is melted.
  5. Slice on a diagonal and serve.

Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese

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Copy Cat: Steak ‘n’ Shake Frisco Melt

Today is National Fast Food Day. I’m not sure who comes up with these random days and better yet, why fast food needs to be celebrated. With the attempted health push in America this one seems particularly out of place. That being said, I am a very guilty connoisseur of fast food establishments – we have Chick-fil-A at least once a week. And I have a love for McDonald’s, although I don’t indulge in it quite as often.

My absolute favorite road trip stop is Steak ‘n’ Shake. I am addicted to their Frisco Melt. Two super thin patties topped with melted cheese on grilled toast with their magical Frisco sauce. I always order extra sauce on the side for dunking my fries. I found a Copy Cat recipe on Pinterest and very happily recreated it.

Even though burgers are my favorite food I haven’t mastered the art of making one at home. This patty-making mystery alluded me in this attempt too. My patties were not Steak ‘n’ Shake thin, they were more mini slider size. Which also decreased the amount of cheese I needed! I followed the recipe’s steps of forming the ground beef into a golf ball and then pressing them flat. But pressing burgers flat means losing all of the juice and therefore flavor! Next time I’ll form the meat into thin disks instead. But it’s the magic sauce that’s important, and my recreation was pretty darn close. I couldn’t find Russian dressing at my store so I substituted with Catalina dressing; the 2:1 ratio needed to be adjusted slightly.

Copy Cat: Steak ‘n’ Shake Frisco Melt

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 slices white bread
  • butter for spreading
  • 2 tbsp Thousand Island dressing
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp Catalina dressing

Steps:

  1. Divide ground beef into 8 patties. Cook in a very hot skillet. Note: Add butter to the pan if your fat % is low.
  2. After flipping the meat place the cheese on top of each patty. Each sandwich will get one patty covered in Swiss and one patty covered in American. Note: Swiss takes longer to melt so apply first.
  3. Spread butter on each slice of bread and toast either under the broiler, in a toaster oven, or in a clean skillet.
  4. Assemble sandwiches by spread both pieces of bread (non buttered side) with Friso sauce, one patty each of American and Swiss.

Frisco Melt

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Happy Halloween!

Halloween in my house means Sloppy Joes. I don’t know if it really was an annual Halloween supper or not, but my brain connects Halloween with Sloppy Joes.

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Sloppy Joes make for a great sandwich night. The ingredients are pantry staples and it’s quick to come together. The meat mixture reheats beautifully and your lunchbox the next morning is more appetizing than the typical deli meat and cheese.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 C ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce

Steps:

  1. In a large sided skillet saute onion in olive oil. When translucent add the garlic and turkey. Break up the turkey as it cooks.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl whisk together ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, vinegar, and tomato sauce.
  3. After turkey is cooked through, stir in the tomato paste. After 45-60 seconds add in the sauce. Stir and warm through for 3 minutes.
  4. Spoon Sloppy Joe mixture onto hamburger buns. Eat and trick-or-treat!

*This recipe is modified from Jessica at http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2012/04/turkey-sloppy-joes/*

Turkey Sloppy Joes