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Godiva Pumpkin Spice Coffee with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce

Godiva offered another offer to sample their coffees, this time their new fall coffee flavors, and I jumped at the chance like last time.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

We and especially I never make desserts so this is a real rarity.  I love oreos and would say they are my favorite manufactured cookie so the cookie sandwich idea is a big hit with me.  I also love the ice cream cookie sandwiches that look like this.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to reconstruct oreos and am always a sucker when I see cookie sandwiches at street table bakeries like the ones they have set up in the Strip on weekends.  The cookies or icing were not too difficult to make, but I was a little slow since I don’t have much experience in baking.

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No Tortilla Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bake

What to do when you want chicken enchiladas but you don’t have any tortillas? Make this and you won’t even miss ’em! This is all the good stuff of the chicken enchiladas you know and love without all the needless filler of tortillas. You’re probably a little unsure right now about not using tortillas… which is very understandable.  I’m here to tell you that we really enjoyed this a lot and realized that the tortillas were never really that necessary after all.  Maybe you’ll agree.

Also check out Paleo Banana Bread

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Broccoli Soup with Leeks and Thyme

This was a quick and easy soup to prepare that packed some great flavor with very few ingredients. 6 to be exact. It was also the first time I have ever cooked with leeks. I’ve been meaning to for a while and now that I have I don’t know how or why I waited so long! Leeks are like jumbo green onions, but you don’t use the dark green parts. They have an onion flavor that is nice and mild. They are really pretty too.

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Braised Whole Chicken with Bread Stuffing & Bacon

You see that gravy on the plate there? I have been calling it liquid gold because it was so, so good. You will be licking your plate clean, I can almost guarantee it. We recently received a Staub and this is another recipe from Molly Steven’s All About Braising using the cocotte. This was definitely a dish of a lot of firsts for me. This was the first time I ever cooked a whole chicken before, made stuffing from scratch (cooked inside the bird), and made such a delicious pan sauce. This may have been the best thing I ever made and it really was not too difficult at all. Like the pot roast it entailed many steps and a good few hours, but nothing was too technical or intimidating to take on. Again, this was a time consuming Sunday cooking event. I tried to time it so we ate before the AFC Championship game, but it took a little longer than expected and we ate at half time. Luckily since the Steelers had taken such a big lead my nerves were calm enough that I was able to eat!

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Spaghetti Squash “Lasagna” Casserole

On New Years Day our friends (and Wisconsin alum)  invited us over to watch the Rose Bowl. The Badgers didn’t win, but they made an awesome lasagna using Ina Garten’s turkey lasagna recipe. It was so good and we were so impressed that I literally made it for us the very next day… with a twist of course. Instead of using lasagna noodles, I used spaghetti squash. If you are a fan of spaghetti squash and lasagna then you will truly love this recipe! No noodles at all and you won’t even miss ’em. There’s also goat cheese in this recipe. Need I say more? It is a match made in heaven as far as I am concerned!

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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

When we were in Phoenix for Thanksgiving, my sister made these stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer and I absolutely loved them. It was just a matter of time before I found the perfect occasion to make them myself. I decided to give it a go on Christmas day and served them as an appetizer. They’d also be a great side dish.

As you can see from the photo I super stuffed these mushrooms, stacking extra filling on top. I still wound up with some extra stuffing despite this and they were not the most photogenic or pretty as they could have been, but I figured more stuffing > pretty mushrooms. After later conversing with my sister, she suggested having some extra mushroom caps handy to stuff, as it will be inevitable to have extra stuffing. Good to know!   Continue reading