Guess What! I Won a Thing!

Copycat Panera Four Cheese Soufflé

My Copycat Panera Cheese Soufflé Recipe Won a Contest!

Remember my Copycat Panera Four-Cheese Breakfast Soufflé recipe I posted in May? Well, I was searching the web one day for “how to make a harvest apron” when I found a couple of contests on Instructables. I was also researching SEO and finding ways to generate traffic to my blog. So I figured that I’d join some recipe contests to see if more people visited and rated my recipes. I submitted 2 recipes and I made the winners circle! Both recipes were featured on the site!

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Smokey, Sweet and Spicy Salmon

Smoky Spicy Salmon Sunday Glaze

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you already know that we have salmon Sunday’s nearly every single week! You also know that my Sweet & Spicy Sunday Salmon Glaze is my go-to recipe! Now I bring you Smokey Sweet and Spicy Salmon!

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Pear Infused Balsamic Glazed Onions

Roasted Balsamic Glazed Onions

I’ve posted photos of these pear-infused balsamic glazed onions on Instagram a few times and people seem to love them! If you’ve read other recipes and posts of mine, you’ll know that Alessi Pear Infused White Balsamic Vinegar is my all-time favorite! It’s an ingredient I picked up from cooking in my MIL’s kitchen when they had the lake house up in Michigan. I miss that house so much. She always had a bottle or two in the pantry. It’s like regular balsamic but sweeter and a bit milder, with a kiss of pear flavor. If Alessi ever stops making this, I’ll have to infuse my own white balsamic!

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Best Chicken Wings Ever!

Best Chicken Wings Ever, from your Instant Pot to oven or grill to your table in under an hour!

Quick post for you today! I posted these wings in an Instant Pot group on Facebook and want to share it with everyone here too.

Instant Pot Best Chicken Wings Ever
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Copycat Panera Cheesy Soufflés

Copycat Panera Four Cheese Soufflé

Did you see my post on Instagram with my version of Copycat Panera Soufflés? I had a breakfast tradition with my niece where I’d pop by and drop off breakfast for her, (usually a Panera Soufflé) but during the early days/months of the pandemic, we could not find them in town at any Panera! I decided I would make my own copycat Panera cheesy soufflés! They were so good and I was able to continue my tradition of having a super fast (socially distanced) breakfast break with my niece before work.

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Who all is reading to get through this quarantine?

Reading Ilona Andrews

For those of you reading your way through quarantine, I want to share a special ebook from some of my all-time favorite authors! It’s a special edition eBook collection of three of the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews. Instead of putting it on the book store sites for free, they have it priced at $.99 for a limited time with all proceeds going to the COVID-19 Response fund CPD Center for Disaster Philanthropy. (Link posted below) They also periodically post serials for free online, so you can read as the book is being written!

eBookFoodie reading Innkeeper by Ilona Andrews
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Cheap and Easy Meals

Sliced no knead olive skillet bread

What to Cook When the Grocery Stores are Out of… Almost Everything.

I went to the store last week for a few things. You know, the usual, peanut butter, half & half, a gallon of water (for my cubicle at work for making coffee), and quinoa. I came home from the store with ONE of those things, peanut butter! All those other aisles were pretty much empty. There was sparkling water, and some of the pricy electrolyte water in bottles. Other than that, not much there! In 2014 there was a water crisis in Toledo and I remember not being able to buy water because the shelves were empty, but I’ve never seen entire isles cleared out of food or paper products. I didn’t go down every aisle, and they weren’t wiped completely out of all food items, but it was slim pickings! We’ll need to get creative with what we have during this coronavirus crisis, so I wanted to put together a quick list of cheap and easy meals for you. Lots of these are made from leftovers, a few ingredients, or even scraps! Some are quick and easy, some will use up leftovers, but all are delicious!

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Grain Bowls – and One of the Funniest “Food” Blog Posts Ever!

Grain Bowl with Garlic Expressions

I’ve been told several times to try a grain bowl from Panera. I like Panera for lattes, breakfast soufflés, and pastries, but lunch? No thank you. But I was intrigued by the Mediterranean grain bowls. I haven’t had one yet, but did some searching on Pinterest and saw a grain bowl with blueberries and quinoa that looked amazing. I went to my fridge and threw everything I had (well, not everything) in a bowl, and voilà, a “grain bowl” was born!

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