Cheesesteak Stuffed Mushrooms

Football season is coming up, and in my area that means a few things:

  • Passionate, reckless fans and a lot of trash talking
  • Beer, beer, and more beer
  • Still more beer
  • There is no question of what we’re doing on Sundays
  • Cheesesteak

Cheesesteak Stuffed Mushrooms- A gluten free, easy to make, and super tasty appetizer for game day or parties! |
Now, Cheesesteaks are always popular here in the oh-so mystical land we call the greater Philadelphia area.  Whether they’re with wiz or provolone, loaded up with onions or not, you can find them at almost every establishment with their soft bread soaking up the juices from the strips of beef.

Just typing that is making me drool.


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Maple Waffle Chicken Nuggets

People let me tell you ’bout my beeeest friend!

Maple Waffle Chicken Nuggets.  These chicken nuggets are coated in maple-y waffle batter and served with a honey maple mustard dip.  Perfect for parties or game day! |

I’m going through Amanda-withdrawal this week because my partner-in-crime is on vacation in Lake George.

Well, “crime” might be a bit of an exaggeration.  Our hang-out time usually consists of going grocery shopping together and complaining about all of the people who stop their carts in the middle of the aisle (if you do that, for the love of all things good in this world, please stop), or sitting on the couch with our laptops and not speaking for hours while we both do work.

It’s a wild and crazy life we lead, try to keep up.


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Peanut Butter & Cookie Dough S’mores Bars

Peanut butter, chocolate chip cookie dough, milk chocolate, and gooey roasted marshmallows come together in these (nearly) no-bake bars for a treat that will more-than-satisfy your sweet tooth.

Peanut Butter & Cookie Dough S'mores Bars. All of my favorite childhood treats wrapped up into (nearly) no-bake bars! |

Trust me on that one.  James has the biggest sweet tooth out of anyone I know (pretty sure he thinks that 3 Oatmeal Creme Pies count as a balanced meal) and these were like ambrosia in bar-form for him.

Ambrosia as in the food of the Greek gods, not the retro salad.


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Saucy Cajun Shrimp Fajitas

Who in the world can look at a cast iron skillet and not instantly crave fajitas?  The way they sizzle and steam as your waiter carries them out to you, setting them on the table and reminding you that they’re very hot so you shouldn’t touch the skillet.  You look around and it feels like the whole restaurant is staring at your meal.  You’re sure you heard a few people whisper, “I should have gotten that, it smells amazing,” and “That looks delicious!”  You take a bite, and they’re every bit as flavorful as you imagined.

Full sensory experience, you know?

Saucy Cajun Shrimp Fajitas.  These super flavorful fajitas are cooked in their own sauce, and stuffed with shrimp, peppers, and onions.  Your family will beg you to make this for dinner all the time! |

I always think of that when I pull out my cast iron skillet, but I’d never craved fajitas as strongly as I have since I came up with these Saucy Cajun Shrimp Fajitas.


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Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

I have been waiting for a whole year to make and share this recipe with you.

Last summer, James and I went down to North Carolina to visit my cousin, Ashley, and her fiance (now husband), Evan.  We planned on jetskiing and picnicking and walking downtown, but we didn’t get to experience much beautiful Carolinian weather since we oh so perfectly timed our trip for the only week full of rain in the entire year (what luck)!  But you know what we did experience?  Quality Southern food.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette.  This Southern-meets-Italian appetizer is bound to be a late-summer favorite.  I crave it all year long! |

And if you know anything about me, you know that this was going to be my favorite part of the trip anyway.  Well, second favorite.  Obviously seeing my cousin and her fiance was my favorite part.

And I’m not just saying that because I know you’re reading, Ashley.

So we went to this place called The Pit and we gorged ourselves on Southern food. Gorged.  We had cornbread, hush puppies, brisket, ribs, okra, collard greens, baked beans, mac n’ cheese, fried chicken, pulled pork, and a lot of local beer, and it was all amazing.  But our favorite thing of all was an order of Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette.  Oh man, did we love those Fried Green Tomatoes.


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