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Almost Alfredo

This creamy pasta is just perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Easy to throw together, yet oh so yummy.

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Almost Alfredo

  • 1 box pasta
  • 2 Tbls butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2-1 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Pepper (optional)
  • Dried parsley (optional)
  • Spinach (optional)
  • Chardonnay (optional)
  1. Cook pasta, drain, and set aside.
  2. In pot, combine butter or oil, milk, sour cream,Β  and Parmesan. Heat until smooth. Add a splash of Chardonnay if desired and stir until smooth.
  3. Add pasta and mozzarella.
  4. Season with pepper and parsley.
  5. Serve with spinach or enjoy as is.

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Rainy Day Potato Soup

It’s been really cold and rainy this week. Just the perfect weather for a nice steaming bowl of potato soup. I know it’s a little off season, but it was so fitting this week that I’m sharing it in case any of you find yourselves in the same situation I was.

I also made some of these rolls to go with them… Just add in some minced garlic and shredded cheese and they pair perfectly. There’s nothing better then curling up on the couch with a book and some warm soup on a cold and rainy day. πŸ™‚

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Rainy Day Potato Soup

  • 6 cups (about 7 medium) white potatoes, cubed*
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or bacon grease)
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup thinly chopped carrots (about 5 medium)
  • 3/4 cup thinly chopped celery stalks (about 6)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-4 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 package bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • Cheese to top (optional)
  1. Coat the bottom of a large put with olive oil (or bacon grease). Add the onion and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are slightly translucent.
  2. Add in carrots and celery, stir and cook for another 5ish minutes.
  3. Add garlic and potatoes, and mix until combined.
  4. Cover with water just until the vegetables are covered, cover and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. IfΒ  water level goes below the veggies be sure to add more.
  5. Scoop out about a cup of the soup and blend until smooth. Blend more if you want a thinner soup.
  6. Add blended mix back into the pot along with a cup of whipping cream.
  7. Cook uncovered over medium heat, stirring occasionally for another hour or until the veggies are soft enough to enjoy and soup is reduced to desired thickness.
  8. Mix in the bacon and top with cheese.
  9. Enjoy!

*Tip: Soak your cubed potatoes in water while you chop the other vegetables. This can be a helpful step because it lets the potatoes release some of their starch resulting in a creamier soup. Just remember to drain them before adding them in. It works for fluffier mashed potatoes too (sometimes I soak mine for a few hours).

Do you have any favorite soups or rainy day treats?

I’m sharing this soup with my friends at Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week byΒ Kaila @ GF Life 24/7 and Laurena @ Life Diet Health. Come join the party!


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Super Bowl 2016

Today I’m breaking with tradition just a bit by posting on Sunday and taking a loot back at last year and some recipes to enjoy tonight.

First up is cheese sauce. Which makes a fantastic chip dip when some diced jalapenos are thrown in! Or, you know, just cheese is good too. πŸ™‚

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And what are chips without some salsa to go with them? This is a super simple salsa recipe that only takes a few minutes to put together.

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Tonight I’m actually going to make a variation on my gluten-free orange chicken. Yum! Although not a traditional football food, this meal continues to satisfy no matter the occasion.

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And of course what meal would be complete without dessert? I’m thinking these gluten-free brownie cookies sound just perfect!

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Want something more traditional? Try these gluten-free chocolate chip or M&M cookies. They are also quite perfect.

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Want something a little bigger? How about combining the two for this brownie cookie cake? What’s even better is that it’s absolutely perfect while it’s still warm, served up with some vanilla ice cream.

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Enjoy! Be sure to follow along on Facebook for more updates and recipes.

Gluten-Free Baked Macaroni And Cheese

With cooler weather comes comfort food. One of our absolute favorites is baked macaroni and cheese. This recipe is easy to prepare and has a much sharper cheese taste than the typical white sauce mac and cheese. As an added bonus there are no weird flour substitutes in the sauce. πŸ™‚

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Start off by cooking your macaroni (or other desired pasta). I used one box of Barilla’s gluten-free elbows. Drain, and put in a casserole dish.

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Then make one batch of cheese sauce.

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Pour it over your macaroni.

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Mix it all together.

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Top with crushed Chex mixed with a little salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste. And sprinkle with shredded Mexican cheese.

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Bake on 350 until the top cheese begins to crisp. About 10-20 minutes.

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Serve and enjoy!

What are some of your favorite comfort foods?

Easy Mexican Casserole

Hello everyone!

Today I’m making a Mexican casserole to share with all of you. This is one of our go to recipes for a quick dinner, and it uses the cheese sauce I posted last week.

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Mix up some rice and black beans in a casserole dish.

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Pour about half a batch of cheese sauce over the top.

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Add refried beans, and then any veggies you’d like to add. I love adding jalapenos and/or fried peppers and onions.

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Use the rest of the cheese sauce to top it off.

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Bake until browned.

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And it’s ready to serve!

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Enjoy!

Mexican Casserole

Cheese Sauce

Who doesn’t like cheese? It is often a staple in our house. So what better way to use it than a multi-purpose cheese sauce?

I use this sauce in many different things (recipes will soon follow). But it’s also good on its own as a chip dip. Just chop up some jalapenos (optional), mix them in, and enjoy! You could also mix it with salsa for the more traditional queso sauce taste.

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Start by chopping the cheese into cubes.

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Add it to a saucepan with cream.

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Stir and heat until it’s all smooth and the cheese cubes have melted. (This is where you’d add the jalapenos or salsa for queso sauce.)

Melted-cheese

Now your cheese sauce is ready for use. πŸ™‚

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I’d love to connect with you on Facebook. πŸ™‚ What are some of your favorite cheese recipes?

It’s An I Don’t Know What

Happy Thursday, Everyone! I hope you’re getting as excited for Christmas as I am!

I’m much further behind in my Christmas preparation than I usually am, though our home is filled with Christmas music and talk of decorating and baking. I have to start actually working on it, there are only three weeks until Christmas!

Some of our decorating is done, but we have yet to get a tree. I’m a big stickler for having a real tree, and the ones we looked at yesterday looked pretty sad. I’m sure we could have dressed them up a bit, but I have a difficult time with the idea of spending money for an already dead looking tree.

So I get to spend tomorrow out Christmas shopping and looking for a tree!

Anyway, today I’ve been feeling a little under the weather and wanted something nice and warm to contrast with the cold outside. So I decided to make something… I’m not entirely sure what to call it, but it tastes good! That’s what really matters anyway, right?

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I just threw some stuff in a pan. Rice, a can of tomatoes (I hate using the canned ones, but it’s all I had), jalapenos, brussel sprouts, margarita mix, pepper, garlic and onion powder, oregano and a bit of pink salt. Then I topped it off with some shredded cheese! Yum!

I hope you’re staying warm and cozy on this chilly December day. Have you gotten a Christmas tree yet, or do you like to wait a little longer?

I’d love to hear from you! Have a wonderful day!