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Sage & Browned Butter Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Sage & Browned Butter Hasselback Sweet Potatoes - Sweet potatoes sliced "hasselback-style", baked to perfection, and finished off with a sage & browned butter sauce to make for the best side dish in any meal

Sage & Browned Butter Hasselback Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes sliced “hasselback-style”, baked to perfection, and finished off with a sage & browned butter sauce to make for the best side dish in any meal

A couple weeks ago, I shared my passion for all things maple. Remember this latte?? Pumpkin isn’t the only flavor of fall, and that latte proved it.

Well, today, I have another seasonal flavor that shines this time of year – sweet potatoes. But you haven’t seen a sweet potato like this.

I am obsessed with sweet potato gnocchi, which is usually served with a sage & browned butter sauce. I have had it at a few different restaurants but I still don’t have a homemade recipe that I’m in love with. I’ve been trying to get you a recipe that is worth the effort. But it’s proven harder than I thought!

While I work on perfecting that recipe, I want you to experience the incredibleness that is this combination of flavors.

So that brings me to today’s recipe…Sage & Browned Butter Hasselback Sweet Potatoes!

Verde Chicken Tostada Bites

Verde Chicken Tostada Bites - Round corn tortilla chips are topped with refried black beans, chopped chicken, creamy salsa verde sauce, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MakeGameTimeSaucy #CollectiveBias

Verde Chicken Tostada Bites – Round corn tortilla chips are topped with refried black beans, chopped chicken, creamy salsa verde sauce, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Precooked rotisserie chicken and Pace® Salsa Verde help this recipe come together in 20 minutes!

Fall is in full-swing, people! If you have it guessed it by my latest posts, I am baking up a [fall] storm! My trips to Walmart are becoming more and more frequent so I know that means my baking and entertaining has reached a peak this year.

But let’s not forget that with the fall comes football season. Last month, I shared my love of “homegating” with you all. You really can’t beat the watching the game with your family and friends in an air-conditioned room. Plus, I get much more flexibility with my apps because I have an oven handy.

How do you like to watch the football games with friends? Do you usually hang at home or tailgate at the stadium?

Today, I’ve got another great party app that’s perfect for serving for all your homegating needs AND that will be ready in no-time: Verde Chicken Tostada Bites.

Orchard Harvest Salad (Panera Copycat)

Orchard Harvest Salad (Panera Copycat) - Chopped romaine lettuce tossed with sliced pears, dried cherries, pecans, gorgonzola cheese, diced chicken and homemade cherry balsamic vinaigrette. Copycat recipe of the seasonal Orchard Harvest salad from Panera Bread.

Orchard Harvest Salad (Panera Copycat) – Chopped romaine lettuce tossed with sliced pears, dried cherries, pecans, gorgonzola cheese, diced chicken and homemade cherry balsamic vinaigrette. Copycat recipe of the seasonal Orchard Harvest salad from Panera Bread. 

I don’t post about salads often because, well honestly, the focus of this blog is usually on the indulgent side of the food spectrum.

But I actually love salads. Especially chunky salads full of various flavors and textures that keep you excited about eating it until the last bite.

So every once in a while, I like to surprise you guys with a killer salad recipe – not because it’s healthy, but because it’s incredible. The last one I shared with you guys was this Avocado & Charred Corn Salad which was perfect for summer. Now, I have one made for the fall.

Today, I share with you my Orchard Harvest Salad with Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Macarons

Pumpkin Cheesecake Macarons - A classic chewy french cookie is given a fall makeover with a pinch of pumpkin spice, cream cheese buttercream, and pumpkin butter.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Macarons – A classic chewy french cookie is given a fall makeover with a pinch of pumpkin spice, cream cheese buttercream, and pumpkin butter. 

Alright guys…hold onto your hats…it’s our first pumpkin recipe of the season! And it’s also our cookie recipe for October.

As you’ll recall, I promise to start every month with a brand-new cookie recipe. Because cookies are everything.

It’s been more than a year that I started this tradition and I have no intent on slowing down. So please send me your requests so we can keep this train going! 

Last year’s pumpkin cookie was the pumpkin snickerdoodle. A tough cookie to beat but I think I’ve got a willing opponent today…

The Pumpkin Cheesecake Macaron!

Cinnamon Maple Latte

Cinnamon Maple Latte – Strong home-brewed coffee is mixed with a sprinkle of cinnamon, real maple syrup, Dunkin’ Donuts® Extra Extra Creamer, and then topped with whipped cream and roasted pecans. Just call this fall in a cup!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DunkinCreamers #CollectiveBias

Cinnamon Maple Latte – Strong home-brewed coffee is mixed with a sprinkle of cinnamon, real maple syrup, Dunkin’ Donuts® Extra Extra Creamer, and then topped with whipped cream and roasted pecans. Just call this fall in a cup!

Fall is here!!!!!

Was that an overreaction? I’m just so happy to bust out my sweaters, turn on the fire in the living room, and bake pumpkin EVERYTHING.

But my first recipe for you guys this season isn’t pumpkin-related (that’s for later this week). Nope, today’s recipe is about a flavor that has almost been forgotten this time of year: maple.

Have you noticed that pumpkin has become so synonymous with the fall that almost no other fall flavors have their time to shine anymore? Apple cider may be one exception. But poor maple…you almost never see it anywhere anymore.

I love the flavor of pure maple syrup. Add a dash of cinnamon and you have such a comforting combination of flavors.

So can you guess what today’s recipe is yet?? Yup, that’s right – it’s a Cinnamon Maple Latte!

Chorizo & Queso Tostones

Chorizo & Queso Tostones - Crispy fried plantains are topped with mayoketchup, crumbled chorizo, and queso fresco to make for an incredible appetizer or tailgate food
This post has been sponsored by The Kroger Co. Family of Stores in celebration of #HispanicHeritageMonth. As always, all opinions are my own.

Chorizo & Queso Tostones – Crispy fried plantains are topped with mayoketchup, crumbled chorizo, and queso fresco to make for an incredible appetizer or tailgate food

Alright guys, we’re in Week 3 of Hispanic Heritage month and I’ve got a fun snack recipe to share with you guys. But first, have you been keeping up with the recipes so far?

Week 1 – Mexico – Mexican Street Corn Chicken Salad

Week 2 – Peru – Electric Orange Pisco Sour

Week 3- Puerto Rico- Tropical Red Bull Margaritas

Which has been your favorite? Have you tried any at home? Make sure to tag me in your social media posts so I can see what creations you’ve made!

As I’ve mentioned in the previous posts, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Kroger is highlighting remixed dishes from a particular Hispanic country each week. As you noticed above, we’ve covered dishes from Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico so far.

And today, we’re continuing our celebration of Puerto Rico. Living in Florida for much of my life, I have enjoyed many traditional dishes from Puerto Rico. I’ll never forget the now-defunct Puerto Rican spot across from my college campus that made the best chicharrón de pollo. RIP, Fritanga – I’ll never forget you.

But today, I wanted to share with you my favorite Puerto Rican dish of all time: tostones.

I didn’t fall in love with tostones until later in life. I was a fan of the more-crispy plantain chips but I hadn’t yet had tostones that could match them…until I visited an authentic Puerto Rican restaurant that had the crispiest, most flavorful tostones ever. Now, I can’t get enough of them!

Today’s recipe is a remixed version is the perfect snack for any party or tailgate this season. I added a little Mexican flair to the tostones, with the help from Cacique Chorizo and Queso Fresco.

Check out these Chorizo & Queso Tostones!

Tropical Red Bull Margaritas

Tropical Red Bull Margaritas - A blend of pineapple, mango, and guava juices is combined with your typical margarita ingredients plus a boost from Red Bull Energy Drink to make these incredible Tropical Red Bull Margaritas.

This post has been sponsored by The Kroger Co. Family of Stores in celebration of #HispanicHeritageMonth. As always, all opinions are my own.

Tropical Red Bull Margaritas – A blend of pineapple, mango, and guava juices is combined with your typical margarita ingredients plus a boost from Red Bull Energy Drink to make these incredible Tropical Red Bull Margaritas. 

Before we get started, today, we’re honoring Puerto Rico with this recipe so I wanted to make sure I send my thoughts and prayers over to the country who is fighting so hard to rebuild what was destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

Alright, guys. Get ready for the second drink recipe in five days. Yup, it’s been that kind of week.

Not only do I have another drink recipe to share with you, but, similar to this Electric Orange Pisco Sour, it’s another drink recipe celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

As I’m sure you know by now, Kroger is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring remixed recipes of classic Hispanic dishes. I’ve joined them in featuring some remixed recipes of my own. Do you remember them all so far?

With each week of the month, Kroger is featuring remixed recipes for a specific Hispanic country. Starting on Friday, Puerto Rico is the star of the show. I’ll be featuring my favorite Puerto Rican snack with a little Mexican flair so don’t forget to come back and check it out!

Leading into Puerto Rico week, I wanted to feature another Mexican-Puerto Rican remixed recipe. But this one is for drinking.

Margaritas are an absolute must for any celebration. But these are extra special, thanks to the tropical flavors from the pineapple, mango, and guava. Oh, and also because of the kick from Red Bull!

Yup, this is also another recipe featuring the mighty Red Bull Energy Drink. It pairs so well with citrus and tropical flavors so I just had to include it in this tropical margarita.

This here is my Tropical Red Bull Margarita!

Electric Orange Pisco Sour

Electric Orange Pisco Sour - The traditional Peruvian drink is given a modern makeover with the addition of Red Bull Energy Drink and fresh orange juice

Electric Orange Pisco Sour – The traditional Peruvian drink is given a modern makeover with the addition of Red Bull Energy Drink and fresh orange juice

Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing, people! How have you been celebrating? Did you get a chance to make my killer Mexican Street Corn Chicken Salad yet?

As I said last week, I’m celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring “remixed” traditional recipes from a particular country each week. Last week was Mexico, hence the Mexican Street Corn Chicken Salad.

This week, I’m featuring Peru. And to celebrate, I’ve got a killer take on the classic Peruvian drink, the Pisco Sour. Pisco Sour is very similar to a Whiskey Sour, except it uses lime juice instead of lemon juice and Peruvian Pisco brandy instead of whiskey.

My remixed version uses an additional citrus flavor and a little extra energy boost, thanks to the Red Bull. I present to you my Electric Orange Pisco Sour!

Snickers Cheesecake

Snickers Cheesecake - An incredibly creamy cheesecake loaded with chopped Snickers bars and topped with rich chocolate ganache. It's the best way to use up leftover candy from Halloween, Valentine's Day, or Easter!

Snickers Cheesecake – An incredibly creamy cheesecake loaded with chopped Snickers bars and topped with rich chocolate ganache. It’s the best way to use up leftover candy from Halloween, Valentine’s Day, or Easter!

In July, for my one-year anniversary, I reached out to you guys for recipes that you want to see in year two. You guys had some incredible ideas, but one really stood out to me: cheesecake!

I have not made a cheesecake in YEARS. I made these cheesecake bars last fall but not a full, traditional cheesecake.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I don’t make a whole lot of full cakes or pies. I am much bigger fan of making bars or bites or cupcakes.

There are two reasons for this: (1) they are so much easier to make and (2) they’re much more fun to serve a crowd. I loath the first cut of any pie or cake because it never comes out perfectly. So I just cut out that fear by making the food into rectangular or square shapes.

Which reminds me…stay tuned for a slab pie. It only seems right for me to feature one so I’ll try to get one to you this fall/winter.

Okay, back to the cheesecake.

When you all requested a cheesecake, I just new I had to get one on the blog. The holidays are coming up so I knew a cheesecake would be the perfect treat to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

And with Halloween just around the corner, too, I wanted to feature a cheesecake that you can make with all that leftover candy.

Behold…the Snickers Cheesecake!