Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich #SundaySupper

Are you a breakfast eater?  I am not really.  I prefer to get up and have my coffee then maybe eat an early lunch.  However on the weekends it’s a different story.  Weekends are for big breakfasts with the family on Sunday.   Eggs, bacon, pancakes, french toast or omelettes.  This Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich is the perfect balance of eggs and ham, chewy ciabatta bread and one of my favorite condiments, pesto.

Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The pesto is really what made this sandwich great.  I’ve been growing basil out in my back yard for a few years now so it’s pretty much a staple in our house.  Don’t have fresh basil?  I find that the store version is good too so don’t get overwhelmed with an extra step if you don’t want to.  The other good thing is that this sandwich can be made all in one pan.

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This recipe is based off a sandwich I had when my husband and I took a little trip to Toledo & Cleveland last year.  While there we stayed at a beautiful hotel, the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade.  It was a great hotel right across from all kinds of restaurants, shops and a really cool brewery.  It was a great trip! We visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and my favorite, The Christmas Story House!  I also got to eat a great breakfast sandwich in the hotel restaurant, this Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich.  Now on to the food!

The lobby of our hotel.#stunning #clevelandarcade

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This sandwich is a one pan wonder.  Heat up 1 tsp of oil then add the onion.  Let soften for 2-3 minutes stirring so they don’t burn.  In a bowl combine the eggs and milk and whip to combine.  Now add spinach to the pan.  Cook for about a minute to let it soften.  Add the eggs on top.  Using a spatula thin out the eggs and cook by pushing the bottom up and letting the egg run under.  Cook for about 2 minutes then flip.  Now add ham to the other side of the pan.  Heat through for 2 minutes while the other side of the egg cooks.  Put ham on top of the eggs.  Take the 2 pieces of bread and spread butter on them then place face down in the open section of the pan.  Let brown for about 1 minute.

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Now time to plate it.  Place 1 piece of bread browned side down.  Put stacked eggs and ham on top of it.  Add a generous amount of prepared or freshly make pesto to the other slice of bread and put on top.  And here you are….

Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich
Eggs, spinach and ham made into a little omelet perfect for resting on crispy ciabatta bread. Spread pesto on the bread to make this the ultimate breakfast sandwich.
Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Sandwich
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Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Heat up 1 tsp of oil then add the onion. Let soften for 2-3 minutes stirring so they don't burn.
  2. In a bowl combine the eggs and milk and whip to combine.
  3. Now add spinach to the pan. Cook for about a minute to let it soften. Add the eggs on top.
  4. Using a spatula thin out the eggs and cook by pushing the bottom up and letting the egg run under. Cook for about 2 minutes then flip.
  5. Add ham to the other side of the pan. Heat through for 2 minutes while the other side of the egg cooks. Put ham on top of the eggs.
  6. Take the 2 pieces of bread and spread butter on them then place face down in the open section of the pan. Let brown for about 1 minute.
  7. Place 1 piece of bread browned side down. Put stacked eggs and ham on top of it. Add a generous amount of prepared or freshly make pesto to the other slice of bread and put on top. Enjoy!
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Fried Jalapeno Burger

Can you believe it’s almost August?  Summer sure does seem to be not taking it slow.  We have been very busy though having fun visiting new places with the kids and spending tons of time in the pool.  So for the last Mitten Movie Night of July I’m making something extra spicy, a burger topped with Fried Jalapenos.

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This week has been a long one so I am ready to relax.  I am currently in the process of pulling wallpaper down in what is known as the ‘Man Cave’.  Dubbed as such the first time we came to look a the house with the boys. There is a fair amount of wallpaper in this house so I felt it was a good place to start.  After getting into it I quickly realize that only 1 area a year might be getting done because it is WORK!

I got some great tips over on my Facebook page so I started with a water/fabric softener and scraper combo that actually worked pretty good.  Then I mentioned to my mother-in-law that a lot of people recommended a steamer.  Guess what?  She actually had a brand new one!  It has been working like a charm. Probably half the time it would have taken with the water/softener concoction. I’m so thankful too because I wanted to have this all done by the middle of August.  Looks like I am on track and I will post the before and afters soon for all to see.

After dinner I am kicking back and relaxing with  Wedding Crashers.  An oldie but goody and I love digging through our old DVD’s.  With dinner we’re drinking some Michigantuan from Short’s Brewing.  I can not resist a cherry beer especially one using Michigan cherries.  So now on to the food.

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The fried jalapenos are simple enough.  Take the jarred jalapenos and put them onto a paper towel, fold over and press down to dry them off as much as possible. Mix together the egg, milk, flour, salt and pepper for the batter. Heat up 1/4 cup of oil in a pan (drop a little bit of the batter to see if it starts to fry to check if oil is ready)  and fry 2-3 minutes, on each side until golden brown. Remove from pan and put on another clean plate and paper towel to drain.

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For the burger I actually finally used a hamburger press that I got from my son’s school fundraiser probably 3 years ago.  They really turned out great as you can see from the end result below.  I mix my burger some Worcestershire Sauce and that’s it.  Press half the meat into one side and then the other putting a piece of cheese into the middle and pressing it so the two halves connect.  If you don’t have a press just make a 1/2 pound patty and add cheese later.

As I’ve said before I don’t have a grill so I used my Foreman grill.  It took about 12 minutes total but check to make sure fully cooked for whatever method you are using.  Thinking I might have to remedy this whole no grill quick….maybe for my birthday coming up here in August?

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For the aioli mix mayo, minced garlic clove and 1 teaspoon of jalapeno juice.  Toast the buns, always.  Top with the spicy aioli.  And here you are….

Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Fried Jalapeno Burger
All beef hamburger stuffed with cheddar cheese then topped with crunchy fried jalapenos. Pile on creamy jalapeno aioli to finish off with even more heat.
Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
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Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take the jarred jalapenos and put them onto a paper towel, fold over and press down to dry them off as much as possible.
  2. Mix together the egg, milk, flour, salt and pepper for the batter.
  3. Heat up 1/4 cup of oil in a pan (drop a little bit of the batter to see if it starts to fry to check if oil is ready) and fry 2-3 minutes, on each side until golden brown.
  4. Remove from pan and put on another clean plate and paper towel to drain.
  5. Mix burger with Worcestershire Sauce.
  6. Press half the meat into one side and then the other putting a piece of cheese into the middle and pressing it so the two halves connect. **If you don't have a press just make a 1/2 pound patty and add cheese later.
  7. Cook on each side around 6 minutes for a total of 12 minutes. **Check to make sure fully cooked for whatever method you are using.
  8. For the aioli mix mayo, minced garlic clove and 1 teaspoon of jalapeno juice.
  9. Toast the buns. Top with the spicy aioli. Enjoy!
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Raspberry Cheesecake with Pound Cake Crust

I love raspberries.  This time of year you can finally get them reasonable so I take full advantage of it.  Recently I was watching one of my favorite shows, Diners Drive In’s & Dives, and they showed a cheesecake recipe that looked out of this world from Tin Roof Grill in Utah.  While I didn’t get down the whole recipe what I was most infatuated with was the crust…..made of pound cake.  I knew right then that this was so getting made to the best of my ability.

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I was in a baking mood the day I made this so I ended up going double duty and made my first ever pound cake.  Using Paula Deen’s Sour Cream Pound Cake recipe.  It turned out so great!  So great that I got anxious and didn’t let it cool enough so you will see that it ended up not coming ‘perfectly’ but you know what?  That’s okay!  So now on to the rest of the recipe.

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Let’s start with the crust.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a spring-form pan.  Cut the pound cake into slices.  Save the ends of the cake to cut into smaller pieces to put on the cheesecake before putting into the oven.  Like I said above I got too eager with mine and took it out while still hot so it kind of fell apart.  However, I was still able to get enough slices to cover the bottom and the sides. Lightly press down on the pieces so it forms a nice crust and covers up any large holes.

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Once you are done layering the pound cake now it’s time for the filling.  In a bowl or stand mixer beat together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, whip cream and sour cream.  So you don’t damage the raspberries fold them gently into the cheesecake filling.  Pour mixture into the crust then top with the chopped up cake pieces.

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As a safeguard I always put my spring-firm pan on top of a larger cookie sheet in case of any drips.  Put into oven and cook for 1 hour.  Let cheesecake completely cool before serving.  And here you are….

Raspberry Cheesecake with Pound Cake Crust | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Cheesecake recipe adapted from Pillsbury.

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Raspberry Cheesecake with Pound Cake Crust
Buttery pound cake crust filled with an easy cream cheese filling with fresh delicious raspberries. Top with even more pound cake pieces and bake. This is a cheesecake every berry lover will enjoy.
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a spring-form pan. Cut the pound cake into slices. Save the ends of the cake to cut into smaller pieces to put on the cheesecake before putting into the oven.
  2. Lightly press down on the pieces so it forms a nice crust and covers up any large holes.
  3. In a bowl or stand mixer beat together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, whip cream and sour cream.
  4. Fold raspberries gently into the cheesecake filling.
  5. Pour mixture into the crust then top with the chopped up cake pieces.
  6. Put spring-form pan on top of a larger cookie sheet in case of any drips. Put into oven and cook for 1 hour.
  7. Let cheesecake completely cool before serving. Enjoy!
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Memphis Hot Dogs #SundaySupper

For another Sunday Supper I actually made Michigan Hot Dogs and as I mentioned, they are not really from Michigan! I also realized there are so many different types of hot dogs! One that looks especially good was the Memphis Hot Dog.  Not only is it wrapped in bacon it’s also a specialty of a place that I really enjoy visiting.

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My husband and I visited the Memphis/Tunica area this March for a small trip before we moved into our new house.  While traveling my husband loves to visit area Costco’s.  I keep joking that he needs to get a punch card of locations so that he can mark them off his bucket list.  What was really exciting though was right next to the Costco was….a Brand New IKEA!  It was kismet considering that in just a few weeks were were moving.  Of course I also needed to pick up a few jars of lingonberries too!  Enough about the trip let’s get to the recipe.

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Since we do not have a grill I made these in the oven.  The bacon came out nice and crisp!  Take the hot dogs, I use Nathan’s because they are the best, and wrap a piece of bacon around each one.  Place on a greased pan then cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 12 minutes.  Now put the hot dogs under the broiler of your oven for 1 minute, turn them then broil for one minute more.

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Once they are done add them to the buns.  Top off with chopped green onions, cheddar cheese and some Memphis Style BBQ Sauce.  I used my sauce recipe since it is on the vinegary side, which is what Memphis Style BBQ sauces are based on.  And here you are…..

Memphis Hot Dog | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thank you to this weeks Sunday Supper host Stacy of Food Lust People Love.  Check out all of the other recipes that will keep any hot dog lover happy.

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Memphis Hot Dogs
All beef hot dog wrapped in bacon then cooked until crispy. Top with cheese, green onions then Memphis Style BBQ sauce. A classic regional favorite no matter where you are.
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Course Main Dish
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Course Main Dish
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Instructions
  1. Take the hot dogs and wrap a piece of bacon around each one.
  2. Place on a greased pan the cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 12 minutes.
  3. Now put the hot dogs under the broiler of your oven for 1 minute, turn them then broil for one minute more.
  4. Once they are done add them to the buns. Top off with chopped green onions, cheddar cheese and some Memphis Style BBQ Sauce. Enjoy!
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Visit to Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City

Look no further than the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City , Indiana
for family fun in the Northwestern Indiana area.

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We are into the middle of Summer and looking for fun stuff to do!  I can’t believe that Washington Park Zoo is not one that we’ve visited before.  Located in Michigan City, Indiana this zoo is small enough to get through quickly but unique enough to want to go back again and again.

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Winding walkways go up and up but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t easily accessible with strollers or wheelchairs.  Lots of different paths to take so that one way you can look into the bear exhibit then go another way and you are up behind it looking down.  This gives a great 2nd chance to see animals that may have been in a spot that wasn’t visible before.  After seeing the animals and riding the train the little petting area toward the end was not to be missed.

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There are three things that I’ve never seen before that made this trip one of my families favorites.

Otter Tunnel

I wish that I got a better picture of Ace in this but there were so many kids going through it that I just got this one.  It was a busy place!  Ace had to go back 4 separate times because he loved it so much.  While the kids go in the tunnel the otters can swim over them or even sit on top of the tube.  It was so cute and all the kids were enjoying it very much.

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Observation Tower

Take a little walk off the beaten path to the observation tower.  Small balconies are on each level as you walk out to give a full 360 degree view from the tower.

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After the trek up many, many, many steps the payoff was a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan.  The open windows were very well guarded.  Even the most height weary person would feel comfortable enough going up to enjoy the scenery.

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Feed the Birds at the Aviary

By far my boys favorite at the zoo. Once you walk into an enclosed area there is an option to buy a stick with bird seed on it for $1.  Be careful since Ace thought this was for him and promptly put it in his mouth! Lol.  The employee selling the sticks assured me that it happens multiple times a day.  After that it’s time to feed the birds.  It was a popular spot too but big enough that everyone had lots of chances to feed any bird they liked if they were on the ladders, bird houses or even on the ground.  They also got lots of chances to hold the birds on their sticks.

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This zoo was about an hour from our location in Southwestern Michigan and well worth the trip.  We completed the whole zoo in about 2 hours and had enough time to visit Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets for a little shopping and lunch downtown.  If you live the SW Michigan/NW Indiana area I recommend putting this on your families Summer list.

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Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches #SundaySupper

Heading out to a picnic?  These little slider sandwiches with big flavor are perfect because they are very portable.  The sweetness of the roll mixed with savory cream cheese and deli meats can be rich but also addicting.  Limit yourself to one then treat yourself to a great picnic dessert like my Piña Colada Upside Down Cake.

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This week started 3 day work weeks for my husband.  Normally he already works 4-10 hour shifts so with enough saved up vacation time he took another day off every week until September.  Plenty of time to have fun in the pool and discover new places that we haven’t visited yet is on our agenda. This past week alone took Little A to his very first trip to SkyZone and a zoo that was truly amazing.

Then of course we will be hitting the usual places that we love:

Head over to St. Joseph, MI for the Splash Pad and grab a slice of pizza at Silver Beach Pizza
Visit the animals at Potawatomi Zoo – The oldest zoo in Indiana.
Central Park in Mishawaka – Our newest find! A smaller splash pad and play area. The perfect place to have a picnic!
Make sure to catch a South Bend Cubs game.

See the area that we live in is coined ‘ Michiana’.  On the boarder of Michigan and Indiana.  Head to Kalamazoo or to South Bend  in equal time.  Plus we are about equally 2-1/2 hours from Detroit, Indianapolis and Chicago.  So many possibilities but since we aren’t giant planners we will have to just see where the Summer takes us.  Now on to the picnic food!

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Sweet Hawaiian rolls make the perfect bun for these sandwiches.  These slider buns come in a a package that can be used to get them where they are going.  First let’s make the herbed cream cheese.  Take 1 block of cream cheese and make sure it’s softened.  Mix in garlic powder, oregano and parley then stir to combine.

Cut the buns in half placing the bottom half back into the box that the rolls originally came in. Spread half of the cream cheese on the buns.  Layer ham, sliced tomatoes then the turkey pastrami.  Taking the top half put the rest of the cream cheese on it then put on top.  All done!  You are picnic ready in less than 10 minutes.

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After the sandwiches have been assembled here is a great way to transport them to your favorite picnic location-use the packaging from the rolls.  Since they were made right in the paper tray now just cover with two pieces of plastic wrap and put back into bag.  Tie with plastic tie and you are ready!  Place the sandwiches at the top of your cooler so they don’t get flattened.  And here your are….

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thank you to this weeks Sunday Supper host Christie Campbell of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.  Check out all of the other recipes that will have your picnic table filled this Summer.

Best Picnic Recipes to Enjoy at the Park #SundaySupper

Starters, Skewers, and Sandwiches al Fresco

Stow-and-Go Sides and Salads

Drinks and Desserts for Outdoor Dining

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Cream Cheese Slider Sandwiches
Sweet Hawaiian rolls spread with herbed cream cheese then topped with deli meats and tomatoes. A perfectly portable slider to take to your favorite picnic local.
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Course Main Dish
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Course Main Dish
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Servings
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Instructions
  1. Take 1 block of cream cheese and make sure it's softened. Mix in garlic powder, oregano and parley then stir to combine.
  2. Cut the buns in half placing the bottom half back into the box that the rolls originally came in.
  3. Spread half of the cream cheese on the buns.
  4. Layer ham, sliced tomatoes then the turkey pastrami.
  5. Taking the top half put the rest of the cream cheese on it then put on top.
  6. Just put them back into the paper tray, cover with two pieces of plastic wrap and put back into bag. Tie with plastic tie. Take to the picnic and enjoy!
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‘Celebrate with 8’ Drinks & Snacks By The Pool

Summer is here and that means lots of time by the water.
From nibbles and lemonade to apps and margaritas it’s time to
‘Celebrate with 8’ Drinks & Snack to enjoy by the pool.

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Celebrate with 8’ is a weekly feature at Bottom Left of the Mitten – learn more here.

In the afternoon you can have some Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles from Soulfully Made.  Nice way to cool off when your cooling off.

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles from Soulfully Made | Celebrate with 8' Drinks & Snacks By The Pool | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Homemade lemonade, there is nothing like it! Confessions of an Overworked Mom show you How to Make Lemonade with Stevia for a Delicious Summer Drink.  Ready for Summer!

How to Make Lemonade with Stevia for a Delicious Summer Drink from Confessions of an Overworked Mom | Celebrate with 8' Drinks & Snacks By The Pool | Bottom Left of the Mitten

No pool party is complete without snacks!  Try the Ham It Up Cheese Ball.  Make ahead to get all the flavors to meld so all you have to do is take it and add crackers.  Get your snack on!

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Love peaches?  Indulge with this Frozen Peach Margarita from Family Around the Table.  Frosty, freezy, freeze and fruity delicious.

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Make your pool experience into a spa experience with this Spiked Spa Water from Simple and Savory.  A light and refreshing cocktail to relax and sip while poolside.

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Time for another snack break!  Cordon Bleu Appetizers from Family Around the Table takes the classic casserole and makes it into an appetizer.  Delicious!

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Have lots of watermelon on hand?  I know we do.  Will have to make this perfect for the pool Watermelon Strawberry Martini from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.

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Another appetizer because poolside is for finger food.  Have my Ham and Salami Roll-ups ready in the fridge to bring out when a snack attack hits.

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Grab a bathing suit. Slather on the sunscreen. Celebrate.

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Butterscotch Banana Bread

Have some overripe bananas on your counter?  Don’t know what to do with them?  How about making a classic loaf of banana bread with a butterscotch twist?  When the bread bakes the butterscotch chips make little pockets full of flavor throughout.

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If you follow my blog you will know that I’m not a big baker.  I’m getting better but I still prefer a quick no bake dessert over breaking out the cake pans.  However this bread is so easy and comes out of the oven so perfect that I find myself making it over and over again.  The inside ends up being soft and moist and the outside gets a slightly crunchy crust.  This combination has me making this treat at least every other week.

Since I started making this banana bread recipe I’ve realized there is no better smell than something like bread baking in the oven.  Sweet and buttery almost.  Reminds me of growing up and my mom making big bowls and loaf after loaf of zucchini bread.  While I can’t get my boys to touch the stuff they do love banana bread.  They might eat it at night or even in the morning for breakfast with strawberries.  Now on to the recipe.

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You cannot go wrong with this simple recipe.  With a fork mush the overripe bananas.  In separate bowl melt the butter and whisk the egg.  Add to the bananas.  Now mix in the remaining ingredients: sugar, vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour then stir to combine.  Finally add the butterscotch chips.  Grease one loaf pan with butter or oil then add the batter.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Sniff the air over and over again while it bakes.  Serve warm with lots of butter.  And here you are……

Butterscotch Banana Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from I Wash You Dry

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Butterscotch Banana Bread
Don't let overripe bananas go to waste make this banana bread. Moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside then loaded with butterscotch in every bite.
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Cuisine Bread
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Instructions
  1. With a fork mush the overripe bananas.
  2. In separate bowl melt the butter and whisk the egg. Add to the bananas.
  3. Now mix in the remaining ingredients: sugar, vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour then stir to combine.
  4. Finally add the butterscotch chips.
  5. Grease one loaf pan with butter or oil then add the batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve warm with lots of butter. Enjoy!
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Tyler Florence’s Chicken & Sausage Etouffee

This Mitten Movie Night is the first in July!  Did you have a good 4th?  Last week instead of Mitten Movie Night I posted my Best BBQ Sauce recipe for #CookoutWeek.  It was an honor to be a part of it.  Can’t wait to be a part of this great group once again for Choctoberfest too!  Tonight I am making an etouffee recipe that I watched Tyler Florence make on The Food Network years ago when I was just getting into cooking.  It sounded great so I made it and have been loving it ever since.

Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Pairing this meal with a long time love of mine Bell’s Oberon.  Fun Fact: Oberon’s release is celebrated with ‘Oberon Day’…what a World we live in!  Check out all their other release dates here.  We are watching What We Do In The Shadows.  It came on Netflix and we started watching a little of it then decided to save it for tonight.  What I did see was hilarious and I don’t think you can go wrong with a ‘documentary’ about Vampires living together.  That’s my kind of humor.  Now on to the food.

Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten

If I described this dish in one word it would be ‘simple’.  However using that word would lead you to believe that the flavor is pretty basic too-nope. Wrong.  If your looking for an easy meal with lots of flavor this is it.  Start by chopping the chicken into pieces.  Sautee in a pan with a 2 teaspoons of oil for about 5 minutes.  Chop the sausage then add to the pan.  Cook for another 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and sausage is crisp.

While the meat is cooking take the pepper, onion, garlic cloves and celery and add to a food processor.  Chop items until they are small and well combined.  Remove the cooked chicken and sausage from the pan.

Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten

To the same pan add chicken stock and the processed vegetables.  Start cooking over medium/high heat.  Add the chicken and sausage back to the pot.  Let the stock reduce by half until it make a smooth sauce.  Serve over rice and maybe a side of Hone-Jalapeno Cornbread.  And here you are……

Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee
Spicy andouille sausage and chicken are sauteed then combined with a light sauce. This meal is all about simple flavors combing to make one spectacular dish.
Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by chopping the chicken into pieces. Sautee in a pan with a 2 teaspoons of oil for about 5 minutes. Chop the sausage then add to the pan. Cook for another 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and sausage is crisp.
  2. Take the pepper, onion, garlic cloves and celery and add to a food processor. Chop items until they are small and well combined.
  3. Remove the cooked chicken and sausage from the pan.
  4. To the same pan add chicken stock and the processed vegetables. Start cooking over medium/high heat.
  5. Add the chicken and sausage back to the pot. Let the stock reduce by half until it make a smooth sauce. Serve over rice. Enjoy!
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‘Celebrate with 8’ for Blueberry Month

July is Blueberry Month! Time to devour these little bursts of flavor.
Let’s ‘Celebrate with 8’ for Blueberry Month.

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Celebrate with 8’ is a weekly feature at Bottom Left of the Mitten – learn more here.

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This White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna from Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts takes the word ‘layers’ to the next level. Golden Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, pudding layer, Cool Whip ‘frosting’ then a layer of white chocolate curls.

White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna from Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts | Bottom Left of the Mitten 'Celebrate with 8' for Blueberry Month

Did you pick or grow too many blueberries to eat? Freeze them so you can enjoy them for up to 6 months. Graceful Little Honey Bee shows you how.

How to Freeze Blueberries from Graceful Little Honey Bee | Bottom Left of the Mitten 'Celebrate with 8' for Blueberry Month
Breakfast Butter Rolls with Whipped Blueberry Butter from Peas & Peonies is one of the best ways to start the day. Warm rolls right out of the oven then smothered with this fruit butter. Melty goodness.

Breakfast Butter Rolls with Whipped Blueberry Butter from Peas & Peonies | Bottom Left of the Mitten 'Celebrate with 8' for Blueberry Month
These Blueberry Crumble Bars by From A Chef’s Kitchen has all the blueberry flavor topped with a crumbly crust baked until golden brown. So good.

Blueberry Crumble Bars From A Chef's Kitchen | Bottom Left of the Mitten 'Celebrate with 8' for Blueberry Month
Blueberries not only taste good they are good for you! Makes eating this Spinach Blueberry Superfoods Salad from Averie Cooks even more delicious.

Spinach Blueberry Superfoods Salad from Averie Cooks | Bottom Left of the Mitten 'Celebrate with 8' for Blueberry Month
How about blueberries on your wall and not in your belly? ‘Michigan Blueberries’ print from The Big Lake Etsy shop will make a great centerpiece for any Michigan loving home.

'Michigan Blueberries' print from The Big Lake Etsy shop | Bottom Left of the Mitten 'Celebrate with 8' for Blueberry Month
If No Bake desserts are your favorite try my quick Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake. Blueberry sauce mixed with a Jell-O pudding mix kit make this an easy treat for your next picnic.

Red White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Who says that strawberry is the only shortcake game on the block? Blueberry Shortcake from Liv For Cake proves that theory wrong. Cake and blueberry sauce combine to make one sweet cake.

Blueberry Shortcake from Liv For Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten 'Celebrate with 8' for Blueberry Month
Go to the store or pick your own. Eat until your fingers are blue. Celebrate.

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