Salad Delight

This Mitten Movie Night I’m taking it to the tropics so Salad Delight it is! Don’t let the name fool you this ‘salad’ is a sweet treat. Tropical fruits, marshmallows and whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. This vintage recipe stands the test of time and perfect for holidays, picnics or any night of the week.  I may not be able to escape to a warmer climate right now but I can make a tropical salad, sit under a bright light with sunglasses and sip on a mango sour beer.  Sounds good, huh?

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With this I am serving it as a side with some slider sandwiches.  A perfect beer to pair this with is In The Flesh from Two Brothers Artisan Brewing.  I’m a really big fan of sour beers and this one made with mango is on the top of my favorites list. The sourness does cut the sweetness of the salad. Delicious!

Recommended watching: We are catching up on a new to us show, Atlanta.  If you are a fan of Donald Glover either the show he started in Community or his music you will see him at his finest in this drama.  A little thing you may not know about him thought (and no he is NOT related to Danny Glover) he was actually discovered by Tina Fey and wrote for my favorite show ever, 30 Rock.  Now on to the ‘salad’ that’s not a salad at all.

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While I do usually like to have pictures of each step there simply was no reason for it.  All you have to do is set the whipped cream and frozen fruit on the counter and let thaw.  You could also do this overnight in the refrigerator.  Once the items have thawed make sure to drain the frozen fruit as it may have water in the bottom.  Next open the can of crushed pineapple and drain that too.  You don’t want it making your salad runny.

In a medium sized bowl add the fruit, pineapple, whipped cream, chopped banana and marshmallows. Mix to combine all the ingredients.  In a small pan on the stove over medium heat melt 1/2 tsp of butter.  Add the coconut and toast for 2-3 minutes.  Take off the stove and let cool.  Sprinkle on top of the salad.  And here you are…..

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Salad Delight
Don't let the name fool you this 'salad' is a sweet treat. Tropical fruits, marshmallows and whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. This vintage recipe stands the test of time and perfect for holidays, picnics or any night of the week.
Salad Delight | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
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servings
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salad Delight | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Set the whipped cream and frozen fruit on the counter and let thaw. You could also do this overnight in the refrigerator. Once the items have thawed make sure to drain the frozen fruit as it may have water in the bottom.
  2. Next open the can of crushed pineapple and drain that too. You don't want it making your salad runny.
  3. In a medium sized bowl add the fruit, pineapple, whipped cream, chopped banana and marshmallows. Mix to combine all the ingredients.
  4. In a small pan on the stove over medium heat melt 1/2 tsp of butter. Add the coconut and toast for 2-3 minutes. Take off the stove and let cool.
  5. Sprinkle the coconut on top of the salad. Enjoy!
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Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic

Looking to have a cozy Friday night in?  And how would you like to make up a chicken dinner that can be made all in one pan and bake while you lounge on the couch reading or watching movies? Am I speaking your language yet? This Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms and Garlic is the perfect dinner for a great night in.

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So tonight for Mitten Movie Night I made one of my favorites, a simple chicken dinner.  I love nothing more than chicken with a light gravy and mashed potatoes.  This meal paired so well with the White Chocolate Blonde from Grand Armory Brewing that we picked up when we were out hunting for Hopslam.  With only a hint of chocolate it went great with the meaty mushrooms, tender chicken and light sauce perfectly.

Recommended to watch: The Secret of Marrowbone.  This movie had me thinking about it long after it was over.  A little bit of horror with a surprise twist at the end.  So cuddle up because the weather is still cold and let’s get to the meal.

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Do you have a cast iron skillet?  If not this dish works well in a dutch oven too.  I’ve been using my cast iron like crazy since I got it this summer.  Before having one I always thought that it would be too intimidating but I was simply wrong about it. Easy to clean and you can make everything from burgers to dessert in it.

Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.  On the stove heat the pan and add the 1/4 cup olive oil. On a plate add the flour, salt, pepper and thyme.  Combine the spices and flour together then dredge each chicken piece into it then add them skin side down to the pan.  Cook for 5 minutes, flip over and cook another 5 minutes on the other side.  While the chicken is cooking chop the onion, clean the mushrooms and get the garlic peeled.

Once the chicken is cooked remove and put on a separate plate.  The chicken does not have to be cooked you just wanted to crisp up the skin.  To the same pan add 1 Tbs of butter.  With a spatula bring up the little bits on the bottom of the pan and add the onions.  Brown them until translucent for 2-3 minutes.  By now the kitchen should be smelling amazing!

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Now that the onions are cooked add the liquids: wine and chicken stock.  Add the chicken back to the pan.  Then finally add the mushrooms and garlic on top of that.  Turn off the heat to the skillet on the stove top then put the whole pan into the oven.

Cook the chicken for 60 minutes but to keep it moist every 15 minutes take a spoon and pour the juices from the pan over the chicken.  While it’s cooking make up some mashed potatoes and a vegetable side.  Plate it up and here you are…..

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

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Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic
Crispy chicken thighs bake in a light wine sauce with whole garlic cloves, onions and mushrooms. Break out the cast iron skillet and enjoy this one pan meal that is perfect for a great night in.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. On the stove heat the pan and add the 1/4 cup olive oil.
  2. On a plate add the flour, salt, pepper and thyme. Combine the spices and flour together then dredge each chicken piece into it then add them skin side down to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, flip over and cook another 5 minutes on the other side.
  3. While the chicken is cooking chop the onion, clean the mushrooms and get the garlic peeled.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked remove and put on a separate plate. The chicken does not have to be cooked you just wanted to crisp up the skin. To the same pan add 1 Tbs of butter.
  5. With a spatula bring up the little bits on the bottom of the pan and add the onions. Brown them until translucent for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Now that the onions are cooked add the liquids: wine and chicken stock. Add the chicken back to the pan. Then finally add the mushrooms and garlic on top of that. Turn off the heat to the skillet on the stove top then put the whole pan into the oven.
  7. Cook the chicken for 60 minutes but to keep it moist every 15 minutes take a spoon and pour the juices from the pan over the chicken. Plate it up. Enjoy!
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Shrimp Cannelloni #SundaySupper

February is here and love is in the air.  Looking for a romantic meals for two that won’t take you all day to make?  Try my Shrimp Cannelloni that has a short cut so you can spend more time with your love and not in the kitchen.

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The inspiration for these came after watching one of my favorite shows Diner, Drive-In’s & Dives.  They were at a restaurant where they made cannelloni and instead of spending all the time stuffing the tubes they used egg roll wrappers instead.  Genius!  Right up there with the making ravioli using ice cube trays that I want to try soon.  For the filling they used a food processor to make the filling.  Also genius!  So let’s get to it.

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Start by thawing out the shrimp.  I used cocktail already cooked shrimp to make quick work of this and then I have shrimp leftover for tacos and salads.  In a food processor place the shrimp (keep out a small handful to add into the Alfredo sauce at the end), sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves and parsley.  Process until all the has been combined.  Take the mixture and place in a bowl then add the ricotta cheese and Italian cheese.  Mix all together.  The mixture should be well combined to make it easy to spread onto the egg roll wrappers.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Now start the Alfredo sauce.  Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan once melted add the flour and make a roux.  Now add the milk, the whole shrimp that was set aside and the Parmesan cheese.  Stir to completely combine and it thickens up.  In a 8×8 dish that has been greased put part 1/2 of the Alfredo into the bottom of the pan.

Now time to wrap the ‘Cannelloni’.  Take the shrimp and ricotta mixture into 6 servings.  Lay out each egg roll wrapper and spread the filling in the middle.  Fold over the top edges over the filling then then one end over the filling and finally roll it up.  Place into the dish seam side down.  Lastly cover with the rest of the Alfredo sauce and the last 1/4 cup of Italian cheese.  Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.  And here you are…..

Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Shrimp Cannelloni
Creamy Alfredo covers a rolls filled with savory shrimp stuffing then baked. The perfect romantic meal for two for Valentine's or any date night.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
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Instructions
  1. Start by thawing out the shrimp.
  2. In a food processor place the shrimp (keep out a small handful to add into the Alfredo sauce at the end), sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves and parsley. Process until all the has been combined.
  3. Take the mixture and place in a bowl then add the ricotta cheese and Italian cheese. Mix all together.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Now start the Alfredo sauce. Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan once melted add the flour and make a roux. Now add the milk, the whole shrimp that was set aside and the Parmesan cheese. Stir to completely combine and it thickens up. In a 8x8 dish that has been greased put part 1/2 of the Alfredo into the bottom of the pan.
  6. Take the shrimp and ricotta mixture into 6 servings. Lay out each egg roll wrapper and spread the filling in the middle. Fold over the top edges over the filling then then one end over the filling and finally roll it up. Place into the dish seam side down.
  7. Lastly cover with the rest of the Alfredo sauce and the last 1/4 cup of Italian cheese.
  8. Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
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Hot Chocolate and Toast

Well now that Thanksgiving is over let’s get cozy and ready for Christmastime.  That also means here in the Bottom Left of the Mitten at any moment we can be visited with the dreaded 4 letter word: S-N-O-W.  Now don’t get me wrong I love snowy days until about January then I’m done with it.  However Michigan does not listen to me and the last few years it can snow March-March I say!  So why not cozy up with a warm bowl of soup.  Or go out and play it then come home to a piping hot cup of homemade hot chocolate.

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As a kid Winter was racing down the biggest hill in our area, Kincheloe Hill, on a bobsled that had *gasp* real metal skis on it.  My brother and I would build igloos brick by brick and then sit in it for hours.  No matter what the wintertime activity was when we were finally forced to come in and peel off the wet layers full of ice balls we would then sit down with one of my favorite treats.  The best way to warm up was a big mug of hot chocolate brimming with gooey marshmallows and buttery toast on the side to dip in it.

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This hot chocolate could not be simpler.  Forget ever buying a packet again all you will want to make sure to keep on hand is some sugar, milk and really good cocoa powder.  In a medium saucepan add the milk and turn it on to medium heat.  Now to the milk whisk in the sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla.  Keep whisking and cook the cocoa for 5 minutes.  Turn off heat.

Now it’s time to toast the bread.  Slather on LOTS of butter.  Split the milk between 2 cups.  Top with marshmallows.  And here you are…..

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

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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Hot Chocolate and Toast
A big mug of hot cocoa topped with marshmallows. Dip in warm buttered toast for the ultimate winter comfort drink and snack combo.
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Course Beverage
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Course Beverage
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Hot Chocolate and Toast | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan add the milk and turn it on to medium heat. Now to the milk whisk in the sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla. Keep whisking and cook the cocoa for 5 minutes. Turn off heat.
  2. Now it's time to toast the bread. Slather on LOTS of butter. Split the milk between 2 cups. Top with marshmallows. Enjoy!
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Chicken a la King

Comfort food! Comfort food! Do you love comfort food?  If you do I’ve got a dish for you.  Creamy chicken, crunchy vegetables then ladled on top of cheesy potatoes (or noodles if you like) make for the ultimate comfort food. Make it for your family tonight.

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What is best about this dish is that it doesn’t take too long.  Here’s a tip:  When I make any type of soup with chicken I usually take a whole large pack of chicken and cook it in a crock pot then freeze the leftovers for when I make recipes like this.  Cooking it in the crock pot not only saves time it makes it tender and tasty.  Now on to the recipe.

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To start chop up the onions, carrots and celery.  In a pan heat 2 Tbs butter then add the vegetables and start to sautee.  Cook them stirring occasionally until softened, around 6 minutes.  To the vegetables add the Tbs of flour then stir until the flour is all combined with the vegetables.  This will make a roux to thicken everything up, but here’s the kicker, not too thick.  When this goes over the potatoes or noddles you want it to be smooth not clumpy.

Time to add the chicken stock.  Again stir everything together and let simmer for around 3 minutes.  Now add the shredded chicken.

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The last ingredient that makes this so creamy is Cream of Chicken.  Add the can to the chicken mixture and heat through or 5 minutes.  For this I made some cheesy mashed potatoes.  Feel free to put this on top of regular potatoes or noodles.  And here you are….

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Chicken a la King
Creamy chicken, crunchy vegetables then ladled on top of cheesy potatoes make for the ultimate comfort food. Make it for your family tonight.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. To start chop up the onions, carrots and celery. In a pan heat 2 Tbs butter then add the vegetables and start to sautee. Cook them stirring occasionally until softened, around 6 minutes.
  2. To the vegetables add a Tbs of flour then stir until the flour is all combined with the vegetables.
  3. Add chicken stock. Stir everything together and let simmer for around 3 minutes.
  4. Add the shredded chicken.
  5. Finally add the Cream of Chicken and heat through or 5 minutes.
  6. Ladle over potatoes or noodles. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Happy November!  Time to dust off Halloween and enjoy a few short weeks before we officially kick off the holidays.  If you’re anything like me even though I have to wait for Thanksgiving feasts I start planning out the menu now.  With any luck you will want to save this Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe for yours.

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This actually is a pie that I have been wanting to make forever.  I was talking to my Step-Mom about a drink recipe that I wanted to make for the holidays.  ‘You know this and your sister’s pie are always what I think about when I remember the holidays.’  A crisp, crunchy top with pecans made way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust.  This pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.  Luckily for me, she knew the recipe and gave it to me right then and there.

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According to her I could find the recipe on Baker’s German Chocolate baking squares.  Her sister then just omitted the coconut because her family didn’t care for it.  So off to the store I went and picked up the ingredients.  Unfortunately the Baker’s Chocolate did not have this pie recipe in it but no worries I found this German Chocolate Pie Recipe from Betty Crocker and guess what?  It was spot on.

For this I used a pre-made pie crust.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate.  Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.

To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Mix with a whisk until combined.  In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla.  Break the chocolate bar into pieces.  In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate.  Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely.  Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk.  Let cool for a few minutes.

To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step.  Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.  Pour filling into the pie crust.  Finally pour the pecans over the top.  Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.

Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours.  Slice it up and serve with whipped cream.  And here you are….

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Chocolate Pecan Pie
A crisp, crunchy top with pecans make way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust. This pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.
Chocolate Pecan Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate. Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.
  2. To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix with a whisk until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla. Break the chocolate bar into pieces. In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate. Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely. Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk. Let cool for a few minutes.
  4. To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step. Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.
  5. Pour filling into the pie crust. Finally pour the pecans over the top. Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.
  6. Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours. Slice it up and serve with whipped cream. Enjoy!
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PB&J Burger

For this Mitten Movie Night we are watching Stranger Things.  In honor of it I decided to go all out and try to make something special to coincide with a night of binge watching this awesome show.  If you follow my blog you know that I love recreating regional favorites.  Whether it’s Michigan or Memphis Hot Dogs or recreating a sandwich I had in Ohio, I’m in for taking a culinary trip with my taste buds.  So, why not make something from Indiana which is were the show takes place?  Let’s do it!

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Even though I live very close to Indiana I’ll be honest I’m not totally immersed in what foods are big there.  So off to the little ‘tell me what I don’t know’ box called the internet I went.  With some research I found 9 Strange Food Combinations Only People In Indiana Will Love from Only In Your State. Right at the Top #1-Peanut Butter and Hamburgers. Hmm…..this might just be interesting enough to try.  Never had it, but I’ll try it. The article said that it usually comes with jalapenos so of course this was going to be delicious with the sweet, salty and spicy flavors all working together.

I thought a Halloween themed beer would be good so Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale from New Belgium it is. While a more locally sourced craft beer would probably have been better this beer was purchased in Mishawaka at Costco so close enough!  Now on to this burger that really was a delicious surprise.

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For the burgers we’re keeping it simple so mix the ground beef, pepper, salt and garlic powder and shape into 4 patties.  I always cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet with some oil.  After a recent episode of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives there was a restaurant that covered the burgers with a dish so they stayed moist.  I tried this trick  and it worked great.

Place burgers in skillet and cook without the bowl over it for 3 minutes.  Cover with a bowl as shown below and cook for another 5 minutes.  Using a spatula flip up the side of the bowl then use tongs to take it off completely. Do not touch the bowl, it is hot!  Flip burgers and let cook for 3 minutes.  Using the tongs place the bowl back over and cook for another 5 minutes.  Using the same technique as before flip the bowl off, add the shredded cheese equally over the burgers and return the bowl one last time.  Cook finally for another 2-3 minutes to melt cheese then remove them from the pan.

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So the ‘PB’ is off course for peanut butter but the ‘J’ is for jam.  Bacon jam to be exact.  I thought this would be a good addition. I recently had a burger with it on it at a local brewery and now I’m obsessed.  In an effort to keep some in my house at all times now I made some using this Easy Skillet Bacon Jam recipe.

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Toast the bun with a little butter then assemble the burger.  Spread the peanut butter on the bottom, burger, jalapenos and bacon jam.  Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish.  And here you are…..

PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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PB&J Burger
This is not the peanut butter and jelly you grew up with. It's not your average burger. PB & J=Peanut Butter and Bacon Jam make this burger an all out hit!
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
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Instructions
  1. Mix the ground beef, pepper, salt and garlic powder and shape into 4 patties.
  2. To use the bowl method: Place burgers in skillet with a small amount of oil and cook without the bowl over it for 3 minutes. Cover with a bowl as shown below and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Using a spatula flip up the side of the bowl then use tongs to take it off completely. Do not touch the bowl, it is hot! Flip burgers and let cook for 3 minutes. Using the tongs place the bowl back over and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Using the same technique as before flip the bowl off, add the shredded cheese equally over the burgers and return the bowl one last time. Cook finally for another 2-3 minutes to melt cheese then remove them from the pan.
  5. Toast the bun with a little butter then assemble the burger. Spread the peanut butter on the bottom, burger, jalapenos and bacon jam. Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish. Enjoy!
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Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup #SundaySupper

I first made this Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup recipe as something quick to take my best friend who was sick in the hospital. I was originally going to make a pasta dish with most of these ingredients but adjusted it on the fly to make the ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup to take to her so she could skip the hospital food. I’m glad I did because it has become something that I now make, a lot.

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Top this with some homemade croutons and a sprinkle of Parmesan. The croutons give it really good crunch. Now on to the soup!

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened.  Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.

Now add your sausage and cook until browned. Once the sausage is cooked I usually either drain this on a plate with a paper towel or drain in colander. I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.  I now also add the other half of my butter.  Wilt the spinach. Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.

To the sausage mixture sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over it then stir to combine the flour.  This is what thickens the stock.

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Add the chicken stock now.  I love using bouillon so I heat up 1 cup of water and dissolve the cubes in that.  Then add the remaining water after that.  Finally put the gnocchi into the pot and set to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Serve it up and add croutons & additional Parmesan.  And here you are……

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

Originally published March, 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

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Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
The ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup with spicy sausage and bites of gnocchi. Top with homemade croutons and Parmesan and dig in.
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened. Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.
  2. Add your sausage and cook until browned. Once the sausage is cooked drain **I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.
  3. Add the other half of my butter. Wilt the spinach. Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.
  4. To the sausage mixture sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over it then stir to combine the flour.
  5. Add the chicken stock. Finally put the gnocchi into the pot and set to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve it up and add croutons & additional Parmesan. Enjoy!
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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

This week for Choctoberfest I thought I would make a rich, chocolate dessert that takes me back to my childhood.  Sunday’s were spent at my Grandma & Grandpa’s house and dessert was usually a big bowl of homemade chocolate pudding.  Rodelle’s Dutch-processed cocoa gives this chocolate pudding a rich flavor and easy enough to make to make your sweet tooth happy.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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I was very excited to partner with Rodelle in making this recipe for Choctoberfest.  Not only is their baking cocoa versatile for recipes it is also full of good things for you and your family: antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamins.  It’s also naturally cholesterol free Kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO.  So now on to the recipe!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten

In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined.  Move the pot to the stove top.  Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients.  Turn on the stove to medium heat.  Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.

With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going.  The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient.  Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken–this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn’t burn.  When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten

We love to eat our pudding warm.  Give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little if eating warm.  Now I LOVE the skin on my pudding.  However if you are a family that doesn’t you can cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.  If you want cold put it into the fridge for about half an hour.

Serve warm or chilled.  With or without whipped cream.  And here you are…..

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Only a few minutes and a few ingredients to make the perfect comfort homemade chocolate pudding. Get ready to be transported to your childhood.
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Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined. Move the pot to the stove top.
  2. Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients. Turn on the stove to medium heat. Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.
  3. With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going. The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient. Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken--this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn't burn.
  4. When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.
  5. If eating warm give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little.
  6. For no skin: cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.
  7. If you want cold: put it into the fridge for about half an hour.
  8. Serve warm or chilled. With or without whipped cream. Enjoy!
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Tuna Casserole

School is in full swing.  Fall is here. The weather is finally cooling down after quite a heat spell here in Southwestern Michigan and I think most of the Midwest.  Time for cozy casserole that is easy any night of the week.  Try out my Tuna Casserole full of vegetables and cheese.

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It’s taken a few weeks to get into the groove of the school year.  With the move to the new house our 11 yr old started a new school which isn’t nearly as close as the old one.  He is going on the bus which is a new experience for him and even our 3 year old started preschool.  Little A can be a bit of handful but it’s actually been going good!  Okay enough about that now on to this comforting casserole.

Tuna Casserole | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Cook the egg noodles according to package directions.  When I add the noodles to the boiling water I also add the peas and carrots so they can cook at the same time.  Once they have cooked (around 12 minutes) remove from the pot and drain then add to a separate bowl.  In the same pot that the noodles were cooked we’re going to make a roux.

Making a roux is so simple and once you learn how to do it you will never use a box with cheese sauce already in it again.  To the pot on medium heat add 1 Tbs of butter.  Once it’s melted add the flour and stir until combed.  Now add the milk.  Stir to combine the butter and flour mixture then add the can of cream of chicken.  Finally add 1/2 a cup of the cheese.

Tuna Casserole | Bottom Left of the Mitten

To the noodle mixture add the two cans of drained tuna.  Mix all together then add into the pot of cheese sauce.  Stir to combine so all the cheese gets into all the crevices.  In a greased 9×13 dish  add the noodle casserole.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a bowl melt the remaining 1 Tbs of butter.  Crush the sleeve of crackers into fine pieces then add to the melted butter.  Sprinkle over the top of the casserole then top with the final 1/4 cup of cheese on top.  Bake for 10 minutes to melt then cheese.  And here you are….

Tuna Casserole | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Tuna Casserole
Egg noodles coated in rich creamy and cheesy sauce then packed full of vegetables, perfect for the whole family any night of the week.
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Course Main Dish
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Tuna Casserole | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Cook the egg noodles according to package directions. When I add the noodles to the boiling water I also add the peas and carrots so they can cook at the same time. Once they have cooked (around 12 minutes) remove from the pot and drain then add to a separate bowl.
  2. In the same pot that the noodles were cooked we're going to make a roux. To the pot on medium heat add 1 Tbs of butter. Once it's melted add the flour and stir until combed. Now add the milk. Stir to combine the butter and flour mixture then add the can of cream of chicken. Finally add 1/2 a cup of the cheese.
  3. To the noodle mixture add the two cans of drained tuna. Mix all together then add into the pot of cheese sauce. Stir to combine so all the cheese gets into all the crevices.
  4. In a greased 9x13 dish add the noodle casserole. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. In a bowl melt the remaining 1 Tbs of butter. Crush the sleeve of crackers into fine pieces then add to the melted butter. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole then top with the final 1/4 cup of cheese on top.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes to melt then cheese. Enjoy!
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