‘Celebrate with 8’ Appetizers with Ale

‘Celebrate with 8’ Appetizers with Ale. From beer cheese to beer-battered mushrooms with special dipping sauce, these apps made with beer get the party started!

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Beer marinated fries with thyme mayonnaise from Rhubarbarians hits the snacking trifecta-crispy, starchy and creamy.

Beer marinated fries with thyme mayonnaise from Rhubarbarians for Appetizers with Ale

Lots of spicy seasoning and slow cooked in beer, these Cajun Garlic Beer-Boiled Peanuts from Biscuits and Burlap make a wonderful snack.

Cajun Garlic Beer-Boiled Peanuts from Biscuits and Burlap appetizers with beer

Crispy tortilla chips, smoked sausage, a mix of peppers and onions drowned in beer cheese sauce. Smoked Sausage Nachos are not your ordinary finger food.

Smoked Sausage Nachos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Want a snack but don’t want to share? This Beer Bread Recipe For One from One Dish Kitchen is the perfect small serving.

Beer Bread Recipe For One from One Dish Kitchen

These Crispy Fried Pickles from Cadry’s Kitchen are easy to make so you can whip them up in no time when hunger hits!

Crispy fried pickles from Cadry's Kitchen appetizers with ale

You had me at ‘beer’ and ‘carbs’. Soft Beer Pretzels from Proportional Plate are the perfect solution for when you are craving both.

Soft Beer Pretzels from Proportional Plate appetizer made with beer

Beer in the batter and beer in the Queso, these Beer-Battered Mushrooms with Poblano & Beer Queso from Erica’s Recipes get the full beer treatment.

 Beer-Battered Mushrooms with Poblano & Beer Queso from Erica's Recipes

Dip everything from pretzels to veggies in this Beer Cheese Dip with Bacon from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures.

Beer Cheese Dip with Bacon from Renee's Kitchen Adventures

“He was a wise man who invented beer.” – Plato

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Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili

Chunks of tender beef, tomatoes, spices, and jalapeno come together beautifully in this Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili. Hearty and full of flavor you will not miss the beans in this chili at all.

No Bean Beef Chili in a bowl ready for toppings.

We have been busy around here lately. School, sports, work, etc. and everything in between so why not add even more to our plate? Enter a new addition to the family.

So for this Mitten Movie Night instead of recommending a movie, I want to introduce you to Titan.

Titan, AmStaff Puppy

We have been in discussions about getting a puppy for some time now but once we saw his little face, we knew we didn’t want to wait any longer.

Titan was one of a litter that my husband found through Paws Of Hope in Stevensville, MI. They were so great to work with and I would highly recommend them if you are in the area and interested in adding a new member of your family.

What beer goes well with Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili?

The beer: Spaten Oktoberfest.

Yes, I know it’s no longer October but this beer is something I purchased extra of in October because it’s great to use in recipes and a light drinkable beer to have on hand for guests who don’t particularly like IPA’s.

I chose to make a beanless chili recipe because I wanted a chili recipe that would also double as a great way to use up a bag of tortilla chips that had been hanging around my cupboard.

Let’s start by talking about the ideal meat to use in the Instant Pot. I picked up this 2-pound eye of round roast from the store. With the marbeling on it, I just knew it would be great. Just like when we smoke meat I’ve noticed that the more fat content meat has in it, the more tender it gets.

A piece of marbled eye of round roast, the best beef for the instant pot.

How to make Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili:

Prepare the ingredients that will go into the Instant Pot. Cube the meat, chop the onion and garlic, and handle with care when seeding and chopping the jalapeno.

Cubed roast, chopped onion and a jalapeno for chili.

Should you add jalapeno to your chili?

Yes! I really like jalapenos and find that they just heighten the taste of everything from pasta to burgers.

Set the Instant Pot to saute and add 1 Tbs olive oil to the bottom. Add the roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.

Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the two kinds of tomato, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, flour, and spices.

Finally, add the bottle of beer and stir everything together one more time.

Oktoberfest beer being poured into an instant pot for a beanless beef beer chili

Place the lid on the Instant Pot until you hear the ‘good to go’ dings. Make sure the lid valve is pointing at ‘sealing’. Set the Instant Pot to the ‘Meat/Stew’ setting and set the timer for 45 minutes.

Once the 45 minutes are up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve to venting to release any further steam then open the lid.

The Instant Pot spends around 10 minutes building up the pressure and then another 10 minutes to bring the pressure down before taking the lid off. Make sure to factor this additional time for serving this instant pot chili.

Tortilla chips, cheese, onions and sour cream for toppings on chili.

I served this beanless chili with tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, white onion, and sour cream. These toppings helped to cool down the jalapeno and add even more flavor.

And here you are…..

Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili ready to eat.

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

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Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili
Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili is so full of flavor, you will not miss the beans. The perfect cold-weather comfort food that will spice things up.
Course Main Dish
Keyword chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cube the meat, chop the onion and garlic, and handle with care when seeding and chopping the jalapeno.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to saute and add 1 Tbs olive oil to the bottom. Add the roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the two kinds of tomato, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, flour, and spices.
  4. Add the bottle of beer and stir everything together one more time.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot until you hear the 'good to go' dings. Make sure the lid valve is pointing at 'sealing'. Set the Instant Pot to the 'Meat/Stew' setting and set the timer for 45 minutes.
  6. Once the 45 minutes are up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve to venting to release any further steam then open the lid.
  7. Serve with tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, white onion, and sour cream. Enjoy!

‘Celebrate with 8’ Fall Must-Haves

Time to cuddle up in front of the fire and ‘Celebrate with 8’ Fall Must-Haves. Home decor, jewelry, and other odds and ends to enjoy this beautiful season with.

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Beer lovers decorate your happy home with this Hoppy Autumn Art Print from Obillwon.

Hoppy Autumn Art Print  from Obillwon

Put little leaves on your ears to celebrate Fall with these Red Fall Maple Leaf Earrings from SpaceRebelStudio.

Let your guests know that when they come in, they are in for rest and relaxation with this Come in and cozy up doormat from ShopMoreMATter.

Come in and cozy up doormat from ShopMoreMATter

A beautiful Emily Bronte quote on a beautiful Quote Necklace from GeorgiaTeaberry.

Quote Necklace Emily Bronte Autumn Leaves  from GeorgiaTeaberry

This Sweater Weather spoon from MilkandHoneyLuxuries sums up this perfect time of year. Use to stir those delicious pumpkin spice lattes.

Sweater Weather spoon from MilkandHoneyLuxuries

Priorities, priorities, priorities, that’s what fall is all about and this Scary Movies Pumpkin Spice Flannels from StrongGirlClothing lets everyone know it.

Scary Movies Pumpkin Spice Flannels from StrongGirlClothing

While cuddling up with a good book don’t forget to mark your spot using this Autumn Bookmark from SmittenKittenKendall.

Autumn Bookmark from SmittenKittenKendall

This Autumn Bracelet from FrostedWillow gives a delicate nod to the season.

Autumn Jewelry from FrostedWillow

“ I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. ”
– L.M. Montgomery

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Chocolate Chip & Coconut Muffins

These Chocolate Chip & Coconut Muffins are delicious and easy to make. Have these on hand for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Chocolate Chips & Coconut Muffins in a basket.

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These muffins are tasty bites of goodness and make the perfect afternoon snack. My boys ate through these like nobodies business.

Loaded with chocolate chips and coconut, they are delicious.

A close up of Chocolate Chips & Coconut Muffins

How to make Chocolate Chip & Coconut Muffins:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl combine the milk, cooled melted butter, vanilla, and eggs.

Next, start combining the dry ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder. Then add the flour in 1/2 a cup at a time.

How to prepare Chocolate Chips & Coconut Muffins

Finally, fold in the nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut.

Place a large spoonful of muffin batter into each of the wells of a greased muffin pan. I love this silicone muffin pan. It makes cleanup a breeze and no need for muffin cups.

Bake the muffins for 30 minutes. Place a toothpick into the center of the muffins to test that they are cooked all the way through.

Cool the muffins for 20 minutes so they release from the pan easier. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

And here you are…..

These Chocolate Chips & Coconut Muffins make the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack.

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

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Don’t forget to enter the #Choctoberfest giveaway! This prize pack has an ARV of over $400!

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Check out all these delicious recipes from all the participants of #Choctoberfest!

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Follow the other bloggers as well to get great ideas for your next chocolate craving. Here are all the bloggers who are part of #Choctoberfest 2019:

Triple Chocolate Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Labour of LifeA Little Fish in the KitchenA Southern FairytaleAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAn Affair from the HeartBottom Left of the MittenBroken TeepeeBunsen Burner BakeryChampagne and CoconutsCindy’s Recipes and WritingsCook with RenuCook’s HideoutCookaholic WifeCrafty Cooking MamaDaily Dish RecipesDixie Chik CooksEveryday EileenFairyburgerFamily Breakfast RecipesFirst Timer CookFix Me a Little LunchFrugal & FitFun Happy HomeGet the Good Stuff!Glenda EmbreeHezzi-D’s Books and CooksHow Was Your Day?I Can Cook ThatJoin Us, Pull up a ChairKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynn’s Sweets and TreatsLife & Medicine BlogLife on FoodLong Distance BakingLynchburg MamaMakes, Bakes and DecorMaking MiraclesMama Needs CakeMemories In The KitchenOur Good LifeOur Sutton PlacePalatable PastimeQueenslee AppétitReviewz & NewzSarah Cooks the BooksSarah’s Bake StudioSeduction In The KitchenShockingly DeliciousSimple Family Crazy LifeSimply Inspired MealsSneha’s RecipeStyle IslandSumptuous SpoonfulsSweet CoraliceSweet Dash of SassTake Two TapasThat RecipeThe Awesome MuseThe Beard and The BakerThe Delicious SpoonThe Food Hunter’s Guide to CuisineThe Freshman CookThe Redhead BakerThe Schizo ChefThe Spiffy CookieThe Urben LifeTrampling RoseTurnips 2 TangerinesWho Needs A Cape?Wildflour’s Cottage KitchenZesty South Indian Kitchen
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Chocolate Chip & Coconut Muffins
These Chocolate Chip & Coconut Muffins are delicious, easy to make, and are the perfect snack.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Chocolate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Chocolate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine the milk, cooled melted butter, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. Start combining the dry ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder. Then add the flour in 1/2 a cup at a time.
  4. Fold in the nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut.
  5. Place a large spoonful of batter into each of the wells of a greased muffin pan.
  6. Bake the muffins for 30 minutes. Place a toothpick into the center of the muffins to test that they are cooked all the way through.
  7. Cool the muffins for 20 minutes so they release from the pan easier. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Blondies are loaded with nuts from the crunchy peanut butter and sprinkled with chocolate chips throughout. The perfect PB & chocolate combination.

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I received Imperial Sugar complimentary but all opinions stated in this post are my own.

When I think of comfort food desserts, my mind instantly goes to brownies. They are easy to make in one pan, don’t take too many ingredients, and can be easily customized to everyones taste.

So for my first #Choctoberfest2019 dessert I knew it had to be blondies. Different from regular chocolate brownies, blondies have a sweet dough that let’s the additional ingredients be the star. Also, using Imperial Brown Sugar leaves that sweet brown sugar taste.

Speaking of Imperial Sugar, for this month only Imperial is holding a ‘Scary Scramble’ Contest 2019! Check out the rules here and find out how to join in on this fun game!

How to make Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Blondies:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To a mixer or mixing bowl, add the peanut butter and stir to loosen it up. Add the eggs and melted butter.

Now add the salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Next, add the brown sugar. Then slowly fold the flour a 1/2 cup at a time.

Finally, add the chocolate chips. Stir to combine everything together.

Add the peanut butter brownie dough that’s loaded with chocolate chips into a 9×13 glass pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35 minutes.

Let the blondies cool and then cut into 12 pieces and serve. And here you are…..

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

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Don’t forget to enter the #Choctoberfest giveaway! This prize pack has an ARV of over $400!

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Check out all these delicious recipes from all the participants of #Choctoberfest!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Follow the other bloggers as well to get great ideas for your next chocolate craving. Here are all the bloggers who are part of #Choctoberfest 2019:

Triple Chocolate Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Labour of LifeA Little Fish in the KitchenA Southern FairytaleAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAn Affair from the HeartBottom Left of the MittenBroken TeepeeBunsen Burner BakeryChampagne and CoconutsCindy’s Recipes and WritingsCook with RenuCook’s HideoutCookaholic WifeCrafty Cooking MamaDaily Dish RecipesDixie Chik CooksEveryday EileenFairyburgerFamily Breakfast RecipesFirst Timer CookFix Me a Little LunchFrugal & FitFun Happy HomeGet the Good Stuff!Glenda EmbreeHezzi-D’s Books and CooksHow Was Your Day?I Can Cook ThatJoin Us, Pull up a ChairKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynn’s Sweets and TreatsLife & Medicine BlogLife on FoodLong Distance BakingLynchburg MamaMakes, Bakes and DecorMaking MiraclesMama Needs CakeMemories In The KitchenOur Good LifeOur Sutton PlacePalatable PastimeQueenslee AppétitReviewz & NewzSarah Cooks the BooksSarah’s Bake StudioSeduction In The KitchenShockingly DeliciousSimple Family Crazy LifeSimply Inspired MealsSneha’s RecipeStyle IslandSumptuous SpoonfulsSweet CoraliceSweet Dash of SassTake Two TapasThat RecipeThe Awesome MuseThe Beard and The BakerThe Delicious SpoonThe Food Hunter’s Guide to CuisineThe Freshman CookThe Redhead BakerThe Schizo ChefThe Spiffy CookieThe Urben LifeTrampling RoseTurnips 2 TangerinesWho Needs A Cape?Wildflour’s Cottage KitchenZesty South Indian Kitchen
Print Recipe
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Blondies
Loaded with crunchy nuts, peanut butter, and chocolate chips these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies are the ultimate comfort food dessert.
Course Dessert
Keyword brownies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Keyword brownies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To a mixer or mixing bowl, add the peanut butter and stir to loosen it up. Add the eggs and melted butter.
  3. Add the salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Next, add the brown sugar. Then slowly fold the flour a 1/2 cup at a time.
  4. Add the chocolate chips. Stir to combine everything together.
  5. Place the peanut butter brownie dough into a 9x13 glass pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35 minutes.
  6. Let the blondies cool and then cut into 12 pieces and serve. Enjoy!

Welcome to #Choctoberfest 2019

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This is my THIRD year joining over 100 blogger to celebrate all things chocolate and giving away GREAT prizes!

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#Choctoberfest is an annual recipe-sharing event. I’m joining other food bloggers from around the world to create delicious chocolate recipes. This year, over 70 bloggers are joining together for a week full of chocolate cakes, pies, cookies, puddings, tarts, candies, and more. You can follow along by searching for the hashtag #Choctoberfest on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Or, simply follow any of the participating bloggers listed below. We also have some awesome sponsors, who make #Choctoberfest possible every year. Our sponsors have banded together to put together a delicious prize pack worth over $400! Here’s what you get if you win! (Scroll down to enter.)
  • Candy Gift Pack from blog host Triple Chocolate Kitchen, which includes 180-pack of Lindt LINDOR Chocolate Truffles (dark, milk, and white). Triple Chocolate Kitchen organizes #Choctoberfest, as well as posting chocolate recipes throughout the year.
  • Chocolate and Cocoa Gift Pack from Divine Chocolate, which includes a variety of high-quality fair trade chocolate bars, cocoa powder, and Divine Chocolate swag. Divine Chocolate’s baking line consists of three premium quality flavors ranging from 55% to 100% cocoa for a wide variety of delicious desserts. Their chocolate products are made with 100% cocoa butter and are non-GMO and Vegan Society Certified.
  • $100 Nordic Ware Gift Card and 40 Pounds of Granulated Sugar from Imperial Sugar. They are currently hosting their annual Scary Scramble, featuring delicious fall-inspired recipes using Imperial Sugar’s high-quality sweeteners. Imperial Sugar has been a kitchen staple for over 175 years!
  • Collagen Fuel™ Drink Mix Gift Pack from Primal Kitchen. The ingredients in these drink mixes help support hair, skin, and nails. Their chocolate version has organic, fair-trade cocoa and coconut milk powders, with no wheat, soy, or dairy ingredients.
  • Cracker Gift Pack from Mary’s Gone Crackers. The lucky winner will get to try a variety of crackers, many of which pair well with chocolate (check their recipe page for ideas!). Mary’s products are vegan, cruelty-free, and organic.
  • Fig Spread Gift Pack from Dalmatia Spreads. With flavors like sour cherry, plum, blackberry, and orange, you’ll find that several of Dalmatia’s fig-based spreads work well in chocolate recipes. Use as a filling for crépes, serve warm over ice cream, or spread onto toast. They even have a fig cocoa spread that uses fair trade cocoa.
  • Alkaline Water Pack from Perfect Hydration. Wash down all those delicious chocolate desserts with Perfect Hydration water. This 9.5+ pH alkaline water helps to effectively restore and rebalance the body to optimum pH levels. This water goes through a 9-stage filtration process, has no added sodium, chlorine, or fluoride, and is packaged in recyclable BPA-free bottles.
  • Kitchen Conversions Chart and Etsy Gift Card from Moonflower Mountain. Winner chooses the colors for this flower-adorned conversion chart, which makes it easy to double any recipe or convert from cups to tablespoons.
This is a prize pack worth over $400! Open worldwide, except where prohibited. Must be 18+ to enter (21+ in some locations). One lucky winner will be drawn randomly on October 20, 2019 and contacted via email. See terms and conditions for more details. Enter the giveaway now: a Rafflecopter giveaway Entries from spam or inactive accounts are invalid. #Choctoberfest bloggers, sponsors, and their immediate families/households are not eligible to win. This giveaway is not affiliated with or sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest. Make sure you check out the participating bloggers to see #Choctoberfest recipes throughout the week: Triple Chocolate Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Labour of LifeA Little Fish in the KitchenA Southern FairytaleAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAn Affair from the HeartBottom Left of the MittenBroken TeepeeBunsen Burner BakeryChampagne and CoconutsCindy’s Recipes and WritingsCook with RenuCook’s HideoutCookaholic WifeCrafty Cooking MamaDaily Dish RecipesDixie Chik CooksEveryday EileenFairyburgerFamily Breakfast RecipesFirst Timer CookFix Me a Little LunchFrugal & FitFun Happy HomeGet the Good Stuff!Glenda EmbreeHezzi-D’s Books and CooksHow Was Your Day?I Can Cook ThatJoin Us, Pull up a ChairKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynn’s Sweets and TreatsLife & Medicine BlogLife on FoodLong Distance BakingLynchburg MamaMakes, Bakes and DecorMaking MiraclesMama Needs CakeMemories In The KitchenOur Good LifeOur Sutton PlacePalatable PastimeQueenslee AppétitReviewz & NewzSarah Cooks the BooksSarah’s Bake StudioSeduction In The KitchenShockingly DeliciousSimple Family Crazy LifeSimply Inspired MealsSneha’s RecipeStyle IslandSumptuous SpoonfulsSweet CoraliceSweet Dash of SassTake Two TapasThat RecipeThe Awesome MuseThe Beard and The BakerThe Delicious SpoonThe Food Hunter’s Guide to CuisineThe Freshman CookThe Redhead BakerThe Schizo ChefThe Spiffy CookieThe Urben LifeTrampling RoseTurnips 2 TangerinesWho Needs A Cape?Wildflour’s Cottage KitchenZesty South Indian Kitchen

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Portobello Mushroom Burger

Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this Portobello Mushroom Burger perfectly.

When I first got on IG I started something I hashtagged #MittenMovieNight.  Usually, Friday nights hubby & I enjoy a few craft beers and watch a movie.  I snapped what we are drinking and watching and tag it with this hashtag.  I look forward to this fun little night and I also look forward to sharing it.  So I thought, hey why not add a recipe to go along with it.  YEAH!  Dinner, Movie, Craft Beer!  So that is how #MittenMovieNight was born.

Here is just a taste of some of my FAVORITE recipe & beer pairings:

What to watch while eating a juicy mushroom burger?

For this Mitten Movie Night we’re watching, The Bronze.  I love dark comedies!

What should I drink with a Marinated Portobello Mushroom Burger?

The beer: Boom Boom Betty from Three Blondes Brewing

Blondes are my favorite type of beer. Subtle with a nice fruity flavor and everyone I try is different from the other. But what I do know is that I will never go wrong. It’s delicious.

How to make Portobello Mushroom Burgers in the oven:

Start with the Basil Mayonnaise.  In a food processor combine basil, garlic, and salt.  While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.

Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.  Cover and refrigerate.  This will keep for around 3 days.  *Pro-tip: Basil mayo is also great on sandwiches!

Next, mix the marinade ingredients together for mushrooms.  Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice.  Set aside.

Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out. Don’t miss this step since leaving the gills in the mushroom can make them release more water, therefore, making them soggy.

Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them.  Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 10 minutes.

While the mushrooms marinate, chop peppers and onion.

Add 2 Tbs. of butter in a pan, let it melt over medium/high heat then add the peppers and onions to the pan.  Sautee for 5 minutes.

Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan.  With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers.  Top with mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking the mushrooms, I put butter on my split rolls and put them in the oven as well to crisp up the buns.

Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo.  Add mushroom burger.  And here you are…..

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

Originally published in August of 2016. Updated photos in October 2019.

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Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes of this burger perfectly. ~Bottom Left of the Mitten


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Portobello Mushroom Burger

Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this Portobello Mushroom Burger perfectly.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes

Servings
burgers


Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade

Basil Mayonnaise

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes

Servings
burgers


Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade

Basil Mayonnaise


Instructions
Basil Mayonnaise
  1. In a food processor combine basil, garlic and salt. While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.

  2. Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.

  3. Cover and refrigerate. This will keep for around 3 days.

Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together. Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice. Set aside.

  2. Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out.

  3. Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them. Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  4. Add 2 Tbs. of butter in a pan, let it melt over medium/high heat then add the peppers and onions to the pan.  Sautee for 5 minutes.  

  5. Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan. With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers. Top with mushrooms.

  6. Cook at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.

  7. Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo. Add mushroom burger. Enjoy!

‘Celebrate with 8’ Fall Cocktails

Fall is here so it’s time to ‘Celebrate with 8’ Fall Cocktails just made for sipping by the fire or relaxing with after visiting the pumpkin patch.

A roundup of 8 Fall Cocktails

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Break out the boring apple juice and jazz it up for fall with this Apple Rosemary Whiskey Cocktail from Sidewalk Shoes.

Apple Rosemary Whiskey Cocktail from Sidewalk Shoes is the perfect fall cocktail

Red, red wine makes this cocktail extra fall-like with this Red Wine Apple Cider Sangria from Zestful Kitchen.

Red Wine Apple Cider Sangria from Zestful Kitchen uses apple cider which is a fall cocktail favorite

Think apple butter is just for bread? Nope. Use it to make this Apple Butter Old Fashioned Cocktail from Simply Happy Foodie.

Apple Butter Old Fashioned Cocktail from Simply Happy Foodie has apple butter, a surprising cocktail for fall ingredient

Is it a cocktail? Is it dessert? Why can The Ultimate Chocolate Martini from Inside The Rustic Kitchen be both?

The Ultimate Chocolate Martini from Inside The Rustic Kitchen

This Maple Manhattan from Sidewalk Shoes is the perfect fall cocktail with a hint of sweet maple syrup.

Maple Manhattan from Sidewalk Shoes

This Sage-Fig Cocktail from Burrata and Bubbles with sweet figs and rum is one classy cocktail.

Sage-Fig Cocktail from Burrata and Bubbles

This Spiced Cranberry Moonshine from Whiskey & Sunshine will take you from fall all the way into Christmas.

Spiced Cranberry Moonshine from Whiskey & Sunshine

Creamy ice cream, bourbon and caramel sauce make this Caramel Bourbon Milkshake from Call Me PMC is anything but boring!

Caramel Bourbon Milkshake from Call Me PMC

“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.”- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Cajun Chicken Pasta

This Cajun Chicken Pasta is a perfect mix of spicy and creamy. Blackened chicken makes this pasta recipe really stand out and will become one of your go-to comfort foods!

Chicken Pasta on a fork with a craft beer in the background

Oh, hello spicy. Nice to see you. There was a time that I didn’t hold such an affinity for you, and that makes me sad. Thankfully I am back to your side. Especially after enjoying a big plate of pasta, creamy sauce, crunchy peppers, and so much spicy goodness. This recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta is ready to put the spice back into life.

What beer pairs well with Cajun Pasta with Chicken?

The beer: Amber from Abita.

With spicy you don’t want overwhelming. Spicy chicken plus spicy sauce PLUS carbs…you want something that isn’t trying to fight with all the goodness of this dish so a pale ale like an amber is the perfect compliment.

A closeup of Cajun Chicken Pasta on a plate

What TV series pairs well with a spicy pasta dish?

Since in our house anything featuring Danny McBride cannot be missed, Righteous Gemstones is where it’s at this Mitten Movie Night. What a wild ride this show it. Funny but still with LOTS of WTF moments.

How to make Cajun Chicken Pasta:

I REALLY think that the key to this easy pasta recipe is the blackened chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with lots of Cajun seasoning then cooking it until crispy on the outside but juicy on the outside. That is what makes it meld so perfectly with this creamy pasta.

To achieve blackened chicken perfection it’s all about coating, frying, then taking it off at just the right moment. See the below example: I hate to brag, but yeah, that’s how you do it.

Blackened chicken that has been cooked on a cutting board

First, cut the chicken breasts in half. I try to cut mine to about 2-3 inches in the middle, no more. I want these to cook quick and stay juicy. The thicker they are, the longer they take to cook.

Sprinkle each side with 1 Tbs Cajun Seasoning.

To a shallow rimmed pan add oil. Let the pan heat up then place the chicken in the pan. Cook 4-5 minutes then flip. Cook 4-5 additional minutes depending on the thickness of the cut. *Make a cut in the thickest part of the chicken breast to make sure that it has cooked through. If not, return to the pan and cook 1-2 minutes per side.

While the chicken is cooking, add the fettucini to a pot and boil according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.

Next, chop the red and green peppers, onions and mince the garlic.

Once the chicken has cooked, remove and place on a cutting board. Slice the chicken.

Sliced blackened chicken

In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, leaving the heat on medium, add 1 Tbs butter and let melt. Once the butter is melted add the sliced peppers, onions, and garlic and sautee. Cook for 5 minutes to soften but allowing them to still stay crunchy.

Add the flour, stirring the ingredients together, then slowly add 1/4 cup reserved water* from the fettucini. *I have found that using the pasta water when making a cream sauce stretches the sauce out without making it clumpy.

Next, add the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and 1 Tbs Cajun seasoning.

Parmesan cheese being added to a pan on the stove

Finally to the pan, add the drained cooked pasta. Top with the reserved green onions and jalapenos.

Like adding jalapenos to food? Try these recipes that are better with the spicy stuff on top:

I like to use tongs to combine everything together and then to serve. And here you are……

An overhead shot of Cajun Chicken Pasta in a pan ready to serve

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

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Cajun Chicken Pasta
Cajun Chicken Pasta has crispy blackened chicken, spicy and creamy sauce, crunchy peppers then topped off with jalapenos and green onions. One-pan comfort food with a kick!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half.
  2. Sprinkle each side with 1 Tbs Cajun Seasoning.
  3. To a shallow rimmed pan add oil. Let the pan heat up then place the chicken in the pan. Cook 4-5 minutes then flip. Cook 4-5 additional minutes depending on the thickness of the cut.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, add the fettucini to a pot and boil according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.
  5. Next, chop the red and green peppers, onions and mince the garlic.
  6. Once the chicken has cooked, remove and place on a cutting board. Slice the chicken.
  7. In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, leaving the heat on medium, add 1 Tbs butter and let melt. Once the butter is melted add the sliced peppers, onions, and garlic and sautee. Cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the flour, stirring the ingredients together, then slowly add 1/4 cup reserved water from the fettucini.
  9. Next, add the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and 1 Tbs Cajun seasoning.
  10. Finally to the pan, add the drained cooked pasta.
  11. Top with the reserved green onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!

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