Five on Friday: Football Food

Can you believe the summer is over and football season has started? I refuse to accept the end of summer because I didn’t get nearly as many things accomplished as I wanted (I’m looking at you unread Game of Thrones book set).

But fall means pumpkins, sweaters, and no more mowing the lawn which I am eagerly anticipating. This Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles open the season at 1PM and we will be in front of television eating a tasty snack. If you are as excited for the season as Greg is, consider making one of these snacks to enjoy during the game.

Now on to the Five!

1. Buffalo Chicken Dip

healthy buffalo chicken dip2. Lasagna Dip

lasagna dip recipe3. Mangasm Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno-Cream Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

bacon-wrapped-pork-loin-rec4.Crockpot Sausage, Peppers & Onions

Crockpot sausage peppers & onions

 5. Sin Dip

Sin Dip Recipe

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Five on Friday: Memorial Day Munchies

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Our long weekend will be dedicated to finishing the office which has been our longest running project.  I feel like Scarlett O’Hara standing in the field swearing she’ll never go hungry again but I’m standing in the middle of the office swearing we will be finished this room.  Although I won’t be making a dress out of my newly made curtains, I will be using whatever it takes (most likely buffalo chicken dip) to get Greg to push through on this project.

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In addition to the office, we hope to do some grilling or find someone to feed us. Hopefully most of you have already been invited to a few BBQs (or planning one) and if you want to make it even better, think about bringing one of these lovely dishes.  Growing up I learned to always bring a dish of something when attending a party and now I can’t show up empty handed.  Today’s Five on Friday are five of my tried and true recipes, essentially the ultimate crowd pleasers because how can you go wrong with bacon wrapped pork tenderloin or cookies made with beer?

But before you get cooking, please take a few minutes to remember the reason for Memorial Day and consider donating to Cup of Joe For A Joe.

Cup Of Joe For A Joe has been a wonderful way for Americans everywhere to say thanks to our Troops and let them know they’re appreciated through the simple act of buying a cup of freshly brewed coffee, writing a personal letter of encouragement to go with it and having both delivered into the hands of a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman who is serving far from home. 

The Cup Of Joe letters you send from home are delivered to our Troops by email and the freshly brewed cups of coffee are served at Green Beans Coffee cafes on the bases where they’re deployed.   

Now on to the Five!

1. Buffalo Chicken Dip

healthy buffalo chicken dip2. Lasagna Dip

lasagna dip recipe3. Mangasm Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno-Cream Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

bacon-wrapped-pork-loin-rec4.Crockpot Sausage, Peppers & Onions

Crockpot sausage peppers & onions5. Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

 

 

Five on Friday: Fire It Up!

Who would have thought in the span of one week we’d have snow, 60 degree weather, rain and a grilled dinner.

Yes, you heard that, we broke out the grill for a non-power related reason in the winter (along it is technically spring). Greg decided to grill burgers to accompany the one aspect of dinner I planned (roasted beets!) and it almost felt like summer.

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All the summer daydreaming started as I inhaled the grill smoke smell on Greg and I couldn’t wait to think of the delicious meals we’d prepare on the grill. So today’s five on Friday are five grilling recipes. Sorry for the lack of descriptions, life got busy last night.

Side note: Double sorry for those who got this unfinished. I was editing in the app and accidentally hit publish.

Now on to the Five!

1. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Cream Cheese Pork Roast

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03282014fof23. Grilled Banana Boats

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4. Grilled Cabbage and Onions

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Five on Friday: March Madness

Yesterday kicked off the greatest event in all of sports—the NCAA tournament.  Around the country work ceased to happen upon the first tip off.  Upsets happened and brackets went bust.

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Ok, fine.  Maybe only my bracket went bust (darn you 11/16 correct picks).

Watching the tourney requires diligence, perseverance, and school pride.  You are expected to watch all games and follow your bracket.  The biggest challenge comes with how far should you take your school.  Typically Greg take Villanova to the final round, they were lucky I took them to the Sweet 16.

With this upcoming weekend full of first and second round games, you might need some food to munch on while watching hours upon hours of basketball.  Invite a few friends over for beer and food while the games are on.  It’s always more fun to commiserate with others who are doing worse than you in their bracket.

Today’s Five on Friday is a few recipes to make for this weekend’s game watching.  May the odds ever be in your favor in regards to your bracket.  Have a great weekend!

1. Peanut Butter Basketball Cake

Cake final

2. Sin Dip

Sin Dip Recipe

3. Crockpot Sausage, Peppers & Onions

Crockpot sausage peppers & onions

4. Warm Blueberry Cheese Dip

Warm Blueberry Dip Recipe

5. Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Five on Friday: Freeze or I’ll Make You Cook

In twenty short days Greg starts his last semester of grad school.  In twenty short days, I’ll become the sole cook . . . again.

Mom, if you feed me, I'll totally help cook.

Mom, if you feed me, I’ll totally help cook.

Sole cook?  When I moved in with Greg, I laid out a few rules– I’ll either do laundry or clean bathrooms (not both) and I refuse to be the sole cook.  In the end, we settled on me cooking three days a week (two for Greg) and handling the laundry (three bathrooms for Greg).  We have assigned cooking days of the week but that changes with Greg’s semester.  Each semester we reevaluate what days work for him based upon his class schedule and shift accordingly.

Two night classes means I end up doing all the cooking.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t not like cooking but I hate being the sole chef (dialing for pizza doesn’t count as cooking).  Now that we have the extra freezer up and running, I thought this would be the perfect time to attempt freezer cooking.

Many smart mom’s on the internet do a month of cooking in one weekend and freeze everything.  I’m not going that crazy but want to make the crockpot freezer bag meals or something easy to make in bulk and defrost.  Today’s Five on Friday is dedicated to all the family cooks who want to make meal time delicious but easy.

On to the five!

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1. How to Freezer Cook

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Let’s start at the very beginning- what the heck is freezer cooking and the HE double hockey sticks does it work.  For this we are turning to Two Under Two.  She guides you through the process and offer several links to help you out.

2. Pancakes

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Now that we have the basics down, let’s get started with a hearty breakfast.  I know in this household, pancakes are king.  Greg and Hazel would have pancakes everyday if they could.  But alas, I make Greg eat things like Fiber One instead of pancakes.  Here is a fast and easy way to make a ton of pancakes for easy breakfast preparation.

3. Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

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As I’ve been researching freezer cooking, I kept finding the same ten recipes.  Somehow I stumbled on Cilantro Lime Chicken and it sounded divine.  With herbs in season, this meal sounded like a keeper.  Maybe I’ll make it next week as part of my freezer cooking experiment (especially since chicken is on sale at Giant!)

4. Twice Baked Potatoes

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I love baked potatoes.  Greg loves baked sweet potatoes which I’ve slowly grown accustom to but to me, nothing will ever replace the taste of an oven baked potato loaded with sour cream and bacon.  As I started researching, I asked the hubster if he liked twiced baked potatoes.  After clarifying what a twiced potato was, I got a very affirmative yes. This surprised me based upon his love of the sweet potato.  The Frugal Housefrau have a great recipe for making these in bulk.  The only modification I would make is not so much cream cheese and butter (I’d probably half it and taste test my way through it.)  What’s great about potatoes this way, is adding other things like broccoli, spinach, or peppers!

5. Meat on the Side Recipes

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In our house, we tend to be flexitarians– we eat more vegetarian like but not tied to it since we like our meat. Someone once used the term flexitarian and it described how we choose to eat.  During this season of Food Network Star, a contestant used the phrase Meat on the Side.  Bingo!  Another way to describe how we like to eat.  Researching all of these recipes lead to a plethora of chicken and beef dishes, but I wanted less meat.  Here are a few non meat recipes to use in freezer cooking.

Happy Friday!

Five on Friday: Philly Beer Week

Happy Friday and if you’re in Philadelphia– Happy Beer Week!  The week got me thinking about how we could integrate beer week activities into our lives for more than just one week.
As homebrewers we love seeing the microbrews being highlighted during the week.  Did you know that some of humanity’s earliest known writings refer to the production and distribution of beer: the Code of Hammurabi included laws regulating beer and beer parlours, and “The Hymn to Ninkasi”, a prayer to the Mesopotamian goddess of beer, served as both a prayer and as a method of remembering the recipe for beer in a culture with few literate people.06072013FOF
So onto the five!

1. Beer Tasting Kit

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With this kit, you can host your own beer tasting event!  Invite a few friends over, ask them to bring a six pack, and break out the kit.  We learned this method introduces you to interesting (both good and bad) beers.  We entered the summer months and a beer tasting event would be ideal at any BBQ.  Just remember to drink and drive responsibly.

2. Beer Float

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I know what you are thinking, “Beer float??  Eww.”  Normally I would agree with you if we were taking about a non fruity beer.  This beer float calls for a lambic beer which is like drinking a dessert.  Now that you can put ice cream in it, it is a dessert.  In case you are wondering where to find the lambic beers are carried at most Wegman’s.

3. Beer Fact

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Just a lovely thought.

4. Pretzel Necklaces

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If you ever go to a beerfest, make a pretzel necklace because it is the perfect palate cleanser and friend maker.  People will ask you about them and want them.  If you’re single and ready to mingle, share your pretzel necklace.  We’ve seen people make pretzel necklaces with soft pretzel and the larger hard pretzels.  The best pretzels are the mini ones.  We found that you can get about 6 necklaces out of a pound bag.

5. Cheddar Ale Soup

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After all this drinking, you are going to be hungry.  This cheddar ale soup recipe was introduced to me by a friend’s parents.  At the time, our friend still lived at home and her parents had journeyed to the mall with a visit to Williams Sonoma.  They found this recipe at the store and decided to make it for dinner (which luckily included us).  It was heaven in a bowl– warm and creamy and best of all cheesy.  I recommend this for any rain day.

Have a great weekend!

Five on Friday: St. Patrick’s Day

For many people in the Philadelphia area, St. Patrick’s Day started last weekend with the first of the Erin Express Bar Crawls.  In honor of Ireland’s most famous celebrity, today’s Five on Friday is dedicated to celebrating the snake banishing badass, father of green beer– Saint Patrick.

Yes, he is credited with driving all the snakes from Ireland.  The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by St. Patrick chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill.  I think they need to make a version of Snakes on a Plane: St. Patrick Style.

Now back to what’s important, my Five on Friday.  Enjoy!

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1. Irish Potatoes

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Now I don’t if these are an Mid-Atlantic thing but no St. Patrick’s Day is complete without Irish Potatoes.  It doesn’t get better than these cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon balls.  Make them this holiday because nothing cure a hangover better than sugary treats.

2. Jameson Irish Apple

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As you’ve come to learn, a Five on Friday isn’t really complete without a cocktail.  What a perfect holiday to showcase a cocktail for.  Sure, I could go traditional with a green drink or beer based drink but I thought this one was perfect since it used Jameson Whiskey.  Find a few friends, make a pitcher, and toast to the man who made everyone Irish for a day.

3. Puppy St. Patrick’s

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We’ll just let this picture speak for itself.  Don’t forget your four legged friends this holiday.  They need some kisses too.

4. Shamrock Top Hats

03082013FOF4A fun snack to bring to any St. Patrick’s party or to your office for your coworkers to enjoy.  If you can microwave, you can make this tasty treat.  it’s similar to the Graduation Caps I made in June but uses marshmallows and a different cookie.  wow everyone with you chocolate coating prowess by making these.

5. St. Patrick’s Day Banner

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Since this is primarily a home blog, I should add a fun home decorating craft. This flag would look great hanging from a mantle or across a large mirror.  Simple to do with a nice impact.

Happy Friday!