Today is day 27 of the 31 day blogging challenge. If you’ve been following me through this challenge, I appreciate it. You can read about my other posts by clicking here. The prompt today is my favorite recipe.
Since I already post recipes in my blog all the time, I’m going to talk about some of my favorites and why they are fabulous. If they peak your interest, feel free to save or share them!
Brown Butter Chicken. This is a wonderful recipe because it is easy. One pan, one delicious dish! Cooking butter turns it brown and the flavor changes completely. This is not melting butter, there is a difference between melting and cooking. It becomes this nutty and really complex flavor that adds depth of flavor to any dish. The best part for me is that it incorporates ingredients I already have on hand in my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. That is a win in my book!
Beer Can Chicken. Who can go wrong with chicken, beer, and barbecue sauce? The answer is, nobody! This recipe is perfect for any barbecue lover out there, and it flavors the chicken from the inside out. The beer is also a moisturizer and keeps the chicken from drying out in the oven.
Broccoli Cheese Soup. I love soup in the fall and winter. I call fall soup season. Because once the weather starts to turn colder, I start craving those hot hearty comfort soups. This is one I can throw together pretty quickly and make sure Nathan eats a good meal in between his two jobs on a cold night.
Chicken Tortilla Soup. This is my favorite right here. If I had to pick any soup recipe as a favorite, this is the one! Chicken, cheese, and avocado make for a delicious soup. It can be made in the slow cooker, and that makes it even easier. I love simple yet delicious food, and this hits that mark for me.
Apple Cranberry Sauce. I hated cranberry sauce for 30-something years until I made this recipe! Not even kidding. Nathan loves cranberry sauce, and I refused to make it for so long. I’ve since had to apologize for that mistake. Lol. I felt horrible for giving him canned cranberry sauce for so many years. After coming across this recipe, my mind has forever been changed. It is perfection, and many family members have asked me for the recipe and I gladly pass it along.
Una’s Apple Cake. This recipe started with Nathan’s grandmother, and has been passed along ever since. Nathan’s nephew makes the fourth generation enjoying this recipe. How amazing is that?! This is a legacy and I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to share. Because food is love and that is how we remember our loved ones long after they are gone.
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are a delicious recipe because the zucchini adds moisture to the cookies. I don’t think there is anything worse than a dry cookie. Zucchini doesn’t add any real flavor to the cookie, just moisture and vitamins.
Clam Chowder. This is a recipe I’ve been making for years and it is always delicious. Nathan asks for it often in the winter months. Paired with a crusty sourdough bread, it is perfect.
Peppermint Bark Cheesecake. I love this recipe because Nathan helped me write it. We’ve been making this for several years now. When I told Nathan I wanted to write the recipe for my blog, the first thing he said was that he wanted to help me. That way it is more clear and concise. The great thing is I’ve had comments on this recipe about how easy it is to follow. My reply is, thank Nathan! I’ve talked about Nathan being a big part of my blog, and this recipe is a perfect example of that.
Parmesan Dijon Chicken. This is one of the first recipes I made with Nathan and it has been a tradition ever since. This is our recipe, so to speak. Some couples have songs or places that are special. Nathan and I have a recipe. It is comforting in that it brings back memories and is so familiar to us.
Stuffed Peppers. Stuffed peppers are my signature dish! I’ve been making them for as long as I can remember. It reminds me of my childhood because my aunt would make them and I loved it. This is a recipe I developed over many years of practice. Practice makes perfect! I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like them.
Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower. This is Nathan’s favorite side dish that we make, and it is so simple! I am a big fan of roasting veggies in the oven, and this is such a perfect recipe for it. When Nathan and I can’t decide on a vegetable for dinner, this is our go-to choice. As soon as I suggest it, I see the smile light up his face because he is excited. That face is worth it alone.
Red Velvet Cake. I love the history behind this cake, which I talk about in the recipe. Velvet cake has a different texture than a traditional cake, being more crumbly and less dense. I love the bright red color of it against the white of the frosting. It is just a beautiful cake, and it tastes as good as it looks.
Hot Honey Chicken. Nathan found this on social media when a friend posted pictures of them making it. I researched it and came up with my own recipe, that I think is perfect. We tried a bunch of different combinations before finally deciding on the official recipe for this blog post. I am pretty sure Nathan would eat this weekly if I volunteered to make it that often. He absolutely loves it and is clearly a new favorite. Nathan is so proud of the fact he found the idea and suggested it. I love his grin when talking about this recipe!
Tater Tot Casserole. Casseroles have a rustic charm to them that reminds me of childhood. They aren’t pretty and is how it is supposed to be. They just taste really good. This is one I’ve been making for probably seven or eight years. I see so many variations on it. I’m always curious about how others make it, but I think mine is perfect. At least it is in my house.
I hope you enjoy reading these recipes as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. If you enjoy my recipes, keep checking back weekly because I still have many I need to make and write. I have plans for a salt crusted potato recipe. Chicken pot pie is next on the list. Apple pie is going to be a really great one that I’m excited about. Raspberry chocolate chip cookies are another dessert, as well as carrot cake. I have lots that still need written and will be coming up soon!