Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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I don't know about where you live, but where I live, sweet potatoes are available year round in my stores. But it only makes sense they must have a season, so I looked into it - and fall is it. Over the next few weeks, a new crop of sweet potatoes will be arriving for us to enjoy. And we're celebrating sweet potatoes today on the Food Networks's blog FNDish for #FallFest. Sweet potatoes are so versatile - great for both sweet dishes and savory. I've always known this, but I've only recently ...

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Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie

When life gives you a box of tomatoes, you need to think bigger than a tomato sandwich. Last weekend, our stepson, Kevin, and his wife, Suzanne, and their 5 kids came to visit. (Yay for grandkids time !!!!). It was Emma's birthday (she turned 8) and she wanted to spend it with us at the Lake. With them came a juicy cantaloupe and a box of tomatoes from Kevin's mom's garden. If you're keeping up here, that's my husband's first wife, who I like very much. I don't care how fresh tomatoes are ...

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Grilled Italian Caprese Panini

Caprese panini with pesto, grilled tomatoes and melted mozzarella.

This month I'm helping the newest blogger in our Secret Recipe Club group and posting TWO great recipes I found on two different blogs. First up is this wonderful Caprese Panini by Kate at the Kitchen Trial and Error blog. But let me back up for a minute in case you're unfamiliar with The Secret Recipe Club. For the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four smaller blogging groups, each of which post at different times of the month. ...

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Mexican Street Corn Tart #WeekdaySupper

Classic Mexican street corn prepared as a tart in a cheesy tart shell.

Ever have Mexican Street Corn? If you're shaking your head, you've missed out. Street vendors all over Mexico City grill ears of corn and then roll them in a mayonnaise-like sauce mixed with cojita cheese, red onion, jalapeño, lime, and chili spices. To. Die. For. This recipe is a tart version of this fabulous treat, so now you only have to buy a few ingredients instead of flight tickets (although, a trip to Mexico can be a nice little getaway in the middle of winter). Cook's ...

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Crispy Mexican Black Bean Burgers

crispy black bean burger

Food isn’t only about flavor for me. It’s also texture. And that’s why I’ve never been a huge fan of black bean burgers. A burger shouldn’t have the texture of mashed potatoes. Know what I’m saying? And the surface shouldn’t be smooth and soft. Burgers should crumble. The edges should have a little crispy pieces that fall from the patty, fully of intense, savory, burger flavor. And burgers should be juicy – or at least not dry. This bean burger, maybe the 50th I’ve tried now, delivers on ...

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Spicy Cheese Twists: #SundaySupper

Spicy Cheese Twists

Wisconsin is synonymous with cheese and is home to the world's most award-winning cheeses. Approximately 10,000 dairy farms on rolling hills of lush pastureland produce over 21,000 pounds of milk each year, 90% of which is used for making more than 2,800,000,000 pounds of cheese.       As amazing as that is, it’s not just about production numbers. In Wisconsin, it’s a way of life. Many families and facilities have been making cheese for four generations. Wisconsin has more ...

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Paneer Biryani with Cucumber Raita

Paneer biryani sautéed with tomatoes, served with cucumber raita and mint chutney. One dish vegetarian meal.

We have a fabulous Indian restaurant in the town where we live, close enough to walk to. We eat there a couple times a month, and when we want to eat at home and watch a movie, we often call them for take-out. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's Prabh Indian Kitchen, in downtown Mill Valley - and I highly recommend them. My favorite dish there is a biryani with some shrimp tossed into the rice to steam, but I've been wanting to try a version with paneer cheese. So I started ...

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Mac ‘n Cheese Impossible Pie

Mac 'n Cheese Impossible Pie

Secret Recipe Club: "Impossible" Pie with macaroni and cheese that makes its own crust while it bakes. I was so excited when I got my Secret Recipe Club assignment this month. It's always fun to find new blogs to visit - but when it's a blog you already love, it's a gift. And that's what happened this month. First, for the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four smaller blogging groups, each of which post at different times of ...

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Broccoli Cheddar Frittata with Tomatoes: #SundaySupper

broccoli cheddar frittata with tomatoes

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR FRITTATA WITH TOMATOES We have friends in Ashland, just over the California line into Oregon, who we visit when we drive to Portland to see our step-daughter and her family. Ashland is famous for it's vibrant theatre life and is synonymous for Shakespeare on the west coast. They've even created a replica of the Globe theater, in addition to their other theaters in town. The acting and directing is first rate. And so is the food in town. Especially if you eat at Ron and ...

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Cheesy Beer Bread with Quinoa, Millet and Jalapeño Peppers

Cheesy Beer Bread with Quinoa, Millet, and Jalapeño

Moist cheesy beer bread baked with cooked quinoa and millet for extra nutrition.                                                                 This week’s theme for Food Network’s FN Dish blog is cheese. I would be helpless in the kitchen without cheese, so it was challenging to decide what to make. Cheese has brokered many vegetarian – carnivore tussles in our kitchen. When I want to make farro more appealing to the Carnivorous Maximus’ palate, I add cheese. Likewise, Parmesan cheese has ...

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Curried Cauliflower & Greens Mac and Cheese: #ComfortFoodFeast

Curried Cauliflower & Greens Mac 'n Cheese

This week's theme for Food Network’s #ComfortFoodFest is Mac and Cheese. I grew up on Stouffer's Mac 'n Cheese, and before that, Swanson's TV dinners (yes, I know that probably slams me into a particular age bracket), but as an adult, I've learned that Mac and Cheese is actually a sprawling family of cousins. Some are super-rich creamy-cheesy, others are more about the pasta-featuring different shapes and sizes. Lots include veggies - what a great way to slip them into unsuspecting small ...

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Twice Baked Potatoes (Mummy-Style)

twice baked potatoes for Halloween

#Sunday Supper post! Twice baked potatoes topped with cheese, and decorated as mummies for some Halloween fun.   When I was young, my mom used to make twice-baked potatoes as a treat for my dad and me. She’d whip some cream, butter, salt and pepper into the potatoes, fold them gently back into the skins, and top them with cheddar cheese before sliding them back into the oven for a quick melt. Problem was, when they were on the menu, I didn’t want to eat anything else she’d prepared. ...

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