Italian Bruschetta Potato Hash AND a Hamilton Beach Pro Giveaway!

I’m just going to say this up front.  This is an awesome opportunity, so keep reading!

Ready?

My friends at Hamilton Beach sent me one of their new Professional Series 14 cup Dicing Food Processors and asked me to give it a try, and they were kind enough to offer one to a lucky Chew Nibble Nosh reader as well (keep reading to see how you can enter to win!).  My first thought was, “Sure, thanks. That’s so nice of you. But, wait. It dices?”

Farfalle with Crispy Prosciutto and Peas

I was, admittedly, overwhelmed by December.  I was so overwhelmed by the enormity of it that…get this…I often cooked dinner and didn’t take pictures.  What?!?!  I know.  The first time I made this, in December, my family went nuts over it.  They enjoyed it so much that I immediately regretted my laziness and wished I’d taken out my camera.  When my family found out that I didn’t take pictures of the process to share with you, they were all pretty excited…because it meant they got to have it again in the very near future.

Slow Cooker Chana Masala

Here we are.  We made it!  It’s 2017.  We’re right at the start of another new year, and if you’re anything like me, you’re looking back on the last month of food you consumed and are thinking “Wow. That was a lot of cheese.”  Not that there’s anything wrong with cheese, but you know what I mean.  The new year has arrived, and it’s time to step away from the gluttony of the holidays for a bit!

Almond Joy Cookies

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***Feel like you’re seeing double?  Yes, this is a repost of a previous recipe. I’m reposting it for the holidays, as it’s become quite popular, and I’m adding in a couple of hints that might help you along come baking time….

 It seems that a lot of people are having a rough time with the cookies spreading.  My guess is that they haven’t used the correct amount of coconut.  Make sure that you grab a 14 oz. bag of coconut.  There are 10 oz. and 14 oz. bags available at my grocery store.  Go big!

Instant Pot Loaded Potato-Cauliflower Soup

So, I am not a big Black Friday shopper.  I have never been out to the stores to grab a deal early in the morning.  I’m usually kitchen-hungover the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy every last-minute of staying cuddled and warm under the duvet when Friday rolls around. The idea of storming my local mall with millions of other shoppers the day after Thanksgiving, and battling other bleary eyed moms for the last Hatchimal is my personal version of hell.  And for that reason, it just doesn’t happen.

Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats

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One dinner my kids can always agree on not pouting over is Chicken Parmesan.  Who doesn’t love Chicken Parmesan?  Breaded chicken, rich tomato sauce, pasta, and cheese?  It’s a carb lovers dream.  When I saw these little stuffed zucchini boats, though, filled with all of the flavors of our favorite chicken parm but in a slightly-less-calorie-packed frame, I decided to give it a whirl.  After all, this time of year, I’m saving all of my calorie splurges for cookies and party food.  Dinner needs to keep me satisfied, but in the month of many splurges, I really don’t need it to weigh me down.

Everything Spice Coated Cheddar Cheese Ball

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Party season is upon us, and that means that party food is upon us as well.  Is there anything better than a fabulous spread of munchies?  I don’t think so.

 I’ve made this cheese ball for two parties in the past few weeks, and if you’re attending a party that I’m attending in the coming weeks, you’ll likely bump into this cheese ball as well!  It’s that good, and I’m mildly obsessed.  It’s creamy, and spicy, and cheesy, and crunchy, and garlicky, and just so many good things wrapped up in a perfectly spreadable little party package.

The Bake-it-Better Challenge with Miss Jones Baking Co.

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With a steady stream of holiday parties from Thanksgiving all the way to the New Year, I have a lot of opportunities to make delicious desserts that are truly special to share with my family and friends.  But, you know what?  Sometimes, and I know this will come as a shock, I am really busy from Thanksgiving until New Year’s.  Crazy, right? Who knew?  Sometimes, I need a little help in the kitchen.
I just learned about Miss Jones Baking Co. and am so excited about using their products as my baker’s helpers this year! Not only are their baking mixes and frostings completely and utterly drool-worthy—they’re certified organic, non-GMO, plant-based, responsibly sourced, and contain no artificial colors or flavors. They are practically guilt free!
Miss Jones Baking Co. sent me some of their spectacular fudgy brownie mix and Salted Caramel frosting to try out.  (OK…twist my arm…)
In no time flat, I was able to whip up some gooey Turtle Brownies, with the simple addition of some chopped toasted pecans on top.
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The brownies were deliciously rich and fudgy, and the frosting was so light and fluffy you’d swear I’d whipped it up myself in my mixer.
(And nobody needs to know otherwise. Wink wink.)
Between November 11 and December 23, Miss Jones Baking Co. is holding the Bake-it-Better Challenge, which gives you the chance to win a Grand Prize worth over $1,500—including a $1,000 gift card, the full line of Miss Jones products, a KitchenAid Mixer, William-Sonoma Goldtouch Baking Set, Scharffen Berger Chocolates, and much more!
Plus, every entry means $1 donated to the SF-Marin Food Bank [https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/]. At this time of year, I know every little bit helps those in need—so join in the fun and make the holiday season sweeter for everyone!
It’s really easy to participate:
Step 1: Bake something fantastic using a Miss Jones baking mix or frosting. Get creative—ideas like pumpkin cake bars, chocolate and pecan cupcakes, maple and walnut sugar cookies. The Miss Jones website [www.missjones.co] has great inspiration, and using one of their mixes makes it super easy (and yummy, obviously).
Step 2: Take a photo of your beautiful treat and post it to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #betterwithmissjones. If you’re submitting via Instagram, be sure to tag @missjonesco, too! If you’re submitting via Facebook, be sure to post your entry directly onto the official Miss Jones Baking Co. Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/missjonesbakingco/].
That’s it. For each entry containing the hashtag #betterwithmissjones, $1 goes to the SF-Marin Food Bank—and you can enter multiple times!
To learn more about the contest, go to: www.missjones.co/better. 
Let’s all Bake It Better this season!
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Simple Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

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THANKSGIVING IS ON THURSDAY, PEOPLE!!

Anyone else caught off guard with how quickly the holidays popped up this year?  Anyone?  Just me?  I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, which I love to do, but at three days out, I’m still a little mystified that I’m going to be cooking up a turkey on Thursday.  I wrote out my game plan and grocery list over the weekend, laying out exactly what I need to make, so I guess it’s slowly sinking in, but I really need to get a move-on.

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Top Ten Recipes for a Delicious Thanksgiving

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Tis the season to start stuffing ourselves, and our turkeys.  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  I am.  And you know what?  I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner.  Sure, it’s stressful and there’s a lot going on, but it’s absolutely my favorite meal of the year.  I’ve tried a lot of Thanksgiving recipes in my day, and there are a few favorites I always return to.  The Herb Buttered and Brined Turkey recipe featured in this roundup is always my go-to Thanksgiving turkey, and my husband’s favorite “Thanksgiving in a Dish” dressing will make an appearance again this year as well…because if I didn’t make it, husband would be sad, and nobody wants a pouty husband at the Thanksgiving table.