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Peanut Butter Bacon Balls

Peanut Butter Bacon Balls

Sound naughty, taste nice

Posted on December 15, 2015
This recipe began as a sad failure. Though not in the way you would expect. I tried to make the Vanilla Bean Shortbread using gluten free flour. The cookies ... well I don't know what they did. I rolled them, and cut them, and they just, kind of, melted. They didn't exactly get crispy. They definitely did not hold their shape. I peeled them off the cookie sheet after baking and placed them onto a plate where they proceeded to melt into some sort of blob of shortbread. I really didn't want to waste such delicious amounts of butter and sugar, but what was I going to do with a literal BLOB of cookie. Then I thought, why not add peanut butter, chocolate and bacon? Peanut Butter Bacon Balls were born. Think cake pops without sticks and with cookie instead of cake. 
Posted in: Desserts
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Sweet Chili Shrimp

Sweet Chili Shrimp

Sweet and spicy seafood

Posted on December 02, 2015
Sweet Chili Shrimp is a great appetizer or meal, depending how you serve them. These little guys surprise the palate with their initial sweetness, then kick it in to high gear, finishing with a little fire. Ooooh, I am on fire describing these shrimpies aren't I? When I help with photo and video shoots at work, I love ensuring the food is good enough to eat afterwards. We wanted something colorful and tasty looking for a new accessory that we're working on, and I created quite the ticket with these shrimp. With the sauce and their cooked to pink perfection, they looked great on film, and when we were done everyone got to enjoy a taste. 
Posted in: Seafood
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Brined Turkey Grilled Over Charcoal

Brined Turkey Grilled Over Charcoal

Succulent Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted on November 20, 2015

When you go to buy a turkey for brining, remember to purchase a bird that has not been injected with a salt-water solution prior to packaging. It will say on the package if you buy it from a grocery store. You definitely don’t want to go Butterball if you are considering brining your bird. If you can, get your turkey from a trusted, local farm. You may have to call ahead and pre-order, but it will be worth the effort. 

Brined Turkey Grilled Over Charcoal is an easy way to have the best Thanksgiving ever with very little work. Brining is easy and a great way to add flavor, and keep the juiciness of your meat. Case in point, we accidentally overcooked our very big bird (14+ lbs). I was feeling rather nonchalant about the whole grilling process this time., I was going to let it go for an hour or two, and then put the meat thermometers in. It should need at least 4 hours, right? Well, we put the thermometers in, one in the breast and one in the thigh, and it was DONE! We're aiming for 165°F; the breast was 195°F and the thigh was 180°F! The poor thing barely got any color, but we pulled it off and foiled it, then wrapped it in a tea towel to keep the heat. When I carved it a few hours - Yes it was that early - later, it was the most succulent bird ever. Juices were running everywhere! Dinner was awesome. 

Posted in: Poultry
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Savory Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Savory Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Super easy, better than canned

Posted on November 20, 2015
You can't have roasted turkey without Savory Homemade Cranberry Sauce. But don't just pop open a can and let that gelatinous stuff ooze out! Seriously, a bag of fresh cranberries is far less expensive, and with less than seven ingredients you will have a little something that your guests will swoon over. Best part? It's gluten free too! 
Posted in: Veggie & Fruit
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Sourdough Bacon Stuffing

Sourdough Bacon Stuffing

Perfect for turkey dinners

Posted on November 20, 2015
Sourdough Bacon Stuffing is the only thing in this year's Thanksgiving dinner that contained gluten. I made it with fresh sourdough bread, and I had bacon out to make the Fully Loaded Baked Mashed Potatoes, so I used the leftovers in this recipe. 

 

I never stuff the bird when I use stuffing. There are a lot of factors that lead to that decision. Mostly I don't feel that I get a proper cook out of a roasted bird. There is risk of contamination of the stuffing from uncooked drippings, and most importantly, you don't get loads of crunchy bits, leading to fights among guests and family over the coveted crispy stuffing. Feel free to stuff your turkey, or chicken, or not. But whatever you do, enjoy the stuffing. 

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Garlic Mashed Turnips

Garlic Mashed Turnips

Smokey, sweet, and garlicky

Posted on November 19, 2015
Turnips are a staple on most holiday tables, be it Thanksgiving or Christmas. These Garlic Mashed Turnips go a long way and are the perfect vehicle for getting picky eaters to like vegetables. As an added bonus, they have all these little nooks and crannies that are perfect for holding extra gravy.
Posted in: Veggie & Fruit
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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

With Sugar Cookie Crust

Posted on November 19, 2015
**This recipe makes 2 pies!**

Thanksgiving and autumn are a time for cozy foods and pumpkin flavored everything. I will admit that I have never liked even the thought of something pumpkin flavored, however I thought that it was about time that I finally acquiesced and made something pumpkin. Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake With Sugar Cookie Crust was actually very good. I will admit to being skeptical, but it turned out that the taste reminded me of gingerbread for some reason. Anyway. Thanksgiving needs Pumpkin Pie, so here you go. Sort of.   
Posted in: Desserts
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Smoky Ribs

Smoky Ribs

With Dr. Pepper & Chilli Sauce

Posted on November 18, 2015
I have had a heck of a time finding ribs this summer season, but fall came knocking and suddenly there are ribs on sale almost every week! Finally ribs! Immediately I bought a few. I did the rub thing, but wanted a little something different this time around. Although to be honest the Maple Bacon Ribs are still my biggest request and absolute favorite. So I soaked some apple wood chips in Angry Orchard Cider, then smoked the ribs until tender. Then I made a spicy sweet sauce from Cattle BoyZ Sweet Chilli Sauce and oddly enough, Dr. Pepper. What I ended up with was Smoky Ribs With Dr. Pepper & Chilli Sauce, and they were awesome.
Posted in: Pork
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Bruschetta Pizza

Bruschetta Pizza

Two of the best foods become one

Posted on November 10, 2015
Bruschetta Pizza is a marriage of two supremely delicious foods. Bruschetta topped with roasted tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil, paired with the portable, gooey, melty heaven that is pizza; forming what was probably the best thing we’ve eaten in a week!I say this because we eat some pretty awesome stuff as Chez Sizzle. I mean, have you READ this blog?


Now this recipe wasn't all sunshine and roses. I am sure that you noticed that the pizza went from round and lovely in the first couple of photos,  to a squared-off-ish shape, in the other photos. Well, I kind of, maybe, accidentally, dumped the first pizza in the sink. I would love to tell you it was some incredible story involving ninja pirates, but no. It was my own klutziness that lead to that poor pizza's downfall. Our back up was very tasty indeed, though. The moral here is make this pizza, but don't accidentally toss it in the sink. 

Posted in: Miscellaneous
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Spaghetti À La Vodka

Spaghetti À La Vodka

A delicious vodka cream sauce

Posted on November 10, 2015
Many years ago, I went on a girl's weekend and had the pleasure of trying some pasta in a vodka cream sauce. I haven't seen it on a menu in years, until recently I spotted an article about it somewhere. I suddenly had a craving. Conveniently, we had just gotten back from our trip to Prince Edward County, and had procured a bottle of 66 Distillery Rye Vodka, which went perfectly into my Spaghetti À La Vodka. This pasta dish is filling, rich, creamy, and a little tomato-y too. The chicken adds a smoky flavor to the whole dish, and when you taste it, you will fall in love. 
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