Garlic-Kale Stuffed Portobello Burgers

Several of you have asked how my kitchen remodel went, and have I shared photos yet? The kitchen reno is still happening. I took over the project, and there have been some back-steps as I hire professionals to not only complete the job, but check the work already completed. In some cases, work was redone.

My new dishwasher was one of those unfortunate redo jobs. The original contractor had installed the new dishwasher incorrectly – completely and in every way – and I am once again dishwasher shopping!

I loved the dishwasher I am replacing, and since it was an Electrolux, I started my search with them. Their newest model is the Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch™ Controls (EI24ID50QS). In thinking about how much we entertain, one thing I loved about this one right away was the 30 minute fast wash cycle. I often plan my parties so I can enjoy as much as I can without working, but if I had a super fast wash cycle I’d be using it for sure!

This model is also extremely quiet, and the stainless steel matches some of our other new appliances. I love the third level at the top, for small items and the thirty seven spatulas I use every day.

 

 

Electrolux

 

Since the kitchen will be finished soon, we are once again able to host parties at our place! Holiday parties and holidays meals with our family, Happy Hour at Home with friends, and game day festivities… the only football we are watching is college. 

In addition to the American flag that waves on our front porch, we have a Mizzou flag and a Ducks flag… we love our college football, and I love making a big table full of food for game day. Of course.

My tips to a fun party that you can enjoy:

- make a signature cocktail that can be made ahead, and guests can serve themselves.

- keep decor to a minimum, and have it be functional – bottles in ice and edible serving bowls are always fun details. using fancy plates and glassware, even for a casual get together, because why not? 

- plan for foods that mostly can be made ahead – many of the following recipes in this game day collection can be made ahead, at least partially, with minimal assembly before the party begins.

- unless every guest has a place to sit, plan for small bite appetizers that can be handheld or dipped. no awkward balancing of plates and glasses while they attempt utensil use:

 

Garlic Kale Portobello Burgers

garlic-kale stuffed portobello burgers

 

ramen burger

ramen burger – sushi style

 

Hatch chile queso

Hatch chile queso

 

Black Bean Totchos with Lemon Garlic Sauce

black bean totchos with garlic lemon sauce

 

nacho cheese mushroom melts

cheesy nacho mushroom melts

 

spicy buffalo chick-quin wings

buffalo chick-quin wings

 

spicy Thai nachos

spicy Thai totchos

 

Pulled Porcini Sliders

pulled porcini sliders

 

Reuben rolls with homemade thousand island

 

croque monsieur stuffed waffles

Croque Monsieur stuffed waffles

 

raw tacos with chipotle cream

 

s’mores shots in chocolate glasses

 

hot chocolate peppermint shots

 

 

Electrolux

Electrolux

 

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Compensation was provided by Electrolux via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of spabettie and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Electrolux.

 

 

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Pumpkin Bread with Salted Pepitas

It is officially fall!

Autumn?

Whatever – it is time for boots and sweaters and tights and scarves and boots! It is time for warming, comfort foods, it is time for all things pumpkin.

But… I sorta have pumpkin year round, and am not really a fan of pumpkin in my coffee.
*ducks head*

I suppose what I am saying is that I never really go overboard with the pumpkin.

But. I did make you a loaf of pumpkin bread. Actually, two. Perfectly sweet, with a salty seeded topping. That’s the kicker for me – I have always loved pumpkin bread, and now I will think all pumpkin breads need the salty addition.

It is good.

Honeymoon update! This week, our road trip finds us in the Black Hills and the Badlands. Yesterday we [click to continue…]

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Watermelon Apple Fruit Stripe Pops

Portland’s late summer has been a hot one – on our wedding day, we were on the Departure rooftop deck in 98 degree temperatures. We took photos quickly, and joked about taking the next photos in the restaurant walk in…

The heat has continued through our first two weeks of honeymoon – vacation, which has been great while we’ve been out playing in our own city before we travel. We have been enjoying some lake side happy hours on warm evenings, complete with awesome kombucha flights.

My all time favorite [click to continue…]

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Candied Jalapeno Recipe @spabettie

So, I guess there is a thing about saving the top tier of your wedding cake, for an entire year, to enjoy on your first anniversary?

Yeah, we didn’t do that.

We saved it. We brought it home. It sat in my parent’s fridge for two whole days.

Then we ate it.

I figure if we [click to continue…]

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Curry Coins with Garlic Mango Aioli

Sweet and spicy dipped into sweet and savory.

Meet my new favorite snack.

how to roast garlic

Roasting garlic is one of my favorite things – my mom and I have made a lunch from a whole roast garlic spread onto crackers. Mmm.

Roast garlic mixed with sweet mango? Heaven. Dipping curried potato rounds into this garlic mango Heaven? Sweet comfort food goodness.

I am back on my potato habit. They have been lunches lately – baked and fluffed and stuffed with [click to continue…]

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Healthy Papaya Turmeric Mocktail

Last weekend was a whirlwind for me, a straight up whirlwind.

I promise to share more details of the wedding and all the events [click to continue…]

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Blackberry Mojito Overnight Oats

My friend Kathy Hester has another book out next week, September 16. While I have and love all of Kathy’s books, I am particularly excited about this one, because it is all oats. OATrageous Oatmeals, to be exact. Excited because I love oats, and excited because one of my recipes is in this book! I was so very honored to have it included, it is a fun one.

Oatrageous Oats

Easy Oat Roti, Sausage Crumbles and Eggplant Pizza Sliders are a few of the savory dishes I cannot wait to try. On the sweets side, Kathy’s creative mind thinks up London Fog Hot Tea, Mini Raspberry Cakes, and Bourbon Oat Shortbread (those are in my oven right now – the kitchen smells so good).

This book is packed with all kinds of goodness, and if you like oatmeal and overnight oats, this book is definitely for you[click to continue…]

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Spinach Pancakes @spabettie

Spinach Pancakes

 

This morning, with the window open to the cool fall morning, I am feeling that Back To School nostalgia, a new beginnings of sorts.

With the wedding happening tomorrow, EAK tomorrow, the planning is complete. My work with Dad’s estate is nearly over. Another large project turned into a smaller collaboration, leaving me to some travel and some new exciting projects and plans.

One of those [click to continue…]

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