appetizers

Garlic-Kale Stuffed Portobello Burgers

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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.

 

 

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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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Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint

Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint – a refreshing and flavorful salad that is great as a start to a meal, an afternoon snack or a sweet dessert – cheers!

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Did this weekend fly by for everyone else, or just me?

While it was a perfect mix of fun things and relaxing down time – yes I enjoyed a short nap – it just went too quickly.

A sign of a good weekend, I suppose?

Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint

It definitely was. My weekend started on Friday, when I spent the whole day in the kitchen. It was glorious – I created and photographed two project recipes, with French Open tennis in the background. My perfect day, really.

I spent part of Saturday on wedding planning – it is [click to continue…]

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Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas

ah, summertime.

It truly is my favorite time of year. Longer, warmer days equal more time outdoors, fresh creations with garden ingredients, cool cocktails with friends.

Sitting out in the evening, relaxing while the daylight leaves and the yard’s nightlights come on. Frogs in the pond croak now and then, causing the dogs to jump off our laps and snif snif snif in search of the frog…

Grapefruit Thyme Margaritas

My latest libation creation is a fusion of two favorites – mimosas and margaritas. Fresh herbs from the garden (the thyme came back from last year!) mix well with bubbly and my favorite reposado tequila.

Follow me over to Kim’s place for my recipe: Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas.

Grapefruit Thyme Mimosas

Cheers!

 

 

 

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Black Bean Totchos with Garlic Lemon Sauce

Black Bean Totchos with Garlic Lemon Sauce – a flavorful platter of comfort food goodness – great for your next Happy Hour at Home, Game Day, or lunch!

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Taxes week – I survived. Big project week – I’m excited. Easter brunch – I’m looking forward to it.

Easter plans? Weekend plans? I have a lunch idea for you, a deliciously easy one.

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Pulled Porcini Sliders

*tee hee* I love word puns.

I also love jack fruit, it makes the perfect Plant Based Pulled ‘Pork’. Adding a hearty sliced mushroom to the mix really amped up the oomph factor here. Sweet, savory, tangy, spicy – in a mini size slider.

Important Note: the peperoncini is an essential pairing here, please do it. It brings a tangy heat to the spicy sweet, and layering them first on the bottom bun? Not an accident – the [click to continue…]

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Baked Avocados with Mini Shiitakes

Wordless Wednesday.

I haven’t done one of these in a long while. and if you’ve [click to continue…]

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roasted garlic mushroom pizza

“I’m really intuitive about these things. I’ve predicted two of my friends’ divorces, one pregnancy and a couple of natural disasters.”

Elijah is one of my favorite Girls characters. I can still see him edging his way into the cast photo at the end of the season three finale…

So.

I have heard many friends talk about Girls for some time now. Finally decided to look for it, watch it.

Um.

That was when I returned from vacation last week. Jason and I watched all three seasons, in time to catch up and watch the finale this past Sunday.

This is our favorite way to watch a series, actually. We [click to continue…]

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spinach scramble stuffed 'shrooms

SPABETTIE IS A FINANCIALLY COMPENSATED BLOGGER AMBASSADOR FOR THE MUSHROOM COUNCIL, AND IS PARTICIPATING IN THE #MUSHROOMMAKEOVER 30 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE AND ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF THE OPINIONS OR POSITIONS OF THE MUSHROOM COUNCIL OR MAMAVATION.

 

Week Two of #MushroomMakeover is coming to a close, and for me, this week was even better than last!

The workouts from our trainer Mark Segedie, continue to be both fun and challenging! This week included two arm circuits – good because I really want to focus on my arms lately, bad because I have not focused on my arms lately. Ha! Noodle arms over here. I am loving the challenges, making sure I get to my 10,000 steps a day (some days, SO EASY, other days that number seems so unattainable). Most days I get there, as well as drinking plenty of water as RD Corrine reminds us to do.

Working with the registered dietitian Corinne Dobbas this week was a good thing too – our focus this week was to be mindful with our meals – focus on the food rather than the television, laptop, whatever the usual distraction may be. Eat slowly, enjoying the flavors, the textures, all of it. I will admit this was a difficult challenge for me, and one where I learned some things about myself. It took some effort at lunch time – when I am normally on my own during the day – to sit and enjoy, without working in front of the computer or watching television. I made myself go outside to sit in the sunshine during breakfast one day – I enjoyed the sunshine and the dachshunds sat out there with me, taking it all in. A big challenge for me is background noise – I found I need it, or at least think I do. I will definitely continue to work on this one, as it is bigger than this one week project for me.

Between the workouts, staying hydrated, eating healthfully and mindfully, I found the number on the scale is once again less than the week before. This is a positive for me – I rarely step on the scale and this was not my biggest reason for taking on the #MushroomMakeover challenge, but it is definitely a nice aspect.

This week’s Mushroom Makeover meals:

visiting a brew pub with friends for lunch one day, I was happy to [click to continue…]

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