The Daily Dish - Part 2

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Blueberry Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Ganache

No Comments | Written on January 14, 2015 at 10:33 am , by

There’s something so perfect about an angel food cake in the winter. Perhaps it serves as a nice contrast to all the heavy comfort foods we get used to eating during the cold months. However, we tend to get bored with the traditional angel food cake recipe, so we thought we’d spice it up.

By folding in fresh blueberries, a hint of orange zest, and garnishing with a simple chocolate ganache recipe, this light cake recipe is transformed into something truly gourmet. Plus, this cake freezes very well, which means you can whip it up early in the week and prepare the ganache a few hours before serving!

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Light and Cheesy Fried Jalapeño Medallions

No Comments | Written on January 13, 2015 at 10:10 am , by

Jalapeño poppers are one of our favorite classic appetizer recipes. However, they are notorious for being calorie bombs. Sure, we could tell you to stuff the peppers with veggies, oven-fry instead of deep fry, or just not eat them all together. But that’s not what we want to do.

This recipe captures all the flavor you love from the original jalapeno popper recipe, and strips away the guilt. With a light tempura batter and a hint of cheese, these are perfect for parties. Yes, you can even enjoy these with a ranch dressing on the side!

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Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs From Scratch

No Comments | Written on January 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm , by

You say meatball, we say too heavy. That’s why we put a spin on the traditional Italian recipe and lightened it up at the same time. Don’t think you lose that from-scratch flavor, either! Plus, you can prepare this recipe in the crockpot, which makes this a perfect time-saving recipe.

If you prefer the taste of a homemade sauce, by all means use it in place of what we recommend! However, we find that the homemade meatball is really what gives it that grandma’s kitchen flavor.

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Southwestern Pork and Vegetable Soup with Fresh Cilantro

No Comments | Written on January 9, 2015 at 10:18 am , by

There’s something about a warm and spicy soup recipe in the cold weather that we’ve been having lately. This Southwestern soup recipe uses some vegetables to add nutrition, pork to add heartiness, and a whole bunch of fresh cilantro to give it a fresh taste prior to serving. If you’re feeling a little indulgent, you can serve this no-fuss winter soup recipe with a dollop of sour cream. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.

This soup is best garnished with a variety of Tex-Mex toppings. Our favorite accents for this easy and hearty recipe include: crushed tortilla chips, fresh Mexican cheese (Chihuahua or Monterrey Jack are two of our favorites), and some hot sauce. For a thicker version of this soup, you can puree a cup of soup with some tortilla chips and return to the rest of the soup while cooking.

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Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Fresh Berry-Pomegranate Sauce

No Comments | Written on January 8, 2015 at 8:55 am , by

Panna cotta is a traditional Italian dessert made when you blend cream, egg whites, and honey. This recipe adds some vanilla bean to the mix, and creates a wonderful depth of flavor. The addition of a fresh berry and pomegranate sauce really ups the elegance of this recipe.

Perfect for a more formal get-together, this creamy dessert is one of our winter favorites. For a fun twist on this recipe, you can even make it into a mold of your choosing.

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Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Stir-Fry

No Comments | Written on January 7, 2015 at 8:55 am , by

Chinese food doesn’t just have to be something you order in when things are hectic or you’ve spent a long day at the office. The recipes are surprisingly simple to prepare, and come out tasting like they came from the place down the block. This Kung Pao Chicken Stir-Fry makes a wonderful main course, and one of our favorite ways to enjoy this quick Asian recipe is by enjoying it in lettuce wrap form!

This flavorful meal can be adjusted to your personal spice preference. If you’re anything like us, you like to add a bunch of spicy Thai peppers to the recipe. Just make sure that you have some ice water or cold milk on hand to help you cool off!

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Sinful Southern-Style Roasted Brisket Sandwiches

No Comments | Written on January 6, 2015 at 9:01 am , by

Brisket is one of the best cuts of meat to enjoy during the winter. To truly get the right flavor and texture out of the meat, you need to cook it low and slow. The crockpot is the perfect cooking appliance to use here, and it’ll make your house smell like heaven. Win win, right? Well actually, this simple slow-cooker recipe is a win-win-win because you get to enjoy a little taste of heaven after all the hard work! Just make sure you leave the house all day, otherwise the smell is going to drive you crazy.

Pro tip: use the leftover brisket from these sandwiches to make barbecue brisket nachos, you’ll thank us later.

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Slow-Cooker Italian Wedding Soup From Garnish with Lemon

No Comments | Written on January 5, 2015 at 1:57 pm , by

I don’t know about you, but if there’s anything that screams delicious winter recipe to me, it’s an Italian wedding soup. It’s hearty, loaded with tons of rich and satisfying ingredients, and the perfect weeknight meal. What can possibly take this recipe to the next level, you ask? Making it all in a slow-cooker, of course!

Just toss all of the ingredients in before you leave for work, and this effortless crockpot recipe is done in no time. Garnish with some fresh Parmesan cheese and some basil, if desired. This recipe comes to us from our friends Lisa and Anna from Garnish with Lemon.

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

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Holiday Dips and Bites

No Comments | Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Holiday parties are in full swing!  Many of us will be entertaining guests over the next few weeks from now through New Year’s Eve.  I am always on the lookout for new and exciting crowd-pleasing appetizers to serve.

This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend a Hellmann’s Holidays tasting event with celebrity chef Tim Love!  He shared some of his favorite quick and easy holiday dips and spreads to help make your party a huge success.

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Bombay Mix

No Comments | Written on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

You know when you start snacking and then it tastes so good you keep telling yourself, “just one more bite.”  Then, of course, suddenly the bowl is half empty.

Yep, that’s exactly how I felt when I first made a batch of this savory and spectacular Bombay Mix!

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