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Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos
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Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich
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Asian Style Baked Chicken Wings



This weeks Gameday post is my mother-in-laws recipe and one of my husband's favorites from growing up. He would invite friends over just to devour pounds of these puppies. Now that he's 31 and finally moved out of his parents house he decided he had to learn how to make them himself. He would make them every weekend if I kept an endless supply of chicken wings on hand. When he makes them for guests he's always getting compliments and they are a hit with both adults and kids. It brought tears to my 2 year old neice when we ran out of them one time. They've been praised by people who don't like the typical buffalo chicken wings. I could go on, but just trust me on this one, you should make these and you'll probably want to double the recipe.

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Healthy Sweet Potato Skins

Sweet Potato Skins

Have you caught onto the Meatless Monday trend? We are trying to leave meat out of our diets at least once a week, although it doesn't always happen on Monday, that would take too much planning. It's also growing on my meat loving husband, especially after tonight's Healthy Sweet Potato Skins. These work for a meatless dinner or can be made in lieu of the typical potato skins loaded with bacon and cheese for an appetizer. Yes, I know they don't look pretty, but the taste totally makes up for that! I love sweet potaotes and I already looped you guys in on how they are packed full of nutrients and super healthy in my Baked Sweet Potato post. Tonight I opted to throw these in the microwave so I could get dinner on the table at a decent time. Oh wait, we don't have a table, but you get the point. Keep reading for the recipe I adapted from Pinch of Yum, I opted to use black beans because I'm a sucker for them and I also used parmesan cheese, with its stronger flavor it allows you to use less cheese and still get good flavor.

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Nutella & Mascarpone Crostini

Nutella & Mascarpone Crostini

Make this now and thank me later! I went to dinner at Dozzino's in Hoboken a couple of months ago and we ordered these Nutella & Mascarpone Crostini's for dessert. I haven't stopped thinking about them since so I decided to put the Nutella I had from the Nutella Swirl Blondies to use. Make them this weekend for the games, make them for your holiday parties or just make them at home alone so you don't have to share with anyone.  They are so easy and if you decide to share everyone will be impressed! Adjust the quantity based on how many you want to make and adjust the ratio of mascarpone to nutella based on your taste preferences.

1-1/2 cups mascarpone
3/4 cup nutella
1 baguette, sliced 

Preheat broiler (this will only take a couple of minutes). Place bread on baking sheet and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes on each side. Keep an eye on it as it will toast the bread quickly.

Stir together mascarpone and nutella. Try a spoonful, you know, just to make sure it tastes okay. Place a dollop of mascarpone and nutella mixture on toasted baguette. 


Chili con Queso

Chili Con Queso

Well nothing like following up a Broccoli and Cheese Soup post with another vat of cheese, please don't judge me. This week's Gameday post is Chili con Queso and it reminds me of my childhood, physical restraint could not stop me from devouring this stuff. I'm not exaggerating, I'm pretty sure my brothers tried to physically restrain me, but we won't get into issues from my childhood. I guarantee you that this easy Chili con Queso will be a hit at any party. I'm sure many of you have heard of the standard block of Velveeta and Rotel mixed together which is the base, but I would like to encourage you to mix it up. Add some diced green chilles, ground turkey (chicken or beef for that matter), chorizo, sausage, diced jalepenos, or sauteed onions. It's so easy, whip some up some for a football game or the World Series this weekend!

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Easy Prosciutto, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart

Prosciutto, Caramelized Onion, & Goat Cheese Tart

This is a super easy appetizer, lunch or dinner. In my case it was a last minute dinner I threw together based on what I had on hand at home. Puff Pastry is a great thing to keep on hand in your freezer, as you can always throw together a last minute appetizer, breakfast pastry or tart, dessert, or use it for pot pies. Did I convince you to go out and buy some yet? 

The appetizer I made is very flexible, you can top it with any sort of cheese or vegetable depending on the season or what you have on hand. Although it's hard to beat the combination of prosciutto, caramelized onions (in brown sugar) and goat cheese!

1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1/2 large onion, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
4-6 ounces goat cheese
8-10 slices fresh prosciutto

Thaw puff pastry, by setting on the counter for about 30 minutes or placing in refrigerator overnight. 

Once puff pastry is thawed, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out puff pastry onto lightly floured surface, then place onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Heat olive oil on stove top pan over medium high heat. Add onions and brown sugar and cook for about 8-12 minutes, stirring occassionally until onions are soft and caramelized.

While cooking onions score puff pastry by running a knife about a 1/2 inch to an inch from the outer edge to create a border. Then prick the center of the puff pastry with a fork multiple times.

Dot pastry with goat cheese, then spread the caramelized onions, and now you have an option. You can choose to cook your prosciutto (which I did) or you can wait and put it on after the puff pastry cooks. This is entirely up to you, I like it both ways. If you want to cook the prosciutto, place the slices on top of the onions now otherwise do it after you bake the tart. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until edges turn golden.


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