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Month: December 2019

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

Warm, rich, and full of amazing flavors! Our Fire Roasted Tomato Soup is simply delicious and easy to throw together. Paprika offers warmth while basil offers a great zesty flavor to accent the fire roasted tomatoes. Delicious to the last bowl, this recipe also makes […]

Apple Butter Chicken

Apple Butter Chicken

Three ingredients and your main dish is served! Spice up an ordinary chicken night with two simple ingredients in our baked Apple Butter Chicken. The sweet of the apple butter mixed with the smooth heat of the BBQ sauce is a fantastic fall-flavor you won’t […]

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon

Cheesy, spicy, and full of bold flavors, take an ordinary dish to extraordinary levels by making out Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon. Simple to make with only 4 ingredients, take a home staple and make it your own with pepper bacon jam and pimento cheese. We doubt you’ll ever go back!

Ultimate Grilled Cheese With Bacon on a plate with a side of tomato soup

Grilled cheese sandwiches were always a very common item on our weekly menu. It’s also something our kids always want… my husband, not so much. I can’t say I disagree with him either. It made sense to create something that could make the whole family happy by just altering a few ingredients instead of getting rid of the whole concept! Thats how we came up with our “grown up” version of the grilled cheese. It packs a little heat, has a great twist with the pimento, and who can resist bacon?? Pair it with our Fire Roasted Tomato Soup and you have a solid meal tonight!

What’s a good side dish for grilled cheese?

The most obvious answer for us is tomato soup! This is the most popular grilled cheese side and our personal favorite! You can also have it with a side salad to lighten things up a bit! Then there is the always traditional side of French Fries- enough said!

What is Pimento Cheese?

Made popular in southern United States, pimento cheese is a spread or relish made with cheese, mayonnaise and pimentos. It is usually served on crackers, vegetables, bread, or even in sandwiches. It can also be a great topping to steaks!

Where do I find pimento cheese in the store?

Great question! It really depends on your store but here are some places to look if you are having trouble finding it- it will always be refrigerated, so that should help narrow down things a bit! Dairy/Cheese case- this would be the first place I would look. Specialty cheese area- usually somewhere around the deli counter. Look for the hummus and other dips and hopefully you may find it there! If you prefer, we love this recipe if you want to make your own!

Ingredients for Ultimate Grilled Cheese With Bacon

Ingredients for our Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon:

  • 8 Slices of your Favorite Loaf Bread
  • 1 cup Pimento Cheese
  • 1 jar Hot Pepper Bacon Jam
  • Butter or Spread

How to make our Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon:

Spread your butter or oil over the exterior pieces of your bread, just like a traditional grilled cheese sandwich!

Butter Spread on 2 slices of bread for Ultimate Grilled Cheese With Bacon

Next, spread a layer of Hot Pepper Bacon jelly along the interior of each side of the bread. The more you use, the more spice and bold flavor you will get. We don’t think you can ever over do this part 🙂

Hot Pepper Bacon Jam spread on 2 slices of bread

Top the bottom slice of bread with a healthy helping of pimento cheese. We use approximately 1/4 to 1/3 cup. This allows for a full and filling sandwich!

Hot bacon pepper jam on one slice of bread and pimento cheese on the other slice for Ultimate Grilled Cheese With Bacon

Place your sandwich on a skillet and cook on medium heat. We typically need 3-4 minutes per side. Put slight pressure on the sandwich with a spatula as it cooks. It helps to meld all the flavors are everything heats and melts. Don’t push too hard though!

Ultimate Grilled Cheese With Bacon on a plate with a side of tomato soup

There is a lot to be said about comfort food. Mixing grilled cheese and bacon is a total comfort win for me. Two of my favorite things come together and create a gooey goodness you will not regret! Simple to make with minimal ingredients makes this twist on a grilled cheese a total home run.

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon

Yield: 4 sandwiches
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 Slices of your Favorite Loaf Bread
  • 1 cup Pimento Cheese
  • 1 jar Hot Pepper Bacon Jam
  • Butter or Spread

Instructions

  1. Spread a thin layer of butter or spread on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. On the opposite side of each slice, spread about 1/2 tablespoon of hot pepper bacon jam on the bread.
  3. Place 1/4 cup of pimento cheese on one side of the sandwich and top with other slice.
  4. Place on heated griddle or frying pan on medium heat.
  5. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes, or until butter turns golden brown and cheese is starting to melt and ooze.
  6. Enjoy alone or with our delicious tomato soup!
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

There is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup to warm the soul! Our Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup is a perfect alternative when you are giving up on those leftovers and don’t know what to do with all of the turkey in the fridge. […]

Christmas Morning Monkey Bread

Christmas Morning Monkey Bread

Nothing says Christmas morning in our house like our Christmas Morning Monkey Bread. It’s light and fluffy, sweet and gooey all wrapped in one. The secret ingredient of the butterscotch pudding completely makes the dish. It’s simple to make and always a crowd pleaser. We […]

Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins

Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins

Homemade muffins are just THE best! Our Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins have the best tops you’ll ever see and taste just as good as they look. Their perfect crispy tops look like they’re just about to pop off and their fluffy body’s make them tower over anything you’ve previously baked! These are the muffins you will want to wake up to every single morning. 

Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins on a platter

How do I make my muffins fluffy?

Muffins use baking powder, baking soda or both, to create the “rise” that makes them light and fluffy. If you use too little, they won’t rise enough. If you use too much, they will rise quickly and then collapse. The key is finding the right proportion and thats either by following a recipe, or trial and error!

Can you freeze chocolate chip muffins?

Absolutely! We do it all the time. First, you need to cool the muffins completely before wrapping and freezing. To freeze, wrap securely in foil or freezer wrap, or place in freezer bags. Muffins can be stored frozen for up to 3 months. Be sure to seal in an airtight container to keep them as fresh as possible.

Ingredients for Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients for our Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins:

  • 1 Cup butter
  • 2 C sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 C flour
  • 1 C Milk
  • 4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 C Dark Chocolate Chips (The BEST chips if you can find them!)
Close up of Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins

How to make our muffins:

First, preheat oven to 425 F.

Next, cream butter and sugar in large mixing bowl. We suggest room temperature for all ingredients that would otherwise be refrigerated.

Add eggs, slowly, one at a time. Then, slowly add the vanilla. Blend throughly.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

While alternating, add flour mixture and the milk to the butter and sugar mixture. The batter will be very thick. This is what you want!

Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins batter in a bowl

Once the ingredients are blended really well, turn of your mixer. Fold in the dark chocolate chips by hand, making sure you don’t over mix.

Once batter is done, grease muffin tins. Even if you are using muffin wrappers, you will want to grease the top of the baking dish because the tops expand on these!

Batter in muffin pan with paper liners

Sprinkle tops generously with sugar (about a tsp each) and bake in a preheated oven at 425 F oven for ONLY 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes of baking, turn oven temperature down to 375 F and bake an additional 15 minutes until muffins are done in center and rich golden brown on top.

Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins baked and out of the oven in pan

At the start of the day, it’s nice having something to grab and go that you KNOW is going to be both delicious and filling. These please ages 2-92… no one can resist them. Sorry, we’re not sorry. If you’re going to bake something, it is 100% worth knocking it out of the park. The next time you crave some chocolatey-goodness, whip a batch of these bad boys together and never look back.

Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins sliced open on a plate with chocolate chips on table

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Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins

Simple Chocolate Chip Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup butter
  • 2 C sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 C flour
  • 1 C Milk
  • 4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 C dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in large mixing bowl.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and the vanilla.
  4. Blend throughly.
  5. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to the first mixture. (The batter will be very thick.) Blend well.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Grease muffin tins.
  8. Place batter evenly in muffins cups.
  9. Sprinkle generously with sugar and bake in preheated 425 F oven for ONLY 10 minutes.
  10. After 10 minutes of baking, turn oven temperature down to 375 F and bake an additional 15 minutes until muffins are done in center and rich golden brown on top.
  11. Enjoy!
Simple Mac and Cheese

Simple Mac and Cheese

Simple and delightfully cheesy in all the right ways, our 5 ingredient Simple Mac and Cheese is a great table option for holidays or any day of the week. Children and adults alike flock to it for its traditional yummy taste. No excuse needed to […]

Pomegranate Mimosa

Pomegranate Mimosa

Nothing screams Christmas brunch more than a Pomegranate Mimosa. The light, bubbly, and sweetness this drink offers is perfect to sip while enjoying Christmas Monkey Bread or an amazing egg omelet. Our recipe is personalized for one serving, but seriously… who stops at one? Pace […]

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables

It’s like a garden on a baking sheet! Our Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables are comprised of sweet potatoes, onions, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. Drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and tossed in our Fresh Simple Home Seasoning, these vegetables are simple to make and a wonderfully healthy addition to any meal.

Ingredients for Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables

There are so many times that I have vegetables in the house but not enough of just one type to feed my family. So I will scrounge the fridge and cupboard until I come up with a pan full. That’s how this medley came about. Now I’m intentional with the vegetables I buy because this combination offers such good flavors and has at least one thing that everyone in my family likes.

What temperature is best for roasting vegetables?

We recommend always Using high heat for roasting. To be more specific, the best temperature for roasting vegetables is between 400°F and 450°F, with 425ºF being the temperature we call for most often. This applies to all vegetables, and stays the same whether they’re fresh or frozen.

Which oil is best for roasting vegetables?

For vegetables and chicken, olive oil and ghee are our first choices for roasting at temperatures over 400°F. Not only do they help create the crispiness you crave, but each one also conveys its own unique flavor that you just don’t get from neutral oils like grapeseed or canola. They are tolerant to the higher oven temperature as well and won’t smoke.

Chopped raw vegetables on cutting board with olive oil and seasonings.

Ingredients for Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Sweet Potato
  • Onion
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Olive Oil

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Wash, dry and cut all of your vegetables. Try to make all pieces bite-size so they can go straight from the baking sheet to your plate.

Chopped raw vegetables on a cutting board

Place parchment paper on baking sheet. If you don’t have any, just light grease the baking sheet. Place diced vegetables on the pan.

Lightly drizzle all of the olive oil on top. Sprinkle the FSH Seasoning evenly all over.

Lightly toss the vegetables to ensure they are all fully coated.

Turning Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables with tongs

Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Pull out and enjoy!

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables in a sheet pan out of the oven

Since I buy fresh ingredients most of the time, a little part of me dies inside when something goes bad before we had the chance to eat it. You can alter this if needed to incorporate produce thats on its last leg in your home. I have used carrots, chunks of zucchini, regular potatoes and summer squash before. Roasting time is the same and the FSH Seasoning is great on everything!

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Close up of Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables
Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables

Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of Broccoli
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 large yellow or sweet Onion
  • 2 cups of Brussel Sprouts
  • 1/2-1 cup Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh Simple Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Chop all vegetables into large pieces. Make sure they are all similar in size to avoid over or undercooking.
  3. Place all veggies on a baking sheet.
  4. Pour olive oil and sprinkle Fresh Simple Seasoning over vegetables.
  5. Stir to coat all vegetables.
  6. Cook for 30-45 minutes turning vegetables halfway through.
  7. Remove from oven and serve. Leftovers will keep in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Baked Brie with Cranberry

Baked Brie with Cranberry

Delicious brie topped with homemade cranberry sauce, wrapped in a delicious puff pastry and baked to perfection. Our Baked Brie with Cranberry sauce takes less than 10 minutes to throw together and is a favorite appetizer at any gathering. Personalized with our homemade sauce, it’s […]