Baked Honey Mustard Pretzel
Chicken Tenders

Baked Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Tenders #recipe

If Baked Cheddar Chicken Tenders married Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists, then these Baked Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Tenders would be their baby. And a delicious baby at that.

While I’m all for flavor-packed recipes that require hours of cooking and days of marinating, sometimes you just need to get a home-cooked meal on the table in 30 minutes or less. There’s no time for simmering. There’s certainly no time for slow cooking. You need dinner. You need it ASAP. And you need it to be enjoyed by palates of all ages.

Sound like your average weeknight? Then skip the stress, forget the fuss and preheat your oven for quick and easy Baked Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Tenders.

Baked Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Tenders #recipe

Baked Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Tenders #recipe

Bruschetta Pizza with Balsamic Syrup

Bruschetta Pizza with Balsamic Syrup #recipe

I’ve got big news today. Hang on to your chefs’ hats, folks. I’m launching a new perfume line called Eau de Bruschetta Pizza. Call me crazy, but something tells me I’m about to send One Direction’s Our Moment Eau de Parfum in a new direction. And that direction is called “out of business.”

“She finally referenced pizza, perfume and One Direction in the same sentence,” you say. I know, right? Took me long enough. But here we are with my latest and most favorite no-sharing-required creation: Bruschetta Pizza with Balsamic Syrup.

Warm homemade pizza dough is baked and then rubbed with garlic before being sliced and topped with a refreshingly simple mix of diced tomatoes, minced garlic and chopped basil. Finish it all off with a drizzle of sweet and tangy balsamic syrup and then tell me you don’t wish you could bottle the aroma wafting from your kitchen. 

Bruschetta Pizza with Balsamic Syrup #recipe

Bruschetta Pizza with Balsamic Syrup #recipe

How to Butcher a Whole Chicken

How to Butcher a Chicken

Butchering a chicken may seem like a daunting task. Do you start with the wings? How do you remove the breast bone? What’s a chicken oyster? And what does one do with a spare chicken back? Find answers to all of these questions and more in my latest feature on KitchenAid’s blog, The Kitchenthusiast, where I’m breaking down (food pun count: 1) the simple steps to go from whole bird to eight perfect parts.

My step-by-step visual guide will inspire you to bypass those pre-packaged chicken parts, and instead, save a few dollars per pound by butchering the bird using two simple tools: a chef’s knife and kitchen shears. Head on over to The Kitchenthusiast, then put your skills to the test with recipes for Honey Balsamic Baked Chicken Thighs, Baked Cheddar Dijon Chicken Tenders, Crispy Baked Asian Chicken Wings and more of my favorite chicken recipes.

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Quinoa Salad with Baked
Goat Cheese Rounds

Quinoa Salad with Baked Goat Cheese Rounds #recipe
Every once in a while I take a look around these parts and my pants remind me I need a break from all the salted caramel-stuffed, chocolate chip-topped, cream cheese-frosted amazingness that makes me forget I am, in fact, not a competitor on the Major League Eating circuit. These moments are few, but they are real. When they happen, I get hangry. Like real hangry. And then I turn to my good ol’ friend named quinoa.

First there was Quinoa with Corn and Scallions. Then, Quinoa Guacamole Salad. And now, the quinoa trio is complete with Quinoa Salad with Baked Goat Cheese Rounds. The hearty grain joins forces with arugula (my favorite filler!), sliced almonds (protein!), dried cherries (only a few! OK … a few more), and the pièce de résistance, baked goat cheese rounds. Finish it all off with a tangy Dijon dressing, and this meal-in-a-bowl is the perfect remedy for all those suffering from severe hangryitis. 

Quinoa Salad with Baked Goat Cheese Rounds #recipe

Quinoa Salad with Baked Goat Cheese Rounds #recipe

Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles

Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles #recipe

Say it with me now: brownie croutons, brownie croutons, brownie croutons.

Chewy, crispy, fudgy cubes of bite-sized chocolate perfection. Toss them into fruit salad, skewer them on a stick, sprinkle them atop a cake or, perhaps my favorite use of all, layer them with whipped cream and fresh fruit in these Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles.

Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles #recipe

While brownie croutons have stolen my heart, the real emphasis here is the individual aspect of this easy, yet impressive dessert. I’m none too shy to express my enthusiasm for no-sharing-required desserts. (See: Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies.) So when it comes to the trio of dark chocolate, homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit, you better believe your spoon isn’t coming near my glass.

Feel free to mix and match your serving dishes for added visual flair, be it a variety of wine glasses, cocktail glasses or even mason jars for sealable sweets to eat on the go. 

Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles #recipe

Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles #recipe