Crispy bacon takes a turn on the sweet side with this simple technique and recipe for how to make candied bacon. Sound challenging? Making candied bacon is a total breeze thanks to a secret ingredient that guarantees that famous crackly crunch.
Serve up this sweet-meets-salty side with Banana Nut Pancakes, Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins, Overnight Egg and Sausage Strata, and more breakfast favorites.
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Grab your spoons, folks. Soup season is upon us. But rather than stroll our way into the world of broths and stocks, I’ve decided we might as well start with a sprint toward the comfort food finish line. And nothing screams, “I feel comforted!” quite like a big bowl of Loaded Baked Potato Soup, crispy bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese and all.
This easy potato soup was inspired by a similar recipe my mom used to make during the harsh San Diego winters. In those days—the days of fast metabolisms and 2-hour lacrosse practices—I’d pile my bowl so full of toppings that the soup was but a shallow pond surrounding my pork fat and cheddar cheese island.
I’ve since shifted strategies to better appreciate the velvety smoothness of the underlying potato purée, the real star of the dish. All it takes is a blender to transport you from gritty root vegetable to silky potato soup, which brings me to the latest and greatest (and my new favorite) appliance, the KitchenAid Pro Line Series 5-Speed Cordless Hand Blender.
Isn’t she a thing of beauty? Don’t let her sleekness deceive you. This tool will transform your kitchen into a blending, chopping, whisking, shredding, frothing, pureeing powerhouse. And I’ve partnered with the generous team at KitchenAid to give one lucky reader their very own cordless hand blender.
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Often times I take a look around these parts and realize I must have a secret agenda to put skinny jeans out of style, one recipe at a time. Strawberry cheesecake chimichangas? Check. Homemade Samoas Girl Scout cookies? Check. Homemade churros with chocolate sauce? Check. But today we may officially retire denim in favor of jeggings. Because today, my fellow calorie crushers, we feast on Apple Pie Panini.
I cannot take credit for this gastronomical greatness. This dessert creation was dreamt up by my friend, fellow San Diegan and cookbook author, Kathy Strahs, of Panini Happy. Kathy’s new book, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, hit shelves last week and boy does it ever catapult everyday pressed sandwiches into extraordinary panini.
This book’s got it all, from Chicken Parm Panini and Pimento Panini to BBQ Rib Melt Panini and Monte Cristo Panini. While the savory sandwiches were enough to inspire me to crank up my panini press, it was the dessert section that had me sprinting to the supermarket.
This Apple Pie Panini stars honey-whipped mascarpone, juicy green apple slices and brown sugar-crusted raisin bread. Think of it like French toast meets apple pie. I took it one step further and topped it all off with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. After all, this is a dessert panini. (And definitely not for your bikini.)
Discover the secret to the best, crispiest homemade French fries with a recipe and tips to guarantee deep-frying success. And don’t forget the spicy garlic ketchup!
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Fall doesn’t officially start until September 22, but all it takes is one quick glimpse at Pinterest to realize that equinoxes be damned, it’s pumpkin season, people. And if pumpkin recipes are already making the rounds, then it’s high time we dust off the ol’ slow cooker for what’s sure to be a crockpot classic in your home: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken.
We all have those days when we’re craving something so rich and satisfying that we turn to the takeout menus and order up our guilty pleasure du jour (orange chicken or Mongolian beef, anyone?). We want something, anything that’s warm, comforting and, while it may come with excessive amounts of sauce, doesn’t come with any judgement.
But now you can skip the takeout menus and slow cook your way to tender shredded chicken breasts tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce made with honey, garlic and soy sauce. It’s just like getting takeout from the local Chinese restaurant, except rather than waiting on the delivery guy, your dinner is waiting on you. I believe Ina said it best, “How easy is that?”