2018 is here! I can’t believe how fast the holidays flew by for us! I know everyone usually says “new year. new you”, but this year I have a wedding to get ready for! My game plan is a better healthier version of myself. We already cleaned up all the holiday decorations and removed a lot of the holiday sweets from the house.
Now I am not a big snack person, but I think that is what has been holding me back. So instead of my usual one medium meal and one big meal a day I am going to have tiny meals throughout the day. I have also decided to give up diet coke Sunday-Friday. If I do well during the week I’m going to allow myself to have it on Saturdays because it really is my all time favorite treat.
One of my favorite foods in the world are burritos. Breakfast, lunch or dinner there is a burrito for every time of the day. Obviously burritos are not going to help me on my health journey so I had to think outside of the tortilla. Burrito bowls are my go to at places like Chipotle, but I wanted to make it a little bit healthier.
You can definitely switch out the ingredients that I used to make it even lower in calories. The most important ingredient for me is the homemade pico de gallo. I could eat this on literally anything. Yesterday I had some red pepper hummus and celery, but I topped each bite with pico because I am obsessed!
I had so many recipes planned for December! Sorry I have not had a chance to post very much. I have had a very very busy month. I was with my company for 11 years and I suddenly had a great opportunity to make a very big career change. The beginning of December I moved to a new company and started a completely different career! On top of that I have some very big news!!!!
Patrick proposed! He surprised me with my mom’s original engagement diamond which is what I’ve wanted since I was a little girl. It has just been a whirl wind ever since!
I think I’ve taken maybe 4 days off this entire month.
The cool thing is I still have been creating recipes and pictures so I will have tons of content for the new year!
I hope you all understand why I needed the sudden time off!
Wowee that was a mouth full! This chewy brown sugar cookies are rolled in coconut then toasted to perfection before filling the middle with chocolate hazelnut spread. These cookies stayed perfectly soft and chewy for several days after baking! I honestly liked them even better the day after baking. They were delicious warm from the oven, but the brown sugar was so much more prominent the following day.
If you aren’t a fan of coconut you can easily skip it, but I looooooved toasted coconut! Rodelle launched another cookie campaign this year and I am so excited to be a part of it! A lot of the brand ambassadors came together to bring you Cookies By The Dozen ! Check out the link to see all the other cookie recipes!
These are easy to package for gift giving! While the center never truly sets you can layer with parchment paper to avoid a mess. I think they look amazing in cookie tins. I used a healthy amount of Rodelle Vanilla Extract and a sprinkle of the Rodelle Organic Cocoa. These cookies remind me of a super soft chocolate chip cookie, minus the chocolate chips!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pagoda®.The opinions and text are all mine.
The holidays are almost here! We are planning a holiday game night soon and I have been trying to come up with fast easy appetizer recipes. Last year for our Christmas game night we prepared a lot of sandwich platters. This year I wanted to try something our guests could just pop into their mouth instead of having them put together a sandwich. I know the traditional appetizer is a dip of some sort, but we usually are not very traditional when it comes to our food! We love big bold flavors. If you have been following my blog for a while, you already know we love going out to eat dumplings and egg rolls. I know not everyone has easy access to authentic restaurants so I was planning on making dumplings and egg rolls by hand! As busy as the holiday season is I knew I would never have time and how many of my readers would have time? Thankfully Pagoda® carries a variety of appetizers!
My two favorites are definitely the Pagoda Chicken Egg Rolls and the Pork Potstickers. The egg rolls come individually wrapped and the potstickers come in 2 packets making it easy not to waste anything!
You can make them party ready by slicing the egg rolls into bite size pieces. My guests usually prefer something on the spicy side so I sprinkled a little crushed red pepper and fresh jalapeno over the top of the dumplings. I served my egg rolls with a side of cabbage and my dumplings with just a little of the dipping sauce drizzled over the top. Just imagine your favorite holiday platter loaded with these super tasty bites! We always have lots of disposable chopsticks on hand for our guests. These holiday treats are great in one or two bites and will be easy to grab with chopstick confidence!
If you have ever been to an Asian market you know how hard it is to find a sauce to go along with your recipe. We have countless bottles of dumpling sauce experiments in our pantry. When you buy Pagoda they provide the perfect serving sauce in the box! The egg rolls come with a sweet chili dipping sauce, while the dumplings have a savory lime ponzu sauce. Additionally, Pagoda snacks are made with no certified artificial dyes, no MSG, no trans fats, no PHOs, no high fructose corn syrup, and no preservatives!
Publix is currently running a digital coupon just in time for the holidays. You can check out the Publix weekly digital coupons here to save money on your next Pagoda snacks! Hot and crispy appetizers with barely any prep time? Ready in 20 minutes? Sign me up!
We are all about some turkey in our house. I love trying different cooking methods in search of the perfect juicy bird. For those of you that do not want to go the traditional route this year I definitely recommend trying a beef roast. It is even easier to prep than a turkey and it is absolutely delicious with all the traditional Thanksgiving sides.
The chimichurri is so fresh! I love drizzling it over the roast and veggies. Honestly we like dipping super soft rolls into our sauce too! I like a super thick crust on my roast. You do not have to char your meat as much as I did, but I promise it was fantastic! I just love the difference in textures between a crunchy seasoned crust and super juicy buttery meat.
Smoked Gouda mashed potatoes are totally optional, but a big must in our house! The meat is so perfect by itself you could just roast off whatever veggies you have and serve.
My all time favorite sandwiches consist of prime rib or roast beef. Layers of beef with a horseradish mayo, fresh lettuce, tomato, and peppers with some sort of melty cheese. I blame my dad. To this day he lives to find hole in the wall restaurants with incredible prime rib sandwiches.
Flavorful crusted beef roast with fresh chimichurri.
For the beef-
One beef roast or prime rib round 8 pounds (more or less based on your serving needs)
5 garlic cloves smashed
2 tsp of sea salt or kosher salt
2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp of crushed red pepper
2 tbsp of butter, melted
1 cup of water
¼ cup of soy sauce
⅛ cup of Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp olive oil
For the chimichurri:
1 cup of chopped fresh parsley
½ cup of chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove
¼ cup of olive oil
2 tbsp of red wine vinegar
juice from one large lemon
salt and pepper
1 tsp of honey
Use a fork to poke holes all over the beef roast
In a large bowl mix together the water, Worcestershire, soy sauce, red pepper, garlic, sugar
Add the beef and marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
Dry the beef with paper towels and sprinkled liberally with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
In a large pan add a little olive oil and on medium high heat sear the meat on each side
Move to a roasting pan and drizzle with a little more olive oil
Roast for 30 minutes then check the internal temp
(I just leave the thermometer in and cook until 120 degrees)
Drizzle a little melted butter over the top and add a little more salt and pepper (just a pinch)
Cook until 130 degrees for medium rare
Let rest for at least 15 minutes this will bring the temp to around 135-140
For the chimichurri:
In a food processor combined all the ingredients and pulse until smooth
Add more olive oil if you want a more liquid consistency
Season with the salt and pepper to your taste
This roast is so juicy and packed full of flavor! You can even slice up the leftovers (if you have any!) for roast beef sandwiches! Just imagine a little of that roast on a soft fluffy roll with the chimichurri… yuuuum.
Don’t forget to tag me @kelliericecakes if you try this recipe out!!!! Happy eating! 🙂
Blueberry muffins are my all time favorite snack. I love the bakery style muffins with the sugary tops! Big juicy pieces of fruit in every bite make them healthy though… right?
When I partnered with Macon Appliance Mart I knew I wanted to incorporate my favorite blueberry muffin recipe. This time I added pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to give it some fall vibes. I’ve always loved mixing blueberry pie filling with frozen or fresh blueberries for a little extra sweetness! These jumbo muffins will be a breakfast (or snack!) to remember this holiday season!
I’m just going to keep this post short and sweet because these really are just so simple! This is one of my favorite recipes to pull out when we have company. Most of the time we have the ingredients in the pantry and it is super easy to throw them together!
1 can of blueberry pie filling (rinsed and drained)
1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
¼ cup of pumpkin puree
½ tsp of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp of baking powder
2 cups of AP flour
1 stick of soft butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs room temp
½ cup of milk room temp
extra sugar or brown sugar for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a mixing bowl stir the butter and sugar
Add in the eggs and vanilla
Mix in the pumpkin
Add the blueberry filling and frozen/fresh blueberries
Mix in the dry ingredients on low - flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt
Finish with the milk and stir lightly until just combined
Pour into jumbo muffin tins
Top with sugar
Bake until golden brown about 20-25 minutes
Just a few tips to make sure they come out perfect every time!
As you know I was lucky enough to bake these muffins in a Viking Range kitchen. I tried baking them in a convection oven and a regular oven both at 350. The muffins almost doubled in size in the convection oven and were so light and airy. They came out slightly denser in the regular oven, but were super moist. I think the moral of the story is Viking just has awesome ovens, but if you have access to a convection oven definitely try it out!
Room temp ingredients – this always works for me. When ingredients are all the same temperature they just mix together so easy.
Rising the pie filling- I know this part seems strange, but I promise it is important! One you are taking off all that extra sugar and two you are controlling the moisture you are adding into the batter.
Fresh or frozen blueberries? Honestly either work just fine. I personally buy fresh blueberries then freeze them. I want them to hold their shape as long as possible in the muffins.
Final sprinkle of sugar- natural sugar works the best, but I usually use brown sugar just because I always have it on hand.
This Jerk Chicken is a game changer! I actually had a dessert planned to go up today, but we have made this multiple times in the past two weeks! With the holidays right around the corner I knew you guys needed this recipe… TODAY!
I love this dinner for multiple reasons. One- there is hardly any prep work. Everything is thrown into the oven and you can forget about it until they are done! Two- it is super cheap! Depending where you buy your chicken you can make this whole meal for $10-$15! Three- the flavors are out of this world!
This recipe is based off a recipe from my new favorite YouTube channel, Sortedfood. It is a channel about 3 friends that learn new cooking techniques from their 2 chef friends. I cannot stop watching! They are so creative and they mix flavor combos that you just can’t find anywhere else! When I saw their version of jerk chicken I knew I had to make it immediately. As in I finished the episode and scavenged my kitchen in search of ingredients. I didn’t follow their recipe exactly, but I did follow their chicken butchering skills!
The most important part of the dish is making sure you spatchcock the chicken (aka take out the backbone). This allows you to really get the marinade into each part of the chicken. I have never had such juicy meat before and we tried this technique with a few different sizes of chicken.
I love this marinade because you get so many levels of flavor. The heat from the cayenne, the freshness from the herbs, and the bitterness from the lime zest all come together for the perfect balance.
Hot Pot is one of those things that I think you either love or you hate. Most restaurants will have individual burners or share burners filled with savory broth. You cook a selection of meats and vegetables in your own simmering broth. Our favorite place also has a sauce bar. All you can eat chili oil? Sign me up! I did not go traditional today. I took all my favorite things from Hot Pot and made it a much easier clean up.
We had a new market open near us and I am almost embarrassed to tell you how many times we have been in the past 2 weeks. I say almost embarrassed because then I remember all the different kinds of dumplings and pork buns we have tried. Patrick is borderline obsessed with a little Ramen restaurant in the food court. Which is how this recipe came about this weekend. It has been threatening to snow flurry all weekend and every part of me wanted a rich beef soup. Not just any beef soup though. A hot pot style soup. Something with a rich broth and tons of goodies.
Most of these ingredients you can find right in your local grocery store. We purchased ours at a new local Asian market. If you have one close by definitely check it out! The herbs and vegetables are usually a fraction of the cost compared to local grocery stores. The selection is out of this world, and you can usually find really good deals on butchered meats.
I used pre-cubed rib eye. You can use any kind of beef you would like. Sliced brisket, stew meat, skirt steak sliced against the grain… anything works as long as you brown/sear the meat first.
Now lets talk about your heat tolerance. Mine is high- as in I tap out when fire comes out of my ears. Patrick’s kids usually can handle fairly spicy, but I think this recipe would terrify them. So I am going to give you some options to make this family friendly.
If you are going to an Asian market you can pick up a hot pot starter. These are also available online or you could definitely make it yourself.
When searching for your hot pot base definitely take into account your heat preference. If you are more of a mild to medium spicy I would completely stay away from anything with Szechuan Peppercorns. I don’t think they are necessarily spicy, but sometimes you can get a bite that will unexpectedly numb your entire mouth. In theory I believe they are used to allow you to taste all the flavors in the hot pot, but if this is your first time making a recipe like this I would just skip them.
To build the base you will start by browning/ searing your meat. This is going to help tenderize the meat as well as build a lot of great flavor. Removed the meat then add in your broth and spices. Bring the broth to a rolling boil then drop down to barely a simmer before adding the meat back into the pot. Do not skip this step because it is going to give you super juicy bites of tender meat instead of chewy bites.
You can literally add anything to this soup. Some of my favorites are- mushrooms, cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, onion, egg, soup dumplings, noodles. Today we are using pork soup dumplings, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, Chinese noodles, and lots of fresh basil.
You can use any kind of dumplings you prefer, but I like the tiny bite size square dumplings. You can also have a dumpling sauce on the side for dipping. Yum!
Spicy broth simmered with rib-eye, garlic, and mushrooms. Poured over basil, dumplings and Chinese noodles.
6 cups of beef stock
½ pound of cubed or sliced steak
1 tsp of canola oil
2 tbsp of chopped garlic
1 cup of fresh herbs
1 cup of mushrooms
4 oz or 2 servings of dried pasta such as Chinese noodles, ramen, or spaghetti
2 cups of dumplings
¼ cup of hot pot base (Little Sheep is a good brand and I believe they sell it at Walmart)
If you want to make your own starter-
¼ cup of canola oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp of soy bean paste
1 tsp of cayenne or white pepper (depending on your heat level)
1 tsp of garlic
1 tsp of crushed red chili (optional)
1 tsp of whole cloves (optional)
In a large soup pot heat 1 tsp of canola oil over medium heat
Add in your meat careful not to crowd
Brown/ sear your meat and set to the side
Add in the chopped garlic and mushrooms
Lower the heat and pour hot pot base over the top
Add in the broth
Bring to a boil
Lower to barely a simmer (too hot will toughen your meat)
Add the meat back in and simmer for 30-40 minutes
minutes before serving add your noodles
minutes before serving add in your dumplings
Garnish with fresh herbs ( I love basil, but cilantro works too)
Serve with a dumpling sauce and sriracha
Or even a crusty hunk of bread
My Italian roots poked out a little here and I served mine with a load of crusty sourdough bread. Now before you judge my carbs on carbs on carbs just try a piece of warm bread dipped in this broth. It is so delicious!
Chocolate ganache cake is one of those desserts you save for a celebration. Layers of moist fudge cake with a hint of espresso, silky chocolate buttercream, and espresso chocolate ganache swirled all over the rest of the cake. Every bite is rich without being overly sweet.
I first made this cake for my cooking demo at Macon Appliance Mart. The day was so packed and fast paced that I completely forgot to take pictures of the cake once it had been sliced. I can’t believe the demo was already 3 weeks ago! You guys have overwhelmed me with support and love!
It is so funny to look back to when LT ( owner of Macon Appliance Mart and my very best friend) and I were 18. We have always had huge dreams and encouraged each other to push ourselves. At the time he was in electronic sales and I was an office manager at a high end boutique. We both knew there were big things in our futures. The best part is I don’t think we have ever been competitive. Just a perfect support system.
Fast forward to 30(ish) and he is a business owner with a beautiful wife (aka my new best friend ha!), two little fur babies, and still gives the best advice. While I took a much different path when I moved away from him to Atlanta, GA to become an interior designer and somehow ended up in his footsteps in Electronic Sales. Currently, I am a sales manager sharing my life with Patrick, his two great kids, and our 4 fur children all while building the Kelliericecakes brand.
All the pictures above were taken at the demo in the Macon Appliance Mart Viking Range Kitchen. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing opportunity to do what I love while partnering with my best friend!
Since I forgot to take pictures at the event I decided to recreate this cake with a spooky theme!
**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RAGÚ®Pasta Sauce.All opinions are entirely my own.
I am all about fresh ingredients. I often talk about places I love to shop. The biggest factor in keeping me as a customer is consistent, quality ingredients. Thankfully I have a Publix right around the corner so it is easy for me to run and grab what I need.
One of the biggest reasons I blog is because I am always in the kitchen creating! As my recipe starts to come together, I always think of ingredients that would just take the food over the top! There are often times when I will go to the grocery store multiple times in a day. It is important that I have a place I can count on.
If you are a frequent Publix shopper, you already know they usually run a great buy one, get one special. Publix is running a BOGO on RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce NOW through Wednesday, October 11th.
This is the PERFECT time to stock up. RAGÚ has so many different sauces to choose from, and they could be a great base for any meal.
Now that it is officially fall, I am all about good, warm comforting food! Creamy, cheesy, chicken just keeps popping into my head. I was thinking about creating a soup, but it is still fairly warm here in Georgia. When I was making my list of ingredients, Patrick asked if I was making a pot pie. Umm now I am!
I used the RAGÚ Family Size Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce as the base for my Cheesy Chicken Pot Pies. This sauce is usually known for Chicken Alfredo, but since it is already packed with real cream and fresh cheese, it is also perfect for an easy pot pie! All that Parmesan and Romano cheese in this sauce is right up my alley! I used the family size, but you can also reduce the recipe and use the 16 oz. if you are serving less people.
You can make a giant pot pie for the family, but I love making individual pies. A really satisfying creamy base packed with vegetables topped with a crispy pie crust. Is it dinner time yet?
1 Jar of RAGÚ Family Size Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce 21.5 oz
4 Cups of chicken stock
1 Pound of chicken breast
½ Pound of thick cut bacon cooked, drained, and chopped
2 Tbsp of chopped garlic
1 Medium yellow onion chopped
½ Cup of carrots chopped
2 Medium Yukon potatoes peeled and chopped
½ Cup of chopped celery
2 Tbsp of fresh ground pepper
1 Tbsp of paprika
1 Tbsp of garlic powder
1 Cup of cheddar cheese shredded
1 Package prepared pie crust dough
2 Tbsp of butter
Parsley or thyme
In a large sauce pan add the chicken and stock.
Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through.
Pull chicken out and set to the side to cool.
Add the onion, celery, carrots and potatoes to the chicken stock.
Simmer until potatoes and carrots are fork tender.
Add the jar of RAGÚ Classic Alfredo.
Lower the heat to medium low.
Shred the chicken and add into the pot.
Pour in the pepper, paprika, garlic, and garlic powder.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Add ½ cup of the cheddar, butter, and the bacon to the pot and turn off heat.
Pour chicken mixture into individual oven safe bowls.
Top each bowl with a circle of pie crust, I used the top of the bowls to measure the dough.
Mix the egg with a tbsp of water and brush onto each crust.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Top with fresh herbs and enjoy!
Is your mouth watering yet? Just image tapping your spoon through this cheesy crust and revealing all that creamy chicken. This meal will definitely bring smiles to the dinner table! You can check out the BOGO deal here through the Publix Weekly Ads. Be sure to get RAGÚ Pasta Sauce. It can easily be found on the pasta sauce aisle at Publix.
Don’t forget to tag me if you recreate this recipe! I love seeing all your recreations!