Settle into Fall with a Cozy Recipe for Chili with Rice and Great Northern Beans

Good day everyone and happy fall! I hope the kids are getting used to school once again. With the leaves starting to turn and the temps are finally going down, it’s really feeling like fall. That means it’s time for leaf piles, cozy slippers, and hearty soups. Ok so the leaves still haven’t turned, much less fallen in my yard, but that doesn’t mean I can’t throw on some warm socks and whip up a savory soup. While the bacon and potato chowder is my favorite, I wanted to make something different this time. Looking through my collection, I found a delicious recipe for chili with Great Northern beans and rice.

Great Northern Bean and Rice Chili Recipe

This chili is hearty but not spicy, which is great for spice wimps like me. The Great Northern beans have a great subtle flavor and texture that compliments the dish perfectly. This chili has a rich tomato base with a blend of herbs and soy sauce to create the perfect dish for a chilly fall day. Your family will enjoy this hearty chili after an evening of playing in the leaves.

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The Perfect Recipe for 4th of July Grilling: Shish Kabobs

Hello! I hope your summer is going fantastically! It just seems like it’s flying by. I can’t quite believe that the 4th of July is next week already! But that also means it’s time for entertaining and fireworks. šŸ˜€ While my family and I haven’t decided where we will be enjoying fireworks this year, this shish kabob recipe will be great for an outdoor party.

Shish Kabob Recipe

Grilling is one of the best parts of summer entertaining. Your family and friends will enjoy these shish kabobs at your 4th of July party. There’s something delicious and iconic about grilled fresh veggies. Add tender marinated meat, and you’ve got a recipe for summer fun with your family instead of being stuck in the kitchen.

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A New Family Favorite: Pizza Rustica Recipe

Happy April everyone! I wish I could say it was spring, but here in Minnesota it still looks like winter. Rain showers have turned to snow and ice. I am quite fed up with this weather. But it is an excuse to make something hearty and delicious. Because you definitely need something comforting in a spring blizzard.Ā  As there was a general craving for pizza at my house, I made a delicious recipe for pizza rustica.

Not only is it absolutely delicious; it looks fantastic too. This pizza loaf is filled with delightful meats and fresh mozzarella with just the right amount of sauce. Whether you make it into the loaf or go for a traditional pizza pie, this recipe is sure to be a family favorite.

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A New Take on a Classic Family Dinner: Mom’s Mexican Lasagna

Happy Cinco de Mayo tomorrow everyone! I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Mexico. Perhaps I’ll be able to sneak in a little siesta. šŸ˜€ This week I wanted to make something delicious and easy not just for Cinco de Mayo but for any day. I wasn’t sure what to do so I did what I always do. Called my mom and asked for her opinion. My mom is the best cook I know. I might be biased, but she didĀ haveĀ her own catering business. Just saying, seriously delicious family dinners. She is amazingĀ and so generously sharing one of her recipes: Mexican lasagna.

Mom's Mexican Lasagna

This is seriously simple and delicious. Full of cheesy goodness and not spicy for all those true Minnesotans like myself. Using tortillas instead of noodles is brilliant. This recipe is fantastic for dinner, whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, or Tuesday.

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Delicious One Pot Meal: Bacon and Potato Chowder

Hello, hasn’t the winter been weird in a wonderful way? Here in Minnesota we have been loving the 50 and 60 degree weather. But winter is determined to make a comeback. So while we savor every last bit of beautiful weather, I want to be prepared to keep warm and cozy. Soup is always wonderful for warming people up on chilly days. I flipped through my recipe box and found a chowder recipe. With a little adapting, I made a delicious bacon and potato chowder.

One Pot Bacon and Potato Chowder Recipe

With delicious bacon, fresh veggies, and potatoes. this thick, hearty chowder is perfect for frosty evenings. Cooking it all in one pot blends all the wonderful flavors and keeps cleaning down to a minimum.Ā Incidentally it’s also gluten free because it uses the potatoes to thicken the soup instead of flour. Which is an awesome bonus for keeping your family warm and well fed.

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A New Twist on a BLT: Grilled Brie and Bacon Sandwich

I’ve been doing some research on weird and wacky holidays. There seems to be something to celebrate everyday of the year. Did you know that it was National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on the 12th? Ā It isĀ National Soft Pretzel Month and BLT Sandwich Month? Tomorrow is actually National That Sucks Day which is appropriate for the impending Tax Day. šŸ˜€

Grilled Cheese Day makes a lot of sense; not only because grilled cheese is delicious and easy to make, but it is also inexpensive for all those people who may not be getting refunds this year.

With grilled cheese, soft pretzels, and BLTs all being celebrated this month, I decided to createĀ a new twist on the classic BLT and the grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the grilled brie and bacon sandwich with sun dried tomato spread and alfalfa sprouts (instead of lettuce).

Grilled Brie and Bacon Sandwich: a new twist on a BLT and a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

And it turned out deliciously! The salty bun and bacon with the melty and mild brie is a lovely contrast. The fresh sprouts add a bit of crunch and the sun dried tomato spread adds another yummy layer of flavor.

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