POSTS WITH TAG: comfort food

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    Sigh. Stale bread. It's the bane of my kitchen. I don't know whether the stuff is in league with the milk, but between those two items, nothing seems to go bad faster once I bring it home from the grocery store. It hurts my heart AND my wallet every time I have to throw a loaf of stale bread away. To that end, I'm forever looking for ways to use that bread. You know, ways that won't make me look like one of those trash-eating Extreme Cheapskates from T.V. -- that's not cute.

    In my adventures in stale-bread-using, I've learned something quite surprising: Some things actually taste BETTER when you use stale bread to make them! It's true though! Some of my fave dishes just wouldn't be the same if I had to use fresh stuff just baked and resting on the rack. Whether or not you choose to tell people you're getting rid of bad bread and penny-pinching is up to you. With these 5 recipes using stale bread, I can guarantee that nobody will be any the wiser should you choose to stay mum! 

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    I am not a camper, at least not a happy one. That being said, the only thing I really like about camping is the food. Something about a meal being cooking in the great outdoors is totally irresistible and is almost worth the dirt, the dust, the bug bites and outhouses.

    So what is a campfire foodie who doesn't like to camp to do? Why, to try to recreate a camping worthy meal in my own kitchen complete with running water, a ceiling and not a single piece of poison ivy.

    Here is my perfect outdoorsy meal to make at home, pine tree smell and mosquitos not included.

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    Your Crock-Pot is probably one of your favorite go-to kitchen tools. It's so easy -- just toss in some ingredients and come home from a long day to a tasty, warm dinner in a snap! But your Crock-Pot can do so much more than just knock great entrees right out of the park.

    Sure, you know it can handle desserts (Crock-Pot brownies anyone?), but did you know that when it comes to sides, the Crock-Pot can take your meal from a one-pot wonder to a veritable three-course culinary tour? I've made myself hungry just thinking about it. Though admittedly, it is lunchtime.

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    When macaroni and cheese is good, it's like you died and went to melted carb heaven. But when it's bad? Oh the sadness. We hate that feeling of disappointment when you've anticipated this creamy, gooey comfort food and it turns out wack. Maybe the sauce is too dry, or it melts weird, or the macaroni is so mushy, there's nothing to chew. Have these happened to you? Let's troubleshoot some of the most common mac and cheese mistakes then. Together, we will give this ultimate love-in-a-bowl every bit of cheesy goodness it deserves.

     

     

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    Happy Grilled Cheese Month! Time to celebrate that toasty, buttery, ooey-gooey goodness that comes from melted cheese between crisp bread. One of the things I love most about grilled cheese sandwiches is that there are a bazillion different possible combinations. You could have a different one every day for a year and never repeat an idea! Some of you are traditionalists who love to stick with the original: American cheese between white slices. But for those of you who believe variety is the spice of life, I give you 8 fun, meltingly delicious grilled cheese sandwiches to try before the end of April. Are you ready? Go!

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    My daughter HATES grocery shopping, so I try to consolidate our trips to the store. And I hate spending too much money on food and too much time preparing our meals. That's why I love finding ways to make what I do buy stretch.

    Recently I shared how to turn one chicken into three meals. You can do the same thing with a beef roast. Here's how! 

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    This recipe is kind of awesome. Completely unhealthy, but kind of awesome. This cheeseburger 'n' fries casserole recipe from Taste of Home only requires four ingredients and takes 10 minutes to put together (though it bakes for 50). Come on, anything titled "cheeseburger 'n' fries" most likely isn't all that good for you, but for a special, easy splurge that everyone will love, this will certainly do the trick.

    Of course, you could use tater tots or perhaps throw in a few vegetables in there to make you feel better about the whole concoction. You could even use some ground turkey to mix things up a little bit. Regardless, it's so versatile and simple, it will quickly become a staple your family will certainly love.

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    Now that spring is here, most of us are trying to eat a little healthier in anticipation of bathing suit season -- but a good dose of comfort food as a treat never hurt anyone, right?

    And if you're looking for something to make you feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy, this Tater Tot Casserole recipe from AllRecipes is sure to do the trick.

    Is there anything better than tater tots, really? One of my favorite meals as a kid (ok, who are we kidding, I still love it) was tater tots and grilled cheese sandwiches -- and this casserole kind of combines those into one.

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    March is supposed to roar in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but let's face it: a great many of us are still stuck dealing with ferocious temperatures. Instead of cursing Mother Nature, we should use the cold as a great excuse to keep whipping up hearty, delicious soups.

    Crock-Pot Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup was inspired by a similar dish served up at Panera Bread -- got to love that. It is dead easy to make and cooks in either 7 to 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high heat. Just pop all of the ingredients -- most of which you'll probably have in your fridge or pantry -- into your slow cooker and head off to work or, even better, hightail it to the salon for a pedicure since sandal weather has to be right around the corner.

    Here's how to make this perfect Crock-Pot soup.

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    Not sure if you got the memo, but Mason Jars are totally in. This old-school canning vessel has been having a "moment" for a while now, and something about their unpretentious nature and simplicity makes it a well-deserved trend. One that is also affordable, and we always love affordable.

    I have to admit that I haven't done much with Mason jars beyond storing jams and pickles, but there is SO much more you can make in them -- from delicious desserts to foods to take with you on the road.

    Check out these 6 things you can use Mason jars for besides jam right here:

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