Fall screams soup to me, and I personally love having soup & salad for dinner with some nice fresh bread. This One-Pot Tomato and Basil Tortellini Soup, created by Gal on a Mission, looks so delish, and I can switch out store bought tomato sauce for my homemade one.
Cooking Classy’s One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner sounds too good and easy to be true, I love it! Being able to throw all of those yummy things onto a pan, and into the oven, only to have it come out looking so incredible, is a perfect ending to a mid-week work day. The flavors of Brussel sprouts, apples, and bacon, would taste amazing. Such a quick & flavorful fall dinner.
A little drink addition for Football Sunday, the Recipe Rebel’s Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider would be incredible spiked while watching the football games, or having friends over on a Saturday night. I can only imagine what my apartment would smell like with the cinnamon and ground cloves slow cooked for 3+ hours.
Cocinando Con Alena’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast is described as “melt in your mouth”, which makes me want to run to Trader Joes and buy a pot roast right now. I can also see myself making this on Football Sunday…guess I need two slow cookers!
I would love to just sit and eat The Night Owl’s Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip while drinking a nice glass of wine… on a Tuesday night. Ya know, when you feel like it should already be Friday! Serving these with graham crackers and fruit…AH, so yum.
Coffee is also, sometimes, kinda expensive, if you’re like me and love cold brew or even more expensive, yet extremely delicious, nitro cold brew. In an effort to save money for more important things in life, like brunch and my Roth IRA, I decided to start making my cold brew at home!
I researched some at home cold brew kits, and I came across the highly rated Toddy Coffee Maker. The price was perfect, and with an added coupon & Ebates I couldn’t resist purchasing it and giving it a try. I’m well aware you can make cold brew without something like this, but the Toddy makes the process so easy and clean up a breeze, so it’s well worth the money for me.
The Toddy comes with a glass carafe, brewing container, 2 filters, and a small rubber stopper for the brewing container. For my first go at this I tried a bag of Vanilla Creme Brulee coffee I purchased while in Hawaii. Following the Toddy directions are super simple, you basically just layer water and coffee in the amounts they tell you too.
One super important tip…use filtered water!! It truly does help with the taste!!
The filter at the bottom of the Toddy will help to reduce the acidity and bitterness that can easily happen when making your own cold brew at home, and allows for a rich and tasty coffee concentrate.
I left my Toddy out at room temperature to brew for about 20 hours, then I moved the brewing container on top of the carafe, released the small stopper, and voilà I had an incredible batch of strong cold brew!
When I made my first cup of cold brew I only added in some almond milk and ice and it was a little bit too strong, so I just added some more filtered water..if you’ve ever noticed they always use a bit of water at Starbucks for their cold brew. After adding just a bit of additional water it tasted absolutely delicious.
The cold brew concentrate lasts 2 weeks, although with two people drinking it each morning, mine lasted about one week. It does use lot of coffee, one batch is almost a full bag, so I stocked up on Target Cartwheel coupons for Dunkin Donuts coffee. If you don’t know what the Cartwheel app is def check it out & start saving $$! A venti cold brew, what I typically order from Starbucks, is about $3, so I don’t mind spending $6 on a bag of coffee for a weeks worth of cold brew, versus ordering a Starbucks 3x a week!
Next, I always use Near East rice and I had a Wild Rice box, so I used that. In the same deep skillet I had had the chicken in I poured 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth, the rice, and the seasoning packet. I let it some to a nice simmer, then I removed it from the heat, added in that chicken, squeezed the rest of the lemon over it, covered & placed it into the oven for 35 minutes. Within 10 minutes my apartment smelled delish.
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My next favorite, Oh, Sweet Basil, created by Cade & Carrian, a husband and wife dynamic duo, also makes super functional recipes perfect for weekday cooking. The Easy Sausage Alfredo Pasta is on my list to make in the near future. The desserts featured on Oh, Sweet Basil, are incredible looking, take these Blood Orange Cream Puffs for example. Oh, Sweet Basil also incorporates fitness lifestyle posts, which are great additions to their hearty, but healthy, recipes.
Third on my list is Love and Lemons, written by Jeanine Donofrio. Now, I’ll be honest, I’ve only made a few of her creations, but her pictures are incredible. She features healthy and wholesome recipes that thrive on fresh in season ingredients. For example, this Winter Farro & Kale Salad. I also love her drink recipes, like this Sparkling Paloma cocktail.
I find the best dessert recipes from my next favorite, Brown Eyed Baker. Michelle focuses on comfort food to the max, perfect for parties. I mean seriously, these Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting are to die for, they’re currently on my cupcake list. Yes, I have a cupcake list. Aside from her over the top amazing desserts though, Brown Eyed Baker has some seriously practical weeknight dinner ideas like these Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs.
My last favorite is another husband and wife duo, Two Peas and Their Pod. Maria & Josh cover all types of recipes, I love going through their easy recipe index to find some new ideas. This 5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodle recipe is a quick and healthy dinner for a busy teacher like myself. I also love how easily I can access their Weekly Meal Plans, endless ideas with tons of variety.
Do you have any favorite food bloggers? I’d love to add more to my list!!
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I poured 2 cups of Swanson Beef Broth over it, and seasoned with a light amount of salt, and a fair amount of fresh ground pepper. I threw in 2 bay leaves, and put the lid on, setting the slow cooker on low for 10 hours.
This was so easy to throw in the slow cooker- prep time was 10 minutes max.
I even let Leo have a piece of meat, which he was so ever grateful for! This is him over my shoulder trying to get more…newsflash, it didn’t happen.