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March 26, 2017
Blackberry Goat Cheese Crumble Cake
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Blackberry Goat Cheese Crumble Cake is a perfect treat to have ready for when you're entertaining or having overnight guests | via aimeemars.com | #BlackberryCake #CrumbleCake #CoffeeCake

This past week has been an Entertaining Extravaganza in our lives as both my parents and then my MIL were in town literally within hours of each other. In fact, Jonathan likened our place to Giants stadium, which has to flip everything from all Giants to all Jets overnight when there are back-to-back games since they share a stadium, just as my parents were heading out the door. We had about 2 hours to clean, launder the guest room, and keep the kids from completing destroying the place, which was honestly the biggest challenge because they can manage this feat in a matter of minutes, masters of the art that they are before our next guest arrived.

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March 23, 2017
Crockpot Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
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This Crockpot Sweet Potato Turkey Chili is slightly sweet and has a slight spice to it. The gluten-free dish is soul-soothing and great for meal prep | via aimeemars.com | #CrockpotChili #TurkeyChili #SweetPotatoChili

Hello, Friends! Allow me to introduce you to this magic meal. Yep, it’s magical. It’s magical because it’s EASY, it tastes AMAZING, it’s HEALTHY, and it falls under many dietary categories such as clean eating, paleo, gluten free, etc. Pretty magical huh?

I’ve been making a version of this chili since Jonathan and I married, sans onions because you know he hates them πŸ™„ (How? I don’t know… My MIL confirms it’s not their fault so we can’t figure it out.), however, this decadent dish, the very one in the pics, is swimming with them! And I’m all πŸ’ƒπŸΌ

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March 21, 2017
Meal Prep Spring Stone Fruit Salad Jars
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The Spring Stone Fruit Salad Jars are the perfect clean eating option for your lunch, great for meal prep, and is drizzled with a smooth vinaigrette | via aimeemars.com | #MealPrep #StoneFruit #SaladJars

The other day I caught this post from Taylor at Food Faith Fitness who mentions how she’s always late to the food party and I had to laugh cause that = ME! I just started singing the cauliflower praises (um, hi 2016 we are caught up!) and now here I am posting my first meal prep salad jar, which I’m sure at this point are so 2015.

In fact, I know they’re soooo 2015 cause I actually bought these jars back in 2015! What? How do you know that… I’m superhuman! Seriously… No, actually they were one of the very last things I purchased in Manhattan, along with packing tape and boxes, before our epic move to Charleston (because anytime you’re arriving or departing from NYC it’s always epic in some form or fashion). So, yes I am a bit late to this salad jar party.

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March 18, 2017
Easy Skillet Chicken with Bacon Balsamic Cherry Reduction
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This easy skillet chicken dinner is a perfect clean eating meal you can make in less than 30 minutes and use to keep the whole family happy and full.

This easy skillet chicken dinner is a perfect clean eating meal you can make in less than 30 minutes and use to keep the whole family happy and full | via aimeemars.com | #SkilletChicken #30MinuteMeal #CherryReduction

Just the other day I was chatting with my Sister-in-law about Clean Eating and really how to do it when you have kids. Cause let’s be honest, kids make cooking anything a challenge and if that drive through window was serving up all organic, grass-fed, stuffed with veggies and tastes like sugar type food then I’d do it daily, multiple times even. Alas, this place does not exist…

So this means most food has to come from my kitchen πŸ˜³πŸ™„

It comes from my kitchen while I’ve got one toddler painting the bathroom with toilet water and the other holding on to my leg screaming because I won’t let him eat the dog food.

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March 16, 2017
Pimento Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
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Pimento Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are a unique take on stuffed mushrooms and are the perfect easy appetizer to prepare for guests.

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are a unique take on stuffed mushrooms and are the perfect easy appetizer to prepare for guests | via aimeemars.com | #StuffedMushrooms #PimentoCheese #EasyAppetizer

If you’re stopping by my site for the first time and you’re all “Pimento Cheese, what???” Then hop on over here for Pimento Cheese 101, but for those of you up to date then allow me to take your pimento cheese spread to the next level.

Hello, Pimento Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms!

Yep, it’s now a thing…

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are a unique take on stuffed mushrooms and are the perfect easy appetizer to prepare for guests | via aimeemars.com | #StuffedMushrooms #PimentoCheese #EasyAppetizer

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are a unique take on stuffed mushrooms and are the perfect easy appetizer to prepare for guests | via aimeemars.com | #StuffedMushrooms #PimentoCheese #EasyAppetizer

And really and truly this recipe should be labeled as kitchen scraps because that’s exactly how this recipe came to exist. I had the tiniest bit of Pimento Cheese left from making these Pimento Cheese Meatballs and then again there were a handful of leftover mushrooms after making this Cauliflower Crust Quiche.

It would just be plain sinful to waste pimento cheese AND mushrooms. Gasp! So I got scrappy, kitchen scrappy (ick, who is this cheesy person I’ve become πŸ™„?). Well, turns out the two go together perfectly. mushrooms and pimento cheese make sweet harmony when combined.

 

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are a unique take on stuffed mushrooms and are the perfect easy appetizer to prepare for guests | via aimeemars.com | #StuffedMushrooms #PimentoCheese #EasyAppetizer

So, is this an appetizer or a side dish? I don’t know! I’m thinking all of the above because I straight up ate these right after I finished shooting them, not gonna lie. So there’s your snack category too.

It’s nice to have some easy appetizers though to throw together when you have company coming over and stuffed mushrooms, no matter how you stuff them, are pretty easy. I often feel like I neglect the apps when it comes to entertaining and opt for the easy meat and cheese plate, but after making these mushrooms and eating the bacon wrapped, cheese stuffed, jalapeΓ±os (that may or may not become a future post) I had at dinner last night I think that’s going to change.

You could just set out some pimento cheese spread and crackers then call it a day, but why not just mix a few more ingredients in and stuff it into some mushrooms? Guest Mind = BLOWN! #WorthIt

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Do you have any go-to easy apps you make and if so please do share them in the comments below cause I clearly need some help in this department!


Yields: 6 - 8 Servings
Pimento Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Pimento Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are a unique take on stuffed mushrooms and are the perfect easy appetizer to prepare for guests.
Prep Time: 10 Mins Cook Time: 20 Mins Total Time: 30 Mins
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Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Pimento Cheese Spread
  • 1 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 16 ounces Crimini Mushrooms stems removed
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Pimento Cheese Spread
  • 1 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 16 ounces Crimini Mushrooms stems removed
Instructions:
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the Pimento Cheese, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan Cheese, Breadcrumbs, Thyme, and some Salt and Pepper.
  • Remove the stems from the Mushrooms and stuff with the cheese mixture. Sprinkle the top with the remaining Parmesan Cheese and a bit more fresh Thyme. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until tops begin to crisp. Serve warm.
March 14, 2017
Butter Pecan Irish Cream
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Butter Pecan Irish Cream is what happens when Southern meets Irish. Sip this SUPER easy to make decadent dessert drink on St. Patrick’s Day or any day when you crave a sweet drink.

Butter Pecan Irish Cream is what happens when Southern meets Irish. Sip this decadent dessert drink on St. Patrick's Day or when you crave a sweet drink | via aimeemars.com | #ButterPecan #IrishCream #StPatricksDay #DessertDrink

PSA! This is a “SECRET” family recipe!

I can’t tell you who’s family because that would incriminate a friend, it’s certainly not mine (more on that here), but it’s legit and if her mother ever found out we’d all be in trouble! I’ve already said TOO MUCH…

Just in case my friend’s Mom does ever get the Internet (she currently doesn’t own a computer so we might be safe) I decided to put a Southern spin on the traditional Irish beverage and make it Butter Pecan Irish Cream so she hopefully wouldn’t recognize the recipe.

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March 11, 2017
Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
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The Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is a slightly healthier version of the classic and is packed with zucchini as well as chocolate chips | via aimeemars.com | #ZuchiniBread #ChocolateChipBread #QuickBread #HealthyZuchiniBread

The pan I used to create this bread is actually one of my most favorite pans, despite it’s crumbling appearance. My Mom, however, HATES this pan and has actually bought me new ones to replace it, but it still remains happily tucked away in my cabinets.

She’s one to talk though cause she’s got legit kitchen gear from my great-grandmother. This one spatula of her’s (that you can now buy on eBay for around $50, which I know cause I completed the set for her one Christmas) has a massive hole in it and YET she still uses it. But I digress…

 

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There are actually many memories behind this pan…

I first bought it when my roomie, also my bestie, and I moved to Hoboken, NJ from our tiny dorms in Manhattan. We had absolutely nothing by way of furniture or cutlery and moved with only the suitcases we’d originally flown to the city with. We even stopped at Kmart (yes Kmart and even better the one right by Madison Square Gardens) to purchase air mattresses and sheets during our “move.”

Despite the one glass, 2 plates and rubber spatula the previous tenents left behind, we needed other items for survival so we headed out to the local Hoboken ShopRite grocery store. I purchased a set of utensils, a new spatula (I just realized I still have it too. Weird, must run in the family), a Pyrex dish and this pan you see in the pictures.

The pan itself is now about 15 years old and much loved. It has after all made some great recipes.

 

The Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is a slightly healthier version of the classic and is packed with zucchini as well as chocolate chips | via aimeemars.com | #ZuchiniBread #ChocolateChipBread #QuickBread #HealthyZuchiniBread

The Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is a slightly healthier version of the classic and is packed with zucchini as well as chocolate chips | via aimeemars.com | #ZuchiniBread #ChocolateChipBread #QuickBread #HealthyZuchiniBread

One time my boyfriend Jonathan, now husband, had been away for a week doing mission work in New Orleans. I wanted to surprise him with a nice “meat and potatoes” dinner on the night he got back. I choose meatloaf and garlic mashed potatoes and dressed in my cute new Kay Unger top my bestie, aka my roomie, had brought home for me one day from work (she was one of her designers at the time).

Now meatloaf can be risky because not everyone likes it, but we made a little picnic on the floor in his tiny Mott St. apartment floor, and the meal was a hit. To this day I still use this pan to make it.

 

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Then another time, many years later, I was snowed in for what felt like and likely was the 10th time that winter, to our little apartment on the Upper East Side with my newborn daughter. My cabin fever was at an all-time high and I was starting to feel isolated from civilization or adults rather. I remember texting my bestie, aka my old roomie who now also lives with her Hubbie and son in the city, at the very same time she was texting me. Turns out we were both on a baking spree and snapping oven selfies to send out to each other in an effort to communicate with the outside world. We were both making Pumpkin Bread!

 

The Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is a slightly healthier version of the classic and is packed with zucchini as well as chocolate chips | via aimeemars.com | #ZuchiniBread #ChocolateChipBread #QuickBread #HealthyZuchiniBread

One other small memory before we wrap up memory lane was just last summer when I went on a Bread Baking Extravaganza! I was trying to figure out this whole food blogging thing and in doing so I ended up making several different variations of quick bread, which I find very easy to prepare despite the current blood orange loaf I keep messing up (grrrr). It gave me a starting place to learn/practice photography and helped me to where I am now, which is still an amateur food blogger and photographer at best…

So, in short, this pan has a few memories attached to it and isn’t going anywhere (ahem Mom), perhaps one day I’ll even have a granddaughter or grandson who likes to use it πŸ˜‰


Yields: 8 Slices
Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
The Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is a slightly healthier version of the classic and is packed with zucchini as well as chocolate chips.
Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 60 Mins Total Time: 1 Hr 15 Mins
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Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Milk (I used Almond Milk)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups Grated Zucchini (about 1 large zucchini)
  • 1 3/4 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Unsweetened Coconut for topping optional
Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Milk (I used Almond Milk)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups Grated Zucchini (about 1 large zucchini)
  • 1 3/4 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Unsweetened Coconut for topping optional
Instructions:
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan (I used Coconut Oil). In a large mixing bowl, combine the Coconut Oil and Honey. Beat with a whisk until fully combined. Add the Eggs and beat again until combined.
  • Add the Milk, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Salt and Nutmeg to the bowl and mix well. Using a spoon stir in the Zucchini and then the Flour. Fold in the Chocolate Chips.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan and sprinkle the Coconut Flakes on top. Bake for about 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Once cooked allow the bread to cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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