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Weekly Meal Plan - 8 top bloggers are making your week easy!!  6 main dishes and 2 dessert recipes take the guess work out of planning!

Welcome to week 2 of meal planning. I hope last week’s edition, Weekly Meal Plan- Week 1, inspired some of you. There were so many great recipes included in it.

I know I was inspired to sit down and plan out my recipes for the week. I used to be so good about making sure I planned out our meals at least a week in advance.

Of course I also used to have a clean house and brushed my hair every day too. But, you know, life gets busy sometimes right. You can’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all just small stuff.

This past week we went to look at a new horse. She is our horse’s 9 year old daughter. If all goes well this week with negotiating we should be able to bring her home on September 1. Wish us luck. I’m so hopeful it works out.

My daughter has 2 more weeks of training left. It’s going well, but gruelling. Oddly she is having a blast even though it’s difficult and hard on her. When you find your passion you can power through anything.

We are busy making plans for my son to visit in August. The hard part is trying to decide when we should have him fly in. If we fly him in for my daughter’s graduation she will be exhausted. If we wait she may be gone again. Catch 22.

No matter how we plan it out I’ll just be happy to have both of my kids under the same roof. That is going to make me one incredibly happy momma bear. I’ll be counting down the days. If we ever pick a date.

Monday new

Chipotle Chicken Kabobs with Avocado Cream Sauce – Barefeet In the Kitchen

Chipotle Chicken Kebobs with Avocado Cream Sauce {Barefeet In The Kitchen}

Tuesday new

One Pot Lightened Up Chicken Parmesan Pasta – Foodie with Family

One Pot Lightened Up Chicken Parmesan Pasta {Foodie with Family}

 

Wednesday  new

Crockpot Garlic Parmesan Wings – The Cookie Rookie

Crockpot Garlic Parmesan Wings {The Cookie Rookie}

 

Thursday new

Meat Lovers Tortellini Skillet – I Wash…You Dry

Meat Lovers Tortellini Skillet {I Wash...You Dry}

 

Friday new

Kitchen is CLOSED! Enjoy a night off!

Saturday new

Skillet Taco Rice – Sweet C’s Designs

Skillet Taco Rice {Sweet C's Designs}

Sunday new

Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Lemons for Lulu

Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Lemons for Lulu}

Dessert

Swiss Roll Ice Cream Cake – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Swiss Roll Ice Cream Cake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pie Dippers – Cravings of Lunatic

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pie Dippers {Cravings of a Lunatic}

 

This weeks meal plan was brought to you by:
Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts | Barefeet in the Kitchen | Foodie with Family |
I Wash…You DryLemons for Lulu | Sweet C’s Designs | The Cookie Rookie | Cravings of a Lunatic

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Weekly Meal Plan - 8 top bloggers are bringing you 6 main dishes and 2 desserts to make your week quick, easy, and delicious!

 Hope you make every single recipe! I know I will be!

Weekly Meal Plan brought to you by 8 top bloggers

Tune in this week to the blog. After a very long absence I’ll be back to work full time this week. That means tons of new recipes for you. I’ve got so many recipes photographed for you. I can’t wait to share all the recipes with you.

Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive while I took so much time off work. I really appreciate all the love and support. You guys are amazing. I have the best readers in the entire world.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Weekly Meal Plan- Week #1 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/07/weekly-meal-plan-week-one.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/07/weekly-meal-plan-week-one.html#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:00:13 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13657

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Weekly Meal Plan- Week #1

Hi peeps. Long time, no post. Life, it gets crazy at times. We’ve been enjoying our summer immensely. Always lots to do. We spend time outside grilling up a storm. I’ve been gardening here and there too.

Mostly I’m just missing my kids. My regular readers know my son moved out to Calgary a few years ago to get his PhD. He’s doing great and visits at least a couple of times a year. I miss him something awful. Even after all this time, you never quite get used to it.

Now my daughter has zipped off as well, although her departure is temporary. She’s gone off for training, I can’t explain what exactly for because of security reasons though. Once I can tell you I will, I promise. But the household is just not the same without her.

It’s part of the reason the blog has been so quite in recent months. We knew she would be going away for about 4 months so I took some time off prior to her departure so I could spend some quality time with her. Then she left and I’ll admit that I sort of fell apart a little bit.

Okay, I fell apart a lot. If we’re being honest it pretty much knocked me on my butt for the first month or so. I could barely function, lots of crying and just being so down in the dumps I could barely function. It was pretty awful. Even though I knew it was temporary it immobilized me.

I went to see her for a ceremony about a month ago. That trip calmed me down a lot. Seeing her with her crew and how happy she was made all the difference in the world. They respect her, and she seems to have found her place in the world. So it made me realize things will be okay.

That was a good thing because honestly I was starting to wonder if I would ever snap out of empty nest syndrome. It’s so odd how hard it hit me. You would think knowing it was temporary would help, but it didn’t at all. I think once you’re in that state it’s hard to see reason.

Plus I’m wicked close to my kids. I lost it when my son left too. I think it’s fairly normal. When my daughter left it just crushed me. We’ve spent every day together for over 20 years. We go to the barn together, we watch movies together, we cook together. She’s my best friend. I also think she sort of fills that void my mom left in my life. Not having my mom around in my life has been tough. Having my daughter sort of softens that hardship.

Having another female to bond and spend time with means the world to me. I don’t take a minute of our time for granted. I love that we’re friends and she enjoys spending time with me. That’s why I’m off work this weekend. She got a weekend off so we’re spending tons of time together.

We’ll be visiting the horse, shopping, seeing movies, going car shopping for her, binge watching Netflix and probably eating everything in sight. After only seeing her a handful of time these past few months I soak in every moment I can with her. Family is everything.

While I’m off today you can browse this fabulous meal plan. Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts put together a great group of bloggers who will share a weekly meal plan with you every weekend. I’m thrilled and honoured to be involved. Take a peek at all the yummy recipes on the list. Hope it inspires you to get in the kitchen, or head out to the grill and cook up a storm.

The only thing better than fine food is family and friends to enjoy it with. Blessings to you and yours. Happy Weekend! xx

Monday

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad – Barefeet In the Kitchen

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad {Barefeet in the Kitchen}

Tuesday

Cilantro Lime Chicken – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Cilantro Lime Chicken {Dinners, Dishes and Desserts}

 

Wednesday

Honey Sriracha Glazed Chicken Bites – Foodie with Family

Honey Sriracha Glazed Chicken Bites {Foodie with Family}

 

Thursday

White Cheddar Mac and Cheese – I Wash…You Dry

White Cheddar Mac and Cheese {I Wash...You Dry}

 

Friday

Kitchen is CLOSED! Enjoy a night off!

Saturday

Grilled Steak Bites – Kiss My Smoke

Steak Bites {Kiss My Smoke}

Sunday

Perfect Grilled Souvlaki – Sweet C’s Designs

Perfect Grilled Souvlaki {Sweet C's Designs}

Desserts

Mocha Cream Popsicles – The Cookie Rookie

Mocha Cream Popsicles {The Cookie Rookie}

Coconut Key Lime Trifle – Lemons for Lulu

Coconut Key Lime Trifle {Lemons for Lulu}

 

This weeks meal plan was brought to you by:
Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts | Barefeet in the Kitchen | Foodie with Family |
I Wash…You DryLemons for Lulu | Sweet C’s Designs | The Cookie Rookie | Kiss My Smoke

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Weekly Meal Plan- Week #1

Thanks so much for swing by. Hope you enjoy the meal plan. Tune in next week for more fabulous recipes!

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Mini Pepper and Onion Slaw for Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/07/mini-pepper-and-onion-slaw.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/07/mini-pepper-and-onion-slaw.html#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:19:10 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13638

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Mini Pepper and Onion Slaw for Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ



Thanks to Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ for sponsoring this post. Cravings of a Lunatic appreciates all companies who help support this blog.

This slaw is made with sweet mini bell peppers, onions and a bit of garlic. This slightly sweet, slightly acidic slaw helps to highlight the amazing taste of this Farm Rich Smokehouse Pulled Pork BBQ!

I have to tell you I just love pulled meat. If you’re a regular reader this probably is not a big surprise. I make pulled meat often. It is one of our favourite meals, and even the picky hooligan loves it. My son will eat anything you put in front of him. My daughter is not that easy going. She is hyper picky about her food, but she absolutely digs pulled meat.

Some days we are so busy I honestly do not have time to cook pulled meat from scratch. And you know what, that is totally okay. Want to know why? Because there are fabulous products like Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ to make your life easier. That is a good thing. Live your life, and let the control freak aspect of your personality to be set free.

We had a little get together recently to celebrate my daughter graduating one of her courses. She has been away for months training. I can’t even tell you what she’s doing for security reasons. All I can tell you is she will be away for about 4 months and is kicking butt doing her thing. I’m so proud of her. At some point I can spill the beans what’s she’s been up to.  You will freak out.

So she came home for a visit and we had a big cookout. I wanted to make my life as simple as possible so I could spend as much time as possible with her, and not cooking all the live long day. So I used Farm Rich Smokehouse Pulled Pork BBQ and then just made a slaw to top it off. It turned out amazing. Everyone loved it.

What’s really cool about this product is you can cook it in a variety of ways. I grilled mine so we could hang out in the yard and enough the fresh air. So I whipped up the slaw, grilled the meat, and we had an amazing feast with family. That’s what life is all about if you ask me. Spending quality time with family and friends is the key to a happy life.

Great food doesn’t hurt either!!

Mini Pepper and Onion Slaw for Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ

Mini Pepper and Onion Slaw for Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 package of Farm Rich Smokehouse Pulled Pork BBQ (20 oz)
  • 2 cups mini peppers, cut into thin short strips
  • ¼ cup onion, cut into thin short strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (I used garlic flavoured olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (balsamic is also nice)
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (less or more is okay)
  • Hamburger buns, or rolls
  • ¼ cup garlic oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill to 375 degrees F using the two zone method. You want one side of your grill heated, and the other side with no heat. You will be using indirect heat for this recipe.
  2. According to the package directions cook the pulled pork on the indirect heat side for 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. While it's cooking prepare the slaw.
  4. Cut up the peppers, and onion. Place in a large bowl. Stir to mix them up.
  5. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk until combined perfectly. Pour over the vegetables.
  6. Add the minced garlic to the vegetables.
  7. Now toss to coat perfectly.
  8. Set in the fridge, or leave on counter till needed.
  9. Once the meat is finished cooking give it a good stir.
  10. Brush the inside of your buns with garlic oil (olive oil is fine if you don't have garlic oil) and toast them for a few minutes on the heated side of the grill. You want them lightly toasted so they only need a minute or two. Remove, and plate.
  11. Now scoop a nice heaping amount of pulled pork on the bottom bun, top with the mini pepper and onion slaw, then place the top bun over it.
  12. You can use a small skewer to hold them together. Plus it just looks cute when entertaining for a large crowd.
  13. Enjoy with a big old pulled meat and slaw loving smile!
Notes
This recipe was created for Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ by Cravings of a Lunatic

Mini Pepper and Onion Slaw for Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ

Want to know a little bit about the Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ company? It’s authentic BBQ, it’s slow cooked for hours, then hand pulled. It uses simple ingredients and is made in America. All that adds up to a company I can support and trust.

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Swing by Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ to can Get a $1.00 off coupon now! They encourage you to create your own recipes using Farm Rich Smokehouse products. Get creative, top with this slaw, or make a nice apple slaw. Or you can make a pulled pork or chicken pizza using their product. The possibilities are endless.

Mini Pepper and Onion Slaw for Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ

My favourite tip when entertaining for a cookout or party is to set up as much as you can the night before. Whatever cannot be put outside overnight I lay out on carrying trays to bring out the next day. Things like napkins, cutlery and cups can be put on trays or in shallow boxes. Set the trays or boxes near the door so you can finish setting up before folks show up.

What’s your favourite trick or tip for entertaining for a cookout or grilling party?

Hope you enjoy the slaw. I would love to hear what you think of it.

Thanks for swinging by the blog.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Strawberry Cheesecake Dip http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/07/strawberry-cheesecake-dip.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/07/strawberry-cheesecake-dip.html#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:38:58 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13610

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Thanks to Renova for sponsoring this post. It’s my pleasure to partner with them for this campaign. For more details scroll to the bottom of the post. 

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip- This sweet dip is super easy to make and utterly addictive to nosh on! #sponsored #RenovaCanada @MyRenova

This sweet dip is super easy to make and utterly addictive to nosh on! It’s a simple cheesecake dip that is topped with macerated strawberries, then sprinkled with graham crumbs.

I love making recipes like this one during the summer. You get to take advantage of all the fresh fruit that’s available, and make a fun treat at the same time.

Strawberries are still available where I live and I’m taking full advantage of them. I can’t eat enough strawberries when they are in season. They are one of my favourite fruits.

Another thing I can’t get enough of any time of the year is cheesecake. During summer months I refuse to turn on my oven. My house just retains heat like a heat loving monster.

That’s when no bake treats come in handy. I love making no bake cheesecakes and parfaits. I also love making cheesecake dips. They are so simple to make and people just love them.

And by people I mean me.

What can I say, I’m all about giving the people what they want.

And again, by people I mean me.

This is fabulous for when company swings by unexpectedly. I always keep cream cheese in my fridge. You can whip up cheesecake dips with just about anything.

Then you get to think up fun dippers. Sometimes I make pie dippers, sometimes I use graham crackers, sometimes I use fruit, and other times I pull out the big guns.

And by big guns I mean Minion Cookies.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip- This sweet dip is super easy to make and utterly addictive to nosh on! #sponsored #RenovaCanada @MyRenova

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Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
 
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This sweet dip is super easy to make and utterly addictive to nosh on! It's a simple cheesecake dip that is topped with macerated strawberries, then sprinkled with graham crumbs.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
For the strawberry mixture:
  • 3 cup chopped strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced
For the cheesecake mixture:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup graham crumbs
Instructions
For the strawberry mixture:
  1. Mix strawberries and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Cut orange in half, juice both halves over the strawberries. Mix again. Place in the fridge for 20 to 60 minutes to allow the berries to soften.
For the cheesecake mixture:
  1. Using a mixer combine the cream cheese and sugar. Mix until combined and slightly fluffy.
  2. In another bowl combine the heavy cream and confectioners' sugar, whip until fluffy. Mix in vanilla extract and whip again briefly.
  3. Now add the cream cheese mixture to the bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Spread the mixture into a pie dish. Smooth out.
  5. Pour the strawberry mixture over top of the cream cheese mixture. Toss graham crumbs over top.
  6. Place in the fridge for about an hour.
  7. Remove from fridge and serve with cookies of any kind.
  8. Serve with a big old strawberry loving smile!
Notes
Recipe created by Cravings of a Lunatic for Renova

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip- This sweet dip is super easy to make and utterly addictive to nosh on! #sponsored #RenovaCanada @MyRenova

The only thing that’s more fun than dunking Minion Cookies into Strawberry Cheesecake Dip is using fun, colourful paper products that show off your fresh summer treats.

Renova has your back when it comes to bright, colourful products. They are available in Canada and you can search the Renova Website to find out where to buy them.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip- This sweet dip is super easy to make and utterly addictive to nosh on! #sponsored #RenovaCanada @MyRenova

You can also order them online at Walmart.ca or Renova’s Flagship Store. I’m  not going to lie, any company who has “shop sexy paper” in their site description is a company I want to shop at.

Their tagline is “The sexiest paper on earth”. Seriously, this company is like my spirit animal, but in paper form. I love their fun attitude and their products rock. But softly. It is paper after all.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip- This sweet dip is super easy to make and utterly addictive to nosh on! #sponsored #RenovaCanada @MyRenova

Make sure you swing on by the Renova Facebook Page. Say hi, tell them Kim sent you. They’ll totally know who you’re talking about. I’m sure of it.

Renova is originally a company from Portugal and has recently expanded its amazing line of products to Canada. What does that mean for all of us Canucks? We get to buy sexy paper, baby! That makes me so happy.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip- This sweet dip is super easy to make and utterly addictive to nosh on! #sponsored #RenovaCanada @MyRenova

Now hop on into that kitchen of yours and whip up some of this amazing Strawberry Cheesecake Dip. It’s so easy, and so scrumptious. You can make it in one big serving dish, or you can do tiny individual dishes.

No matter how you serve it your guests are going to love it. You can serve these with any kind of cookie that makes you happy. This is the perfect dish to bring to potlucks or picnics this summer season.

While you stock up on strawberries be sure to also stock up on Renova paper products for all your picnic, BBQ, cookout and entertaining needs this summer. With s rainbow of options these will brighten up any summer party.

Keep tuning in for more amazing recipes. I have so many great summer inspired recipes coming up soon. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Craving more No Bake Recipes? Check these out:

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pie Dippers

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pie Dippers

Strawberry No Bake Cheesecake Tart | This No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Tart is super easy to make and perfect for summer.

Strawberry No Bake Cheesecake Tart

Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes | Cravings of a Lunatic | Absolutely simple to make and wildly delicious!

Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

Happy Canada Day to all my Canuck peeps. Also Happy 4th of July to all my American peeps. To all my other peeps, happy Wednesday! Have a great day no matter where you live or what you happen to be celebrating.

Be sure to tune back in for amazing recipes.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of RENOVA. The opinions and text are all mine. Restrictions apply.

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Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/05/caramel-apple-triscuit-bites.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/05/caramel-apple-triscuit-bites.html#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 07:39:50 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13293

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These Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites are the perfect party food. Top Triscuit Crackers with Ricotta, Apples and Caramel for sweet party bites!

Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites- These Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites are the perfect party food. Top Triscuit Crackers with Ricotta, Apples and Caramel for sweet party bites! Get the recipe on cravingsofalunatic.com



I have to tell you there are just some recipes that photograph beautifully. Caramel just happens to be something that looks gorgeous when it is photographed.

That little fact worked out well for me today. I’ve been whipping up lots of small bite recipes for the blog recently. I have a serious obsession with small food.

There is just something about tiny bites of food that makes me happy. The smaller, and cuter, the better. I just cannot get enough of them. I’ve been whipping up both sweet and savoury bites.

Today I’m sharing my recipe for Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites. This is a recipe I’ve made countless times. It’s simple to make yet jammed packed with flavour. These little bites pack a punch.

These little bites of happiness remind me of my childhood. We grew up eating lots of cheese & crackers. My Mom loved cheese & crackers. She would whip them up as a night-time snack while we watched TV. Sometimes she would make them as a bedtime snack.

I never knew you could use other kinds of cheese on crackers. I grew up only eating them one way. My Mom was not very adventurous in the kitchen so I had a pretty limited taste spectrum.

My Mom passed away when I was 15. We were all heartbroken. She was the glue that held the family together. We were left with sorrow and no clue how to care for ourselves. My Mom was old school, she did everything.

We all started to learn to cook. Begrudgingly at first. Then after a short time I fell in love with baking and cooking. It was a way to lose myself in something and shut the world out.

It was also such a great creative outlet. I was always artsy and loved getting my hands dirty as a kid. So this quickly became a way to let my creative juices flow.

Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites- These Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites are the perfect party food. Top Triscuit Crackers with Ricotta, Apples and Caramel for sweet party bites! Get the recipe on cravingsofalunatic.com

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Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites
 
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These Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites are the perfect party food. Top Triscuit Crackers with Ricotta, Apples and Caramel for sweet party bites!
Author:
Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: Serves 12
Ingredients
  • 24 Triscuit Crackers
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1 granny smith apple, diced or thinly sliced
  • ½ cup caramel dip
Instructions
  1. Place 24 Triscuit Crackers on a platter.
  2. Spread a dollop of ricotta on each Triscuit cracker. I used a heaping teaspoon teaspoon of ricotta on each cracker. You can use more, or less, to taste.
  3. Place apple pieces on top of each and press lightly into the cheese.
  4. Heat up the caramel dip for about 20 to 30 seconds to make it easier to use. Then drop about a teaspoon of caramel on top of the apple piece.
  5. These are best served right away. If you are prepping them an hour or so before you can toss the apple pieces in lemon juice to keep them from browning.
  6. Serve with a big old caramel apple loving smile.
Notes
Recipe created by Cravings of a Lunatic

You can also make these with goat cheese and cream cheese. They all taste amazing. I did a batch of each recently.

If you want to keep the apples from browning toss them in lemon juice before adding them to the crackers.

We also do these with caramelized apples. It's divine.

Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites- These Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites are the perfect party food. Top Triscuit Crackers with Ricotta, Apples and Caramel for sweet party bites! Get the recipe on cravingsofalunatic.com

“Suggested serving size is two topped crackers per person”

Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites- These Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites are the perfect party food. Top Triscuit Crackers with Ricotta, Apples and Caramel for sweet party bites! Get the recipe on cravingsofalunatic.com

So when Triscuit asked if I would like to create a recipe using their Original Triscuit Crackers I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

My mind immediately jumped to memories of my Mom. Then to memories of me playing with flavour spectrum with own kids when they were young.

One tradition that has passed down through generations of our family is piling everyone in the car to take a trip to Colasanti’s. It’s a local greenhouse, that also has a restaurant. They make the best donuts in the world. People drive from all over for their donuts.

I’m a rebel, while I love their donuts, I’m sort of partial to their candy and caramel apples. My kids have grown up going out there for treat a few times a year. Our trips out there are legendary. We always come home with more treats than any family should ever consume.

One day when the hooligans were young we were all chatting about marvels of caramel apples. The kids loved them but were talking about how hard they are to eat. Wouldn’t it be cool if they were bite sized and didn’t make you look like you were at a fair when eating them.

That is when the lunch size Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites were dreamed up. They could take these to school and not look like giant doofuses trying to eat a caramel apple during lunch hour.

I hope you dig these. You can use ricotta, goat cheese or cream cheese. I’ve even made them with whipped cream. Whatever we had on hand we used. That’s how most families cook. Use what you have, use what you love.

I hope you get the chance to experiment with the endless possibilities of Triscuit Crackers. We love them because they are delicious with toppings or without.

Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites- These Caramel Apple Triscuit Bites are the perfect party food. Top Triscuit Crackers with Ricotta, Apples and Caramel for sweet party bites! Get the recipe on cravingsofalunatic.com

 

So if you like noshing Triscuit Crackers solo, or piled high with toppings, you should pick up a box today. Get snacking and get your creative juices flowing. Let memories guide you on the path to deliciousness.

If you’re looking for more Triscuit inspiration you can follow them on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Triscuit believes in simple things coming together to create something more.  Whether it’s just three ingredients on a Triscuit or about life, we believe that you (and Triscuit) are “Made for More”. 

Triscuit sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pie Dippers http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/05/cherry-cheesecake-dip-with-cinnamon-pie-dippers.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/05/cherry-cheesecake-dip-with-cinnamon-pie-dippers.html#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:00:54 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13552

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Super easy to make Cherry Cheesecake Dip plus an easy recipe to make your own Cinnamon Pie Dippers. All in less than 15 minutes!

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pie Dippers

So I’ll admit it to the world, I’m a cherry pie fanatic. You can browse through my blog and find a multitude of recipes that use cherry pie filling.

I can’t help myself, it’s just so darn good. If was socially acceptable to just eat it out of the can for dinner I would totally be that person.

If we’re being honest here I totally am THAT person on a pretty regular basis. If I open a can I cannot stop myself from eating half of it before it gets used for its intended purpose.

Personally I think cherry pie filling should be a food group. Not even kidding. I fully support this idea if anyone wants to start a petition about that. I’ll totally hop on board that cause.

I whipped this up one weekend when I had a house packed with young hooligans. I knew I had to make something fun to go along with it. Shoving graham crackers on a plate was not going to cut it.

Any time I think of cherries my mind jumps to pie. I can’t help myself. So I knew I wanted to make something pie-esque for dipping. So the pie dippers were an easy leap.

Since I always love a good excuse to pull out my cookie cutters I decided to use tiny hearts. That way I opened the door to lots of crazy jokes and inappropriate songs about love gone wrong.

That’s how we roll here. No joke is off limits. That’s part of the fun of having older kids. You can have a twisted sense of humour and it’s okay. Or you can have a totally twisted sense of humour and it’s even better!

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pie Dippers

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Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pie Dippers
 
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Super easy to make Cherry Cheesecake Dip plus an easy recipe to make your own Cinnamon Pie Dippers. All in less than 15 minutes!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: serves 4 to 8
Ingredients
For the Cinnamon Pie Dippers:
  • 1 package of pillsbury pie dough
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
For the Cherry Cheesecake Dip:
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 L Cool Whip
  • 198 grams Marshmallow Fluff
  • 540 ml cherry pie filling
  • 2 tablespoons graham crumbs
Instructions
For the Cinnamon Pie Dippers:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Roll out both pie crusts on a lightly floured surface.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and milk till smooth and light in colour. Brush on the top side of each pie round. Then sprinkle both the cinnamon and nutmeg over top. Use more or less depending on your own taste.
  4. Use small cookie cutters to cut shapes, or use a pastry wheel to cut strips or squares, about the size of a small cracker or cookie. Place each shape on the cookie sheets about ½ inch apart. They do not spread like cookies so you can place them fairly close together. Place in the oven and bake for about 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of your shapes. Smaller will cook for less time, larger ones will cook for a longer time.
  5. Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack.
For the Cherry Cheesecake Dip:
  1. Place the softened cream cheese in a stand mixer and using the whisk attachment mix until it's fluffy and smooth. Now add the cool whip and fluff to the mixer and whip on high until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour the cheesecake mixture into a pie dish and smooth out.
  3. Pour the cherry pie filling over top and spread out evenly.
  4. Sprinkle some graham crumbs over top.
  5. Chill for an hour if you have enough patience to wait to munch on this.
  6. Serve with a big old cherry loving smile!
Notes
Cherry Cheesecake Dip adapted from The MOMager

Cinnamon Pie Dippers from Cravings of a Lunatic

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pie Dippers

I bet you want to jump right into this dip. Am I right?

 Wanna bite?

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Pie Dippers

This was my last contribution to Made from Pinterest. I had to scale back my workload for health reasons. I’ll miss the gals oodles and bunches. They are awesome peeps.

Craving more Cherry Recipes:

Cherry Bars | cravingsofalunatic.com | Incredibly easy to make and absolutely scrumptious. These bars will be a real hit with all your friends and family!

 Cherry Bars

Cherry Almond Macaroon Pie | This recipe is filled with flavour. The pie crust is filled with cherry pie filling, then topped with almonds and coconut. It's the perfect bite every time!

 Cherry Almond Macaroon Pie

Cherry Cobbler Pizza

 Cherry Cobbler Pizza

If you’re loving this recipe feel free to poke about my recipe index for more inspiration. Also be sure to follow me on pinterest to see what fun stuff I’m pinning. I love pinterest, I spend way too much time on there.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Fruity Pebbles Krispie Treats http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/05/fruity-pebbles-krispie-treats.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/05/fruity-pebbles-krispie-treats.html#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 09:00:36 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13268

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Incredibly easy to make cereal treats made with Fruity Pebbles. Bright, colourful and a real hit with kids and adults.

Fruity Pebbles Krispie Treats | cravingsofalunatic.com | Incredibly easy to make cereal treats made with Fruity Pebbles. Bright, colourful and a real hit with kids and adults.



Okay, okay, I’ll admit it right here and now. I never know whether to call these “rice crispies treats” or “rice krispie treats”. I tend to call them krispies, but then I always wonder if it’s okay to call them that. So I filed these under “krispies” but when making the photos I tagged them “crispies”.

So these krispies are having an identity problem. They are walking the line between crispies and krispies. I’m just going to go with it and call them both. No matter whether you call them “krispies”, “crispies” or “cereal treats” they will disappear super quick. Everyone loves them.

I’m a huge cereal lover. My favourite kind to bake with is without question Trix Cereal. I made Trix Krispies years ago and people just love them. I also made a wicked  cool Trix Ice Cream Cake this year. That was so much fun to make and eat.

On occasion I experiment with other kinds of cereal. Because I love cereal so very much. I’m one of those strange people who gets far too excited when I visit the cereal aisle in the store. Particularly when we shop state-side. The U.S. has a much better selection of cereal.

My family finds it far too amusing how much I love baking with cereal, yet I don’t actually eat cereal. Not in the traditional sense anyway. You won’t see me sit down in morning to nosh a bowl of cereal. But you will find me baking it into cookies, whipping up cereal bars and tossing it ice cream.

I wish I could explain it. It’s likely because I’m not a big fan of milk. I’m also not a big fan of soggy food. My son sent me a link to a bowl that makes it possible to eat cereal without it getting soggy. So if any of my readers want to buy me something for Christmas that would be the perfect gift.

That’s likely why I love baking with it so much. It keeps it crisp bite, and just makes baking so much fun. The bright pops of colour just brighten any day. It’s hard to be grumpy while eating a fruity pebbles krispie treats. Try it. I bet you smile as you take the first bite.

Fruity Pebbles Krispie Treats | cravingsofalunatic.com | Incredibly easy to make cereal treats made with Fruity Pebbles. Bright, colourful and a real hit with kids and adults.

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Fruity Pebbles Krispie Treats
 
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Incredibly easy to make cereal treats made with Fruity Pebbles. Bright, colourful and a real hit with kids and adults.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 to 30 squares
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 package (250 grams) of mini marshmallows
  • 7 to 8 cups of fruity pebbles, adjust to your own personal taste, set about ½ cup aside to press into top when krispies are still hot
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9 x 13 pan generously with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Place a large saucepan on the stove, I generally use a really good quality stock pot for making krispies because I can mix like crazy without making a mess.
  3. Place butter in stock pot and melt over low heat. Add the marshmallows to the stock pot and allow them to melt completely while stirring consistently.
  4. Now remove your pot from the heat and stir in the fruity pebbles. You can adjust how many you want depending on how you like your krispies. Stir until combined.
  5. Pour into prepared 9 x 13 pan, and smooth out. I spray the back of a metal spoon with non-stick spray and use that to smooth and press down the krispies. It works like a charm.
  6. While the marshmallows are still warm sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of fruity pebbles over top and press them down lightly. This just adds a little crunch and colour to the top. But you have to time it perfectly so it's still warm enough to stick to the top.
  7. Allow them to cool for about 30 to 60 minutes.
  8. Cut into squares or use cookie cutters to make shapes.
  9. Serve with a big old fruity pebbles loving smile!
Notes
Store in an air tight container for 2 to 3 days. Best when served within 24 hours in my humble opinion.

Fruity Pebbles Krispie Treats | cravingsofalunatic.com | Incredibly easy to make cereal treats made with Fruity Pebbles. Bright, colourful and a real hit with kids and adults.

Could these be any prettier? I think not. I love added touch of pressing extra fruity pebbles to the top. It not only looks bright and colourful, but it adds a level of crunch that is absolutely delightful. Make sure you try it. You will thank me.

Now onto the giveaway. Some awesome fellow bloggers teamed up to bring you a heck of a cookbook givaway. First let me share the list of bloggers involved, then I’ll show you the giveaway photo. It’s sure to knock your socks right off.

A big thank you to Jen of Savory Simple for organizing the event. If you’re not following Jen‘s blog you should swing by and check it out. You should make sure you follow her on pinterest too, she pins the most beautiful food photos around!

Awesome bloggers involved in the awesome cookbook giveaway:

Giant Multi-Blogger Cookbook Giveaway

One winner takes all 12 cookbooks. Whoever wins this is going to make out like a bandit. Every single cookbook is amazing. Good luck to all my readers! Hope one of you wins this thing.

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This is open to U.S. and Canada. SO happy about that.

If you tune in tomorrow I have a new Trix recipe to share with you. It will have a fun surprise giveaway attached to it as well. So be sure to tune in tomorrow for treats and fun surprises. I am so addicted to cereal right now. It’s madness, sheer madness. And I love it.

Craving more cereal yummies? Check these out:

Trix Ice Cream Cake | Easy to make, this ice cream cake uses Trix cereal for a bright, colourful cake to celebrate any occasion!

 Trix Ice Cream Cake

Trix Krispies | Cravings of a Lunatic | Super easy to make cereal treats made with Trix Cereal. Your family and friends will love these. Simple, quick and incredibly tasty. Not to mention they are just seriously eye catching!

 Trix Krispies

Cocoa Pebbles Krispies | Cravings of a Lunatic | Super easy and wicked tasty!

 Cocoa Pebbles Krispies

If you’re loving this recipe feel free to poke about my recipe index for more inspiration. Also be sure to follow me on pinterest to see what fun stuff I’m pinning. I love pinterest, I spend way too much time on there.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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How to Cook a Sirloin Beef Roast http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/04/how-to-cook-a-sirloin-beef-roast.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/04/how-to-cook-a-sirloin-beef-roast.html#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13399

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Easy to make yet impressive to serve for dinner. This beef roast recipe is easily adaptable to cook to your own taste. Enjoy!

Top Sirloin Beef Roast- Easy to make yet impressive to serve for dinner. This beef roast recipe is easily adaptable to cook to your own taste. Enjoy! Get the recipe at cravingsofalunatic.com

I know right. Will wonders never cease. It’s not a dessert recipe. I know. I know. I post A LOT of dessert recipes. It’s my thing. However today you are in for a treat. Today is a special roast recipe.

What’s so special about it? Up until I made this particular recipe I had always hated sirloin. I have always thought of it as chewy, and flavourless. I know, I know. It’s not really either of those things.

Yet in my head any time I see or hear of sirloin my mind would go there. I would scrunch up my nose any time any one would even bring up the subject of sirloin. Crazy, I know.

My dislike of sirloin came from my childhood. My dad was a huge sirloin lover. My mom was not the greatest cook. Sirloin and bad cooks are a dangerous combination.

Let’s just say it led to a lot of arguments at the dinner table. Either my dad would be screaming at my mom, or throwing his plate, or my mom would be crying because she felt guilty about the “eat everything on your plate” rule.

So you can see why, up until now, I’ve always had a negative association with sirloin. All that changed recently. If you cook it properly it kicks ass. It’s full of flavour, and the texture is fabulous if cooked correctly.

Let’s face it, sirloin can be super tricky to cook. If you are not careful it will end up tasting chewy or it will be too dry to attempt to nosh on. So really be sure to follow the directions on this one. I want you to like it. In fact, I want you to LOVE it!

Please do not braise this one. You want to cook it fat side up, on a rack, with no liquid messing with it. I know this sounds scary but you will thank me if you follow that advice.

I cannot be held responsible for what happens to your gorgeous piece of beef if you stray from the directions. You may end up with a hunk of cardboard. No one wants cardboard for dinner. Trust me.

This is a recipe I shared on Made from Pinterest. You can read my tale of how I ended up with a sirloin roast when I hate sirloin. It’s wildly entertaining. I highly suggest popping over to read about my sirloin roast woes.

When I realized I was going to be cooking a sirloin roast I decided to swing by my buddy’s blog. Steve of The Black Peppercorn is a pal of mine, and the man is a whiz with all things meat. I had pinned a recipe of his so I went hunting for it.

Sure enough Steve’s instructions on How to Cook a Top Sirloin Beef Roast were super easy to follow. The recipe was a big hit with the family. I’ve been converted to a sirloin fan. If you cook it correctly it is tender and full of flavour. So a huge thanks to my pal, Steve.

So go grab a hunk of beef right this very minute. Follow these directions, then invite me over for dinner! I’ll even bring dessert. Lots and lots of dessert.

Top Sirloin Beef Roast- Easy to make yet impressive to serve for dinner. This beef roast recipe is easily adaptable to cook to your own taste. Enjoy! Get the recipe at cravingsofalunatic.com

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How to Cook a Sirloin Beef Roast
 
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Easy to make yet impressive to serve for dinner. This beef roast recipe is easily adaptable to cook to your own taste. Enjoy!
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: serves 8 to 10
Ingredients
  • Top Sirloin Roast, about 5 to 7 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Herbes de Provence
Instructions
  1. Pull the roast out of the fridge about 30 minutes before cooking!
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Make sure roast is tied, most butchers will do it for you. If not, use butchers twine to tie it.
  4. Season the meat with spices, make sure you season it all over.
  5. Place the roast fat side up on a rack, this is crucial. You want dry heat for this type of meat, braising in liquid is not an option for this one. Use a rack inside your baking pan, most come with one.
  6. Place the roast in the preheated oven. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes (depends on size of roast) at 450 degrees F. Then, without opening the oven door, turn the heat down to 325 degrees F.
  7. Cook until meat thermometer inserted reaches about 140 degrees. Generally this should take about 2½ to 3 hours, but it varies on oven and roast size.
  8. Pull the roast out of the oven. Remove the rack and place roast on a cutting board. Allow to rest for about 15 minutes. This is crucial, do not be tempted to cut into it right away. Letting meat rest is a thing of beauty. The juices redistribute and the result is succulent meat.
  9. You can make gravy while it's resting if you like.
  10. Slice the roast. Place on platter.
  11. Serve with a big old "I no longer hate sirloin" smile!
Notes
Recipe adapted from The Black Peppercorn

Top Sirloin Beef Roast- Easy to make yet impressive to serve for dinner. This beef roast recipe is easily adaptable to cook to your own taste. Enjoy! Get the recipe at cravingsofalunatic.com

I know right. It’s not covered in chocolate or caramel. Ha! Sometimes I like to remind people we don’t just eat cheesecake for dinner. That’s only on Sundays!

Now you know not to fear the sirloin. Run right out and buy one! Go now. I can wait. Just kidding. I have cheesecake to make.

Craving more meat? Check out these recipes:

Flank Steak with Chipotle Butter | Marinated Flank Steak grilled to perfection, then topped with Homemade Chipotle Butter! This recipes is stellar!Flank Steak with Chipotle Butter | Marinated Flank Steak grilled to perfection, then topped with Homemade Chipotle Butter! This recipes is stellar!

Flank Steak with Chipotle Butter

Easy Steak and Peppers | Easy to make steak and pepper recipe. Loaded with peppers, onion and shallots.

 Easy Steak and Peppers

Steak Fajitas with Drunken Peppers | Cravings of a Lunatic | Simple recipe for an amazing dinner. This is our new favourite!

 Steak Fajitas with Drunken Peppers

Swing by recipe index for more inspiration. There are tons of great dessert recipes, and also a wide array of beef recipes. You can also follow me on Pinterest for some fabulous recipe inspiration, as well as fashion, jokes, and cat pins. I’m cool like that.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Goulash aka American Chop Suey http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/04/goulash-aka-american-chop-suey.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/04/goulash-aka-american-chop-suey.html#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13508

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American Chop Suey a.k.a. Goulash- My version of a family classic. We always called it goulash, but it's also known as American Chop Suey, or Hamburger Casserole. Whatever you call it your family and friends will call it delicious.



This is my version of a family classic. We always called it goulash, but it’s also known as American Chop Suey, or Hamburger Casserole. Whatever you call it your family and friends will call it delicious.

Growing up we ate a lot of ground beef in our house. My mom liked using it because we all liked it. My dad liked using it because it was relatively inexpensive for a family of 6. We liked it because it meant we weren’t forced to eat liver that night.

With 4 very active kids, who came home super hungry after a long day of causing trouble, my mom knew making a meal stretch as far as possible was going to be important. More often than not we showed up with friends, begging her to let them eat dinner at our house.

Family Dinner

My mom was always cool about our friends having dinner with us. My dad was not quite as open to it when we were young. He liked the dinner table to be relatively quiet. He knew if our friends were with us any chance of quiet was impossible.

We ate at 4:30 every single day. Without exception. No excuses. You had to be at the table at that time. Us kids always thought it was way too early. Most of our friends ate way later than us. You know when you’re a kid how much that matters.

Every meal was spent with us kids trying to inhale our food as quickly as we could so we could head back outside with our friends to play. That was always so much easier to do with a meal we all loved. So my mom made sure she made stuff we loved.

Having fun after a big birthday dinner!

Our friends would be waiting on our porch when we were done. They all knew how strict my dad was. We had to wait 30 minutes after eating to go outside to play. I still think back on that and laugh. I think dad confused the play outside rule with the swimming rule.

As we grew up our friends started to eat over more and more often. My mom loved having our friends around. It made her feel connected to us kids. And our friends loved my mom. All my friends called her Mom Too. She loved it and ate up the attention.

Sadly my mom passed away when I was just 15. It was heartbreaking for all of us. My mom was everyone’s best friend. Everyone loved her, most of all us kids. She was the heart of our family. She remains that for me, she always will.

Mom

When she first passed away our household got very quiet for a long time. None of us knew how to cook, how to clean or how to have fun like she did. We certainly didn’t know how to make guests feel welcome and happy.

Time passed and the house started to not be as quiet. A friend of my brother’s moved in with us, and he was a happy go lucky sort of guy. He helped lighten up the dinner table considerably. We laughed every day when he was with us.

More time marched on and my other brother’s friend moved in with us. He lived with us for years, and became like a brother to me. I still call him my brother from another mother. He was with us through a lot.

American Chop Suey a.k.a. Goulash- My version of a family classic. We always called it goulash, but it's also known as American Chop Suey, or Hamburger Casserole. Whatever you call it your family and friends will call it delicious.

As more time passed my cousin moved in with us for awhile. He was a riot, and having him in the house was always fun. No dinner was complete unless someone had milk come out of their nose. We laughed that hard.

I think my dad realized that all those people who needed his help were helping us. I still look back on it and think it was my mom sending us the right people at the right time to teach us how to laugh and have fun again.

One thing that remained consistent through all those years was our love of a good, easy hamburger dish my mom called goulash. Sometimes she used pasta, sometimes she made a version with potatoes. No matter the version ground beef was the star!

American Chop Suey a.k.a. Goulash- My version of a family classic. We always called it goulash, but it's also known as American Chop Suey, or Hamburger Casserole. Whatever you call it your family and friends will call it delicious.

My own life marched on over the years and I continued some of my mom’s traditions when raising my own kids. We always had my kids’ friends over for dinner.

We also ate a lot of ground beef. It’s economical, versatile and you can do anything with it.

When I think back over the years of learning to cook and spending so much time standing over the various stoves I’ve used it occurs to me that my love of G.E. Appliances dates back to my childhood. All  my memories involve their products.

Growing up my dad always said buy the best you can afford. When I bought my parents’ house in 2007 after my dad passed away the first thing we did was listen to my dad. We went out and bought all brand new G.E. Appliances.

G.E. Appliances Fridge



I bought a dual fuel range, a french door refrigerator, a microwave and my first dishwasher. I remember my dad buying my mom her first one. So I felt so nostalgic picking up a new version of her old one.

It’s amazing to me how so many of my memories of my childhood and my kids’ childhoods are centered around my favourite appliance company. When you love a company you stay loyal to them. I love the quality, and reliability of them.

And let’s just be honest here, if you’re going to spend as much time in your kitchen as I do you want, you want your appliances to not only be highly functional but you also want them to be gorgeous. My appliances are beyond gorgeous. 8 years later I’m still so happy I chose them.

G.E. Appliances Stove

They’re never clean though. When your whipping up goulash, a.k.a. hamburger casserole, a.k.a. American Chop Suey it’s hard not to make a mess. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. With great messes come great memories.

American Chop Suey a.k.a. Goulash- My version of a family classic. We always called it goulash, but it's also known as American Chop Suey, or Hamburger Casserole. Whatever you call it your family and friends will call it delicious.

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American Chop Suey a.k.a. Goulash- My version of a family classic. We always called it goulash, but it's also known as American Chop Suey, or Hamburger Casserole. Whatever you call it your family and friends will call it delicious.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: Serves 8 to 10
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ pounds of macaroni noodles
  • 2 tablespoons oil, canola or vegetable
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans of san marzano tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sweet basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 and ¼ pounds of mozzarella cheese, cut into large chunks or rounds
  • Parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Fill a stock pot with water. Place on stove. Bring to a boil. Add salt to the water. You will be using this to boil the noodles but don't do that till your sauce is simmering.
  3. In the meantime place a large dutch oven on the stove top. Add oil, onions and shallots to the dutch oven, turn on medium heat, cook until onions start to soften.
  4. Add ground beef to the dutch oven and cook until it's browned and juices run clear.
  5. Pop the tomatoes to a blender and give it a whir until it's smooth. Transfer that to the dutch oven. Add the Worcestershire sauce. Stir.
  6. Add spices to the dutch oven and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. At this time you want to add your macaroni noodles to the pot with water. Cook until al dente, about 1 minute less than the package tells you to cook them.
  8. Please do not rinse your noodles, reserve ½ cup of the pasta water, set that aside for when you need it. You can now drain your noodles, but do not rinse them.
  9. Add the cooked macaroni noodles, pasta water and parmesan cheese to the dutch oven. Mix really well.
  10. Now you can cook the casserole in your dutch oven in the oven, but I transfer mine to two casserole dishes. Spread out with a spoon.
  11. Press about ½ the mozzarella cheese into the casserole so it sinks in a bit. Then top with the other half.
  12. Pop your casserole in the preheated 75 degree F oven, cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, depending on how you like your cheese. We like ours when it is golden brown.
  13. Remove from oven and eat right away.
  14. Serve with a big old casserole loving smile!
Notes
Most people use green pepper in theirs, I do on occasion.
You can omit the cheese. But um, don't.
You can use cheap parmesan for this one. I grew up on that stuff.

American Chop Suey a.k.a. Goulash- My version of a family classic. We always called it goulash, but it's also known as American Chop Suey, or Hamburger Casserole. Whatever you call it your family and friends will call it delicious.

Thanks to G.E. Appliances for sponsoring this post. Make sure you follow them on twitter for their #OurAmericanKitchen campaign. Also swing by their youtube channel to watch The Richards Family as they tell their story.

They whip up Vietnamese Spring Rolls as they share their inspiring story of their own family. They show us how the kitchen is the heart of the home.

 You can watch other fabulous webisodes from G.E. Appliances. All these family’s have a unique story to share. All those stories are connected by a common thread, our kitchens are the heart of our homes.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

Watch the Richards Family story here!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GE Appliances. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip and Pepperidge Farm Cracker Chips #ad #BH http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/04/buffalo-chicken-dip.html http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/04/buffalo-chicken-dip.html#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:32:43 +0000 http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/?p=13429

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This easy to make Buffalo Chicken Dip is sure to be a huge hit at your next gathering. Whip up a batch, or two, today!

Buffalo Chicken Dip- This easy to make Buffalo Chicken Dip is sure to be a huge hit at your next gathering. Whip up a batch, or two, today! Get the recipe at cravingsofalunatic.com

A huge perk of my job is working with companies I dig. So when Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips asked to work with me on a project I did a little happy dance. Then jumped right in to dream up a fun recipe to pair with them.

So I sat down to ponder recipe ideas while I munched on some Cracker Chips. It’s hard not to get distracted by munching on these chips. With so many flavours you could snack all the live long day and never get bored. Their Cracker Chips come in Multi-Grain, Ketchup and Classic BBQ.

I realized I had been eating more of the Classic BBQ than the other flavours. I’m a BBQ fanatic, so I suppose that makes perfect sense. That realization became my jump off point for the recipe I wanted to make to pair with my Cracker Chips.

Being a gal who likes to grill, I knew I wanted the recipe to be something you could whip up for game day, or just a lazy day watching Netflix. Admit it, we all binge watch TV these days. So munchies are important.

My mind immediately jumped to a recipe my hubs loves, Buffalo Chicken Pizza. That brought to mind a recipe I’ve made for Father’s Day often. Buffalo chicken dip. It is a classic dip, and it’s utterly delicious.

Typically I make this dip after making a huge batch of pulled chicken. Not everyone wants to whip up a monster size batch of pulled chicken for a quick dip. So with my readers in mind I came up with a way to make it quicker.

This is so easy you will lose your mind. Not even kidding. I picked up a rotisserie chicken to use for this, and some other easy recipes I’m working on. I knew it was a short cut my readers would love. Some days “easy” is the key to happiness.

If you want to cook your own chicken for this that’s cool. Just cook some chicken breasts to perfection, then shred them. This is one of those recipes where there is no right or wrong way. You can customize it for your own taste.

So whip up a batch, or two, today. Pair it with Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips in Classic BBQ. Then get to dunking your little heart out.

Buffalo Chicken Dip- This easy to make Buffalo Chicken Dip is sure to be a huge hit at your next gathering. Whip up a batch, or two, today! Get the recipe at cravingsofalunatic.com

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This easy to make Buffalo Chicken Dip is sure to be a huge hit at your next gathering. Whip up a batch, or two, today!
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package of Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips in Classic BBQ
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a skillet, sprayed with non-stick spray, brown the shredded chicken for a few minutes to crisp the edges just a bit. It should only take about 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat. Keep it moving to keep it from sticking. Add the hot sauce and smoked paprika, cook just long enough to incorporate the sauce and spice into the chicken, about 2 to 3 minutes at most. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl (I use my stand mixer for this) combine the cream cheese, chicken mixture, and half of the mozzarella cheese. Mix until combined.
  4. Pour into cast iron pans (I spray mine really well with non-stick spray) or a casserole dish. Cover with remaining half of the mozzarella cheese. Place in oven and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes. If you like yours dark you can cook it for a bit longer.
  5. This is best when it's eaten hot out of the oven with Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips in Classic BBQ on the side.
  6. Serve with a big old cheesy smile!

 

Buffalo Chicken Dip- This easy to make Buffalo Chicken Dip is sure to be a huge hit at your next gathering. Whip up a batch, or two, today! Get the recipe at cravingsofalunatic.com

I bet you are craving Buffalo Chicken Dip and Cracker Chips right now. Am I right?

Pepperidge Farms Cracker Chips

These Cracker Chip are perfect for snacking on solo. Or you pair them with a Buffalo Chicken Dip like I did!

Buffalo Chicken Dip- This easy to make Buffalo Chicken Dip is sure to be a huge hit at your next gathering. Whip up a batch, or two, today! Get the recipe at cravingsofalunatic.com

Okay, okay, I’ll admit it, I’m a gal who likes her dip very dark. The more brown it is on the top the happier this girl becomes. I like that caramelization that happens when you cook it just a bit longer. It’s that magical moment for me.

Not everyone likes it that way though, so I always make mine is small cast iron pans so I can make a light batch for the boring people in my family. Then I make a dark batch for the exciting people in my family. People like me. *grins*

Buffalo Chicken Dip- This easy to make Buffalo Chicken Dip is sure to be a huge hit at your next gathering. Whip up a batch, or two, today! Get the recipe at cravingsofalunatic.com

Thanks for swinging by. Hope you have a fabulous week! Filled with lots of great food, and bowls full of Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips!

Here’s a coupon for $1.00 off any package of Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips, enjoy!

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