B is for Blue Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Bacon & Pecans

This recipe is not one I would call quick or simple, but it makes you feel like a real chef and challenges your abilities in the kitchen. Or at least it challenged mine!

Here’s a small shot of the final result:

SO worth the time and work!

You can click here to see how to make the green beans I served along with the chicken. It’s another blue cheese recipe!

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B is for Blue Cheese Green Beans with Pecans

We served these green beans with Blue Cheese Bacon-wrapped Chicken. They required similar ingredients and they paired well together. I was worried it would  be too much bacon and blue cheese on the plate at first… but then I realized… the more the merrier, right? Well, I hoped so and it turned out to be a delicious pairing!

The green beans are super simple and super delicious (my favorite combo). Even if you don’t use them as a side for the chicken, you MUST try them!

 

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B is for Blue Cheese Dressing

We all need a good blue cheese dressing in our lives. I haven’t tried many recipes for making this yet, but this one was wonderful so I’m adding it to my favorites. Let me know if you have a version of blue cheese dressing that you love!

When I made this I made one mistake… I didn’t mash the blue cheese at the beginning. It was much harder to mash after I had added all the other ingredients. It was messy, to say the least. I wouldn’t recommend it.

You need 4 oz blue cheese (the recipe calls for Gorgonzola), 1/3 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup buttermilk, 1/4 cup mayo, 1 TBSP white wine vinegar, 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 tsp black pepper.

Mash the cheese well with a fork FIRST. Add in all the other ingredients. Whisk to combine. DONE! It makes a little over a cup of dressing so if you don’t need it all store it in an airtight container for up to a week. YUM!

Here’s the pictures:

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Click here for the official recipe from Alton Brown.

Use this dressing to top my Blue Cheese Burgers with Bacon! Click here for that post.

HAPPY EATING!

B is for Blue Cheese Burgers with Bacon

Another recipe of my own!! Two in one week!

I found several recipes for blue cheese burgers. There were aspects of many of them that I liked but also some that I didn’t like. In the end, since I decidedly wanted to have a burger be part of the ‘Blue Cheese’ saga, I ventured to make a blue cheese burger recipe to call my own.

Click here: Blue Cheese Burgers with Bacon for my recipe. 🙂 …it’s so fun to say that. I love writing recipes. A much more difficult and involved process than I imagined, but I love it all the same.

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B is for Blue Cheese Quesadillas

It seems that the recipes of my own that turn out best are the ones that come from a need to make dinner without making a trip to the grocery store.

I wanted to do a ‘Blue Cheese’ quesadilla recipe, but all the ones I found had a LOT of ingredients and that’s just not in the budget for this month (or most months!) I decided to go for making my own ‘recipe’ again and added blue cheese to the mix. I got some ideas from chefs online: triple decker style instead of just two tortillas and grilling the quesadilla instead of cooking it in the pan. Both of these things are new favorites, and I think we’ll use them in ALL future quesadillas… especially the grilling them part!… SO delicious!

I really LOVE recipes that include a small amount of ingredients and BIG flavor! This recipe does just that. Here is everything you will need:

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Really… that’s it!… That is ALL you need!

The blue cheese is the most expensive item, but if you can find it on sale (I did!)… it’s worth trying.

Here’s my recipe: Blue Cheese Quesadillas

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B is for ???

Whew!

Apples just about wore me out… with Thanksgiving I think the “B” of our A to Z will be a little less intense (it has to be!)… less recipes but yummy food all the same!

So I realized that I had said I was going to reveal the “B” this past Saturday with my final ‘Apple’ recipe (Click HERE for that post)…. but life happened and so here we are, the Tuesday after, and I’m just getting around to revealing it.

Without further ado… B if for… BLUE CHEESE!!!

WHAT IS BLUE CHEESE?

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A is for Apple Tatin

The FINAL apple recipe is here!

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A is for Apple Tarts!

Puff Pastry Apple Tarts

This post is only for “Apple Tarts” but I did do another “A is for Apple” dessert: Apple Tatin! You can find that HERE!

I really LOVE these dessert recipes I found because they are fancy, decadent and delicious! However, they are not super complicated to make, and they don’t require a bunch of ingredients that I will use one time and then never use again.

They both come from Ina Garten and they are her take on French dessert classics.

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A is for “Pork Chops & Applesauce”

I know I’m going past the two week mark on ‘Apples’, but I have one more dinner and two desserts to share with you before moving on to “B”. We will still start ‘C’ the first of December (two letters per month), but I’ve decided to extend “A” two days… it’s my prerogative to adjust the rules as I please… you will be happy I did… 🙂

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I will reveal what ‘B’ stands for on Saturday!

So, “Pork chops and Applesauce”…

I have always wondered where this phrase came from.

Whenever my mom would make pork chops my dad would always say this phrase in a funny voice and, though I thought it was funny, I never knew where it came from. My husband said the same thing… his parents would say it but he never knew where it came from.

Well, I solved my mystery (or at least I think I did)! The quote they were saying comes from Peter Brady on a Brady Bunch episode where he was imitating Humphrey Bogart. Am I wrong? Tell me if you think differently!

To get in the mood for making Pork chops & Applesauce… click here to watch the Brady Bunch clip!

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A is for A Prelude to Thanksgiving

The Menu

Roast Chicken

Sausage & Apple Stuffing

Green Beans with Apple Cider

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A is for Apple, Spinach, & Walnut Salad

SIMPLE and SCRUMPTIOUS!

I love when this defines a recipe… it defines this salad.

Start with the Dressing:

Add 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp dijon mustard to a small bowl. While whisking add your 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil. Season it with salt and pepper and give it a taste. Add more salt and/or pepper to your liking. That’s it!

Toast the Walnuts:

Put a small skillet over medium-high heat and add the walnuts. Stir them every few seconds (pretty much constantly) for 2 minutes and take them off the heat. Let them cool while you finish the salad.

Slice the Apples:

This is really the most complicated part. No peeling involved… halve a Granny Smith apple, core it, and cut it into matchsticks. I had never done this type of cutting before this recipe but if you follow the simple steps it’s actually pretty easy! After you core an apple half place it cut-side-down with the bottom of the apple pointing your direction. Thinly slice the apple then pile 3-5 slices on top of each other creating a stack (the apples should be lined up when you look at them from above). Hold the stack steady with one hand and make thin slices through all the stacked slices. This will create matchsticks.

Be sure to cut the apples shortly before you serve the salad so that they don’t turn brown.

Toss & Serve the salad:

When you’re ready to serve the salad cut your apples first. Then give your dressing a whisk and toss it with 5 oz of Baby Spinach (about 5 cups lightly packed). Divide the spinach leaves between four plates and then top with the toasted walnuts and the apple slices.

Here’s a slideshow to help you with the process:

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Click here for the salad recipe.

We served this with Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. Click here for that post!

Happy Eating!