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raspberry baked brie

November 16th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Smuckers 10.Final

For the past few years, my attempts at holiday entertaining have been pretty limited.  There was the year Chad and I cooked a turkey while our newborn napped, and then ate pumpkin pie and went to sleep at 9 o’clock.  There was the year I burned the potatoes, followed by the year that my entire extended family ate take-out because I was afraid of burning the potatoes two years in a row.  (I wish I were kidding!)

And yet, starting in October, any time I consider a new recipe, this little voice in the back of my head starts asking: Would this work for a dozen people?  Could this recipe be a holiday recipe?  Because if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that holidays are the ultimate test of any recipe: they have to be easy, simple, and virtually foolproof. 

So this year, I have a plan.  My plan involves cheese wrapped in puff pastry because what plan involving those ingredients could ever go wrong?

The best thing about this plan?  This recipe only has four ingredients (really!) and it’s spectacular.  Your friends and family will fall all over themselves complimenting your skills in the kitchen, and you can just keep your lips zipped about the fact that it takes less than five minutes to prep.  You’re welcome!

My secret weapon is Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Fruit Spread, which is naturally sweetened with honey for perfect balance of tart and sweet flavor!  It’s the perfect complement to rich cheese and fresh berries — and it’s made with simple ingredients and no preservatives, so it’s a product that I’m happy serving to my family.  I used the Triple Berry Fruit Spread in this recipe, but you have to try to Blueberry Lemon!  It’s out-of-control delicious. 

To make my raspberry baked brie, I paired brie cheese with Smucker’s Triple Berry Fruit Spread and fresh raspberries.  The result was an amazing combination of melted cheese, softened berries, and crisp pasty.  The whole thing was melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

For more inspiration, check out a ton of other recipes using Smucker’s Fruit & Honey on their website!

This post was created in partnership with Smucker’s. As always, all opinions are my own!

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maple-bbq chicken sandwiches

November 5th, 2015 · Comments Off

KC 2.Final

Right before our son arrived, I spent several weeks building up a major stash of BBQ chicken. For weeks, while we devoted round-the-clock care to our new addition, Chad and I ate frozen barbecue chicken… and it basically saved our lives. We managed to pull off reasonably healthy, hearty meals within a few minutes, any time we needed them.

And the best thing about this recipe? It’s made in a slow-cooker, so it doesn’t take hours of prep or cooking time out of your day. Just mix together the ingredients, and come back in a few hours for perfectly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth chicken. When I make BBQ chicken in the slow cooker, I love to shred it with two forks for a pulled-pork-style finished product, which is absolutely delicious. And you’ll never notice the swap of chicken as a healthier main ingredient! This recipe is delicious, easy, and super simple to make. What more could you ask for?

I’m particularly excited to share this recipe with you guys, because I used the most delicious KC Masterpiece Kansas-City-Style barbecue sauce for this recipe. Texans have a big rivalry with Kansas-City barbecue sauce, but this one was completely delicious. Tangy and sweet, it was the perfect complement to the hint of maple syrup I added to this recipe!

KC 3.Final

Maple BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

5 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
12 ounces KC Masterpiece Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup italian salad dressing
2 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Sandwich rolls, split


Place chicken in a slow cooker. Mix together the barbecue sauce, italian dressing, brown sugar, maple syrup, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken. Cover, and cook 4 hours on your slow cooker’s “High” setting.

When the chicken is cooked, use two forks to shred the breasts. Spoon generously onto sandwich rolls (I also like to add a layer of extra bbq sauce to the rolls) and serve.

Makes enough chicken for 6-8 sandwiches.

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

Tags: food · main dishes · sponsored

Try a Cheese Dip!

August 24th, 2015 · 2 Comments


With two working parents and a mere twenty-four hours in the day, it probably doesn’t shock you one bit that I’m all about easy entertaining.  I love having friends over and planning get-togethers, but unfortunately, it’s pretty much impossible to find the time to prepare dishes from scratch every time you want to have guests.  Here are three tips I rely on to make me look like an effortless hostess (even when I’m really not)!

Dress Up Pre-Prepared Dishes
My favorite entertaining trick is to outsource in the easiest way possible!  That means that I’m best friends with the prepared foods section at our local gourmet market. Yes — it’s expensive.  But when you’re strapped for time, it’s a luxury that’s well worth the investment!  I’m never try to hide the fact that anything I serve is store bought — why bother?  I think it’s nicer to share your go-to spots for delicious take-out than to pretend that you spent all day in the kitchen whipping up snacks!  However, even when I’m buying prepared food, I go the extra mile to remove it from its containers and put in our own servingware.  The difference in presentation makes it a little more special and personal.

Take Advantage of Pin-spiration
Pinterest is insanely addictive (I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent looking at wedding inspiration… and I’m already married)!  But it’s also a great resource.  One of my favorite tricks is to search for “make ahead” appetizers — and it’s a trip when I find my own recipes that others have pinned!  Just this week, I realized that The Today Show had pinned my recipe for Parmesan Cones, which could easily be filled with a store-bought dip!  Or this salad-on-a-stick recipe is an easy, beautiful snack.

In Lieu of a Cheese Platter, Try a Spread!
Last, I have a new secret that I just discovered – Alouette Le Bon Dip!  It’s a soft cheese blend with chunky veggies.  It’s also made with a touch of yogurt so it still tastes rich and delish but is actually healthy.  (No artificial flavors or colors either!) It’s perfect to serve to kids (Bear loves it!) or grown-up guests.  Pair it with some fresh-cut veggies or cheese straws, like I did!

What are your favorite tips for easy entertaining?

Disclosure: I partnered with Alouette to bring you this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photo Credit: Kate Robinson


Tags: food · sponsored