National Cookbook Month – And a Recipe Contest from Keystone Meats!

FIRST, while we’re on the subject of Recipe Contests, don’t forget to stop in over at the MERRY THANKSCHRISTMAS RECIPE CONTEST, which is happening NOW! CLICK HERE to check it out!

LWL Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest Prizes 375 USD

And now, how about ANOTHER recipe contest? I mean, why not, right?!

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Did you know that October is National Cookbook Month? You know, cookbooks. The ORIGINAL Pinterest, right? I still have some special cookbooks that I use often, do you?

Keystone Meats is a fourth generation family brand offering premium quality canned protein and meal solutions who decided to celebrate National Cookbook Month with its Rewriting the Great American Cookbook Contest, shining a light on recipe hacks and making dinnertime favorites easier with Keystone Meats. Inspired by today’s busier-than-ever family, consumers will be asked to vote on recipe makeovers, or recipes that can be made easier and better with Keystone Meats. Every time a fan goes in to vote for their favorite cookbook recipe, they will be entered to win the grand prize. One grand prize winner will be awarded a year of Keystone products, including the brand’s premium canned meats, soup bases and broths! Consumers can enter online now through October 31!

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Stubbs Review & GIVEAWAY!

**PLEASE NOTE: While Stubb’s DID provide me with this product to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

I’m a huge fan of most anything Stubb’s. Ever since I discovered that their products have no HFCS, no gluten, and are also free of MSG, I’ve been a loyal customer! But probably my FAVORITE thing about Stubb’s is their awesome variety! Marinades, sauces, rubs and cookin’ sauces, you really can’t go wrong, and you absolutely could eat for weeks using just their products and still not be bored!

I also love the story of how Stubb’s became the company it is today. It started with Stubb, a mess sergeant in the United States Army, moved on to open a restaurant, and it only gets better from there! If you want to know the whole tale, CLICK HERE! (It’s a good one!)

Today, I decided to use one of their marinades! I had used their steak marinade before, but I decided it was time to test out their chicken option:

Stubb's BBQ Chicken Marinade (Citrus & Onion)

Their chicken flavor is Citrus & Onion, and it smells amazing right out of the jar, first off! Another thing I love, as you can tell from the photo above, is that you can literally SEE how many awesome ingredients are packed into a bottle of Stubb’s! (If you’d like to marinate beef or pork, look for their Soy, Garlic & Red Pepper or Chiles, Lime & Ginger marinades!)

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On the Road in February

Two months, y’all. Two months of 2015 are already GONE. I mean, February WAS a short month, to be fair. But WOW. 

I could go on for a while about how fast time is flying, but we all know that! So, without further ado, here are the top five posts, the one’s y’all loved the best, for the month of February!

1. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili – This was the PERFECT post for February, wasn’t it?! Aren’t you hungry just looking at it? If you didn’t get the recipe, now is a great time to grab it!

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2. Famous Methods for Sofa Cleaning – I love to share things here on the blog that are helpful, so I hope this one was as helpful to all of you as it was me!

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili – A Guest Post!

I’m on a big slow cooker kick here recently. (If you follow me on Pinterest, you’re probably rolling your eyes and nodding right now, ha!) To me, there’s just not much better than coming home from work to a house that smells like dinner – where said dinner is already DONE and waiting for you! I mean, really! It’s fabulous! So when the lovely Elizabeth Gay contacted me about this post, I was understandably receptive! Let’s see how SHE uses HER slow cooker!

Thanks so much to Kristen for having me on her fabulous blog!

I’m writing from the Windy City of Chicago where we just got 18 inches of snow this week. Cold, wet, blustery days like this call for hearty comfort food. For that, I turn to my slow cooker. This recipe for White Chicken Chili fits the bill: it’s hearty and filling without being too indulgent (so we can all stay on those New Year’s resolutions…). It’s loaded with protein and fiber, and can be totally customized to your tastes. This recipe uses Ro*Tel Original canned tomatoes, but if you can handle the heat, feel free to use the spicy version – or the mild if you’re serving picky eaters. The best part is that it makes your house smell fantastic as it cooks away all day!

Thighs are the most tender cut of chicken, but if you prefer breasts you can use those instead.

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If I have them on hand, I add diced carrots or zucchini for an extra serving of veggies (or whatever vegetable might be getting old in your fridge right now).

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Foil-Pack Chicken!

My cooking preferences and tastes vary far and wide. There are certainly days when I enjoy creating a 5-course meal from scratch! And then there are other days when I don’t want to stoop to the health level of a drive-thru…but I don’t have a ton of time to work in the kitchen on dinner! For days like that, Foil-Pack Chicken was created!

I honestly don’t remember where this recipe came from! But I’ve modified so much about it that I think I’m pretty safe to call it my own at this point..so we’ll leave it at that.

What you need:

Tin foil Cooking spray Boxed stuffing (I use chicken flavor, and one box splits well among 4 chicken breasts)
Water
Chicken breasts (one per serving)
Frozen broccoli florets (enough for a handful to go along with each chicken breast)
Ranch dressing
Shredded cheddar cheese
Bacon bits

How to prepare:

Pull one sheet of foil for each serving (approximately 1.5 feet long) Spray each sheet with cooking spray. (You could also put a bit of olive oil or a pat of butter there. The purpose of this is to make sure the stuffing doesn’t stick to the foil, so whatever non-stick method you use will work!) Stir together the stuffing mix with about 1 to 1 1/4 cup water and let it sit until the water absorbs. Split the mixture into four parts and spoon it out on top of each non-stick area. Place chicken breast on top of stuffing mixture, then a handful of frozen broccoli florets, then a handful of shredded cheddar. Drizzle ranch dressing on top of the “mound” you’ve created, then sprinkle bacon bits on top of that. It should look like this:

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