Marshmallow Cereal Bars

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Marshmallow cereal bars are, and always will be, one of my absolute favorite homemade treats.  But why have I been using only one type of cereal all these years?  I mean you’d be hard pressed to find a cereal that doesn’t taste good with melted marshmallows and butter.  So this time instead of just my standard Rice Krispies (which I must admit still may be my favorite), I also tried the recipe using Trix, Cocoa Puffs, and a mix of Rice and Cocoa Krispies.   All where delicious, all as easy as the next to make, and I mean the colors of the Trix, how fun are those!  Tell me, what type of cereal would you use?   Truly, MKR

Marshmallow Cereal Bars
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 7 cups cereal
  2. 1 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
  3. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  4. non stick cooking spray
  5. parchment paper
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium/low heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until fully melted.
  3. Add cereal and mix until fully coated.
  4. Pour mixture into a pan coated with cooking spray or parchment paper. Spray a rubber spatula with cooking spray and evenly press mixture down to spread evenly into pan.
  5. Let mixture cool then cut into squares and serve.
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Sip, Savor & Repeat: Building The Perfect Cheese Platter

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When entertaining there is nothing more of a go-to for me than a cheese and charcuterie board.  So when Le Creuset reached out to ask if I could put their new cheese platter and wine carafe to good use I jumped at the chance.  I mean honestly when have you known me to say no to wine and cheese, plus it just happens to be National Drink Wine Day this week so really the timing was perfect.

I love preparing a charcuterie and cheese platter because there are no rules.  Literally you can pretty much combine anything your heart desires and as long as the spread is ample enough there’s sure to be something to please every guest’s palette.  But while there aren’t any rules per se, I know picking out just the right cheeses, fruits, veggies, meats, spreads, and breads can sometimes be intimidating so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites below.  Do you have any tried and true cheese or spreads you consistently use?  Cheers!  Truly, MKR

Cheeses: always purchase a variety of textures and flavors; soft, hard, firm, blue and a spread such as pimento (especially if you’re in the south).  Some of my personal favorites are any cheeses from Midnight Moon, Cowgirl Creamery, Lazy Lady, Jacob’s Creamery and Fraga Farmstead.  But when in doubt simply ask any friendly cheese monger to help you out and always choose at least one “safe” cheese that will be familiar to everyone.

Fruits & Veggies:  carrots, grilled asparagus, green onions, pearl onions, roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, grapes, pears, apples, blueberries, and figs dried or fresh.

Meats:  prosciutto and other cured meats such as salami, ham, and sausages.

Spreads, Breads & Nuts:  honey, olive oil, and any fig, plum, or cherry chutneys.  A crispy flatbread, Rain Crisps, and grilled french bread.  To grill the bread simply buy a baguette from your local grocer, slice, brush with olive oil and grill until gold brown and accompanied by a few nice char marks.  For the crunch candied walnuts or pecans, pistachios, almonds, and marcona almonds.

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A Pear Cocktail, Two Ways

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Pears have always been one of my absolute favorite fruits.  And with over 3,000 known varieties grown around the world and just as many distinct flavors, pears were just begging for me to transform them into a cocktail or two.

My Pear Blossom Fizz combines rich pear, elderflower blossom liqueur, bubbles (of course), and is topped off with an unexpected dash of cinnamon to highlight the natural warmth of pear, while my Spiced Pear Margarita is all about the juxtaposition of the jalepeno’s heat, the tartness of the lime, and the natural sweetness of agave.

So regardless if you like your libation a little on the sweet side or a with a bit more of a kick, pear should be your next go-to cocktailing ingredient.  Cheers!  Truly, MKR 

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Pear Blossom Fizz
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz. fresh pear juice, chilled
  2. 1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur, chilled
  3. 2 oz. Champagne or Prosecco, chilled
  4. Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
  5. Pear slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add fresh pair juice and elderflower liqueur to a champagne flute or glass.
  2. Top with champagne and garnish with a slice of pear, sprinkle with a small dash of cinnamon or nutmeg (optional).
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Spiced Pear Margarita
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz. silver tequila
  2. 1 oz. fresh pear juice
  3. 1/2 oz. agave nectar
  4. 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  5. 1-2 slices of fresh jalapeño
  6. Ice
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1-2 slices of jalapeño down to a fine, fine pulp/juice.
  2. Add tequila, fresh pear juice, fresh lime juice, and ice. Shake, shake, shake.
  3. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with agave nectar to taste.
  4. Salt the rim of the glass by dipping it in agave nectar and then kosher salt, (optional).
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Roasted Corn Skillet Queso Fundido

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If I had to choose only one “type” of food to eat for the rest of my life it would probably be Mexican.  Anything Mexican; tacos, guacamole, nachos, salsa, enchiladas, burritos, and of course queso fundido.  And while I’ve had queso at least a dozen different ways, this roasted corn skillet queso fundido is hands down my favorite.  Guaranteed to be completely different than any queso you’ve tasted, this skillet queso cooks poblano peppers, red onion, garlic, Monterey jack cheese, and roasted corn low and slow, then is topped with cilantro, radish, green onions, and jalepenos for a taste and texture that is simply beyond.  Combine it with my homemade tortilla chips and I promise you’ll never think of queso the same way again.  Truly, MKR 

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Roasted Corn Skillet Queso Fundido
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound (bag) frozen roasted corn kernels, thawed
  2. 1 tablespoon un salted butter or olive oil
  3. 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 poblano chile—stemmed, seeded and finely diced
  5. 1 small red onion, finely diced
  6. 1 small jalepeno, finely diced (optional)
  7. 12 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  8. Kosher salt
  9. Finely chopped cilantro, green onions, radish matchsticks and thinly sliced jalapeños, for garnish
  10. Corn tortilla chips, for serving
Instructions
  1. In a blender, puree half of the corn with 1/2-3/4 cup of water until smooth.
  2. In a cast-iron skillet on medium high heat, heat the butter or olive oil on.
  3. Add the garlic, poblano, onion, and pinch of salt, cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened and barely browned, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining corn and cook about 2 minutes.
  5. Add corn puree and cook, stirring, until bubbling, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the cheese and cook over low heat, stirring, until melted.
  7. Season with additional salt and garnish with cilantro, green onions, radish and jalapeño. Serve hot, with tortilla chips.
Notes
  1. *if you can't find roasted corn use sweet corn*
Adapted from Food & Wine Magazine
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3 Easy No Cook Citrus Recipes

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Crisp, refreshing, and always vibrant, citrus is one of the healthiest and easiest foods to cook with.  Especially this time of year as it brightens up those last grey, winter days and provides a much needed preview of the first signs of spring.  So whether it be for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner I promise these quick, easy no-cook citrus recipes will quickly become some of your new favorites.  Truly, MKR

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Citrus & Pomegranate Salad
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Mandarin Oranges
  2. 2 Oranges
  3. 2 Grapefruit
  4. 2 Blood Oranges
  5. 1/4 cup pomegranate seed
Instructions
  1. Slice citrus and lay each slice on cutting board.
  2. Cut edges off each slice with a sharp knife. To get the sharpest cuts slice edges in a slanted, diagonal direction.
  3. Lay and stack fruit on a serving platter, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
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Blood Orange & Strawberry Juice
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-6 oranges
  2. 1 pint strawberries
Instructions
  1. Juice fruit and mix to combine.
  2. Serve slightly chilled.
Notes
  1. *To take it to a bubbly place simply top with your favorite champagne or porsecco.
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Mandarin Citrus Dressing
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 tbsp olive oil
  2. 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  3. 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  4. 1/4 cup mandarin orange juice
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp pepper
  7. 1 pinch of sugar
  8. 1 pinch of cayenne (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk to combine.
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Best Ever Vegetarian Chili Recipe

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With arctic temperatures across the country and football about to take over our screens what better way to embrace all that January seems to be bringing than with a warm, cozy bowl (or two) of chili?  Using our trusty Le Creuset Dutch oven this one-pot, vegetarian chili recipe is full of robust flavors with plenty of heat sure to please even the least vegetable loving individual.  And might I suggest doubling the batch to either freeze for later or nosh on for days, because chili is one of those foods that seem to be even better the next day.  TGIF!  Truly, MKR

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AS PICTURED…Dutch Oven, Le Creuset in Truffle c/o  |  Soup Bowls, Le Creuset c/o  |  Ramekins, Le Creuset c/o  |  Napkins, Sur la Table  ||  Rose Gold Place Settings, West Elm (sold out, love this bronze version)

Best Ever Vegetarian Chili
Serves 6
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 green bell pepper
  2. 1 red bell pepper
  3. 1 small/medium white
  4. 4-6 chopped garlic gloves
  5. 1 1/2 cup corn (I use fresh, but frozen will work)
  6. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 2 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added chopped tomatoes
  8. 1 (15-ounce) can navy beans, rinsed and drained
  9. 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  10. 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney or chili beans, rinsed and drained
  11. 2 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
  12. 2-3 cups faux ground beef (I use Quorn frozen ground beef 1 bag, if you wanted to make this non vegetarian simply brown a pound of grown beef to be used.
  13. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  14. 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (if you like it spicer use more)
  15. 1 teaspoon chili or taco seasoning
  16. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  17. 1 teaspoon salt
  18. Green onions, cilantro, cheese, and sour cream for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add oil to a Dutch oven on medium-low heat.
  2. Add garlic and onion; cook 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add bell peppers, cumin, salt, crushed red pepper, chili seasoning, and smoked paprika; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add broth and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add beans, corn, and faux ground beef; simmer 25 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. Spoon into a bowl and garnish with green onions, cilantro, and sour cream (for vegans Toffutti sour cream is preferred)
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Blueberry Pecan Gluten Free Pancakes

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One of my favorite Christmas traditions has, and will always be, Christmas morning pancakes.  We all gather around the table after presents have been ripped open, still in our pajamas with mimosas in hand.  It’s a moment I revel in and look forward to every year.  So when Krusteaz reached out to discuss being a part of the Krusteaz Gluten Free Blogger Bake Off and pancakes were an option, I jumped at the opportunity.  

I don’t eat gluten free products often.  I find them to mostly taste a bit like cardboard.  So imagine my surprise when I found myself devouring this entire stack with the family.  I of course doctored the pancakes up with chopped pecans, fresh blueberries and soaked them in butter and maple syrup.  But I mean this when I say it, I really couldn’t get over that they were gluten free!  And as if the pancakes weren’t proof enough Krusteaz sent over their brownie mix and it too was fantastic.  Consider me a believer Krusteaz

And with that, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and can revel in the moments and traditions that mean the most to you.  Truly, MKR

AS PICTURED…Batter Bowl, Le Creuset  ||  Olive Wood Cook’s Spoon, Williams Sonoma  ||  Cake Stand, Martha Stewart for Macys  ||  Plates and Coasters, C. Wonder  ||  Gold Silverware, One Kings Lane  ||  Big Brown Bear Maple Syrup, Williams Sonoma

Blueberry Pecan Gluten Free Pancake Mix
Yields 12
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box of Krusteaz Gluten Free Pancake Mix
  2. 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, plus more for garnish
  3. 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2/3 cup milk
  6. 2 cups water
  7. maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Heat griddle or pan to 375 degrees and spray with non stick spray, or butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine Krusteaz Gluten Free mix, 2 cups water, 2/3 cup milk, and 2 eggs. Whisk, but don't over mix (batter should be a tad lumpy).
  3. Fold in 1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries and 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
  4. Pour batter onto griddle, and cook each side 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from griddle and garnish with chopped pecans, additional blueberries, and maple syrup
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Spiked & Spiced Eggnog

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If we’re telling truths here, I’ve never been a fan of eggnog.  Not that I had ever tried it or anything, I couldn’t get past the whole idea of raw eggs.  But the older I got, and the more I watched National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, the more I felt I needed to conquer this fear.  So I spent yesterday in the kitchen trying out a few different recipes until I found just the right one; a Spiked & Spiced Eggnog.

By combining your standard eggnog ingredients but adding a bit more spice and getting a little help from my friends called Amaretto and Absolut I can now not get enough of this delicious eggy-nog-nog.  And how gorgeous is the new Absolut Andy Warhol bottle?  I’m gifting one to my mother this holiday season to sit atop her new bar cart.  So for all you last minute gifters might I suggest a little Andy Warhol and some nog?!  Truly, MKR 

Spiked & Spiced Eggnog
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs, separated
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 pint heavy cream
  4. 4 pints milk
  5. 1/2 pint Vodka (I used Absolut in this version)
  6. 1/4 pint Amaretto
  7. Nutmeg
  8. Cinnamon
  9. Whip Cream if desired
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl beat the egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar until thick.
  2. In another bowl beat the egg whites with 1/4 cup sugar until thick.
  3. In a third bowl beat the cream until thick. Add the cream to the yolks, fold in the egg whites, and add the milk, Vodka, Amaretto, vanilla, and a few pinches of nutmeg and cinnamon.
  4. Chill in freezer before serving.
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Best Ever Santa Claus Sugar Cookies

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Out of all the sweet treats we find ourselves consuming during the holiday season I’d have to say hands down my weakness, my go to, my absolute favorite is sugar cookies.  So when the annual Wilton cookie exchange rolled around I knew exactly what cookies I’d be making, wrapping, and shipping out to The Mommy Files.  

I used Wilton’s classic sugar cookie recipe and this year Wilton came out with possibly the best (and cutest) two-part Santa cookie cutter ever (I mean the mustache)?!  Now I don’t consider myself a baking savant by any means so I was a tad on the nervous side when it came to icing the actual Santa.  I used Wilton’s royal icing recipe, disposable icing bags, and small icing tips and started lining and flooding away with abandon.  This being my first time actually using royal icing I was actually surprised by how easy it was.  Next time I’ll use a thicker icing to line the cookie and then flood (flood is decorating talk for fill) with the royal icing, but I’m just splitting hairs here because honestly for my first time I thought they turned out quite Santa like.

I let them set over night then packaged them up in cookie boxes all tied with a string and sent them on their merry way.  I just love a homemade gift don’t you?  Truly, MKR

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Roasted Cauliflower with Apples, Cranberries & Sage

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Over the past two weeks we’ve had the pleasure of sharing the recipes from our Woodland Wonderland Dinner with Rue Magazine, (a fruit filled ice ring, roasted sweet potatoes, wintery kale salad, braised short ribs, and sweet potato creme brûlée).  But like all good things, our dinner must come to an end. And what better way to end than with a side dish to put all other side dishes to shame.  Homespun Atlanta’s roasted cauliflower with apples, cranberries, and sage.  A spot on seasonal dish that as delicious as it is easy to make.  

So enjoy and here’s to hoping at least one of these dishes (if not all) will make it on to your table this holiday season.  Truly, MKR

*The Details:  Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Roasted Cauliflower with Apples, Cranberries & Sage, Homespun Atlanta  ||  Photography, Rustic White   ||  Table, Crush Event Rentals  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Bowl, Juliska via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Gold Flatware, One Kings Lane  

 

Roasted Cauliflower with Apples, Cranberries & Sage
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Ingredients
  1. 1 head Cauliflower, cut into small florets
  2. 2 Apples, Large Dice
  3. ½ bunch Sage Leaves picked
  4. 1 cup Fresh Cranberries
  5. 3 T Butter, Melted
  6. Grapeseed Oil or Blend
  7. 2 T Sherry Vinegar
  8. Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 425 F
  2. After cauliflower, apples, and cranberries are prepped, place in a large bowl. Toss with melted
  3. butter, grapeseed oil, and sherry vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place tossed veggies onto a baking sheet or roasting pan and roast for 15­-18 minutes until
  5. tender and golden brown.
  6. Place in a large bowl and serve.
Notes
  1. Pairs great with braised, roasted meats. Also could go well with Lamb.
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