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Getting Ready for Easter with Honey Baked Ham + Giveaway

April 9, 2014
Garcia Studio, Inc.933 Fielder Avenue NWAtlanta, GA 30318404-892-2334

In case you hadn’t noticed Easter is just around the corner. With the hustle and bustle of buying dresses and practicing Easter speeches it is so easy to wait until the last minute to make plans regarding Easter dinner and post service fellowship.

Last year the family and I joined my best friend and her family for brunch at a local restaurant. This year she is hosting everyone at her home for a family style  brunch. We’ve been requested to contribute a few dishes to the feast and being that I cook alright for us I would rather just pick up something that is ready to heat and eat for a large group of people. Mishap proof, cause something always goes wrong when I try to cook in large batches. I know my lane.

After visiting the Honey Baked Ham headquarters in December and having the opportunity to taste the majority of their heat and eat options I already know where my dishes are coming from.

These two were my favorites:

Honey Baked Ham Sweet Potato Pie

Honey Baked Ham Cheesecake Sampler

In the event you weren’t aware Honey Baked Ham also offers Turkey Breasts in addition to their signature Hams. Outside of the premium meats, there are also a plethora of options for heat and eat sides as well as delectable desserts.

Garcia Studio, Inc. 933 Fielder Avenue NW Atlanta, GA 30318 404-892-2334

Garcia Studio, Inc. 933 Fielder Avenue NW Atlanta, GA 30318 404-892-2334

Head over to your local Honey Baked store to see the selections for yourself.  Please visit MyHoneyBakedStore.com for locations and hours as well as HoneyBakedOnline.com for shipping orders.

Honey Baked Ham will also be hosting a Twitter chat on April 15, 2014. April 15 is not just known as tax day but is also recognized as ” National Glazed Spiral Ham Day”. Please join us for a great conversation revolving around Easter family traditions using the hashtag #HoneyBakedEaster

Now for the fun part. Honey Baked Ham is offering one of you a $50 Gift Card to get your Easter dinner started. Winner must be a US resident. Contest will end on April 15. Good Luck!

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I was provided compensation to facilitate this post. All opinions are mine. You already know!
Cooking, Cooking, Living, Our Home, Recipes

Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes

January 21, 2014

After I had major success with Barefoot Contessa’s mustard roasted potatoes, I sought about finding a recipe for roasted sweet potatoes. I came across a recipe for Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes  on Overtime Cookand went in.

Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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The ingredients needed were minimal. Wouldn’t you know I had all of the items on hand except for dried parsley. I had one better, I had FRESH parsley. That almost never happens.

Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes

After cutting 4 medium sized, peeled sweet potatoes into small cubes I added in the ingredients, then tossed making sure all potatoes were coated with the herb/olive oil mixture.

Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Once everything was mixed well I placed them into a flat layer on top of a wax paper covered cookie sheet.

The recipe called for parchment paper, not sure if there is a difference but there might be seeing that some of my precious sweet potatoe cubes were left stuck to the paper.

I digress

Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Placed in a 450 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes, flipping the ones that weren’t stuck every 10 minutes.

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Talk about delicious. YUM.MERS.

Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes

You do know some stuff isn’t right if it isn’t a little burnt crispy around the edges.

Recipe:

Ingredients:
4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 450. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss to coat everything evenly. Spread in a single layer on prepared cookie sheet. Place in oven.
Bake at 450 for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes.

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Werther’s Caramel Apples and My Kids

November 14, 2013
Werther's Baking Caramels

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Something about the fall and the holidays makes me want to bake and craft and just do all of the things that I normally don’t do. The kids love this time of year because they love to help in the kitchen and there seems to be enough projects during this season to keep them busy and in my way.

Werther’s sent over some of their new baking caramels and I thought the kids and I would make some caramel apples. They were determined to do the majority of the work on their own so I just stood and ordered and supervised the process.

We first gathered some Granny Smith apples. I’m sure you can use any kind but like I’ve said before I have NO love for mushy apples so the crispness and the tartness of the Granny Smith variety seemed to be best.

Werther's Cooking Caramel

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Quick Dinner: Chicken Alfredo

November 12, 2013
Pompeian Olive Oil

* I was provided Pompeian olive oil in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine. You already know*

I think every busy Mom is always in search of that quick meal that gets folks fed and in the bed. One of my go to meals is Chicken Alfredo. Sometimes if I am in the mood I will make the sauce from scratch…that’s not often though.

The ingredients are minimal. Olive oil, chicken, broccoli, sauce, and fettucine.

Pompeiin Olive Oil

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Cooking, Cooking, Domestications, Raves, Recipes

Baked Ziti

August 29, 2013
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I’ve been doing pretty good with keeping us on a schedule since we’ve moved. What I haven’t managed to do is put much diversity into our meals lately. We’ve been eating the same old things and I’m getting tired of it. Last week I went on a mission to find some other quick and easy meals to whip up and I came across this recipe for baked ziti.

I know, baked ziti isn’t an earth shattering, palette improving meal but it’s quick and this recipe was one of the best that I’ve tasted. Of course I did a little tweaking! Find the original recipe here.

The recipe calls for a preheated oven at 400 degrees. My oven is convection and the converted temp is 375.IMG_9304

The recipe called for making some type of quick Tomato sauce that had sausage in it. I didn’t have time for all of that so I took some lean turkey meat and pre-cooked it with some seasoning.

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then added in some jar tomato sauce. Don’t be like me, make the sauce from scratch. I’m sure it was delicious.

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While that was simmering I cut up some fresh Mozzarella cheese. Now this I will tell you probably made the difference in this recipe. Normally I just use the one in the package but this was life changing. I cubed half of it and thinly sliced the other.

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While I was slicing and cubing the cheese the noodles were going for a little boil.

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Once the noodles were done, I added in the cubed portions of the cheese, the turkey mixture, a little pepper, Parmesan cheese and mixed it all together.

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Put it all in a baking dish, covered with the thinly sliced Mozzarella and topped that with a little shredded Parmesan and stuck in the over for about 30 minutes.

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Voila! This picture is a little bit of a struggle but I didn’t get a photo once I cut it. Trust me this was really good. I’m sure the fresh cheese made all of the difference.

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….cause you have to let the edge cheese burn just a little. Not a lot. Just a little.

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