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Cookies

Treat yourself to a taste of Fall with my Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies!  There’s nothing like pumpkin and chocolate together!

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall baking is the best time of year isn’t it?!  The aromas that come from the kitchen is hard to beat.  I am thrilled to be partnering with Fisher Nuts to bring you a new cookie recipe today.  It is jam packed with all of my favorite flavors including brown butter, pumpkin and chocolate chips.  The whole family will be flocking for these fun cookies!

Fisher Nuts is hosting a Recipe Contest!  Be sure to scroll down, the details are below.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here are the basics you’ll need for the cookies.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Time to beat your brown butter and sugars.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add your egg, pumpkin, vanilla then dry ingredients.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Time for the Fisher Pecan Halves.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chips!

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Look at this gorgeous dough!

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Time to bake these babies.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ultra rich pumpkin cookies packed with chocolate chips and pecans.  Heaven!

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Enjoy :)

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fisher Nuts is hosting a Recipe Contest!  Be sure to enter, check out the details:

Entries can be submitted at www.MyFreshTwist.com from 9/9 to 10/21

Recipes must include pecans, walnuts or almonds and will be judged on their originality, integration of nuts, taste, and visual appeal.

Each submission will be featured on www.myfreshtwist.com where Fisher Fans and their friends and families will be able to vote to select the top ten finalists.

Voting will take place 10/22 through 11/4. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and a panel of judges will choose the grand prize winner from the finalists.

Prizes:

Grand Prize Winner:

Trip for 2 to NYC including airfare, dinner and accommodations

Meet Chef Alex Guarnaschelli

$500 cash

14 Semi-Finalists:

$100 Visa gift card

Signed copy of Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s cookbook: Old-School Comfort Food

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip CookiesPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 12 min | Total time: 22 min

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used Libby’s)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Fisher Nuts Pecan Halves, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  2. Place butter into a small saucepan over medium heat. Let melt and bubble until browned. Remove and let cool for 15 minutes. Place browned butter and sugars into a stand mixer. Beat until well combined. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla, mixing until combined. Add flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, mini chips and pecans. Beat until just combined.
  3. With a cookie scoop, place dough onto prepared baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until baked through. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring. Serve. room temperature or chilled.

Makes 2 dozen cookies


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Dinner

Try my simple to prepare Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla this week for dinner!

Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

GG_Frozen_Blog_Logo1I am thrilled to share my new quick fix weeknight quesadilla with you today.  I know how stressful it is trying to decide what to make for dinner each week when you’ve got a zillion other things to do with your family.

I am partnering with Green Giant™ Valley Fresh Steamers this month to bring you simple to prepare dinner recipes that help you find new alternatives for dinner with your family during the sometimes hectic week.

Be sure to enter Green Giant™ Sweepstake to win a week of free dinners prepared by a professional chef by posting your dinner ideas on your social media pages with the hashtag #ReinventWeeknights.

Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

We really enjoyed this Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli.  It paired perfectly inside the crispy quesadilla and the kids even finished the leftover broccoli that wasn’t needed for the quesadillas.

Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

As a child, my mom always prepared our quesadillas on the stovetop so I’ve continued that tradition in our home.  You don’t have to heat up the oven and it literally takes a couple minutes each side to cook.    I love how crispy it turns out too!

Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

Fold your tortilla over the filled half and let cook on both sides until golden brown and crisp.

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers come in a variety of  of seasoned, sauced or blended vegetables.  I love that I can add them so simply to many of my dinners and make a completely new recipe.  

Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

How fun are these quesadillas?  Broccoli and cheese are a match made in heaven, I love them together in this quesadilla.

Before and After Quesadilla text

Before, I would just whip up a quick cheese quesadilla for the boys and now by adding some Tuscan seasoned broccoli florets, I’ve got a gorgeous new dinner idea.  Hope you enjoy!

Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese QuesadillaPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 5 min | Total time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • 11 ounce Green Giant™ Tuscan Broccoli Seasoned Steamers
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 burrito size tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Heat Green Giant™ Tuscan Broccoli Seasoned Steamers according to package direction. Open bag carefully and with kitchen shears, cut broccoli into smaller pieces to fit inside quesadilla.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread butter on one side of each tortilla. Using one tortilla at a time, place buttered side down into skillet. Place 1/4 cup shredded cheese onto one half of tortilla then an even layer of Tuscan Broccoli. Top with another 1/4 cup shredded cheese and with a spatula fold tortilla over filling. Cook until both sides are golden brown and cheese is hot and melted.
  3. Cut each tortilla in half and serve warm.

Makes 4 Servings, 2 halves each

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Green Giant, however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Thrilled to share the fun we had at Universal Studios Orlando Florida for the Family Forward event!

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Last week we took off for the long Labor Day weekend with 2 of our 3 boys (Pax stayed home with grandma) to Orlando!  The boys got to sit in the pilot chairs.  We were off to a great start!

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

The boys were over the moon to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios.  I could not get over how realistic everything looked!  Literally was like walking through the movie.  Love this dragon sitting on top of Gringotts Bank :)

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

We got to try Butterbeer and Butterbeer ice cream for the first time.  Let’s just say we had our fair share during our time in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, lol!

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Another highlight of our trip was getting to prepare a delicious pasta salad with our family and Barilla as part of their Share The Table program! It has been a pleasure partnering with Barilla this year to spread the word that meaningful mealtimes help families feel closer, be healthier and even appreciate each other more.

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

There was a “Share The Table” photo booth….we took full advantage of being goofy together :)

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

 

Later that night we saw The Blue Man Show Group!  Oh my gosh, we loved it.  The boys were cracking up the entire show….so was my  husband and I.  Great for the whole family.

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

 

Saturday morning we were greeted by all of the Universal characters  and got to walk the red carpet to meet them all.  I am obsessed with photos, so this was a dream for me.  Hello, it’s Optimus Prime!!

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

 

Couldn’t pass up a selfie with a minion, the gang from Simpson’s and of course Sponge Bob.  Fun times.

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

 

Honeydukes Candy Shop in Hogsmeade was literally a dream.  The colors, the candy….everything!  Loved shopping through this place.

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

 

We heard so much about the giant Simpsons donut that we had to try it for ourselves.  It did NOT disappoint!

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

 

Cookie Dough Fudge in the middle of Hogsmeade.  Love!!

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

 

We had a very special night at Give Kids The World.  This magical ice cream parlor serves ice cream to it’s guests morning noon and night.  What a dream :)

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

This was truly a dream weekend with our big boys.  We sure missed Pax, but he had fun with grandma while we were gone :)  We hope to make it back to Orlando in the near future.  So many fun memories with the family.

This information taken from Share the Table: Benefits of Family Dinner for Parents and Children, a study by Dr. William Doherty.


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Appetizers and Sides

This Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe is the perfect side to any main dish!

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

I am thrilled to be partnering with Progresso today to bring you a perfectly simple side dish that pairs nicely with their Chicken Rice with Vegetable Soup.  My family loves to have soup for lunch or dinner all year long.  Such a simple and satisfying meal.

I paired some of my favorite ingredients to this corn recipe.  I love the sweet and savory flavor combination!  You get a hint of pure maple with each bite of corn, vegetables and bacon pieces.  The whole family is going to love this one.  My boys enjoy the sweetness from the maple syrup and corn along with the salty crunchy bacon pieces.  Our 2 year old likes to eat the bright peppers first.  A little something for everyone.

Enjoy!


Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Here’s the soup that pairs so great with my corn dish.  My kids love this one!

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Start by sautéing your onion and red bell peppers until slightly softened.

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Add your corn and bacon up next.

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

A nice drizzle of pure maple syrup.

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

A few pinches of parsley and give a good stir.  Let simmer on low until you are ready to serve.  Enjoy!

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Colorful, sweet and savory.  My favorite!

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn RecipePrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • two 15 ounce cans whole kernel sweet corn, drained
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Place butter into large skillet over medium heat to melt. Add red peppers and onions, cooking and stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in corn, bacon, maple syrup, salt, pepper and parsley. Let cook for 5 minutes then reduce heat to simmer until ready to serve. Serve as a side with Progresso Traditional Chicken Rice with Vegetables Soup.

Makes 8 Servings

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Progresso however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Dinner

My Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping is a perfect dinner that everyone will love!

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

I am thrilled to be partnering with Safeway today to bring you a perfect Summer Entertaining recipe today.  I developed a new mac and cheese and can’t say enough about it!

I was given a Safeway Gift Card to shop for all of my ingredients to develop this recipe.   Safeway has always been one of my favorite grocery stores.  My family grew up visiting their stores throughout our city.

There’s nothing I love more than creating an ultra cheesy mac and cheese recipe.  I thought it would be sinfully delicious to add crunchy bacon and a pretzel crumb topping.  You are going to love this one!

Safeway is having a great Summer Savings Sweepstakes.  They choose 5 winners every day that will each win a $100 store gift card.  Enter HERE.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

I chose to highlight these two products you can find at Safeway.  Tillamook® Medium Cheddar Cheese and Keebler® Town House® Pretzel Thins Oven Baked Crackers for the topping.  2 of my favorites.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

I used the Town House Pretzel Thins and crushed them up for the topping with the bacon.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

You’ll make a simple cheese sauce that gets added to your cooked pasta.

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Add the cheese sauce to your noodles.

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Top your mac with more cheese :)

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 Perfect!

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Add your pretzel topping over the cheese.

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Add lots of bacon pieces on top and your ready to bake!

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

 Crispy topping with cheesy goodness underneath.  Perfect dinner for entertaining your guests.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Grab a spoon and dig in!  Be sure to enter Safeway’s daily sweepstakes for your chance to win $100 store gift card!  Enter HERE.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel ToppingPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound dry elbow pasta
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups Tillamook® Medium Cheddar Cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup finely crushed Keebler® Town House® Pretzel Thins Oven Baked Crackers
  • 12 strips cooked, crumbled bacon pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions. I recommend cooking the pasta a minute less than the directions.  Drain and set aside for a few minutes.
  2. To prepare roux, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until color of roux gets slightly darker. Slowly whisk in milk, stirring continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in 2 cups of cheese until melted.
  3. Transfer cooked pasta to 12-inch cast iron skillet over low heat. Pour cheese sauce over top, stirring to combine.
  4. Top mac and cheese with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese, pretzel crumbs and bacon pieces. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and hot. Serve warm.

Makes 8 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Safeway Inc, however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Cookies


My Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie is the perfect back to school treat to make for the kids!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

It’s always a pleasure teaming up with Land O Lakes Butter to bring you new recipes!  Today I prepared for you what I think is the perfect back to school treat for the kids….my Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie.

Back to school can be a busy time which is why I wanted to develop a simple treat that wouldn’t take much time in the kitchen.  The kids love the peanut butter and jelly combo and what better way to enjoy it than drizzled over a cookie cut into wedges.

Hope you enjoy!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie-1

Here’s your line up of ingredients.  Feel free to use your family’s favorite flavor of jelly.  I chose blueberry for our cookie.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

I used Land O Lake’s Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt Half Sticks for my cookie.  Gives it that fabulous sweet and salty combination.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Let’s start by creaming the butter and sugars until light and combined.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Stir in your egg and vanilla.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Time for the chocolate chunks.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Add the white chips.  Mmmm!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Give the dough a nice stir.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Transfer your dough to a cast iron skillet then drizzle with slightly melted peanut butter and jelly.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Once your cookie cools, cut into wedges then dust with powdered sugar.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Look at those gooey chocolate chunks!  Enjoy :)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet CookiePrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 40 min

Ingredients

  • two half sticks Land O Lakes Butter with Sea Salt and Olive Oil (8 total tablespoons or 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup blueberry jelly
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 10 inch cast iron skillet with cooking spray.
  2. Place softened butter and sugars into a large mixing bowl. Mix until all combined. Stir in egg and vanilla mixing to combine. Slowly stir in flour, baking soda, salt, chocolate chunks and white chips. Once combined, transfer to prepared cast iron skillet, pressing evenly.
  3. Place peanut butter and jelly into 2 separate heat proof bowls. Microwave for 15-20 seconds until warm and liquid like. Drizzle jelly evenly over top of cookie dough, then drizzle peanut butter. Bake for 30 minutes, or until baked through. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm or room temperature.

Makes 8 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Land O’Lakes however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Breakfast and Brunch

My Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos are the perfect light dessert for your family and friends with a crispy cinnamon sugar shell!

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos

I am so excited to share these cinnamon sugary sweet fruit tacos with you today!  I’ve partnered with Old El Paso to bring you some delicious Mexican-style recipes this year.

These dessert tacos are great for summer and light dessert or even brunch.  The cinnamon toasted taco shells are filled with a honeyed greek yogurt topped with slightly sweetened fruit.

Use your favorite fruit to individualize your guests tacos.  Any sliced and diced fruit works great!

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos-1

You’ll use Old El Paso’s Stand ‘n Stuff Soft Flour Tortillas for my sweet tacos.

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They fit right in your hand.  You can fill these with so many fun ingredients.  The kids love the fun shape of these shells!

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Let’s start by brushing the inside of each shell with melted butter.

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Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Mmmm!

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Time to bake until golden and crisp.

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Sprinkle a spoonful of sugar over your sliced and diced fruit.

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Stir and let sit for a few minutes.

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Prepare your yogurt filling by stirring honey into  the greek yogurt until sweetened and combined.

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos-11

Fill each cooled taco shell 3/4 full with yogurt filling.

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Top each taco with spoonfuls of sweet fruit.

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos

Garnish each with a mint leaf if desired.

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos

Enjoy!

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit TacosPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 6 Old El Paso Stand n’ Stuff Soft Flour Tortillas
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup diced peaches
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 6 mint leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and place tortillas onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Brush tortillas with melted butter and sprinkle each with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake tortillas for 20 minutes, until browned and crisp. Remove and let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Place strawberries, peaches and blueberries into a large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes. Place greek yogurt and honey into a large bowl, stirring to combine. Fill each tortilla shell 3/4 full with yogurt and top with spoonfuls of sweet fruit. Garnish each taco with a mint leaf if desired.

Makes 6 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Old El Paso however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Had so much fun in Austin, Texas last week with Old El Paso.  I am part of their blogger program this year along with 10 more of my blogging friends.  Looking forward to creating fresh new Mexican recipes with them!

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Bloggers: Maria, Ali, Summer, Deborah, Melissa, Christy, Me, Vianney and Yvette

Tuesday evening, we had a delicious dinner at La Condessa with some unforgettable food!  From the corn on the cob and bacon brussels sprouts to the carnitas and hot brownie skillet with banana ice cream….I will not soon forget them :)

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Photo via Sommer

We stayed at the most charming little hotel, Hotel San Jose.  The rooms were so unique and cozy and had the best fluffiest pillows.  Concrete floors, cowhide rugs and was even stocked with unique organic soaps and shampoo…. loved my room.  Hope to come back to visit again.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

The next morning it was time for our Austin taco tour.  We hopped on a bus and met our taco guide, Mando Royo, cookbook author of Breakfast Tacos in Austin.  Armando was the coolest guide ever.  His love and passion for tacos was contagious and he knew of all the best places to get them in Austin!

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Our first stop was Veracruz All Natural Tacos, all prepared in a food truck.  The ladies who graciously served us were so wonderful and brought out 3 of the most delicious tacos I’ve ever had.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

They served us a migas taco which I had never heard of before this trip.  It was an egg taco with corn tortilla chips throughout.  Hard to explain but it was to die for. They also served us a fish taco that blew my mind and an amazing chicken taco.  Talk about heaven! Their corn tortillas were homemade and some of the best I’ve had.  What a treat.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Our second stop was Joe’s Bakery and Mexican Food.  We walked in and saw a giant case of Mexican Cookies and pastries in a long case in the front of the restaurant.  We walked back to our table and they had a 3 more tacos each for us to sample!  We sampled their tacos and tried their colorful cookies.  They told us a little secret about how they get their bacon extra crispy…..they dredge each piece in flour then cook it on a griddle.  Not even kidding it was soooo crispy and fabulous.  Gotta try that tip!  Fun restaurant, great food and has been serving guests for many years.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Our third stop was Tacodeli.  It was tucked inside a great neighborhood and I loved watching all of the people flock in for lunch.  It’s dog friendly too.  Lots of sweet pups joined their owners for lunch at Tacodeli.  They served us so many tacos.  All I know is that everything I tried was delicious.  I would go back next time I visit Austin for sure.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Their queso was to die for!  Salivating just thinking about it, lol!

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Our last taco stop was Al Pastor Mexican Restaurant.  They had the best Al Pastor taco I’ve ever had.  So full of flavor.  And that completed our taco tour for the day.  We were so full!!

Later that afternoon we met up for a trip to the Austin Farmer’s Market.  We teamed up with a partner to create recipes using Old El Paso products and fresh ingredients from the farmer’s market.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Maria and I had a great time developing our two recipes.  We were chopping, dicing, sautéing, baking, and prepping our little hearts out, lol! Stay tuned for the recipes coming soon.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

How fun is this cupcake with my face on it?!  Such a fun little surprise for us. These cupcakes were delicious from Polkadot Bakery.  The Chocolate Peanut Butter…..nom nom nom :)

Such a great time in Austin with these women.  It was a pleasure meeting some new friends and reconnecting with old ones.  Looking forward to creating recipes with them this year!!

Be sure to check Instagram for more pictures under the hashtag #freshestbloggers :)

This is a sponsored post for Old El Paso but thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Dinner

My Skillet Nachos with Spicy Salsa Verde Chicken are cheesy, simple to prepare and are great for parties!

Skillet Nachos with Spicy Salsa Verde Chicken

I am thrilled to share my quick fix Skillet Nachos with you today!  I’ve teamed up with Cholula to bring you this dish and can’t wait for you to try it!

With just a few ingredients, you’ll have restaurant style nachos on your table in no time.  Enjoy!

Skillet Nachos with Spicy Salsa Verde Chicken-1

You’ll add a few shakes of Cholula’s Green Pepper hot sauce right to your salsa verde that gets mixed into the shredded chicken.  Adds the perfect spice.

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Place your tortilla chips right into a cast iron skillet.  Top with your shredded chicken and spicy salsa verde sauce.

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Top with some black beans.

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Lots and lots of cheese up next!

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There we go :)  Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and fabulous.

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Ahhhh, melted nacho goodness.  Enjoy!  Be sure to visit Kevinandamanda.com for another great Cholula recipe!

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Skillet Nachos with Spicy Salsa Verde Chicken

Skillet Nachos with Spicy Salsa Verde ChickenPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 6 cups tortilla chips, or enough to fill your skillet
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 2-3 tablespoons Green Pepper Cholula
  • 1 cup black beans from can, drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place tortilla chips into a 9 inch cast iron skillet.
  3. Place chicken, salsa verde and Cholula into a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until hot. Spoon evenly over tortilla chips then layer with black beans and cheese.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and hot. Serve warm.

Makes 6 Servings


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