I love chili – it’s the perfect meal for a cold day! Even better is when you can whip up a batch of chili in less than 20 minutes and it tastes like it’s been cooking all day! This copycat recipe is the perfect time to participate in this month’s Fantastical Food Fight. This month’s theme was “fast food copycat recipes” and had me thinking for a while of what to make. We don’t do much fast food anymore, but on occasion I will grab a bowl of chili from Wendy’s and enjoy!
I loved the flavors of the chili and while it wasn’t exactly like their recipe, it’s pretty darn close! My husband and I loved it and we kept going back for more!
It’s definitely soup and stew weather here in PA. My son is a big fan of soup – he’ll inhale it like it’s his job, and it’s one of the things I can consistently get him eat. He loved this soup, while my daughter grumbled about the kale. This soup is packed full of vegetables, barley and cannellini beans – it’s a bowl full of goodness. I bet it would be delicious with smoked sausage too!
Well it looks like summer might be finally over here in PA and that means bring on soup and chili weather! I made a new soup recipe over the weekend and whipped up a batch of these muffins to do along with it. They’re not your traditional corn muffin as they have a little sour cream in them to make them soft and tender and they’re dotted with pieces of pickled jalapenos.
I know breakfast cake is a little deceiving since this recipe is nothing like cake….but casserole or strata sounds so boring. This was a HUGE hit with my kids, enough that my little picky eater asked for seconds and he was disappointed when it was gone. I went with bacon and cheese because I knew my kids would eat it, but I’d love to try it with roasted vegetables. There are so many options that you can do with it.
I used a springform pan to make it in, but if you don’t have one, a glass casserole dish is perfect.
I dabble in eating low carb occasionally so when I was invited to participate in a recipe challenge with Steviva, I was excited to create something that would be satisfying and be delicious. Steviva has all natural sweeteners that are terrific options for clean label cooking and baking. All of their sweeteners are low glycemic and free of chemicals and can be used to replace table sugar and powdered sugar in recipes.
Smoothies are my go-to breakfast meal so when I received my products, I decided to go with erysweet as the sweetener in my smoothie. Erysweet is 70% sweet as sugar, doesn’t have an aftertaste and is perfect for beverages and smoothies. It is a great replacement for table sugar and a near 1:1 sugar replacement.
Everyone loves a gooey brownie and add in some red wine and you have an even more amazing dessert! They’re perfect to wrap up #Choctoberfest! These brownies have a crunchy top but are super moist and rich. I had a bottle of leftover wine from dinner the other night and decided to add a little to these brownies … omg! This Italian red wine from my wine club was amazing – it has packed full of berry flavor with hints of clove and cinnamon. It went great with pizza and brought a whole new flavor to brownies.
Babka has always been one of those recipes that I want to try, but it looked so difficult. I got over my “fear” of making homemade breads a couple of years ago, so I decided it was time to make babka for #choctoberfest! This Eastern European yeast-risen cake has lots of steps and takes all day to make – but it’s so worth it! There’s a rich chocolate filling that is swirled in brioche-like cake. This version has a little orange zest in the cake and topped with an orange syrup for a little bit of freshness and adds a touch of sweetness.
Imperial Sugar helped make this recipe possible with their generous donation of sugar as a sponsor of #Choctoberfest. You should have seen my face when 88 lbs of sugar arrived at my house. I’ll be set for all my baking this holiday season with my kids! Thanks Imperial Sugar!
I’m excited to kick off my #Choctoberfest recipes with this scrumptious recipe for shortbread cookies! Shortbread cookies are one of my favorite cookies – they’re simple, but oh so good! I love the combination of the vanilla and chocolate and they weren’t too sweet.
These cookies feature baking cocoa from one of our sponsors, Rodelle. I’m always on the hunt for premium ingredients and this cocoa did not disappoint! It’s much darker in color than other cocoa I’ve used in the past and has a richer flavor. In addition to a great flavor, Rodelle’s Gourmet Baking Cocoa has health benefits, including antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamins. It’s also kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO.
Rodelle has been around since 1936 and offers a complete line of superior baking ingredients, baking extracts, and gourmet spice blends that will take your culinary adventures from good to grand. I can’t wait to try more of their products in the future!
Today is one of my favorite days of the year, because it is the official start of #Choctoberfest. This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below.
Over 70 bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and will be posting 200+ chocolate recipes over the next week. Keep your eyes peeled, visit any of the blogs listed below, or use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along. You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, where we post chocolate recipes all year long.
You can also enter to win our #Choctoberfest prize pack. Thank to our amazing sponsors who are contributing the following items for the prize:
- $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
- 1 case of granulated white sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of light brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), and 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds) from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
- 16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint from our silver sponsor Barlean’s
- 300-piece Lindt LINDOR Truffles gift bag (you choose the flavors!) from blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen
This prize pack is valued at over $450! To enter, simply follow participating sponsors and bloggers using the below giveaway widget.
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Stay tuned to see the delicious recipes bloggers have cooked up using Imperial Sugar and Barlean’s products. Thank you also to Davis Chocolate and Rodelle for being #Choctoberfest shoutout sponsors! Watch Instagram and Facebook to find out more about about their chocolate products.
Here is a complete list of all the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2017, so you can see the recipes they are posting throughout the week:
The PinterTest Kitchen ♥ Fix Me a Little Lunch ♥ Savory Moments ♥ Crumbs in my Mustachio ♥ House of Nash Eats ♥ Bake It With Love ♥ That Recipe ♥ Hardly A Goddess ♥ Cooking With Carlee ♥ A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures ♥ Body Rebooted ♥ Cindy’s Recipes and Writings ♥ The Redhead Baker ♥ Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice ♥ Sweet Coralice ♥ Seduction in The Kitchen ♥ Cooks&Books&Recipes ♥ Everyday Eileen ♥ Under My Apple Tree ♥ Family Around The Table ♥ Bottom Left of the Mitten ♥ The Spiffy Cookie ♥ Fairyburger ♥ Join Us, Pull up a Chair ♥ Jonesin’ For Taste ♥ Jane’s Adventures in Dinner ♥ Take Two Tapas ♥ Jennifer Bakes ♥ The Unlikely Baker ♥ Hostess At Heart ♥ Karen’s Kitchen Stories ♥ Kate’s Recipe Box ♥ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats ♥ Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen ♥ Chocolate Slopes ♥ Little House Big Alaska ♥ Makes, Bakes and Decor ♥ 2 Cookin Mamas ♥ That Skinny Chick Can Bake ♥ Books n’ Cooks ♥ Mildly Meandering ♥ Living Ideas ♥ Restless Chipotle ♥ Get the Good Stuff! ♥ The Weekday Gourmet ♥ An Affair from the Heart ♥ West Via Midwest ♥ Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt ♥ The Bitter Side of Sweet ♥ Cookaholic Wife ♥ Daily Dish Recipes ♥ For the Love of Food ♥ The Saucy Southerner ♥ Cook’s Hideout ♥ By the Pounds ♥ Tramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South Dakota ♥ Sarah Cooks the Books ♥ Chef Sarah Elizabeth ♥ Fantastical Sharing of Recipes ♥ Sarah’s Bake Studio ♥ The Pajama Chef ♥ Frankly Entertaining ♥ Long Distance Baking ♥ Palatable Pastime ♥ The Freshman Cook ♥ The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine ♥ A Day in the Life on the Farm ♥ Wendy Polisi ♥ Tampa Cake Girl ♥ My Southern Sweet Tooth ♥ Canning and Cooking at Home ♥ Full Belly Sisters ♥ SuperSizeGuy.com ♥ Our Good Life ♥ The Life Jolie ♥
When it’s your pup’s birthday, it’s time to make a special batch of birthday treats! Piper LOVES treats….including counter-surfing to steal steak, pork chops, chicken breast – really anything she can get her mouth or paws on. One of her favorite things to eat is apples, but they need to be tiny pieces. For being a 60 pound pitbull mix, she’s a delicate eater and doesn’t like big pieces of food….unless it’s meat. Ha! I knew she would love these treats. They have parsley in them too so it helps with her stinky breath and hopefully that will keep her from stealing pieces of parsley from my plant. She’s a sneaky one!
These treats come together really quickly and are easy to make. I decided to go with a heart cookie cutter since they’re the perfect size for her. I need to find a bone shaped one so we don’t get confused these are kid snacks….which has happened before.