Eat well, my friends!

Well, it’s the Super Bowl again, and while my team is not playing, and we’re not having a party, it’s not a bad day to plan a quality meal.  We had some beef tenderloin in the deep freezer, some Jones Farm bacon and thought a crock pot meal might be the way to go as an alternate to grilling in the cold and snow.  (Thankfully, it’s stopped snowing.)  I came across a recipe for a crock pot beef tenderloin via A Spicy Perspective:

(Check out the recipe card for the directions and ingredients.)

Recipe card: 


While mine didn’t end up looking the same, it still smells heavenly!  (Final pictures to follow once it’s done!)

I seared mine in a cast iron pan- cast iron is starting to grow on me, and it’s not hard to clean.

beef tenderloin w bacon in a cast iron skillet

A pile of onions and garlic ready to go in after the crock-potting of the tenderloin:

onions and garlic next to a crock pot

The tenderloin getting ready to begin its slow cooking- with the bacon juices marinating from the top!

We have a rosemary plant indoors that’s liking the window well enough, so thankfully, we had fresh rosemary.

roast with onions, garlic, bacon, and rosemary

After cooking a while, I added the remaining ingredients, but realized I was almost out of balsamic vinegar… But, no worries- you can make a substitute with red wine vinegar (which, thankfully, we have- no emergency trip to the store this time!)  I used the last of the balsamic I had and filled in the rest with my substitute.  It smells great so far- we should be eating during the game.  (Finished product photo to follow!)  Eat well, my friends!  (Verdict: delicious!)


Super Bowl of Snacks

US map with Google searches per state

Or plate of snacks… or tray of snacks….

There’s still time to make some deliciousness for the ever-popular Super Bowl party…

Find out what the most popular Super Bowl Sunday snack Google searches are for each of the 50 states.  (The map above is from the article.)

In Wisconsin, it appears that Buffalo Chicken Dip is the snack recipe to find!  Little did I know that when I posted a recipe here previously for Buffalo Chicken Dip.  It is also the snack searched for by Patriots fans in their home state.

Falcons fans in Georgia are looking for Pico de Gallo – also good!  No matter which team you are cheering for, there’s always a good reason to snack deliciously with something homemade.  What are your go-to/favorite Super Bowl Sunday snacks?

All About the Wings…

Buffalo Wings (from Tasting Table)

Buffalo Wings (from Tasting Table)

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest venues for the home preparation (or takeout, I suppose) of chicken wings.  Learn the tips to make the best wings (and you can even make them healthier, if that’s your inclination).  There’s no limit to what you can do with recipes and sauces.  While there is conjecture about the best approach, sometimes nothing beats a classic.  Enjoy!!!


Game Day! (Chicken Wing Dip Recipe)


If you are a football fan (or a commercials fan), you might be watching a certain game today.  If you are having/going to a party, it’s not too late to make a tasty snack!  While this one likely won’t win any health awards, we’ve made it several times.  (We received the recipe from a friend.)  It’s quick too: Chicken Wing Dip!  While no actual chicken wings were used in the recipe, it has the flavor.

Chicken Wing Dip

1 cup ranch dressing (or blue cheese dressing)

1 cup Red Buffalo Wing sauce (any wing sauce of your choice will do)

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 bricks softened cream cheese

2 cups shredded cooked chicken (chicken breasts work well)

Bag of sturdy chips/crackers for dip (we use pita chips)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Set a pot of water to a roiling boil and boil chicken breasts for 20 minutes.  Break apart so chicken is shredded.

Mix all ingredients and put in a 13×9 pan.  Sprinkle extra cheddar cheese on top.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until bubbly.  Use chips/crackers for dipping.  Enjoy!