Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders are perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders - homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

I am actually in Ohio right now.  I am in Wooster visiting with Certified Angus Beef.  I get to spend today and tomorrow cooking beef with professional chefs.  You have no idea how excited I am about this.  I am hoping that I learn a ton (because honestly my beef knowledge is pretty limited), and that you will see more beef recipes here in the future.  Plus on Sunday, I get to hang out with one of my good friends Katrina.  You may know her from In Katrina’s Kitchen and her new Biscoff cookbook coming out soon.  Be ready, because as soon as I get my hands on her book I am sure I will go Biscoff crazy!

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Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels

Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels - cheddar flavored pretzels with a little kick

What a busy weekend!  Friday night we went to a local pumpkin patch with my husband’s company.  We did the corn maze, other activities they had, and ate dinner there.  Saturday we got up first thing, and drove up into the mountains.  We went to visit some friends who live up there, and take advantage of a free hotel stay we earned.  We spent the day at our friends house catching up, and watching the boys play like crazy.  They have 5 kids, so when we get together, it is a little chaotic.  Sunday we had to be back here by early afternoon for a Lego Robotics meeting.  So now that we are back to work for Monday, I kind of feel like I need a day to relax.  Isn’t that always the case after a good weekend though?

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Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip
I posted this recipe way back in the early days of blogging.  The original pictures were not pretty and did not do the dip justice.  I recently re-made the dip, so I figured why not update the post!  Hopefully this time around a few more people will see this, and be able to get in on the deliciousness!

Chipotle Chicken Meatball Sliders #KraftFreshTake

Chipotle Chicken Meatball Sliders

I hope you have enjoyed the #KraftFreshTake challenge as much as I have.  It has been great to get to know a new product, and create new and fun ways to use it.  So many people think they are too busy to cook on weeknights, but Kraft Fresh Take really does make it easy to make a quick and healthy meal for your family.  In case you missed the other recipes in the challenge, I made Spicy Chipotle French Toast and Chipotle Shrimp Tacos.

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Baja Chicken Sandwich

As I type this, I am sitting with my feet propped up.  We had a family football game on Thanksgiving, and it didn’t end well for me.  My brother and I got our feet tangled up, and he ended up stepping on my foot pretty bad.  We took a trip to urgent care the next morning to find out it wasn’t broken, but with orders to rest, not put weight on it, and ice it.  So I have been on crutches for a couple days.  Today was the first day I hobbled around without them!  Really not sure what this is going to mean for my running, but I am not thrilled :(

So, on to the food!  My husband was watching football, and saw a commercial for a Baja Chicken Sandwich from Quiznos, and asked if I could make that at home.  After checking out their menu, this is what I came up with.  I have no idea if it is even close, but it sure is good.  I made a chipotle mayo, and a southwestern style barbeque sauce for this sandwich.  Add chicken, bacon and cheddar cheese, and you are done.  Comes together very quickly, so it is great for a quick weeknight meal.

My husband was very happy with how this turned out.  I skipped the chipotle mayo for my 7 year old, due to the heat.  I was a little nervous about him eating it, but he loved it.  Once he saw the bacon, I am not sure he cared too much about what else was there.   I love having sandwich night for dinner, and this is great because you can customize them for everyone without extra work.  Someone doesn’t like mayo, leave it off that one.  Husband likes extra cheese, just add more.  Plus, this would be great for leftover chicken (or even turkey).

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Beer Cheese Soup

Today is Holiday Recipe Club!  Erin over at Big Fat Baker came up with the idea a few months ago.  We all get together near a holiday and Erin challenges us to come up with something from a list of ingredients.  This month our choices were potatoes, pistachios or beer.  I think based on the title it is pretty obvious I picked beer!  I did do something with potatoes as well, but I posted about that yesterday.  Do you want to join in the fun?  Go to Holiday Recipe Club and Erin will give you all of the information.

My husband loves Beer Cheese Soup.  There was a place in Cedar Rapids that had a great version of it.  Being that I don’t like cheese, it isn’t really my favorite soup.  But I have tried his before, and it is always been mild and surprisingly good.  So at his request I took full advantage of the Holiday Recipe Club and attempted this soup for him.  I think it was a resounding success!  This recipe makes a TON, I mean like 12 servings!  My husband ate this straight for 4 meals, and I froze the rest.  He even took another one out last night for his dinner.  Always a good sign with him!

This soup is pretty easy to put together.  You could cut it in half very easily, but it does freeze very well.  I even got to use my immersion blender, which doesn’t get used nearly enough.

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