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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Super Bowl FEASTMODE Recipe Round-up

Super Bowl FEASTMODE Recipe Round-up // Loves Food, Loves to Eat Every single thing that these guys do makes me love them even more! Sherm, being a straight up team player, and, let's face it, total boss. BeastMode, being so charming and adorable I just want to watch cat videos with him all day. You guys! I mean, they're awesome players and everything, but what I love is that they're are actually trying to make a statement and change some of the shittier things in the NFL (for the better), rather than just sitting back and accepting the status quo. LOVE. Also, they're Hawks, so I love that too. 

You know what else I love? Football snacks. 

Whether you’re one of the good guys (the Seahawks), a Patriot, or someone who watches only for the commercials, food, and drinks, I think these meaty (ahem, beasty) snacks and bites are perfect for your SB party! Or your snow-day party. Or your Wednesday night. 

Super Bowl FEASTMODE Recipe Round-up // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Pigs 'n a Blanket with Grilled Onion Cream Cheese Dip: Just like a Seattle style street dog, these little bite-sized snacks combine dogs, cream cheese, and grill onions. Plus jalapenos, if you like to bring the heat. 
Beastmode Hawk-Wing Pizza AKA: Buffalo Chicken Pizza: My favorite pizza. Spicy, sweet, saucy buffalo chicken, with gooey melted cheese, a lil' blue cheese drizzle, and celery leaves to round it out.
Smoked Salmon Dip: This dip is creamy and smoky, with a little bite from the horseradish. Perfect for crackers, veggies, or a spoon!
Carnitas (for tacos or nachos!): No one says no to carnitas. Especially my recipe... just sayin, you won't regret bringing this to a gathering. You'll only regret not setting some aside at home for later. 
Super Bowl FEASTMODE Recipe Round-up // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Hawaiian Sliders: With half the country buried under snow, this year's Super Bowl is the perfect excuse to make something tropical, to remind you of sunny days ahead! 

White Chicken Chili: Likewise, snowy weather is also a great opportunity to hunker down with a bowl of hot, comforting chili. A big pot of chili is a SB no-brainer.
BBQ pulled pork hand pies: These are a little more involved, but they're great make-ahead game day food. Also, you could make them football shaped!
Shredded beef (for tacos or nachos!): This spicy, tangy shredded beef is just begging to be on top of a pile of tortilla chips with black beans, melted cheese, and some fresh avocado. 

Other drool-worthy SB recipes from around the blogosphere:

And, in case you missed it, these ChampionChip Cookies are a must: pretzels, dark chocolate, butterscotch, M&Ms. BOOM. (Legion of Boom, obvi). 
Super Bowl FEASTMODE Recipe Round-up // Loves Food, Loves to Eat


Sunday, January 25, 2015

BEASTMODE ChampionChip Cookies

BEASTMODE ChampionChip Cookies // Loves Food, Loves to EatSuper Bowl week! Let’s snack!
BEASTMODE ChampionChip Cookies // Loves Food, Loves to Eat Obviously I’m cheering hard for my Hawks, and packing these cookies full of blue and green M&Ms, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them even if you’re not a Seattle fan. I don’t like it, I don’t support it… but go ahead, put other colors of candies in them. I’ll look the other way. 
BEASTMODE ChampionChip Cookies // Loves Food, Loves to Eat I’ve been making far too many cookies lately. Like, it’s becoming a problem. It’s all because of Ashley, and her insanely good recipe. I first made them exactly as written. Then I bought her mix, and made that (which I highly recommend!). Then I started using the base recipe, and adding other mix-ins. Seriously this chocolate chip cookie base is so solid. The cookies are chewy and have that perfect buttery brown sugar flavor that makes classic chocolate chippers so good. I made a riff of her Christmas cookie, with peppermint, milk chocolate, and white chocolate. I made a batch with dark chocolate and smoked sea salt. A batch with espresso chocolate and nuts. Then I made these: pretzels, dark chocolate, and butterscotch chips! WINNER. Then, because this batch was so good, I made them again for your Super Bowl feast, with mini M&Ms for team spirit. 
BEASTMODE ChampionChip Cookies // Loves Food, Loves to Eat Sweet, chewy, crunchy, salty, chocolatey, butterscotchy. BeastMode FeastMode time! 
BEASTMODE ChampionChip Cookies // Loves Food, Loves to Eat BEASTMODE ChampionChip Cookies
Makes about 24 cookies
Adapted from Not Without Salt (PS. she has a new cookbook out!)

1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or vanilla paste, which I’ve been using for extra vanilla flavor and vanilla bean speckles!)
1 3⁄4 cups flour
3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, roughly chopped
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup pretzels, broken up into smallish pieces
2 tablespoons mini M&Ms (Seahawks colors, obviously)

In bowl of stand mixer or with electric mixer, cream butter and sugars together on medium speed, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, and beat to combine. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until combined. Stir in chocolate, butterscotch chips, and pretzels. 

Ashley recommends refrigerating the dough for up to 24 hours for best results. I tend to agree, but they’ll still work out if you don’t. I would recommend chilling a bit at least, to firm up the dough so that they don’t spread as much while baking. 

Preheat oven to 360 degrees, and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough into balls just over a tablespoon-sized, place evenly spaced on cookie sheet, and press 5-6 mini M&Ms on the top of each one. 

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, and let cool before eating. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Breakfast Tacos with Chorizo and Fried Eggs

Breakfast Tacos with Chorizo and Fried Eggs // Loves Food, Loves to EatOne of my friends has the most insane stories from her office, almost daily. Recently she was telling me about her coworker from Texas (Dillon/ East Dillion I’m assuming). He was talking about the things he misses most about the lone star state, particularly breakfast tacos (followed closely, I'm sure, by Tim Riggins). And the rest of the coworkers didn’t believe him that breakfast tacos exist. Seriously!? Who are these heathens! I want nothing to do with them. And everything to do with breakfast tacos (and Tim Riggins).

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Year Goals: 2015 Style

Loves Food, Loves to Eat // Wedding! Happy New Year! I know I’m a little late to the game here, being that we’re already half-way through January, but I took the last few weeks to recharge, and I’m excited to be back! I have a lot of fun ideas planned for this space in 2015… starting with a facelift!*

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sarmen (Pork Cabbage Rolls)

The holidays were hard. Really hard. And the new year feels bittersweet. On one hand, I’m looking forward to putting a painful year behind me. On the other hand, this will be a new year without my dad. 2015. A year that he’ll never see a day of. I’m moving into this new year without resolutions, but with purpose. I want to live fully and love deeply, like he did. Like he would want us to do. I’m going to focus on health and wellness, to get out and move around more. If I've learned anything in the last year, it’s that these bodies are the only ones we have, and they can break. Our bodies can betray us. The worst thing we can do with a working, healthy body is to take it for granted. 

Sarmen (Pork Cabbage Rolls) // Loves Food, Loves to Eat

The last few  months I’ve grappled with whether or not I want to continue blogging. My priorities just feel different now. Writing about the joy of a good cookie when my heart is breaking feels fake. But I also don't want this to be a sad place that brings you down with each new post. So, I’m still figuring it out. Figuring out how I want to use this space and the time and effort I put into this blog.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Coconut Macadamia Biscotti | Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

It’s cookie swap time! This is my 3rd year participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. The first year I made my ma’s recipe for the most amazing maple waffle cookies, and last year I made insanely good peppermint mocha icebox cookies. And this year? 

Coconut Macadamia Biscotti, Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014 | Loves Food, Loves to Eat #fbcookieswap This has been a really tough year for me, with lots of tears and heartache. I almost wasn’t able to participate in the swap this year due to my recent posting hiatus, but luckily the head gals in charge have super big, warm, fuzzy hearts! Participating in this event seriously gave me the motivation I needed to get in the holiday spirit and start recipe planning and blogging again! So, I wanted my cookie to be all about the big, warm, fuzzy, heart-shaped part of my life, which is… 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fancy Tuna Melts from Sheet Pan Suppers

Do you follow the blog Dunk & Crumble? If not, you should! Molly’s writing is cute and personable, and her recipes are always fun and approachable. And she and I are the same age, we both live in Seattle, and we both got married this October. #soulmates. And guess what? She wrote a cookbook (so, I guess this is where our paths diverge) which is every bit as cute, fun, and approachable as her blog! I can already tell you this book going to be a weeknight staple in my house! 

Fancy Tuna Melts from Sheet Pan Suppers // Loves Food, Loves to Eat Sheet Pan Suppers is full of dinners, desserts, sandwiches, appetizers, and brunch things, all made on a trusty sheet pan! Her sheet pan style makes things simple and easy, even for some serious show-stoppers, like lemony fish baked on top of crispy potatoes, a pork tenderloin recipe with squash, apples, and onions that looks amazing for fall, a giant sheet pan-sized dutch baby with meyer lemon sugar, and a thin chocolate chip cake rolled with cannoli filling that I’m dying to make. She also has a lot of recipes for quick weeknight meals or weekend lunches, like these Fancy Tuna Melts.
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