Baked Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast

The easiest french toast ever with the most amazing cream cheese filling. Prep the night before and bake right before serving. Easy easy!

Baked Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast - Easy peasy with the most amazing cream cheese filling. Prep the night before and bake right before serving!

I finally opened my first can of pumpkin this season! Now it definitely doesn’t feel like fall just yet as it is hitting close to 100 degrees F outside here in Southern California but still – this french toast should be made all year long.

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Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce, baked to absolute crisp perfection. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

I don’t know what it is but I may have somewhat of a love affair with mushrooms.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

Chanterelle, white, oyster, portobello, shiitake, cremini – you name it. I love them all.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

I can eat them as a side, as a main dish, in a salad, in a soup, and now this. The creamiest of all mushroom sauces.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

It’s so creamy, I was ready to put the chicken aside and slurp it as a soup. Now THAT is a meal in and of itself.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

But since I already had my beautifully crisped up chicken thighs, I decided to throw them into the skillet.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

Now to be honest, I’m not really sure which is the star here – the crisped up, tender chicken thighs or the creamy mushroom sauce simmered in all of the pan juices.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

Either way, these two make a match made in heaven in the quickest, most flavorful chicken dish ever. Just be sure to throw in some extra mushrooms – they will be the first ones to go!

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

Yield 6 servings

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce, baked to absolute crisp perfection. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

Ingredients

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
  • Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet. Add garlic and mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, about 5-6 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in chicken broth, thyme, oregano and basil. Return chicken to the skillet.
  • Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes. Set aside chicken; reserving juices in the pan.
  • Stir in heavy cream, Parmesan and mustard. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve chicken immediately, topped with mushroom mixture.

Notes

Adapted from Laughing Spatula

http://damndelicious.net/2014/09/13/baked-chicken-mushroom-skillet/

Spinach Tomato Tortellini Soup

The easiest, most comforting and hearty soup ever. All you need is 5 min prep. SO EASY!

Spinach Tomato Tortellini Soup - The easiest, most comforting and hearty soup ever. All you need is 5 min prep. SO EASY!

I know Fall is right around the corner but it’s hitting close to 90 degrees F out here in Southern California as I am still walking around in shorts and flip flops. Although I walk around in flip flops all year long. Even so, I still needed a very big pot of soup.

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Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

An easy, no-fuss dish you can make right at home with ingredients that you already have on hand. It’s also cheaper, healthier and quicker than ordering out!

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce - An easy, no-fuss dish you can make right at home. It’s also cheaper, healthier and quicker than ordering out!

I woke up one morning with a huge craving for alfredo sauce. I don’t know what it was but I just had to have it right then and there. But delivery was going to take over an hour and Olive Garden was about 45 minutes away. And I just couldn’t wait that long.

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce - An easy, no-fuss dish you can make right at home. It’s also cheaper, healthier and quicker than ordering out!

At that point, I was almost even tempted to buy those jarred alfredo sauces. Yes, I just wanted it that badly. I know. Shameful.

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce - An easy, no-fuss dish you can make right at home. It’s also cheaper, healthier and quicker than ordering out!

But after perusing through my pantry, I realized that I had all the ingredients to make the Olive Garden alfredo sauce right at home. And surprisingly enough, it came together in just 15 minutes from start to finish. It couldn’t be easier!

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce - An easy, no-fuss dish you can make right at home. It’s also cheaper, healthier and quicker than ordering out!

And as always, the homemade version really knocked it out of the park. I was thoroughly satisfied, as I devoured about 3 servings of these. Then I ran 4 miles. It’s all about that balance, right?

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

An easy, no-fuss dish you can make right at home with ingredients that you already have on hand. It’s also cheaper, healthier and quicker than ordering out!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fettuccine
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, or more, to taste
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions

  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  • Combine butter, garlic, heavy cream and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat and stir in Parmesan and egg yolk, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from scrambling. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed.
  • Stir in pasta and gently toss to combine; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

Notes

*This recipe can easily be adapted for your favorite add-ins such as grilled chicken or a seafood medley.

Adapted from The Slow Roasted Italian

http://damndelicious.net/2014/09/05/olive-garden-alfredo-sauce/

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo chicken wings turned into the easiest, creamiest, and cheesiest dip ever! And it’s even better with this fun Mexican twist!

Buffalo Chicken Dip - Buffalo chicken wings turned into the easiest, creamiest, and cheesiest dip ever! Perfect for game day!

It’s finally here! Yes, football season has officially begun. And you know you can’t start football season without celery sticks and the usual buffalo chicken dip.

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