Chew This! Baked Spaghetti

Happy “Chew This” Sunday! I am so excited to share my recipe for “Baked Spaghetti” with everyone! Please pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” TODAY and let me know what you think of my newest column. Also check out my “Ask and Answer” section featuring my recipe and tips for my “quick biscuits” – only 2 ingredients! Enjoy!

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Jordan’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

Awhile back a guy named Jordan Smith shared his recipe for “Buffalo Chicken Dip” on Facebook. Within a few hours his post went viral with hundreds of thousands of likes and shares. I liked and shared the post myself to my Facebook page, as well as to my recipe sharing Facebook group, “Tasty Recipe Box”.

Within a few weeks those posts also blew up with lots of traffic, so I am sharing the recipe here with all of you.

Shoutout and special thanks to Jordan Smith for sharing his recipe and the following step by step pictures.

Enjoy!

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Kourtney’s Sheet Pan Suppers

A friend of mine, Kourtney, shared on her Facebook page some simple and delicious looking “Sheet Pan Suppers” awhile back and I told myself I was going to share them with everyone as soon as I got the chance to try a few of them myself! Let me tell you, these are fabulous! You can literally take any raw protein you want, Kourtney goes back and forth usually between pork and chicken, and any raw vegetable and make a complete one baking sheet meal that is not only healthy and nutritious but delicious as well! The possibilities with this meal are endless! Shake on any seasoning or flavor combination you want!

Kourtney’s Sheet Pan Suppers

Take a 9×13-inch baking sheet and wrap up well with aluminum foil. Spray gently with a non-stick cooking spray. Place your prepared raw protein into the middle and fill both sides with the prepared raw vegetables of your choice. Melt butter and garlic and pour over evenly. Simply top with salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning blend. Cover with aluminum foil and place in preheated 425 degree oven for one hour.

Enjoy!

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Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

I am on a mission today with the “mug meals”! I am continuing my journey with homemade macaroni and cheese – in a mug! So much better than those little microwavable packets of macaroni and cheese that you can find in the grocery stores! No cheese powder here! Search my website for mug recipes for chocolate chip cookie in a mug, chocolate cake in a mug and the one I posted earlier, pizza in a mug! Who knew!? Follow along here, step by step, and let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

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Pizza in a Mug

I just made pizza. In a mug. In the microwave. No – this is not a joke! It is so easy and deliciously fabulous! I topped mine with cheese but feel free to top with whatever you desire! Precooked sausage, precooked hamburger, pepperoni – endless possibilities! Here it is, step by step…

Enjoy!

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Warm Glow Announcement

Hello everyone! I am posting some very exciting news! My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” is now officially available to purchase at Warm Glow Candle’s new building “Artisans & Java”!

If you are not familiar with “Warm Glow” or their fabulous candles I highly recommend a quick Google search! My absolute favorite scent is their “Merry Mint”, which smells like Christmas and Peppermint all rolled into one. I buy it in bulk and have it scenting my home year around.

Their newest store “Artisans & Java” is located where their old building “The Watering Can” was located. “Artisans and Java” is a fantastic space where Artisans of all walks of life have their special creations on hand and available to sell. It is an artists dream space and anyone who loves and appreciates the arts should check out this newly renovated space! Coming soon is a coffee bar – hence the name “Artisans AND Java”… I personally can not wait for that!

My friend Donna Cronk has both of her books there to sell, “Sweetland of Liberty” AND “That Sweet Place” – both of which I highly recommend – and not just because I make a fictional appearance in “That Sweet Place” and developed the “Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie” recipe that is included in the book – but because both books are wonderfully heartwarming reads.

I am so thankful and grateful for this opportunity and would like to send a special shoutout to Donna Cronk, Shelly Davis and “Kids at Heart Publishing”. This newest venture has sparked up some new ideas for me as well as ignited even more of a passion for following and making dreams come true.

Please stop by for a visit sometime and check out this locally fabulous space and pick up a copy or two of my cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First”, as well as books and works from my friends as well.

Directions –
2131 North Centerville Road
Centerville, IN 47330

Hours –
Open everyday 9am-7pm
Holiday hours may vary

Website –
http://warmglow.com

Blaise

Chew This! Aunt Susie’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at http://thecouriertimes.com Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I will be happy to help! blaisethebaker@gmail.com

My newest column features “Aunt Susie’s Sweet Potato Casserole”. I can not tell you how excited I am to share this recipe with everyone! For years and years my family and I have searched high and low for this recipe – and now, thanks to Carolyn Sue, and our recent reconnection – I have the recipe here to share with everyone! The recipe is warm and familiar – not to mention delicious. Make this fabulous side dish for your Thanksgiving table!

Also my “Ask and Answer” feature is all about your Thanksgiving questions! Send me a message, call or text me – even email – with your questions and I will be happy to help! 765-520-8332 or blaisethebaker@gmail.com

Pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” TODAY and let me know what you think!

Aunt Susie’s Sweet Potato Casserole

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/neighbors_features/article_aea698ed-c505-5539-ba27-18412f5daca3.html

Enjoy!

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Carolyn Sue and Aunt Susie

Pasta Fagioli

We are entering cold weather season here in Indiana and nothing to me says “welcome cold weather” like a big bowl of warm and comforting soup! Pasta Fagioli – which basically means “pasta and beans” – is quickly becoming one of my favorite soups! It is hearty, warm, cooks up in no time and is only 4 ingredients! FOUR! Can you believe that? Print this out, save it, bookmark it, whatever you want to do – just keep this recipe and make it this weekend!

Pasta Fagioli

1 jar “Ragu Chunky” pasta sauce with tomato, basil and garlic
2 cans (19 oz each) white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed but not drained
16 oz ditalini pasta, cooked and drained
4 cups reserved pasta water
4 cups water

To prepare the spinach: microwave the frozen spinach in a microwave safe container for four minutes. Using a fork, cut up and separate. Do not drain the spinach.

To prepare the pasta: cook in a large amount of salted boiling water with a splash of olive oil added. Cook according to package directions.

In a large soup pot over medium heat, combine the pasta sauce, prepared kidney beans, prepared chopped spinach, pasta and reserved pasta water. Bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally.

Add in four cups of water and simmer, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot. Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Enjoy!

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Coney Sauce for Hotdogs 

Growing up I was never really the biggest fan of coney dogs, much because I never cared for chili or hotdogs growing up. Over the years though my tastes have complexed and I have grown to love them both. I blame my Grandma Barbra who always has stated that she could “eat her weight” in coney dogs – so I guess my tastes buds had it coming. This is the perfect recipe to make ahead and keep warm in your slow cooker. Top the hotdogs with anything and everything you desire! Including but not limited to, onions, shredded cheese, mustard, jalapeños or crushed Doritos.


Coney Sauce for Hotdogs

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 cup water

In a large skillet over medium high heat combine the ground beef and chopped onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is fully cooked. 

Drain the mixture. Return to the same skillet over medium high heat. 

Add in the white granulated sugar, ketchup, chili powder, light brown sugar, salt and black pepper. Stir together. 

Add in the water and stir until incorporated. 

As soon as the mixture comes up to a boil, turn the heat down to low medium and cook, stirring occasionally, 60 minutes. 

Taste for seasonings. Serve hot. 

Enjoy! 

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Trisha Yearwood!!!

So yesterday my parents and I attended a Trisha Yearwood book signing / meet and greet at the Williams-Sonoma in the Keystone Mall in Indianapolis. We were not sure what to expect but I think we were all shocked when THIS moment happened! I am still SO EXCITED about it! Wow…

SOMEONE PINCH ME!!! No – this is not photoshopped! Ha! Mom gave Trisha Yearwood a copy of my cookbook and she LOVED IT! She turned to me and asked ME for my autograph! Told her I had already autographed it! She said “Good!” Ha! She was flipping over it and talking about how she really appreciated it – said she would read it “like a novel” and said she loved cookbooks! She said she would read it on her tour bus! Someone PINCH ME!!! We chatted for a bit about our mutual cookbook love and then she thanked me again and gave me another hug! She was the sweetest and so friendly! LOVE HER!!!

Blaise