Monterey Hazelnut Biscotti + GIVEAWAY

Monterey Hazelnut Biscotti

 

There are moments when I catch myself daydreaming that I have a little old Italian grandmother (I would call her Nonna, obviously) that sits in her tiny house baking delicious treats for me to pick up. What? Y’all don’t think of things like that? Anyway…

 

The first thing on my imaginary Italian grandmother’s table would be a crispy biscotti for me to enjoy with my morning coffee. Everything is better with coffee, after all. I’ll show you my take with a Monterey Hazelnut Biscotti. A few sweetened cherries & candied hazelnuts balance the unique savory flavor from the monterey jack cheese base.

 

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Homemade Bruschetta

Homemade Brucshetta

 

While summer may totally be sooo last month, I can’t help but to pull back & peek through the kitchen blinds and see what I assume may be the last of the homegrown tomatoes creeping through the brown, dried-up leaves, just begging to be used. I am completely fine with saying goodbye to the 100 degree summer heat in exchange for the cool breeze and blanket-warming colors of fall, but I certainly will miss the fruits of the summer-time garden that is in my back yard. Fresh tomatoes, herbs, and even a few insanely spicy peppers that grew by means of some sorta of freak accident.

 

For a final hurrah to summer, I am using some of the last tiny tomatoes and herbs for a delicious Homemade Bruschetta.

 

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Bacon Buffalo Blue Mac ‘n Cheese Rolls + GIVEAWAY

Buffalo Blue Mac and Cheese Rolls

 

When you think that mac ‘n cheese just can’t get any better… and then you fry it. With bacon. And blue cheese. And BUFFALO. To beat it all, we are going to use the most time convenient, simple recipe for mac and cheese– the kind you don’t even have to make yourself!

 

Check out how we transform an already tasty boxed white cheddar mac and cheese into a deliciously crispy, Bacon Buffalo Blue Mac ‘n Cheese Rolls in just minutes.

 

[Read through to the end to enter to win

a box full of Annie's Homegrown goodies!]

 

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Pumpkin Spice Pop Tarts + GIVEAWAY!

Pumpkin Spice Pop Tarts

After finally venturing into the pumpkin spice world with our recent Homemade Pumpkin Spice mix, I decided that I would try to include it into another favorite flashback recipe of mine– Pop Tarts. Everyone that is anyone has delicious dreams of getting their favorite Pop Tart handed to them on their way out of the door when they were off to school when they were younger. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Pop Tarts with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frosting are going to be your favorite fall flashback treat that you can recreate in your very own kitchen.

 

Oh… and did I mention that we are giving away an amazing silicone baking mat? Yup. That too. Keep reading to enter to win!

 

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Peach Simple Syrup

Peach Simple Syrup

 

It may be the end of summer. We may have already started into the fall recipes here on the blog. BUT, with all of that said, I still have this tiny bit of summer cheer left in me. That and an additional 10 pounds of freshly-frozen local peaches that I picked not too long ago.

 

While fresh peaches may give off a shine of summer, fresh Peach Simple Syrup will most certainly make for the perfect ‘cheers to you, summer’ cocktail to end things with a bang before pulling out the rakes and pumpkins.

 

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Blend

 

Until now, I’ve managed to avoid the insane addiction to everything PS [that's what the kids call pumpkin spice these days... you're welcome]. I’ve just never been crazy about pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, or even the ever-so-popular pumpkin spiced latte. I know.. I know.

 

In the spirit of the quickly approaching season, I decided to give a homemade version a go. Turns out, I may enjoy Homemade Pumpkin Spice after all!

 

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Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Dipped Shortbread Cookies

 

I can’t say that I am not the type that enjoys overly sweet desserts and confections. I definitely am. There are a few exceptions to this, and shortbread is one off them. Maybe it’s the ridiculous amount of butter that is in them. Maybe the bit of raw sugar that I sprinkle on top. Whatever it is, it’s delicious.

 

Keep reading for our favorite, simple Dipped Shortbread Cookie recipe. And, ya. We are going to dip it (Because… When I dip, you dip, we dip.) in chocolate and add a bit of of a surprise on top.

 

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Brown Butter Butternut Cream Pasta

Brown Butter Butternut Cream Pasta
It’s almost that time, y’all! Start putting together your Halloween costumes, mull the cider, spice up your lattes. The chlorophyll is breaking down in the leaves </nerd>… Fall is just around the corner! While I do enjoy the summer heat (for all of about 2 weeks at the beach if we are honest here), the crisp breeze around a warm blanket on a star-filled autumn night with friends and family is just about as perfect as it can get.

 

I decided to start working on some new recipes and just jump straight into the season. The first is this Brown Butter Butternut Cream Pasta. Butternut squash, caramelized with a brown sugar rosemary combo, goes together like Hocus Pocus and punkins with a brown butter cream sauce. Top with sweet and salty dry roasted cashews and you are ready to kick things off.

 

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Country Ham Melt

Country Ham Melt

 

Everyone loves a sandwich. Everyone. There is something comforting about a good ol’ PB&J in your lunchbox, a grilled cheese on a Saturday morning with snow flurries (Sorry! I know Summer isn’t quite over yet.), pulled pork and a nice cider (a personal fav!).

 

We’ll step it up just a notch with a simple, but delicious Country Ham Melt– Cured country ham, braised in a brown sugar reduction, with peppered avocado, swiss cheese and finished with our spicy Roasted Tomato Pepper Mayo. All between two buttered, thick slices of toasted sweet bread.

 

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