Paneras Turkey Artichoke Panini

Panera’s Turkey Artichoke Panini

Does anybody remember way back when I posted a copycat recipe for Panera’s Steak & White Cheddar Panini? I mentioned I already had a “go-to” sandwich, but I followed my friend’s lead and ordered the steak one. My “go-to” was Panera’s Turkey Artichoke Panini. When I was out with my friend I didn’t realize it was no longer on the menu, which is a good thing because I swear I had to grieve alone when I found out.

Paneras Turkey Artichoke Panini

Paneras Turkey Artichoke Panini with apple slices

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Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

I used to be kinda opposed to Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip, just on principle…and here’s the deal: Back in the ’80s, it was all about the creamy Spinach Dip and it was served warm or cold in a bread bowl. I loved that stuff! And I remember how fancy we all thought it was, too. Then in the ’90s it was all about the Hot Artichoke Dip. It seemed that just about every restaurant had a version. It was everywhere! And I loved that stuff, too! Of course, I’ve always had a thing for artichokes, and guess who else in the house does? Homer, my cat. She goes nuts over them. She can smell even the canned artichokes in the grocery bag and immediately comes running!

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

 

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Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

A bit of cooked Barley was the “by-product” of my Healthy Lemon Ginger Barley Water recipe awhile back. Well, if you know me, you know I try to waste nothing, and sure didn’t want to waste a morsel of wonderful, chewy, nutty Barley. (I love it, and so should you, btw! It’s really good for you!) And so I went on a quest and that quest ended in this Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley. It’s a lot to use a cup of Barley, huh?!

Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

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Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad

Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad

So has anybody had their DNA done? I gave my Dad a test for his birthday and the results were a mix of expected and surprising. Kind of like this Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad. See DNA kind of boggles my mind, but once I thought of it like I think about food it makes sense to me.

Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad

Warm Spinach Chicken Mandarin Salad

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Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon

Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon

Arugula & Peach Salad - the peaches are sweet but the bacon & feta just contrast so nicely! You'll want to drink that dressing!

Here it is, September already, and I’m in full on denial. Maybe that should be “fall” on denial! I keep seeing little signs, although you wouldn’t know it by the weather. Or the glut of fruits & veggies at the store. When I saw the Colorado peaches (imho) some of the best peaches in the world, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon.

Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon

Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon

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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Roast: Chicken breast stuffed with sausage, cheese, spinach and port soaked dried cherries, all rolled up and wrapped in bacon!

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Roast

Are you like me? When you’re waiting at an office or for an appointment, do you read all the food magazines first? And if there aren’t any, do you read others from the back to front because the recipes are in the back? That’s exactly how I came across this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens* for Stuffed Chicken Roast. I practically drooled over it! I was obsessed – I knew I had to make it!

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Roast - filled with cheese, spinach, port cherries

Stuffed Chicken Roast – photo from Better Homes & Gardens

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Black Pelican Citrus Rosemary Brined Chicken

Black Pelican Citrus Rosemary Brined Chicken

I watched an episode of Diner’s Drive-Ins & Dives the other day, Land to Sea and they featured the Black Pelican Oceanfront Cafe in Kittyhawk, North Carolina. I was wowed by the Citrus Rosemary Brined Chicken with a Saute of Vegetables, and I couldn’t get it off my mind. Of course, I looked for the recipe and couldn’t help be bummed that it wasn’t one of the recipes given on the DDD website.

Black Pelican Citrus Rosemary Brined Chicken

Black Pelican Citrus Rosemary Brined Chicken

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Potage - Cream of Spring Vegetable Soup

Potage – Cream of Spring Vegetable Soup

This is a beautiful soup, simple and a sneaky way to get almost anyone to eat their vegetables – and eat them, they will, and they’ll darned well like them – prepared like this! 🙂 The subtle flavoring lends a gorgeous background note without overwhelming the delicate vegetables. It’s just enough to make you want to taste again and again while wondering “Just what is in this?”

Potage - Cream of Spring Vegetable Soup

Potage – Cream of Spring Vegetable Soup

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Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans

Spinach & Quinoa Salad. So good but the candied pecans make the salad!

There’s salad, and then there’s SALAD – you know, the one that shouts rather than whispers?  The one you want MORE of…the salad that has that little something extra to take it over the top.  What is it about salty, sweet, tart that makes you want to take another bite and another and another…

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans

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Eggs Florentine with Sliced Tomatoes

I was watching Ann Burrell the other day “The Best Thing I Ever Made,” a Food Network show – she turned out an Eggs Flameco that looked marvelous – that recipe, though, reminded me of another old favorite, and a much healthier one: Eggs Florentine.

Eggs Florentine - poached eggs blanketed by a cheesy sauce on top a bed of flavorful spinach

Eggs Florentine – poached eggs blanketed by a cheesy sauce on top a bed of flavorful spinach

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