Thursday, November 20, 2014

S'mores Popcorn #MovieNight4Less

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S'mores Popcorn, a good movie, and my favorite guy cuddled up on the couch with me is my ultimate movie night! I confess! I'm a homebody. What's your ultimate movie night?
S'mores Popcorn #MovieNight4Less | by Life Tastes Good for the ultimate movie night at home!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu and Recipes

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu and Recipes | by Life Tastes Good brings together all the recipes you need for Thanksgiving in one place to make things easier on the big day.Thanksgiving Dinner Menu and Recipes all in one place to make things easier on the big day. 

The recipes I have included in this collection are ones my family enjoys year after year. I'll occasionally make up something new just to surprise everyone, but what you see here is what will be on our table this Thanksgiving.

This menu is fairly easy to pull off. Be sure to purchase your turkey with enough time for the big thaw. Allow 1 day for every 5 pounds of turkey. That is 4 days for a twenty pounder!

On the day before Thanksgiving, I typically put my turkey in a salt water brine. Bake my desserts. Make the soup, and set the table with all of the place settings and serving dishes.

On Thanksgiving Day I remove turkey from brine, dry, and put back in fridge, uncovered, to dry out the skin so it will crisp up when roasting. Make the stuffing and refrigerate. Make the cranberry sauce and refrigerate. Make the stock for my gravy. Prep Turkey for oven.

Once the turkey is in the oven, I start making the dinner rolls. While the rolls are rising, I clean up a little, and have time to hang with the family. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Spicy Chicken Meatballs

Spicy Chicken Meatballs with a honey glaze and Buffalo Ranch Dipping Sauce | by Life Tastes Good makes a great appetizer, but you might find yourself eating all of them! #ChickenMeatballs #Appetizer
Spicy Chicken Meatballs are zesty bites of deliciousness that will spice up your next game day or holiday party.

I brushed these meatballs with a honey glaze for a sweet heat, and the Buffalo Ranch Dipping Sauce is an added bonus that takes these scrumptious meatballs to a new level. You'll love to serve these meatballs as an appetizer, but they are so good, these meatballs can hold their own as a main course!

Don and I hit the road to visit Madison several times throughout the year while she's off at college. On one of our recent visits, Madison took us to her favorite spot to eat wings.

The kid has good taste! The wings were delicious, and Don goes on about them every time I serve my Honey Glazed Spicy Chicken Thighs. He has badgered me ever since our college wing eating trip to make some of the boneless dippers with the same seasonings as my Honey Glazed Spicy Chicken Thighs. I finally got around to it!

Friday, November 14, 2014

How To Roast Turkey #OXOTurkeyDay

How To Roast a Turkey | by Life Tastes Good for tender and moist results every time! Brine the turkey and roast to the perfect temperature for the best tasting roast turkey! #OXOTurkeyDay #Thanksgiving
How To Roast a Turkey and get melt-in-your-mouth results every time!

Are you the go-to person to roast the turkey this year on Thanksgiving? Do you know how to roast turkey? Are you nervous? I know I was the first year I shouldered this responsibility. The turkey is the star of the show, and I didn't want to be the one to ruin our Thanksgiving meal with a dry, tasteless bird!

No worries! I'll show you how to roast turkey to succulent deliciousness every time! This method of brining the turkey overnight in salt water and then roasting to the perfect temperature will deliver a beautifully moist and tender turkey that will live up to being the star of the Thanksgiving table every time!

Should you go fresh or frozen? I've done both. I was very disappointed in my so-called 'fresh' bird, so now I only buy frozen. Turkeys are immediately flash frozen, so in my strange little mind that makes them fresher than a 'fresh' turkey. This recipe can be used for fresh or frozen turkeys.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe

Homemade Turkey Gravy | by Life Tastes Good brings your entire Thanksgiving dinner together. I use the turkey neck and giblets to create a flavorful gravy you'll want to pour on everything!
Homemade Turkey Gravy brings your entire Thanksgiving dinner together. It is like icing on the cake! A very important component of the dinner, so you want it to be fantastic, right?

Right! That's why we skip the jars and powder mixes and make up this simple gravy while the turkey is resting. It's easy to do, as low in fat as you want it to be, and tastes AHHH-mazing!

The flavor and color of your gravy will differ depending on what you use in your pan while cooking your turkey. I use white wine in my pan with a mix of carrots, celery, onion, thyme and always slather the turkey with butter. All of these flavors come together to make a rich, flavorful gravy you can't get from a jar or mix.

On Friday, November 14th, I'll be sharing my recipe 'How to Roast Turkey' for a beautifully moist and tender turkey that will be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner! Plus, they'll be a great giveaway, so stay tuned!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cheesy French Onion Soup Recipe #SundaySupper

Cheesy French Onion Soup | by Life Tastes Good is a delicious blend of caramelized onions, herbs, toasted garlic bread, and lots of melty cheese. #SundaySupper #ComfortFood
Cheesy French Onion Soup is a delicious blend of caramelized onions, herbs, toasted garlic bread, and lots of melty cheese. 

A pot of French Onion Soup simmering on the stove fills your home with its rich aroma. It is so enticing you'll find it hard to resist sneaking little sips here and there. This is comfort food for sure that hits the spot and warms the soul!

There is just something so comforting about a hot and delicious bowl of soup. It warms you through and through from the first sip, and has a way of making you feel content.

Soup is too good not to share, so whenever I make a big pot I always package some up to take to family or friends. Especially if someone is feeling down or going through a challenging time, sharing some soup is a great way to show how much you care. It is an easy and satisfying meal to just reheat and eat, and it gives you that comforted feeling of warmth and contentment.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Chicken Cheddar and Guacamole Burgers

Chicken Cheddar and Guacamole Burgers | by Life Tastes Good are smothered in cheddar cheese and topped with a generous helping of guacamole for maximum delicious! #ChickenBurgers #Sandwich
Chicken Cheddar and Guacamole Burgers are da bomb y'all! Oh my yumminess these are good! But then again, I go on and on about anything with guacamole, but really these are amazing!

The chicken is seasoned perfectly with onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, cumin, paprika, a little lime juice, and, of course, salt and pepper. All of those flavors play so nicely together in this juicy and tender chicken burger.

As if that is not enough, we go ahead and smother the chicken burgers with sharp cheddar cheese and then top 'em off with some Simple Guacamole and a tomato too, just for good measure. All of that is sandwiched inside a delicately toasted bun. Absolutely heavenly!

Chicken burgers get a bad rap for being dry and somewhat tasteless, but this chicken burger is breaking through all those stereotypes and proving the naysayers wrong with juicy deliciousness! Go ahead, give it a try. You can thank me later <smile>

Monday, November 3, 2014

Holiday Baking #Giveaway

Holiday Baking Giveaway | by Life Tastes Good brings you over $500 in holiday baking prizes and over 40 Holiday Baking recipes to help simplify your holidays! #Giveaway #Holiday #Baking
Are you excited for the holiday season? I am!! My daughter will be home from college for her entire winter break, and that makes this mom happy, happy! It is less than 3 weeks away! I can't wait!

I am also super excited to be a part of this Holiday Baking Giveaway with my friends from Real Housemoms!

We have pooled our resources to bring you over $500 in holiday baking prizes and have even included over 40 Holiday Baking recipes all in one place to help simplify your baking adventures this holiday season.

Prizes include a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, a signed copy of Dessert Mash-ups by Dorothy from Crazy for Crust, Holiday Baking Supplies, including a Sil-Pat, a Roul'Pat, a jelly roll pan, 3 OXO spatulas, set of measuring cups and measuring spoons, a set of 18 Wilton holiday cookie cutters AND $150 in PayPal cash! Whew! That's a ton of stuff!! Be sure to scroll down for the recipes and to enter to win. Good luck!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Butternut Squash Orzo Pasta #SundaySupper

Butternut Squash Orzo Pasta | by Life Tastes Good is an easy-to-make, delicious side dish full of all the healthy goodness that is butternut squash. It's also super versatile! #Fall #SundaySupper
Butternut Squash Orzo Pasta is an easy-to-make, delicious side dish full of all the healthy goodness that is butternut squash. It's also super versatile! A real winner!

Although, I am calling this a side dish, it easily converts to a satisfying main simply by adding your favorite protein. Or leave out the protein and enjoy this as a meatless meal. Your choice!

No matter how you serve this pasta dish, you can bet it will make a splash! With the wonderful combo of creamy butternut squash puree, fragrant sauteed garlic spinach, and the salty goodness of grated Parmesan Cheese, this pasta dish will make a great addition to any meal! Most especially the big one - your Thanksgiving Feast!

This Butternut Squash Orzo Pasta was inspired by my Orzo Pasta with Spinach and Parmesan. Hands down that recipe is the most popular on the blog, and it doesn't surprise me one bit! It is full of flavor, easy-to-make, and versatile too. I couldn't resist putting a new spin on it!