Thursday, October 30, 2014

Potato Leek and Bacon Soup

Potato Leek and Bacon Soup | by Life Tastes Good is like curling up under a warm blanket with someone you love. It is so comforting y'all! #Soup #ComfortFood
Potato Leek and Bacon Soup is like curling up under a warm blanket with someone you love. It is so comforting y'all!

Recently, I helped my mom with her grocery shopping, and she ended up kidnapping me for the whole day! We went to lunch at an Irish Pub all the locals frequent, and my mom naturally loves because she is Irish too.

I ordered the Potato Leek Soup with Bacon. It was so good, I just had to make it at home! It is well known the Irish love leeks! Except my mom. She didn't get that memo apparently. She did taste my soup that day, but wasn't interested when I offered to share my homemade version with her. Definitely her loss! This is some satisfying soup for sure!


This soup is not only satisfying and delicious, it is also easy to make using just a few ingredients. You can even make this up to reheat on busy nights when you need something fast, but be warned, it will disappear quickly!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Homemade Garlic Alfredo Sauce

Homemade Garlic Alfredo Sauce | by Life Tastes Good is easy to make and lick-your-plate clean kinda good! #Sauce #Homemade
Homemade Garlic Alfredo Sauce is a little bit dangerous, because once you make this at home you'll never be able to eat Alfredo any other way! NEVER! No jars! No restaurants! Just homemade!

This homemade version of Alfredo Sauce is lick-your-plate clean kinda good! You'll find yourself reaching for some bread to sop up every last drop!

Even better, it is super easy to make and only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish! You can't beat that!

This creamy, garlicky Alfredo sauce with a hint of thyme is delicious over noodles, but also great as a dip for bread. I have even used this as a base for pizza instead of red sauce and wow is it ever good! I haven't found anyone who doesn't love this sauce. Folks even request it when they are coming for dinner.

Add this to your sauce arsenal and you'll find yourself using it in a variety of ways!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Butternut Squash French Toast

Butternut Squash French Toast | by Life Tastes Good is a delicious and healthier twist on a classic breakfast dish! #Healthy #Breakfast #KidFriendly
Butternut Squash French Toast is a delicious and healthier twist on a classic breakfast dish!

French toast is surprisingly easy to make, and the butternut squash makes this a scrumptious way to get some healthy stuff into the kids! They'll never know this tasty breakfast is loaded with good-for-you stuff like folate, fiber, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C, just to name a few.

If you've never had butternut squash, it is similar to the beloved pumpkin, only better! The milder flavor and smoother texture of the butternut squash is much more appealing to me than that of the somewhat overrated pumpkin. 

Butternut squash is very versatile too. I have used it to make many different sweet and savory dishes such as Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Oatmeal Butternut Squash Cookies, cheesecake, orzo, and even Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe #PumpkinWeek

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes |by Life Tastes Good melt in your mouth! Loaded with homemade pumpkin puree, these pancakes are a delicious and nutritious way to start your day. #PumpkinWeek #Breakfast
Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes melt in your mouth! This might be my favorite breakfast ever! Loaded with homemade pumpkin puree, these pancakes are a delicious and nutritious way to start your day.

As if these aren't delicious enough, I added an easy-to-make Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter. The pancakes combined with the brown sugar cinnamon butter and pure maple syrup reminds me of a pumpkin cinnamon bun!

Even though this is quite the indulgence for breakfast, I love all the added health benefits the pumpkin puree brings to these pancakes. Pumpkin is chock full of good-for-you-stuff! The kids will love these pancakes because they are delicious, and moms get the satisfaction of knowing they are nutritious too! I love that!

Madison was a little jealous to hear we ate pumpkin pancakes without her, and she doesn't even like pancakes!! I'm planning to make these for our Thanksgiving breakfast, so it's all good! She'll get to enjoy them <smile>

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drunken Pumpkin Seeds #PumpkinWeek

Drunken Pumpkin Seeds | by Life Tastes Good are made with Jack Daniels Whiskey, bacon drippings, brown sugar and salt. This combo makes a sweet and salty treat you'll have a hard time putting down! #PumpkinWeek #Snack
Drunken Pumpkin Seeds for #PumpkinWeek are made with Jack Daniels Whiskey, bacon drippings, brown sugar and salt. This combo makes a sweet and salty treat you'll have a hard time putting down!

Pumpkin Seeds, or Pepitas as they are known in Spanish, are not just a tasty little chewy snack that keeps your mouth happy! Oh no, these little seeds pack a nutritional punch with loads of good-for-you stuff!

Pumpkin seeds have a wide variety of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and are high in protein too! These little seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, and as an added bonus, they taste great!

When carving those pumpkins for Halloween, be sure to save the seeds and roast them up. You can roast them simply by tossing them with a little butter and salt or you can get more elaborate like this Drunken Pumpkin Seed recipe. The flavor possibilities are endless!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe #PumpkinWeek

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe | by Life Tastes Good is so much better than the canned stuff!! Toss out the can and all the extra stuff that comes with it, and make fresh pumpkin puree for real pumpkin flavor! #PumpkinWeek #Puree
Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe is so much better than the canned stuff! With a little more effort than opening a can of pumpkin puree, you can have the fresh homemade taste of real pumpkin. I like that!

Pumpkin puree can be used in many different recipes from sweet to savory. Most often we use canned pumpkin puree for everything because it is so convenient, and I agree, it is super convenient. As with most convenience items you sacrifice the flavor for the ease of use, so, for the sake of flavor I recommend giving this homemade puree a try. It just takes a little extra time. I recommend using a smaller pie pumpkin as they are so much easier with which to work!

By making it yourself, you can feel confident you know what is in it! You are in control of the ingredients and you get the added bonus of being able to roast the pumpkin seeds for a tasty treat! I have a recipe coming up for Drunken Pumpkin Seeds you'll want to try for sure!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vanilla Poached Pears with Apricot Sauce #CleverlyPoached



Vanilla Poached Pears with Apricot Sauce | by Life Tastes Good is an impressive dessert that will have everyone in awe of your culinary skills! We'll keep it just between us how easy these really are <wink>. #CleverlyPoached #CleverGirls
Vanilla Poached Pears with Apricot Sauce is an impressive dessert that will have everyone in awe of your culinary skills! We'll keep it just between us how easy these really are <wink>.

It's Fall y'all! That means sweet juicy pears are in abundance!  There are over 3,000 pear varieties grown around the world, but only a handful are gown in the Northwest US. From the versatile Anjou to the beautiful Bosc, you can learn all about Pear varieties on usapears.com

Poached Pears make such an elegant dessert and can be done in a variety of ways. 

I used a simple vanilla flavored sugar water to poach these pears. Once the pears were tender, I set them aside and boiled down the poaching liquid. Then I added some apricot preserves to make a delicious sauce to serve with the pears. It is sweet and delicious! I like to serve this warm with some vanilla bean ice cream!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hamburger Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Hamburger Steak with Mushroom Gravy | by Life Tastes Good feeds 4 for about $12 total, and you'll have it on the table in under 30 minutes! #Main #ComfortFood
Hamburger Steak with Mushroom Gravy is an easy and economical dinner to make any night of the week! You can have this whole meal on the table in under 30 minutes!

This makes 4 servings, and even when you include the mashed taters and the spinach, we're talking under $4 per serving, y'all! You can't beat that!!

We really enjoyed this. Don especially. It reminded him of a local eatery that used to be in town years ago called Pop's Casbah. Pop's served good old down home comfort food. It was sooo good!

Don kept going on about how he felt like he was at Pop's just like back in the day, and you know what? He's right. This Hamburger Steak with the homemade mushroom gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach has all the makings of good ol' boy comfort food! It really hits the spot! The gravy is so fresh and flavorful, you'll be sopping it up with your taters! Or better yet, make some Homemade Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls to sop up every last drop!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Slow Cooked Apple Pie Oatmeal #SundaySupper

Slow Cooked Apple Pie Oatmeal | by Life Tastes Good is a comforting mix of apples, steel cut oats, milk, cinnamon, and a touch of brown sugar. #SundaySupper #SlowCooker
Slow Cooked Apple Pie Oatmeal is a comforting and delicious mix of apples, steel cut oats, milk, cinnamon, and a touch of brown sugar.

This oatmeal is cooked in the slow cooker overnight and ready to eat when you wake up to hungry mouths to feed. It is the perfect breakfast for busy mornings, but also great if you have a houseful of guests.

Don LOVES oatmeal y'all. Don is a retired firefighter, but when he was on-the-job he would eat a ginormous bowl of oatmeal with some fruit every morning he was on shift. Every morning y'all! Since he retired, he has tried to get me to wake up with him in the wee hours and make him oatmeal. Seriously?! I didn't go to the firehouse and make his oatmeal for him. He did it himself, so why is he all-of-a-sudden incapable of doing this? 

He claims it's because he doesn't have the time in the mornings when he's trying to get ready and out the door for work. Yes, he's retired, but he took another job. Gotta pay those college bills! 
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