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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes w/Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting // Tried and TastyHappy Halloween! We are nearing the end of pumpkin season and I couldn’t let this time of year go by without posting this recipe. In fact, I’ve been hanging on to this recipe since last fall! I had made my Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting for a friend, and one bite in she fell in love. So much so that she made it right after at least two or three times in a row. After making it a few times, she decided to make a pumpkin version and brought me some to sample. It was out of this world good. I’ve been wanting to make it ever since but never got around to it.

It feels strange posting a recipe with white sugar and white flour (because I hardly ever cook with either anymore), but I had a work potluck yesterday and knew that I wanted to make and share my friends yummy recipe. At the last minute I realized that cupcakes are much easier to feed a crowd (and less messy than cake) so instead of a bundt cake I made cupcakes. The result? Pure deliciousness! Oh, and the frosting is killer!!! I’ll be posting that recipe first thing tomorrow, so come back for that!

October 29, 2014 4 comments

Hearty Turkey Chili // Tried and TastyIf you can’t tell, I’ve got a thing for soups and stews. When the weather starts cooling down, I break out my warm weather soup recipes (and usually my slow cooker too!). On of our favorite recipes is my Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili. It’s divine! We had family over the other night and I thought I’d switch it up a bit and throw in some meat. I also realized that I was out of a few ingredients and needed to improvise. The result? This wonderfully delicious Hearty Turkey Chili!

My slow cooker (or crock pot) has been working in overdrive the past few weeks and I’ve been loving every minute. It’s so nice to have the extra time to worry about everything else there is to worry about, while letting the slow cooker do all of the work. Not to mention making your house smell amazing for hours on end. Although this recipe is stove-top, it can easily be made in to a crock pot meal with the use of dry beans, that are also better for you anyway! I know everyone has a great chili recipe, but this one truly is one that you should make!

Copycat Cafe Rio Tortilla Soup // Tried and TastyTo go along with my Cafe Rio kick this past week and I was eager to try their Tortilla Soup. Because we had the Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken, Copycat Cafe Rio Guacamole and Pico De Gallo already (for a dinner party I threw) it was a cinch to make! Have you ever had Cafe Rio’s Tortilla Soup? It’s AMAZING! So flavorful and so delicious. It was an all out Mexican feast including my Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork, Copycat Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice (that we made in to salads) and topped with Copycat Cafe Rio Tomatillo Dressing! I wish I could have invited you all because it was so tasty I thought for sure I was at the restaurant.

I know I’ve said it before, but there is something about making your restaurant favorites right at home. I love that you can control the ingredients and you know exactly what you’re eating. The beauty of the copycat recipes that I have (they can all be found here) is that they all taste exactly like the least I think so! For the locals, I’ll be teaching a class at the Pinners Conference on ‘Copycat Favorites’. If you’re free Friday November 7th @ 1:30 come to my class and taste all of the yummy recipes from your favorite restaurants that you can make right at home! Register here & use the code ‘triedandtasty’ for $5 off! Not only would it be great to grub together, I’d love to meet you!

Copycat Cafe Rio Guacamole // Tried and TastyI’m a huge guacamole fan. Like major. There’s just something about some fresh homemade guac that I can’t get enough of. I’ve been on a Cafe Rio kick this past week and I figured I go all out. I threw a little dinner party with the whole shebang. We had the Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken & Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork with Copycat Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice – made them in to salads and topped them with Copycat Cafe Rio Tomatillo Dressing! The cherry on top? Copycat Cafe Rio Guacamole! Since we had the Pico De Gallo already it was a cinch to make!

You don’t need to go crazy in the kitchen like I did to enjoy this tasty dip. I’d recommend this version of guacamole any day. In our house, chips and guacamole are just as popular as chips and salsa. But answer me this, why is it that when you buy avocados either none of them are ripe and ready when you want them, or all of them are ripe and ready at the same time and you can’t use them fast enough? We typically buy ours from Costco and always run in to that problem. It’s comical. When we’ve got too many ready, we make guac!

October 23, 2014 4 comments

Pico de Gallo // Tried and TastyWhen I’m asked what my favorite food is it’s hard for me to narrow down. Mostly because I just love all food and I’m not picky, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. With that said, Mexican food is a pretty strong contender for being a favorite for sure. This past week has been an all out fiesta around our house and I’ve got a couple of recipes I’m excited to share with you soon! Pico De Gallo is one of those under-utilized condiments. Salsa gets all the fame and glory, but what about pico?

I know it’s no longer summer, so this Pico De Gallo recipe may seem like it’s coming out of left field, but trust me, you’ll want this recipe for my next post I’ve got up my sleeve! Whenever I go to Cafe Rio I always order the sweet pork salad with extra Pico De Gallo. Pico De Gallo is a fantastic condiment that can be served with any of your favorite Mexican dishes. Great as a topping on tacos, enchiladas, or salads. Perfect served with chips! Any way you dice it, this flavorful combo will add just what you need to your meal! And with less than five ingredients, you can throw this together in a jiffy anytime.

Caramel Apple French Toast // Tried and TastyWhen the hubs created the Caramel Apple Oatmeal [on accident nearly] we couldn’t get enough of it. Because the ‘caramel apple’ is so delicious {seriously, if you haven’t checked it out – you have got to make it!} I wanted to incorporate it in another breakfast dish. That’s when this Caramel Apple French Toast was born. The caramel is slightly different from the other recipe, but just as amazing. I absolutely love the fact that there are no refined sugars or corn syrups involved in any way of this recipe. I know what you’re thinking. No sugar. No good. Well you’re wrong – one bite in and you’ll be swooning for another bite.

French toast is one of my favorite things to have for breakfast. My 5-Ingredient Lemon French Toast Recipe is one a goodie but quickly took a backseat to this Caramel Apple French Toast was created. I know how much I rave about my love for Summer, but I’m quickly comforted with a few of my favorite things during this time of year. One of which is APPLES! In fact, we recently picked over 160 lbs. of home-grown pesticide free organic apples from some trees of very generous friends of ours. We LOVE making homemade 100% pure apple juice (and usually make enough to last us a year until picking season comes around again). This time last year I was making all things apple… this year, all that’s on the agenda (as far as canning goes) is juice. Believe you me, I’ll be saving a good chunk of apples for this breakfast – it’s a keeper!

Six Sisters' Stuff Brunch Enchiladas // Tried and TastyEver heard of Six Sisters’ Stuff? Well if you haven’t, you’ve been living under a rock. They are pretty much some of the coolest chicks in blogland. I have been blessed over the past few years with their kindness, friendship, and great recipes! They’ve just released their third cookbook 12 Days of Christmas With Six Sisters’ Stuff and I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy! As a foodie, there’s nothing that compares to thumbing through a brand new cookbook.

It’s hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner. With the release of the Sisters’ 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters’ Stuff you’ll be equipped with “144 Ideas For Traditions, Homemade Gifts, Recipes, and More”. I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for fresh and new ideas of treats, activities, and neighbor goodies. This new cookbook is chuck full of so many wonderful ideas! Lots of great things for those with a sweet tooth..I mean, with a name like ‘Frosted Toffee Cookies’, you know they’ve gotta be good! 

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