Upgraded Salad #SaladLover

I love a pre made salad but they always seem to need a little something more. I like to find mixes that are good and add in extras that compliment the mix and make you want to eat the whole salad and look forward to eating it again.

This salad mix I found at Vons then I added chopped ripe avocado, seasoned croutons, a little bit of thousand island dressing and pistachios…I like to eat this on crackers like a multi grain or sourdough bread if I’m wanting something like avocado toast. But the salad alone is enough. This is super yummy!


Cholula Chicken Enchiladas #SundaySupper

Cholula Hot Sauce is my absolute favorite! I put it on everything! I used to have a bottle in my car just in case…man I need to replenish that supply. When it comes to keeping the soul warm I always think of hot sauce first. I love Cholula so much and it is also hot but not overwhelming, it is warm ūüėČ well I mean it is hot sauce so if you have too much your mouth will be on fire but oh it is such a lovely taste. I have to have it on my fish tacos, rolled tacos, anything Mexican. It also is awesome on breakfast burritos and mac n cheese. So it seemed like an obvious choice to make an Enchilada sauce out of it. Cholula did not even have a recipe for this…they will now, it came out amazing!! A new favorite and it was so easy. I should note that I do not like enchiladas with too much sauce, so this is a dryer version than your usual enchiladas.


1 Rotisserie chicken (because that’s how I roll)

Cholula Hot Sauce (1/8 cup)

Tortillas (corn or flour your preference, I like flour for enchiladas normally)

1 can diced Green Chiles

1/2 of an Onion, diced

1/2 green pepper, diced

1 ear of corn, well, the kernels cut from the cob anyway

1/8 cup California chili powder

1 8oz can of El Pato tomato sauce

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons of veggie oil

1 tablespoon flour

1 fresh garlic clove, minced

1/2 tablespoon of crushed carroway seed

1/2 tablespoon of crushed coriander

1/2 can of black beans

green onions

Shredded cheese of your choice (jack, mozzarella, and cheddar make a nice mixture)


No I don’t have man hands, thanks Hubster for being my assistant ūüôā I started by boiling water and cooking the ear of corn. Meanwhile, I preheated the oven to 325 and I pulled all the meat off the bones, shredding it into a large bowl. In a saucepan, I heated the oil, added the garlic and flour. After a minute, I added the chili powder and stirred. After another minute I added the tomato sauce, water, green chilies, and the Cholula.

The corn was finished, so I cut it from the cob. After stirring the sauce for a few minutes, I turned off the heat, and added the chicken, onion, green pepper, beans, and corn.

Next I filled up the tortillas…they actually turned out like pretty respectably sized burritos, and placed them in a glass dish. I sprinkled the cheese over them, tossed some green onions on top, and popped it in the oven for 10 minutes.

After the 10 minutes, I broiled on high for 3 minutes, making the cheese into a nice bubbly and slightly crispy topping.

Cool and serve. I topped with extra Cholula, you know, to taste ūüôā

This Week’s Warm you up Sunday Supper Recipes:

Main Entrees: 




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Grilled Idiazabal Cheese with Quince Paste, Pears, and Walnut Butter #SeriousSandwich

This sandwich sounded so good, I just knew I had to make it. Turns out though, I had to make a few substitutions. So, instead of Idiazabal cheese, I used Manchego. Instead of Quince Paste, I used Quince Preserves. Instead of Walnut Butter, I made Pecan Butter. I did use a Bosc pear, sliced so thinly you can see through it, and pumpernickel bread. Why all the substitutions? Hmmm, I guess it turns out I need to investigate some new specialty markets in my area. And I need to investigate my supplies better before I start something ūüôā
This sammy was very good. It was sweet, from the fruit. It was savory, from the bread and cheese. The nut butter gave it some richness.¬† No cayanne or chile or paprika, so this was the least spicy of all the sandwiches I’ve tried from Emeril’s book. Interesting though, because the flavor combo stood up well to the Ruination IPA I happened to be drinking (a beer that claims to be so hoppin’ tasty, it ruins your palate).

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Pumpernickel Bread #SeriousSandwich

This was so fun to make! My grandpa had a bread maker growing up so I kinda assumed any bread with the exception of banana and what not was made in a bread maker. So when I saw this recipe and that it was something I could actually do without one I definitely wanted to try it. Especially because we had bought the store bought stuff and it was a little dry so I was curious to see how my own would come out.

There were so many smells when making this recipe. First you smell the spicy herbs, then you get more of a sweet chocolate smell and then when you are making the dough it actually smelled a little like play dough to me. The homemade kind. I love smells…good ones that is. I smell my animals and my kids. I actually have my blankey that my grandma made me when I was a kid and I have always liked the smell so I keep it under my pillow and give it a sniff from time to time. Yes I have my blankey ūüôā I heard once some statistic about kids and their blankets and that actually and kid that takes his blankey to college with him/her will be more secure. LOL I actually didn’t go to college unfortunately but I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have taken mine there. It would not have smelled nice, I would have packed it away safe to make sure it was there when I got back.

But enough about my Blanket, how the heck did I go there…anyway, back to Emeril’s Pumpernickel Bread. To sum it up, yummy smells and homemade bread with Emeril’s recipe. Who can go wrong. If you likey the pumpernickel you’ll have to check out Emeril’s Book so you can make your own too. I’ll be posting another sandwich from the book shortly that goes great with this bread.

I am going to need to practice the bread more…mine came out a little crumbly still, I couldn’t find rye flour so maybe that is why. I’ll try again ūüėČ still tasted really good!

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Peanutbutter, Banana & Honey #SeriousSandwich

I don’t know if it is Emeril or Sandwiches but there is something about these sandwiches that is just so comforting. I can see how they can fit into my routine easily and become new regulars. My dad has always loved PB & Banana and the hubby and I’m hoping the kids will too. I will make the kids with sunflower seed butter because of nut allergies but it is almost like a dessert. The bananas I had weren’t super ripe so the honey was great for that. Sometimes you just can’t get the perfectly ripe banana when you want one. I like mine really ripe…starting to brown.

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This was definitely the easiest sandwich so far! I can’t wait to make it again for the family or for a kids play date. I’ll be so popular, wash it down with some milk and BAM! Banana Heaven.

I didn’t even have to time to plate it, I gobbled it up ūüôā

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The Monte Freaking Cristo #SeriousSandwich

This sandwich made me feel like a Rock Star!! If you are new to my blog, I have not been cooking long at all so there are a lot of things I have never done, even the basics! It has definitely been part of the challenge and fun of blogging, learning something new! I have come a long way since I started my blog and have been having so much fun along the way. I especially love this cook along! The #SeriousSandwich Bloggers have been so awesome and Emeril is amazing! Everything in this book looks so good and isn’t crazy complicated!

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One of my all time favorites sandwiches is the Monte Cristo! So for me to make one at home, build, bread, fry and serve, well it was freaking awesome! I was so happy to have this delicious meal at home. My husband and I used to go to one of our favorite local Irish places on Sunday’s and I would always get the Monte Cristo…I haven’t had one in years since we’ve moved!!! Now I can make them whenever I want, muaaaaahhhh. I actually want to throw a brunch just to show off my new frying skills. I’d have these ready to go and then fry them up fresh for my guests. Bloody Mary’s of course are optional ūüėČ

I have never made a Monte Cristo before and I have Emeril to thank for it ūüôā I will definitely be making these again!! ¬†Thank you Emeril for making me a Rock Star in my own Kitchen.

Emeril was so kind, we were all able to ask him some questions. I feel so honored to have him reading what I am writing and taking the time to answer some questions so we can all get to know him better. Thank you so much Emeril for taking the time to answer these!!! Made my day, shoot my month!!

Question #1

In your awesome new book, Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches, what is your favorite sandwich?

A: That‚Äôs a tough one. So many of them have special places in my heart. For instance, the Eggplant Muffulletta and the Roast Beef ‚ÄúDebris‚ÄĚ Po‚Äôboy both remind me of my earliest days in New Orleans. Then there‚Äôs the Columbia Street Grinder, which was inspired from my childhood days growing up in New England. And you know, I am a real salmon-lover, so the Pan Roasted Salmon with Shaved Fennel, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Lemony Ricotta Spread really speaks to me. And then there‚Äôs the Porchetta‚Ķ

Question #2

What was your very first job that was food related?

A: I worked in a Portuguese bakery in my home town of Fall River Massachusetts when I was still a young boy in school. It was a pivotal moment for me in terms of changing my direction in life.

Question #3

I would love to know what it is like to be at home with Emeril, what is a favorite Go-To, quick and easy meal…?

A: I am all about quick and easy when at home cooking for my wife and kids ‚Äď one of our favorite things to do at home is a quick fried rice. You can use what you find in the fridge, add bits of leftover roast meats, poultry, vegetables, etc., and you‚Äôve got a complete meal. My wife is a real seafood lover and so we often prepare very simply saut√©ed fish with quick pan sauces and simply steamed veggies. Of course my kids love pasta and so that shows up on the menu a lot as well.

Question #4

Where do you go for inspiration? For example, the Pork Rillette on Pumpernickel with watercress and fig vinaigrette…YUM!! How did you come up with that sandwich?

A: Well, you know, pork rillette is something that we have often in the restaurants and we use it as little amuse portions when folks sit down to look at the menu. It wasn’t much of a stretch to make a sandwich out of it since it is often served with mustard, pickles, and toast points. The fig vinaigrette, well, everyone knows that pork and fruit is a wonderful combination! Plus I just love figs.

Question #5

What does the refrigeration process do to let’s say the monte cristo or the chocolate wafers?

A: The monte cristo can be refrigerated before being battered and fried, but I really don’t think it’s a sandwich that would be very good reheated…most fried foods are best enjoyed just after being made. The chocolate wafer cookies really don’t need to be refrigerated. I have made them and kept them in paper pastry boxes for several days with no problem. The fudgy centers are fine at room temp, too.

And those were my questions! I didn’t know what else to ask. I feel a little silly about the #4 now…I didn’t know that, see Emeril has taught me so much ūüôā

I have two more questions to ask you Emeril. If you could meet and have a conversation anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

When did you first say BAM?! ūüėČ

Refrigerating my Cristos ūüôā This is seriously an awesome sandwich, you can prepare ahead of time and make fresh very quickly just warm up your oil.¬†And who doesn’t like cooking with beer, I highly suggest drinking one while you are making this, you deserve it, Rock Star! At first I was struggling with the tongs and the frying but by the end I had three or four sammies in there and was frying up a storm. I used my hands to bread the sandwiches and drop them in though it was just easier, I used the tongs to remove and also to make sure they were completely fried.¬†

And the finished product. Better then in a restaurant and super fresh. Yum, yum, yum!

Thanks Emeril and Morrow Cookbooks for an awesome experience so far. Only 3 more Sandwiches to make for me and the cook along will be over, a little sad to have our #SeriousSandwich blogging come to an ¬†end. But…I’ll definitely be cooking more Emeril food and especially going to try out his quick fried rice suggestion! BAM!

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It has been a pleasure blogging with you all!! ūüôā

The Rachel #SeriousSandwich

I am so excited for this Sandwich! It is so simple and Turkey is my favorite sandwich meat. I am learning so much from Emeril. I have heard of a Reuben but not of the Rachel, maybe just missed it all these years. But so happy to have found it. I made it with sourdough instead of Rye though because I’m allergic to it, meaning I don’t like it ūüėČ Such a tasty sandwich, especially for late night cravings. It includes a homemade jicama slaw that was super fresh and crisp! Really Kicked it up! Definitely a comfort food recipe, I curled up in bed an enjoyed it with the Hubby watching a movie. Add on your favorite brewskie and you are good to go.

Coming soon: The Monte Cristo and also a Grilled Veggie with Hummus Sammich. Yum!!! Order your copy of Kicked-Up Sandwiches from Emeril Lagasse released TODAY!! This book is so awesome. I basically want to make everything. Also pumpernickel bread coming soon.

And don’t forget about the most amazing mustard ever.¬†

Check out these awesome Blogs for more #SeriousSandwich posts

Cup of Creativi-Tea has her giveaway happening you can win a copy of Emeril’s book, click here¬†and also made the Teriyaki Glazed Pork Sliders, OMG I want!!

Mangoes and Chutney & Peanut Butter and Peppers both made the Banana, Peanut Butter & Honey. I need to make this one too, so simple and yet so perfect!

Family Foodie made the French Bread Pizza Sandwiches, they look amazing!

And one more, 30A Eats recently made the Columbia Street Grinder, Wowza!!

Okay okay one more, they are just too good not to share. My Royal Kitchen made the Breakfast Burger. Looks so good, wish I had one of these served to me in bed this morning. One can wish.


#SundaySupper Hot Dr. Pepper with Lemon #FamilyTradition #ComfortFood

I love this weeks theme for the #SundaySupper. Who doesn’t love comfort food! The first thing I thought of for this though is a beverage. This is always a surprising drink for our guests during the holidays or fall. And I am actually not sure which side of the family did it first, both sides make it. I have many memories of my dad making us Hot Dr. Pepper and also my grandma on my moms side. I never wanted mine with lemon when I was little but now it is an absolute MUST! We usually would serve this as an after dinner treat, when the fire was on and the kids were maybe playing or watching a movie. It seems like such a quiet time thing for me. I love the smell of the lemon with the sweet Dr. Pepper.

It is so easy, just pour a few cans into a pot on the stove and simmer until the carbonation has fizzled out .Then add a slice of lemon and serve.

If you like you can make it Irish by adding a shot of Whiskey. The Hubster being the Irishman he is of course was the one to discover this ūüėČ

This Week’s Sunday Supper Recipes:

#SundaySupper Comfort Food |Soups

#SundaySupper Comfort Food  | Main Dish

#SundaySupper Comfort Food | Desserts

Pairing Wine with Sunday Supper Comfort Food Favorites! by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog 

We would be honored to have you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper and have you share your favorite Comfort Food Recipes.  We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite Comfort Food Recipes. All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat. We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them


Curried Chicken Salad on Pumpernickel #SeriousSandwich

This is such a beautiful sandwich! I love what Emeril created! It was pretty easy to make and would be an impressive sandwich at a shower or to bring to a party. It is just so pretty. I cut them into smaller pieces and added a simple salad: spinach, currants and pear/champagne vinaigrette with gorgonzola from where else? Trader Joe’s of course. Then served it with a glass of champagne. Also I absolutely love currants, they are my favorite salad topper.

Click here for the recipe on Emeril’s Site.

Order your copy of Emeril’s new book Kicked-Up Sandwiches by clicking here. It is amazing! There are so many awesome recipes!! And don’t forget to order his amazing Horseradish Mustard! Also at the bottom of the page there are a few links to some other #SeriousSandwich posts that you won’t want to miss!

Mario Cooks made the Chili Dog

Between the Slices made the Rachel Sandwich

Cup of Creativi-Tea made the Grilled Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich

Mangoes and Chutney made the Portobello with Ricotta, Arugula and Truffle Oil on Brioche

Firehouse Chef Dewey made the Egg Salad Sandwich

And there are so many more, we are all posting about this cookbook, check out all these awesome blogs that are participating!


#SundaySupper Orange Chicken #Dinner

This is soooo good!! I have always loved orange chicken, back from the panda express days. But sorry PE, my husband got Kung Pao Chicken there once, and happened to get food poisoning. So…we no longer go to Panda Express. But I still want an orange chicken from time to time. This is such a tasty recipe! I had to get a little help from the Hubster on the frying because I haven’t done it before. We also used a large pot instead of a pan, just keeps the grease in better I think from spraying. We have kiddos that never stay out of the kitchen plus I am totally inexperienced and tend to hurt myself easily too. I found this recipe on No Recipes. I am still a little confused about the title but whatever.

Orange Chicken

serves 3-4

for chicken
1 pound chicken thighs, cut into strips
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sake
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 cup potato starch
oil for frying

for orange sauce
2/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup marmalade
2 teaspoons potato starch (halve if using cornstarch)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Put the chicken in a bowl with the soy sauce, sake and ginger and marinate for at least 15 minutes. When the chicken is done marinating, lightly dust each piece with potato starch.

Heat a pot with at least 1/2″ of oil in it over medium heat until hot. In a separate pan, add the orange juice, marmalade, 2 teaspoons of potato starch and the salt and whisk to combine.

Fry the chicken until golden brown and transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. When the chicken is done frying, heat the orange sauce over medium high heat, stirring constantly to prevent clumping until the sauce is thick and bubbly. Add the fried chicken into the orange sauce and toss to coat.

I love that this recipe calls for Sake, it is a perfect excuse to pour a glass for the Hubby who really enjoys it. ūüôā

Our amazing Host this week is The Meltaways. Thanks so much for putting our #SundaySupper List Together ūüôā

Autumn is a magical season.

The nights get cooler and longer, the leaves burst into brilliant colors.

Festivals and fairs, pumpkin patches and trick or treating.

And the food! How can we not talk about the food? Pumpkins, sweet potatoes and yams, butternut squash, not to mention the sweet teases from the upcoming citrus season.

With all of these glorious foods of fall, I am thrilled to be hosting an All Things Orange #SundaySupper on October 7th. It seems so specific, but the possibilities are darn near endless….savory, sweet, baked goods to breakfast dishes, if the main ingredient is that magical fall color, it will fit in perfectly!

The #SundaySupper family is using the spirit of the season to inspire you and will be sharing some fabulous dishes at the #SundaySupper table this week, and we do hope that you’ll join us!

Just look at all of the fabulous dishes being offered up this week:

Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)

Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes is bringing her Orange Ricotta Pancakes

Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze

Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs

Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing  Classic Orange Marmalade

Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts

Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal

Jamie from Mama Mommy Mom is bringing Butternut Squash Butter

Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing

Kris from In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maureen made Sweet Potato Pancakes 


High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)

Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup

Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup

Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries and Pecans

Megan from I Run For Wine is making Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Soup

Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup

Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad

Susan from¬†The Wimpy Vegetarian¬†is making¬†Cider ‚Äď Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup

Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup

Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup

Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad


Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)

Sarah from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is offering up some Pumpkin Ravioli

Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey

Pam from The Meltaways is making Spooky Stuffed Peppers

Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle

Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters

Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds

Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew

Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken

Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce

Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar

Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites  is bringing Rice and Fig Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

Valerie from Val’s Food and Or Art made Double Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash


By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)

Brie from Brie’s Bites is making Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites

Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce

Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles

Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa

Anne from Webicurean  is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread

Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Leslie La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole

Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls

Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise

Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze

Conni from Mrs. Mama Hen is making Orange Glazed Poundcake

Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread

Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake

Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip

Laura from Family Spice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread

Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies

Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies

Angie from Big Bear’s Wife  is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze

Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries

In case you lost count, that is fifty nine delectable dishes! I don’t know about you, but my mouth is already watering!

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper.

We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fall color.

All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.

Come hungry!