Turkey Stroganoff- a rich and creamy mushroom meat sauce that’s lightened up by using ground turkey and served on top of egg noodles. November 29, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Have I ever told you about the taste tests we used to do at work? Ahhh…the good ol’ days when it wasn’t frightening to touch something that someone else had also touched. Anyways, we use to do these “sensory tests” back in the days when we went into the office. Sometimes, it would be a taste test. Sometimes, we’d sit in a room with red light to see if we could tell which 2 of 4 items were the same. Sometimes, it would be a test that measured the squeezability of a bottle. They were so fun! There would be
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce- Skip the canned sauce version of this Thanksgiving favorite with my recipe for a citrus free simple cranberry sauce that comes together with only 3 main ingredients. November 25, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe I have never liked cranberry sauce. My mom LOVES it. But, she only like the gelatinous kind that keeps the shape of the can when you pop it onto the plate. Gross...and that would be why I don't like it. I'm starting a movement to ditch the canned cranberry sauce, and that starts with today's recipe. Today, we're making Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce! Though I've never liked it; on a whim, I tried fresh cranberry sauce for the first time ever l
Quick Herb Turkey Gravy- This quick gravy uses a few shortcuts to prove we don't need to roast a whole turkey just to have a flavorful gravy. And, it comes together in less than 10 minutes! November 24, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Are you one of those people that douses your Thanksgiving plate with gravy? Or, do you delicately and thoughtfully drizzle your gravy over a few select items? Knowing what you know about me and my “food no touchy” rule, I'm sure you can guess which category I fall in. But, no matter what side of the scale you're on, we can all appreciate a good homemade gravy. So today, we're making Quick Herb Turkey Gravy! I wouldn't say that gravy is my favorite t
The BEST Mashed Potatoes- Rich and creamy yukon gold potatoes plus a hint of garlic, lots of butter, and sour cream truly make the BEST mashed potatoes! November 23, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe The BEST. That's a big claim. And, that's the claim that I'm making today. Because, today's side dish is one of my favorites of all time whether it's Thanksgiving or not. Today, we're making The BEST Mashed Potatoes! There are a few recipes that I could make in my sleep, and this is one of them. I've never thought to share it here before, because I thought it was a little too simple. But that's the thing, isn't it? The simplest recipes are usually the most amazing. And in my personal o
Sausage and Hawaiian Bread Stuffing- Sweet Hawaiian bread, savory sausage, and fresh herbs come together to make the ultimate Thanksgiving side dish. November 22, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Well, folks. We're 5 days out from Thanksgiving. And honestly, it kind of snuck up on me. And double honestly, I'm not really that excited about it at all. Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday. That may be surprising since food is one of the most important things in my life. But, I don't get to cook on Thanksgiving, and that's got to be the whole fun of Thanksgiving, right? This holiday (and really all holidays) is going to look A LOT different for everyone this year, so I thou
Salmon Nicoise Salad- my take on a traditional French salad that includes roasted salmon, baby potatoes, and fresh green beans topped with a sweet mustard dressing. November 18, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Food is touching on my plate today. And, that's kind of a big deal for me. But I promise you, I'm ok. This is not one of those situations where I'm sending everyone a hidden message in this post to tell you that you need to come and rescue me. I actually made my food touch on purpose! I'm sure we've talked about this before, but I'm a “needs a kiddie plate with dividers at Thanksgiving” kind of gal. I've spent many hours in my life perfectly crafting full plates of food so
Hummus Toast 4 Ways- switch up your breakfast routine with 4 varieties of toast topped with creamy homemade hummus. Flavors include Cucumber Salad Toast, Spicy Avocado Toast, Caprese Toast, and Egg Toast. November 16, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Carbs on carbs. Once upon a time, that was the ultimate “no no” for me. In my 21 Day Fix days, carbs were not my friend. Who am I kidding, they're still not. But, we're living through a pandemic people, and there are no rules anymore. So carbs on carbs has basically become my only way of life. My scale would agree... But here's the thing, where I may have increased the carbs in my diet, I've drastically decreased the meat in my diet.
Chorizo Gravy and Biscuits- taking the concept of traditional sausage gravy and biscuits to the next level by swapping out breakfast sausage for rich and flavorful chorizo. November 14, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Well, we survived Friday the 13th! At least, I think we did. And, that calls for a celebratory Saturday brunch if you ask me! Have you guys seen the meme floating around talking about how COVID started in March when we had Friday the 13th, daylight savings time changes, and a full moon all on the same day? So, the meme suggested that on Halloween when we changed the clocks back and had another full moon, maybe the world would be restored to factory settings. Well wi
Pittsburgh Salad- Native to the steel city, this simple salad is topped with steak, french fries, and homemade ranch dressing. November 10, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Isn't it funny how certain foods seem to “belong” to certain cities or regions? For example, Maryland has crab cakes. Canada has poutine. And, Pittsburgh has today's salad. Truth be told, I don't know a ton about Pittsburgh. I know that I've been born and bred to hate their football team. I've spent a few New Year's Eves there over the years, but I've never stayed much longer than to hit the party I was going to and maybe grab some brunch the next day. And, I know to get there, we have to go west. But, that's a
Chesapeake Chocolate Popcorn- Salty sweet takes on a new meaning with this kettle popcorn coated in Old Bay seasoned milk chocolate. November 9, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Chesapeake. You guys know what it means when I call something Chesapeake. Chesapeake = Old Bay. My love of Old Bay runs deep. But honestly, I'm not the kind of person that puts Old Bay on everything. Now you might not believe that, because I put Old Bay on a lot of foods that you wouldn't necessarily expect to have Old Bay. But, my love for Old Bay is more about the uniqueness of it and about the fun a surprising ways that you can use and completely change it's flavor profile. That's why you see it here so
French Onion Soup Quiche- Eggs and cream are transformed into a creamy quiche loaded with cheese and the traditional flavors of a fan favorite soup! November 6, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe It's been a hot minute since we've had breakfast or brunch here on The Yummy Muffin. How did we let that happen? Well, that ends now. And since we all know that I live for breakfast for dinner, today's recipe technically qualifies as dinner too. And, let's not forget about lunch. Let's have it for lunch too! In fact, today's recipe is so darn delicious, having it for every meal is still not going to be enough. We need it for every meal, for every snack, for every nibble...we need today's re
Double Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes- A full meal of rotisserie chicken and broccoli stuffed into a twice baked potato and topped with a luxurious cheddar cheese sauce. November 4, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Is it summer yet? For real though...I've had enough of this doom and gloom and cold already. I'm ready to move on to something else. K? K... I know, I know. It's only been cold weather season for like 5 mins. But, I am already OVER IT. And bonus, I made it to my Nov 1 goal without turning on the heat! But, the moment I turned it on, I had an issue with the furnace and had to call a repair man. Ugh... My A/C unit doesn't do this to me! I know I need to just
Gnocchi Marsala- pillowy gnocchi coated in a creamy marsala wine sauce makes for the most delicious Meatless Monday comfort food. November 2, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe There are some recipes that I make on repeat. Today's recipe is one of them. About midway through quarantine, I was craving chicken marsala soooooooo bad. Chicken marsala is one of those “special” meals for me. It's never been something that I make on the regular; but every time I make it, I remember how much I love it. So, I made it. I loved it. But, that wasn't the end of it for me. The craving wasn't gone. It was only intensified. I found myself wanting all things marsala at all times. The thing about chic
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