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Everyone loves a good BLT. Nothing quite tops the combination of a fresh tomato, crispy bacon, and chilled lettuce between two warm pieces of bread. Thanks to the creative minds of some of our favorite food bloggers, we’ve found some alternative ways to make a BLT.

Lil’ Luna‘s melty, creamy BLT Dip recipe is one to bookmark. The recipe is so yummy yet simple — start with a dip made of sour cream, cream cheese, and melted colby jack and top off with crispy bacon crumbles, diced tomatoes, and lettuce. Use your favorite cracker or chip as a dipper!

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Macaroni salad is always a crowd-pleaser. BLT Macaroni Salad, however, goes beyond basic  macaroni salad and is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. After all, everything is better with bacon, right? Food blogger Amy of She Wears Many Hats nails this BBQ-ready recipe.

The BLT Pizza from Perpetually Hungry was inspired by a meal that blogger Taylor had at California Pizza Kitchen years ago. Use a premade pizza dough and this so-good supper can be made in just 30 minutes.

Imagine: A Creamy BLT Soup to warm you up on a chilly winter day. Cinnamon-Spice and Everything Nice has made that possible — Reeni creates an even more comforting take on the classic sandwich. Toast a few slices of cubed French or Italian bread and sprinkle over the top along with bacon crumbles, lettuce, tomato, and a sour cream/mayonnaise drizzle.

In my opinion, bruschetta is one of the classiest yet most welcoming appetizers out there. As The Life Jolie says, everything tastes better on top of bread, right? Jolie repurposed traditional bruschetta with her BLT Bruschetta, made with savory bacon, sweet tomatoes, onion, and parsley for flavor, perched on top of a toasted baguette slice.

These Mini BLT Cups from The Endless Meal are truly bite-sized. Grape tomatoes (cherry tomatoes work, too) are filled with a chipotle aioli and garnished with arugula and bacon. Talk about bursts of flavor!


Hello from Switzerland! My name is Thanh and I am the author and photographer of the blog, Eat, Little Bird. The recipes I love to cook are inspired by my Vietnamese heritage, my childhood in Australia, my husband’s French background, and our love for our new homeland in Switzerland.

Every winter, we like to make the most of the snowy European winter and spend as much time as possible in the Swiss Alps. After a long day on the slopes (or even just a few hours!), I always look forward to the classic après-ski dishes like Goulash Soup, Schnitzel with Warm Potato Salad, and this Swiss Macaroni & Cheese.

When BHG asked me to adapt one of their recipes, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce a Swiss adaptation to an American classic – macaroni and cheese.

Similar to a traditional American-style macaroni and cheese, the Swiss version (called Älplermagronen) is punchy with strong Gruyère cheese and is often garnished with fried onions and lots of crispy bacon. Some versions even include diced boiled potatoes for extra carbohydrate fuel. But what makes the Swiss version unique is that it is always served with a small bowl of warmed applesauce (or apple compote) on the side.

The recipe I have adapted from BHG is a simple Macaroni and Cheese which uses a classic white sauce with cheese. In place of American cheese, I used instead Swiss Gruyère cheese which is a bit stronger and saltier in taste. I also love the crunch and sweetness of fried onions which are easily made by slicing brown onions and frying them in hot vegetable oil over medium-high heat until they are golden and crispy. Meat lovers would also appreciate a generous sprinkle of hot, crispy bacon.

Making your own applesauce (or apple compote or purée) is also very easy. Simply peel, core and dice four eating apples (such as Braeburn or Pink Lady), and place them in a large saucepan with 1/4 cup of water. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the apples have cooked and softened. You should be able to beat them into a purée with a wooden spoon. Add some more water if the purée looks too thick, and taste to check if you need to add any sugar. If you like your applesauce to be really smooth, you can blitz it in a blender or use a soup blender.

The Swiss tend to serve the applesauce in a small bowl on the side, which can be either eaten together with the macaroni and cheese, or afterwards as a light dessert.

I hope you will enjoy this Swiss Macaroni and Cheese!


Superfood matcha is a powdered green tea known help your metabolism, memory, concentration, and overall health. Try one of these recipes to get your fill of the many health benefits that matcha tea has to offer.

Matcha cookies are something you didn’t know you needed in your life. Yammie’s Noshery pieced together a traditional sugar cookie recipe with matcha powder to make Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies. These cookies are soft, chewy, and filled with antioxidants — thanks, matcha!

Waffles? Healthy? You’re kidding, right? Plating Pixels dedicates their food blog to creating comforting recipes while maintaining a healthy state of mind. Matcha Green Tea Waffles do just that — you’ll never want a toaster waffle again!

Jo Cooks creates a mouthful of a bite-sized dessert: Matcha Mini Cheesecakes with White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. These green bites sit atop an Oreo crust and are topped with a chocolate-drizzled strawberry. The flavors of the tea and cream cheese work in perfect harmony to build this tasty cheesecake treat.

Calista of Good Morning Cali translated her affection for matcha tea (she dubs it “powdered gold”) into Matcha Green Tea Truffles. These globules are filled with white chocolate and guaranteed to provide the benefits of matcha tea, which makes us feel a little less guilty about eating five at a time.

The key to enjoying the benefits of matcha is to play around with it and see how you like it best. Celebrating Sweets found the way she liked it best by making her own Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte. Allison recommends mixing this satisfying drink with a blender to get rid of lumps and bumps.

Switch up plain old banana bread with a matcha-laced version. Fearless Dining‘s Gluten Free Matcha Green Tea Banana Bread will satisfy your sweet tooth at breakfast while also giving you your morning caffeine fix. Add chocolate chips to the batter for extra sweetness.

Larice of Feeding Your Beauty is on a mission to finding beauty from the inside out, starting with the food that goes into your body. She used a couple unique ingredients to create a healthy, Creamy Matcha Green Tea Popsicle: matcha, coconut cream, cashews, dates, and vanilla extract. You can also add vodka, which helps reduce ice crystals when frozen.

 


Hi! My name is Ronda Eagle, and I am the recipe developer, photographer, and blogger over on my website KitchenDreaming.com. Kitchen Dreaming is my food blog where I show you how to take the foods you crave, and make them quicker & easier to prepare but still bursting with flavor! I love cooking and creating new recipes, and I’m thrilled to be able to share that passion with you! I hope to see you again soon over in my kitchen!


Truth be told, I’ve been cooking since a very early age, and it’s something that comes very naturally to me and is something that I enjoy. However, being a busy mom means a very hectic schedule and all the stress that comes along with it. That said, I need recipes that are quick and easy to prepare but don’t come from processed ingredients — that is something that’s vital to me. I think most people these days share that same challenge. How do I get a meal on the table that’s not only quick but healthy and flavorful, too?

When choosing a recipe to recreate for this post, I knew I wanted to make something fun and festive for the upcoming holidays, and that would pair well with our main course. Naturally, the recipe for Cranberry Sauce with Lime and Ginger jumped out at me. I then adapted it for the slow cooker. I know you may say cranberry sauce is already pretty simple to make on the stovetop, but making it in my slow cooker allows me to go about and do other things. Let’s face it; when I’m already preparing a full holiday dinner, I am always looking for ways to free myself from the stove. This dish is one less thing I have to cater to during the rush of the holidays, and I’m good with that.

 

The only other adaptation I made to the original recipe was using raw honey instead of maple syrup. I did this because we are preparing a North African spiced prime rib this year and the flavors would meld beautifully with our main course. If you’re looking for a simple yet flavorful cranberry sauce to accompany your main meal, give this Cranberry Sauce with Lime and Ginger a try — you will not be disappointed by its bright flavors.

 

 

 

To prepare it in the slow cooker: Add all the ingredients into the slow cooker and stir to combine. Place the lid on the slow cooker and allow it to work its magic! If you choose, you can cook it quickly on high heat, which takes about 3 hours. However, if you prefer the low and slow method, cover and cook for about 8 hours. Once the cranberries have popped (a sure sign they are ready), simply use your spoon to mash up the cranberries to your desired consistency. The sauce will thicken considerably as it cools.


Hello! My name is Anna and I am the creator of Crunchy Creamy Sweet, a blog with easy and delicious recipes for busy parents. My site is a collection of new and traditional recipes, all of them family-approved. My goal is to inspire families to cook and bake together, enjoy the meals and create memories. What better time than the holidays!

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I couldn’t be more excited to guest post on Better Homes and Gardens’ Delish Dish blog. I still have and treasure my plaid BHG New Cookbook Bridal Edition — it taught me so much about cooking and baking right after my hubby and I got married. It may have loose pages now and scribbles here and there but it is a pearl in my cookbook collection. I have so many recipes from BHG that I love and choosing just one to feature today was not an easy task.

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Since the holiday season is in full swing, our Christmas tree and fireplace mantel are both decorated, sparkly and gorgeous, and I have cookies on my mind. Biscotti just happens to be one of my favorite holiday cookies and I only make them at this time of year. They are perfect to dip in a tall mug of an afternoon latte or a steaming mug of hot chocolate. They are also one of my favorite cookies to gift to family and friends.

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Since I already love BHG’s Gone Bananas Biscotti, I decided to jazz it up holiday style! I swapped the nuts for dried cranberries and dipped the baked cookies in white chocolate. This flavor combo is one of my favorites when it comes to baked treats.  Simply perfect!

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I love this biscotti for so many reasons but most of all because my kiddos can help me make them — my oldest daughter loves to help with shaping the logs of dough. After the cookies are baked and cooled, my youngest daughter and my son dip them in chocolate. They enjoy them with hot cocoa while watching their favorite holiday movies and my hubby and I have plenty for our morning coffee for days.

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I hope I inspired you to whip up a batch of these beauties and enjoy with your family and friends!


‘Tis the season of gingerbread, apple, peppermint, and pumpkin. While Trader Joe’s never fails us with their seasonal treats every year, try making your favorites in the kitchen this holiday season with our favorite copycat recipes.

Looking for a unique treat to bring to a cookie exchange party this season? Craftberry Bush‘s Lucy makes her own version of one of Trader Joes’ most popular holiday treats – Gingerbread Cookie Sticks. Not only are these cookie sticks crispy and yummy, but Lucy sprinkles them in powdered sugar, wraps in parchment paper and ties off with twine for a pretty finish.

Oh So Delicioso recreated the Dark Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Joe-Joe’s into her “Ho-Ho’s” version, sandwiching creamy peppermint frosting between homemade chocolate wafers. Tip: For easy frosting piping, cut the corner of a Ziploc baggie and fill with the peppermint frosting. Roll the sides of the finished cookies in crushed candy canes for more crunch.

Every year around Thanksgiving, Trader Joe’s releases their ever-so-delicious Pumpkin Butter. Food blogger Samantha of Pancake Warriors claims her Maple Pumpkin Butter is like eating a pumpkin pie out of a jar with a spoon. Mix it into oatmeal, spread over an English muffin, or top over warm pancakes for a yummy holiday breakfast.

Peanut brittle is a necessity at any holiday function during the season. While Trader Joes’ good ‘ole packaged peanut brittle never lets us down, there’s just something about making Homemade Peanut Brittle that feels right — it fills our kitchens with sweet peanut aroma and we can festively gift it to share with friends and family. Nikki of Chef in Training‘s recipe makes a huge batch for more to enjoy!

Cooking Classy mimics TJ’s Chewy Egg Nog Cookies with her homemade Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies. These refreshment-inspired goodies are soft and generously coated with an eggnog frosting and sprinkled with nutmeg. Make sure you sneak a couple for yourself before they’re all gone!

Alright, enough sweets (for now). Every year, Trader Joe’s provides pre-made cheese trays, which are handy and convenient — but you can let your creativity shine by making your own cheese tray. Not sure where to start? Honest Cooking, a so-called charcuterie expert, gives us tips on perfecting a holiday cheese tray, covering everything from ingredients to pairings to presentation.

If there’s one thing that Trader Joe’s is known for, it’s their wide selection of unique beer, wine (three-buck Chuck, anyone?) and spirits. Their collection of spiced ciders is also plentiful, whether you’re looking for a juice or a cider beer. Nicole from The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie creates a Mulled Apple Cider that sets up camp in your slow cooker all day. Results include a swoon-worthy cider and a marvelously delicious-smelling house. To make this cider more “adult-friendly”, add brandy or dark rum to your cup.

Ah, gingerbread, we meet again. This time, we’re talkin’ cake. Trader Joe’s sells a boxed Gingerbread Cake & Baking Mix if you’re in a hurry, but Great Grub, Delicious Treats gives us the gift of a homemade gingerbread cake with a molasses cream frosting — how can that be beat? The gingerbread and molasses flavors complement each other well and will get you in the holiday spirit.


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