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After the holidays there always seems to be a reprieve from the eating, and resolution to undo the over indulgence of the season,  that is quickly undone when football playoffs come around. That end of the year “I will never eat like that again!”, is quickly washed away when bacon, cheddar, and soft baguette present themselves to you in the most wonderful combination imaginable.

I’m Megan Keno, of Country Cleaver, and I’m so pleased to be sharing with you this Cheddar Bacon Loaf here on Delish Dish today! There isn’t much that can’t be done with bacon added to the mix, and when the recipe for this Bacon Cheddar Loaf popped up on my screen, it was love at first sight. And it was impossibly easy to do!

I love this recipe, because it is highly adaptable to whatever tastes you have, or whatever bread strikes your fancy. You can opt for a traditional crusty baguette, or a sour dough boule would be utterly divine. I went for the first thing I saw at the store, one of the take-n-bake baguettes.

And if you’re feeling crazy, mix up the cheeses inside from the traditional cheddar, to a pepper jack!

To make this, slice the baguette (or whatever bread you are using) on the bias, cutting nearly through to the end. Stuff with the cheese and bacon mixture and bake until melted through. It doesn’t get better than that!

Just don’t forget the bacon.

Click here for the full recipe!

Gin cocktail recipe for New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to host friends and family for a festive party! Of course there will be plenty of champagne at midnight, but try serving a classic cocktail throughout the evening to keep the party going. Serving cocktails at a party doesn’t have to be headache either. When there’s a large group, having a pre-made or pre-assembled cocktail makes playing hostess so much easier. Also, on a evening where guests enjoy many drinks, it’s a good idea to serve something not too complicated. That, and offer plenty of appetizers and desserts! Personally, I love serving a classic cocktail that will appeal to many taste buds and blend with different foods. A Gibson is a variation of a martini, simply gin and vermouth. It requires only a few steps and ingredients so you can keep churning out glasses (or pitchers!) for party goers. Gin has a wonderful winter green flavor that pairs well with citrus fruits, fresh herbs and floral flavors.

Gin cocktail recipe for New Years Eve

For this version of the Gibson, I added just a splash of fresh lemon juice, 1/4 oz of elderflower liqueur and lemon peel garnish to the original recipe. You can also try an orange spice variation by adding orange peel and a cinnamon stick instead. This cocktail is bright, tart and delicious with cheeses and dips. I multiplied the recipe by four to fill up my cocktail shaker and serve multiple guests at once. This cocktail is a perfect way to greet everyone as they arrive for the party. Have a serving tray ready to go with fun festive glasses! I recommend chilling the glasses beforehand to keep the cocktail cool as they wait to be enjoyed.

Gin cockail recipe with lemon twist for New Years Eve

These recipes are more than just chips and cheese. Celebrate National Nacho Day with gourmet nacho recipes — complete with toppings like sweet potatoes, cheese steak, and marshmallow sauce. Take your pick!

Grilled to perfection. Pinch of Yum‘s Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos are filling enough to eat as a meal (despite the lack of meat). To make these as healthy as can be, skimp on the chips and load on the veggies!

Meat lovers’ dream. The Recipe Rebel‘s so-easy, super-filling BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos are the solution to your game-day meal woes.

Stacked with flavor. Chips. Meat and beans. Cheese. Repeat. These Loaded Nachos from The Pioneer Woman are made up of three layers of nacho-y goodness, then topped with veggies of your choosing.

Sandwich reinvented. Turn yesterday’s steak dinner into today’s lunch with this Philly Cheesesteak Nachos recipe from Life’s Ambrosia.

Ultimate mashup. Combine chicken and waffles with nacho cheese and bacon, and what do you get? These marvelously messy Chicken and Waffles Nachos from Real Food by Dad.

Must-have holiday app. Nachos as a fancy meal starter? We promise, Half Baked Harvest‘s three-cheese, delectable-ingredient Cranberry, Butternut and Brussels Sprout Brie Skillet Nachos will have you starting all your elaborate meals with chips and cheese.

Meat-free bite. Betsy Life takes veggie chips one step further with this vegetarian Zucchini Nachos recipe.

Fruit-chip treat. These super-sweet Caramel Apple Nachos from Butter with a Side of Bread are way easier to eat than the real thing.

Spiced up snack. Up the health factor of finger food by swapping mini bell peppers for chips in this Mini Bell Pepper Chicken Nachos recipe, courtesy of Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.

One glance at this cocktail transports me to a hot summer happy hour, sitting on a patio with friends and occasionally dipping my feet in the pool. It’s dreamy, right? Sipping on iced tea outside until fireflies (do you call them lightning bugs?!) appear and the sticky air starts to cool down?

Take me there! I want to go.

I’ve never been a huge iced tea fan, but occasionally a glass of ice-cold sweet tea in the summer hits the spot. I can also be swayed by anything with bourbon. Plus, this whole iced-tea-is-a-regular-beverage thing really helps with the fact that you can totally spike it a tiny bit and have it with lunch.

Oh yes oh yes. Who doesn’t love that?

My husband, on the other hand, absolutely LOVES tea. He prefers it unsweetened with lots of lemon, so we are always brewing up a big pitcher. Which means I always have lots of cold tea on hand.. and that means that it isn’t too difficult to add a few drops of something boozy. Especially with friends in the summer.

This tea isn’t just spiked with bourbon – it has layers or lemon juice and orange juice and lots of fresh mint. Mint is currently overtaking my potted garden and I’m not complaining. I have enough for mojitos, minty lemonade and now minty tea! I adore the refreshing kick it brings to food and drink.

When the weather starts to get warm, I tend to reach for a margarita or vodka sodas with lots of lime as my cocktails of choice. But this minty tea is a new favorite and one that I just can’t stop thinking about. Pop a big jug in the fridge and I swear you won’t regret it.

Here is the ORIGINAL RECIPE. I made a few modifications:

-I removed 1 cup of orange juice.

-I added 1/2 cup of bourbon with the water and juice.

-I used tons of mint leaves! I like it super minty.

I’ve never met a sangria that I didn’t like.

There is just something about the cocktail – whether it’s sweet or dry, loaded with berries or apples, kissed by brandy or juice – that makes it appropriate for all seasons. I think what I love most about it is how highly customizable it is. While sangria purists usually only consider a hearty red wine as their base… I am no purist.

I will experiment with any and all wines, fruit of all kinds, seasonal flavors (like apple cider! Blood orange! Pomegranate vanilla! Pineapple!) and I kind of sort of wish that it was acceptable to have a pitcher of sangria in the fridge at all times.

I mean, it has fruit? Fruit it a major food group? So sangria is a snack?

That fruit. Let’s talk about that fruit. The way it soaks up the wine like a sponge is just dreamy. Is there any better drink – you can sip and sip during happy hour and then finish off with a few bites too? I dig it.

Cucumbers may not quite soak up the flavor like an apple would, but they certainly do their job. They infuse every beverage they land in – think of dreamy, icy, minty spa water – so you get the most refreshing, crispy flavor when the slices are added to the sauvignon blanc. Combined with the watermelon balls and a bit of pressed juice, lots of limes and mint, this is the ideal summer drink to serve on a sweltering day.


I added in a cup or so of fresh watermelon juice. You can get this by pressing fresh watermelon through a fine mesh sieve or by blending watermelon chunks and straining the juice. Play around with how much you’d like to add based on your flavor preferences.

I added about 2 cups of watermelon balls (or chunks!) along with the cucumber.

I left out the honeydew melon.

I doubled the mint and limes. Enjoy!

The Superbowl is just around the corner, so I thought I share some game day food with this Philly cheese steak sandwich.

This is a straightforward recipe that’s easy to put together and always a crowd pleaser.

I didn’t make too many tweaks to the recipe, since I like my Philly cheese steak sandwich less fussy. The tweaks I did make were (1) I swapped out the beef rib eye steak for flank (2) I stirred in 3 tablespoons of cream cheese to the very end and melted it with the beef for some creaminess. (3) For the cheese I used a white cheddar, but of course any almost any cheese will work – so use what you prefer.

If you are making this for a crowd and need to stay ahead, you can make the filling (onions, pepper and beef) one day ahead and then gently reheat it in a skillet over medium-low heat for about 5-7 minutes. Finish the rest as the recipe directs and you are all set.



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