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Get a taste of savory ground turkey & bacon sauteed with nutritious swiss chard in a flavorful blend of seasonings served on cheesy, pan-fried polenta. 0

Southwest Turkey & Bacon Polenta {Ninja Cooking System}

Have I mentioned the awesome-ness of the Ninja Cooking System lately? Cooking an entire, well-rounded meal in one cooking vessel rocks my kitchen. With as fancy as Southwest Turkey & Bacon Polenta appears, the minimal cleanup involved seems hard to believe. This dish is much different than most of the steam-infused recipes out there for the NCS. After a sauté and a simmer for the saucy ingredients, thick slices of creamy polenta get a quick crisp-up on the stove top setting (along with a melty cheese topping). This final step adds a unique texture that really makes this turkey &...

Dijon Chicken with Rice & Broccoli is a nutritious & delicious meal for two prepared solely in the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Dijon Chicken with Rice & Broccoli {Ninja Cooking System}

Thank goodness for the Ninja Cooking System in July. The heat and humidity is enough here in Indiana—forget turning on the oven when summer is blazing away like this. This recipe for Dijon Chicken with Rice & Broccoli is perfect for summer and an adaptation of one of my favorites for the Ninja. You’ll find a lot of Paula Deen cookbooks in my collection. Back in our dating days, Rob and I occasionally landed on her Food Network shows. He would just, like, drool. And that was my cue. The funny thing—I have been most drawn to the recipes in...

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Travel Tips for Hassle-Free Vacations

I’m fortunate enough that I’ve been able to travel the US extensively. We have friends all across the country and love to go visit them. In all my travels I’ve learned a few things to make traveling a little more enjoyable and less stressful. Here are a few travel tips I’ve learned over the last few years. Invest in a pair of noise canceling headphones. They’re totally worth the cost if you’re a nervous flyer. I analyze every little noise I hear on a plane thinking we could be in life-altering danger. These help block those noises out. Just be...

Savory pork, rice noodles & vegetables with a creamy peanut sauce come together for this delicious dinner recipe cooked in the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Pork & Noodles with Peanut Sauce | Ninja Cooking System

After developing the recipe for Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls (which is delicious!), I’ve been experimenting with other Asian-inspired noodle dishes for the Ninja Cooking System. This recipe for Pork & Noodles with Peanut Sauce had me trying some new things in the kitchen. 1. I typically choose something other than a dish with peanuts out at restaurants. Never been a huge fan of the peanut flavor unless it’s in a classic PB&J. Somehow, the idea of making it into a creamy satay-inspired sauce with coconut milk seemed like the way to go here. And I’d say it was a...

Wretched Menace Reaper Rub is a dreadfully spicy yet thrillingly flavorful dry rub {made from Carolina Reaper chiles} perfect for smoked & grilled meats. 0

Wretched Menace Reaper Rub {Carolina Reaper Recipe}

Each year, we make a day (or two) of firing up the smoker for our family and friends. We call it Williams Family Smokefest. I eagerly awaited this year’s first event knowing that I had something special in store with the dried Carolina Reaper chiles I had tucked away from last season’s harvest. I’ve used Carolina Reaper chiles a few times now, and each of my previous experiments (including Sweet & Spicy Reaper Smoked Turkey Breast) were most definitely on the conservative side of spicy. I wasn’t sure just how spicy these little fire nuggets were. I let that fear get the best...

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Cherry Glazed Smoky Steak Skewers

The Williams household eagerly anticipates the beginning of grill season every year. The majority of our entertaining involves cooking outdoors with our grill or smoker. We love it. We also love steak skewers. But anything on a skewer is really fine by us. Skewers have become a go-to summer meal for me. Not only do they look appetizing, but you can fit a whole meal on a little stick to throw on the grill for a few minutes. Easy peasy. Slap on some delicious seasoning, marinade or glaze, and you’ve got a restaurant-quality entree in no time flat. This sweet and smoky cherry glaze...

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101 Spring Cleaning Tips

It’s the time of year for spring cleaning again. Here are 101 Spring Cleaning Tips to help you up your cleaning game. This list of tips is split into helpful categories based on the area of the home to be cleaned. Are you looking for ideas using common or natural household items in your spring cleaning? Maybe you need tips for getting the job done more efficiently or finding the spots that are commonly forgotten. You’ll even find ideas for getting more organized. This complete spring cleaning list has you covered. Take a look and find ways to help you get started and...

Food is typically a big production for me, but sometimes it's about the little pleasures. These are my favorite daily, delightful treats. 0

My Top 7 Favorite Delightful Treats

The thing I love most about food is the pleasure aspect of it. Food can be such a delight. That’s why I love feeding my family and friends so much. While food at our house is usually a big production, sometimes it’s about the little pleasures. The daily, delightful treats. That’s what this post is about. Here’s a list of my absolute favorite delightful treats 1. Effie’s Homemade Oatcakes Shortbread is definitely one of my guilty pleasures, and Effie’s Homemade Oatcakes are like buttery, tasty, whole grain shortbread biscuits. When whole grain is involved, all traces of guilt completely dissolve....

Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls for the Ninja Cooking System are a rich & flavorful Asian-inspired fix-it-and-(almost)-forget-it easy dinner. 0

Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls {Ninja Cooking System}

I could eat Asian-inspired meals every day. The flavors from nearly all the regions agree with me, and I have a particular affinity for Japanese cuisine. Since I love it so much, I actually went a stretch of 6 consecutive birthdays celebrating with dinner at the Hibachi grill. So it’s no surprise that Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls are a dinner favorite in the Williams’ household. I love using the Ninja Cooking System to slow cook a roast because now my roasts always get seared first. Searing the meat before slow cooking adds a depth to the flavor profile. But I used...

Ham, Red Pepper, Brussels Sprouts & Potato Gratin Casserole is a delicious, cheesy comfort food dinner dish made in the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Ham, Red Pepper, Brussels Sprouts & Potato Gratin Casserole {Ninja Cooking System}

I’ve been on a tiny comfort food kick lately. A loaded potato gratin in the Ninja Cooking System sounded like a fantastic idea every time I had to take our new puppy out for frigid potty breaks last week. So I put together a potato gratin casserole with ham, red pepper, and brussels sprouts. Instant comfort, warm happy bellies in our house. I’m a “from scratch” kinda person in the kitchen, but I prefer to make dishes that don’t require a ton of time. If it weren’t for my mandoline slicer, who knows how long I’d have been slicing 3 pounds of...