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Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee

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This Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee is the perfect way to warm up on Christmas morning! It’s also perfect if you’re going to be up all night wrapping Christmas gifts like me! In fact, I’m thinking about convincing my little man that we should definitely be leaving Cookies & Coffee for Santa instead of Cookies & Milk.

Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure Coffee Maker

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With the help of the Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure coffee maker making this Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee is a breeze. This coffeemaker features a color-coded measuring system! The color-coded measuring system makes it so easy to add just the right amount of coffee grounds and water every single time for consistency.

The scoop has the number of cups you want vs how many scoops you’ll need of ground coffee printed right on the handle! Those numbers are color coded and they match the same numbers on the side of the pot. That way you can easily decide how many cups of coffee you want to make and how many scoops of ground coffee you’ll need to place in the filter to accomplish this! It’s so easy!

Another one of my favorite features is that it also includes an advanced water filtration system that improves taste by removing impurities in water. First, it removes up to 97% of chlorine from water and then it targets calcium to reduce water hardness!

Brew Now, Brew Later

If you’re like us and you’re a “..But, first coffee!” family, then getting a fresh pot of coffee going Christmas morning will definitely be a top priority! This also has a handy brew now or brew later button so that you can set it up ahead of time. To set it simply add your ground coffee to the reusable filter. Next, make sure your brewing carafe is correctly under the brew spot. Touch the brew later button, then set your designated brew time! I love using this feature so that the coffee is already ready when I wake up and head down to the kitchen in the morning!

It even feautures an automatic 4-hour shut off, that way you don’t have to wonder if you cut it off or not!

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Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee

Today I’m sharing this recipe for Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee. It’s an easy way to add lots of winter vibes when making coffee this season! Plus, it will easily impress your guests.

You’ll need:

  1. Ground Coffee (any flavor you’d like)
  2. Eggnog (any variety – you can go traditional here, or flavored..but even an almond based eggnog works just fine!)
  3. Cinnamon & Nutmeg
  4. Whipped cream (again regular or almond based is perfect depending on your specific needs!).

Start by brewing your coffee. For this recipe brew one cup per each serving. For example, I’m brewing at the 10 cup mark , there are five of us and I want to have extra. This should give us about 2 cups each!

According to the color coded system, I’ll be adding 2 1/2 scoops of ground coffee to my filter. I will then add 10 cups of water to the reserve and hit brew now!

Once your coffee is brewed, fill each coffee mug or glass a 1/3 of the way full. You’ll want about two inches or so of room left in the cup!

Then, add the eggnog and a splash of vanilla extract. Next, top the drink with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Finally, sprinkle on the cinnamon/nutmeg and garnish with a cinnamon stick! Now you’re ready to sit back and enjoy, gather up the fam, and celebrate the Holidays!

Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee

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Serves: 5 Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Scoops Ground Coffee
  • Whipped Cream (or Almond Milk Whipped Cream)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Eggnog (or Almond Milk Eggnog)
  • 2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon Sticks (for garnish)

Instructions

1

Brew coffee.

2

Add coffee to mug 1/3 of the way full.

3

Pour in Eggnog leaving about and inch from top of glass. Add a dash of Vanilla Extract.

4

Add whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon/nutmeg.

5

Finally, garnish with a cinnamon stick!

This Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure coffee maker would even make a great gift this Holiday season! It came in at #10 on the Good Housekeeping Most Wanted Home & Kitchen Products of 2019 ! #NewellHomeRefresh

Culinary Tales/ Meats

Bibimbap Hatfield® Ham & Egg Breakfast Bowls

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Ham and eggs are perfect together right? Today I’m doing something a little different with them and throwing it back to my son’s Korean heritage! These Bibimbap Ham & Egg Breakfast Bowls are tasty and filling. The best part is they start with Hatfield® Ham.
If you’re like me and you cook a whole Hatfield® Classic Boneless Ham or even a Hatfield Original Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak for your holiday dinner – you now have the perfect dish to use your leftovers in the next day!

Hatfield Ham

I love Hatfield because they are a family owned company, and everything is ethically raised.

I also love that it’s all so versatile. The Ham is fully cooked and it’s perfect for entertaining. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just snack time they have the perfect variety just for you!

I easily found the Hatfield Original Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak in the Ham section of my local Acme!

“For a limited time this Holiday season, enjoy $2 off any (1) Hatfield Ham!”

Bibimbap Ham & Egg Breakfast Bowls

Bibimbap are bowls traditionally made with rice, a protein, and vegetables. Then they’re topped with an egg – over easy (of course, so that gorgeous yolk can run all over!), sesame seeds, & just a hint of gochujang!


By making these with your leftover Hatfield Dinner Ham the end result is a delicious, filling, and convenient dish!

Rice

Start by making your rice. The secret to perfect sticky rice is always to wash the rice (before cooking) until the water runs clear. This is usually 4-5 times. Next, boil and steam the rice according to the directions on the package. Set aside.

Ham

Take your leftover ham and chop it into cubes. Place it in a skillet to heat it up a little.

Make sure the carrots and zucchini are jullienned. Heat them with the snap peas in a skillet.

Assembling the Bowls

Place a couple of large scoops of cooked rice in the bowl. Next, add your cooked carrots, zucchini, snap peas, and ham.

Get ready to cook your eggs. We save this for the last minute because they do not take long to and you want them to stay warm!

In a medium skillet spray non-stick cooking spray. Turn to medium heat. add your egg to the pan. Let it cook for about 3-4 minutes. It’s ready when the white part of the egg is solid. Place it on top of your bowl.

Finally, add toasted sesame seeds & chopped green onions.

Serve with a side Gochujang sauce and chopsticks to tie it all together!

Bibimbap Hatfield Ham & Egg Breakfast Bowls

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of white rice
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cup julienned zucchini
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 2 Tbsp Green Onions
  • 1 Hatfield Original Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak
  • 1 Tbsp Gochujang (optional)

Instructions

1

Boil and steam the rice according to the directions on the package. Set aside.

2

Chop the ham into cubes. Place it in a skillet to heat it up a little. Set aside.

3

Next, heat your vegetables in the skillet as well.

4

Place a couple of large scoops of rice in the bowl. Next, add your carrots, zucchini, snap peas, and ham.

5

Cook your eggs, one at a time, to over easy.

6

Place one cooked egg directly in the center of the bowl.

7

Finally, add toasted sesame seeds & chopped green onions.

Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

The holidays are here. And I’m continuing my search for the best pie recipes, starting with this Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. With warm gooey chocolate, notes of bourbon, and of course delicious pecans. It hits all the spots for traditional Pecan Pie enthusiasts and those wanting more.

We made this last year and it was big a hit. Honestly, I’d describe the flavors as a warm chocolate brownie meets a crisp pecan pie. You can eat this delicious pie as is, top this with ice cream of course, or my favorite way: add this creamy, dreamy Cold Brew Whipped Cream to the top!

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

To make this pie you’ll need pecans, milk chocolate chips, bourbon, pie crust – store bought or homemade (see recipe below), vanilla extract, corn syrup, eggs, dark brown sugar, cream, and butter!

Perfect Pie Crust

This Crust can be used with any pie filling. It’s a basic flaky, buttery – perfect pie crust!
First, grease a 9-inch pie dish with nonstick spray. Set dish aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Next, in a large bowl start whisking the flour, salt, and baking powder.


Then, add your wet ingredients, the oil and water. Mixing until combined. Form it into a ball.

Spread the ball of dough into the bottom of your greased pie dish, spreading it out. Until it fits perfectly in your dish with the sides covering the top of the dish’s rim. Trim where need be.

This is also the time where we can decorate the edges I opted to make small triangles. I overlapped them along the edge.

Filling

Next, in a saucepan combine the butter & chocolate. Remove from the heat to let it cool. In a large bowl mix the eggs until they’re frothy and blend the sugar in . Add your vanilla, bourbon, salt, and the chocolate butter mixture. Stir well until fully mixed.

Pour the mixture into your pie crust. Add the pecans. Carefully place the pie in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes.

The pie is done when its set and the edges are golden brown. You can insert a toothpick or knife in the center to see if it comes out clean.

Also, if you find your crust getting too dark too soon, you can easily cover the edges with some foil to protect them from browning too fast while the rest of the pie cooks.

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

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Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Pie Crust
  • Bourbon
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Pecans
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Corn Syrup
  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Cream

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

Spread pie crust into greased pie dish.

3

In a saucepan combine butter & chocolate.

4

Remove from heat, let it cool.

5

In a large bowl mix the eggs until they're frothy and blend the sugar in .

6

Add vanilla, bourbon, salt, and the chocolate butter mixture. Stir well until fully mixed.

7

Pour mixture into pie crust. Add the pecans.

8

Place the pie in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes.

9

Pie is done when its set, edges are golden brown, and a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

This pie can even be made ahead of time and frozen! Try this at your next family gathering for rave reviews!

Culinary Tales

Southern Style Chicken Nuggets

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My son loves chicken nuggets, he could eat them everyday. If I’m being honest, so could I! Today I’m making these Southern Style Chicken Nuggets. They are hands down the crispiest chicken nuggets you’ll ever bake! I’m soaking them in pickle juice over night and then I’m using a secret ingredient in the batter which really allows them to crisp up in the oven.

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Culinary Tales

Drunken Chorizo & Sage Dressing

I’m spending this week putting together my Thanksgiving recipes. To me Stuffing or Dressing is an absolute must . This Drunken Chorizo & Sage Dressing is one of my favorites! It’s completely full of flavor. Plus, it’s so easy to make! With only six ingredients and minimal steps!

Savory Chorizo

Heat a pan on the stove with olive oil. Add your Chorizo and one small chopped onion. Let it cook until the pork is brown and the internal temperature on it, is 165 degrees. Set your meat aside.

Drunken Chorizo & Sage Dressing

After you cook the chorizo, the “hard” part is over! Pre heat your oven to 350. In a casserole dish pour two boxes of “stuffing mix” in.

Add your melted butter and your beer! The beer gives the dressing flavor and the carbonation in it will actually help hydrate the bread cubes and minimize cooking time!

Next, add the cooked chorizo and your chopped Sage, mix well.

Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes. This will cook the alcohol content out of the dressing. The dressing should be a nice golden brown color and not dry at all.

The beauty of this dressing is it takes about thirty minutes to cook, but you end with so much flavor guests will think it was roasted inside a turkey for hours!

Drunken Chorizo & Sage Dressing

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Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Boxes of "Stove Top" Stuffing
  • 1 Cup of Light Beer
  • 1 Tbsp Sage
  • 1 lb Chorizo
  • 1 Small Onion (chopped)
  • 4 Tbsp Butter (Melted)

Instructions

1

Cook the Chorizo and Onion together in a sautee pan. Once it reaches 165 degrees, set aside.

2

Pour two boxes of "Stove Top" Stuffing mix into a casserole dish.

3

Add the beer and melted butter.

4

Mix in your Chorizo/Onion. Top with Sage.

5

Bake at 350 degrees for thirty minutes.

6

Make sure it has reached 165 degrees to ensure the alcohol has cooked off.

7

Serve and enjoy!

Culinary Tales/ Savory Vegetables

Caramelized Bacon & Green Bean Casserole

I’m making a classic, easy green bean casserole and adding one of my favorite ingredients! Bacon.. But, not just any bacon, Caramelized Bacon. In my opinion adding bacon to anything only makes it better. This savory Caramelized Bacon & Green Bean Casserole is very simple to make and the first side to go at any family dinner!

Caramelized Bacon

To make the caramelized bacon, take 3 Tbsp of Praline Pecans (basically glazed pecans – they can be found at most grocers) and crush them in the food processor. Next, pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet spread your precooked bacon in a single layer. On top sprinkle the crushed praline pecans. Bake in the oven for just a few moments. Keeping a close eye so as not to burn them. Pull them out after about 3-5 minutes and allow them to cool. Chop bacon. Set aside.

Caramelized Bacon & Green Bean Casserole

This Casserole is really simple because it’s mainly all about assembling. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees again.

In a large casserole dish add two-three cans of cut green beans.

Next, add a can of cream of mushroom soup and one cup of milk. Mix around thoroughly until the beans are evenly coated.

Cover the top of the casserole with fried onions.

Place your casserole in the oven for about twenty minutes. Turn it once halfway through. Sprinkle your caramelized bacon all over the top. Return to oven for an additional five minutes.

When the top of the casserole is golden brown it’s ready to go.

Remove from the oven and let cool for a few moments before serving!

Caramelized Bacon & Green Bean Casserole

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Serves: 5-6 Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cans of cut green beans
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 medium can of fried onions (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 8 pieces of precooked bacon
  • 3 Tbsp Praline Pecans
  • 1 cup of Milk

Instructions

1

To make the caramelized bacon, take 3 Tbsp of Praline Pecans - crush them in the food processor.

2

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet spread your precooked bacon in a single layer.

3

Sprinkle the crushed praline pecans over top. Bake in the oven for 3-5 min. Allow them to cool. Chop bacon. Set aside.

4

In a large casserole dish add two-three cans of cut green beans.

5

Add a can of cream of mushroom soup and one cup of milk.

6

Mix around thoroughly until the beans are evenly coated.

7

Cover the top of the casserole with fried onions.

8

Bake for about twenty minutes. Turning once halfway through.

9

Sprinkle caramelized bacon over the top. Return to oven for an additional five minutes.

10

When top of the casserole is golden brown it's ready. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few moments before serving!

This Casserole can be thrown together at the last minute and it’s perfect for any holiday or family gathering! Be sure to check out the recipe for my Drunken Chorizo & Sage Dressing, because they pair insanely well together.