Spinach Bacon Carbonara

Spinach Bacon Carbonara

I seriously never get sick of carbonara. This dish is not great for the diet, but it’s so good for the soul. There’s just something so right about the combination of the creamy egg sauce, the salty cheese, and the smokey bacon. I add spinach to mine so I get some veggies in there, and sometimes I’ll add a second protein as well – juicy chicken breast or large, sweet shrimp, or even thin slices of beef.

It’s kind of like this one-pot Italian pasta dish – you can add ingredients to make it their own.

Gold Peak Coffee: A Warm #SipofHome for This Pennsylvanian

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Recently, I got the opportunity work with Gold Peak Coffee on this sponsored post, which means that I was able to try Gold Peak Coffee, formerly Georgia Coffee. Yum! And doing so reminded my of holidays in Pennsylvania.

When I was younger, coffee was really special. I actually didn’t drink it often until a few years ago. But I would drink it around the holidays.

Caramel Apple Cookies

Caramel Apple Cookies

Okay, time for a truth bomb: While we love pumpkin here on The PinterTest Kitchen (so much we did an entire pumpkin recipe round-up last year), that is not the top flavor of fall for me. In fact, I put it third on the list, behind my two favorites, tied for first place: apple and chai.

Go out and yet’cha a chai latte, because this recipe is all about the apples! Caramel apples, to be exact. In cooking form, no less. Say goodbye to the mess and hello to a quick and easy cookie guaranteed to have your family begging you for a double batch!

Ultimate S’mores Dessert

Ultimate Smores Dessert

Just a really quick post for today, Pinter-Testers!

I sent out the above picture on Instagram and Facebook the other day, and one of my friends said that it was the most delicious picture I’ve ever taken! I have to agree – but the picture is nothing compared to the real thing!

I told my friend that it was the s’mores dessert from Joe’s Crab Shack, and she lamented that there wasn’t a Joe’s Crab Shack anywhere near where she lives in the rural mountains of Pennsylvania. Even here, where we’re near the beach, you have to drive downtown to get this sweet treat.

We’re Giving Away $750!

Totally Awesome Amazon October

Hey y’all! I had a recipe all ready to go for today…but I decided to post this instead. I thought you guys would forgive us for co-hosting an ah-ma-zing $750 giveaway instead! Yes, you read that right! We teamed up with a few other awesome bloggers to give away $750 to one lucky winner!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us what you would do with the money if you won! Then, click the Rafflecopter enter button to tell us that you left the comment.

Once you do that, there are other ways to gain additional entries if you want – but the only mandatory entry is leaving a comment.

Christmas is coming. Who couldn’t use an extra $750?

And don’t worry – the recipe post is coming in just a few days. So stay tuned! You won’t have to wait long for an easy-peasy dessert perfect for anyone who loves campfire s’mores!

My Easy Korean Beef Recipe

Easy Korean Beef

One recipe I see pop up on Pinterest again and again is Korean beef using ground beef. It’s always intrigued me, but I’ve never had Korean beef before, so I wasn’t really sure what it was supposed to taste like.

I’m still not 100% sure what it’s supposed to taste like. But the version I make sure is tasty! After reading over a bunch of different recipes, I tested out different ingredient ratios and came up with what I like best.

Plus, there’s a good chance you already have most of the ingredients you need in your fridge or pantry already, as is the case with the Roasted Chicken recipe I posted earlier this week.

Oven Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Oven Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Sometimes, I buy groceries without a real plan. I know, I’m a rouge! And while I do make a list most of the time, so I’m prepared for the recipes I want to make in the upcoming week or two (especially now that we’re doing monthly meal plans), sometimes I just buy ingredients that speak to me.

This past week, chicken legs spoke to me.

What’s for Dinner: October 2014 Meal Plan

October 2014 Meal Plan

You know, doing these meal plans every month has become one of my favorite blogging tasks. A few months ago, when I started, I thought it would just be a fun way to organize the recipes I want to try. But being able to connect with and promote other food bloggers has been awesome!

I really hope you’ll take the opportunity to reach out to other bloggers and try their recipes. We’re all guilty sometimes of getting into a rut sometimes! Even if you don’t follow this meal plan exactly, I hope you find a few new recipes and new bloggers to follow on this list.

Without further ago, here’s the October Meal Plan:

October 1: Three Ingredient Rootbeer Pulled Pork, Loaded Sweet Potato Skins, Frosted Molasses Cookies
October 2: Spicy Salsa Chili with Homemade Chili Powder, Sweet Cornbread Muffins
October 3: Garlic Rosemary Baked Salmon with Feta, Creamy Cauliflower Au Gratin, Roasted Bell Peppers
October 4: Three Cheese Stuffed Shells, Salad with Pesto Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing, Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Cupcakes
October 5: Pizza Pinwheels, Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Mascarpone Cheese, Rainbow Chopped Salad with Apples and Avocados
October 6: Chunky Applesauce Cinnamon Pancakes, Ham and Eggs Cups, Double Chocolate Banana Scones
October 7: Sweet and Sour Chicken, Homemade Chinese Egg Noodles, Baked Vegetable Eggrolls with Spicy Sriracha Dipping Sauce
October 8: Poppy Seed Chicken Bake, Basil Polenta with Roasted Spinach and Tomatoes, Rainbow Chard with Olive Oil and Lemon Juice
October 9: Spaghetti and Meatball Sauce, Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread, Pomegranate Moscow Mule
October 10: Oven Baked Ribs, Easy Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup, Classic Cream Puffs
October 11: One Pot Italian Dinner, Peanut Butter Cookie Cake
October 12: Oven Baked Tacos, Black Bean, Corn & Barley Salad, Baked Apples
October 13: Grilled Lemon Pesto Shrimp, Hemp Seed Tabouli, Decadent Dark Chocolate Brownies
October 14: Crockpot Apple Honey Pork Loin, Edamame Quinoa Salad, Dark and Stormy Cocktail
October 15: Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs, Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos, Sauteed Spinach with Crispy Shallots and Pecans
October 16: Chipotle Skirt Steak with Roasted Corn Relish, Mini Hasselback Potatos, Iced Butter Cookies
October 17: Mahi Mahi Fish Sticks, Garlic Brussel Sprouts, Easy Baked Avocado Risotto
October 18: Hearty Mushroom Soup, Caramelized Fennel, Onion and Salami Flatbread
October 19: Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad, Mexican Corn, Easy Blackberry Cobbler
October 20: OMG Sour Cream Chicken, BBQ Battered Onion Rings,Tomato and Peach Salad with Mozzarella
October 21: Pulled Pork Enchiladas, Cheese Mexican Rice Skillet
October 22: Bacon and Shrimp Ramen Stir Fry, Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies
October 23: Creamy Spicy Chicken Lasagna Rollups, Cheap Wedge SaladSmoretini
October 24: Burgers with Pickled Red Onions, Hatch Chile Cilantro Slaw, Sunshine Margarita
October 25: Chicken Enchilada Pizza, Broccoli Salad, Jack Daniel Sugared Pecans
October 26: Spinach Panchetta Beef Rouladen, Calico Beans, Roasted Veggie Pasta Salad with Lemon and Feta
October 27: Margarita Brined Chicken Thighs, Super Simple Garlic Knots, Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan
October 28: Clams with Spaghetti, White Wine, Chilli, & Garlic, Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette, Perfect Pumpkin Bread
October 29: Black Bean Pumpkin Chili, Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Biscuits, Apple Ginger Smash
October 30: Crockpot Wine Chicken, Tomato Bean Salad
October 31: Sausage Wonton Appetizers, Grilled New York Strip Steak, Parmesan Thyme Stuffed Potatoes, Autumn Blossoms with Pumpkin Spice Kisses

Have a recipe you want us to consider for next month’s meal plan? Email allisonmboyer-at-gmail.com with “Meal Plan Recipe” in the subject line! :)

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Frosted Molasses Cookies

Frosted Molasses Cookies on the PinterTest Kitchen

Do you like cookies that just melt in your mouth?  The Frosted Molasses Cookies have a wonderful molasses flavor and they can frosted and decorated for whatever season it is. This time it is near Autumn so I used my fall colored sprinkles.

Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Cupcakes

key lime pie cheesecake cupcakes

When a recipe mashes up two things I love, I get excited…but this one includes THREE! Key lime pie? Yum! Cheesecake? Yum! Cupcakes? YUM! My mom, Sharon, made these cupcakes and few times, and I decided to try my hand at them. They are so good that I literally have to hide them so they have time to actually cool and chill before eating, just like these other cheesecake cupcakes we make.