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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Best Tuna Patties

A quick, easy, and budget-friendly recipe for tuna patties that are crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and bursting with tons of flavor from simple ingredients like onion, mustard, spices, and fresh lemon.

If I told you that this tuna patties recipe converted my picky eater boyfriend from a canned tuna hater to a lover, would you believe me? Well, it's true! I've been eating canned tuna (usually in tuna salad sandwiches) my whole life, but could never get my guy to partake in anything canned fish related...until now.

These heavenly pan-fried morsels go by many names: tuna patties, tuna cakes, and tuna croquettes. Whatever you want to call them, they're delicious and super easy to make! 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Roasted Green Beans with Bacon & Onion

Fresh green beans tossed with thick-cut bacon, sliced onion, and simple spices, then quick-roasted in the oven til tender, slightly caramelized, and crispy around the edges. It's a quick and easy side dish recipe for any night of the week!

One of my favorite side dishes to fix on the fly is roasted green beans. It's a quick and flexible recipe that doesn't require much forethought other than buying the fresh green beans.

It's perfect for those moments when you're thinking, Oh crap, what vegetable should I serve with that whole chicken or beef pot roast I threw in the slow cooker this morning? 

Or, I only have time to pan-fry a few chicken breasts or a fish filets, what can I serve with it that won't take much time and effort? 

Roasted green beans to the rescue!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Homemade Queso Dip

A creamy & cheesy queso dip recipe using three types of real cheese (that's right, no processed "cheese" product), onion, garlic, poblano, jalapeno, half & half, and spices. This easy (and quick) queso is perfect as a dip for your favorite chips or poured over nachos, chimichurris, enchiladas, or sandwiches as a cheese sauce!

Homemade Queso Dip Recipe with Real Food Ingredients

I was recently asked by Old El Paso(in collaboration with Albertsons) to create a unique game day recipe featuring one of their products since they're available in my local Dallas Albertsons grocery store. In return for my time and creative effort, I'm being compensated financially for this post. Thank you for allowing me to keep creating great content by supporting partnerships with brands I collaborate with on The Rising Spoon. As always, the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Let's be honest, one of the best parts of hosting or attending a gathering is the food, right? (You obviously know where my priorities lie...ahem!) Some of my favorite party snacks growing up were cheese and veggie platters, sour cream & onion dip + potato chips, mozzarella sticks, potato skins, and canned black olives. 

If I was lucky, the host (or mom if I was at a friend's house for a sleepover) would make hot cheese dip, fondly called queso for short. This always consisted of two name brand ingredients melted together in the microwave or slow cooker: a rectangle of bright orange processed "cheese" + a can of diced tomatoes with chiles. 

Served with corn chips or tortilla chips, this queso dip disappeared lightning fast. And I have to admit, it was good. Okay, better than good. Frigging delicious. I loved this stuff back in the day!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Cottage Pie in a Cast-Iron Skillet

Easy Cottage Pie Recipe

Cottage pie is the epitome of comfort food: savory ground beef, tender veggies, and pungent herbs in a flavorful gravy all topped with a cheesy mashed potato crust. Sounds amazing, right? This easy dish is the type of meal you crave after a long or difficult day. You know, those evenings when you just want to kick up your feet, sip on a tasty beverage (or three) and dig into a heaping plate of comfort food.

PSA: Shepherd's Pie with Ground Beef is Actually Called Cottage Pie

If you've been eating a meat pie dish with ground beef all your life and calling it shepherd's pie, you should probably know that it's called cottage pie! Don't worry...I made the same mistake for years.