Cajun Potatoes

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Spicy Cajun potatoes are a great side dish for grilled and roasted meats. They are also delicious chopped up with a soft egg on top or tossed into egg burritos with a bit of sausage or bacon.

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Cajun Potatoes

My family can not get enough of the Cajun flavors we’ve grown to love. Whether it’s a shrimp boil at home or a quick sausage pasta, we love these flavors.

Cajun spices are exactly what the blank canvas of potatoes needs in order to shine. All of these herbs and spices provide an abundance of flavor in every crispy on the outside, tender and fluffy on the inside, bite of roasted cajun potato.

I just realized a week or two ago that I haven’t yet shared this recipe here. It’s a family favorite from my first cookbook and we’ve been making these potatoes regularly for at least 7-8 years now. These potatoes are a big hit in our breakfast burritos anytime we have some left over.

Cajun dipping sauce is the supporting star of the seafood boil show, providing a fiery, smoky punch with each bite. (Not a fan of too much heat? Just dial down the cayenne in any of these recipes.)

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Cajun Roasted Potatoes

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Chicken Florentine

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Chicken Florentine

a golden breaded chicken breast covered in a creamy sauce with spinach and a side of asparagus

Try this delicious recipe for Chicken Florentine, a classic French dish featuring tender chicken and flavorful spinach in a creamy sauce. Perfect for a cozy dinner at home.

Our middle daughter was the funniest little eater as a young girl. She wouldn’t touch mashed potatoes, but she loved spinach. She wouldn’t eat pepperoni, but she would eat prosciutto. She wouldn’t even look at spaghetti, but she would eat Chicken Florentine.

Don’t get me wrong here, I am NOT complaining that she had a more mature palate (especially since she was so picky and only wanted cereal or “dillas”), but seriously, I never knew what she is going to like. This recipe was one thing she would gobble up, and that is really saying something!

Ingredients for Chicken Florentine

Who would have every thought that a lightly breaded, pan-seared chicken breasts covered in a creamy herb sauce with a hint of lemon would be a dinner she would devour?! This chicken florentine recipe is totally fabulous. Here is what you will need:

  • Chicken Breasts: butterflied to make 4 thinner chicken pieces
  • Flour: just regular all purpose flour is all you need
  • Smoked Paprika: adds flavor to the light breading for the chicken
  • Garlic Herb Seasoning: adds flavor to the chicken
  • Olive Oil: helps sear the chicken breasts
  • Butter: adds flavor and richness
  • Garlic: adds flavor to the sauce
  • White Wine: use a dry white wine
  • Chicken Broth: adds flavor and acts as the base of the sauce
  • Heavy Cream: adds richness
  • Lemon: adds a bright pop of flavor and acidity
  • Kosher Salt: adds flavor
  • Black Pepper: adds flavor
  • Parmesan: acts as a garnish to the dish
  • Baby Spinach: adds flavor, color, texture and nutrients to the sauce

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post. Keep scrolling for all details!

How to Make Chicken Florentine

Here are the basic steps for making this easy chicken dinner:

  1. Cut: Butterfly the two chicken breasts to create 4 pieces.
  2. Whisk: Add the flour and seasonings to the plan and whisk everything together. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture on all sides.
  3. Sear: In a cast iron skillet over the medium-high heat, add some olive oil and butter and when shimmering, add the chicken. Reduce the heat to medium and sear each side for a few minutes until golden on each side. Remove the chicken to a plate.
  4. Sauté: Add the remaining butter to the skillet and sauté the garlic and then add the rest of the garlic herb seasoning.
  5. Simmer: Now we are going to make the cream sauce. Add the white wine and chicken broth and simmer until reduced by half.
  6. Stir: Add the heavy cream and simmer then add a squeeze of lemon j

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

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Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

Blackberry cheesecake brownies that will have everyone begging for seconds

Blackberry cheesecake brownies that will have everyone begging for seconds. A rich brownie base, tangy cheesecake and sweet blackberry swirl!

Brownies are perfect in every way. Fudgy, moist, chocolatey, and oh-so-satisfying. I’ve loved brownies ever since I was a little girl. I had to share these blackberry cheesecake brownies with you all.

These brownies look gourmet and no one will know that you actually made these babies in your PJs! That beautiful purple swirl in the white creamy cheesecake is just stunning!

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

These blackberry cheesecake brownies are perfect: a rich chocolate brownie base topped with tangy cheesecake, all swirled with tart blackberries. Here are the ingredients you will need for each component:

Blackberry Puree

  • Blackberries: frozen or fresh blackberries work fine
  • Sugar: regular white granulated sugar
  • Water: helps thin out the puree

Brownies

  • Butter: adds flavor, richness, and all the fat you need for moist tender brownies
  • Sugar: adds sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the cocoa
  • Eggs: gives structure to the brownies
  • Vanilla Extract: adds flavor
  • Salt: enhances all the flavors
  • Cocoa Powder: gives all the rich chocolatey flavor
  • Flour: regular all-purpose flour is all you need

Cheesecake

  • Cream Cheese: make sure it’s softened to room temperature
  • Greek Yogurt: adds creaminess and tang to the cheesecake layer
  • Egg: adds structure to the cheesecake
  • Sugar: adds sweetness
  • Salt: enhances all the flavors

The measurements and details for all the ingredients can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

How to Make Cheesecake Brownies from Scratch

To make cheesecake brownies from scratch you only need basic ingredients like butter, sugar, eggs, flour, cocoa, etc. for the brownies. You’ll also need a few ingredients for the blackberry puree and cream cheese layers. Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Blackberry Puree

  1. Combine: add all the ingredients to a saucepan and place over medium-high heat stirring occasionally to break down the blackberries.
  2. Strain: pour the puree into a fine mesh strainer over a small bowl and push the blackberries through with a spatula preserving all the liquid and dispose of the solids.
  3. Cool: allow the strained puree to cool to room temperature.

Brownies

  1. Prep: preheat the oven to 325°F and line a square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Melt: add the butter to a microwave safe bowl and melt the butter in 30 second increments until completely melted.

Blackened Ranch Dressing

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This is a smoky, slightly spicy blackened ranch dressing just like Popeye’s! Serve with vegetables, chicken tenders, or french fries. There’s no wrong way to enjoy this awesome dip.

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Popeye’s Blackened Ranch

My family went crazy over this the first time I made it. They inhaled it in record time alongside a plate of raw vegetables.

I’m so happy that a reader mentioned blackened ranch dressing to me a while back! I’d never heard of it, so I had to do a bit of research.

It turns out that Popeye’s sells a blackened ranch that is very popular. Naturally, I needed to make a copycat recipe asap.

Blackened Ranch Sauce

Why is it called “blackened” ranch? There are spice mixes called “blackening seasoning,” and they consist of a variety of different spices along with a smoky spice (in this case, paprika) and a spice with a hint of heat (in this case, both black pepper and cayenne are being used).

I’ve taken that smoky, spicy combination and added it to our very popular ranch dressing recipe. The result is a seriously delicious winner of a new dipping sauce that has a likely permanent spot in our refrigerator now.

Every time I stir together a batch of this blackened ranch, it disappears ridiculously fast. Those added flavors are clearly a hit with my boys.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting [+Video]

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting [+Video]

a photo of a piece of lemon poppy seed cake topped with a white cream cheese frosting and small lemon slice

This Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is soft, moist & deliciously buttery with a fresh lemon flavor. Dotted with poppy seeds & topped with cream cheese frosting – it’s the perfect dessert for lemon lovers!

From Poppy Seed Muffins to Cake!

It’s a soft, buttery, perfectly moist lemon cake that’s dotted with poppy seeds and topped with cream cheese frosting. It’s one of my favorite cakes, and it’s the perfect dessert if you love lemon poppy seed muffins.

The inspiration for this cake came after a friend gifted us with a poppy seed roll. It was a yeast bread with a swirl of poppy seed filling, and absolutely delicious. As I was having a slice with a thick slather of butter, it got me thinking about poppy seed recipes and I realized I hadn’t made any in a very long time.

So – this lemon poppy seed cake was born.

We have an entire video of exactly how to make it, so check it out…

What Do You Need to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Cake?

The ingredients for this cake recipe are simple and pantry friendly. Here are the items you will need:

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

  • Wet Ingredients: Granulated Sugar, Lemon Zest, Unsalted Butter, Eggs, Vanilla Extract, Sour Cream, Buttermilk and Lemon Juice
  • Dry Ingredients: All Purpose Flour, Cornstarch, Bakin
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