Lemon Shrimp + Quinoa-Lentil Salad

This Lemon Shrimp + Quinoa-Lentil Salad is a delicious and healthy recipe that works as a side dish or a main course!

Lemon Shrimp + Quinoa-Lentil Salad | Spicedblog.com Valentine’s Day is just a week away now.  While I really enjoy the V-Day festivities, I’m getting a bit tired of all the desserts.  I can’t believe I actually just typed that sentence.  Me…tired of dessert…what the heck is going on??  Continue Reading »

Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowl Do you have a favorite restaurant meal that you always crave whenever you go out to eat?  I do!  In fact, I’ve got several…but one of my favorites is the Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl.  I used to order the burrito at Chipotle, but then my wife taught me to order the bowl and ask for the tortilla on the side.  Then you just tear off pieces of the tortilla and make a bunch of mini-burritos.  (Just typing this is making me crave a burrito bowl now!)

I really enjoy cooking at home, so I decided to take on the challenge of re-creating the Chipotle Burrito Bowl at home.  I had a blast tweaking the recipes until I found a version that got pretty darned close to what you get at Chipotle.  My sister-in-law is straight addicted to Chipotle, and she was the first one to introduce me to the wonders of a Chipotle burrito bowl many years ago.  I knew she would make a great judge, so I bribed her to do a taste test for me.  And the result?  Two thumbs up!  I’ll take it…and I’ll also take a burrito bowl for dinner tonight please!

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9 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

9 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away now, and it’s time to start putting some serious thought into what recipes will earn a coveted spot on the table this year.  Here are some of my favorites!

1. Black Friday Turkey Sandwich Buns: Leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, and the only thing better than leftover turkey is homemade sandwich rolls.

2. Garlic Mashed Potatoes: The Thanksgiving table just isn’t the same without some delicious mashed potatoes.  This version includes several cloves of fresh garlic!

3. Classic Green Bean Casserole: Green bean casserole might be my sister’s favorite dish of all time, so of course this classic recipe needs to be included on this year’s table.

4. Green Apple and Sausage Stuffing: This stuffing recipe comes from yours truly…and it’s quickly risen to one of my favorite stuffing recipes ever!

5. Salted Caramel Apple Pie: I think my family would revolt if an apple pie wasn’t on the menu for Thanksgiving.  I hope they like this salted caramel version!

6. Homemade Gravy (without meat drippings): Gravy is a staple on any Thanksgiving table, and this version can be made ahead since it doesn’t use meat drippings.  The secret flavor booster?  Onions!

7. Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting: Normally I wait until after the meal to break into the bourbon.  Not this year!

8. Butternut Squash Salad: You can’t only eat turkey and dessert!  This salad helps make sure you start your meal on a healthy note.

9. Grandma’s Honey Potato Rolls: I love freshly baked bread, and the hint of honey in these potato rolls is a nice touch!


Green Apple and Sausage Stuffing

Is anyone else sad that Halloween is now over?  I know I am!  Halloween is quite possibly one of my favorite holidays of the year.  But now that the ghosts and goblins have been packed away until next year, it’s time to turn my attention to the next awesome holiday…Thanksgiving!  One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the time spent with family and friends.  Oh, and the delicious food and good football certainly rank up there, too!  Speaking of delicious food, this Green Apple and Sausage Stuffing recipe has quickly become one of my favorite all-time stuffings.  Instead of plain white bread, this stuffing uses King’s Hawaiian® Dinner Rolls, and the slight sweetness of these rolls goes very well with the tartness of the green apple.  Throw in some cooked sausage, toasted walnuts, celery, and onions, and you’ve almost got an entire meal in this single dish!

Stuffing is quite possibly one of the most anticipated side dishes on the Thanksgiving table.  Of course, if you grew up in the South like me, then you probably refer to stuffing as dressing.  My wife was so confused when I kept referring to the dressing on our first Thanksgiving!  No matter what you call it, a good stuffing can truly rival the turkey itself.  Some people prefer to bake their stuffing inside the turkey, while others bake it in a separate casserole dish.  I personally make my stuffing baked separately, but that’s just my own personal preference.  Either way, stuffing is right up there near the top of my list for tasty Thanksgiving dishes.  And the best part about stuffing (aside from its’ deliciousness) is the fact that it can be made the day before.  All you have to do is just bake it the next day.  That way, when you are trying to time 8 different recipes to appear on the Thanksgiving table at the same time, you can rest a bit easier knowing that the stuffing is almost done already!

So after many years of making the same mistake, I’m finally going to fix the problem this year.  Yup, I’m making a double batch of this Green Apple and Sausage Stuffing.  Every single year, we always run out of stuffing before anything else.  Well, not this year!  I absolutely love eating Thanksgiving leftovers all weekend long, so this year I’m going to make enough of this stuffing for a small army…which means it will probably last for two days instead of just one.  I find this stuffing to be particularly addicting due to the combination of sweet and savory flavors.  King’s Hawaiian® Dinner Rolls are absolutely perfect for this recipe, and honestly plain white bread just wouldn’t be the same here.

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Green Apple and Sausage Stuffing


  • 2 12-packs of King's Hawaiian ® Dinner Rolls
  • ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter (1 stick + 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green apples, peeled and chopped
  • ½ pound sausage links, diced and cooked
  • 1 Tbsp herbes de provence
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten


  1. Cut the dinner rolls into cubes approximately 1" in size. Place bread cubes and chopped walnuts on a baking sheet; toast in oven at 350°F for 12-15 minutes, or until bread cubes are lightly browned on the edges and walnuts are lightly toasted.
  2. Meanwhile, in a stockpot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and apples; cook over medium heat until soft (about 12-15 minutes).
  3. Stir in the toasted bread cubes, walnuts, cooked sausage, herbes de provence, and salt. Add the lightly beaten eggs and chicken broth; stir until fully combined.
  4. If placing the stuffing inside a turkey, then cover and chill at this point. If baking the stuffing in a casserole dish, then transfer to a greased casserole dish, cover with foil, and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve hot.