Chicken Panini with Caramelized Shallots, Mozzarella, and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread + a GIVEAWAY!

The lovely folks over at RawSpiceBar sent me some delicious spices to check out!  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love these types of subscription “surprise” boxes and I was actually over the moon that they sent me TWO of the September batch.  This means one set for me…and one set for YOU.   The September batch had Sun Dried Tomato Pizza (featured in this recipe), Dark Coffee and Chiles (which I plan to use on steak tacos next week!), and Chipotle Smoked Salt.

***To enter the giveaway to receive this set of spices, simply comment on this post with a cuisine you’ve never had, but always wanted to try!  Then check off the task in the Rafflecopter widget in the middle of this post.***

Spices from RawSpiceBar

I can attest that RawSpiceBar sources the highest quality and some of the most unique spices from around the world.  Their spice blends are created by top chefs and expertly toasted, ground, and blended for maximum flavor.  I LOVE that instead of searching at various stores for that one random spice I’ve never had before – and paying an arm and a leg, I can pay a flat $8 a month for three new spices delivered right to my door.

It’s SO MUCH FUN.

Sign up on their site, fill out the Flavor Profile Quiz, and receive 3 freshly ground, recipe-ready flavor kits, direct to your door each month.  The spice packets come with enough to make meals for 3 to 4 people AND they come with suggested recipes, just in case you want to do something tried and true with what you received.  Think global people.  Think delicious.  Think RawSpiceBar.

Use this coupon code for $5 off a 6 or 12 month gift or subscription:  FLAVOR6  (This would make a GREAT holiday gift!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now for the panini…so good.  So, so good.

Chicken Panini with Caramelized Shallots, Mozzarella, and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
Click HERE for the recipe!

Chicken Panini with Caramelized Shallots, Mozzarella, and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread from UnrulyBliss.com

Chicken Panini with Caramelized Shallots, Mozzarella, and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread from UnrulyBliss.com

Chicken Panini with Caramelized Shallots, Mozzarella, and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread from UnrulyBliss.com

Sun Dried Tomato Pizza seasoning from RawSpiceBar

Chicken Panini with Caramelized Shallots, Mozzarella, and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread from UnrulyBliss.com

***To enter the giveaway to receive this set of spices, simply comment on this post with a cuisine you’ve never had, but always wanted to try!  Then check off the task in the Rafflecopter widget in the middle of this post.***

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Pumpkin Spice Cake and Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving morning and Justin and I are getting ready to cook up a small storm.  Not hurricane-sized, but more like a small rain shower.  Justin had a day off this week while I had to work, but I came home to this Pumpkin Spice Cake and was beyond thrilled!  We’re serving it today as Thanksgiving dessert, but we did devour a small slice early, just to check for quality of course.

This cake is hands-down, the best cake I’ve ever had in my entire life.  The sponge is so smooth and moist with a dense texture, but the taste was unbelievably light and creamy.  All of the seasonings come together making this cake taste like the most perfect Thanksgiving dessert.  You’re getting your classic pumpkin flavor with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  It’s so wonderfully delicious and more than worth the time and effort it takes to create something so beautiful!

Three-Tiered Pumpkin Spice Cake
Click HERE for the recipe!

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For more beautiful cakes like this one, check out Peggy Porschen’s delightfully charming cookbook titled “Lovely Layer Cakes.”  The recipe posted below is directly from her book.  I bought it as a random gift for Justin because I knew he wanted to step up his cake-game without going too far beyond his skills.  This book is definitely meant for those who are relative beginners, but want to create such gems like Salted Caramel Cake, Red Velvet, Strawberry and Champagne Cake, and S’mores Cake.  You won’t be disappointed!

P.S.

I’ve almost finished my master’s degree!  Just two weeks left in the semester and then graduation.  Words cannot express how happy I am to be thisclose to finishing!  It means more time for my husband and daughter, more tie for friends, and more time for cooking and blogging!

P.P.S.

I’m doing a giveaway this weekend!  The lovely folks at Raw Spice Bar sent me some spices to try and I’ll be posting a recipe this weekend with a chance to win some free delicious spices!  Come back soon…

 

 

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Chocolate-Filled Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Six words…chocolate, filled, peanut, butter, sandwich, cookies.  If that isn’t enough to tempt you to make these gorgeously golden little beauties, then maybe knowing the recipe is from Deb Perelman’s book will.  I love, love, love her recipes (evidence here, here, and here) and this one is just wonderful!  They take a little effort, but what wonderful things don’t?

Chocolate-Filled Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Click HERE for the recipe!

Chocolate-Filled Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from UnrulyBliss.com

Chocolate-Filled Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from UnrulyBliss.com

Chocolate-Filled Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from UnrulyBliss.com

 

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Spring Onion Noodle Soup with Lemon Sour Cream and Herbed Cheese Toast

School is finally out for the semester and I’m completely over the moon!  The first dish we made after I wrapped up my last assignment was this Spring Onion Noodle Soup.  We first made it about two years ago and it’s been a spring time favorite ever since.  I still find it quite funny that I loathed onions, absolutely hated them with a passion, for most of my life.  These days, I can’t imagine making any of my recipes without them and they’re easily one of my favorite vegetables!

This soup combines the flavors of sweet onions, green onions, and leeks with lemon and basil.  The result is a perfect balance of delicious spring time.  We love, love, love this soup, especially topped with the Lemon Sour Cream and soaking up the broth with Justin’s Herbed Cheese Toasts is just heaven.  We hope you love it as much as we do!

Spring Onion Noodle Soup with Lemon Sour Cream
and Herbed Cheese Toast

Click HERE for the recipe!

Spring Onion Noodle Soup with Lemon Sour Cream and Herbed Cheese Toast

Spring Onion Noodle Soup with Lemon Sour Cream and Herbed Cheese Toast from UnrulyBliss.com

Spring Onion Noodle Soup with Lemon Sour Cream and Herbed Cheese Toast from UnrulyBliss.com

Spring Onion Noodle Soup with Lemon Sour Cream and Herbed Cheese Toast from UnrulyBliss.com

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Chipotle Baked Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Rice

August 2nd.  That was the day I did my last post.  One hundred and forty five whopping days ago!  It makes me sad to think about how little I get to work on something that I love doing so much, but I only have two more semesters in my Master’s program before my life can go back to normal.  That means more food, more cooking, more recipes, and more posts!  {My stats show that about thirty people are visiting my site each day.  That’s down a lot from the two hundred a day that I used to get, but hey…thanks for sticking around.  Whoever you are.  We should all have a group dinner or something.  I’ll cook.}

I have four more weeks on break before my school picks up again.  I thought I’d go ahead and post one of my all-time favorite chicken recipes.  We must have made this at least two dozen times by now, but it doesn’t photograph as nice as I’d like, so I’ve always held off on posting it.  The sauce is quite zesty but adding some avocado slices on top can really mellow it out.  Serve the chicken over cilantro-lime rice for a complete meal that will make you want seconds.  Trust me, I know.

Chipotle Baked Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Rice
Click HERE for the recipe!

Chipotle Baked Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Rice from Unrulybliss.com

Chipotle Baked Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Rice from Unrulybliss.com

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