Baking · Dessert · Gluten Free · TripleSBites

I Need Your Love

Mini Ginger Cheesecakes

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Welcome to the last post of TripleSBites – oh what a week this has been!  From Brussel Sprouts to Caribbean Rice and Beans to VooDoo Fries, so many incredible recipes thanks to so many incredible products from our sponsors.   With that another HUGE thank you to the incredible sponsors from this event, it has been a pleasure working with all your amazing products.

For my final post I knew it needed to be something BIG and something sweet!  When it comes to dishes that say I love you to my valentine, there is only one sweet treat that can come close to Creme Brulee: Cheesecake!  In place of the standard wedding cake, we had a three tiered Dulce de Leche Cheesecake which is why I knew making my own version was the perfect way to end the challenge.  This cheesecake is a twist on the standard and not just in the size department with a bit of ginger to spice things up!

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The cute little containers came from Ikea, an awesome find in their “last chance” section!  The best part is that they can unfold for those who want to enjoy their treat outside of the wrapping.  I topped these mini-treats with fresh berries that I heated up a bit in order to create a bit of a sauce.  No need for sugar!

This has been such a fun week, I’m so beyond thankful that I was able to participate in this!  These recipes have been sexy, saucy, and spicy – and filled with love.  Thanks to everyone who has stopped by, and for anyone that hasn’t signed up for the giveaway go and do it NOW!!!!

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Lonely Time

 Triple S Bites – Sponsor Round-up and THANK YOU!!!! 

Today’s TripleSPost is a bit different – no recipe just a huge THANK YOU to all the fantastic sponsors and bloggers who made this possible!  I have been able to try so many incredible products, including a number of which that aren’t available in my area, and with that been able to make recipes that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.  From the time saving herb pastes from Gourmet Gardens, to the incredible Caribbean style hot-sauce from Pirate Jonny’s it’s been one taste sensation after another.

A few of the products I received came ready to enjoy as they were, such as crunchy chickpeas from 2 Armadillos and tea infused chocolates from Spicely.  I brought out all four flavors of chickpeas I got from 2 Armadillos for a game day with friends, along with the two types of chocolates from Spicely.  By the end of the day there were no chocolates left and only a handful of the spicy cayenne chickpeas – one bag went completely missing before I could even try one!

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mmm…saucy, spicy, and sexy!!!

I still can’t believe how many delicious things I got to try during TripleSBites, and can only hope that these products (Roasted Beet Vinigrette) start showing up on local shelves soon!  Now for a recap of all the recipes I’ve been able to make during this challenge thanks again to these fantastic sponsors!!!

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4 Cheese Pasta Bake – Gourmet Garden

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Loaded Potato Soup – VooDoo Chef

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Cherry Chipotle Brussel SproutsNot Ketchup

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Bulgur Wheat Beet Salad – Out of the Weeds

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Caribbean Beans & Rice – Pirate Jonny’s

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VooDoo Fries with Saucy Mayonaise – VooDoo Chef & Intensity Academy

butternut_mac_cheeseButternut Squash Mac N Cheese – Gourmet Gardens

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Gluten Free · Home Cooking · Quick Weeknight Recipes · TripleSBites

A Long

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

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I can’t believe it’s already day 5 of TripleSBites!  Last night we had our awesome twitter party, which included a few of our awesome sponsors and lots of tasty recipes.  Today’s feature is one that takes a bit of prep work but offers a great twist on a classic dish.  While a few of my twists on Mac & Cheese haven’t been blogworthy (hello, cauliflower) but this one is out of the world!  To save some time I used a few of my Gourmet Garden treats and also added just a touch of a new goody: Chili Cumin from Acala Farms.  Normally I use mustard seed in my mac & cheese but decided to switch it up this time!

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Another HUGE HIT!  For a quicker version, drop the baking part and serve right after mixing everything together.  Always been a big fan of the breadcrumb crunch but some nights there just isn’t time.  If using a gluten free pasta, add 2 tbsp of milk to the dish before baking to prevent the noodles from drying out.

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Gluten Free · Side Dish · TripleSBites · Vegan

For Your Touch

VooDoo Fries

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I can’t believe today is already day 4 of TripleSBites – I’ve had so much fun thinking up recipes that fit the theme of “sexy, saucy, spicy” that I just want to keep going!  The event ends on Monday and my last recipe is a BIG one involving special equipment in order to pull it off – go big or go home right?  Today’s special ingredient also fits the description of “going big” as VooDoo Chef’s RED spice is out of this world!  I first tested it out last week while making my loaded potato soup, adding a bit of smokiness to the dish, but today’s dish really allowed the spices to shine all on their own.

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Saucy Everything Mayo, Roasted Beet Dressing, Caribbean Hot Sauce, Chai Sweet Chili Sauce, VooDoo Chef RED, Salsa de Casa – WahOo Sponsors!!!

There’s no denying that I enjoy potatoes, a quick ctrl+f of my recipe page will quickly prove this point – and with that I’m always trying to find new ways of working with them.  After making the soup, I wanted to try the spices with potatoes in a more intense pairing and with that debating doing a gratin of some form.  Then I caught a glimpse of a very old commercial, and remember the awesomeness of Shake ‘N Bake.  I might be a vegetarian now, but as a kid I loved helping my mom toss the chicken in a bake and shake it all up.  While they did eventually release a potato version, I don’t remember ever trying it – but figured that if it worked for them it would work for me.

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Doing the shaking in two parts really works the best – otherwise the spices and the oil tend to just clump at the bottom of the bag and not join the party.  I served this with some awesome vegan mayo that I got from another TripleSBites sponsor!  Being able to enjoy a saucy spicy mayo that was free of gelatin was fantastic, the consistency is a bit looser than a standard mayo but oh my goodness is it every tasty.   Intensity Academy also offers a fantastic Chai Sweet Chili sauce that I also received as a gift, but so far I’ve only used it on a non-vegetarian dinner that I served the husband (it was a hit!).

Note: While I did receive the VooDoo Chef RED spices for free as part of participating in TripleSBites, I was not required to use or mention the product outside of acknowledging receipt of the product.  All opinions are totally my own.

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Casserole · Gluten Free · One-Pot · TripleSBites · Vegan

I’ve Hungered

Caribbean Beans & Rice

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Day 3 of TripleSBites – a saucy, sexy, spicy collection of recipes from 20 incredible bloggers! So far I’ve featured one of my Valentine’s favorite vegetables, a delicious pink treat, and today I’m featuring a spicy dish that is sure to heat things up.  I’ve mentioned before how when I first met my husband he wasn’t a fan of the spicy, and how over the years (5 this spring!) he has acquired a taste for the hot, hot, HOT!  So when the I was Pirate Jonny’s Caribbean  style hot sauce I knew I HAD to use it to make something special for my better half.  This dish features a bunch of vegetables along with two types of beans some brown rice and for those that want it: cheese!  Basically all the things my husband loves, minus Old Bay.

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Not going to lie – this sauce packs a bit of a punch! However it is more than just a hot sauce, there are other flavors going on which is key to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hot sauce but there has to be something else going on beyond the HOT portion – and this sauce has it.  Next on my list is to check out their Guava Girl Hot Sauce, mostly because of the name, but it also sounds like another sauce that will more than just a “hot sauce”.

Note: While I did receive the Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup for free as part of participating in TripleSBites, I was not required to use or mention the product outside of acknowledging receipt of the product.  All opinions are totally my own.  

Don’t forget to check out the giveaway for your chance to try some of these incredible products!  Also, be sure to check out all the other bloggers below!

One-Pot · Quick Weeknight Recipes · Salad · Side Dish · TripleSBites · Vegan

My Darling

 Bulgar Wheat Beet Salad

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Welcome to my second post for #TripleSBites!  My first post can be found here and it features some spicy Brussels Sprouts

I’ve had so much fun with this challenge – trying to think up dishes that are saucy, spicy, and sexy while still staying within the normal parameters of this blog (cheap, healthy, vegetarian).  Tonight’s dish is certainly healthy, and as long as shopping in the bulk bin section of your grocery store it should be on the cheap side, while the vegetarian goes without saying- this dish can also easily go vegan by swapping the goat cheese for a soft cashew cheese or leaving it out all together.  This salad is actually one of the first dishes I wanted to do, but it has gone through a few versions.  The original concept involved endive boats with roasted beets, bulgur, and goat cheese which then evolved into cucumber boats stuffed with raw beets, bulgur, and goat cheese – both topped with a balsamic dressing.  Yet, something always seemed to be missing.  Then I received another sponsor goody, this time a bottle of Roasted Beet Vinaigrette thanks to Out of the Weeds – and finally had my missing component.

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As a bonus, the dressing turned my dish a fantastic shade of pink – which is rather perfect for the upcoming holiday!  The radicchio offered a tart contrast to the earthy beets while the cucumber provided a needed crunch.  The fact that the dressing turned everything pink (seriously, pink!!!) just added a whole new level of awesome.  Dropping the chickpeas and reducing the portion size would turn this pink treat in to a fantastic side for herb crusted tofu, fish, or chicken.

Note:  I received Out of the Weeds Roasted Beets Dressing as part of the #TripleS blog challenge, which started February 2nd.  I was not required to use the products, or post anything about them outside of acknowledging that I received them, so all opinions and experiences are my own.  

Did I mention there are 19 (!) other awesome bloggers participating in TripleSBites?!?  Make sure to check them all out:

Gluten Free · Quick Weeknight Recipes · Side Dish · TripleSBites · Vegan

Oh, My Love

Cherry Chipotle Brussel Sprouts

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Welcome to the first of many posts as part of  Spicy, Sexy, Saucy Bites – a collection of recipes brought to you by 20  incredible bloggers.  Triple S is the brainchild of Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla , the full history of which can be found here.  I know Camilla from Secret Recipe Club so when I saw she was looking for a few more bloggers to join in I sent my “application” right over and become lucky number 20!  The recipes featured over the next few days will also feature goodies from some of the awesome sponsors involved with this project, a few of which have already been featured here!

Plus as a bonus one lucky reader will get a box of goodies from these awesome companies so that they can make their own TripleS recipes!  More details can be found at the bottom of this post.

I knew as soon as I saw this challenge that I wanted to focus on a few of Joe’s favorite foods – after all I can’t really do a salute to Valentine’s Day without thinking about my favorite Valentine.  These saucy sprouts were the first thing on my must make list – and they are a rather versatile side dish that would go great with some edamame nuggets, breaded tofu, or even some sort of meat for the carnivores out there.

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I’m a huge fan of the Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup, I was a bit nervous at first since real ketchup is one of my least favorite things but it’s fantastic.  The slight spice of the chipotles is perfectly matched by the tartness of the cherries – total awesomeness.  I’ve got at one more treat featuring this sauce coming later the week, using it in a slightly more traditional manner.  As a bonus my Not Ketchup is also vegan and gluten free so perfect for a twist on bbq tofu or chicken.

Note: While I did receive the Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup for free as part of participating in TripleSBites, I was not required to use or mention the product outside of acknowledging receipt of the product.  All opinions are totally my own.   Now for the giveaway!!!

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