Upside-down Apple Tart |

Upside-down Apple Tart #WeekdaySupper

This Upside-down Apple Tart recipe transforms a few simple ingredients into caramelized apples with cinnamon over a flaky, buttery puff pastry crust. This easy-to-make dessert is perfect for the holidays or any time you want an impressive dessert made easy!  **Plus enter to win a cookbook giveaway!**

Upside-down Apple Tart |

Today I have the pleasure of sharing this incredibly delicious (and easy!!) Upside-down Apple Tart recipe with you, as part of Weekday Supper. The theme for Weekday Supper is the Mad Hungry Family Cookbook by Lucinda Scala Quinn, and 10 bloggers will share recipes from the cookbook….

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GE Cafe Series Refrigerator

The American Kitchen

In lieu of a recipe today, let’s continue our conversation about the American Kitchen, plus find out details for entering to win a GE Cafe™ Series Refrigerator worth $3,100! Alida's Kitchen #OurAmericanKitchen A few months ago, many of you shared what you love about your kitchen (in response to this blog post). It was fun and inspiring to read through all of the responses.  From the new appliances to having dinner together as a family to what you are hoping to improve, everybody shared a unique perspective of what each of you loves about your kitchen. However, with each thoughtful response, it became very clear that the saying is indeed true – the kitchen is the heart of the home!

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad |

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad

An easy recipe for Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad made in minutes using lean boneless, skinless chicken breast and your favorite vegetables! Perfect for a weeknight, or any time you want a delicious, flavorful meal made simple! Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad |
During the week, dinnertime is a busy time.  Once Adam gets home from school, we all want to play outside on the playground, go to a park, do Legos, in other words, pretty much do anything except stand in the kitchen to make a elaborate dinner.  There will be plenty of time for elaborate dinners in later years… I want to spend time with my kids now!  So when it comes to quick and easy meal ideas that require very little preparation, I am all over it!  This Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad recipe can be made in about 15 minutes (or less) using ingredients I have on hand at all times.  No muss, no fuss, no running to the store.  Just a simple, delicious dinner is served!

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American Kitchen Stories #OurAmericanKitchen |

American Kitchen Stories

In lieu of a recipe today, we are going to talk kitchens (and a $100 Visa gift card giveaway!!) 
It is always said the kitchen is the heart of the home.  With two little kids, the kitchen is not only the heart of the home, but it is grand central station!  No matter what is going on, the moment I step foot in the kitchen to cook something, I have two cute little people clinging to my leg.  I mean, where else would you dance around in a turkey tutu or do a dinosaur puzzle while playing rhythm sticks, right?
American Kitchen Stories #OurAmericanKitchen |
Fortunately, they also love to help!  If only the same happened when it was time to clean…

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Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake |

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake is an easy meatless breakfast casserole filled with broccoli, cheddar, eggs and shredded hash brown potatoes! {gluten free, make ahead}

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake |

With the many celebratory and holiday brunches on the horizon, quick and easy crowd-pleasing recipes are a must.  Overnight casseroles, such as baked French toast or egg bakes, are always popular.  This Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is one of our favorite brunch recipes!  It is easy to make and satisfies the sweet portion of our menu. To satisfy the savory side, I have been experimenting with different varieties of meatless egg bake recipes to come up with a savory breakfast casserole the whole family will love. Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake has become a favorite that will be featured regularly throughout this busy brunch season and beyond.

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Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins |

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crystal Farms Cheese for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins are a lighter buttermilk cornbread muffin made delicious with the additions of cheddar cheese and garlic. Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins |

When in doubt, add cheese.  This so true when it comes to many recipes, like baked chicken, quinoa bites, even scrambled eggs.  We always keep of plenty of cheese on hand.  No matter the variety, cheese just makes everything extra delicious!  So when my family was craving cornbread (Rosemary Cornbread to be specific) and our rosemary plant happens to be currently buried under snow outside on the deck,…it was time to come up with something new.  After using the Rosemary Cornbread recipe as a starting point, and of course adding cheese and other tasty goodness, I present to you an easy recipe for Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins!…

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Gingerbread Pancakes |

Gingerbread Pancakes

Enjoy a holiday favorite flavor made healthier with these Gingerbread Pancakes!  They are a simple buttermilk pancake recipe with a gingerbread twist.  Thank you to Mahdava Sweeteners for sponsoring this post.

Gingerbread Pancakes |

Gingerbread is one of quintessential flavors of the holidays.  The warmth and spiciness illicit fond memories of gingerbread houses, cut out cookies, cake and more.  With the abundance of treats around this time of year, I like to find healthier ways to enjoy my favorite holiday flavors, such as these Gingerbread Pancakes.    …

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Slow Cooker Applesauce with No Added Sugar |

Slow Cooker Applesauce {no added sugar} + #Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Applesauce with no added sugar is a healthy household staple that is simple, delicious and easy to make homemade!  {gluten free, vegan}

Slow Cooker Applesauce with No Added Sugar |

Lately I have been experimenting with slow cooker recipes.  I love the ease of using the slow cooker for busy weeknight meals, waking up to a warm breakfast and even for desserts!  While a slow cooker is a time saver in the kitchen for cooking easy recipes, it is also key for cooking household basics.  A slow cooker offers an easy option for cooking simple pantry staples, such as beans, steel cut oatmeal, and applesauce, all from scratch with very little effort.    Don’t have a slow cooker at home?  Looking to upgrade your slow cooker?  No problem! Today I’m giving one away to a lucky reader…see below for entry details! 

This apple season, our slow cooker has been getting quite a workout making all natural Slow Cooker Applesauce from scratch!  This is one of the easiest recipes that yields such an amazing and delicious result.

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After School Snacking with Bagel Bites |

Snacking with Bagel Bites

After School Snacking with Bagel Bites | I would love to be a fly on a wall at Adam’s school. He is there for hours every day, and it is like pulling teeth to get any details about what he does at school. Every day I ask, “What did you do at school today?”  And every day the first answer is “I don’t know.”  Sound familiar?  It seems every mom I talk to experiences the same thing.  I have started to get more creative and specific with my questions, like: “Who did you sit next to during circle time?”  Only to be met with: “Mama, I don’t remember all the way back to circle time!” says the kid with a photographic memory.

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Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger | protein packed quick and easy healthy breakfast made in minutes!

Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger

Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger | protein packed quick and easy healthy breakfast made in minutes! Get a protein-packed breakfast in minutes with this Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger.  Perfect for when you want something quick, healthy and delicious!  

Lately, I have been feeling more tired than usual and end up hungry in the late mornings. With intense morning workouts and spending long days caring for the kids, I am thinking it might be time to change up my breakfast routine and get a little more protein. My usual breakfast consists of oatmeal with cocoa powder, flax seed meal and a banana.

While I occasionally deviate to something with a little more protein,  like Greek yogurt with berries or a smoothie, it always comes back to carb-heavy oatmeal.  It’s quick to make, and I really like a hot breakfast.  Thankfully this Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger has become the protein-packed solution to my breakfast woes.

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Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

Low Fat Chocolate Cake

This Low Fat Chocolate Cake is fudgy sheet cake is topped with a fudgy frosting and easy to make.  It is moist, chocolaty and delicious!

Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

I just looked at the calender and realized that Monday was my 3 year blogiversary.  And a celebration isn’t a celebration without cake…and sprinkles!  So I am sharing this simple, tasty Low Fat Chocolate Cake in honor of YOU, in honor of the blog, and just because who doesn’t like a delicious cake made on the lighter side!

Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

I’m not always a fan of going low fat just for the sake of low fat. But in an effort to save calories with something that is simple, chocolaty and delicious, I’m all for it. This Low Fat Chocolate Cake is made using coconut oil, both in the cake and frosting. I love using coconut oil in baked goods. This was also my first time using coconut oil in frosting, which turned out great!

Low Fat Chocolate Cake
Yields: 18 servings
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Cooking spray
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (I used skim)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Prepare cake: In a small bowl, combine cocoa and water and let cool Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate large bowl, add sugar, coconut oil and vanilla and beat with a mixer on medium until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in cocoa mixture. Alternate beating in flour and buttermilk to cocoa, ending with flour - beat well after each addition. Pour cake into prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack completely before frosting.
  3. Prepare frosting: In a large bowl, add sugar, cocoa powder, coconut oil and vanilla and beat with a mixer until combined. Add milk until desired consistency is achieved. Spread over cooled cake and decorate as desired.

Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

Extra Sweet & Creamy Coffee Pancakes |

Extra Sweet & Creamy Coffee Pancakes

Start your morning off right with whole wheat pancakes infused with coffee and creamer to make Extra Sweet & Creamy Coffee Pancakes!

Extra Sweet & Creamy Coffee Pancakes | #ExtraSweetCreamyCGC  #CleverGirls #spon

What is your favorite breakfast?  Are you a cereal person?  Do you like smoothies?  Pancakes?  My usual breakfast rotates between a few different options, however one guarantee each morning is a hot cup of coffee.  There is nothing better than holding that warm mug in your hands, watching the steam rise, and taking that first sip.  Then it occurred to me – why not combine a breakfast staple (coffee) with a breakfast favorite (pancakes) to create Extra Sweet & Creamy Coffee Pancakes, the ultimate breakfast treat!

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Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini |

Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini

Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini is a creamy, fruity snack (or appetizer) that is as tasty as it is simple to make.  

Disclosure: I received free product and compensation for this post by Smucker’s® as part of the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own.

Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini |

This winter has been one of the snowiest I can remember.  As if we didn’t already have enough snow, a few days ago, we were blessed with another 12 inches in less than 12 hours.  By now, I am yearning for the abundance of fruits, vegetables and sunshine of summer.  While we still have a several months to go, I am turning toward other ways to satisfy those summer cravings.  Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Crostini unites traditional ingredients, such as light cream cheese and Smucker’s® Natural Fruit Spread, to create the perfect pairing to spread a little sunshine on top of mini toasts.  These are great for a light lunch or an after school snack, yet they are pretty enough to make for company….

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Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes |

Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are filled with corn, black beans, Greek yogurt, tomatoes with chiles and more! Kick off the New Year in a healthy way with these nutritional powerhouses!

Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potato |

After spending most of December in a butter and sugar coma, I always look forward to January. The start of the new year always inspires me to focus back on healthier recipes, including lots of fruits and vegetables. Ever since the summer, I have wanted to make a Corn and Black Bean Salad. What I had in mind was a healthy vegetable-rich salad taking advantage of the bounty of summer garden produce. I never got around to making it, so just slotted it for next summer. Then it occurred to me – why wait until summer when I have the garden essentials I need already in my pantry with Del Monte® vegetables and tomatoes!…

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Sweet Potato Pie without crust and a brown sugar-oat topping |

Crustless Sweet Potato Pie

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Crustless Sweet Potato Pie is a delicious pie made with sweet potatoes, a brown sugar-oat crumble topping and without a crust.!  Since there is no crust, this dessert is a healthier alternative and super easy to make!

Every Thanksgiving, I look forward to making Crustless Pumpkin Pie.  It’s always delicious, a bit healthier, and never disappoints.   This year I thought it would be fun to mix things up and try a sweet potato version of this favorite pie.  I love sweet potatoes just as much as I love pumpkin, so why not try a Crustless Sweet Potato Pie!…

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And the winner is…!

Using, I have selected the winner of the Williams-Sonoma $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Out of 101 entrants, lucky number 11 is the winner!  Congratulations to Holly Marie who said “I’d use the card towards a Le Creuset crepe pan I’ve been wanting.”   Check your email and congrats again Holly!!

There will be a new recipe tomorrow, and it’s a good one.  A sweet and spicy roasted chicken dish that is healthy and easy!

{Closed} Giveaway: $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card

As a token of my appreciation to you all, whether you’re a longtime reader or a first-time visitor, it’s giveaway time!  It’s a good one too ~  a $50 gift card to Williams-Sonoma.  This is the least I can do to say thank you for making Alida’s Kitchen, and hopefully some tasty recipes, a part of your day.

On a non-food related note, I have some news.  In the next few weeks, our little family of three will become four!  Adam is very excited to become a big brother and is a great little helper with getting the final details ready for the baby.  I will give an update once our little bundle has arrived.

In the meantime, back to the giveaway!

Giveaway Details:

One winner will win a $50 giftcard to Williams-Sonoma

How to Enter:

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post.  Share how you would plan to use the gift card, give me your best baby advice, or simply say “hi.”  Whatever you want to say qualifies as an entry (no spam please), a simple comment will due.

Deadline: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:59pm Central Time.

Limit:  One entry per person.  Open to US residents only.

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using and on this post. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Alida’s Kitchen.

{Closed} Peanut Butter 4 Breakfast: $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway and more!

Yesterday I shared with you one of my new favorite ways to enjoy peanut butter for breakfast.  Today, I am excited to share with you an exciting opportunity as part of the National Peanut Board’s ‘Peanut Butter for Breakfast’ campaign.  Not only will you be able to help people in need with a click, but you also have the opportunity to win peanut butter samples and a $50 Visa gift card!

While most people agree that breakfast is the most important meal, many of us end up skipping breakfast every day.  Reasons for skipping out often include trying to lose weight or not having the time. Yet adding peanut butter can help to make breakfast quick, easy and provide the fuel needed for the rest of the day.

Making time for breakfast and choosing to incorporate nutritious ingredients like peanut butter, which is a source of fiber, protein and good fats, can play a role in maintaining a healthy diet. Peanut butter is a great addition to mornings because it is a natural, plant-based source of eight grams of protein and more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.

To help make mornings easier, the National Peanut Board is equipping peanut butter fans with nutritious breakfast tips and recipes at Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite peanut butter breakfast dishes. For every vote, America’s peanut farmers will donate $5, up to $10,000, to help serve a nutritious breakfast to the hungry.

…which brings me to the giveaway.


The generous folks at the National  Peanut Board have provided me with a $50 Visa gift card and peanut butter product samples to award one lucky reader.

Entry details are below.  The giveaway is open until 5:00p Central Time on Sunday, April 1st.  I will draw one winner using and post the results here as well as e-mail the winner.  If I do not hear back from the winner within 2 days, a new winner will be selected.
(Open to US residents only).

  1. Vote for your favorite recipe on the PB 4 Breakfast Facebook page In order to vote, you need to “like” their page on Facebook.
  2. Then after you vote, come back and leave me a comment on this post telling me you voted.  I would also love to hear your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter for breakfast!

Remember: With your vote, $5 will be donated by America’s Peanut Farmers to help feed hungry people a nutritious breakfast. 


You have the opportunity for up to 5 additional entries to the giveaway by completing any of the following:

Each action qualifies for one additional entry.  In order for each bonus entry to count, please be sure to leave a separate comment on this post for each completed action.


First, I want to thank each and every one of you who participated in this giveaway.  Not only were you entered to win a great prize, but with each entrant, $5 was donated by America’s Peanut Farmers to feed hungry people.  Together we raised $210!  How awesome are you all!!

Now to the moment we’ve been waiting for…the giveaway.  *drumroll*  Using, we have #32: Lindsay for sharing the vote on Facebook! 

Lindsay, I just sent you an email requesting your address so we can send your $50 Visa Gift Card and peanut butter products.  Thank you so much for participating!


Logo and pictures were provided by and used with permission from the sponsor.  

Disclaimer:  The National Peanut Board provided me with a gift card to promote their Peanut Butter for Breakfast campaign, but the opinions shared in this post are my own. The National Peanut Board is providing the product giveaway and gift card.

It’s time for…a GIVEAWAY!

It just so happens my birthday is coming up at the end of this week.  What better way to celebrate than to give something I enjoy to one of my awesome readers!  I love cooking magazines and want to share the fun with you.  So, for my birthday I will be giving away a one year magazine subscription to a cooking magazine…and you get to choose. 

Here’s the scoop:

The winner will get to choose a one year subscription to one of the following magazines:

  • Bon Appetit
  • Cook’s Illustrated
  • Cooking Light
  • Everyday Food  
  • Taste of Home

Note:  If you currently subscribe to the magazine you want, let me know so I can extend your subscription.    

Here’s how to enter: 
  • Leave a comment, any comment will do.  Also let me know your magazine choice.  

Opportunities for extra entries:

  • Follow Alida’s Kitchen on GFC or via e-mail suscription and let me know in a separate comment.
  • Like Alida’s Kitchen on Facebook and let me know in a separate comment.  
  • Follow Alida’s Kitchen on Twitter and let me know in a separate comment.  
  • Share your favorite recipe, post, tidbit, etc. from Alida’s Kitchen and let me know in a separate comment.

Fine Print:

Giveaway ends on Friday (9/16) at 11:59 PM Central Time. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Saturday (9/17).  If prize is not claimed by Tuesday (9/20) another winner will be chosen.  Open to US mailing addresses only.