Do you ever feel this way?

Often times I want a quick simple meal or side dish but I want it to taste better that just the pre-packaged or boxed goods you can buy. So Russ and I will often take a boxed or pre-packaged food and enhance it. So this is definitely not a fancy way to make cornbread by any means but it sure does taste good!

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 box cornbread mix (Our favorite is Jiff)
  • 1 fresh jalapeño (or pickled if you prefer), sliced thinly*
  • 3.4 c. shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping**

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners or coat with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Prepare the box of cornbread according to the directions on the box. Add in cheese and jalapeño (if adding) and stir to combine.
  4. Scoop batter into muffin tins. Top with sliced jalapeño, using your fingertips to gently press the jalapeño into the batter. Sprinkle with cheese
  5. Follow the directions on the box of cornbread for baking time and cooling.

*for a spicier muffin chop up another jalapeño and add into the batter

**for a slightly different flavor you can do 1/2 c. parmesan cheese and 1.2 c. cheddar cheese

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I love that my husband can cook

Seriously, being married to someone who not only cooks but is always making up new recipes, most of which are fantastically delicious is. the. best. I definitely married the right man! This garlic bread is just plain yummy. It was one of the first foods russell made for me and I’ll admit, i was a bit impressed 😄

Cheesy Garlic Bread

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of french bread
  • butter
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • onion powder, to taste
  • basil, to taste
  • seasoned salt, to taste
  • ranch dressing, to taste
  • mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Slice the french bread in half lengthwise. Open up the loaf.
  3. Spread each half with butter. Sprinkle the seasonings evenly across each half.
  4. Layer with ranch dressing and spread evenly across the top. Cover with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Pop in the oven and bake until golden brown on the edges.

I’m not nice.

Watching the video of this woman makes me realize I’m not a very nice person. She is so sweet and so cute, but I have a terrible habit imitating the way people speak if they have an accent or other unique quality. Seriously though, I can tell I would love her to death if I met her in person. Her videos are fast paced but really straight forward so this just makes it so don’t have to pause to keep up. But I would highly suggest watching her tutorial before starting!

French Baguettes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1 1/2 T. active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp. sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 – 3 1/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup water, yeast, and 1 tsp. sugar. Stir and cover, allow to stand approximately 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, salt, and remaining sugar, mix well. Add yeast mixture, stir to combine.
  3. Gradually add water up to the remaining one cup, until dough forms a smooth ball.
  4. Knead briefly on a floured surface until dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Cut dough in half then shape into baguettes. Do this by folding it once then start rolling out from center.
  6. Grease a baguette pan. Lay dough on greased pan and slice a shallow line through the middle of the loaf lengthwise. Cover and let rise approximately 10 minutes. While dough is rising, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Add a shallow pan of water to the oven on the bottom rack to create steam.
  7. Place baguette pan in oven and cook for 10-15 minutes (until it makes a hollow sound when tapped).

**You can make these whole wheat but I would suggest doing half and half with whole wheat and white flour because they quite heavy on flavor if not.

**Also quite delicious when herbs and cheese are added for flavor.

Source: The Food Nanny ( Look her up, she’s funny!)