Melissa's Cuisine

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #58}

Hello!  Welcome to week #58 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

Do you have any plans for the 4th of July?  I'm looking forward to having Mike home for a 3-day weekend, and enjoying time with our family. We plan to go to the local parade, but that's it for plans!

Last week's party had 434 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #57}

Hello!  Welcome to week #57 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

We took an unplanned break from the party last week--summertime has a way of making everyone busy, doesn't it!?  But we're back to partying this week :)

Last week's party had 295 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Monday, June 15, 2015

BLT Sandwiches with Burger and Fry Sauce

This isn't your typical BLT sandwich.  This has your typical bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes, but also the addition of cheese and fry sauce.  The result?  A delicious and unforgettable sandwich!
Melissa's Cuisine: BLT Sandwiches with Burger and Fry Sauce
I'm not typically a sandwich eater, but I simply can't resist a BLT!  Especially one that's homemade and packed with bacon in every bite ;)  

As I was looking through Sashi's blog, Get Off The Couch and Cook (awesome name, by the way!), I made quite a list of recipes that I wanted to make for this month's Secret Recipe Club. I love Sashi's stance on eating: avoiding prepacked foods while still enjoying the foods you love, made with real ingredients.  She's a woman after my own heart!  Some of the recipes that caught my eye were Gyro Pizza with Homemade Tzatziki and Greek Seasoning, Apple Pie French Toast, and Chicken Nachos.  Ultimately though, I had to make her BLT because I just couldn't resist it!  

Melissa's Cuisine: BLT Sandwiches with Burger and Fry Sauce
The thing that caught my eye about this sandwich was the addition of Burger and Fry Sauce.  It reminded me of when my dad would mix mayo, ketchup, and mustard on his plate and dip his fries in it--but much better!  I opted to omit the chicken from this sandwich in the interest of time, and wanting a lighter meal, but I'll definitely be making these sandwiches with chicken too in the future.

You'll definitely want to make the Burger and Fry Sauce and keep it in a container in your fridge.  It's amazing on burgers too (of course!).  Sashi also recommended coating each side of the bread in a thin layer of mayonnaise before toasting it in the oven.  Don't skip that step--I'll never make BLTs another way!  All in all, this is one delicious sandwich!
Melissa's Cuisine: BLT Sandwiches with Burger and Fry Sauce
BLT Sandwich

Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

8 slices thick cut bacon
8 slices whole wheat bread
1/4 cup mayonnaise
4 slices cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Burger and Fry Sauce (recipe below)
lettuce
sliced tomatoes

1.  Cook bacon until crisp.  I bake mine: place bacon in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until crisp.  Drain on a plate lined with paper towel.

2.  Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on both sides of each piece of bread.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees until bread is toasted, flipping to toast both sides.

3.  Assemble sandwiches by putting fry sauce on one slice of bread, top with tomato, lettuce, bacon, cheese, and a second slice of bread.  Serve warm.

Source: Get Off The Couch And Cook

Burger and Fry Sauce

Makes approximately 1 cup of sauce

Ingredients:

2/3 cup real mayonnaise
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup relish
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Source: Get Off The Couch And Cook

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #56}

Hello!  Welcome to week #56 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

Last week's party had 295 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #55}

Hello!  Welcome to week #55 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

Last week's party had 185 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #54}

Hello!  Welcome to week #54 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

How was your Memorial Day?  Did you grill anything?

Last week's party had 259 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #53}

Hello!  Welcome to week #53 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

Last week's party had 259 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Steak and Egg Sandwich

These hearty Steak and Egg Sandwiches are a filling and delicious way to start your day (or end it!)
Melissa's Cuisine: Steak and Egg Sandwich
Breakfast...honestly it's probably the most versatile meal of the day, in my opinion.  You can have breakfast foods any time of the day, breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Lunch and dinner foods don't work so well for breakfast though, a burger at 7 am?  No, thank you!

If you haven't guessed from previous posts, my family often has breakfast foods for dinner.  Often it's pancakes or an omelet, but last week we tried something completely new, different, and completely delicious!  We had Steak and Egg Sandwiches.
Melissa's Cuisine: Steak and Egg Sandwich
The concept of adding steak to a breakfast sandwich was completely new to me.  We're no stranger to breakfast sandwiches, but they typically consist of an egg with cheese, between two slices of English muffin.  This breakfast sandwich turns it up a notch!  Mike and I both loved them, and they are a filling dinner, especially when paired with a side of fruit.  We ended up with enough for leftovers too, and they were just as good the next day.

I found this recipe on Nicole's blog, PicNic.  As I was searching for the perfect recipe for this month's Secret Recipe Club, I came across a variety of delicious recipes like Pizza Pinwheels, Caramel, Apple, and Almond Pancakes, Apple Caramel Scrolls, and Chili Chicken Pita Bread Pizzas (notice a breakfast and pizza trend?).  Nicole's blog is relatively new to me.  I "met" her a few months ago when she made my pizza casserole for her secret recipe.  I loved browsing through her recipes, and reading her stories.  There are quite a few recipes I'll be going back to again!

Steak and Egg Sandwiches

Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 ciabatta rolls
8 slices bacon
2 thin sliced steaks (mine were labeled for carne asada)
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1.  Cook bacon until crispy, then set aside.

2.  Place steaks in a hot skillet and season with steak seasoning or salt and pepper.  Cook until done to your liking, mine took about 3 minutes per side.  Then set aside.

3.  Beat the eggs and milk.  Then cook like an omelet in a skillet.  (Don't fold the eggs over though.)  Sprinkle the cheese over the eggs and let the cheese melt.

4.  To assemble the sandwiches, cut the egg into 4 equal pieces, cut the steaks in half.  Place the egg slice, steak, and 2 slices of bacon (broken in half, if desired), on a toasted ciabatta roll.

Source: PicNic

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cook it! Craft it! Share it! {Link Party #52}

Hello!  Welcome to week #52 of the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party!  I'm so happy you're joining us today!

While you're here, don't forget to enter to win a Hamilton Beach 2 Way Flex Brew Coffee Maker. You have until Friday to enter, so don't delay! ;)

Last week's party had 362 links!!!  There were some awesome posts linked up.  Thank you to everyone who linked up and shared with us :)

Don't forget to check out last week's Must Makes and vote for next week's Marvelous Must Make!

Now, onto the party!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Coffee--Your Way! {Hamilton Beach Giveaway!}

How do you take your coffee?  Black?  Cream? Sugar?  In a pot?  Or just one cup?  Now you can choose any way you want it!

I have to admit, I am not a coffee drinker, but that doesn't keep me from being excited about the new Hamilton Beach 2 Way Flex Brew Coffee Maker.  I have family members who love their coffee, namely my Dad, and since he watches Summer two days a week, I always make sure to have coffee in the house for him.  He was excited when I showed him my new coffee maker for him to test out.

Here are some things we loved about the Hamilton Beach 2 Way Flex Brew Coffee Maker:

*It's flexible!  If you want just one cup of coffee (or hot chocolate, in my case!), you just pop a K-cup into the machine or fill the provided filter.  If you need to make a pot of coffee, you can do that too!

*No need for 2 separate coffee makers taking up valuable real estate on your kitchen counter!

*The single serve side has an adjustable cup rest so you can use a regular coffee mug, or fill a travel mug!





*The coffee pot side is programmable, so your coffee could be waiting for you when you get up in the morning! #genius

*You can PAUSE the coffee pot, grab your cup of coffee, and then start it again to finish brewing the pot!

*If you have friends over, and only one person wants coffee, you can make just one cup!  Or, if everyone wants some, you can make a whole pot!



I love this coffee machine, the convenience it provides, and how compact it is on my counter.

Now that you know how much I love it, would you like to win one of your own?  Use the rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  (If you don't win this time, you can purchase one for yourself at Walmart!)

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Disclosure:  I was provided a Hamilton Beach 2 Way Flex Brew Coffee Maker for the purposes of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  
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