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Looking for a quick dinner that is full of flavor? This spicy, cheesy pasta dish is sure to please any buffalo chicken lover! The cheese sauce is creamy perfection with a kick from the hot sauce. I like to serve this homemade mac 'n cheese recipe with a drizzle of extra hot sauce and a hit of ranch dressing. Serve with a salad on the side for a complete dinner that your whole family will love!

  1. 1 Step 1

    Ingredients

    Gather what you need.

  2. 2 Step 2

    Cook the Pasta

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

  3. 3 Step 3

    Start the Cheese Sauce

    While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and ranch seasoning mix. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour in the milk and hot sauce and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for about 8 minutes or until the sauce has thickened to the consistency of a gravy.

  4. 4 Step 4

    Stir in Chicken

    Remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and all of the mozzarella cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. Add the chicken and salt to the cheese sauce and stir to coat.

  5. 5 Step 5

    Mix Pasta and Cheese Sauce

    Add the cheese sauce to the macaroni and stir to coat. Pour macaroni and cheese into a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese, panko and green onions.

  6. 6 Step 6

    Bake until Bubbly

    Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes until bubbly.

  7. 7 Step 7

    Serve

    Serve immediately with ranch dressing and extra hot sauce, if desired.

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces macaroni
  • 2 cups cooked, diced chicken
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch seasoning powder
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • Ranch dressing, for drizzling over the top

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and ranch seasoning mix. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the milk and hot sauce and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for about 8 minutes or until the sauce has thickened to the consistency of a gravy. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and all of the mozzarella cheese. Stir until the cheese melts.
  5. Add the chicken and salt to the cheese sauce and stir to coat.
  6. Add the cheese sauce to the macaroni and stir to coat.
  7. Pour macaroni and cheese into a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Sprinkle on the panko and green onions.
  8. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Serve immediately with ranch dressing and extra hot sauce, if desired.

Warm scones and jam are always a favorite for breakfast in my house. Transform the traditional chocolate chip scone into a sweet Valentine’s Day treat by using a heart-shaped cookie cutter and serving with strawberry jam. The secret ingredient that gives these scones a special flavor is orange juice. Sprinkle sugar on top right when they come out of the oven for an extra glittery presentation, perfect for your Valentine's Day loves.

  1. 1 Step 1

    Ingredients

    Gather what you need.

  2. 2 Step 2

    Start the Dough

    In a large bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar together. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or fork until the dough is crumbly.

  3. 3 Step 3

    Add the Chocolate Chips, Orange Juice and Milk

    Stir in the chocolate chips with a fork. Add the milk and orange juice one tablespoon at a time, while stirring in between.

  4. 4 Step 4

    Roll out the Dough

    Gather the dough in your hands and transfer to a floured surface. Roll out the dough and cut the scones out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

  5. 5 Step 5

    Bake the Scones

    Bake the scones at 400 degrees F for 12 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack when ready.

  6. 6 Step 6

    Smother with Jam

    Enjoy the scones warm with your favorite jam.

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Scones with Strawberry Jam

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 8

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Scones with Strawberry Jam

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Strawberry jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F.
  2. Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a large bowl until blended well.
  3. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips with a fork.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of orange juice and milk at a time, mixing it into the dough with a fork until the dough becomes wet enough to stick together in a ball when gathered in your hands.
  6. Gather dough loosely into a ball. On a floured surface, pat dough flat about 1/2-inch thick.
  7. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut scones out and transfer to baking sheet.
  8. Bake about 12 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
  9. Transfer immediately to wire racks to cool.
  10. Serve warm, topped with strawberry jam.

If you are one of those people who eats half a batch of cookie dough before they are baked, you are going to love these chocolate chip cookie dough truffles. The cookie dough is made without eggs, and still tastes exactly like "raw cookie dough!" Cookie dough is good on its own, but imagine dipping it in chocolate and letting it harden into a rich chocolate shell—it makes a perfectly sweet and romantic Valentine's Day dessert. Wrap them in a cute, festive box or bag and they make a lovely, chocolately Valentine's Day gift for friends, kids or your significant other!

  1. 1 Step 1

    Ingredients

    Gather what you need.

  2. 2 Step 2

    Prepare the Dough

    Using a stand or electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugars and salt, then add the vanilla and milk. Add the flour a little at a time while mixing on low speed until the dough is well-combined. Lastly, add the chocolate chips and stir by hand.

  3. 3 Step 3

    Roll the Dough

    Use a small scooper or teaspoon to scrape out the dough and roll between your hands into a smooth 1-inch ball. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.

  4. 4 Step 4

    Dip in Chocolate

    Melt the chocolate chips in a mini crockpot or double boiler. Then, use a toothpick to dip each ball into the chocolate. Use a spoon to help fully coat the balls. Place back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to harden.

  5. 5 Step 5

    Chill in Refrigerator

    Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  6. 6 Step 6

    Serve or Give as a Gift

    Serve the chocolate chip cookie dough truffles chilled or at room temperature.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 16

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter, sugars and salt in a stand or electric mixer.
  2. Add the vanilla and milk, and while mixing on low speed, add the flour a little at a time.
  3. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and stir by hand.
  4. Use a small scooper or teaspoon to scoop out the dough and form into 1-inch balls by rolling between your palms.
  5. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Freeze the dough balls for 30 minutes.
  7. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips in a miniature crockpot or double boiler.
  8. Use a toothpick to dip the balls in chocolate, and a spoon to completely cover.
  9. Place back onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  10. Once all the balls are dipped, return the baking sheet to the freezer for 5-10 minutes to harden.
  11. Serve at room temperature.

Instead of putting avocado on your BLT sandwich, how about putting your BLT sandwich into your avocado? Not only does that mean fewer carbs—this gorgeous appetizer, side dish, main dish, snack, lunch, however you want to enjoy it—is unbelievably delicious! Simply peel an avocado and stuff it with bacon, tomato and all of your favorite sandwich toppings!

  1. 1 Step 1

    Ingredients

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and gather your ingredients.

  2. 2 Step 2

    Prepare the Avocados

    Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and carefully remove the peel. Rub the outsides of each half with some fresh lemon juice. This will help them maintain their nice color. Set aside.

  3. 3 Step 3

    Add Remaining Ingredients to Bowl

    In a medium mixing bowl, add all remaining ingredients.

  4. 4 Step 4

    Stir to Combine

    Mix everything together.

  5. 5 Step 5

    Stuff the Avocados and Bake

    Stuff the avocados with as much of the filling as you can fit, allowing the filling to come up over the sides a bit. Place the avocados on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the filling has turned a light golden brown.

  6. 6 Step 6

    Enjoy!

    Serve immediately.

BLT-Stuffed Avocados

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 4

BLT-Stuffed Avocados

Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and cubed
  • 1 cup cubed French bread
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup cooked crumbled bacon
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and carefully remove the peel. Rub the outsides of each half with some fresh lemon juice. This will help them maintain their nice color. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Stuff the avocados with as much of the filling as you can fit, allowing the filling to come up over the sides
  5. a bit.
  6. Place the avocados on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the filling has
  7. turned a light golden brown. Serve immediately.

After taking in all the unwanted calories during football season, it's time to go back on the right track to healthy eating. But eating healthy doesn't mean losing out on the wonderful flavors of the dish. Using fresh ingredients, you can come up with this plate of risotto in half an hour. Just fancy enough to impress your significant other, but not difficult to whip up, his delicious risotto main dish with squash and sage also serves as the perfect Valentine's dinner idea for two.

  1. 1 Step 1

    Ingredients

    Gather what you need.

  2. 2 Step 2

    Sauté Onion and Toast Rice

    In a thick-bottomed saucepan, over medium heat, sauté the onion with extra virgin olive oil. When the onion starts to color, about 2 minutes, add the rice. Toast the rice for about 3 minutes. Move the rice frequently to avoid burning.

  3. 3 Step 3

    Add White Wine

    Add the white wine and let the alcohol evaporate, about 2 minutes.

  4. 4 Step 4

    Add Squash and Half of Broth

    Add the squash then half of the broth over the risotto. Put down the flame to medium-low.

  5. 5 Step 5

    Add Rest of Broth Slowly

    Keep on adding the rest of the broth little by little, making sure that the risotto doesn't dry up. With the back of the spoon, crush some of the diced squash. The risotto should be cooked in about 17 minutes.

  6. 6 Step 6

    Stir in Sage, Butter and Parmigiano Reggiano

    Add the sage when the risotto is almost cooked and turn off the burner. Stir in the butter and parmigiano reggiano (adjust the amount according to how like it).

  7. 7 Step 7

    Enjoy

    Season with pepper and salt if still needed and enjoy.

Risotto with Squash and Sage

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Risotto with Squash and Sage

Ingredients

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 6 ounces rice (Valione Nano, Arborio or other kinds of Italian rice good for risotto)
  • 10 ounces squash pulp, diced (weighed after being seeded and cleaned)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 cups hot vegetable broth
  • fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 ounces (more or less, depending on your taste) parmigiano reggiano, grated
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. In a thick-bottomed saucepan, over medium heat, sautè the onion with extra virgin olive oil. When the onion starts to color, about 2 minutes, add the rice. Toast the rice for about 3 minutes. Move the rice frequently to avoid burning.
  2. Add the white wine and let the alcohol evaporate, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the squash then half of the broth. Put down the flame to medium-low.
  4. Keep on adding the rest of the broth little by little, making sure that the risotto doesn't dry up. With the back of the spoon, crush some of the diced squash. The risotto should be cooked in about 17 minutes.
  5. Add the sage when the risotto is almost cooked
  6. When the risotto is cooked, turn off the burner.
  7. Add the butter, parmigiano reggiano (adjust the amount according to how like it).
  8. Season with pepper and salt if still needed.