Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie – layers of turkey, gravy, veggies, stuffing, and mashed potatoes! The perfect way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers!

You guys.

My kid looked at me yesterday morning and said, “Only 6 days of school left before Thanksgiving break!”

Wait, what?

I know we all say this every year but, seriously, how are we less than 2 weeks from Thanksgiving?! I swear it was just July.

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Waffles with Sausage and Maple Pepper Gravy – a twist on the classic! The creamy sweet and peppery gravy is perfect for waffles, biscuits, and so much more!

Waffles with Sausage and Maple Pepper Gravy - a twist on the classic! Waffles topped with sausage and a creamy sweet and peppery gravy! Perfect for brunch!

If you know me at all, you know I love a food truck. So that’s why I’m super excited about the Eggo Waffle Truck that is traveling around the country this summer. It started in April and will go through September, stopping a total of 200 times in 100 days.

The Eggo Waffle Truck will be in my area next week and, of course, I’ll be headed down there.  If you want to see when the Eggo Waffle Truck will be in your area, click here:

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I get most of my dinner inspiration from reading blogs. I feel like food blogs are always a couple steps ahead of magazines or Food Network shows or anything like that. One of my favorite blogs is Cassie Craves because – seriously – everything she makes is something my family would love. Probably because she also has a house full of boys! I saw her make a slow cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic a few weeks ago and couldn’t stop thinking about it. I (of course) procrastinated and didn’t have time to use the slow cooker but I managed to find a really, really great recipe that I made in just over an hour.

Years ago I made Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic and my husband wasn’t thrilled with it. I remember it being super garlicky which is not at all what the dish is supposed to be. When the whole cloves of garlic are cooked, they really mellow out and get almost sweet. The gravy that this recipe makes is amazing! Fantastically amazing! Like so amazing that when my husband sent me a text saying he wasn’t going to be home until late the night I made this, I put a teeny scoop of mashed potatoes in a bowl and covered it when the rest of the gravy. And then pretended like there was never gravy when he eventually got home. Yup.

One year ago: Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream
Two years ago: Bistrot Paul Bert Pepper Steak
Three years ago: Snickers Cupcakes

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Ingredients

2 cut-up whole chickens
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
40 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
Zest of 2 lemons
1/4 cup white wine
3/4 cup chicken stock
3 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 400F.
  2. Season all sides of the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a wide Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the chicken, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the chicken, rosemary, thyme and lemon zest and stir to combine. Cover the pan, transfer to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Baste the chicken with the accumulated juices. Continue roasting, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear when the meat is pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes more.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a platter and cover loosely with foil; leave the garlic in the pan.
  5. Set the pan over medium heat and mash the garlic with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the wine and cook for 3 minutes. Add the stock and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the butter a few pieces at a time. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the chicken immediately and pass the sauce alongside.
http://fakeginger.com/chicken-with-40-cloves-of-garlic/

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Crockpot Mississippi Roast - 5 ingredients and everyone loves it!

You know those weeks months where nothing you cook turns out? I’m having one of those right now. I told y’all about all my cookies spreading but didn’t mention that it’s everything I cook. I don’t know what’s up with me but I’m sick of it! In an effort to make something my kids wouldn’t spit out (yeah, that bad) I decided to make this bad boy.

I don’t know why it’s called Mississippi Roast but I love Mississippi so we’ll go with it. It’s a big piece of meat that’s covered in dry ranch, gravy mix, and pepperoncinis and slow cooked all day in a ton of butter. I knew, without a doubt, that everyone in the house would love it.

Seriously, so good! The pepperoncinis give it just a little spice – enough that you notice it but not enough to make my picky guy whine about it. He actually asked for seconds and thirds!

The gravy can get a bit salty so if you plan on spooning some over mashed potatoes like I did, use a light hand when salting your potatoes. I also think you could get away with using (a lot) less butter – just substitute some water. The mixes will still make a really nice gravy for you.

Crockpot Mississippi Roast

Mississippi Roast

Ingredients

1 3-pound chuck roast
1 1-ounce pack of dry Ranch dressing
1 1-ounce pack of Au Jus mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
5 - 6 pepperoncini

Instructions

  1. Place the roast in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the Ranch dressing and the Au Jus mix over it. Place butter on top; followed by Pepperoncini.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Shred and serve with gravy.
http://fakeginger.com/mississippi-roast/

Crockpot Mississippi Roast
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