Hot Eats and Cool Reads: February 2015

Feb 25, 2015

Restaurant Review: Kohinoor Bar and Grill in St Cloud, Minnesota

Are you a fan of Indian food? If so, then you'll want to stop in and try Kohinoor Bar and Grill the next time you're in central Minnesota!


Our local newspaper, The St Cloud Times, recently announced that Jake and Kate also known as "The Expert and The Critic", would be visiting local non-chain restaurants and featuring them in the Up Next section of the newspaper every Thursday! They were also looking for members of the community to join them each week in trying these restaurants! I emailed them and within a couple weeks, I was meeting them for a lunch at Kohinoor! How exciting that I was the first community member to join them! 

St Cloud Times articles featuring Kohinoor can be found here and here!

Feb 23, 2015

Bacon Lovers Potato Salad Recipe

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This post is a wishing it was picnic time post! I'm ready to move out of winterish foods and start in with spring and summer! We've been hibernating in the house lately. With temps this morning of -30 windchill, my daughter and I were super sad it wasn't the weekend anymore and we had to go to work and school. Staying in bed nice and warm sounded much better than freezing!

This salad is packed full of flavor with the hard boiled eggs, bacon and potatoes, and the sauce is tangy and delicious! You really can't go wrong with all these flavors mixed together! Bacon Lovers Potato Salad from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


When the warm weather finally arrives and you start having picnics and BBQ's again, this Bacon Lover's Potato Salad needs to be added to the menu! This salad is packed full of flavor with the hard boiled eggs, bacon and potatoes, and the sauce is tangy and delicious! You really can't go wrong with all these flavors mixed together! It's seriously wonderful! I hope you love it as much as we do!


Feb 18, 2015

Butterscotch Coffee Cake Recipe

Delicious butterscotch cake with a crunchy, sugary topping! Super easy recipe too!

Delicious butterscotch cake with a crunchy, sugary topping! Super easy recipe too! Butterscotch Coffee Cake from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


If you've been here for awhile, then you know I'm not much of a baker. Desserts don't come out of my kitchen too often, since savory recipes are more my thing. But desserts like this Butterscotch Coffee Cake, make me wonder why I don't bake more often! This recipe is seriously delicious!! 


Feb 17, 2015

3 Tasty French Fry Dipping Sauce Recipes

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When it comes to game day, I'm one of those stay in the house and watch the game type of people. Homegating is more my style than tailgating, simply because I love to be home and entertain! There's nothing like spending the day with my closest friends and family, seeing what types of delicious food everyone shares, while cheering on our favorite teams! Food, fun and family always makes the greatest memories! And besides, who doesn't want to be all warm and cozy inside, instead of braving the cold for a typical tailgating party?


Feb 14, 2015

40 Delicious and Creative Wild Rice Recipes

I am so excited to bring you some amazing wild rice recipes today! 40 of them!

40 Delicious and Creative Wild Rice Recipes! From Hot Eats and Cool Reads!


Growing up and living in Minnesota all my life, I've always been a wild rice lover! It's one of the great foods of Minnesota, since it grows wild in alot of different areas. You can find it in the craziest places including gas stations, tourist spots and craft shops! We love it, let me tell you!


The typical old school Minnesota recipes are always a cream of something hotdish that you can find at any and every potluck! Even though I don't make many of those, they always remind me of my childhood and are such a great comfort food.

Feb 11, 2015

Regular or Iced... Almond Hot Chocolate Recipe

Delicious hot or cold, this "better for you" hot chocolate is super simple to make! Ready in 5 minutes!

Delicious hot or cold, this "better for you" hot chocolate is super simple to make! Ready in 5 minutes! Regular or Iced... Almond Hot Chocolate from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


It's back to freezing cold today, here in Minnesota. Days like this are perfect for hot chocolate, but they also have me dreaming about hot summer days. There's nothing like a delicious, icy drink to cool you down on days like that. This recipe for Almond Hot Chocolate is perfect for either! Serve it hot when it's cold, and iced when it's warm outside. Delicious, either way!


Feb 7, 2015

Italian Sausage and Kale Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Creamy baked mac and cheese jazzed up with spicy sausage and kale! Great for Sunday dinner! 



Hey everyone!! Do you need a new recipe for Sunday dinner? I have the perfect one for you today!


This Italian Sausage and Kale Mac and Cheese is ridiculously good! It has a little bit of spiciness from the hot Italian sausage and pepper jack cheese, which I love! It's not too overpowering. If you prefer, you can sub for regular Italian sausage and swap the pepper jack for another cheese. This does make a smaller batch, but you can always double the recipe if you have more than just a few people! It's way too good!

What are your favorite add-ins for mac and cheese? I really love this recipe I blogged while back. The bacon, spinach and mushrooms are fantastic! I love jazzing up simple recipes and creating something amazing! I hope you enjoy!

Italian Sausage and Kale Macaroni and Cheese 

What you need:
1 cup elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions, drained and rinsed
1 hot Italian sausage, casing removed
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon flour
1 3/4 cup milk
4 ounces velveeta, cubed
1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1 large stalk kale, stem removed and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
salt and pepper, if needed

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a skillet, cook Italian sausage until no longer pink, breaking sausage into pieces while cooking. Remove from skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the onion and paprika and saute until onion is tender. Add the flour, stir and cook for 1 minute. Then add the milk, velveeta and pepper jack, and cook until cheese is melted and sauce has thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Stir often.

Add the pasta, sausage and kale to the cheese sauce, and mix until combined. Add salt and pepper if desired. Pour into a glass baking dish, spread evenly and top with panko bread crumbs. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until bubbly and browned.



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On the blog... one year ago: Shrimp and Crab Seafood Enchiladas


Two years ago: Tuna, Brown and Wild Rice Casserole


Three years ago: Hamburger Vegetable Soup


This recipe was shared at: The Better Baker

Feb 4, 2015

Creamy Cobb Sandwich Recipe

This sandwich is perfect for lunch or even a quick dinner! If you're a cobb salad lover, then this recipe is for you!

This sandwich is perfect for lunch or even a quick dinner! If you are a cobb salad lover, then this recipe is for you! Creamy Cobb Sandwich from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Hello my fabulous foodies! I hope you're all having a great week so far!! It's been a productive one over here! I've decided to start another blog in addition to this one, so when it's all ready to go, I will share it with you! Tons of good stuff coming soon for all you Essential Oil lovers!


Today's recipe is fabulous!! Who is a lover of cobb salad?? If so, then you'll now be a lover of this sandwich! All the fantastic cobb goodness stuffed in a pretzel roll... yep, pretty delicious! I'm not a fan of bleu cheese, so I used creamy poppyseed dressing instead, but ranch would be delicious as well! You can add some lettuce too, I just happened to be out when I made this sandwich!

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