Hot Eats and Cool Reads: 2017

Dec 17, 2017

Onion and Cheddar Mashed Potato Cakes Recipe

This is one of the best recipes to use leftover mashed potatoes, especially after the holidays! A mixture of fresh herbs, garlic and some cheesy goodness makes this potato pancake perfection!



Onion and Cheddar Mashed Potato Cakes



This is one of the best recipes to use leftover mashed potatoes, especially after the holidays! A mixture of fresh herbs, garlic and some cheesy goodness makes this potato pancake perfection!


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Dec 10, 2017

Cranberry Citrus Almond Holiday Punch Recipe

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This non-alcoholic drink is tasty, family friendly and festive! Great for any holiday including Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving or even game day! Add your favorite vodka, sparkling wine or champagne for a delicious adult beverage!

Cranberry Citrus Almond Holiday Punch Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This non-alcoholic drink is tasty, family friendly and festive! Great for any holiday including Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving or even game day! Add your favorite vodka for a delicious adult beverage!



December is sure flying by for our family!

We've been so busy with my daughter's activities. She just finished knowledge bowl, and is in choir and also basketball!

In addition to that, the non-profit I serve at as an Americorps VISTA has TONS of evening programming and activities this month, and of course all of the holiday parties and festivities!

Restaurant Review: Mo's Seafood in Inner Harbor Baltimore, Maryland

A delicious seafood restaurant option located in the Inner Harbor area! Great service and amazing quality seafood options! A must try in the Baltimore, Maryland area if you're traveling!

Mo's Seafood in Inner Harbor Baltimore, Maryland. A delicious seafood restaurant option located in the Inner Harbor area! Great service and amazing quality seafood options! A must try in the Baltimore, Maryland area if you're traveling!



Okay ladies and gents... I'm SOOOO excited for this post!

I visited the east coast for the first time EVER last month and ate ALL the delicious seafood. This is the food I've been dreaming of my whole life. Fresh and fantastic, which you defintely can't find much of in MN!

Dec 4, 2017

Beefy Mushroom, Onion and Orzo Soup Recipe

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This soup is hearty, flavorful and great for lunch or dinner! Ground beef makes it budget friendly and it's also a great freezer meal option!

Beefy Mushroom, Onion and Orzo Soup Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This soup is hearty, flavorful and great for lunch or dinner! Ground beef makes it budget friendly and it's also a great freezer meal option!



Have I ever mentioned how much I love soup?

Maybe it's because I grew up and still live in Minnesota and you need soup to keep warm through the winter. Especially days like today. It's drizzling freezing rain right now as I look out the window and it's about to turn into snow. We might even get up to two inches overnight.

Oct 22, 2017

Potato, Sausage and Mushroom Fried Breakfast Hash Recipe

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Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! Ready in less than 30 minutes including prep time! Serve with scrambled eggs on the side or a delicious over easy egg on top!

Potato, Sausage and Mushroom Fried Breakfast Hash Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! Ready in less than 30 minutes including prep time! Serve with scrambled eggs on the side or a delicious over easy egg on top!



It's been awhile since I've posted a breakfast recipe! Not sure why since I absolutely love me some breakfast.

Mixin' It Up Gluten Free Bakery in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

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A tasty central Minnesota gluten free bakery with a variety of baked goods including cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, bread, pizza crusts and more!

Mixin' It Up Gluten Free Bakery in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota! A tasty Central Minnesota gluten free bakery with a variety of baked goods including cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, bread, pizza crusts and more!



Hey! Happy Sunday!

I'm back with another restaurant review post today!

Y'all know how much I love locally owned restaurants. I'm happy to announce that this wonderful gem of a bakery is located about 15 minutes from my house in the lovely town of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota!

Oct 10, 2017

Wild Rice Baked Chicken Recipe

A delicious wild rice and vegetable blend including carrots, celery, green bell peppers and onions! The chicken is roasted perfectly and this recipe is healthier too since it's made with NO cream soups!

A delicious wild rice and vegetable blend including carrots, celery, green bell peppers and onions! The chicken is roasted perfectly and this recipe is healthier too since it's made with NO cream soups! Wild Rice Baked Chicken Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year.

I love the gorgeous trees with their leaves changing colors, cooler temps, sweatshirts, soups and best of all, comfort foods.

National Cheese Curd Day with Culver's plus Giveaway!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Culver's. The opinions and text are all mine.


I love a good cheese curd! Well actually, I love all cheese!

Did you know Culver's dedicated October 15th as National Cheese Curd Day? One whole day to celebrate the tasty, fried treat?? Sounds fabulous, if you ask me!

Sep 28, 2017

Individual Chocolate Chip Croissant Bread Pudding Recipe plus 6 Other Amazing Dessert Recipes

Rich, delicious and packed with bites of chocolate! This decadent dessert is great for any occasion and the custard is to die for!

Rich, delicious and packed with bites of chocolate! This decadent dessert is great for any occasion and the custard is to die for! Individual Chocolate Chip Croissant Bread Pudding Recipe plus 6 Other Amazing Dessert Recipes



Happy fall everyone!

It finally feels like fall today with cooler temps, but when I was baking this new recipe over the weekend, it felt like summer! We had 80's and 90's over the weekend here in MN and it was a bit warm for me!

Aug 27, 2017

32 Ultimate Beef Slow Cooker Recipes for Fall!

So many tasty crockpot recipes in this collection! Soups, stews, sandwiches, pasta, tacos and more!

So many tasty crockpot recipes in this collection! Soups, stews, sandwiches, pasta, tacos and more! 32 Ultimate Beef Slow Cooker Recipes for Fall from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Are you ready for comfort food season??

Today's post is a round-up of 32 beefy slow cooker recipes! These recipes are great for busy weeknights or for lazy weekends when you don't feel like doing a whole lot of cooking.

Aug 20, 2017

Stovetop or Slow Cooker Ham Bone and Potato Soup Recipe

This homemade soup is easy and delicious! It's a great way to use ham leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and it will warm you up on a cold fall or winter day! Simple ingredients made into pure comfort food!


Ham Bone and Potato Soup


This homemade soup is easy and delicious! It's a great way to use leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and it will warm you up on a cold fall or winter day! Ham Bone and Potato Soup Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


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This homemade soup is easy and delicious! It's a great way to use ham leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and it will warm you up on a cold fall or winter day! Simple ingredients made into pure comfort food!


Almost the end of August already?

That means it's been a LONG time since I last posted and it means soup season is coming very, very soon!

I know the majority won't agree with me, but I LOVE fall and winter!

Cold weather in Minnesota equals comfort food, which is my favorite! I can't get enough of soups, oven meals and cooler weather!

Today's recipe is one of those comfort food meals! I made this soup last spring using the leftover ham bone from our Easter brunch and decided to save the recipe to post now.

I usually make this soup after a holiday like Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter, but it's really great anytime you happen to have a ham bone leftover.

The flavor in this soup is quite incredible. That flavor that comes from the bone and the ham drippings is bold, deep and oh so good!

I do not add any salt unless it's needed just before serving.

The bone, drippings and meat usually provide enough salt and flavor for the whole batch. Just check out the broth in the photos, the color is wonderful!

Not only is this recipe comfort food, but it's also a childhood favorite!

I remember my mom making it after holidays just like I do! We always looked forward to help making it, and also eating it!


This homemade soup is easy and delicious! It's a great way to use leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and it will warm you up on a cold fall or winter day! Ham Bone and Potato Soup Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


What is in Ham Bone and Potato Soup?

  • Potatoes: I used yukon gold potatoes in this recipe since those are my absolute favorite! Yukon Gold were first developed in Canada and are known for their golden flesh and smooth eye-free skin.
  • Onion: The onion is a vegetable that is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. It's relatives include the garlic, shallot, leek, and chive. Onions contain antioxidants, red onions have the highest antioxidant amount.  Onions produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. This irritant floats up from the chopped onion and causes tears. Chill the onion prior to chopping to reduce irritation. 
  • Ham Bone: Both fresh and smoked ham bones need to be cooked thoroughly before eating and do best when simmered slowly in a pot of soup. ... If you can't find ham bones, look for ham hocks. The leftover cooked ham bone will keep safely for three to four days in a sealed container in the fridge before it needs to be used.


This homemade soup is easy and delicious! It's a great way to use leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and it will warm you up on a cold fall or winter day! Ham Bone and Potato Soup Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Other recipes to use leftover ham you may like:




This recipe is ready in these steps:

In a large soup pot, add ham bone, meat and juices
Add water until ham bone is covered
Cook over medium high, then add onion
Cook, then remove ham bone and set aside
Add potatoes, cook until potatoes are tender
Meanwhile, pull excess ham from the bone and add it to the soup
Remove from heat and serve


Full recipe below


This homemade soup is easy and delicious! It's a great way to use leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and it will warm you up on a cold fall or winter day! Ham Bone and Potato Soup Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


You can add or substitute with the following ingredients:

  • fresh sliced mushrooms
  • frozen peas
  • fresh minced garlic
  • heavy cream
  • sliced carrots
  • chopped fresh cauliflower
  • fresh chopped herbs
  • chopped green beans
  • corn kernels


This homemade soup is easy and delicious! It's a great way to use ham leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and it will warm you up on a cold fall or winter day! Simple ingredients made into pure comfort food!


Looking for more soup recipes?



What readers are saying about this recipe:

Beth- A perfect cold day feeling crappy soup! Warmed me from the inside out.

Vickie- Made this with left over ham. I used chicken broth instead of water. Flavor was awesome.


This homemade soup is easy and delicious! It's a great way to use ham leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and it will warm you up on a cold fall or winter day! Simple ingredients made into pure comfort food!


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Stovetop or Slow Cooker Ham Bone and Potato Soup

Yield: 6 servings
Author:

Ingredients:

  • 1 leftover ham bone plus juices and extra meat from cooking
  • water
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • black pepper, if needed

Instructions:

  1. In a large soup pot, add ham bone, meat and juices. Add water until ham bone is covered. Season with black pepper, if desired.
  2. Cook over medium high heat for 20 minutes, then add onion. Cook for another 15 minutes, then remove ham bone and set aside.
  3. Add potatoes, cook for another 10-12 minutes until potatoes are tender. Meanwhile, pull excess ham from the bone and add it to the soup as the potatoes are cooking. Remove from heat and serve.
  4. For slow cooker option, follow directions as above, but cook for 2-3 hours on high, then add potatoes and cook on high for another 30-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
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This homemade soup is easy and delicious! It's a great way to use ham leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter and it will warm you up on a cold fall or winter day! Simple ingredients made into pure comfort food!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jul 9, 2017

Loaded Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

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A hearty and flavor packed salad with bacon, egg, tomato, parmesan cheese and croutons! Perfect for lunch, an appetizer or side dish!

A hearty and flavor packed salad with bacon, egg, tomato, parmesan cheese and croutons! Perfect for lunch, an appetizer or side dish! Loaded Kale Caesar Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Hey lovelies!

I'm back after a month away from the blog with a delicious and summery salad!

Jun 4, 2017

Easy Homemade Garlic Butter Croutons Recipe

A delicious and inexpensive way to make your own croutons! Use day old bread, buns or any other bread you have on hand! Great on salad, soup or even as a snack!

Easy Homemade Garlic Butter Croutons


A delicious and inexpensive way to make your own croutons! Use day old bread, buns or any other bread you have on hand! Great on salad, soup or even as a snack! Easy Homemade Garlic Butter Croutons Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!


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Time flies.

How was it that I last posted on May 14th?

This is very typical of spring and summer in Minnesota. We always seem to have plans and have to take advantage of the nice weather since we only have a few months of it during the summer!

May 14, 2017

Amazing Rhubarb Cobbler Recipe

This lovely springtime rhubarb dessert couldn't be any easier! Simple ingredients, ready in less than an hour and so good with the sweet and tangy flavors!


Amazing Rhubarb Cobbler



This lovely springtime rhubarb dessert couldn't be any easier! Simple ingredients, ready in less than an hour and so good with the sweet and tangy flavors! Top with whipped cream or ice cream for that extra bite of sweetness!



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May 7, 2017

One Pan Baked Paprika Chicken with Vegetables Recipe

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Super easy and delicious chicken with potatoes, tomatoes, onions and garlic! Enough for the whole family and bakes in one hour!

Super easy and delicious chicken with potatoes, tomatoes, onions and garlic! Enough for the whole family and bakes in one hour! One Pan Baked Paprika Chicken with Vegetables Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



It's finally spring in MN! We had snow on Monday, but it's been gorgeous ever since!

The apple trees and cherry bushes have blossomed and the rhubarb plants are huge! It's my favorite time of year.

Apr 30, 2017

Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic Paprika Butter Recipe

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An easy side or meatless main dish for any mushroom lover! Goes great with most anything including chicken, beef, pork, pasta or rice!

An easy side or meatless main dish for any mushroom lover! Goes great with most anything including chicken, beef, pork, pasta or rice! Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic Paprika Butter Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Ahhh, mushrooms! How I love this amazing food!

It's been awhile since I've posted a mushroom recipe here on the blog. I still love them more than ever, but no one else in my family does! They don't know what's good for them. 😉

Bluebird Cakery in Mankato, Minnesota

All the cupcakes you could want and more! Delicious cupcakes, beautiful interior, all located in downtown Mankato! A definite must try if you're a cupcake lover!

All the cupcakes you could want and more! Delicious cupcakes, beautiful interior, all located in downtown Mankato! A definite must try if you're a cupcake lover! Bluebird Cakery in Mankato, Minnesota



I had the pleasure of visiting my sister and her family in Mankato over Easter weekend! Whenever we hang out, we always have to eat some good food and visit either book stores, thrift stores or antique stores!

Apr 9, 2017

Baked Sticky Rhubarb Pudding Recipe

This non-traditional rhubarb dessert will be a new springtime family favorite! Serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top for an extra treat!

Baked Sticky Rhubarb Pudding


This easy and non-traditional rhubarb dessert will be a new spring and summer family favorite! Serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top for an extra treat! Great for potlucks, picnics or barbecues!


La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop in Phoenix, Arizona

Fresh, light and delicious! One of the best taco restaurants in the Phoenix, Arizona area! A new favorite place to get your Mexican food fix!

Fresh, light and delicious! One of the best taco restaurants in the Phoenix, Arizona area! A new favorite place to get your Mexican food fix! La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop in Phoenix, Arizona



Are you visiting Phoenix for the first time, or just looking for a new favorite place to eat?

Look no further! La Santisima is that spot!

Apr 2, 2017

Rustic Dill Tomato Soup Recipe #SundaySupper

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This soup will warm your belly and soul! So flavorful and filling! Great served with croutons, crackers or some crusty bread for lunch, dinner or an appetizer!

This soup will warm your belly and soul! So flavorful and filling! Great served with croutons, crackers or some crusty bread for lunch, dinner or an appetizer! Rustic Dill Tomato Soup Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Good morning and happy Sunday!

I'm back with a super tasty recipe today that I'm so excited to share with all of you!

Not only do I have this soup recipe to share, but I'm including tons of recipe links from my Sunday Supper blogging friends. All of these recipes use fresh tomatoes and are oh, so good!

Mar 30, 2017

Best Ever Breakfast or Brunch Strawberry Fruit Salad Recipe plus 6 More Amazing Berry Recipes!

This fruit salad is the perfect addition to any meal! It's simple with a great variety of fruit and a delicious sweet lemon sauce to bring it all together!

Best Ever Breakfast Strawberry Fruit Salad


This fruit salad is the perfect addition to any meal! It's simple with a great variety of fruit, and a delicious sweet lemon sauce to bring it all together! Best Ever Breakfast or Brunch Strawberry Fruit Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


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Mar 19, 2017

Savory Coconut Red Beans and Rice Recipe

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A wonderful savory rice and beans side dish with bits of bacon and jalapeno! Goes great with beef, chicken, fish or pork!

A wonderful savory rice and beans side dish with bits of bacon and jalapeno! Goes great with beef, chicken, fish or pork! Coconut Red Beans and Rice Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Today's recipe is a new family favorite!

After posting so many different rice dishes over the years such as Riz Gras aka Fat Rice, Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo, Buttery Lemon Garlic Rice, or even the Blueberry and Wild Rice Breakfast Bowl, it's great when I make a new one to add to the favorites list!

Feb 23, 2017

Cheesy Beef and Kale Penne Pasta Recipe plus 8 More Comfort Food Pasta Recipes

Need a new weeknight dinner? This tasty pasta is ready in less than 30 minutes and is full of cheesy, beefy goodness!


Cheesy Beef and Kale Penne Pasta


Need a new weeknight dinner? This tasty pasta is ready in less than 30 minutes and is full of cheesy, beefy goodness! Cheesy Beef and Kale Penne Pasta Recipe plus 8 More Comfort Food Pasta Recipes from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


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Need a new weeknight dinner? This tasty pasta is ready in less than 30 minutes and is full of cheesy, beefy goodness!


If you've been following me for awhile, then you know I have a huge love for everything pasta! 💜

It's my family's and my favorite!

Bookish Post: Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson plus Giveaway!

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Hey everyone!

I'm back with another bookish post and giveaway!


Today's feature is the book Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson! While I haven't read this book yet, it's sitting on my nightstand next in line!

Feb 16, 2017

Stewed Goat or Mutton with Tomatoes and Peppers Recipe

Slow simmered to perfection! Tender and flavorful! Also delicious with beef and serve over rice for a complete meal!

Slow simmered to perfection! Tender and flavorful! Also delicious with beef and serve over rice for a complete meal! Stewed Goat with Tomatoes and Peppers Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Today's post isn't your typical beef, chicken or fish recipe. In fact, it's an amazing recipe for goat!

My boyfriend is originally from Burkina Faso, so since we've started dating, goat and lamb have become a regular thing in my diet! I do have to say I really love both of them, and it's been great to change things up a bit from the typical meats I usually prepare!

Jan 25, 2017

Creamy Dill Pickle Potato Chip Dip Recipe

Love pickles? This dip is the most delicious party, holiday or game day recipe! Full of creamy, tangy and salty goodness!

Love pickles? This dip is the most delicious party, holiday or game day recipe! Full of creamy, tangy and salty goodness! Creamy Dill Pickle Potato Chip Dip Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



It's no secret. I LOVE pickles. Well, pretty much anything pickled.

My Dad is 100% German. My siblings and I grew up eating tons of pickled foods and we even made homemade pickles from our huge, country garden.

Jan 6, 2017

Easy Homemade Apple and Pear Crisp Recipe

A family favorite dessert that's tried and true! The crispy topping is buttery and sweet and the pears and apples are a perfect combo!

Apple and Pear Crisp


A family favorite dessert that's tried and true! The crispy topping is buttery and sweet and the pears and apples are a perfect combo! Apple and Pear Crisp Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


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Dining with Ella at Quark's American Bento in St Cloud, Minnesota

Thanks to Quarks American Bento for sponsoring this post. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hi! I'm Ella!




Sheena is my mom and I'm guest posting today. I'm going to tell you all about my favorite restaurant, Quark's American Bento in St Cloud, Minnesota.


My Mom wrote about Quark's here earlier this year and now I'm going to be telling you about their kids meals and my favorite things to eat there.

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