Twice-Baked Loaded Potato Casserole

Twice-Baked Loaded Potato Casserole


> Cooking spray

> 3 lbs russet potatoes

> 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) Vital Farms ® Unsalted Butter

> 1/2 cup low-fat milk

> 1 (7.5 oz) pkg chive and onion cream cheese or 1 (8oz) pkg regular cream cheese

> 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream, room temperature

> 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions, divided

> 1 (7 oz) pkg shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, divided

> 1 (2.1 oz) pkg fully cooked bacon, chopped, divided

> Paprika (optional)



> 2 (24 oz) pkgs Nature’s Promise Yukon Gold mashed potatoes


> 1 (5.25 oz) pkg Morningstar Farms ® Veggie Bacon Strips

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    Preheat oven to 350°F and coat a 2-qt baking dish with the cooking spray. Peel and cut the potatoes into 2-inch chunks. Add potatoes and salt to a large pot of cold water and heat to a boil on high. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer 15 min., until fork-tender. Drain potatoes well and return to pot

    In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and milk. Microwave 1–2 min., until milk is hot and butter is melted. Add milk mixture to potatoes and mash coarsely. Stir in the cream cheese and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper. Mash until smooth, taking care not to the overwork potatoes.

    To pot, stir in half the green onions, half the shredded cheese, and half the bacon. Spoon the mixture into prepared baking dish. Top with remaining green onions, cheese, and bacon. Sprinkle with the paprika, if using. Bake 25–30 min., until heated through and cheese is melted.


    For a shortcut version, warm 2 (24 oz) pkgs Nature’s Promise® Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes according to package directions. Omit the butter and milk. Add the cream cheese and sour cream to pre-made potatoes. 

    Then stir in half the green onions, cheese, and bacon, as directed.

    Make this holiday casserole vegetarian by swapping regular bacon for savory veggie bacon strips. They cook up just as crispy-perfect for crumbling on top.

    Cherry Coffee Cake

    Cherry Coffee Cake


    > Cooking spray

    > 1 (12 oz) pkg frozen sweet dark pitted cherries, thawed

    > 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature

    > 1 cup sugar

    > 4 large eggs

    > 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream

    > 1 tsp almond extract

    > 2 cups all-purpose flour

    > 2 tsp baking powder

    > 2 tsp ground cinnamon

    > 1/2 tsp salt

    > Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

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      Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9- to 10-inch Bundt or tube pan with the cooking spray. Drain the cherries. Add cherries to prepared pan.

      In a large bowl, with a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Beat on medium 2–3 min., until fluffy. To bowl, add the eggs, sour cream, and almond extract. Beat until combined. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In batches, add flour mixture to batter and beat until just smooth.

      Pour batter over cherries, using a spatula to spread evenly and smooth top. Bake 45–50 min., until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 min. Invert pan onto a serving dish and continue to cool completely. If desired, dust with the confectioners’ sugar.

      Slow-Roasted Top Sirloin with Creamy Horseradish-Herb Sauce

      Slow-Roasted Top Sirloin with Creamy Horseradish-Herb Sauce


      > 1 (1/2 oz) pkg Nature’s Promise® Organic Roasting Blend (Rosemary, Thyme and Parsley)

      > 4 cloves garlic, minced

      > 1 (3- 4 lb) top sirloin

      > 1 tbsp olive oil

      > 1 cup fat-free sour cream

      > 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

      > 1/3 cup prepared horseradish

      > 1 tsp lemon juice

      > 3/4 tsp dry mustard

      > 2 tbsp chopped chives, plus more to garnish

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        Preheat oven to 425°F with an oven rack in middle position. From the herb blend, remove thyme and rosemary leaves. Finely chop enough to total ½ tbsp of each. Reserve all remaining herbs for later. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Rub the beef with the oil and then herb mixture. Add beef to a roasting pan.

        Roast beef 20 min. Decrease oven temperature to 250°F and continue roasting 2 hours longer, until a meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium-rare. Transfer to a carving board and cover loosely with foil. Let rest at least 10 min.

        Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, yogurt, horseradish, lemon juice, and dry mustard. Finely chop reserved herb leaves. Stir herbs and chives into sauce and season with salt and pepper. Garnish sauce with more chives. Thinly slice beef and serve with horseradish-herb sauce.


        For more flavor, season the beef 1 day before roasting. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until ready to roast.

        The Best Thanksgiving Leftover Wraps

        The Best Thanksgiving Leftover Wraps


        For the sweet potatoes 

        1 sweet potato medium, sliced into wedges

        1 tablespoon olive oil

        salt and pepper

        1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

        For the turkey

        16 oz turkey breast or chicken, or ham

        1 tablespoon olive oil

        1/2 teaspoon salt

        1/4 teaspoon pepper

        1 teaspoon dried sage

        1/2 teaspoon thyme

        1 teaspoon rosemary plus 1 more teaspoon if using fresh

        For the cranberry sauce

        1 1/2 cup cranberries whole, fresh or frozen

        1/3 cup granulated sugar

        1/4 teaspoon salt

        1/2 cup water

        2 teaspoons lemon juice

        For everything else

        3 cup kale roughly chopped

        1 tablespoon olive oil

        salt and pepper

        3 tablespoon mayo

        1 teaspoon Sriracha plus more to taste

        1 cup shredded cheddar cheese sub shredded cheese of your choice

        4 tortillas large, sub gluten-free

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          Preheat your oven to 425 F (225 C). You’ll be putting the sweet potatoes and the turkey in the oven at the same time. (Skip the turkey step if you’re using leftovers!)

          Skip this step if you are using leftover turkey!

          In a small baking dish, combine the turkey, half of the olive oil, salt, pepper, sage, thyme, and rosemary. Use your hands or a spoon to toss the turkey well in the seasonings. 

          Combine the sweet potatoes, remaining oil, salt, pepper, and cinnamon together right on a sheet pan. Use your hands to toss the sweet potatoes in olive oil and seasonings. 

          Cover the turkey with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.

          Bake the sweet potatoes for 25-30 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are soft. Flipping halfway is optional. Remove from the oven and set aside.

          After 25 minutes, uncover the turkey and bake it for another 5-10 minutes, until it is firm to the touch and the internal temperature reaches 165 F (74 C). Remove from the oven and set aside to rest/cool.

          While the sweet potato and turkey bake, make the cranberries (skip this step if you have leftover cranberry sauce). In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a simmer. Add the cranberries along with a pinch of salt and cook, uncovered, over low heat. The cranberries will bubble and burst and the water will be mostly evaporated. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Set the cranberry sauce aside. It will thicken as it cools.

          For the kale (skip this step if using spinach): add the kale to a large bowl with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Use your hands to “massage” the olive oil and salt into the kale which softens membranes. The kale should be bright green in color when ready.

          Chop/slice the cooked turkey.

          In a small bowl, mix the sriracha and mayo together with a fork. Set aside.

          Once all of the ingredients have cooled, assemble the wraps. Spread 1/4 of the sriracha mayo on the wrap, followed by 1/4 of the kale, 1/4 of the turkey, 1/4 of the cranberry sauce, 1/4 of sweet potato wedges, followed by 1/4 of the cheese. Wrap and roll then set aside and repeat. 

          Optional step: You can “seal” the wraps by heating up a nonstick pan, greasing it with a little cooking spray, and placing your wraps seam-side-down for a few minutes. This helps them stay together in the fridge. You can also do this right before you eat it (which is what I did).

          Store wraps in a large zip-top bag or container for up to four days.

          Crock-Pot Chicken and Dumplings

          Crock-Pot Chicken and Dumplings


          1 onion, chopped

          1 1/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts

          1 tsp. dried oregano

          Kosher salt

          Freshly ground black pepper

          2 (10.5-oz.) cans cream of chicken soup

          2 c. low-sodium chicken broth

          4 sprigs fresh thyme

          1 bay leaf

          2 stalks celery, chopped

          2 large carrots, peeled and chopped 

          1 c. frozen peas, thawed

          3 cloves garlic, minced

          1 (16.3-oz.) can refrigerated biscuits

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            1. Scatter onion in the bottom of a large slow cooker then top with chicken. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper.
            2. Pour soup and broth over chicken, then add thyme and bay leaf. Cover and cook on High until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 hours.
            3. Discard thyme and bay leaf, then shred chicken with two forks. Stir in celery, carrots, peas, and garlic. Cut or tear biscuits into small bite-sized pieces then stir into chicken mixture. Spoon liquid over any biscuits at the top. 
            4. Cook on High until vegetables are tender and biscuits are cooked through, stirring every 30 minutes, about 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes more. 
            Why You Need Commercial Property Insurance

            Why You Need Commercial Property Insurance

            Commercial property coverage, also called business property insurance, is an important part of your small business coverage. It protects you from many of the risks that come with owning or renting a space for your company.

            In many cases, landlords and mortgage lenders require commercial property insurance coverage. However, investing in a policy is a great choice either way. That way you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your business is safe.

            What is Covered Under Commercial Property Insurance?

            A commercial property insurance policy protects your business from physical losses including:

            Owned and Rented Buildings – Whether you’re using a storefront or an office, your commercial property coverage protects the building itself from fire, burglary, lightning, wind and more.

            Furniture and Other Items – Many of the items inside your business, such as desks, chairs, lighting fixtures, and more, also have protection. 

            Supplies and Equipment – Your commercial property insurance policy also protects office supplies and equipment. This includes things like computers, registers, or anything else you need to do business.

            Inventory – This is especially important for retail stores and similar businesses. In the event of a loss, your policy protects your business’ product inventory.

            Garlic Bread Steak Bites With Horseradish Cream

            Garlic Bread Steak Bites With Horseradish Cream


            • 1 lb of Sirloin Steaks
            • *I buy the petite sirloin steaks from Aldi that come three to a package for under $10
            • 1 long loaf of French Baguette or French Bread
            • 1 Stick of Butter
            • Worcestershire Sauce
            • Salt and Pepper
            • Garlic Powder
            • Dried Parsley
            • *Optional Horseradish Cream Sauce*
            • 3/4 cup of sour cream
            • Fresh Horseradish To Taste
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              1. Remove steaks from package and pat dry. Place on a plate and season very well on both sides with salt and pepper. Kosher salt and cracked black pepper is best. Then let the meat rest on the counter for at least 30 minutes.
              2. Add 3 tablespoons of the butter to a heavy skillet. Let the butter melt and let the skillet get very hot, but not smoking.
              3. Add the steaks to the skillet and let them cook for about 5 to 6 minutes. My steaks were about 1 inch thick. If your steaks are thicker or thinner, adjust the cook time to less or more. Flip the steaks only one time, and let the other side cook for about 5 to 6 minutes. The turn off heat and let the steaks rest in the pan for five minutes, then put on cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let rest ten minutes.
              4. In the meantime, slice your french bread into thicker slices, a little less than 1 inch thick. Soften your butter if it is not soft and spread each slice with butter, then salt and pepper each slice and add a sprinkle of garlic powder and parsley.
              5. I placed my bread slices in my air fryer for 5 minutes at 360 degrees. They can also be baked in the oven until crispy. Whichever way you cook your bread keep an eye on them so they don’t get too well done.
              6. Slice your steak across the grain (cut across the short side and down the whole length) Slice the steak into thin slices. I then sprinkle all the slices with a little Worcestershire sauce. *You can make the steak a day ahead of time and slice it the day you serve this appetizer. The steak can be served cold on the warm bread or you can reheat the steak in a hot skillet for a few minutes and then be sure to let it rest again before slicing.
              7. If you choose to make the horseradish cream, combine your sour cream, horseradish to taste, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, parsley and stir until smooth.
              8. Lay your steak slices across each slice of bread (2 slices of steak on each bread) top with the horseradish cream and another sprinkle of black pepper.
              9. You can also garnish with sliced chives or green onions
              French Dip Biscuits

              French Dip Biscuits


              1 can refrigerated biscuits (8-count)

              1 lb. thinly sliced deli roast beef

              2 Tbsp. creamy horseradish sauce or to taste

              8 slices provolone cheese

              1 (1-oz) packet Au Jus Gravy mix


              Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

              Separate each biscuit into two layers. Spread each layer with horseradish sauce.

              Top half of the biscuit layers with provolone cheese slice and roast beef. Top meat and cheese with remaining biscuit layers and pinch edges to seal. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.

              While biscuits are baking, prepare Au Jus Gravy mix according to package directions.

              Notes: Can use your favorite cheese in place of provolone – pepper jack, cheddar, or white cheddar would all be good.

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              Amish Cinnamon Bread

              Amish Cinnamon Bread


              1 cup butter, softened

              2 cups sugar

              2 eggs

              2 cups buttermilk or homemade buttermilk— 2 cups milk plus 

              2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice

              4 cups flour

              Cinaspoons baking soda 

              Cinnamon/sugar mixture:

              2/3 cups sugar

              2 teaspoons cinnamon


              Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs. Add milk, flour, and baking soda. Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each pan). Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 c sugar and cinnamon.

              Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in each pan. Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping. Swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min. or until toothpick tester comes clean. Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 2 loaves

              Broccoli Casserole
              Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 4 Cybersecurity Behaviors To Adopt

              Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 4 Cybersecurity Behaviors To Adopt

              In 2023, cybercrime is expected to cost the world $8 trillion, according to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures. Yes, you read that right. 

              Cybercrime is a fact of life in our digital world. But there’s still a lot you can do to protect yourself. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. In this article, we’ll cover the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) four key cybersecurity behaviors: 

              Enabling multifactor authentication 

              Using strong passwords

              Updating software 

              Recognizing and reporting phishing attempts 

              Enable multifactor authentication 

              Multifactor authentication (MFA) adds a layer of security to your online accounts. Instead of just relying on a username and password, MFA uses a second form of verification. This might be a fingerprint scan or a one-time code texted to your cellphone. You’ve likely used MFA before, especially if you use services like mobile banking. 

              While MFA is well worth the extra step, it can be hacked. This sometimes happens when users approve unsolicited requests. (For example, you get an unexpected text message asking if you attempted to log in to your mobile bank account and you click “Yes” to make the message go away.) 

              Never approve unexpected or unknown access requests. Instead, contact the platform using trusted contact information, like the number on the back of your credit card. Don’t call the contact number or click the link in the message. Hackers fake contacts as part of their scams. And remember to change your password right away. 

              This brings us to the importance of strong passwords. 

              Use strong passwords 

              Passwords are your primary defense, so make them strong. A strong password is: 

              Long. Use at least 12 characters. 

              Unique. Use a different password for each account. 

              Complex. Include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. 

              Passphrases are one example of passwords that are hard to guess but easy to remember. Instead of “Cats!” use “I_AM_a_c@t_fan!” 

              While you may have been told to change your passwords often, NIST now says not to change your passwords unless you believe they’ve been compromised. That’s because constantly changing your passwords can lead to reusing or creating weak passwords. Instead of changing your passwords, focus your energy on creating strong passwords that are hard to crack. 

              Another best practice is to use a password manager. A password manager does what it sounds like; it manages your passwords, so you don’t have to remember them all. If you use a password manager, you only have to remember one master password.

              Update your software 

              Updating your devices’ software regularly ensures you’re running the latest versions. Software updates often include security patches to repair vulnerabilities. 

              Setting up automatic updates can help ensure your software is always up to date. Just make sure the updates come from verified sources. Never download updates from pop-ups on websites. These could be phishing attempts masquerading as updates. 

              Software updates may be inconvenient, but they’re an effective tool for defending against cybercrime. Hackers exploit vulnerabilities to access data. 

              Recognize and report phishing 

              Phishing is when hackers pose as trustworthy entities to access sensitive information. Phishing can be done through emails, texts, phone calls, social media posts or direct messages. 

              To recognize phishing, it helps to know the red flags. The National Cybersecurity Alliance says to look for suspicious elements like: 

              Unrealistic offers 

              Urgent or threatening language 

              Bad grammar or misspellings 

              Generic greetings 

              Requests for personal information 

              Unexpected hyperlinks or attachments 

              Bizarre business requests 

              Inconsistent information (For example, the email address doesn’t match the alleged sender.) 

              If you receive a suspicious message, don’t respond directly or click on any links or attachments. Instead, look up the number or website for the alleged sender. Then verify the authenticity of the message. 

              Finally, report suspected phishing emails. If the phishing attempt was sent to your work email, report it to your company’s IT security department. If it was sent to your personal email, report it to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (a partner of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team). 

              Make cyber hygiene a habit 

              Being vigilant about cybersecurity can go a long way toward protecting you against cybercrime. Good cyber hygiene like setting strong passwords may be inconvenient now, but it can save you a major headache in the future.