croque monsieur paninis

croque monsieur paninis are an easy & delicious lunch or brunch meal. a seriously simple, yet seriously elegant way to use up easter ham leftovers or to entertain a couple of girlfriends for a casual weekend lunch (just don't forget the rosé!) | croque monsieur, sandwich, french recipe, girls night, easy recipe, easter, easy entertaining |

these croque monsieur paninis have everything there is to love about croque monsieur PLUS everything there is to love about paninis:  creamy béchamel, salty ham, melty & gooey swiss cheese & good, chewy french sourdough grilled & pressed to golden perfection.  a seriously simple, yet seriously elegant way to use up easter leftovers or entertain a couple of girlfriends for a weekend lunch (just don’t forget the rosé!).  can we talk about guilty pleasures for a…

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buffalo chicken sliders

buffalo chicken sliders make the perfect game day snack & the best part is that they come together in 20 minutes from start to finish & feed a crowd of up to 12 people…it doesn’t get easier than that! | game day recipe, easy entertaining, buffalo chicken recipe, sliders recipe |

hawaiian sweet rolls stuffed full of spicy buffalo chicken, topped with tangy feta (or bleu cheese, if you prefer!) & thinly sliced roasted red peppers & baked until warm & crusty, these buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect game day snack!  the best part is that these buffalo chicken sliders coming together in 20 minutes from start to finish & feed a crowd of up to 12 people…it doesn’t get easier than that! so let’s…

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marsala pasta with spicy italian sausage & mushrooms

rigatoni tossed into a creamy marsala pan sauce with spicy italian sausage & mushrooms, cozy enough for a date night at home & easy enough to throw together for a spontaneous weeknight dinner with friends | pasta recipe | creamy marsala pasta sauce | easy pasta recipe | date night recipe | date night idea

a comforting marsala pasta, with rigatoni noodles tossed into a creamy marsala pan sauce with spicy italian sausage & mushrooms.  marsala pasta is cozy enough for a date night with bae on the sofa (& totally guy-approved!), but also easy & elegant enough to throw together for a spontaneous weeknight dinner with friends.  paired with a big, hearty red wine, this marsala pasta will have you ditching the reservations & enjoying a pasta feast from…

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spatchcocking a turkey: the art of perfectly roasting a turkey

spatchcocked roasted turkey via playswellwithbutter | whether you've been roasting turkey for years or you're hosting your first friendsgiving dinner this year, spatchcocking is a miracle method for roasting your thanksgiving turkey. by spatchcocking your turkey, you can roast the perfectly juicy, evenly cooked, & flavorful turkey in less than 2 hours total(!!!) & free up your oven for other delicious pies & sides. learn more about spatchcocking at playswellwithbutter.com!

spatchcocking is a miracle method for roasting your thanksgiving turkey this year, equally perfect for beginners to turkey roasting & seasoned turkey roasting experts.  by spatchcocking your turkey, you can roast the perfectly juicy, evenly cooked, & flavorful 14-lb turkey in 90 minutes(!!!).  spatchcocking will make your thanksgiving this year a total breeze! so.  let’s talk turkey.  does the idea of roasting a whole turkey intimidate you so much that you avoid hosting your family’s thanksgiving…

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25 make-ahead meals for an easy & healthy week

25 more make-ahead meals via playswellwithbutter | with just a little planning in advance & a little organization over the weekend, you can set yourself up with a week’s worth of delicious meals that will come together faster than you could order pizza or pick up chipotle.

it’s no secret that i’m a huge fan of meal prep sunday & make-ahead meals.  with just a little planning in advance & a little organization over the weekend, you can set yourself up with a week’s worth of delicious meals that will come together faster than you could order pizza or pick up chipotle.  check out these 25 ideas for make-ahead meals that will help you make it through your busy week! well, i…

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spicy white chili with pulled chicken & beer

white chili via playswellwithbutter | packed with flavor from a carefully built base of onions, chili peppers, & warm spices, this white chili is braised with beer, loaded with pulled roasted chicken breast, & thickened with masa harina. oh, & if that didn't win you over, spoonfuls of white chili make for the perfect vessel for guacamole. #boom.

white chili is the perfect warm & comforting meal for a chilly fall day.  packed with flavor from a carefully built base of onions, chili peppers, & warm spices, this white chili is braised with beer, loaded with pulled roasted chicken breast, & thickened with masa harina.  oh, & if that didn’t win you over, spoonfuls of white chili make for the perfect vessel for guacamole.  #boom.   i told you a while back that september is my all-time…

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best-ever weeknight eggplant lasagna

best ever eggplant lasagna via playswellwithbutter | with its layers of hearty bolognese, creamy ricotta, melty mozzarella, & grilled eggplant, eggplant lasagna the perfect make-ahead dish for a busy weeknight. with less than one lasagna noodle per serving enjoy all the best flavors of lasagna with none of the guilt.

with its layers of hearty bolognese, creamy ricotta, melty mozzarella, & grilled eggplant, eggplant lasagna the perfect make-ahead dish for a busy weeknight.  with less than one lasagna noodle per serving enjoy all the best flavors of lasagna with none of the guilt.  so…i totally have a confession to make.  when i told you a few weeks back about all why september is the best month ever, i left out one very, very important reason: …

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pasta bolognese with bucatini

pasta bolognese with bucatini via playswellwithbutter | classic italian comfort food lightened up as a "fauxlognese" by using ground turkey & tons of veggies without compromising any of the flavor! bring an authentic taste of italy into your home with zero guilt!

bolognese, a traditional meat sauce hailing from the bologna region of northern italy, is quintessential italian comfort food.  both rustic & elegant at the same time, it is so, so easy to make at home, requiring nothing more than a high-quality flavorful meat, pantry staples, aromatics, vino & some tlc.  i lighten up my bolognese up as a “fauxlognese” by using ground turkey & amping up the veggies with extra carrots & onions.  served with…

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caprese turkey burgers with pesto, fresh mozzarella & heirloom tomato

caprese turkey burgers with pesto, fresh mozzarella & heirloom tomato via playswellwithbutter

caprese turkey burgers are the perfect ode to summer.  ground turkey is mixed with farmer’s market kale pesto & grilled to perfection, topped with gooey fresh mozzarella & a beautifully ripened slice of heirloom tomato, these crowd-pleasing caprese turkey burgers definitely need to make their way into your labor day weekend itinerary.  so.  not only do i have a freakish obsession for september, i totally have a thing for holiday weekends. i know what you’re…

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hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde

hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

a delicious hawaiian-inspired fried rice packed with grilled chicken, pineapple, jalapeños & spicy portuguese sausage that all come together to create the perfect balance of a rich, smoky, sweet & spicy bowl.  top this hapa fried rice off with a squeeze of lime & some sliced avocado & you’ll for sure be hooked on this quick, flavorful for the rest of summer. so i told you earlier this summer that chris & i were soon headed to…

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