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Baked Brie

27 Dec

Baked Brie | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
I must have been bad. I woke up to some coal in my stocking. Or rather, a COLD in my stocking. Cruel joke Father Christmas. I can’t taste jack. This hasn’t stopped me from eating, but other than salty and sweet, I’m really not sure what’s going on. I think the realization that I couldn’t taste anything was where I caved and took some cold medicine. I generally abhor medicine; I rarely get sick and when I do, some OJ, vegetables, sleep and my vitamins are all my immune systems needs to get me through! Seeing as how it’s the holidays and I’ve been getting pretty much none of those things — fine Tylenol, you win.

Spending the holidays in zero degree temperatures in Wisconsin probably does not help my cause. But it does help my cheese intake. Oh yes, the rumors you’ve heard are true. This is the land of cheese. Thinking back on the meals I’ve eaten since I arrived, I can’t recall one that didn’t involve cheese.

Baked Brie | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Hence my love for baked brie. Yes, I know brie is French, but it’s still cheese, cheese wrapped in puff pastry with jam. That pretty much ticks my boxes for a perfect party appetizer: salty, sweet, puff pastry, cheese. It looks so fancy, but it’s so easy to make — just don’t forget to thaw the puff pastry. Continue reading

Cheesy Mushroom Pull Apart Bread (Crack Bread)

13 Dec

Crack Bread | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
College bowl season always brings a mix of emotions for me (yes, even the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl or the Bowl or the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl). On the one hand there’s the excitement of the games; you’re taking every school’s traditions, cranking them to 11 and adding more cowbell. And since it’s a bowl game it calls for a party, which calls for drinking, which calls for extra jumping around, yelling and throwing things at the screen. On the other hand, college bowl season marks the end of college football season, which effectively marks the end of the holidays. This means you have January and February to solider through until spring, St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness arrive.

If you plan on celebrating bowl season, you need to make the most of it with some kick ass football watching food. I give you Cheesy Mushroom Pull Apart Bread a.k.a. Crack Bread. As is the case with the Slutty Brownie, I did not name Crack Bread, that was Pinterest, but I can see why it was given this name. It is addictive, it is bad for you, you can’t stop thinking about it and you have a hard time sharing it.

Crack Bread is also like Slutty Brownies in that you can adapt it to your own taste. I’ve seen versions that are more of a pizza flavor or a taco flavor. This one is the original I found on Pinterest   with an insane photo of a chunk of bread connected to the loaf  via a long, thick strand of cheese with mushrooms and green onions dangling. I figured since I’d never made it before I’d stick with the original. I did a mix of provolone and monterey jack and I did not use the poppy seeds. Who needs opiates when you have cheese, I always say. Continue reading

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