Ingredient Spotlight: 5+ Recipes for Peanut Butter and Jelly Lovers

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Cake


Of all the food combinations in the world, peanut butter and jelly is my favorite.  If you share the PB&J love, then you’re going to love today’s post.

Before we get to the recipes (and you link up your recipes!), I wanted to let you know where things stand with Ingredient Spotlight.  I’ve been hosing this weekly link up for several years now.  I have loved it! I find new recipes to try and new blogs to follow.  I’ve met new blog friends too.  Ingredient Spotlight has even influenced and inspired my Pinterest boards.

The last few months, I’ve been sharing the hosting of this weekly party with SnoWhite from Finding Joy in My Kitchen.  Starting next week, she is going to take the reins of Ingredient Spotlight and run with it.  I hope you’ll visit her and participate over there.  She has lots of ideas for different ingredients that we’ve never done here on Eat at Home.

Now for the PB&J recipes.  I was actually surprised that I only have 5 of these.   [Read more…]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Quinoa



That picture above is the only quinoa recipe I have on my blog.

I have to admit that I haven’t fallen in love with quinoa the way the rest of the internet seems to.  I need to do a little more experimenting and trying recipes for it, I suppose.  But there’s something a little strange about the way quinoa looks.  The little round pieces remind me of eyes.  And then there are the stray “lash” shaped things.

I know.  That wasn’t the kind of description a good food blogger should write.  But that’s how I feel about quinoa.  I also know that it’s a very healthy grain that’s good for me.  So, I try to get past the texture thing and learn to really like it.  On a scale of hate to love, I’m at tolerate.  Progress.

So, because I’m no quinoa expert, I’ve rounded up some recipes from a few other bloggers.  And at the bottom of this post is a place for you to add your quinoa recipes.



Lynn is the queen of quinoa knowledge and recipes.  She’s got lots of recipes for quinoa, including this one with facts about the grain and 5 recipes (chocolate things too!).

Also check out Lynn’s Quinoa Fried Rice and Quinoa Brownies.

Once a Month Mom has a recipe for Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites.  And yes, that is a freezer recipe.

Now it’s your turn.  Link up as many recipes using quinoa as you like.  Just be sure to include a link back to Eat at Home.


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Ingredient Spotlight: Eggs 2013

Do you have a lot of eggs left from Easter?  I somehow have about 2 dozen eggs in the fridge.  It doesn’t relate to Easter for me though.  I’m not sure how I ended up with so many.

But it does mean we get to have breakfast for dinner soon.

I’ve got a lot of recipes that use eggs on the site, but I want to highlight two for this post.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole is an easy way to fix breakfast or brunch.

Kentucky Hot Brown Bake doesn’t seem like it would require eggs at all.  But it uses 4 of them.

I can’t wait to see your favorite way to use eggs.  Link up as many recipes for eggs as you like, just be sure to include a link back to Eat at Home.


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Ingredient Spotlight: Coffee 2013

We love coffee at our house.  Four of us drink coffee every morning (some more often than that).  My youngest daughter also loves coffee, but she doesn’t get it every day.  My oldest son is still a hold out.  Even though he doesn’t like drinking coffee, he will eat coffee flavored desserts.

Jim has even roasted his own coffee.  It’s been  a while since he’s had any green beans to roast.

Here are a few of my recipes that use coffee:   [Read more…]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Tortillas 2013

Tortillas are a pantry staple for good reason.  They’re inexpensive and versatile.

I’ve got lots of recipes on this site that use tortillas.  Here are a few from the past year:

Easy Crockpot Beef Fajitas – Your house will smell amazing while these cook.

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas – This is one of the most popular recipes on my site.

Italian Sausage Enchiladas – On this post, you’ll find the recipe for these, but also ideas for changing the recipe to use what you have in your pantry.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas start with boneless pork chops.  These are a new family favorite.

I can’t wait to see your recipes that use tortillas.  Link up as many as you like, but include a link back to Eat at Home.


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My Favorite Way to Pop Popcorn, Our Favorite Kind of Popcorn and Recipes

I like popcorn.  But Jim loves popcorn.  He makes it at least 3 times a week.  And always on a Sunday night.

We’ve tried various kinds of poppers, from microwave to stove top.  But the kind that works best for us is this Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper.

You just add vegetable oil and popcorn kernels and plug it in.  A few minutes later, the popcorn is perfectly popped.  Just remember to put the cover on.  Jim forgot that step once and left the kitchen to do something.  When he came back, there was popcorn all over the kitchen!

We also have a favorite kind of popcorn.  White is best and the absolute best is Tiny Tender White.  And the best place to get it is Yoder’s, which is also available on Amazon.

I only have one recipe for popcorn and that’s for Caramel Corn.  But I can’t wait to see what you’ve got!  Link up as many recipes as you like.  Just be sure to include a link back to Eat at Home.


Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cherries and Pomegranates

I love cherries, but I have a confession about pomegranates.  I’ve only bought one pomegranate ever.  I don’t remember what I made with it.  I really don’t even know what pomegranates taste like.

And I couldn’t find one in the store in order to take its picture for this post.  So, I’m a pom failure.

That just means that I need all of you to kick in and share your pomegranate recipes.

But I can’t let this opportunity pass by to share my friend, Mara’s blog.  Kosher on a Budget is one of my favorite deal blogs to read (she had the best holiday deals this past December!)  Her blog header has pomegranates and I always think of her when I see this pretty fruit.

Mara also has a great video on her site about seeding a pomegranate without making a mess.

As for cherries, I do have a few recipes for those.  Cherry Squares is my favorite.

I’d love to see your recipes for these pretty red fruits.  Link up as many as you like.  I just ask that you include a link back to Eat at Home.


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I’m so excited to celebrate bacon again this year!  Bacon-fest was one of the most popular Ingredient Spotlights last year and the Pinterest board has a good following as well.

Here are a few of my recipes using bacon from 2012.

Kentucky Hot Brown Bake

5 Minute BLT Salad

Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole

I can’t wait to see the recipes you’ve made during the last year.  Feel free to link up as many as you like, just be sure to include a link back to Eat at Home.  Bacon-fest is on!



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Ingredient Spotlight: Tea (and Spiced Chai Tea Muffin recipe)

I love tea.  My very, very favorite is Bigelow Constant Comment.  But lately, I’ve also been loving the Spiced Chai and Vanilla Chai from Bigelow.

My afternoon snack almost always includes a cup of tea.  My tea basket is always on the counter, ready for me to choose the flavor of the day.

But did you know you can also bake with tea?

I chose the Spiced Chai to make these muffins.  They remind me a bit of coffee cake (tea cake?), but with more flavor.  I topped them with cinnamon streusel.  And of course, they’re perfect with a cup of tea.

The recipe and a photo of the ingredients is near the bottom of the post.  But I wanted to give you a chance to share your recipes that are perfect for pairing with tea.

Link up any recipe you like that you love enjoying with your favorite cup of tea.  If you’ve got a recipe that uses tea as an ingredient, we’d love to see that too!  And if you have a post about Bigelow Tea, be sure to link that up as well.  We’ll be pinning your posts on the Bigelow Tea Board and Recipes to Enjoy with Tea board.  You can follow Bigelow Tea on  TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Spiced Chai Tea Muffins:


Spiced Chai Tea Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Serves: 1 dozen muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup strong brewed Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
For the topping
  • 5 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 5 Tbs. flour
  1. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix butter, sugar and eggs.
  3. Add brewed tea, milk and vanilla to wet ingredients and mix till well blended.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir gently till well combined.
  5. Divide evenly between 12 muffin tins.
  6. Using a fork, combine all ingredients for topping until you have crumbs.
  7. Sprinkle on top of muffins.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes.
To make the strong, brewed tea use 1 or 2 tea bags and ¼ cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes.

Disclosure:  I have been compensated for my time and provided with samples from Bigelow Tea.  All tea loving opinions are my own.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cocoa 2012

This is the last Ingredient Spotlight of the year.  What better way to close out the year than with cocoa?  I can’t wait to see all the chocolatey desserts you’ve got lined up for this one.

Of course, not every recipe that uses cocoa is a dessert.  (Cincinnati chili comes to mind.)

Here are a few of my cocoa recipes:  [Read more…]

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