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Month: October 2021

Grape Jelly and Ketchup Meatballs Recipe

Grape Jelly and Ketchup Meatballs Recipe: Snack or Side Dish, Go for It!

You may have asked your friend about grape jelly and ketchup meatballs. Your significant ones, or even your children see it somewhere and wonder whether you can make it or not. Although they are not challenging you, you may have felt challenged. Unfortunately, your friend knows nothing than just eating, leaving you dumbfounded.

Guess what, making those grape jelly and ketchup meatballs is definitely easy, so easy that even you can make it half-asleep. Presuming that you have had the meatballs, be it homemade or purchased from the local grocery store, you’ll only need to prep the sauce. Here’s what you need to prepare.


  • Grape jelly. Pick a brand that suits your palate. Don’t compromise a happy tummy for cheap price, or you’ll regret it.
  • Ketchup. You can add it with some hot sauce in case you need a spicy kick to shoo away boring, sour ketchup taste.
  • Worcestershire sauces—well, let’s try not to perform Spelling Bee this time. This sauce is also a primary ingredient in making your grape jelly and ketchup sauce.

How to make the sauce

  1. Grab a small pot, and toss all ingredients into it. There is no specific amount of each ingredient—just make it according to your taste bud’s preference.
  2. Heat the pot with medium heat. Whisk the sauce occasionally.
  3. Preheat your oven by setting it to 350oF.
  4. Continue whisking your sauce until it becomes smooth. Then, bring it to simmer only.
  5. Try the taste. If something feels lacking, then you can add the relevant ingredient according to your taste preference.
  6. Now that you have the grape jelly and ketchup sauce and have preheated the oven, be prepared to pour it over your meatballs.
  7. Alternately, you can brush the sauce onto the meatballs’ surface. But that means you need to arrange your meatballs first on a baking tray.
  8. Bake the meatballs in the oven until all meatballs are equally cooked.
  9. Serve the meatballs for an appetizer meal, or simply have it with rice.

This sweet and sour meatballs recipe is a perfect meal to have if you are craving for a sweet and sour snack that also goes well as main dish. As mentioned earlier, serve it with warm rice and you’ll definitely got a full tummy!

Alternately, you may also have it for snacks. Consider adding spicy sauce if you want a spicy kick for this outstanding snack. It’d be great to have this menu at a party as well, so make sure you take note of this grape jelly and ketchup meatballs.

Making the Applebee’s French Onion Soup at Home

Making the Applebee’s French Onion Soup at Home

Applebee’s French onion soup is one of the best dishes in the restaurant. Everyone comes to the place only to order the soup and it has been like that for years. The soup is very delicious with its delicate texture and sweet-savory flavor combination. You can make your own version of the soup and it will taste as good. How to do that? Simply follow this recipe below.


  • 2 1/2 lbs white onions, peeled
  • 8 cups beef stock (change to vegetable stock if you plan to make Applebee’s French onion soup vegetarian)
  • 5 burger buns
  • 10 slices Provolone cheese
  • 10 teaspoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Cooking Methods:

  1. Start making the Applebee’s French onion soup by preheating the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
  2. Cut the onions in half (lengthwise) and then slice them all up thinly. Set them aside.
  3. Prepare a large soup pot with heavy bottom. Heat it up over medium-low heat stove. Add olive oil and add in the thinly sliced onions. Cook until the onion is caramelized. It is probably going to take 12-16 minutes. Do not stir the onions too frequently.
  4. Once the onion is caramelized, add in the minced garlic and stir the mixture.
  5. Then, pour beef stock and water. Stir them up and bring them to boil by raising the stove temperature to high.
  6. When the mixture is boiling, lower the heat again and give it a taste. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper. Then, put the lid on the pot and let the mixture simmer for 45 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, slice the hamburger buns lengthwise. You should end up with 10 slices of bread now. Drizzle them with olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper before baking them in the oven for 20 minutes.
  8. When the soup is done simmering and the buns are baked, you are ready to assemble the soup. To assemble the soup, prepare individual soup bowls. Then, ladle the soup to each bowls. Then, top the soup with the baked bun followed by provolone cheese and parmesan cheese.
  9. Broil the soup in the oven for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown.
  10. Serve immediately.

This recipe is good to make for dinner or just for any meal of the day. It is comforting and basically very good to eat. This is why everyone should try making Applebee’s French onion soup at home.

Church’s Chicken Biscuits with Honey Butter Glaze Recipe

Church’s Chicken Biscuits with Honey Butter Glaze Recipe

Church’s chicken biscuits are the kind of flaky biscuit with honey butter glaze. The glaze is brushed on top of the biscuits immediately after they are baked, making it so delicious and scrumptious to eat. This biscuit is usually served with the restaurant’s signature fried chicken and other dishes, too. They are so mouth-watering and soft to bite. It will be like the perfect side dish on the plate. Can you make the biscuit at home, though? Well, you can and this is the recipe to follow.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar



  1. Start the cooking process of Church’s chicken biscuits by preheating your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Prepare a large mixing bowl. Into the bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, cream of tartar and baking powder. Stir until they are well-combined.
  3. Then, add in vegetable shortening. Break it with your hands and incorporate it to the flour mixture. Stop when the mixture feels a bit rough/ grainy.
  4. Now, pour in milk slowly and start kneading the dough. Knead for about 2-3 minutes until the dough is softened. Once done, divide the dough into several parts and roll the dough into balls. Each ball should be about 1/4 cup of weight. Then, flattened the dough into 1/2 inch of thickness.
  5. Line a baking sheet with non-stick spray and arrange the biscuits on it. Then, brush each biscuit with melted butter. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.
  6. Once the biscuit is baked, take them out of the oven and immediately brush them with the mixture of melted butter and honey. Serve immediately. This honey butter biscuits recipe will make 6-8 freshly-baked biscuit.

That is basically the recipe to follow. You do not need to go to Church’s every day to get the biscuit and instead you can make one on your own. If you do not like honey butter, you can alternate the glaze with anything of your preference. Melted butter mixed with herbs and minced garlic will also be a good glaze for the biscuit. It will bring more savory flavor to the biscuits. However, people love the classic one and thus Church’s chicken biscuits are so associated with the honey butter glaze.

Banana Berry Jamba Juice Copycat Recipe to Make at Home

Banana Berry Jamba Juice Copycat Recipe to Make at Home

Banana berry Jamba juice is the favorite drink of many people. This smoothie-like cold beverage is healthy and delicious at the same time. It has the hint of acidity and a lot of creaminess from the banana. Instead of having to come to the store everyday and order the drink, you can actually make the drink on your own at home. The ingredients are very common to be found in your own kitchen.


  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 cup berry blend juice
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen yogurt (fat free)
  • 1 1/2 cup raspberry sherbet



  1. Making banana berry Jamba juice is very easy. All you have to do is throwing everything in the blender and process everything. To start, prepare a blender. Make sure the jar is cleaned and everything. Then, mix all ingredients together in the blender jar and process until everything is well-combined and thick.
  2. Pour the smoothie to the serving glass. Drink immediately. This recipe of Jamba juice smoothie of berry and banana goodness is for 2-3 serving glasses (depending on how large the glass is).

It is very easy indeed to make the recipe. You do not even have to cook and prep for anything. You can adjust the ingredients, too. If you do not have frozen yogurt ready in the fridge, you should be able to replace it with other creamy ingredients that you can find, including vanilla ice cream and even some creamy, mild-flavored cream cheese. You can also use cold whipping cream as the substitute.

This recipe is not only delicious but healthy, too. You may notice that there is no additional sugar in the recipe. However, if you like the smoothie to be a bit sweeter, you should be able to use a lot of sweetening products of your choice. It is including honey, white sugar, or even agave. However, when you use the ripe banana, they are usually already sweet enough so that you do not need to add sugar at all.

With this recipe, you can basically drink healthy smoothie every day. Berries have tons of antioxidant to boost your immune system and keep your overall health on point. Banana is rich in vitamin and packed with zinc, hence giving you energy and help shielding you from unwanted ailments. Make this banana berry Jamba juice recipe every day now for breakfast or just for casual drink during the day.

Trader Joe’s Premade Meals and the Best Variants to Try

Trader Joe’s Premade Meals and the Best Variants to Try

Trader Joe’s premade meals have become the cut-corner meal for everyone to eat. Not everyone has the time to cook fresh meal and thus pre-made meals are their savior. The supermarket has lots and lots of products when it comes to premade meals and believe it or not, they all taste incredibly delicious. These are some of the most delicious premade meals made by Trader Joe’s.


Trader Joe’s Meat Lasagna

Who doesn’t love lasagna? Everyone does and this is why Trader Joe’s makes premade meal for it. The lasagna is so soft and tender with juicy meat inside. There are hints of cheese flavor and herbs, too, there. It is like eating authentic Italian lasagna but you just skip all the fuss of making one. The portion is large, too, so that it will keep you full for some times.


Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala

One of the best Trader Joe’s premade meals is its chicken tikka masala. The Indian dish is famous for its drench of spices and tender meat. Trader Joe’s makes the meal with high-quality Basmati rice and chicken tenders. The whole meal tastes really delicious and comforting. So, instead of having to make your own tikka masala that may take hours, this is the easy way to have it.


Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito

Trader Joe’s chicken sausage breakfast burrito is considered as one of the best Trader Joe’s quick meals option. Many people do not have time to cook proper breakfast, let alone a breakfast burrito. You can have it the easy way by buying this product. This product is really delicious and one minute in the microwave is enough to heat it up.


Trader Joe’s Vegan Mac

Are you a vegan? Well, fear not as the store has numerous options for vegan meal as well. It is including its vegan mac and cheese. It is made with 100% vegan ingredients with plant-based cheese and pasta. It has no meal product in it whatsoever. The taste is impeccable.

Beside of those four variants, surely the supermarket chain still has tons other premade meals that you can buy, starting from all kinds of pasta to rice dishes. You can basically pick them up, store them in the fridge and heat them up whenever you feel like to. It will be your quickest, easiest meal to prepare as you do not need to cook in the kitchen. Trader Joe’s premade meals are ready to serve after like 3 minutes in the microwave.

Lidia Bastianich Pasta Recipes

Lidia Bastianich Pasta Recipes: Seafood Pasta with Shrimp, Scallops, and Calamari

If you are the fans of Italian cooking, you must be familiar with Lidia Bastianich pasta recipes. The recipes that she made are totally easy to follow by anyone, even by those who can’t cook. One of the most famous recipes is Lidia Bastianich seafood pasta. Here are the steps of making the infamous delicious seafood pasta.


  • 4 cups of halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 pound of shrimp
  • 6 plumps of sliced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp of peperoncino flakes
  • 1/4 cup of sliced basil
  • 8 ounces of calamari
  • 1 pound of spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 8 ounces of scallops

How to make the Lidia Bastianich pasta recipes:

  1. First, you can start by preparing the seafood first. Pull off the foot of the scallops, cut the calamari in rings shape, and remove the tails and shells from the shrimp. Wash them clean, rinse and let them dry.
  2. Then, you can start to make the delicious sauce. Set your stove on medium heat, and put the olive oil into the pan. Then, put the chopped garlic, and stir it until it starts to spread the certain smell for 2 minutes.
  3. Put the cherry tomatoes along with the peperoncino and salt, and cook in 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, put the spaghetti into the boiling water and stir.
  5. While waiting for your pasta to be ready, put the calamari into the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Put the scallops in it, and then lastly, put the shrimp into the pan.
  7. Now, add a cup of boiling water into the pan, and stir the sauce for 3 minutes.
  8. When the shrimp turns red and starting to curl, cook again for another 3 minutes.
  9. Then, put out your spaghetti from the bowl and drain them before putting them into the saucepan.
  10. Stir the spaghetti with the sauce for 2 minutes and turn off your stove.
  11. Serve your pasta and give the parsley on basil it.

Your delicious homemade seafood pasta is ready to be served. Can’t you see how easy this recipe is? Your family will surely love it, and they will ask you to make it again the next day. Don’t be afraid to always do some improvements for Lidia Bastianich pasta recipes based on your creativity and preferences.

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