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Product Review: Private Selection Bruschetta Focaccia Pizza

I have always great luck with Private Selection items at Kroger but this one is worth bragging over ten-fold!

While I am not a fan of French Bread Pizza or anything that resembles it, this Focaccia Pizza caught my eye today. Let me give you the run down.

“Stone-baked focaccia bread topped with crème fraiche sauce, marinated semi-dried tomatoes, Italian Pecorino Romano cheese, diced tomatoes, onions and roasted garlic”. Is your mouth watering yet? It should be!

You get two nice sized pizzas per package and the bread is crispy on the outside and so soft and tender on the inside. The marinated tomatoes are sweet with a slight tangy flavor (perfect in my book), the onions and garlic are not overwhelming, the crème fraiche sauce is perfect for this pizza.

Look out Stouffer’s; you just lost me and my husband to Private Selection’s Bruschetta Focaccia Pizza!

If you try this product; you will never go back to French bread pizza again!

Note: The photo just shows one of the pizzas


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Avocado Deviled Eggs

Avocado Deviled Eggs

6 hard-cooked eggs; cooled and peeled

1 large Avocado; mashed

1-2 Tbsp. Real mayo

Mustard to taste

Lemon juice to taste


Cook eggs until centers are done. Allow to cool and cut lengthwise. Take out cooked yolk at mash in bowl.

Add mashed avocado to yolks and stir until combined. Stir in mayo and start with 1/2 tsp. of mustard and 1/4 tsp. of lemon juice. (Remember that you can always add more; but you can never take it away). Add mustard and lemon juice to your liking. Add a pinch of salt if you like.

Spoon mixture into cooked egg whites or use a ziplock bag or pastry bag. Chill before serving. Top with green onion if you prefer or parsley.




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Crispy Pork Carnitas

Crispy Pork Carnitas

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 (4-5) pound boneless Pork Loin; trim excess fat and cut into 3″ chunks

1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock

1 medium White Onion; diced

4 gloves Garlic; peeled and minced

2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce; minced

2 tsp. Cumin

1 tsp. Black Pepper

1 tsp. Chili Pepper

1 1/2 tsp. Salt

Cilantro and white onion for garnish

Fresh Lime

Corn Tortillas

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add pork and sear on each side until browned, then transfer pork to your slow-cooker.

Add remaining ingredients to slow-cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6-8 hours or until  pork is completely cooked and shreds easily with fork.

When your pork is cooked; prepare baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil and preheat your oven to broil. Remove the pork with a slotted spoon and lay on foil-lined baking sheet in an even layer. (DO NOT DISCARD LIQUID FROM SLOW-COOKER!). Pop into oven for 5 minutes.

Remove pork from oven and drizzle 1/4 cup of juices from slow-cooker over pork and toss to coat. Broil again for 5 minutes. Repeat 2 more times until pork is crispy.

Heat corn tortillas and fill with pork, top with white onion, cilantro and a splash of fresh lime juice.

You can store the pork in the freezer for up to 3 months. I save any extra juice to use when I make my leftovers. Store leftover in fridge for up 3 days.

Chef’s Note: I have also used this recipe for nachos and it was amazing!





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Scallops with Linguini and Cream Sauce

Scallops with Linguini and Cream Sauce


1 to 1 1/2 pound bay scallops

1/2 cup butter

3 garlic cloves; minced

juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon

1/4 cup white wine

1 cup whipping cream

1 cup Parmesan cheese; finely shredded

parsley; chopped

1 pound linguini

salt and white pepper to taste


Prepare pasta as directed on package.

Meanwhile melt butter in large, heavy skillet on medium heat. Add 1/2 lemon juice, white wine and scallops and sauté for about 4 minutes. Add chopped parsley, cream and cheese; stir until sauce becomes thick; about 5-6 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Drain pasta and toss into cream sauce  drizzle with lemon juice and toss again. Serve immediately.

Scallops and Linguini with Cream Sauce

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Hasselback Chicken

Hasselback Chicken

**Orignal Recipe as taken from Proper Tasty Facebook Page

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Splash of oil

50g Fresh Spinach

50G Ricotta Cheese

2 Chicken Breasts

20g Cheddar Cheese




Method: 1.) Cook the spinach on a medium heat in a splash of oil for 3-5 minutes until it is slightly wilted.

2.) Stir in the ricotta and cook for a further 30-60 seconds. Allow to cool.

3.) Cut slits into the chicken breasts about 1cm apart but don’t cut all the way through – about 75% of the way down is what you should aim for, but don’t stress over it.

4.) Stuff all of the spinach and ricotta mixture into the slits.

5.) Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

6.) Grate the cheddar and sprinkle it generously on top.

7.) Shake a good bit of ground paprika over the chicken to add some colour and flavour.

8.) Bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 until the cheese has melted and the juices are clear.

9.) Have it!

Inner Chef Notes:

This was a great tasting dish. Easy to make!

  • I doubled this recipe to use for 4 chicken breasts.
  • I used Vermont White Cheddar Cheese.
  • I used 50/50 of Smoked Paprika and regular Paprika.
  • I used Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese.
  • I used Olive oil.
  • It took about 45 minutes for my chicken to finish cooking.

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