Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival Copycat

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Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival Copycat Pasta in Bowl with Fork

Ever popular, Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival is a flavorful and easy pasta dish made with sauteed chicken, bacon, and a creamy, cheesy tomato sauce.

Whenever I think of Italian food, my brain automatically goes to pasta. Without a doubt, it’s my favorite kind of Italian food. One of my favorite Italian pasta dishes comes from Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, and it’s called Grilled Chicken Bowtie Festival.

My copycat version of Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival is made by combining bow tie pasta with chicken, bacon, garlic, red onions, tomatoes in an Asiago cream sauce. Instead of only using marinara sauce or Alfredo sauce, you get the best of both worlds with the cream sauce and the fresh tomatoes.

To be honest, I’m not sure why Carino’s calls it a “festival”. If I had to guess, I think it’s because it’s a beautiful white dish with pops of red throughout (from the bacon, tomatoes, and red onion). It’s really stunning when it comes to the table.

Now, there’s no need to go out when you can make this copycat favorite at home! It’s full of flavor and does not need any special ingredients. It’s absolutely perfect for dinner any night of the week!

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Air Fryer Apple Crisp (Single-Serving)

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Air Fryer Apple Crisp

You’re only 20 minutes away from a single-serving Air Fryer Apple Crisp! Top with ice cream and caramel for the perfect cozy fall dessert for one, or two!

Single-serving desserts are great because the smaller size prevents me from overindulging. So, what could be better than a single-serving apple crisp? One that’s made in the air fryer!

When given the choice between apple pie and apple crisp, the apple crisp is always the clear winner for me. I’ll always take that sweet, crispy, oatmeal topping over pie crust any day!

I love this Air Fryer Apple Crisp because it cooks faster than a conventional oven, and the topping is still crispy! Plus, no need to mess with a pie crust! This recipe only takes 20 minutes, start to finish, and it can be made with pantry ingredients! It’s perfect for a cozy fall day for two (or one if you don’t feel like sharing).

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Table Spread

Use a secret pantry ingredient to give this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili a flavor boost! A dump and go recipe that’s easy, comforting, and delicious!

Want to know the secret ingredient for easy, flavorful white chicken chili? Jarred Salsa Verde! It’s such a time-saver, and it’s packed with flavor. Seriously, it makes meal prep so quick.

A few years ago, I became obsessed with salsa verde. Consequently, I always have a jar (or two) in my pantry. It’s a quick and easy flavor bomb that can be added to so many dishes.

Since this white chicken chili is prepared in the Instant Pot, all the ingredients are dumped into the pot and pressure cooked together. Then, top the white chicken chili with all your favorite yummy toppings!

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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball

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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball with Crackers

Who doesn’t love a cream cheese ball loaded with bacon, cheddar, ranch seasoning, and green onion? Serve with crackers for a perfect holiday appetizer!

Growing up, our family would eat holiday dinners around 3 p.m. To hold us over until dinnertime, we would put out appetizers to snack on. My mom’s favorite appetizer was always a green onion cheese ball from our local grocery store.

One fateful year, the grocery store was all sold out of the green onion cheese ball. Christmas was all but ruined! To save the day, I was sure I could make it at home. Plus, I was sure I could make it just as well if not better than the store-bought one. Not to brag, but that’s just what I did.

Over the years, this recipe for the Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball has become a family favorite. It’s great for entertaining or parties. Even better, it only requires 6 ingredients and only takes 10 minutes to make. I warn you though, it is addicting!

This cheese ball is one of those recipes that’s so easy it doesn’t really need a recipe. But that doesn’t stop my family from asking for it every year. So, Fam, this one is for you!

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Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

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These Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are moist and fluffy with perfect crackly tops. Made in only one bowl, these are the best homemade chocolate muffins!

Get ready for the best chocolate muffins recipe! Just so you know, I do not use the word “best” lightly. When I say something is the “best”, I truly believe it. These Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are perfect.

Specifically, texture is out of this world! The exterior of the muffins is crackly while the interior is perfectly moist. These are not dry or gummy. Plus, the chocolate flavor really shines. You won’t find muted chocolate flavor in these muffins! In fact, it has two kinds of chocolate.

Full credit for this recipe goes to Tracy at Baking Mischief. She really knows her stuff! Recently, I have been scouring her site and drooling over all her yummy recipes. Most of her recipes are small-batch recipes for one or two people which I love!

I adapted Tracy’s muffin recipe by doubling the ingredients to make 12 muffins instead of 5. I also modified the ingredients slightly. If you want to make my recipe as is, you can. Or you can still cut it in half to make a smaller batch of muffins.

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Parmesan-Crusted Sourdough Turkey Sandwich

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Parmesan-Crusted Sourdough Turkey Sandwich

Packed with flavor, this grilled turkey sandwich is made with bell peppers, onion, jack cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and Parmesan-crusted Sourdough! It’s truly a perfect grown up sandwich! Serve with fries for a full meal.

Meet a new sandwich you are sure to love: the Parmesan-Crusted Sourdough Turkey Sandwich. I know my mom and I fell in love with it the first time we had it! This sandwich is full of unique flavors you wouldn’t expect would go well together, but it’s so delicious. Truly, this is a grown-up grilled turkey sandwich.

If you are new to the blog (or if you’re not), welcome! If it’s not your first time, you know I love creating my favorite restaurant foods at home. Especially when I can’t easily access them. This recipe is no exception.

This sandwich is inspired by one you can find at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel. In their Lake Hotel Dining Room, they serve a very similar sandwich. When we visit, my mom and I both love to order it for lunch and take in the beautiful view across the lake. I’m those memories are why I love this sandwich so much, and I’m excited to share it with you!

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Copycat Johnny Carino’s Chicken Milano

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Copycat Johnny Carino's Chicken Milano on White Plate

Copycat Johnny Carino’s Chicken Milano is fettuccine Alfredo served with sauteed chicken breast topped with toasted mushrooms, ham, basil, and provolone.

Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant will always have a special place in my heart because it reminds me of my mom. The first time my mom and I went there was on one of our annual trips to Yellowstone National Park.

For a little background, my mom does not like tomato-based sauces. However, she loves Italian food. So, she will ask for the breaded cutlet from the Chicken Parmesan. But then, she’ll ask for the marinara sauce to be substituted with Alfredo sauce.

On our first visit to Johnny Carino’s, the Chicken Milano immediately stood out because that’s basically what my mom orders at Italian restaurants. We both ordered it, and we both fell in love. It’s the perfect dish if you’re like my mom and love Italian but don’t love marinara sauce.

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No Bake Scotcheroos (Microwavable)

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No Bake Scotcheroos on a White Plate

Microwaving Scotcheroos, a no bake dessert, keeps them soft, chewy, and crispy. Gimme these chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, and crispy cereal bars!

Scotcheroos are dessert bars made with rice crispy cereal, sugar, peanut butter, and topped with melted chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Basically, they are similar to a peanut butter Rice Krispie treat. Not only are they easy to make, but you only need 6 ingredients. Best of all, they are delicious!

Growing up, Scotcheroos were never in my family’s recipe box. Yet, they were the first thing I always went for at potlucks. As I got older, I didn’t want to wait for the next church social to have one. The problem was, I didn’t even know what they were called.

So, I waited until the next potluck, and as fate would have it, someone brought them! I tracked down the neighbor that brought them and begged her for the recipe. Incredulous, she couldn’t believe I’d want such a simple recipe. How would I know it was simple?! Thankfully, she wrote it down for me, and it’s been one of my most treasured recipes since. Truly a childhood favorite!

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Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

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Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings on White Plate

To make easy Apple Dumplings roll apples in buttery crescent rolls, smother, and bake in a sauce made from butter, sugar, cinnamon and citrus-flavored soda.

Using store-bought crescent dough might be my new favorite way to make quick and easy desserts! It’s probably why they sell out quickly at my grocery store around this time of year. So many other smart people have the same idea! Even though I’m late to the party, it’s truly a game changer.

Last year, I discovered a recipe using crescent roll dough to make apple dumplings. Let’s just say, I made crescent roll apple dumplings 3 TIMES during the last holiday season. That’s seems like a lot when there are so many desserts I want to try. Even better, my family and friends loved these apple dumplings too! After I took the blog photos, my brother was all too happy to take these home with him.

Preparation is so simple, and once they bake, the tops are crusty, the bottoms are gooey, and inside, the apples are the perfect texture. To make them even better serve them with ice cream or whipped cream topping. It’s like eating your own personal apple pie.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Individual Serving

This no-bake, Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is a light, fluffy, creamy, and decadent dessert full of festive fall flavors and real pumpkin!

Maybe, it’s just me. But, sometimes, I get SO excited to share a recipe with you! Especially one that tastes like pumpkin cheesecake but that is much friendlier on the waistline. It’s my recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse!

This sweet treat is full of fall flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice. Whipping cream cheese and heavy whipping cream gives this dessert a light and refreshing texture. Meanwhile, the cinnamon graham crackers provide crunch and flavor. It’s so stinking good!

This recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is easy and delicious. In fact, it only takes 15 minutes to prepare. Yet, this yummy treat is still impressive for entertaining family and friends. They will never guess how fast it is to make.

Bonus: To make this dessert, no cooking is required! Just whip 7 simple ingredients together and chill!

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