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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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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7UP Pound Cake Recipe

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7Up Pound Cake

In this elevated classic recipe for 7UP Pound Cake, the lemon and lime flavors really shine through! Includes a moist, crumbly cake and yummy citrus glaze.

The first time my mom brought home a 7UP cake from the grocery store, she was hooked. Because my mom loved it so much, our family continued eating this cake for weeks! Of course, it wasn’t the same cake. Rather, my mom kept bringing them home!

7UP Pound Cake is a classic recipe that’s been around for years. When making the cake, 7UP soda is added directly to the batter. Adding the soda really gives this cake a great texture and flavor.

When Cook’s Country came out with a recipe for an elevating the classic 7UP Pound cake, I knew I had to make it for my mom. In fact, I made it for her for Mother’s day this year. She loved it!

So, my recipe is slightly adapted from the version from Cook’s Country. It’s packed with bright lime and lemon citrus flavors. Plus, it’s not too dense or heavy. It’s the perfect refreshing dessert!

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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Frappe

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A budget-friendly and healthy Pumpkin Spice Frappe bursting with the fall flavors you love, like real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, that’s only 75 calories!

In case you’ve never had it, a pumpkin spice frappe is made by blending coffee ice cubes, milk, and sweetener with classic fall flavors like pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. To make it even more special, top it with whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice.

There’s a reason there’a cult following around this combination. It’s absolutely delicious and addicting. Plus, it feels like fall is giving you a warm hug! Thankfully, with this recipe, you won’t have to wait until fall to have this drink. Now, you can make it whenever the craving hits. With a little prep work, it only takes 5 minutes to make.

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Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

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You’re only 15 minutes and 5 pantry ingredients away from homemade Alfredo sauce infused with yummy garlic, butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, and Parmesan.

For as long as I can remember, our family receives laughs and scoffs for keeping a large 3-lb block of cream cheese in our fridge. The reason why: to make this amazing homemade Alfredo sauce whenever we want! Inevitably, once they try this homemade Alfredo sauce recipe, they stop laughing. Because it is so tasty!

It takes just 15 minutes to make, and it’s way better than Olive Garden and the store-bought Alfredo sauces. This sauce was one of the first things I learned to make.

When you don’t know what to make for dinner, this is such an easy recipe to go to. It can be tossed with pasta for fettuccine Alfredo. Or it can be used in a myriad of other ways. See the post below for more ideas!

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Air Fryer Grilled Pineapple

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Air frying pineapple spears glazed in a buttery brown sugar and cinnamon coating results in caramelized Air Fryer “Grilled” Pineapple without the grill!

Ever been to a restaurant where they make grilled pineapple? If you haven’t, it is so DANG good! Thankfully, it’s just as easy to do at home! Plus, it’s way less expensive to make it at home.

I should preface this post by saying this is not true “grilled” pineapple since it’s cooked with an air fryer. Although, that’s the beauty of this recipe. No grill is required! However, if you don’t have an air fryer, I provide grilling instructions too.

Another great thing about this recipe is it only requires 4 ingredients! I don’t know about you, but I’m all for recipes with few ingredients.

When pineapple grills, the sugars caramelize and the sweet flavors intensify. Plus, I find cooking in an air fryer keeps the pineapple juicy. This is such a yummy air fryer dessert or snack!

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Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

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Making grilled, sweet, and sticky Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs at home, just like those found at your favorite restaurant, is simple and totally doable!

Let’s just get this out there. Why is teriyaki so hard to spell?! No matter how hard I try, the spell checker is correcting me. Please tell me it’s not just me! Even though I struggle spelling it, teriyaki sauce tastes so delicious! So, I’m pushing through this for you!

Nothing quite compares to the taste of authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs! As it grills, the sticky and sweet marinade caramelizes and intensifies in flavor. You would never guess how simple it is to make at home.

At least, the toughest part of this recipe is waiting for the chicken to marinate. Though, once that’s done, dinner can be on the table in about 15 minutes! This recipe for Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs is bound to be your new family favorite!

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One Bowl Banana Bread | Better than Starbucks

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One Bowl Banana Bread Slices with Cream Cheese

Make easy one bowl banana bread with butter, instead of oil, to provide better flavor. Top with walnuts and sugar to mimic the yummy topping from Starbucks.

Ever had overripe bananas sitting on your counter and wondered what to do with them? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Instead of throwing those browned or blacked bananas away, make this One Bowl Banana Bread!

In the process of finding my favorite banana bread, I have made many, and this is my favorite one! Here’s a few reasons why:

  • It is made with a quick bread method meaning you only need one bowl, no mixer, and no yeast! Additionally, the ingredients are simple, and I usually always have them on hand.
  • The flavor of this banana bread is so much better because it uses butter instead of oil. I also love the hint of cinnamon.
  • If you decide to add the sugar and walnut topping, it tastes better than Starbuck’s Banana Bread. Plus, it’s a whole lot less expensive!

When I was in school, I made this one bowl banana bread on the weekends. That way, I would have a quick and easy breakfast during the week.

I still love making this for breakfast meal prep. And, I will often double the recipe, and freeze and save one loaf for later use!

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