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Getting My Creative Juices Flowing 
Sep. 30, 2012 1:02 pm 
Updated: Oct. 16, 2012 4:52 pm

I could do something with rice. But I've seen many rice dishes. I could do a breakfast burrito. Ugh! Someone did that already :( I could do a pizza. But that's so common. Hmmmmmm!! What do I do?

Being faced with the requirement of creating our own recipe using al fresco sausage through the Allrecipes Allstars Brand Ambassador program, my mind was going in all different directions. Anytime I would think of something I noticed someone beat me to the punch. Everyone has great ideas and it seems like I'm the slacker - waiting until the last minute. What will I make? I'm not good at creating my own recipes. I can throw ingredients together and have something come out fantastic but if someone asks me how I did it or what the measurements are they're out of luck. And I probably couldn't recreate it again. I made some of the best fried chicken one time and have never been able to duplicate that flavor. I've come to learn to write things down as I go just in case it turns out to be a keeper. But sometimes I forget or lose the paper I wrote it down on. Yes - I'm not very organized when it comes to that.

After racking my brain for many days it finally hit me. That's it - I'll make soup. After all, I'm always after a quick easy lunch idea and the weather is turning cold. I'll do something with lentils and the Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage I had on hand.

Nope - I changed my mind again. You see there's this broccoli dish that I'm in love with and usually only get at holiday time. I could do a spin off of that but use a mini muffin pan and make appetizers or a cute little snack! That's it - by George I think I've got it!
So I went to work. I gathered all the ingredients I would need....

And then started chopping and dicing....

And cutting and slicing...

And then mixing everything all together...

To get this beautiful colorful concoction :)
I then tossed a little butter into each space in a mini muffin tin...

And then tossed it in the oven for a few seconds until melted and then swirled it around to get each space nicely coated with the melted butter...

And then I took my handy dandy little cookie scoop ...

And filled each empty muffin cup with my colorful confetti batter...

Into the oven it goes for 20 minutes and this is what you get...


Yummy goodness...

Now doesn't that just make you want to pop one in your mouth right now?
Here's a quick peek of the insides...


Now they're ready to serve. I couldn't resist these. They were so yummy warm right out of the oven. All that cheesy spicy smoky goodness. It took me awhile  to name my recipe but here it is...
Smoky Andouille Mini Hot Bites - You won't be able to eat just one...

And here's the link to the recipe...<

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with   Product received from an Advertiser is only used for experience based reviews on this site. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of KGora.

Sep. 30, 2012 1:14 pm
Great blog and great photos! I felt like I was right there with you making those little bundles of yumminess!
Sep. 30, 2012 1:16 pm
Yum, these look delicious! Wonderful photos too!
Sep. 30, 2012 1:47 pm
Beautiful photos! Great creation of a recipe!
Sep. 30, 2012 4:53 pm
Looks good... I guess if you like potatoes, you could add some pre cooked potato shreds.
Sep. 30, 2012 5:35 pm
Thanks ladies for the wonderful compliments! I didn't think I would enjoy this project but I actually had a fun afternoon!
Sep. 30, 2012 8:01 pm
I'm not a lady, but my dog Consuela is. Ain't she cute? Very good pictures BTW.
Oct. 1, 2012 1:45 am
They look absolutely yummy, and I can tell you did just as much work photographing the process as you did coming up with the recipe and making it. Your photos are beauts, and the recipe sounds yummy. I don't often serve appetizers (not much of an entertainer), but would bake these up for dinner in a heartbeat!
Oct. 1, 2012 6:00 pm
Sorry KingSparta! And yes, Consuela is very cute!
Oct. 1, 2012 6:02 pm
Thanks mommasangelbaby! They would bake up nicely in a 9 x 13 pan for about 30-35 minutes or until golden. They would be superb for dinner! I hope you give them a try.
Oct. 3, 2012 5:52 am
What a beautiful job! I am so impressed!
Oct. 4, 2012 1:52 pm
Thank you mauigirl!
Oct. 5, 2012 7:42 am
Incredible! Well done KGora.
Oct. 7, 2012 8:45 am
I want some of those now! Your blog is certainly a feast for the eyes! You could be a celebrity food blogger with the quality of this blog, love the step by step method instructions and photos. Well done Kelly!
Oct. 11, 2012 12:30 pm
these look delightfully delicious, thanks KGora!!
Oct. 16, 2012 4:51 pm
Thank you bd.weld!
Oct. 16, 2012 4:52 pm
Thanks Laurie (Wyattdogster). You are very kind! Even though I was nervous about this project I had a lot of fun doing it!
Oct. 16, 2012 4:52 pm
Thank you cookin!
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I live in a cozy ranch home in the country with my husband of 14 years and my two dogs, Smoky and Molly. I have one son who is 24 years old. I have lived Michigan my whole life. I love to cook and bake but I am limited on what I can make at home for the two of us because my husband doesn't like alot of vegies. I would love to try new things, but I can't eat it all by myself:) I work full time outside of the home. I am addicted to and cookbooks and cooking magazines. You can usually find me reading my recipe books and if I am online, my husband knows I am drooling over recipes and nothing else!
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I really enjoy cooking dinners and desserts. I would have to say my favorites to cook are lasagna and chicken dishes (like Chicken Marsala and Chicken Picatta). I also enjoy making cookies. I love trying new recipes and adding my own personality to them. I am addicted to putting my own spin on recipes I find here.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have always gone to our family's homes on the holidays, but I always cook a Thanksgiving dinner at home on one of the weekends surrounding Thanksgiving.
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I made the best fudge of my life. So creamy and not one bit of graininess. Watch out Mackinaw Island!
My cooking tragedies
I would have to say just recently. I had gotten a new stove with a broiler on the top portion of the oven. I had never used one of these before and I decided to broil steaks in December (2008). I pulled them out to check them and they were not quite done so my husband and I decided to put them back in for a few minutes. I was watching in amazement how the grease was popping up and fireballs were coming down. How dumb was I? Needless to say, right in front of my eyes, the grease on the broiler pan caught fire and it was quite a hectic couple moments in my kitchen that night. I can laugh now, but what was I thinking? Watching fireballs??!! Geez. Tough lessons learned.
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