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I was recently sent the Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Sealer System to review as part of a campaign with the Vibrant Influencer Network. I received the machine itself along with a variety of vacuum sealing bags, rolls and containers. I was like a little kid on Christmas morning opening up that box of goodies!

I couldn't wait to try out the system and see for myself how amazing it was. I've been wanting one for years! You see, I love to buy things in bulk. From meats to veggies and fruits and even nuts, I knew this would a valuable tool in my kitchen.

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Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache

A tender and delicious sweet potato cake drizzled with a decadent dark chocolate ganache!
Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache | The Chef Next Door

Technically it's still Fall, but Old Man Winter is breaking down the door here in Michigan. Cold, snow, wind...YUCK. I am not ready for this! But I still have Fall food on the brain, I'm just not ready to give that up yet.

I know I've mentioned this before but I'm a huge fan of pumpkin and sweet potatoes and I love cooking with them. I can't wait to have delicious sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving! Recently I decided to create a dessert recipe with sweet potatoes instead of the usual savory recipe, and what I came up with is a masterpiece. At least it is in my eyes. I made a light and fluffy Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with a mouthwatering Dark Chocolate Ganache. It's simply delightful and very easy to make.


Buttermilk Cornbread

This slightly sweet and tender cornbread is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving meal! 

My family is from the South, Louisiana to be exact, and every year during my childhood we traveled down there during the summer to visit my grandparents. It's safe to say that's one of the reasons I love food so much today. My grandma cooked everything from scratch and in true southern form, she loved to cook with butter.

I can remember eating catfish, hush puppies, fresh tomatoes and peppers from her garden and, of course, cornbread. Lots and lots of cornbread. My mom makes it quite often still, especially to go with beef stew and chili. Cornbread is perfect for sopping up all the juices in your bowl.


Butternut Squash & Bacon White Pizza

Forget ordering takeout, this delicious Fall pizza could be on your dinner table tonight!
Butternut Squash & Bacon White Pizza | The Chef Next Door

Today I'm excited to be back over at Anyonita Nibbles with a new contributor post and recipe! And trust me friends, you are not going to want to miss this one. Butternut Squash and Bacon White Pizza. The squash is roasted and sweet, the bacon crispy and salty, the white sauce is totally out of this world. 


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Skillet Cinnamon Apples

These easy to make skillet cinnamon apples are a delicious side dish or topping for pancakes and ice cream!
Skillet Cinnamon Apples | The Chef Next Door

It's still a few weeks away but I'm already planning out my sides for Thanksgiving. We always have the standards - dressing, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes - but each year I like to add a few new recipes too.

I made these Skillet Cinnamon Apples over the weekend and right away I told my son, these are going on our Thanksgiving table! They are simple to make, budget friendly, and they taste absolutely amazing. Who knew that just a few ingredients could turn into something so divine?!