Shopping In Stilettos – Steals and Deals Edition

There are some amazing sales going on at some of my favorite stores, including the much anticipated Friends and Family Sale at both Kate Spade AND Saks so I think some shopping might be on the agenda this weekend. Added bonus, Sur La Table is having an Anniversary Sale so I’ll have to spend some quality time at the King of Prussia location to see what I can find for holiday entertaining. Plus – who knows, they might have a good cooking class or two that I might need to sign up for. Yes, my wallet will be weeping a bit come Monday but, in my opinion, a little retail therapy (even virtual) is good for the soul.

Here are some of my fave finds!

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French Onion Burgers with Gruyere Cheese Sauce – Perfect for Tailgating #CookdRightTailgating

This is a sponsored post.  My opinions are my own.

French Onion Burgers with Gruyere Cheese Sauce | Cooking In Stilettos

 I’m of the opinion that sometimes you just need an epic burger to watch the game with and these French Onion Burgers with Gruyere Cheese Sauce are the ultimate “must make” tailgate recipe for the next game.

Here’s the problem I have when making burgers for a crowd – personally, I tend to like my burger medium rare as do some of my friends.  Others like it medium to well done and a couple like it “charred like a hockey puck” and, when you are using an indoor grill pan, I’ve found that sometimes you need a little help when to tell the burger is “just right.”  I tend to over think cooking sometimes and I’m always worried if it is cooked to the right temp.  Don’t even get me started on my confusion on how to tell if meat is okay – I get a bit paranoid about that.

Recently, I received some  Cook’d Right™ Sensors that helped me with my Goldilocks-eque burger temp situation.  Check out these lovelies:

Cookd' Right Sesors | Cooking In Stilettos


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Spiced Cherry Cranberry Chutney – Not Just For The Holidays

  Spiced Cherry Cranberry Chutney | Cooking In Stilettos

One of my favorite parts of the holiday meals are the leftovers.  To me, there is nothing like a fab turkey or ham sandwich with a bit of cranberry relish to accent it.  I have a fave store-bought Cranberry Orange Apple relish that I keep stocked in the pantry for those sandwich “emergencies” but, in my opinion, there is nothing like making your own.  I love the savory note that chutney has and this Spiced Cherry Cranberry Chutney is a first pick contender for the holiday table.

This Spiced Cherry Cranberry Chutney melds sweet cherries and tart cranberries with a touch of apple, some brown sugar, and warm spices.   The best thing is this chutney can be made with pantry ingredients you might already have on hand. I  know in the fall/winter, I always tend to stockpile cranberries and dark sweet cherries in the freezer.  Add a bit of  fresh apple and onion and you are golden.  Once everything has cooked down, one bite of this  will have you forgetting about the store bought version of the typical cranberry sauce ever again.

Make this Spiced Cherry Cranberry Chutney for your next soiree but take my advice – hide a small jar of this lovely chutney in the fridge for those late night sandwich emergencies.


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Shopping In Stilettos – Hello October Edition

Last night I decided that after a crazed week, some retail therapy was in order and quality time at the King of Prussia mall was a must. I wandered aisles, found some new lovely obsessions, adored some shoes and bags, picked up some pantry staples and while my wallet is none too pleased with me at the moment, I think I found some good finds, some new stiletto and bag obsessions and my kitchen is ready for some baking and cooking fun this month!

Let’s do a little Virtual Shopping shall we?

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Baking For A Cause – Maple Almond Spritz Cookies For #OXOGoodCookie

Maple Almond Spritz Cookies | Cooking In Stilettos

OXO is doing some seriously great things in their fight against childhood cancer.  Last year I was thrilled to get my baking stilettos rockin’ for a good cause and went out of my comfort zone with an Apples and Spice Cupcake – perfect for fall.  When OXO put out a call for this years #OXOGoodCookie campaign, I decided to again go out of my comfort zone and decided to finally attempt spritz cookies.  If you see this lovely sticker on a product, like on some of these fab finds, OXO is donating a portion of the proceeds from that product to the fight to Cookies for Kids Cancer.  In addition, OXO is donating $100 to Cookies for Kids Cancer for each blog post.  Baking for a good cause – I can totally support that!

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Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls With Zesty Provolone Cheese Dip #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate‬ hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Wings to Chili, From Salads to Sangria with some sweet treats in between, your tailgating recipe needs are covered. #10daysofTailgate kicked off on September 20th and runs through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are 14 different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE. Don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too.

Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls with Zesty Provolone Dip | Cooking In Stilettos

 Philly is known for a few things – freedom, rabid love of sports and, of course, the cheesesteak.  When I first moved here, I remember seeing Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls on menus of many of my favorite restaurants and they are often served with a spicy ketchup of sorts. They are rich, delicious and have the familiar flavors in a crisp bite and would be perfect for a tailgate.

Now – I love egg rolls but I figured I’d play a bit and make a version that is baked.  I’ve seen a number of recipes where they suggest premade frozen steak slices, deli roast beef or ground beef but I would lose my Philly card in a heartbeat if I ever thought of going that route.  Nope – it was all about ribeyes and provolone for today’s experiment. One tip for the ribeyes – put them in a freezer for an hour or so before you thinly slice them – it’s much easier that way.

To take these Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls over the top, I took a cue from this recipe from Rachael Ray and whipped up a zesty provolone cheese dip and that, in my opinion, trounced the typical spicy ketchup option.  Also, with Philly cheesesteaks, you have two options – “Wit” or “Witout” onions and peppers so, when making a batch of these for your next tailgate give your guests a choice – some wit the sauteed onions and peppers and others witout.


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Shopping In Stilettos: Welcome Fall Edition

Can you believe that October is JUST around the corner? One minute it’s Labor Day Weekend and now the pumpkins are EVERYWHERE. There’s a bit of a nip in the air in the evenings here in Philly but during the day, it’s still in the 70s and 80s so I guess we are holding onto the heat as long as we can before the big chill. I have yet to reorg. my wardrobe and pull out my cozy sweaters but I figure over the next two weeks, I’ll be able to transition as I’ve found some fall lovelies that need some attention – both in my wardrobe and in my kitchen as you will see in this week’s Shopping In Stilettos.

Let’s do a little virtual shopping shall we?

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