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Well hellooooooo, internet friends! Have I got a TREAT for YOU. Not only am I about to tell you all about this Bacon, Brie, and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich (umm…OMG) – I am ALSO going to offer you a pretty fantastic opportunity to win yourself 25 gift card dollars from UncommonGoods.

Bacon, Brie & Apple Grilled Cheese

First, let me tell you about these SWEET plate/bowl combos (the ones you see in the photos!) that UncommonGoods sent my way. Kyle and I are ALL ABOUT THAT SOUP, BOUT THAT SOUP during chilly fall and winter months, but 90% of the time we try to balance a bowl on top of a plate and then oh, we need some bread on top of that, and then the walk from the kitchen to the table balancing all of the plates and bowls and utensils and bread is straight up PRECARIOUS. So the second I saw these plates, with their handy built-in bowls, I knew we were meant to be. I’m completely in love with them – they hold just the right amount of food and are stinkin’ stylish. Plus, no danger of your soup bowl sliding off the plate and onto the floor. Which is just the best.

Bacon, Brie & Apple Grilled Cheese

UncommonGoods is a certified B Corp (which means they integrate social and environmental responsibility right into their business model) and donates $1 of every purchase to a nonprofit partner of your choice through their Better to Give Program. They feature handmade, artisan products – and 1/3 of their product line incorporates recycled and/or upcycled material! I love it.

Bacon Brie Apple Grilled Cheese

I also got to try out the snazzy olive oil infuser from UncommonGoods (pictured below – I used it to flavor the olive oil you’ll create in the recipe below!) and some seriously cool flavored sea salts (pictured above).

Bacon Apple Brie Grilled Cheese

Also seriously cool? The fact that UncommonGoods is offering one Life As A Strawberry reader a $25 gift card so that you can try these snazzy products for yourself! To enter, leave a comment below, and for extra entries, you can follow and/or like both Life As A Strawberry and UncommonGoods on social media.

Bacon Brie Apple Grilled Cheese

Are you ready to hear about this sandwich now? Because it’s kind of delicious. I’ve never been big on bacon (GASP, I know, how am I a person) but lately I have been SUPER into it. Every recipe that pops into my head ends with “and then I could add BACON!” which is   a little weird for me, but y’know, I’m rolling with it.

Bacon Apple Brie Grilled Cheese

These sandwiches are the perfect fall-into-fall food. Just like the Apple Tomato Soup I posted earlier this week (which was the perrrrfect accompaniment to these bomb dot com grilled cheeses) they have a nice, rich flavor – and the apples lend just the right amount of sweetness to give us our daily dose of fresh produce!

Bacon Brie Apple Grilled Cheese

Don’t forget to enter the UncommonGoods giveaway below! If you want to peruse their collections, you can click here to see their gifts for women section, and for their men’s gift ideas click here. The giveaway is open to U.S. Residents age 18 and over, and it ends Friday, September 26 at 12pm EST. The winner will be notified by email, and will have 48 hours to respond to that email. If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected. Good luck, and happy grilled cheese-ing!  [read more...]

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Creamy Apple Tomato Soup

I’m not entirely sure that I’m ready for soup weather.

Creamy Apple Tomato Soup

Sure, it’s nice when I’m able to start busting out my boots and sweaters again. And sure, it’s nice to be able to turn my oven on without turning the entire apartment into a sauna. But it’s always so hard to say goodbye to summer produce. Especially when the food blogosphere jumps back on the pumpkin train and you feel like you’re hanging on to summertime all by your lonesome. I’M JUST NOT READY FOR PUMPKIN, YOU GUYS. [read more...]

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Stone Fruit Tartlets

I am in loooooove with these tartlets.

Stone Fruit Tartlets

First, they’re delicious, which is obviously somewhat important. Second, (the VERY important part) they are MINIATURE, which means they are perfect for dinner parties where everyone gets a cute little individual dessert (also, perfect to make for just yourself and eat one by one over the course of an afternoon). [read more...]

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Spice-Rubbed Salmon with Spicy Cilantro-Lime Rice

I’m guest posting today for The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project, celebrating the conclusion of our Summer Reading Series (#SeafoodReads) with some deeeeee-licious spice-rubbed salmon and some perfectly light and fresh cilantro-lime rice.

Spice-Rubbed Salmon with Cilantro Lime Rice
I got together with my friend Helen from Sitka Salmon Shares (founding SSBP partner and co-sponsor of #SeafoodReads!) a few months back to dive into some gorgeous sockeye salmon and do a wee bit o’ recipe testing. Sitka Salmon Shares was started by a few friends and a professor of mine from college, and they are an AWESOME, AWESOME company that brings sustainable, wild-caught Alaskan salmon to consumers in the Midwest. If you’re in one of their service areas (parts of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and Michigan), I highly recommend signing up for a salmon share. [read more...]

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Goat Cheese Tomato Galette

I should totally write a Shakespeare-style love poem to tomatoes. I could call it The Tomato Sonnet: Why Summer is Awesome and Tomatoes are Better than Candy and Winter Should Just Stay Far, Far Away. I’m sure it would be a huge hit.

Goat Cheese Tomato Galette

I’m just not ready to say goodbye to summer, you guys. I start class again next Tuesday (WHAT NO WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN) and I’m down to my last piece of sockeye (although Coho salmon should be getting in this week, so you can expect me to be all over THAT) and I have been listening to the summer-y-est summertime country music all day long and living in denial about school and impending cold weather and PLAY IT AGAIN, SUMMER, PLAY IT AGAIN. [read more...]

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