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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.

I had a great get together with a couple of friends and family the other night after a long and hard day’s work.  I was exhausted, but I was looking forward to the quality time and some good wine and conversation.  The only problem—It was right around dinner time and my kitchen was so clean!  I needed a simple solution.  I wanted to serve something to my company that they would really enjoy and my leftover shepherd’s pie was out of the question.  The kitchen was closed.

I threw open the fridge to see if I had anything to go with the cheese and the fruit I had prepared for the evening.  I wanted something heartier that would eliminate my guests desire for a full meal.  Behind the shepherd’s pie, standing aloof in the corner was a bag of Gallo Dry Sliced Salami I planned to use for a flatbread recipe.

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 It would perfectly round out the platter I planned to serve and it would complement the red wine I chose with its peppery notes and robust bouquet.

Here is my mom helping me put together help me put together the cheese tray

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I had just enough time to put together my inspired dish and my guests came calling.  I cut up some limes at the last second do give the Gallo Salami a fresh burst of flavor.  The first thing they noticed was the full spread on my cutting board.  They devoured the apples and the cheese, but the biggest hit by far was the Gallo Dry Sliced Salami.

 They thought I had planned it that way.  Until I had to go back to the kitchen to get more!

How I make a cheese plate is get tons of interesting fruits and veggies. This is an important steps that a lot of people miss – I picked up grapes, tomatoes, limes, olives, and apples. Along with the produce, I used bread sticks and a tons of different cheeses. There is no wrong way to put together a cheese plate.

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Make sure not to forget Gallo Salame

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If you see Gallo Dry Sliced Salami at Walmart, I recommend picking some up to work into your dinner plans or to spruce up any snack.  Incorporating it into my cheese and fruit plate gave the whole assortment an added level of flavor that kept my friends going back for more of everything.  The wine hardly even came up in conversation, except to say how well it complemented the salami.

I found the Gallo Salame near the luncheon meat section

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If you love spending time in the kitchen as much as I do, there are some basic kitchen skills that you must learn that will make your time in the kitchen so much easier, tastier and safer. Below are some of my favorites!

  1. Roast or Bake a Chicken

If you enjoy cooking, one meal that you need to be able to do to perfection is to roast or bake a chicken. There are many ways to do it. One of my favorite is in the crockpot! I love my Easy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe, so be sure to give it a try.

  1. Make Your Own Chicken Broth

Many recipes I love include check broth as an ingredient. I love to make my own to not only save money, but I think it always tastes better too! Use my Homemade Chicken Broth Recipe to get started.

Then use my handy tip to Freeze Chicken Broth to make it last!

  1. How to Grow Your Own Herbs

One thing I have loved to do ever since I started cooking on a regular basis was to grow my own herbs. You just need some containers, potting soil and seeds for the herbs you want to plant.

And the little plants look so cute in the kitchen.

Check out my tip on how to quick dry herbs too!

  1. Use Separate Cutting Boards

It’s no secret that some items you cut up using a cutting board can leave behind items that can make you sick. Avoid this entirely by using different cutting boards for meat and veggies. Or wash it thoroughly with soap and water before each use.

  1. How to Boil and Egg

Most people think this is one of the easiest things to do in the kitchen, when in fact there are some definite tricks to making a good hard boiled egg.

And check out my tip for making those eggs super easy to peel!

  1. How to Make a Baked Potato

Baked potatoes go with tons of different meals, so be sure to learn how to make these. Just preheat your oven to about 300 degrees. Don’t forget to scrub the potato clean and poke in multiple times with a fork or knife. Then bake for about 90 minutes or until slightly soft and can be pierced easily with a fork.

And check out my tip on how to bake a potato faster in the oven.

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Watson’s Before Picture

4 Years ago I went to a local shelter where I found a sickly little fluff ball. Watson ( his name before was Charlie) weighed under 2 pounds and was suffering a list of problems but I knew he was the one. I never mentioned this before but Eric accidentally dropped him when we were looking at him – so it was sorta a break it buy it policy ( just kidding — not the dropping part).

From two pounds Watson gained weight well. At one year he was 11 pounds – the vet told us that this was an ideal weight.

We never really changed his diet – it was 5.5 oz can of a known brand of wet cat food plus 1/2 cup of kibble per day. He never finished the kibble so I would refill it when it was empty.

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Eric and I did not understand why was gaining weight – since the food we were feeding him was ” diet” food. We took him to the vet and they simply told us to get him more exercise – we did with little result. Then I started to noticed Watson was getting less frisky so I was worried. I went to the vet my parents knew about.  Watson at this time weighed 17 pound!

YES 17 pounds! This was not good. He was still healthy but in the long run it could shorten his life.

The vet gave us the best advice EVER. Change his food. For some reason male cats do not do well with cat food with grain in it. It makes them gain weight.

THAT was it! All we had to do was changed his cat food ( fed him the same amount) to a grain free food. He started losing weight RIGHT away.

Watson now weighs at 12.5 pounds! His goal weight was 13 :)

He has so much energy now – it is like he is a kitten again. Seriously it was just changing to grain-free food.

Here is his after look :)

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