Cheesy Mushroom and Herb Quesadillas with Smoky Salsa {Giveaway}

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Around here, we eat quesadillas at least once a week. I keep waiting for that moment in time where my daughters (and myself!) get tired of them, but it never seems to happen. There’s just something about a crispy buttery quesadilla filled with warm gooey cheese and other good things that keeps us wanting more, more, MORE!

I created these Cheesy Mushroom and Herb Quesadillas with Smoky Salsa for the third Kitchen Conversation with Land O’Lakes and The Pioneer Woman. We talked about food trends in our first conversation, and modernizing vintage recipes in our second. This time around, it’s about “back to school, back to basics”. And, for our family, nothing rings truer than good ol’ quesadillas. They are a weeknight staple at our table.


Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter for their Kitchen Conversation blogger program. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes.



This photo of the Land O’Lakes Kitchen Conversations group was taken during the recent Blogher conference in Chicago. Pictured are Julie from The Little Kitchen, Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod, Becky from the Land O’Lakes Test Kitchen, Ree from The Pioneer Woman, Sommer from A Spicy Perspective, and myself.

We held our third Kitchen Conversation at the conference at the Land O’Lakes booth, and it was hosted by Becky and Ree. Conference attendees were invited to stop by as we chatted about easy weeknight meal ideas. It was a very casual and fun event.

You can keep up on all the recipes and fun with Land O’Lakes Kitchen Conversations through the hashtag #KitchnConvo on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

(For more about this trip to Chicago, read on to the bottom of this post.)


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Quesadillas can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make them. While I admit to making many quesadillas bubbling with only colby-jack as filling, it’s these ones filled with sautéed mushrooms and onions, just-picked thyme and chives from our garden, and a fabulous mix of mozzarella and goat cheese that keep me deeply vested in the quesadilla game.

thyme and chives - a farmgirl's dabbles

Such simple joy comes from stepping out in the back yard to snip a handful of fresh herbs for the next meal. No flavors can compare, and it’s a wonderfully healthy way to amp up any dish. I love that our daughters have taken to racing each other to our kitchen garden whenever I need some herbs, only to race each other back inside to proudly show off their choices. They’ve swallowed my love for fresh herbs and are having fun, too!

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I think I could very well eat mushrooms every single day of the week. And I absolutely adore them sautéed in a bit of butter, with onions and garlic. With a sprinkling of freshly chopped thyme and chives (I LOVE mushrooms and thyme together!) to finish them off, they are irresistible, and a great base for these quesadillas.

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The unsalted butter from Land O’Lakes is my go-to. It’s what you’ll find stacked in our extra fridge, and what you’ll see me using most often in my cooking and baking. But more and more, I’ve started to keep some of the Land O’Lakes salted butter around, too. I have a newfound love for soft salty butter on warm bread, and have also discovered the wonderful flavor it adds to the exterior of tortillas when making quesadillas.

I used one half stick of Land O Lakes® Salted Butter for this recipe. A small amount is used to butter one side of each tortilla, which then gets cooked on a hot griddle, making for a crispy tasty quesadilla exterior. The rest of the butter is used to sauté the mushrooms, onion, and garlic…a perfect combination for yum!

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I normally use regular flour tortillas for our quesadillas. But this time I opted for whole wheat tortillas, and was pleasantly surprised by the extra layer of flavor from that small change. You can bet that I’ve picked up more of the whole wheat variety since that discovery!

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When I make quesadillas, I aim to concentrate on just a few flavors and/or textures, and try to hold back from stuffing in the kitchen sink. You might find my versions less lofty than others, but I prefer it that way, after losing way too many toppings when flipping overstuffed quesadillas in the past.

To hold it all together, I like to use a couple different kinds of cheese for added depth. In this case I used mild and chewy mozzarella and our kids’ favorite cheese snack, goat cheese. Crumbles of its delicious, creamy saltiness add pockets of flavor throughout.

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And the perfect salsa to serve with these quesadillas? That would be this super easy Smoky Salsa that I’ve also included for your quesadilla eating delight! I highly recommend blitzing up a double batch, as it always disappears way too quickly and keeps beautifully in the fridge for a number of days. A food processor makes quick work of this salsa, and you can enter to WIN one at the end of this post! I like to make a big bowl of the salsa over the weekend, so we have some for quesadillas during the upcoming week. Even though this salsa uses canned tomatoes (the perfect solution when it’s not sweet summer tomato season!), its bright flavor beats the heck out of a jar of salsa from the store.

So when you pick up a package of whole wheat tortillas for these quesadillas, be sure to throw a bag of your favorite chips in the grocery cart, too. I promise, you’ll be thankful you did, as you become friends with this awesome salsa. This is one of my family’s favorite go-to meals for those crazy weeknights. I hope your family will love it, too!

Cheesy Mushroom and Herb Quesadillas with Smoky Salsa

Yield: 4 quesadillas and 2 cups salsa


    for the cheesy mushroom and herb quesadillas:
  • 1 Half Stick (1/4 c.) Land O Lakes® Salted Butter, at room temperature, divided
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 c. chopped yellow onion
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 T. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 T. chopped fresh chives
  • 8 8'' whole wheat tortillas (or plain flour tortillas)
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz. goat cheese crumbles
  • for the smoky salsa
  • 1 15-oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 c. chopped onion
  • 1/2 c. roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • juice from half a lime
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika (or substitute regular paprika)
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. chipotle powder


for the cheesy mushroom and herb quesadillas:

If cooking the quesadillas individually in a skillet, rather than all four at once on a large griddle, place a wire rack on top of a baking sheet, and place in the top half of the oven. Preheat oven to 200°. This will be used to keep cooked quesadillas warm until all four are finished.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Salted Butter. Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic, stirring well. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender and onions are soft and translucent. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Then add thyme and chives. Stir to incorporate and remove pan from heat.

Preheat a large griddle (to cook all 4 quesadillas at the same time) or a large skillet (to cook single quesadillas) to medium/medium-high.

With the remaining 1 tablespoon of Land O Lakes® Salted Butter, spread a thin layer of butter on one side of each tortilla. Place a tortilla buttered side down on a plate and top with one fourth of the mushroom and herb filling, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle one fourth of the shredded mozzarella and one fourth of the goat cheese on top of the mushroom and herb filling. Then top with another tortilla, buttered side up. Repeat this process three more times, to complete 4 filled quesadillas.

Place quesadillas on preheated griddle and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until tortillas are golden brown and cheese is melted. I cook up to 4 quesadillas at a time on a large griddle, but a large skillet could also be used to cook the quesadillas individually. When cooking them one at a time, transfer each cooked quesadilla to the warm baking sheet in the oven to stay warm. Cut into wedges and serve with smoky salsa and sour cream.

for the smoky salsa:

In the bowl of a food processor, combine all salsa ingredients. Pulse a few times to combine, until salsa is of the desired consistency. This salsa can easily be made in advance, and is actually a little better after the ingredients have time to mingle. But I can't deny eating it straight from the bowl of the food processor, either!


from a farmgirl's dabbles


A Giveaway!


Land O’Lakes is giving away a fabulous prize package, valued at $300!

This giveaway package includes:

•       Cuisinart Elite Die-cast 12-Cup Food Processor, from Sur la table. Perfect for making double batches of my Smoky Salsa!

•       Acacia Wood Cheese Board, from Sur la table. What a fun way to serve the quesadillas!

•       Half Stick Butter Dish, from Anthropologie. Ohhhhh…these little butter dishes are the talk of the town!

•       3 coupons for Land O Lakes® Butter in Half Sticks. These half sticks are such a convenience!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Giveaway rules: This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older. Giveaway will end at 11:59 pm CST on August 15, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random and then notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize, or another winner will be selected. A farmgirl’s dabbles and Land O’Lakes are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails.


Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter for their Kitchen Conversation blogger program. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes.


 And now for more on our trip to Chicago….


Chicago is one of my family’s favorite destinations. And because the road trip is a fairly easy one from our home in Minnesota, we decided to make a mini vacation out of it as I attended the Blogher conference with Land O’Lakes.

We stayed on the Michigan Mile at the Intercontinental, right in the middle of awesome Chicago. It was the perfect location to head out in any direction for sites and eats. And it has a pool. That’s all that needs to be said when you’re traveling with kids.

We spent the better part of a day at the Museum of Science + Industry. Wow, that place is HUGE! It offered so many interesting exhibits, with our favorite being the German submarine that was captured by the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Chicago’s dining scene is a fabulous one, and one that our kids are more that willing to let us indulge in. They never ask for McDonald’s, and I love that!

  • What they really wanted on this trip was some Chicago-style deep dish pizza, so we walked to the flagship Giordano’s on Rush Street after checking into our hotel room. It was a tasty and super cheesy meal!
  • We also got seats at two other restaurants on my list. The Purple Pig, right across the street from our hotel, proved as delicious as everything I’d ever read. I’m not usually a fan of turkey legs, but the one we ate there was ultra tender, with out of this world flavor. And Hatti can say that she happily enjoyed her first bone marrow experience. Good girl!
  • And dear Little Goat. Oh my. What a sweet little corner of Chicago, the amazing food invention from Stephanie Izard, winner of Top Chef: Season Four. We headed there for breakfast on our way out of Chicago on Sunday morning. That diner has it going on…a separate coffee bar with a view into their bakery, with fresh bread being made right before your eyes, and a lively dining space with communal tables for casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The couple bites I had of our daughter’s pancake were wonderful, and the shrimp and cheesy grits were unreal. So good!

I also ate at a couple other exceptional places with blogging friends…

  • Land O’Lakes treated our Kitchen Conversations group to a memorable meal at The Boarding House, a fairly new restaurant to Chicago’s dining scene. I loved its green-accented decor, and the food and wine pairing was absolutely perfect. 
  • And last, but certainly not least, I had another fabulous meal at Frontera Grill by Rick Bayless. The last time I was there, Blake and I were celebrating our 10th anniversary. We ate there for dinner on a Friday night and it was crazy lively. This time I shared lunch with Ali and Sommer, and it was a more subdued atmosphere. But the plates were as tasty as ever. I was only disappointed to not be able to grab a hot fresh churro for dessert, next door at Rick’s more casual space XOCO, as the line was out the door. Oh well, I just count the blessing of being able to sit at Frontera one more time!

190 Responses to “Cheesy Mushroom and Herb Quesadillas with Smoky Salsa {Giveaway}”

  1. #
    Phylis — August 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    We like to make pizzas with tortillas, love the flavors in these quesadillas AND Land O Lakes butter!

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    Tieghan — August 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

    We love quesadillas and mushrooms around here so these would be a huge hit!! The look delicious and anything with a little land O Lakes butter is aways good!

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    Mellissa — August 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

    This looks great! I am a big fan of salads for dinner- green, grain and bean.

  4. #
    Darla — August 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

    We like tacos or fajitas!

  5. #
    Tina Van Hoecke — August 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I love grilled veggies or summer salads with a nice chunk of grilled meat on the side.

  6. #
    Chris — August 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Anything on the grill

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    Lisa Thomas — August 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

    It’s summer, so my favorite weeknight meal is anything we can throw in the grill. It’s fast, easy, and saves me a lot of clean up!

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    April Hamm — August 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Can’t wait to try this when my granddaughter comes to visit the week of the 11th. Thank you so much! I will be hand chopping because I don’t have a food processor..where do I enter the contest? Love your posts. Thanks!

    • Brenda replied on August 5th, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Hi April! Hand chopping definitely still works, but I love the smoother consistency that a food processor affords. To enter the giveaway, look for the big square Rafflecopter widget right below the giveaway info.

  9. #
    Sharon O. — August 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    This time of year, we do a lot of BLTs. The garden-fresh tomatoes are so delicious. Thanks!

  10. #
    barbara — August 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

    these look great love making marinated boneless chicken thighs on the grill this time of year, great by themselves or in salad or tacos etc.

  11. #
    Suz — August 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Great idea for hot nights :)

  12. #
    Natalie J Vandenberghe — August 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    We love tacos! Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. #
    Athena R — August 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Grilled corn, fresh tomatoes and grilled chicken.

  14. #
    Wendy — August 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Now that we have a grill again, it would have to be anything grilled like the vegetables from the farmers market and lots of salads and chicken on the grill. Then I don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen cleaning up!

  15. #
    Jeffrey — August 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

    My favorite weekday meal is homemade pizza, hands down. I could probably eat it every day of the week, it’s fun to use different ingredients and discover new flavor combinations.

  16. #
    Sandy Headtke — August 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

    My_favorite week night meal is Grilled cheese and soup.

  17. #
    Ambika — August 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Love that quesedilla, I make a very similar one, but add in some bell peppers and some Mexican seasoning! My favorite weekday meal is a pot of rice with some Indian curry!

  18. #
    Shannon — August 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Whole wheat pasta with whatever fresh garden veggies I have on hand and a light cream sauce (last night it was spinach, bell peppers, mushroom, and yellow squash)!

  19. #
    Jodi S — August 5, 2013 at 10:44 am

    My favorite weekday meal is always pizza

  20. #
    Heather Hayes Panjon — August 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Tacos Is My Favorite Weeknight Meal!

  21. #
    Elizabeth Fitzmaurice — August 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Pasta with a quick tomato, onion and butter sauce.

  22. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Yes please, these quesadillas look fantastic! Love your homemade smoky salsa.

  23. #
    Liz — August 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I love a good pasta dish. Thank you for the giveaway.

  24. #
    Elis B. — August 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I like pizza for a week night treat.

  25. #
    Brittany F. — August 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I love making an easy and quick meal- I love to make a delicious curry, yummy salad, or some fresh fish tacos or grilled salmon!

  26. #
    Mercedes — August 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Quesadillas are a go-to meal for me too and this one looks fantastic! Salmon with a veggie and brown rice is one of my other standbys!

  27. #
    KatieE — August 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I would love to win a new Cuisinart – fabulous tool for the kitchen chef!! My favorite weeknight meal is braised fresh veggies – any mix will do, and of course quesadillas as the side dish!!
    Thank you.

  28. #
    Kelly — August 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Right now my favorite weeknight meal is salads — ceasar, grilled, spinach, etc. Nomnomnom!

  29. #
    Lynda M. — August 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is roasted veggies over whole wheat pasta. Easy and delish!

  30. #
    Phyllis — August 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    We love tacos for a quick meal.

  31. #
    Donna — August 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is whole wheat tortilla individual pizzas. My hubby has made a nice blend of pizza spices he keeps for us to each make our own if we want, or he does it for us. He adds a special blend of cheese along with a great pizza sauce and crisps up the crust for a hot and bubbly pizza treat for dinner. I love them!

    I love your Quesadillas idea as another option to use our tortillas we always have on hand! :-)

    We love Chicago too! It is a great town for a family vacation! Glad you enjoyed it with your family!

  32. #
    Kel — August 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    It would have to be pizza!

  33. #
    Judi — August 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Our favorite is anything I cooked in the crockpot that day. :)

  34. #
    Amanda L. — August 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I love tacos for an easy weeknight meal.

  35. #
    Danyelle H — August 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    We love chicken enchiladas so good!

  36. #
    Dana — August 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    When tomatoes are garden fresh, I love Spanish Toast-a thick slice of sourdough bread toasted, rubbed with a clove of garlic, then rubbed with a cut tomato so the bread absorbs the juice and the top is covered with the seeds, then a drizzle of olive and a touch of salt. Perfection. I then usually drizzle the tomato shell with olive oil and eat as a side.

  37. #
    Amanda Peterson — August 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I love making tacos and sauteing the tortilla shells in a little Land O Lakes Butter!!!

  38. #
    KaySue — August 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Our favorite right now is homemade pizza on the grill.

  39. #
    Carole Resnick — August 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    After 22 years my Cusinart needs to be replaced. Can’t wait t try yyour recipe

  40. #
    Margot C — August 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I make a one pan Chicken and pasta meal that is wonderful (hint: it contains butter!)

  41. #
    Kim McCallie — August 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Our favorite meal to eat after school is spaghetti!

  42. #
    Shane R. — August 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Grilled Cheese and tomato soup is my favorite weeknight meal

  43. #
    Denise Fedor — August 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    We like Greek yogurt dips with veggies or chips for these summer meals when gardening trumps the cook in me!

  44. #
    Leanna H — August 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    We love to make quasadillas. I live in Texas and we get great handmade tortillas right at the grocery store. Last week I made some with mozerella chesse and a little Italian seasoning and then warmed up some leftover homemade marinara that I made the week before.

  45. #
    Cindy Brickley — August 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    My favorite meal for the week is when I can cook the whole thing on the grill. A meat, vegetable and a potato.

  46. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — August 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    We love spaghetti and meatballs, that is a go to meal on weeknights!

  47. #
    Jessie C. — August 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    We like Spaghetti and meatball.

  48. #
    Sarah — August 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    In the summer, we love grilled pizza. In the winter, a crockpot stew is the way to go.

  49. #
    Emily K — August 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Homemade pizza

  50. #
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine — August 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Favorite weeknight meal would be Stone Ground Mustard Rubbed Baked Tilapia and a baked sweet potato with loads of cinnamon and hemp seeds!

  51. #
    Patty — August 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    We love quesadillas. They’re a great way to use up leftovers.
    Thanks for the chance to win, I could really use a new food processor!

  52. #
    Aviva — August 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Mac & cheese!

  53. #
    Andrea D. — August 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I love taco quesadillas.

  54. #
    Mom — August 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Love quesadilla! And that goat cheese and smoked paprika sound so-o-o good.

  55. #
    Elena — August 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is lasagna

  56. #
    Sally Alonzo — August 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Chicken burritos!

  57. #
    Jessica To — August 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    We like to do tacos during the week.

  58. #
    Diane — August 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is grilled eggplant caprese salad.

  59. #
    Whitney — August 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is spaghetti with meatballs!

  60. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Such a great weeknight meal – these quesadillas look so scrumptious! My favorite weeknight meal has to be pan-fried chicken cutlets with caprese salad. Making them tonight matter of fact!

  61. #
    Natasha — August 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    My favorite weeknight dinner is definitely cheese enchiladas! Yum!

  62. #
    abby — August 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    mac & cheese!

  63. #
    Linda — August 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    During the summer, I luv chicken kabobs on the grill!

  64. #
    Rose — August 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Homemade chimi’s are a favorite at my house!

  65. #
    Sunnie — August 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    We like tacos!

  66. #
    kate — August 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    My husband likes to make me pizza at least once a week, so I can’t complain about that. My go-to is probably anythinginthefridge salad. This looks awesome though!

  67. #
    Heather B — August 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    My hubby loves to have spaghetti and meatballs at least once a week.

  68. #
    Amy Z. — August 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is chili!

  69. #
    Carolyn G — August 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Pasta with fresh tomato sauce. It’s easy and fast

  70. #
    Becki — August 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Stir fry!

  71. #
    Jackie T — August 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I like nachos, fully loaded!

  72. #
    Amanda Sakovitz — August 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm


  73. #
    Thomas Murphy — August 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I like to make tacos.

  74. #
    Erin — August 5, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Burgers, corn and veggies on the grill

  75. #
    Holly B — August 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Tacos are a big favorite at our house!

  76. #
    lizzy — August 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    My favorite meal to cook is Asian Chicken Salad!

  77. #
    Leslie — August 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I enjoy pasta with jarred pesto, diced fresh tomatoes, sea salt, and fresh pepper.

  78. #
    Larry — August 5, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Pizza is my favorite.

  79. #
    Sunny C — August 5, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    What a Wonderful Giveaway!!! I have eaten Land O Lakes Butter all of my Life. It is the BEST!!!! I use it EVERY Day! :-)
    How I Love some good quesadillas!!!! I use all kinds of things to make them!

  80. #
    Kim C. — August 6, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Baked chicken and a salad is my favorite.

  81. #
    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — August 6, 2013 at 12:12 am

    My favorite fallback dinner is definitely pancakes!

  82. #
    Amy S — August 6, 2013 at 12:24 am

    French bread pizza!

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    Caroline — August 6, 2013 at 6:57 am

    One of my favorite weeknight meals happens to be anything Mexican! I love the flavors and for the most part, tacos, quesadillas or burritos are so easy to put together quickly without any complicated ingredients. These quesadillas look yummy!!!

  84. #
    latanya — August 6, 2013 at 7:12 am

    we love beef tacos

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    Cookin Canuck — August 6, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Oh yeah…these are definitely the kind of quesadillas that I could eat every night. It looks like you had a wonderful trip to Chicago! How fun that your whole family got to join in.

  86. #
    Jessica — August 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

    In the summer is has to be grilled chicken and any veggie I have in the garden!

  87. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — August 6, 2013 at 8:06 am

    My girls and I make quesadillas all the time too! Love all the flavors in your ‘dilla and that smoky salsa… YUM!

  88. #
    Tina M — August 6, 2013 at 8:44 am

    chicken wings!

  89. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — August 6, 2013 at 10:01 am

    mmm I do love quesadillas! Chicken and Cheese quesadillas!

  90. #
    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — August 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Pasta with meat sauce is a weeknight favorite in our house!

  91. #
    Catherine — August 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Pasta with summer vegetables.

  92. #
    Jamie — August 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Favorite weeknight meal is throw some chicken on the grill, roast some potatoes with fresh garlic and herbs, toss up a green salad or cut up some vibrant summer fruit… voila! Dinner!

  93. #
    Mandy W. — August 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I’m always looking for new ways to use herbs. I love cutting them from my garden, too! Thanks for sharing.

  94. #
    Stacy — August 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    My favorite meal is my go to comfort meal: chicken and yellow rice, collard greens, corn bread or biscuits. Southern cooking is for this girl!

  95. #
    Maria — August 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Loved spending time with you in Chicago! I can’t wait to make your quesadillas!

  96. #
    Bette I — August 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Spaghetti with meatballs

  97. #
    Mary Beth Elderton — August 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I love tacos–I’ma Tex Mex kinda gal :)

  98. #
    Marsha Lynne — August 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    My favorite changes every evening, that is due to the fact that I try four to five new recipes every week. husbands favorite would be hamburgers.

  99. #
    DessertForTwo — August 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is always some sort of pasta. Usually with artichokes, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes!

  100. #
    Libby — August 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I love pork chops. Easy and always delicious!

  101. #
    Chrissy — August 7, 2013 at 4:07 am

    My favorite meal any meal time is breakfast. Biscuits and sausage gravy is the best supper. I try to make it more “healthy” by serving fresh tomatoes, too.

  102. #
    Melissa — August 7, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Anything that’s quick and easy!!

  103. #
    Rebecca — August 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I love tacos!

    So many varieties and always a quick and easy dinner choice.

  104. #
    Katy — August 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

    My favorite easy weeknight dish is tacos, for sure!

  105. #
    karen — August 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Pasta with whatever veggies I have lying around.

  106. #
    JY — August 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    a bowl of noodle will be great

  107. #
    Robin Wilson — August 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Our favorite weeknight meal is skinless/boneless chicken breasts in some fashion with rice or pasta ~ quick and delicious

  108. #
    Kim D. — August 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal would be pizza.

  109. #
    Malerie C. — August 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    egg noodles with salt and butter!

  110. #
    Anamaria @ Bakewell Junction — August 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I love Italian sausages and salad for week night dinner.

  111. #
    Rachel — August 7, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Spaghetti or panzanella are currently my favorite quick meals!

  112. #
    Sommer@aSpicyPerspective — August 8, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Brenda, it was so good to get to hang with you in Chicago! These quesadillas look like just the kind of thing my family would beg for.

  113. #
    natalie @ wee eats — August 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    i love tacos !

  114. #
    Mushrooms Canada — August 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Mexican cuisine has to be my favourite! For that reason I also attempt the weekly quesadilla’s… thanks for sharing this recipe, it’ll get some great use in my kitchen!


  115. #
    meredith — August 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I make a lot of chili

  116. #
    Allie — August 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I like salisbury steak

  117. #
    Michelle McCulloch — August 9, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Favorite weeknight meal is spaghetti in my house..have it at least once a week with homemade garlic bread from scratch

  118. #
    Dawn — August 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Right now I’m loving anything on the grill, like chicken or beef kabobs. I don’t have to heat up the kitchen and easy cleanup.

  119. #
    Stephanie Ann — August 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I love grilled salmon and veggies

  120. #
    Amy L — August 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is spaghetti carbonara. I use Tyler Florence’s recipe from the Food Network. It’s easy and yummy!

  121. #
    teresa mccluskey — August 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

    My moms meatloaf, corn on the cob, my husbands homemade mashed tatoes, fruit, and then for desert my grandmothers homemade fudge :D

  122. #
    Connie Shaver — August 10, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    My favorite meal is oven baked parmesan chicken breasts with roasted broccoli. Yum!

  123. #
    Elisabeth — August 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    My go-to is bow-tie (or whatever I have) pasta with bacon and tomatoes. Easy, fast, and delicious!

  124. #
    cathy smith — August 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Favorite weeknight meal at my house is what ever leftover meat we have chopped up, grated cacique cheese put on 2 tortillas that have been buttered with Land O’Lakes of course and fried until golden brown. Yum. Fast and delicious!

  125. #
    Miz Gala — August 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm


  126. #
    Shawn Augustine — August 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Definitely love a good Panini for an easy weeknight meal! One of the best investments we made was in our Panini press! Thanks for the opportunity! I need a new food processor like crazy! :)

  127. #
    Brenda D — August 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    pizza or quesadillas – both big favorites!

  128. #
    Krysten — August 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Anything pasta or big dinner salads!

  129. #
    Jen L — August 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Hubby is a true Southener so we go for country fried steak, mashed potatoes, turnip greens, white country gravy, black eyed peas.

  130. #
    Deb — August 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm


  131. #
    Jan B. — August 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Taco Salads…

  132. #
    Marji Nordick — August 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Anything I can grill…easy meal, easy clean up!

  133. #
    Maredith H. — August 10, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is one pot chicken tortellini alfredo!

  134. #
    Larissa P. — August 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is taqueria-style steak tacos in a chipotle marinade with small pieces of red & orange bell pepper as well as pineapple tidbits and carmelized onion…super yummy!

  135. #
    Melissa @ Served Up With Love — August 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Taco’s…love them and they are so easy to make, especially during the week. great giveaway!

  136. #
    Robin Chesser — August 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is slow cooker pulled pork, the bonus is I can use it the next day for quesodillas.

  137. #
    Lisa Smith — August 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Chicken thigh stir fry! Fast, healthy and delicious!

  138. #
    Linda Barringer — August 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Burger on the grill…..

  139. #
    Sandra T — August 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Lemon pasta with prawns

  140. #
    Heather Smith — August 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    French bread pizza!

  141. #
    LISA KAY SPELL — August 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm


  142. #
    Cindy S. Martin — August 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Love quesadillas! Awesome giveaway!

  143. #
    Amy — August 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Looks delicious!

  144. #
    De — August 11, 2013 at 12:57 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is veggie frittata with a salad.

  145. #
    Tina — August 11, 2013 at 4:01 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is a yummy salad tossed with homemade Italian dressing! Thank you for this opportunity!

  146. #
    Sara L — August 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is stir fry.

  147. #
    Cate Sparks — August 11, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Fresh pesto over pasta!

  148. #
    Karen — August 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Pizza or pasta. So many ways to fix both.

  149. #
    Karen D — August 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    For quick and easy, I like pasta with sauce I make on the weekend. Also, burritos with black beans and sweet potato (again, I cook the beans on the weekend). I think I need to add these quesadillas to the list. I, too, love to use thyme when cooking mushrooms.

  150. #
    Kimberly Hampton — August 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Cannot wait to try this recipe! Yum!

  151. #
    Susan Christy — August 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Anything grilled! Chicken, veggies and pineapple have been a staple for me this summer.

  152. #
    Miriam — August 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Quick and easy has been the dinner menu lately! Crockpot chicken, meals from the freezer and veggie sautes with veggies from the garden.

  153. #
    barbara n — August 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

    My favorite weeknight meal is chicken cooked on the grill!

  154. #
    Lori — August 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    chicken pesto pasta, quick easy and delicious!

  155. #
    charlottte — August 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    A grilled,juicy steak with baked potato and salad!!!!!

  156. #
    Su — August 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Anything on the grill, close second is pizza!

  157. #
    Sherril Theis — August 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I love a grilled chicken breast with a spinach and pasta side!

  158. #
    Carolyn D. — August 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I like to fix a taco salad using fresh vegetables from the garden.

  159. #
    Sue — August 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Grilled chicken

  160. #
    Linda F716 — August 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Favorite week night meal is pasta and sauce!

  161. #
    Shelby — August 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    In the summer, my Sweetie and I like a favorite sandwich with a fresh vegetable like corn on the cob, fried squash/okra , or some type of bean. Can’t seem to get enough vegetables in the summer. Another favorite is a vegetable dinner with cornbread. Yum!

  162. #
    MaryEllen — August 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    My family loves quesadillas too!

  163. #
    Elissa — August 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    My fav weeknight meal in the summer is a salad made with fresh veggies like broccoli, ginger, garlic, baby bok choy and peppers and tossing them with buckwheat soba noodles and other seasonings!

  164. #
    Laura — August 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    My favorite weeknight meal is homemade burritos with chicken, beans, cheese, salsa, tomatoes, lettuce, and either quinoa/rice. My children are always happy with that!

  165. #
    Susan — August 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    ANYTHING GRILLED! Veggies, chicken, steak, peaches. I could go on and on. It’s a state pastime here in California!

  166. #
    Sarah — August 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Anything grilled especially chicken or shrimp!!!

  167. #
    Gina Florencia — August 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Love quesadillas and love salsa too,thanks for sharing….Gina F

  168. #
    Suzanne Prael — August 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve been following ‘the farmgirls dabbles and The Pioneer Women’ for quite a while and just started following ‘Two Peas and Their Pod’, love all their recipes, fantastic! I never use anything but LOL 1/2 sticks butter with sea salt and OO; I’m from a family of 9 and LOVE cooking and baking!

  169. #
    Sandy — August 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    During summer, pasta primavera with lots of fresh herbs and veggies. During winter, chili and cornbread.

  170. #
    Melanie Montgomery — August 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I like pizza night

  171. #
    Janet J. — August 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I love to grill chicken and fish.

  172. #
    April Hamm — August 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Tacos..chicken or beef :)

  173. #
    Rubie — August 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Rotisserie chicken — I use it make quickie burritos. Brown onions a bit, add shredded chicken, then some cilantro at the last minute. Serve in tortilla wraps with mexican rice, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, and a bit of sour cream. Quick, easy and yummy!

  174. #
    JC — August 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Favorite weeknight meal is soup and salad. Any kind of soup, any kind of salad and crusty buttered bread.

  175. #
    Deb — August 13, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Pizza. Always…

  176. #
    Missy M. — August 13, 2013 at 6:20 am

    It’s a toss up between any kind of soup or any kind of pasta. Always served with a salad and hot homemade bread.

  177. #
    cindi — August 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

    grilled chicken is my favorite…

  178. #
    melanie — August 13, 2013 at 8:59 am

    My son loves quesadillas or a snacky kind of dinner….fruit, nuts, cheese, crackers. I love that too. I also go for a quick pasta dish or salad during the week.

  179. #
    Alice Kolonis — August 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    We love pasta or chicken tacos! Love your pictures!!

  180. #
    KatieE — August 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    It would be wonderful to have a great kitchen tool like this Cuisinart food processor. I could make my own salsa from many types of ingredients to use with veggie dishes or grilled meats. When it’s too hot to cook, the ease of preparation makes my life more fun! Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  181. #
    marlene — August 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm


  182. #
    Devi McDonald @ Diddles and Dumplings — August 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Love, love, love making tacos!

  183. #
    Cheryl — August 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Penne pasta casserole.

  184. #
    Lissa — August 14, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Quesadillas with lemon zucchini…

  185. #
    Elizabeth S — August 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    A big Greek salad!

  186. #
    Heather — August 15, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Our favorite weeknight meal is spaghetti and garlic bread!

  187. #
    Tracy — August 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Most nights I have some kind of salad for supper (if I’m being good). But I love a good roasted veggie sandwich on baguette or torta, with cheese melting on top.

  188. #
    Harmony B — August 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Chicken parm is my families favorite


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