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Oh my gosh. Please tell me you guys can see this.

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Do you see pictures? Words? A recipe? Please, please, please say yes. If not, just wait a second while I let out a good long scream.

Send help.

I need it!

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I know that a lot of you have noticed some issues with the site over the last week and half or so. Trust me, I have too.

If I am being honest, it has been total hell. And no, that is not an exaggeration in the least. I think anyone with a blog can relate. The second your site goes down it is non stop damage control. Working with techy people trying to figure out what the heck the problem is and not understanding a word of what they are saying. It is so not fun, I would actually rather do boatloads of dishes, and I hate doing dishes.

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Thank God for my mom. Seriously, a round of applause for her please. She deserves it more than anyone. Some people have their husbands or boyfriends working behind the scenes, I have my mom. She is just a lot more tech savvy than me, but she is still no web designer. Unfortunately, this problem was just way bigger than the both of us. We finally decided to get some real help and handed the problem over to someone who knows what the heck to do. Again, thank God. I just enlisted the awesome Erin of Naturally Ella and Wooden Spoons Kitchen to work on the site and I know that I am now in good hands!

But kinks are still being worked out so please bare with me as we get this all fixed, and to those of you who could not access any recipes yesterday, I am so incredibly sorry. You have no idea how terrible I feel. Hopefully you were able to postpone making those recipes and can now get at them today!

And seriously guys, thank you so much for your patience and sticking with me. You have no idea how awesome you guys truly are!

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On a happier note, I have BLT’s for you!!


Crispy Kale BLT Croque Madame with Smoked Gouda + Avocado |

These were not actually today’s original post, but my pictures just will NOT upload at the moment (hence the lateness of this post). I had an acorn squash recipe all ready to go, but that will have to wait.


These photos had already been uploaded, so today was the day for this guys!

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It is a good one though!

I mean there is a fried egg, bacon and a whole ton of gouda cheese involved. Heck yes. Plus, it is pretty easy and one epic lunch or dinner. Like on a crisp fall afternoon or a night when you just want something easy and cozy. Yup, this is that sandwich!

I kind of need this sandwich today, I have a feeling it is going to be another long one.

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Crispy Kale BLT Croque Madame with Smoked Gouda + Avocado

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 1025 kcal

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  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup milk I used 2%
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup smoked gouda cheese shredded
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 1/2 bunch kale chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup smoked gouda cheese shredded
  • 2 eggs cooked to your liking
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 slices rye bread
  • 1/2 an avocado sliced


  • Preheat the evon to 400 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and place the bacon in a single layer on the foil. Bake in the oven for 15- 20 minutes or until crispy, rotating the pan half way through. At the same time cook the kale. Place kale in a large bowl and massage with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 10 minutes. Toss well and roast for 5 minutes more, until slightly crispy but not golden.
  • While those cook start the roux. In a small sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for one minutes. Slowly add in the milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer and add the nutmeg, salt and pepper, Cook 1 or 2 minutes and then remove from the heat and add 1/2 cup of the shredded gouda cheese. Stir until melted and smooth.
  • Butter the outside of 4 slices of rye bread. One the inside of all 4 slices of bread spread 1-2 tablespoons of the cheese sauce, leaving about 2 tablespoons for topping each sandwich. Add the tomatoes on top of the cheese sauce.
  • When the kale and bacon are ready remove from the oven and add half of both the bacon and kale to one side of each sandwich. Sandwich the halves together.
  • Preheat the broiler to high.
  • Heat a medium size skillet over medium high heat. Melt a tablespoon of butter and place both sandwiches in the skillet, cook for 2 minutes per side or until golden and crisp. Remove from the skillet and top each sandwich with the remaining cheese sauce and shredded cheese. Place on a baking sheet and broil for 30 seconds to melt the cheese. (This is when I cooked my eggs)
  • Remove from the oven and top with 2-3 slices of avocado and an egg. EAT!

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Now who wants to make it for me? Any takers?

Oh and cross your fingers the site stays going strong from here on out!!

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  1. Looks amazing, but just thought I would let you know, that it’s more difficult to enjoy if it’s intertwined with a long rant about your website. I came here for food, not ranting

  2. YES!!! I can see it pictures and all. Funny thing is I did not get this yesterday. I got the beer bread. I am no technical person for sure. I always have to check with my own personal tech. My son!!! Hahaha!!

  3. Oh my gosh… If you were a restaurant, I would so wish you delivered to New York…I’d be on the phone with you on a daily basis!! That looks incredible. I’ll be trying it this weekend for sure!!

  4. D’OH! Sometimes technology is NOT your friend (and I say that as a former I.T. professional); hopefully things are smoothing out for you . . . however, it’s very easy to bear with you when you give such cheesy, eggy, avocadoey goodness to us!!

  5. Your mom rocks and so does this post! I hope things got worked out on your site, take a deep breath and maybe a bit of some good, dark chocolate.

  6. Tieghan, your photos are droolworthy! I hate tech problems – so frustrating, but glad to hear you’re on your way to getting them resolved.

  7. So sorry about the site problems! I seriously hate when that happens 🙁 And this sandwich….oh my word you had me at Crispy Kale.

  8. I’m with you, tech stuff is so overwhelming. It makes me want to crawl in bed and hide under the covers.
    But I love this sandwich so much!

  9. Your site looks great to me, hope everything gets resolved soon – you are in good hands (and your mom sounds amazing!). What a killer BLT, I need to make this for my brother!

  10. Oh girl, I’ve been there- and was, about a month ago. I was at a football game when someone facebooked me that they couldn’t access my site and I was like, ALL SYSTEMS GO, MOVE IT ON OUT, I had to get to the computer asap! So I feel your pain.
    On the plus side, while acorn squash sounds pretty dang good, I’m loving this croque madame with kale so no need to apologize for this deliciousness!

  11. I can see everything! You can still scream, if you want:) Sometimes it just feels good. I feel like pulling my hair out when pictures won’t upload. I hope everything gets better, I’m sure it is really frustrating:(
    On another note, this sandwich … I’m sure the acorn squash is great, too, but wow, this is amazing! Love gouda and with bacon??? And avo??? Day = made.

  12. These are insane! I’m sorry about the website issues; I was having them yesterday as well, and I know how frustrating it can be.

  13. Blogs can be fun…but when something’s up, it’s horrible! Stress, stress, stress! But hopefully you can relax, eat this sandwich, and get everything back to normal soon!! This sandwich looks awesome…i’m just drooling looking at the cheese all melted!

  14. I hate when the ol’ website has kinks. Hopefully everything is smooth sailing now. Oh, and I’ll take a box of these to-go!

  15. This looks so absolutely amazing and delicious Tieghan (as usual)!!! Hope all the kinks with the site get worked out soon! xoxo

  16. I can see everything and it looks AMAZING. I hope the kinks get worked out on your blog soon, dear! I can’t wait too long to see your next genius creation. 🙂

  17. This sandwich is beautiful!!! I wish I had time to make this for lunch! Its usually just time to scramble to get my kids fed while I throw a few handfuls of cheerios down my throat..omg, what I wouldnt do for this!

  18. I’m glad to see you’re up and running again, but am sorry that you had so many issues!

    You are definitely back with a bang…this croque madame is beyond gorgeous!

  19. DUDE. that looks phenomenal.
    I can’t see any title for this post, but the pictures are showing up. AMAZING. of course.
    This is the BLT of champions. just sayin’.

  20. Ugh, I hate dealing with site issues–it’s the worst. Good for you for somehow managing to survive it all and still churn out a recipe the day after!! I would just go eat my feelings, haha.

    This looks so wonderful! The egg, the avocado, the bacon, everything!!

  21. website problems are the WORST. I can totally relate, I shave like 3 years off my life everytime my blog is on the fritz. Best thing to do is try and stay as calm as possible…. anddd I guess have these leftovers, bc they look absolutely awesome! Love this recipe 🙂

  22. I haven’t had any problems seeing anything all week…
    Can’t wait to try yesterday’s beer bread recipe. Simple is great sometimes! Don’t hesitate to post recipes like that.

    1. Well that is good! I think you may be the only one! LOL!
      Thanks Matilda! Oh and yeah, simple it awesome!! I have more simple recipes on the way! 🙂

  23. Yeees, I can see it!! Yaaaay, the sites back to normal and looking lovely as ever! 🙂 Your Croque madame looks amazing, with all of my favorite thing! Love this beautiful sando!