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Almond Bark Cookies

Almond Bark Cookies

Christmas is just around the corner. So many goodies to make, so little time! This recipe is a quick one, but sure to get rave reviews. They’re technically not cookies since you spread them out and break apart into pieces once hardened, but you could drop them by spoonfuls onto the waxed paper, making them [...]

Hot Reuben Dip

Hot Reuben Dip

I love a good Reuben sandwich. Maybe it’s my German heritage, I don’t know, but the combination of creamy cheese, tangy Thousand Island dressing, and the bite of sauerkraut makes me very happy. Now imagine all these flavors melded together into a hot dip. Well, here you are, imagine no further. You’re welcome. Ingredients: ½ [...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I think my favorite cookie has to be the traditional chocolate chip cookie. This recipe takes that cookie and makes a bar out of it, which to me is even better. The combination of chewiness that comes from a bar and the classic taste of chocolate chip cookie is a match made in heaven. Ingredients: [...]

Halloween Candy Bark

Halloween Candy Bark

If you are in need of a quick, crowd pleasing, Halloween themed dessert, then look no further. I made this candy bark for my daughter’s Halloween party this year, and it was a huge hit! It is by far the easiest Halloween dessert I’ve ever made. This recipe would also be easy to modify for [...]

Cinnamon Apple Cake

Cinnamon Apple Cake

The arrival of Fall finds me pulling out the spice scented candles and room sprays from closet storage, and I begin looking at those big pumpkins at the grocery store, trying to find the perfect one for my husband and daughter to carve. I also start thinking about my favorite Fall comfort foods – pumpkin [...]

Pita Pizzas

Pita Pizzas

Pizza is such a versatile food, especially if you make it at home. You can have any toppings you desire, but the crust can take time to make from scratch. Enter the pita pizza. These little guys take no time at all. Within 15 minutes, you can have a crispy crust pizza on the table. [...]

Lima Beans with Bacon

Lima Beans with Bacon

Bacon! Isn’t everything better with bacon? This lima bean dish takes advantage of that thought, adding crispy bacon pieces at the end of cooking. I adore this mixture of textures – the soft, creamy beans and the crispy bacon pieces pair so well together. Your mouth and taste buds will thank you. Ingredients: 1 lb [...]

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

One of my favorite summer time foods from childhood is my mom’s potato salad. She made it just the way my brother and I liked it – no crunchy stuff. And that’s still the way I like it today. This potato salad is simple and creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness and acidity. [...]

Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

Potatoes are a go-to side dish for many families, and there are tons of ways to prepare them. I’m always on the lookout for new and easy to make potato recipes. This one fits the bill! It is so simple to prepare and comes out tasting fantastic. Ingredients: 1 ½ lbs small potatoes ¾ cup [...]

Classic Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

Everyone has a favorite cheesecake.  For me, it’s simple and plain, firm and dense, with barely a crust at all.  And it’s okay if the top cracks after baking – there is no leakage of deliciousness out of it!  Feel free to top yours with the pie filling of your choice.  I’ll eat mine plain. [...]

Strawberry Bread

Strawberry Bread

I bought a whole lot of strawberries about a week ago, and we didn’t quite get them all eaten before they started to look less than fresh. But no worries! Strawberry bread to the rescue! It’s the perfectly tasty way to use up fruit before it goes bad. Ingredients: 1 egg 1 cup sugar 1 [...]

Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding

One of my favorite restaurant dishes is the spoon bread from Don Pablo’s. I would get a whole plate of that if they’d let me. This recipe is a pretty close rendition of their fabulous spoon bread, although I actually prefer this one without the cheese. Ingredients: 4 T unsalted butter, softened ¼ cup sugar [...]

Zucchini and Squash Au Gratin

Zucchini and Squash Au Gratin

Squash in all its varieties becomes plentiful during the summer home garden season. Here’s one of my favorite simple ways to use it that can be on the table in around 30 minutes. Ingredients: 2 T butter 2 cloves garlic, chopped 3 medium zucchini, squash, or combination, cut into ¼” slices ½ cup cream ¼ [...]

Fruity Cream Cheese Spread

Fruity Cream Cheese Spread

Bagels and cream cheese are one of my favorite breakfast foods. Add some fruit to the mix and it’s even better. I always prefer to make my own spreads and dips when I’m able as I can control exactly what goes into it. This fruity cream cheese spread is so simple to make and can [...]

Guest Recipe: Bacon & Jalapeno Kettle Cornbread

Guest Recipe: Bacon & Jalapeno Kettle Cornbread

Guest Recipe: Courtesy of Jeremy Sym, Owner and Executive Chef of Savory Solutions Personal Chefs and Catering. INGREDIENTS: 1 1/4 C coarsely ground cornmeal 3/4 C all-purpose flour 1/4 C granulated sugar ⦁ tsp kosher salt ⦁ tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/3 C whole milk 3/4 C buttermilk 1/4 C kettle corn [...]

Guest Recipe: Smoky Mountain Hot Chicken

Guest Recipe: Smoky Mountain Hot Chicken

Guest Recipe: Courtesy of Jeremy Sym, Owner and Executive Chef of Savory Solutions Personal Chefs and Catering. INGREDIENTS: 2- 3 ½ to 4 lbs cut chickens with breasts cut into halves 1 tbsp fresh ground pepper 2 tbsp kosher salt (I use smoked salt) 4 large eggs 2 c buttermilk 1 tbsp liquid smoke 2 [...]