Pumpkin pie meets pecan pie, the best of both worlds

Maple Pumpkin Pecan Pie is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving or for any fall dinner! It’s not cloyingly sweet and screams fall. If you want to use fresh pumpkin or squash for this recipe (as I prefer to do),  1 sugar pie pumpkin (about 3 pounds) will make about 4 cups puree. You’ll only need two for this recipe, so you can make Pumpkin Cookies or something else with the rest.

img_9341
Continue reading

Nothing Says Fall Like Pumpkin

Pumpkin Oatmeal cookies are no exception.  I love these cookies, but not as much as my husband does. A little cakey and chewy with lots of pumpkin spice flavor.img_2998

Click to keep reading and get the recipe

Heavenly Soft Pretzels and Beer-Cheese Dipping Sauce!

 Yum! No need to handle lye or boil water, this  soft pretzel recipe is much easier. The baked baking soda is the secret to making these look and taste like real soft pretzels without the danger and/or complication of using lye. I also like to roll out the ropes and cut into 1-2 inch pieces for little pretzel nuggets. These pretzel bites are great for larger groups.
If by some strange reason, all of the pretzels are not consumed the day you make them, it’s best to freeze them in foil packets and pop them directly in the toaster or oven to warm them back up when ready to eat.  You’ll have fresh pretzels any time!

Continue reading

Mmm, Cheesesteak

Inspired by our trips to Philly, we wanted to make a cheesesteak at home. Now this is not the greasy (and delicious) mess you might find in Philly, but it is healthier and still tastes pretty darn good – and you don’t have to go to Philadelphia to get it! You can always substitute some wiz. Continue reading

Simple and Delicious Shrimp ‘n Jalapeño Cheese Grits

Seriously good, and super quick and easy to make. Shrimp with jalapeño cheese grits is a great weeknight dinner. You can also add some simple sautéed greens to go along with it.


Continue reading

Oh yeah, I made sushi burritos at home!

I was a little late hearing about this food trend, but better late than never. Sushiritos or sushi burritos, are a great concept. Unfortunately, very few places outside of California make these delicious handheld foods, although major cities like NYC have caught on to the trend. Luckily they are fairly easy to replicate at home.  Feel free to add or remove any ingredients you want, that’s the best part of these burritos – make ’em exactly as you like them. You can also include shredded lettuce, carrots, beets, etc. for even more crispness and veggie goodness,  but here’s the basic recipe for  spicy tuna and California roll inspired sushi burritos to get you started.
Sushi Burrito
Continue reading

Perfect Picnic Chicken Fingers

For over 10+ years, I’ve hosted a pot-luck picnic. And for every single one of those years, I’ve made my now famous chicken fingers. Everyone loves them and I often get asked for the recipe. So here is the recipe for all to share. They are great, hot, cold or room temperature. I’ve even used Gluten-Free breadcrumbs and GF flour to make this totally gluten-free chicken tenders.

DSC_7228

Continue reading