Summer Pasta Salad (No Mayo)

A pasta salad with NO MAYO. Not everyone likes mayo. Make this a healthier version by using fat-free or low-fat sour cream, jazzed up with fat-free french dressing and seasoned salt. LOVE this.
5 cups cooked small shell pasta (approximately 3 cups dry)

3/4 cup diced raw carrots

1/4 cup diced onion

8 oz. (1 1/2 cup) mini-cubed ham

1 (8 oz) package (1 1/2 cups) frozen peas

1/2 teaspon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

16 ounce container light sour cream

1/2 cup french dressing

1/2 tablespoon Lawry’s seasoned salt

1 cup shredded colby-jack or cheddar cheese

Optional:  diced celery, diced green pepper

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Fried Ice Cream Dessert

It tastes just like the fried ice cream you'd get at the restaurant. I've made it for work friends, family get-togethers, etc. It will be the dish that everyone wants you to bring to everything - and bring a copy of the recipe because otherwise you'll be repeating it 75 times.
1 stick butter
1 cup of sugar (I forgot to take a picture of that)
3 cups of crushed corn flakes
2 qts. of vanilla ice cream (softened)
1 container of whipped topping
1 t. cinnamon
Honey, for drizzling

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Sweetie Pies

Sweetie Pies make the perfect little homemade Valentine treat! I’ve always loved using pie crust to make delicious treats and these are a favorite, for sure!

1 batch pie crust
1 jar raspberry jam (or any jam you love)
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To begin, prepare your favorite pie crust. Roll it out in thin strips to cut with a heart cookie cutter.
Add a dollop of seedless raspberry jam to the center of each heart.
Moisten the edge of the heart with water, all around, and cover with another heart cut-out.
Softly press top edge down onto bottom edge, forming a seal, and press sealed edges together with fork tines, all around.
Prick center of each little pie with fork tines and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. You can dust them with powdered sugar: Serve warm or at room temperature.

Bacon, Tomato + Avocado Smashed Toast with Balsamic Drizzle

Toast topped an inch thick with smashed fresh avocado, crispy bacon, ripe tomatoes and drizzled with a thick, glossy balsamic reduction.
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
3 strips Applewood Bacon, cut in half
2 slices Whole Wheat Bread, toasted
1 ripe Avocado
1 Lemon Wedge
1 medium ripe Tomato, sliced
Salt and Pepper

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Noodles and Co. Wisconsin Mac and Cheese

This is a great recipe for anyone who loves Macaroni and Cheese. This is an identical recipe from the restaurant of Noodles and Co. and you will not be able to tell a difference with it. This very easy recipe to make and one that the whole family regardless of age will love. Everyone will ask you to make this cheesy goodness over and over again.
½ lb macaroni
2 tbs butter
2 tbs flour
2 cup whole milk
½ tsp salt
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp pepper
2 cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded
1 cup shredded Cheddar/jack or Colby/jack cheese
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Homemade Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are definitely one of those comforts you can find everywhere. But, have you thought of making them yourself? With this recipe they are much more flavorful and easier than you would think! Super crunchy outside and moist, tender chicken inside, serve with your favorite dipping sauce or by themselves… they’re that good!
2 large chicken breasts (I get the split packs, debone them and discard the skin)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp season salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
1 Cup cold water
Vegetable oil for frying
Kosher or a coarse salt to use when chicken is done frying
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valentine’s day oreo pops

Gorgeous holiday oreo pops for Valentine's Day... or any day! Lovely and easy project for the kiddos to make for Mother's Day or a birthday.
Oreos (I used Strawberry Oreos)
Mini Edible Heart Sprinkles (I found mine at Michaels craft store)
White Melting Chocolate
Lollipop Sticks
Parchment Paper

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Super Simple Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Bites Recipe

When I think of mozzarella sticks I think of frozen, hard appetizers – too much breading and too little cheese. Not this recipe! Fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and wonton wrappers fried in olive oil and dusted with Parmigiano make this a perfect weekend snack or dinner party app.

1 package of Ovoline fresh mozzarella (about 15, cut in half to make 30)
1 egg plus 1 tablespoon of water for egg wash
15 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
30 sheets fresh wonton wrappers
1 cup fresh extra virgin olive oil or canola oil (if your olive oil has sat in the pantry for months, use canola oil instead.)
1 cup of your favorite warm tomato sauce (yep, canned is acceptable here) or make your own fav.
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Taco Bake

This Taco Bake recipe from The Country Cook is perfect for college students. It contains ingredients that most students are very likely to have on hand at all times. It takes very little time to prepare and cook, and it saves well–many reviewers raved that the leftovers tasted just as good as the original product.

1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
* water as called for on back of seasoning packet
3 large flour tortillas (8-inch size)
1/2 cup Salsa Con Queso
1 1/2-2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
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Recipe For Rosemary Garlic Butter Steaks

This simple, yet succulent Rosemary Garlic Butter Steak recipe takes what you’d usually consider really good and makes it really great.

4 rump steaks (1 to 1.5-inches thick), room tº
2 or 3 garlic cloves
2 Tbs fresh rosemary leaves
3 Tbs butter
1 Tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper
A splash of white or red wine
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Parmesan-Crusted Crab Cake Bites

Parmesan Crusted Crab Cake Bites with Chive Aoli - from the Home is Where the Boat Is site - served on a beautiful Fitz & Floyd platter

6 oz. fresh lump crabmeat, drained (I used Bay Beyond Backfin Lump Crabmeat)
2 (3 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¾ tsp. Old Bay seasoning (I used Cheasapeake Bay seasoning)
½ tsp. lemon zest
1 egg yolk
1 ½ Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 ¼ cup Japanese breadcrumbs (panko)
¼ cup butter, melted
Chive Aioli
Makes ½ cup. Prepare up to a day in advance, cover & chill.
½ cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, pressed.
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Crock Pot French Toast

This French Toast Bake Recipe for the crock pot makes a great breakfast for dinner! My family thinks breakfast for dinner (Brinner) is amazing. I love to set the crock pot in the afternoon and let the whole house fill with the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla.

1/2 loaf of bread

6 eggs

2 c milk

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp light brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla
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P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

I love, love, love….love LOVE P.F. Changs.  However, Jared loves saving money more so when I found this receipt I got really excited, pinned it on pinterest and then of course, did nothing with it.  Eventually I made it and then made it two more times that week because it’s soooo good.

1lb ground chicken breast
1/2 onion, minced
salt & pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1″ knob ginger, peeled & minced
2-1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 Tablespoon water
1/2 Tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (or more if you like it hotter)
dash of pepper
3 green onions, chopped
1/2-8oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
10-12 large outer lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry
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Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownie Cupcakes

Love From the Oven posted several delicious cupcake recipes this week. And not just any cupcake recipes, but STUFFED cupcake recipes! You can't tell me that you don't want to lick your computer screen right about now.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups Dutch Process Cocoa (Dark Cocoa is great if you have it)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4  teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2  tablespoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
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Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies

Teaching pride and giving, easy Valentine's cookies for kids to make for family/staff Wafer Valentine’s Day Cookies

- white melting chocolate ( or whatever color you would like)
- wafer cookies
- variety of Valentine’s Day sprinkles
- parchment or wax paper
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Baked Mexican Stuffed Shells with Creamy Green Chili Sauce

Cooking Recipe Central {but I'd stuff the shells with Thanksgiving leftovers - chopped turkey, gravy, and stuffing…and some cranberry sauce!}

Mexican Stuffed Shells
6 oz jumbo shell pasta (app. 24 shells)
1 lb ground beef
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1 can (15 oz) black beans
1 ½ cups cheddar cheese (divided)
Creamy Green Chili Sauce
2 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic (minced)
½ red onion (chopped)
1 serrano chili (seeded and chopped)
1 jalapeño (seeded and chopped)
15 oz chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 avocado (peeled, pitted and sliced)
2 limes (juiced)
8 oz chopped green chilies
¼ cup fresh cilantro
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp crushed red pepper
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Loaded Chicken & Potato Skillet

Loaded Chicken & Potato Skillet....use pre diced potatoes from the refrigerated section...makes this dish come together much faster! Love the. Source cream and green onions for the finish!

3 medium potatoes, peeled & cubed
4-6 strips of bacon, cooked & crumbled
2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 cups monterrey jack cheese, shredded
sour cream
green onions
salt & pepper
cajun seasoning
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Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Finally after a week of dinner fails (minus a tasty piece of salmon) we have a winner! On Saturday I threw this in the crock pot before we headed out t0 the Jamboree. I had been meaning to try this recipe for a couple of weeks now and I am glad I got around to it before the weather turned yesterday (I prefer soup on cooler days). It was easy and everyone loved it! I think Michael had like 8 bowls!

1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 can rotel
1 ranch dressing mix packet
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 8 oz package cream cheese
2 chicken breasts or 5 chicken tenders, frozen
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Brown Sugar Chicken Dipped in Chocolate

4 boneless chicken breasts
1 package of sliced bacon
2 tablespoons of chili powder
2/3 cup brown sugar
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Creamy Chicken Veggie Soup

Cream of Chicken and Vegetable Soup is ready in less than 30 minutes and makes a great choice for a cold day or night.

2 TB Butter
1 Onion
2 Cups Grilled Chicken Breasts
1 Cup frozen Veggies
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 Can Creamy Corn
1 Cup Milk
2 Chicken Bullion Cubes
1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
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Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry

I love quick food. I especially love quick, healthy, delicious food! Stir-fry is quick. Stir-fry is also quick, healthy, and delicious! If we were doing one of those "process of elimination" or "deduction" exercises, one might ultimately deduce from my statement that I love stir-fry...and one would be correct!


  • 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup vertically sliced sweet onion

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Baked Parmesan Fries

These easy Baked Parmesan Fries make about 5 servings as a side dish to your meal.


  • 6 medium red potatoes, scrubbed, (leave skin on)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

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Peanut Butter Chocolate & Oreo Banana Pops

Kids love these frosty treats. Bananas on sticks are coated with peanut butter, rolled in chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs and sprinkles, then frozen.


  • 6 large bananas, peeled and cut in half
  • 4 ounces chocolate for melting
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 12-14 Oreos crushed (as fine or as chunky as you want)
  • 12 wooden skewers (I trimmed mine down a bit since I cut my bananas in half and they were mini)

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Spicy Sriracha Grilled Tofu

Spicy Sriracha Grilled Tofu | Taste for Adventure - Unusual, Unique & Downright Awesome Recipes


  • 1 cup sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 (12 ounce) package extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes

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Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe! Perfect to make for the family or would make a great appetizer for a Super Bowl Party or other get together!


  • 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, approximately
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil, for pan
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • Pretzel salt

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Broccoli Chicken Cheddar Braided Crescent

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Braid...made with crescent rolls. Would be delicious as an appetizer, sandwich with a bowl of soup, or as an entree.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour

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Smothered Chicken Legs

This Smoothed Chicken Recipe is one of my favorite crock pot chicken recipes and has definitely made it into our recipe box. I’m going to make it again this week except with chicken thighs instead of legs, and add in some mushrooms.


  • 1 – 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes (Hunt’s)
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, sliced
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 packets McCormick Swiss Steak Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 6-8 chicken legs

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World’s Best Lasagna

Recipe For Worlds Best Lasagna - This Lasagna Is Amazing. It Is Called The World’s Best Lasagna, And It All Comes Together Into The Perfect Bite Of Hot, Cheesy, Meaty, Saucy Deliciousness.


  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (6.5-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. white sugar
  • 1½ tsp. dried basil leaves
  • ½ tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 lasagna noodles (or can use no-boil lasagna)
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

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Roasted Potato Wedges with Kicked Up Fry Sauce

Roasted Potato Wedges are the ideal complement to a delicious main dish. This recipe is perfect for company.


  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Fry Sauce:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Zest from one lime

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Sweet Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

I love to entertain but for some reason I always have the hardest time when it comes to appetizers, I never know what to make. These little chicken bacon wraps taste so good and are super easy to make. Such a delicious appetizer; you can't go wrong!


  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4)
  • 1 lb sliced bacon
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbs chili powder

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Turkey Pesto Roll-Ups

Leftover Turkey Pesto Roll-Ups using Pillsbury Pizza Dough! Easy dinner for that leftover turkey!.


  • 1 can Pillsbury® refrigerated classic pizza crust
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers (from a jar)
  • 2 cups diced leftover cooked turkey
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

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Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup (copycat)

I love Olive Garden's Chicken & Gnocchi Soup but I don't really like having to go out to dinner to get it. This homemade version tastes amazing and you can control what's in it. It's perfect to pair with a big salad and bread and you can have your own "Soup, Salad, & Breadsticks" night at home!


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped fine 
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped fine 
  • 1/2 cup carrot, grated very fine and chopped 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced 
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (not pictured)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream 
  • 3/4 cup milk 
  • 4 cups chicken broth or 4 cups fresh chicken stock (I use bouillon)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken (I like to buy a rotisserie chicken at the store. I get the Italian Herb one if they have it)
  • 3/4 cup fresh spinach, julienne cut 
  • 16 ounces gnocchi 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary (I used Thyme since I had no rosemary)
  • black pepper & salt to taste

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West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

Pepperoni rolls can be greasy and dry with barely enough pepperoni to go around. For starters, we microwaved the pepperoni to get rid of some of the oil that was puddling in the baked roll and then saved some of the oil to soften and season the dough.


  • -Bag of frozen yeast dinner rolls (I use just regular Kroger brand)
  • -bag of pepperoni (I prefer hormel)
  • -block of mozerella

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Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

The BEST part about this recipe was that I could throw it all together the night before and wake up to a fully prepared hot breakfast. So very very convenient. Plus it made the house smell wonderful and waking up to anything with even a hint of bacon smell is fabulous.


  • - 1 dozen eggs
  • - 1 cup milk
  • - 2 lbs of hash brown potatoes. (you can use frozen hash browns, just cook for 8-9 hours, instead of the 7-8)
  • - 1 lb of bacon or veggie Morning Star bacon- cooked, drained and cut into pieces. (feel free to substitute with your favorite breakfast meat..sausage, ham, etc)
  • - 1/2 cup onions – diced 
  • - 3 cups cheddar cheese – shredded
  • - 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 
  • - 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • - 1 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp of pepper (I am recommending an additional pinch of salt and pepper for each layer of hash browns)

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Funfetti Cake

I love to bake, and cakes are a favourite in our home. Often though, I find myself sawing off the 'lumpy' top of the cake to get a nice, flat surface to put the icing on. Well, no longer! I've just discovered the trick to solve this problem 'in pan'. No more 'sawing', wasting of cake, or frustration at icing that just won't stay on top.


  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3/4 cup rainbow sprinkles

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Stuffed Pizza Rolls

These pizza rolls jumped right out at me. They sounded delicious and seemed easy to put together. I decided to make half sausage for Joe, and the other half broccoli for me and the babies. All four of us enjoyed these pizza rolls - they are garlicky and cheesy and perfect for dipping in pizza sauce. This would be a fun meal for a casual get-together or a weekend lunch, and kids would definitely enjoy helping make them. You can do any combination of fillings and come up with something everyone will love.


  • 1 batch pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • Choice of fillings (shredded or cubed cheese, meats, vegetables)
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 T. Parmesan cheese
  • Pizza or marinara sauce (for dipping)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 or 10-inch pie plate with cooking spray.

Lightly flour a clean working surface. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 -inch thickness. (If using canned pizza dough, just unroll it to the pre-cut size and shape.)

Cut the dough into long strips, about 2 inches wide.

Cut each strip into squares, about 2 inches across.

Place a small amount of filling in the center of each square (about 1 tablespoon of filling per each square). Make sure any pre-cooked filling has cooled to room temperature before using it.

To form the rolls, pinch together the corners of each square, taking care to keep all of the filling tucked inside.

Place the rolls in the prepared pie plate, working your way from the outside in.

When the pie plate is full, brush olive oil over the top of the rolls, followed by the garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.

** If you have time, let the rolls rest for 10 minutes before baking. This will give the dough a little time to rise, causing the rolls to puff up and fill in any empty spaces between them. If you are in a hurry, go ahead and pop them in the oven right away. They will still be just as tasty.

Bake for 10 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serve hot with sauce on the side for dipping.

Spinach Ball Bites

If you're having trouble getting the kids to eat green leafy veggies, this recipe for Spinach Ball Bites will do the trick. This easy and healthy appetizer recipe is filled with so much flavor and grated cheese they'll be begging for more.


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted & cooled
  • 3 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 ounces grated cheddar cheese (or other hard cheese, grated)
  • 3 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained well
  • 1½ cups (about 175 grams) breadcrumbs of any sort (I used crushed Chex cereal, my favorite for this recipe)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose gluten-free flour (I use Better Batter)

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West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

Had a TRUE West Virginian teach me the correct way to make Pepperoni Rolls. They are delish!!!


  • 1 9-oz stick of pepperoni
  • Bread dough of your choice, enough for one loaf
  • Melted butter

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EASY Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing

Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing is so easy to make with only 5 ingredients and a crockpot! My family loves this dinner recipe! I love how easy it is to prepare! They always ask for more.


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 6oz. package of Stove Top stuffing mix
  • 3/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup (low fat)
  • 1/4 cup of water

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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

These have long been a favourite of mine, ever since I was a kid. Easy and quick to make up, and they disappear almost as fast!


  • 1 Stick Butter (1/2 cup) NOT Margarine
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 4 Tbsp Cocoa
  • ½ cup Peanut butter (or Nutella, Sunbutter, etc)
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla (Extract ok)
  • 3 Cups Quick Cooking Oats

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Cheese Pinwheel Rolls

At first, when I saw these on Pinterest, I thought they were cinnamon rolls.  But, I looked closer and realized these rolls are filled with CHEESE!  I knew I had to give them a try.


  • 1 ball pizza dough
  • 2 Tbls. butter
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • garlic powder

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Skinny Jalapeno Poppers

Continuing on with Super Bowl week, we have these jalapeño poppers! Filled with three kinds of cheeses and extra crispy Panko, these may be the fastest-selling appetizers at your football party! By using sharp cheeses, you can use less cheese than traditional poppers and you can pass on the deep-fryer without compromising on flavor!


  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 oz light cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup Monterey Jack
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 large jalapeños, halved lengthwise, ribbed and seeded

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Homemade Single-Serve Microwave Macaroni and Cheese

Make a single serving of homemade Macaroni and Cheese in your microwave! This is the best recipe! So quick and easy to make without all of the chemicals from the boxed variety. And it is seriously SO creamy and good!


  • A large mug or bowl (I use a big soup mug)
  • Whole grain elbow macaroni
  • Water
  • Cheddar-Jack  Shredded Cheese
  • Splash of milk

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Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos are an amazing potato dish that will get you rave reviews every single time you make it…trust me, you want to make it for many different occasions!


  • 5 potatoes, sliced thick with skin on
  • 5 slices of bacon
  • 1 c cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 pickled jalapenos, sliced - (jar)
  • 1/4 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp seasoned salt
  • 3/4 c corned beef, cooked and chopped
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • TOPPINGS (optional):
  • sour cream
  • green onions, sliced
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • salsa
  • additional jalapenos


  • 1 Fry potato slices in vegetable oil until golden & tender; drain paper toweling and sprinkle with seasoned salt.
  • 2 Cook bacon until crispy, then remove and set aside; Add onion to bacon drippings, then cook until transparent and tender.
  • 3 Layer potatoes on the bottom of an 8" or 10” cast iron skillet; add corned beef, crumbled bacon, onion, shredded cheddar cheese and jalapenos in that order.
  • 4 Place under broiler for 10–15 minutes or until hot and delicious.
  • 5 Finish with your choice of toppings and enjoy!

Homemade Baked Onion Rings

Onion rings so so delicious right now. If I don't do to much on my own for the party I'm definitely going to make these. Yumness!


  • 1 medium onion, sliced into 1/4 inch rings
  • 2 1/4 cups of Buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup of Parmesan
  • 1/4 crushed Ritz crackers or Corn Flakes (I used Ritz)
  • salt to taste 
  • olive oil baking spray

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Stuffed Baguette

Stuffed Baguette An easy appetizer to impress your holiday guests!


  • -baguette about 14 inches long (the one pictured is double that)
  • - 8oz of cream cheese brought to room temp
  • - 4 oz goat cheese
  • - ¼ cup each of green olives & black olives
  • - 2 cloves minced garlic
  • - 2 tbsp of chopped fire roasted peppers
  • - 1 tsp dried parsley (if you have fresh, do 1 TBSP)
  • - if you are doing salami, use about 1.5 oz (about 6 slices)
  • * remember, if you are not a fan of any of the above ingredients for the filling, substitute with things you like 

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Christmas Thumbprint Cookies

The below recipe incorporates the Christmas colors of red and green. A touch of almond extract adds a unique and delicious taste.


  • 2 cups Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Thumbprint Icing 1 cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • Colors for icing


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

  • Put your butter and your sugar in a mixing bowl. Cream until fluffy. Add your egg yolks and mix in. Add vanilla and mix. 

  • In a seperate bowl, mix your flour and salt.  Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix together.

  • Once your mix is together, start making small 1"-1 1/2" balls of dough. Place the dough balls on your cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. The bottoms will be golden brown. The tops are a little tougher to see, but they will be done if the bottoms are. Immediately after pulling the cookies out of the oven, use the back of a measuring spoon to make a round indention in each cookie.

  • For the icing, mix together your confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon water. If you need more water, add some, but don't make the icing too runny.  Divide the icing into two bowls and add color until you get the color you are looking for.  Use a spoon to fill your cookies with icing.

How to Make Mini Pumpkin Pies

Who said that a pie needs to be cut and shared amongst others? This delicious pumpkin pie recipe creates individual servings. Using your own favorite pumpkin pie filling makes it more personal to you for the holidays. Here is how to make mini pumpkin pies.

  • 2 9-inch (22.5cm) pie crust doughs
  • Favorite pumpkin pie filling recipe

Things You'll Need

  • Medium or large bowl
  • Muffin tin
  • Mini muffin tin
  • 4-inch (10.16 cm) round cookie cutter or bowl
  • 2 1/2-inch (6.35 cm) round cookie cutter (for mini muffin tin usage)


  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF/220ºC.
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out 12 4-inch (10.16 cm) round circles. Carefully insert the circles into the individual holes of the muffin tin. Score the bottom of each dough circle with a fork.
  • Create the pumpkin pie filling in a medium or large bowl. Use your usual pumpkin pie filling recipe.
  • Pour the pumpkin pie filling into each dough circle, to the top.
  • Place the pies in the oven. Bake at 425ºF/220ºC for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350ºF/180ºC and continue baking for an additional 25 to 30 minutes. This is about 15 to 20 minutes less than a regular pie because of the much smaller size per mini pie.
  • Remove the mini pumpkin pies from the oven when cooked. Allow the pies to cool on a cooling rack for a few hours.
  • Serve. Enjoy with whipped cream.


  • Instead of 12 muffin size pies, this recipe can easily be divided between a 6-count muffin tin, a 12-count mini muffin tin, and still would have a good amount leftovers for a regular size graham cracker crust pie.
  • When using mini muffin tins, bake the pies at 350ºF/180ºC for 12 to 15 minutes[1] and use a 2 1/2-inch (6.35 cm) cookie cutter for the dough. If you are using both muffin tin sizes, use the following temperatures and timings:
  • Bake the regular muffin tin at 425ºF/220ºC for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce to 350ºF/180ºC for 15 minutes.
  • Add the mini muffin tin and continue baking both tins at 350ºF/180ºC for 13 minutes.

Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes

Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes - We have also done okra this way. It is great and you don't have to worry about all the messy clean up. plus it is better for you.


  • serves 2 for a meal or 4 for a side dish
  • Two large green tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • A few dashes of hot sauce
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • About 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Marinara sauce, for serving

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Christmas Tree Bread Recipe

This Christmas Tree Bread recipe is a wonderful treat to make for your family or friends this holiday season. Use the dough of your choosing, and decorate with marachino cherries and green glaze.


  • 2 T yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 4 cups flour

Cream Filling:

  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 t.vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • green food coloring, optional
  • maraschino cherries, halved

Almond Filling:

  • 1/4 lb. butter (1/2 stick)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 t. almond extract

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