Best Ever Quiche - Master Recipe
  Who doesn’t love quiche?  This quintessential brunch dish can take your meal from good  to “I’ve got to have the recipe!”  great.  You’re going to love  how easy it is to put together and create this spectacular fool proof dish.  In this master recipe, you get exactly what you need to make the dish your own…being able to add and delete ingredients based on […]

Best Ever Quiche-Master Recipe


Loaded Game Time Nachos
It’s game time!   With the final weeks of NFL play upon us,  it’s time for some serious  game food.  Sunday Night Football  has become “Nacho Night” at our house.  It’s a little different every Sunday depending on what is left over in the fridge…pulled pork, short ribs, rotisserie chicken.  Truly a beautiful thing.  These are so versatile…you can make the exact recipe, or use it as a […]

Loaded Game Time Nachos


SPS FI
When the split pea soup gets made,  it is officially Winter at our house.  I’ve been making this soup for  twenty-five years and it’s been in the family for over forty.   Loaded with ham, this hearty soup is one you will enjoy for years to come.   I hope that you will enjoy our family tradition as much as we do! […]

Split Pea Soup



Nutella Cream Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
These cookies are simply a little slice of heaven!  I’ve made two batches in the last week…I can’t bake them as quickly as they are being eaten!  The combination of hazelnut spread and peanut butter is unbeatable!  Keeping them small is the key when making these cookies.  They look small when you spoon the dough onto the pan, but once […]

Nutella Cream Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies


CBPS FI 2
For years I have been making smoothies for my kids as afterschool snacks…trying to create one that they would actually ask for again.  Wouldn’t think it would be that difficult. Finally I have succeeded!  This recipe makes a great afterschool pick me up and gets them set for whatever comes their way before dinner.  It will easily make two servings, so there is always a little left for me!  […]

Chocolate Banana Power Smoothie


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Hard to believe it’s football season already!  Every year it seems to  come  a little faster!  Football Sundays kick off the season of appetizers and party food in our house.  It doesn’t take much to make a regular Sunday afternoon something special that the whole family will look forward to for more than just football.  It’s all about family time…and good food makes every family gathering […]

Poblano Queso Fundido



Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake
  Kids are back in school…what are we going to do with ourselves???  🙂  I’m happy and sad all at the same time.  The one thing I know for sure is that a little slice of Lemon Blueberry Bundt cake makes me feel better every time!   I absolutely love this combination, and if you are a lemon fan, you will be in heaven!  Moist […]

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake


Devon's Pulled Pork and Slaw Waffles
Just  a couple of weeks ago the family headed down to So Cal for the Water Polo Junior Olympics…during our travels we always make a point of trying fun and different food.  On this trip we were introduced to our new favorite chain restaurant…Bruxie.  Imagine your favorite breakfast or lunch fixin’s  sandwiched between the most amazingly light and crispy waffle you […]

Devon’s Pulled Pork and Slaw Waffles


Pineapple Coconut Bundt Cake
I’ve had bundt cake many times…never really been impressed before.   But everything changed the day I tried THIS bundt cake.  The recipe came from my son’s school counselor. In fact, it first caught my eye as I was walking through the faculty room of  the middle school.  I can usually resist… but this time NOT.  It was fantastic!   I have since  tweaked the recipe into multiple variations.  My family has enjoyed being guinea pigs for the many […]

Pineapple Coconut Bundt Cake



ERG FI
This all purpose meat sauce goes especially well with Easy Ricotta Gnocchi.  It is a super simple,  lighter sauce as Italian spaghetti sauces go (which is a good thing this time of year).  You can easily double it  if you want your pasta to be a little more substantial.  Enjoy!   Print Italian Meat Sauce Author: Monica Recipe type: Sauce Cuisine: Italian Prep time:  15 […]

Italian Meat Sauce


Steakhouse Blue Cheese Dressing
I am the first to admit that I haven’t always been a fan of blue cheese dressing.   That was, until one special dinner out,  when in all its glory, it was served  atop a cold, crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce, sprinkled with little crunchy bits of bacon heaven and placed before my husband.  I had never before seen something so thick,  yet so creamy…and […]

Steakhouse Blue Cheese Dressing


Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
  I can think of no better way to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (May 15) than to whip up a big batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookies EVER!  They  have great texture from the ground oatmeal, a fantastic toasty nut crunch from the walnuts, gooey chocolate chips and chock full of oatmeal, flaxseed meal and walnuts they are actually good […]

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies



ULtimate Nutella Cookies
This recipe was definitely inspired by my boys and their love for Nutella.  Seeing my youngest devour Nutella on toast, I knew there was something amazing going on here.  Who knew you could create something so awesome with something so simple.  And, of course, how could we not start by adding it to our already favorite  family cookie recipe?  We had to make a […]

Ultimate Nutella Cookies


Asian Braised Shortribs2
The family was craving Asian Braised Short Ribs  and I decided to put a little different spin on them.  This recipe really lends itself well to variations.  For this version, I replaced the creamy mashed potatoes with Basmati rice.  I really wanted to add bok choy and struggled to come up with a flavor that wouldn’t fight with the  ribs.  The answer was right in front […]

Asian Braised Short Ribs with Bok Choy


Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and if your man loves pancakes, this will be the dish that tips the scale!   So easy to make…just throw the ingredients into the blender, pour into a hot pan, pop into the oven and watch the magic happen. Your kids will get a huge kick out of […]

Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby



Chuckwagon Chili
Whether you are tailgating or just hanging around the tv watching your favorite sport, chili is always the perfect game day dish. I like my chili with enough kick that I can feel the heat without needing to chug  my cold beer to cool it down…not that there’s anything wrong with that!  The great thing about chili is that it is infinitely […]

Chuckwagon Chili   Recently updated !


Pork & Shrimp Wonton Bliss6LR
Who doesn’t love wontons?  Even more, I love the idea of being able to make my own.   These little bites of goodness are so easy to make, too.   I love being able to add my own fresh ingredients and creating a meal my family would have otherwise gone out for, or picked up in the freezer section.  Don’t be afraid to make […]

Pork & Shrimp Wonton Bliss


BBQ Pork Fried Rice Feature Image
I absolutely love Asian flavors, especially sesame oil.  It transports your taste buds to a whole new world.   And what’s not to love about fried rice?  You get everything you need… veggies, carbs and protein in one tasty perfect bowlful.  Once you have the basics, it is so easy to swap ingredients to make it even more versatile.  Instead of pork […]

BBQ Pork Fried Rice



Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles with Maple Butter Feature Image 1
  Some of my fondest childhood memories involve carving pumpkins at Halloween.  Back then, carving pumpkins was as close as I ever got to eating them, unless of course you were talking seeds.  It wasn’t actually until my son raved about the amazing pumpkin bread he had eaten at preschool one day (many years ago) that the thought of adding pumpkin to anything […]

Pumpkin Buttermilk Waffles with Maple Butter


Pumpkin Bread Featured Image
  Appropriately named…there are no  words that can better describe how I feel about this bread.  Enjoy! Print Best Pumpkin Bread Ever Author: Monica   Ingredients 3 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs, lightly beaten 15 ounces canned pumpkin 3½ cups flour 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon […]

Best Pumpkin Bread Ever


Vanilla Kipferl Christmas Cookies
The holidays  bring out the best pastries and cookies from every country.   Having  grown up in a very German household with parents who owned a European delicatessen, I am particularly fond of German holiday cookies.  All of my favorites can be found in specialty stores that carry European products  this time of year.  But, as always, nothing beats homemade.  And if I have the time to make homemade, especially […]

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crust
I first made this cheesecake in November of 1996 after seeing it in the Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appetit magazine.  Back then I was just looking for a way to keep my husband, who was yearning for his mom’s pumpkin pie, happy.  Not having grown up with pumpkin pie, I wanted to find something a little more creative.  This tasty dessert fit […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crust   Recently updated !


Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork
Think of this as Latin pulled pork.  There are so many ways to use this incredibly tender, flavorful roasted pork.   Stuff it into a soft roll with ham, Swiss cheese,  yellow mustard and thinly sliced dill pickles and you’ve got yourself an authentic  Cuban sandwich.  Serve piled high alongside a heaping serving of rice and black beans or simply load it all onto corn […]

Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork


Apple Cider Muffins with Caramel Drizzle
Apples and caramel…such a great combination.   Back in the day, when Halloween treats often meant something homemade straight from a neighbors kitchen,  I would covet the occasional caramel apple in my Halloween bag.  I enjoyed every last bite of caramel along with whatever little bits of apple came along!  When I started making these muffins, I was looking for intense apple cider […]

Apple Cider Muffins with Caramel Drizzle



Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp
Silky smooth and slightly spicy…this stuff is GOOD!  Another super versatile recipe, too!  Add chicken instead of shrimp…simply add with liquids.  Change up the veggies…add bok choy, spinach or kale.  Or pour the soup over Asian noodles instead of rice.  Or don’t change a thing…you won’t be disappointed either way! With the flat side of a wide bladed knife, smash the lemon grass until […]

Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp


Pumpkin Raviolis with Sage Brown Butter and Crispy Pancetta
With the arrival of Fall I feel a certain obligation to cook with pumpkin…not that I don’t enjoy pumpkin.  I do…but I do not need another pumpkin pie recipe!  Fortunately, this year, after imploring the great pumpkin gods for inspiration, I was blessed with visions of these AWESOME, I mean TOTALLY AWESOME pumpkin raviolis. This recipe is an amazing combination of flavors that just don’t stop.  You […]

Pumpkin Raviolis with Sage Brown Butter and Crispy Pancetta


Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Bake
Ahh…Fall.  There are so many great things about Fall.  One of my favorite…pumpkin.  Fun to decorate with, but even more fun to eat!  Here’s one more way that you can add a little bit of pumpkin and a whole lot of smiles to your Fall.  Who doesn’t love French Toast?  Throw in a hint of pumpkin and you’ve got a reason to celebrate!  Enjoy! […]

Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Bake



Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake Muffins
This week I am on breakfast duty for my son’s high school water polo team.  Being the cook that I am, I took this VERY seriously!  I wanted to make a muffin that could not only be made ahead but that would be a hit with the boys.  Having  had weeks of notice,  the family was subjected to numerous variations of coffee cake.  No […]

Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake Muffins


Easy Classic Crepes 2
Don’t let the fancy French name scare you!   The word crepe is simply French for pancake.  They’re not only easier to make than you think, they are flat out easy to make!  It seriously only takes a few tries.  Once you have swirled and flipped your first five or so you will get the hang of it!  You will LOVE these, your family […]

Easy Classic Crepes   Recently updated !


Bacon Jam 2
Never heard of bacon jam?  It just happens to be the tastiest and most versatile condiment ever!  Number one ingredient…bacon.  Number two…onions.  You just can’t go wrong here.  You may have come into this not knowing what bacon jam was, but I promise, you won’t be going far without  it again. 🙂 Here is a list of just a few amazing things you […]

Sweet & Savory Bacon Jam



Smoky BBQ Baked Beans
You can’t serve cornbread without some really good baked beans…now the meal is complete!   These beans are tangy, yet sweet with a slight kick of heat from the smoky chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  It is a great combination!  Really love that smoky bbq flavor?  Simply add a little liquid smoke.  It’s fun to experiment with.  Just be careful, the stuff is potent.  […]

Smoky BBQ Baked Beans


Killer Cornbread
STOP everything and read this!  It is not often that we are fortunate enough to learn the secrets of those who have cooked before us.  This is one of those times!!! Before having dinner at a quaint little mom and pop bbq place in Oneonta, New York, I really believed that corn bread was supposed to be dry and  crumbly.  Wow…was I ever wrong.  I […]

Killer Cornbread


Caramelized Onion Dip
This caramelized onion dip will bring tears to your eyes and put  a smile on you face.   It goes particularly well with sweet potato chips, but pretzels, pita chips, carrots or crostini would all go equally well!   Make it a day ahead and let the flavors meld for the most awesome experience! Enjoy! Onions should cook for about 20 minutes […]

Caramelized Onion Dip



Fresh Tomato Salsa
  Nothing goes better with an ice cold beverage than chips and salsa.   Make that homemade (in 15 minutes or less) and you’ve just raised the bar!  This fresh and super flavorful salsa has just the right amount of heat to feel it without paying for it later.  If you are afraid of  the heat, NO worries. ..simply scrape the seeds […]

Fresh Tomato Salsa


Pina Colada Popsicles
Keeping it cool is the name of the game this summer!  Who doesn’t have great memories of the ice cream truck finding its way to your neighborhood just in time to save you from melting away in the  hot July sun?  Those Missle Pops, Fudgsicles and Push Up Pops were the stuff that great summers were made of!  With ice cream trucks hard […]

Pina Colada Popsicles