Recipes

Beer marinated chicken legs are surprisingly delicious, even if you don’t particularly like beer!  These are really tender and flavorful.  We used Leinenkugel’s beer for this recipe the first time, compliments of Dave’s trip to Wisconsin, but we have since used ‘Angry Orchard’ Apple Cider Beer.  Those were really good, too

Using Barilla Pronto Pasta makes this dish so quick and easy, you won’t believe it.  Using the ‘basic Marinara sauce’ recipe and a pound of seasoned browned beef added to the pasta makes a meal in a skillet.  All you have to do is shred cheese on the top and serve.

These ribs are rubbed with a dry rub and baked in the oven.  My family likes them just like this, right out of the oven, but you can use your favorite barbecue sauce if desired.

This is the only beef or venison stew recipe I use.  Within an hour, you can have the best-tasting stew you have ever had.  The meat is so tender and the sauce if so flavorful.

This beef vegetable soup is actually a vegetable-laden dish that even my picky eater, Will, likes!  He always called it “that soup with the green beans in it.”  If you like those canned vegetable soups, you are going to love this soup!

 This breakfast casserole is prepared the night before and baked the morning of your brunch or breakfast!  Super easy to make, it is hearty and loaded with sausage, bread, and eggs.

  Will wanted buffalo chicken wraps for dinner and that inspired these ‘buffalo chicken tenders’.   They are so easy to make and packed with flavor!  This is one of my new favorites!

This is the best recipe for a moist and flavorful burger!   The secret ingredients are grated fresh onion and an egg to add moistness and flavor.

Savory and delicious, these little cheesy carrot bites were a perfect appetizer for Easter. Shredded carrots and cheddar cheese combined with cream cheese to create a pale orange-colored mixture….

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is an easy and relatively quick meal to make, believe it or not.  If I don’t have time to make homemade noodles, chicken and dumplings is a fast alternative.  This is one of Dave’s top favorites!

These noodles are so good, you’ll never buy packaged noodles again!   This is my husband’s favorite meal.

After having a chicken and rice casserole from the frozen department of the grocery, I set about to create a more flavorful version.  This recipe is the end result of that work.

This is another easy and delicious chicken dish with the chicken and broth recipe as a base.  It has a little kick of heat to it and it is definitely a favorite in our home.

Chicken Brunswick Stew ladled over white rice is delicious and hearty!  This is another recipe made with my stewed chicken and broth as a base.

This chicken pot pie is loaded with pieces of chicken and vegetables!  This is definitely one my top favorites!

Cooking chicken tenders is quick and easy but this dish is full of flavor, too. The chicken tenders are cut in half lengthwise and fry up in just a few minutes. Thin spaghetti, (my favorite brand is Barilla), cooks in 6 minutes! The spaghetti is tossed in the pan drippings. Then some parmesan and cherry or grape tomatoes are sliced in half and tossed with the pasta. Thin spaghetti, (my favorite brand is Barilla), cooks in 6 minutes! You can imagine how quickly you can have dinner on the table.

The easiest cranberry sauce you can make and it is tasty in its simplicity.  No marshmallows or nuts, just slightly tart cranberry flavor with a hint of orange remains.

 The best fish batter recipe, ‘Duane’s Northwood Fish Fry Recipe’,  was given to me by my mother-in-law, who lives in Wisconsin.  Of course, living in Wisconsin, they would have great fish recipes!

Green bean bundles are easy to prepare in advance and bake just before your meal.  They taste delicious and look pretty impressive, too.

  When I was growing up, my family lived on “ham and bean soup” and cornbread.

I can remember having this almost every week.  You might think I would have an aversion to this meal, but it is still one of my favorite meals.  This recipe has much more flavor than the one we had back home.

Mini red baked potatoes with a filling of potato, bits of ham, crushed pineapple, heat..cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, onion and a good helping of red pepper to give a little surprise kick of heat.

Homemade Butter Rich Rolls

Made with a bread maker, these are incredibly easy and delicious!  If you don’t have a bread maker, invest in one.  You won’t regret it!  The ingredients go in the bread maker and you take out the dough in 2 hours.  Shape, allow to rise and then bake.  It’s that easy!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

If you love tortilla chips and queso or salsa, you simply must try making these homemade tortilla chips!

Kentucky Spoonbread

Never heard of this until we moved to Kentucky.  It is kind of like a very moist cornbread pudding, which is delicious.  It is definitely a favorite here.

Mushroom Appetizer

You won’t believe how good this ‘Mushroom Appetizer’ is!  Oh my gosh!  It is so delicious!  Baby Portabella mushrooms, onions, herbs, spices, and sourdough bread combine to create a taste tempting appetizer you won’t forget!

Nasturtium Vinaigrette

This nasturtium vinaigrette is so pungently fragrant and equally delicious.  The pretty nasturtium flowers on a baby greens salad make a lovely and delicious salad.

Pizza Appetizers

These little appetizers are loaded with Italian flavors.  Make these and freeze in a Ziploc bag.  Pop them in the oven under the broiler for a quick after school snack.

Potato Soup

This is the creamiest, most delicious, hearty potato soup ever!   Top with bacon pieces, sliced green onions or chives.  Delicious!

Red Pepper Ham Roll-Ups

Red Pepper Ham Roll-Ups are such a festive looking appetizer.  They are requested by the kids for every Christmas party.

Roasted Baby Potatoes

These baby roasted potatoes are so simple and delicious!  They make an easy side dish, just olive oil and herbs, and seasoning, roasted in a sheet pan.  Easy!

Roasted Broccoli Cheese Soup

 This recipe for “Roasted Broccoli Cheese Soup” is a little bit of a deviation from the original “Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup” recipe.  It is a hearty soup.  Add some fresh baked bread and you have a meal!

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

I love pork tenderloin!  This recipe makes a tempting flavorful roasted pork tenderloin with a little flavor from mustard.

Shrimp Scampi

If you love shrimp scampi, you will love this recipe!  Dave and I went to an expensive restaurant on the coast and we both agreed this recipe beat their version all to heck!

Shrimp Spread

This recipe is a favorite given to me by a lovely lady from my hometown over forty years ago.  It has become a holiday tradition to have it each year at our Christmas party.  It is also very addictive!  You can’t stop eating it!

Sour Cream Potatoes

Sour Cream Potatoes made from fresh potatoes, not frozen. Creamy and delicious!.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream

 Do you Love Pumpkin Pie?  If you do, This Pumpkin Cheesecake Will Blow Your Mind!  Serve it with homemade caramel sauce and whipped cream for a dessert that will be impossible to resist!

White Chocolate Raspberry Mini Cheesecakes

Doesn’t this sound delicious?  When you bite into this little treat, a little pop of raspberry jam kind of explodes in the creamy white chocolate cheesecake. The crunchy shortbread crust is a nice contrast to both without being overpowering, but the raspberry puree and the creamy white chocolate sauce added to this little treat take it over the top.

Almond Cheesecake

 The crust is a delicious blend of vanilla wafers, sugar, almonds, and butter.  I never use margarine, especially for baking.

   The filling is the most creamy blend of cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract.

Apple Cake

 This recipe makes an incredibly moist, delicious cake!  The cake batter is simple enough but diced, sugared apples are allowed to sit until the sugar dissolves, before the egg and dry ingredients are added.  As soon as the cake is removed from the oven, an easy hot caramel-like sauce is poured over the top of it.

Aunt Hen’s Persimmon Roll

Persimmon pudding may be good, but my favorite persimmon dish is Aunt Hen’s, Persimmon Roll.  It’s hard to describe, but it is delicious!

B-52 Bomber Cheesecake

This delicious B-52 Bomber Cheesecake was inspired by the B-52 Bomber mixed drink.  My daughter challenged me to create a B-52 Bomber Cheesecake.  I had never even heard of this drink!

Brownie Almond Cheesecake Bars

This recipe for ‘Brownie Almond Cheesecake Bars’ was inspired by a recipe from a Kraft Foods magazine from about ten years ago.  It called for a brownie mix.  Since I believe I have the best homemade fudgy brownie recipe,  why would I buy a brownie mix?  After making so many cheesecakes, I thought by changing the cheesecake to a creamy almond base, it would be even better!   Almond cheesecake and fudgy brownies, doesn’t that sound good together?

You probably have the ingredients in your cupboard right now!  These are delicious!

Apricot Peach No Bake Mini Dessert

Light and refreshing, this little Apricot Peach No Bake Mini Dessert is easy, too! These mini desserts are displayed in mini goblets but could also be served in 12 of the mini shot glasses or one of the smaller mini dessert glasses.

Carrot Cake

This is the best Carrot Cake recipe!  It’s loaded with carrots, pineapple, golden raisins, and nuts!

Chocolate Cheesecake with Hot Fudge Sauce

Chocolate, is there anything better?  This cheesecake has a chocolate wafer crust, creamy chocolate filling, and top that off with Hot Fudge Sauce!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

My youngest son’s favorite cookie, these chocolate chip cookies are soft and chewy delicious!

Cinnamon-Caramel Pecan Rolls

  Homemade Cinnamon-Pecan rolls are delicious, but today I’ll share a secret! Shhh!  Everyone thinks these are homemade, but they are actually made from the canned refrigerated Cinnamon rolls

Creamy Fudge

Creamy fudge is a decadent holiday treat.  This recipe is easy to follow and will be your favorite fudge!

Creamy Fudge Bars

These Creamy Fudge Bars are seriously addictive.  The chocolate fudge is so creamy and the oatmeal cookie layer adds a nice contrast of flavor and texture.

Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake

If you are a chocolate lover, you will love this Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake! The crust is a chocolate crumb made from Teddy Grahams.  This is not the average recipe for cheesecake. There are six eggs and a cup of heavy cream included in the rich chocolate batter.

Easy Cherry Cheesecake Mini Desserts

These little Cherry Cheesecake Mini Desserts are so colorful and delicious, your guests will want more!

Easy Fruit Salad

    The recipe for this fruit salad came by way of my mother.  She brought it home from work so many years ago, I can’t remember when!   If you like fruit cocktail, you will love this recipe!

Fudge Brownies

The easiest, fudge brownie recipe for rich, decadent delicious fudge, which you will ever find.  You simply must try this!

German Chocolate Cake and Frosting

This frosting recipe is what makes this German Chocolate cake the best!

Grandma Lillie’s Banana Walnut Cake

Grandma Lillie’s Banana Walnut Cake is, without a doubt, my favorite cake of all time.  She knew this was my favorite and I can remember her baking a banana cake for my birthday for years.

Homemade Raspberry Jam

Homemade Jam made from frozen raspberries and frozen blueberries is really delicious!  To the amazement and delight of the grandkids, we made jam in no time!  I also came across an option to avoid the hot-water-bath canning method!

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

These are a favorite festive dessert of the boys in our family.  They are really easy to make in the mini muffin cups, and can easily be made a day ahead.  Spoon the cherry filling in the indentations and serve.  They are the perfect size to pop in your mouth!

Mini Lemon Raspberry Almond Cheesecake Desserts

These ‘Mini Lemon Raspberry Almond Cheesecake Desserts’ are a tiny treat, but yet they have a big impact! If you love the flavor of lemon, almonds, and raspberries, you will enjoy this dessert.

Mini Maple Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Butter Frosting & Bacon Pieces

These little cupcakes actually taste like pancakes and maple syrup with bacon!

Mini Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

These adorable Mini Vanilla Bean Cheesecakes Topped With Chocolate Ganache And Fresh Red Raspberries were made in a nonstick mini cheesecake pan from NORPRO.

Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler is such a quick and easy homemade dessert.  Serve it hot from the oven with ice cream.

Pecan Tassies

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Polka Dot Cheesecake

Polka Dot Cheesecake is created from a creamy almond cheesecake and a chocolate batter is piped into it, creating polka dots!

Red, White, and Blue Firecracker Jell-O Desserts

 Red, White, and Blue Firecracker Jell-O Desserts!  These little Jell-O treats were so pretty and tempting!

Strawberries and Cream

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Strawberry Cake with Buttercream Frosting and Fresh Strawberries

Isn’t this Strawberry Cake with Buttercream Frosting and Fresh Strawberries gorgeous?  One of the ingredients for the cake is strawberry JELL-O!

Strawberry JELL-O Mini Desserts

How cute are these Strawberry Jell-O Parfait Mini Desserts? They are so simple to make, it is almost effortless.

Turtle Cheesecake

Pecans, caramel, and chocolate all wrapped up in one delicious cheesecake you won’t be able to resist!

25 Minute Chocolate Cake with Pecan Fudge Frosting

This is another great fudgy chocolate recipe and it only takes 25 minutes!

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies are definitely one of my favorite cookies.  The cookie batter holds its shape well when baked, too.  Sophie got 1st Place last year with her Santa decorated Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies!

Savory Dishes

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