The Best Basic Cream Cheese Icing

You know what makes me angry? People who buy icing....more
Normally I'm in complete agreement. But cream cheese icing? Arrrrgggghhh it always splits on me. ...more

Leftover Peeps? Make S'mores!

S'mores are a classic treat that has all the best dessert flavors. With Easter around the corner, we decided to put a fun twist on a classic dessert using Peeps instead of traditional marshmallows. RECIPE: Peeps S'mores Yields 6 s'mores Ingredients 12 Graham crackers 6 Hershey's milk chocolate squares 6 Marshmallow Peeps Directions...more
Thank you!  My mom keeps buying my kids peeps for Easter, even though my girls don't like them. ...more

7 Quick Passover Recipes

Stuck for a last-minute idea for Passover seder, or looking for new Passover-friendly ideas to get meals on the table quickly this week? As usual, food bloggers to the rescue! These seven ideas are all Passover-friendly (of course) and super-quick—and they're all amazing-looking, too. 1. Haroset Bites ...more
DoTryThisAtHome - let me know if the links are still not working for you! The post got spazzed ...more

What a Mezze! MrsFreeloader does a dinner party...

Dinner party’s are such fun and whilst lots of work, nothing beats feeding an appreciative crowd. I often turn to the queens of cookery for inspiring dinner party dishes, and did again to food temptress Nigella Lawson and the original bad girl Martha Stewart for Saturday. There was enough food to make a whole week’s meal plan out of – no joke! So my lovely readers… break it down! ...more

Smothered Chicken

One of the most delicious preparations of a whole chicken is based on Craig Claiborne's Smothered Chicken recipe.  His is a unique way of cooking a chicken:  the spatchcocked chicken (meaning its backbone has been removed so it lies flat, like a book) is cooked on the stove-top in a cast iron pan.  He considered the cast iron pan critical to the success of this dish.  A brick, or other weight, is placed on top of the chicken -- ensuring the chicken has as much surface contact with the hot pan as possible.   Part way through cooking, a gravy is prepared, and the chicken finishes cooking by simmering, partially submerged, in the gravy.  The result is an amazingly tender chicken with crispy skin and a delicious gravy to accompany it.   It is easy enough to cook for a weeknight meal but delicious enough for company....more

Bromance Cookies

 I like to call these “boyfriend” or “bromance” cookies because they have everything my guys loves; bourbon, pecans and bacon…WHO DOESN’T LOVE BACON?!Here’s what you’ll need:...more

The Best Basic Cream Cheese Icing

You know what makes me angry? People who buy icing....more
Normally I'm in complete agreement. But cream cheese icing? Arrrrgggghhh it always splits on me. ...more

Decadently Delicious ~ Truffle Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp

There won't be any leftovers with this incredible dish!  Visit Balancing Cinderella for lots of tried and true recipes!Truffle Macaroni and Cheese (with Shrimp) ...more

Homemade Egg & Cheese Muffins

This recipe is fun and delicious and great to serve at a weekend brunch you are hosting because its basically a finger food and its hard to stop at just one. I got the idea because I love eggs and ketchup (its how I have always eaten my eggs) and I was craving an egg mcmuffin but wanted a homemade, healthier version.  Even though there are alot of components, this whole recipe can be banged out in less than an hour! ...more

Homemade Greek Baklava

The Baklava, fresh out of the ovenWhen I first got married (many years ago!), I wanted to learn to make Baklava....more

Host a Grilled Cheese Party


Stuffed Pizza

I’ve mentioned a few times that even though Aldo loves my cooking, sometimes he just wishes we would just order pizza so he can stuff his face with cheesy, doughy, meaty pizza goodness. And I totally get that. As delicious as healthy foods can be, there is something about pizza that is just so good that no other food can compare....more

Cajun Shrimp Salad with Homemade Cilantro Lime Dressing

This salad is a lightened up version of the amazing Cajun Shrimp and Vegetables Pasta recipe. I was inspired to make this salad when I had leftover Cajun Seafood seasoning from the Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Recipe Challenge....more