Decadence!

peanut butter & jam swirl smoothie

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Since I enjoy a smoothie almost every day as one of my meals, it’s fun to experiment with recipes and discover something new. I was craving a PB & J sandwich a couple days ago and decided to skip the bread and go straight for a smoothie. I’m so glad I did! This is delicious…

cheese-stuffed bacon bbq chicken

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Can I just tell you how GOOD this chicken turned out? It was a spontaneous recipe that was the result of pretty much just throwing together a dish consisting of what we already had in the refrigerator. Chicken, Ellsworth Creamery cheese curds, bacon, barbecue sauce, and mashed potatoes! Oh myyyyyy. Seriously one of the best…

mary jane candied apples

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Who doesn’t love browsing the aisles of an old fashioned candy shop? It’s one of our favorite things to do. Whenever we happen upon one we load up on salt water taffy, black licorice caramels, squirrel nut zippers, turtles, Zots, Razzles, Chuckles, Ice Cube chocolates…. Ohmygosh. There are so many! Recently I was in such…

soft gingerbread cookies {in a cake pan}

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So many people have written to me telling me how much they enjoyed my soft sugar cookies {in a cake pan} that I decided to develop another recipe for cake pan cookies! This time, gingerbread! Just in time for Christmas. These are ridiculously easy to make, soft, chewy, and sooooo delicious! Have a tall glass…

poutine {cheesy gravy fries}

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Poutine n. ~ A French-Canadian dish that originated in the province of Quebec. It’s traditionally composed  of French fries, and fresh cheese curds, covered with rich, brown gravy. The first time I heard about poutine I was standing in my kitchen listening to talk radio. One of my favorite radio show hosts, Stephanie March, was…

five minute browned butter turkey gravy

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This gravy is fast, easy, and oh-so-good! 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter 1/2 cup all purpose flour hot drippings from one, large completely cooked turkey 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder salt and pepper, to taste chicken or turkey stock, if needed Strain turkey drippings through a sieve. Discard chunks. Set aside.…

turkey melt gravy dippers

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Here’s another awesome way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers! The Turkey Melt Gravy Dipper! Like a French Dip sandwich, but better! ~ preheat oven to 400 degrees F. ~ French rolls, split and buttered cooked turkey, shredded or sliced your favorite melting cheese (we used cheddar) homemade turkey gravy Split rolls and spread a little butter…

thanksgiving turkey stacker

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Are you ready for this awesomeness that was created using Thanksgiving leftovers? Ohmygosh! It’s seriously the BEST! My family requests these every year after the holidays. Also delicious with roast beef or ham. For one BIG Thanksgiving Turkey Stacker: 2 slices Texas toast bread (untoasted) or thick-sliced white bread butter  1/2 cup to 3/4 cup…

pink cloud cranberry salad

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This is one of the alternative ways we prepare cranberries for the holidays. Everyone loves the sweet, fluffy, creamy salad with the tanginess of fresh cranberries and the crunch of apple and pecans! Even people who claim they don’t like cranberries love this salad! serves approximately 18 people (1/2 cup each) 3 cups fresh cranberries,…

melted apple squash + cider vinaigrette

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Oh my goodness! This is definitely my new favorite way to make butternut squash! The apples and onions melt around the squash as it roasts, creating a delicious, sweet, sort of caramelized coating that really brings out the flavor of the squash. And then, to offset the sweetness, I add a sprinkling of crumbled goat…