Bunny Bait

Bunny Bait | The Suburban Soapbox

A quick and easy treat for Easter that kids will love.  Perfect for class parties or to leave as a treat for the Easter bunny, warning....this snack is highly addictive! Landon has his first Easter party at school this week and he has no clue.  If I tell him in advance he'll ask me thirty-seven thousand times if it's time for the party.  And so, I've learned to not tell him anything that will get him overly excited and/or confused until the VERY.LAST.MINUTE.  He gets so excited whenever … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Hummus

Easy Homemade Hummus | The Suburban Soapbox

The smoothest hummus you will every try....period.  So easy to make, you will never buy the stuff at the store again.  Katie got a new job last year at a place I'd never heard of.  She walked in the living room one night and said she applied for a job at Zoe's Kitchen.  I immediately Googled it......and it seemed like the answer to my prayers.   Literally...healthy, fresh "fast" food.  I counted the days until it opened.  It was well worth the wait for the hummus alone. Their … [Read more...]

Corona Steamed Mussels with Corn and Chorizo

Corona Steamed Mussels with Corn and Chorizo | The Suburban Soapbox

Change up your weekly dinner menu with this easy and inexpensive recipe for mussels steamed in Corona.  Serve with a side of warm, crusty bread topped with creamy butter and dinner will be on the table in less than 30 minutes! Summer is coming....it's happening.  I can't believe it.  I'm waiting for some freak snowstorm to blanket the entire neighborhood and squash all the daffodils that have bravely decided it was time to bloom.  I always like to be prepared so I haven't put ANY of my … [Read more...]

Cheesy Artichoke-Spinach Quinoa Cakes with Lemon-Caper Sauce

Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Quinoa Cakes with Lemon-Caper Sauce | The Suburban Soapbox

Loaded with artichokes, spinach and parmesan cheese, these quinoa cakes are reminiscent of everyone's favorite Spinach-Artichoke dip!  Perfect to serve as a main course for Meatless Monday or as a side dish with roasted chicken, pork or fish.  Leftover quinoa never tasted so good! I've said it before and I'll say it again...trash day is a bit depressing with the amount of leftover food I have to chuck.  I feel guilty every single Tuesday as I clean out the refrigerator.  For some reason, … [Read more...]

Chili Cheese Popcorn

Chili Cheese Popcorn | The Suburban Soapbox

Crunchy, freshly popped popcorn tossed with chili and cheddar cheese powder makes the ultimate healthy snack.  A spicy, salty, savory treat for anytime of day. I used to eat microwave popcorn by the truckload.  It was such an easy and, so I thought, healthy snack I bought it in bulk.  I'd keep bags at work for a quick afternoon snack...smart, I thought.  Until, one day.....I read an article on the internet.  Yep...doesn't the internet always have to ruin everything?  The article (which I … [Read more...]

12 Recipes for Sunday Family Dinner

Lasagna Bolognese - The Suburban Soapbox

Sunday seems to be the day that many families get together and enjoy a hearty meal.  I hear about "Sunday Family Dinner" a lot, like it's an urban myth.  The Sopranos had them all the time....every Sunday to be exact.  Katie, my daughter, goes to Sunday Family Dinner at her friend's house pretty frequently.  And she's not even their family.  I have thought about crashing "family dinner" because she always comes home with a laundry list of items they had that night.  AND the fact that she's not … [Read more...]

Simple Red Clam Sauce

Simple Red Clam Sauce | The Suburban Soapbox

An easy, quick, Simple Red Clam Sauce with a "cooked all day" richness that will be a favorite for any pasta lover!  Another perfect weeknight dinner to add to your rotation.  Even better the next day for lunch! This sauce brings back childhood memories in the oddest way possible.  It's weird how you associate certain things with food....even if that food wasn't part of the original memory.  (I'm going somewhere with this....hang in there.)  When I was teeny, tiny...I remember walking to … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream (and a Scoop Adventures Book Review)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream | The Suburban Soapbox

A childhood favorite transformed into....another childhood favorite.  Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream combines two timeless comfort foods into one creamy and decadent treat.  Just in time for summer.  One perk of being a food blogger is that, on occasion, a cookbook will appear on my doorstep.  Those that know me are aware that I enjoy flipping through the pages of a cooking magazine or book while enjoying a glass of wine.  This is my happy place.  Staring at mouthwatering food … [Read more...]

Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing | The Suburban Soapbox

This crispy salad is bursting with flavor and is quick to pull together for a busy evening.  The peanut dressing gets a little kick from a must-have pantry item you will use again and again.  This is the perfect way to use up leftover chicken. The day before trash day is always a rude awakening.  I'm always dumbfounded by the amount of leftovers that I end up tossing into the trash.  My family hates leftovers.  They refuse to eat them unless it's unsauced pasta...you know...plain pasta.  … [Read more...]

Ad Hoc’s Brownies

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This is the brownie recipe you've been searching for your entire life.  Rich, moist, chocolate brownies from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc restaurant.  You will want to eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  Serve them with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and make new friends! Everyone has a go-to brownie recipe.  Some of you go-to a box....some of you have a family recipe....I always used a recipe given to me by a high school friend.  It was fool proof...sometimes...when I didn't … [Read more...]