Count Chocula Milkshake

Count Chocula Milkshake | The Suburban Soapbox

Whip up a Halloween treat this year with Count Chocula cereal.  This rich, chocolatey milkshake will be the ultimate prize for kids after a long night of trick or treating this week.   Do you remember this cereal?  Count Chocula was a favorite of mine while growning up.  I THINK it was available year round back in the day but now...you can only find it around Halloween.  Weird.  And I don't remember seeing it in the house much when I was little...I think it was one of those … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps | The Suburban Soapbox

Sticky, sweet Rice Krispie Treats are given a bath in a layer of dark chocolate then decorated with candy eyes and bones for an extra special spin on the usual snack.  A quick, last-minute treat that's fun and impressive. Dark and creepy never tasted so sweet. Is there anyone who doesn't like Rice Krispie Treats?  I'm sure there are a few of those weirdos out there....they hang with those people that don't like chocolate or sweets.  Who ARE these people?  Where do they come from?  I just … [Read more...]

Baked Sausage Spinach and Gnocchi Skillet

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Tender gnocchi baked in a savory cream sauce with spicy sausage and spinach, comforting and hearty.  This dish is cooked in one skillet for easy clean up....what's more comforting than that? It seems like I'm on an italian food binge lately.  I promise I have other recipes coming but right now...things are coming from the boot. And today it's gnocchi.  Have you had gnocchi?  If I were Giada, I would describe these as "little pillows in my mouth".  But I'm not Giada so I won't even dare … [Read more...]

Green Eyed Monster Deviled Eggs

Green Eyed Monster Deviled Eggs | The Suburban Soapbox

Spooky fun for your next Halloween bash.  Deviled eggs stuffed with an avocado filling are a healthy alternative to the usual mayo-based eggs.  Dressed up to look like monster eyes, these will disappear so fast...it's scary! I haven't been to a Halloween party in years.  Like a decade or more.  I'm not a huge fan of Halloween...there's something about decorating the front lawn with gravestones and rotting corpses that is a little unsettling.  I'm a "happy" Halloweener.  I like the cute … [Read more...]

No Fail Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough 5No Fail Pizza Dough | The Suburban Soapbox

Think it takes hours to make pizza dough from scratch?  Think again.  Just a couple of ingredients and a few minutes of hands on time will reward you with perfect pizza dough every single time.  Pizza night will never be the same again. Homemade pizza dough was on my culinary bucket list for years.  I tried several variations with a billion types of flour and was always left with a chewy, puffy crust.  Not a fan of puffy crust...not a fan at all.  I like a thin crisp crust, one with some … [Read more...]

No-Cook Pizza Sauce

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Got 5 minutes?  Get a bowl, a spoon and five simple ingredients (not including water, salt and pepper) and whip up the best pizza sauce ever.  No cooking necessary.  You will never buy commercial sauce again.  I guarantee it. I'm a pizza snob.  For some reason, the pizza places in the 'burbs have a hard time getting it right.  The crust is always too puffy...the sauce too bland.  There are only a few places that I will go to for pizza and even they don't always get it right.  When I have … [Read more...]

My ALDI Experience

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Raise your hand if you're an ALDI shopper.   I recently went on my first shopping trip to my local ALDI store, I won't lie....I was expecting something similar to a scratch and dent for food.  And even though I have seen the sale flyers and commercials for ALDI AND I knew they had their own brands of food products, I was expecting more of a grocery outlet with expired or near expired products and old packaging designs.  Now....don't get me wrong....I'm a HUGE fan of saving money.  I used … [Read more...]

Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Rich meaty short ribs combined with creamy, smooth taleggio cheese make this the world's best grilled cheese sandwich. This, my friends, is the ultimate comfort food. I've been struggling to write this post for almost a week.  I wanted to share this amazing sandwich with all of you so you could use up your leftover Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs. ;-)  I wanted to share it immediately but, life.  Sometimes it throws you a wicked curve ball.  One that can leave you reeling for days.  One that … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seed Toffee

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seed Toffee | The Suburban Soapbox

Drenched in toffee and covered in chocolate, pumpkin seeds are turned into a unique and addicting fall treat.  A great hostess gift for upcoming Halloween parties or just to have for drop in guests.   Every year I dump some chocolate chips on some kind of toffee.  One year it was Saltine Cracker Toffee....or Christmas Crack as it's commonly known.  Last year, I poured that molten, sugary concoction on a pile of pretzels to make my Chocolate Covered Pretzel Toffee....yep, it was a great … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

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The secret to a well-"stocked" kitchen....homemade Chicken Stock. Up your cooking game with a supply of this easy, tasty, golden chicken stock and boost the flavor of all your home cooked meals. You'll never buy store stock again. This is the one ingredient I can't ever get enough of.  Every soup, stew or sauce that calls for chicken stock starts with this recipe.  I "stock"pile it.  I try my best to always have it available but occasionally, I'll have to use that stuff in a box.  It just … [Read more...]