No Fail Pizza Dough

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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...]

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...]

Skinny Capellini Carbonara

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A lighter version of an Italian favorite, Skinny Capellini Carbonara is packed with flavor but won't weigh you down.  Quick, creamy and comforting....this pasta dish is ready in 10 minutes. *By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Did you know October is National Pasta Month?!?!  Well it is.....and I'm thrilled because....I'm a … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Braised Beef Short Ribs with Herbed Spaetzle

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Rich, meaty short ribs cooked all day long become super tender and melt in your mouth. Suitable for entertaining even the pickiest dinner guests, this is  comfort food taken to a higher level. You will never cook short ribs any other way again.  It's easier than you think!   It's all about technique my friends.  If you take your time you can make something so simple knee-bucklingly sinful.  I kid you not.  I've learned a lot in my few years of blogging but the one thing that has … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Mummies

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Soft, chewy and full of spice!  These Gingerbread Mummies are a great way to get more use out of that gingerbread man cookie cutter you have lying around.  Tons of fun to decorate with the kids and even more fun to eat! It's only the first week of October and I'm already over pumpkin spice everything.  Well, sorta.  I'm just not feeling it this year.  I'm ready to move forward....I don't even have the desire to turn my living room into a corn maze.  I usually do...have the urge to corn … [Read more...]

The Best Meatballs and Stove Top Marinara Ever

The Best Meatballs and Stove Top Marinara EVER | The Suburban Soapbox

Super savory, tender meatballs and an easy stove top marinara both contain a secret ingredient that put them in a league of their own.  No other meatball can compare....these are not your mama's meatballs.  I read a lot of cooking publications....magazines, books, web articles.  Sooooo much information that I rarely remember everything....but sometimes I come across a zinger.  A game changer....a tip that can change everything.  At least in the kitchen.  And I go at it with reckless … [Read more...]

Cheesy Andouille and Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Cheesy Andouille and Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers | The Suburban Soapbox

Fiery hot, roasted poblano peppers get stuffed with a cajun-style filling.  Loaded with andouille sausage, quinoa and cheese, this hearty meal will satisfy even the pickiest member of your family. Chile Rellenos....I stumbled on it once at Trader Joe's.  Weird, I know but I wasn't really a fan of Mexican food before I had Landon....it later became a staple due to pregnancy cravings for spicy food.  So....once upon a time I was starving and on my lunch break.  I used to frequent Trader … [Read more...]