Easy Vodka Sauce

Simple, tangy pasta sauce with a bit of creaminess that's ready in less than 30 minutes.  This Easy Vodka Sauce is easy to make and better than many restaurant versions.  A secret ingredient puts it over the top! I've said it before...I'm not a fan of red sauce.  I don't know why, maybe it's too acidic for me but I would rather have a heaping pile of pasta tossed with butter, olive oil and cheese than pasta swimming in a pool of marinara.  Unless it's my marinara because it's fabulous but … [Read more...]

Apple Butter Pulled Pork Sliders

Tangy apple butter is paired perfectly with pork in this slow cooker meal fit for a party or tailgate.  Made in the slow cooker, Apple Butter Pulled Pork Sliders are made with just a handful of ingredients to create the most amazing barbecue sandwich you'll ever eat. Happy Monday!  Or is it? :-)  I have a very busy week ahead, lots of stuff on the schedule that are causing me a bit of stress...but you know what?  I'll take it.  Here's to NOT having a case of the Mondays and forging ahead … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs and Marinara

A healthy twist on your favorite spaghetti and meatballs dinner.  Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs and Marinara is easy, healthy and extremely satisfying.  Just three ingredients are added to the slow cooker and left to cook all day long for a simple dinner that the entire family will love. Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic fall week.  It's peak season for leaf peeping right now so the trees are absolutely stunning, so stunning it could be dangerous.  I … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Creamy, rich, hearty Loaded Baked Potato Soup is simmered all day long in the slow cooker.  Easy to throw together in the morning for easy meals during the week.  Top with crumbled bacon, chopped scallions and shredded cheese for the ultimate cold-weather dinner. Hey friends!  I'm out in Kansas City right now hanging out with some pretty amazing bloggers learning all sorts of bloggy stuff and watching the town go wild after the Royals latest win.  It's a really cool city and I'll share … [Read more...]

Smoked Cheddar and Pumpkin Beer Soup

Creamy, smoky cheddar cheese and harvest-spiced pumpkin ale are combined to create a warm, comforting bowl of fall flavor.  Smoked Cheddar and Pumpkin Beer Soup is rich, velvety and like nothing else you've ever spooned into your mouth.  This is comfort food for your soul. I just let the dog out and there's a crispness to the air this morning.  One that only comes with fall.  Not quite "cold" but definitely not a summer morning, it's chilly.  But later today, I'll sweat in the bulky … [Read more...]

Pot Roast with Butternut Squash and Dried Plums

Slow roasted Pot Roast with Butternut Squash and Dried Plums is the best comfort food around. A wonderful choice for Sunday supper, easy to make and leftovers are even better the next day.  Methods for oven roasting and slow cooker are shared for this recipe. It's been raining for days now....I'm feeling soggy.  And tired.  There's something about rainy days that make me incredibly sleepy.  And wine, that makes me sleepy too.  Last night I had too much wine and today it's rainy so I just … [Read more...]

Easy Tomato Jam

Tomatoes cooked down until sticky sweet, this Easy Tomato Jam is simple to make.  Tangy, sticky and perfect for entertaining. All you need is a little time, patience and some will-power....so you don't eat the whole batch all by yourself. It's raining tomatoes.  At least in my area it is.  I found this amazing, secret farm stand just around the corner from my house about a month or two ago.....just in time for the end of summer.  And I've lived here for two years now, this is the first I … [Read more...]

Philly Style Roast Pork Sandwich

Inspired by Dinic's Roast Pork Sandwich at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, this Philly Style Roast Pork Sandwich is simply amazing.  Loaded with tender pulled pork that's been slow roasted for hours then topped with cheese, broccoli rabe and roasted peppers....a true Philly favorite that everyone will love. If you haven't ever been to Reading Terminal Market and you happen to venture to America's birthplace (Philly...I'm talking about Philadelphia) this is definitely something … [Read more...]

The Very Best Barbecue Baked Beans

Topped with crisp bacon and blended with TWO secret ingredients, these are definitely the VERY Best Barbecue Baked Beans ever.  Tangy, sweet and slightly spicy these beans are baked until bubbly and a great side dish for any occasion.   Here's where my tinkering in the kitchen started.  Baked beans.  It was the first time in my life that I realized things don't always have to be "as is".  As in...straight from the can without any additional intervention.  My mom used to doctor up … [Read more...]

Homemade Ketchup

Disclaimer:  A huge thank you to Hebrew National for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions and statements are my own. Homemade Ketchup is easier to make than you think…just a few minutes of hands on time and you have one amazing condiment that will put your hot dogs over the top! Who’s ready for the Fourth of July?  It’s one of my favorite holidays…so much so that I held a small celebration just to kick off the festivities.  And I’m not the only one….my hometown, … [Read more...]