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 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...]

Sweet Onion Marmalade

Thank you Breton for sponsoring this post and providing us with Breton Gluten Free crackers! This simple spread maximizes the sweetness of caramelized onions with a hint of orange flavor.  Sweet Onion Marmalade is easy to make and perfect to have on hand for last minute parties, whether it's a party of 1 or 10.  I like to get my friends together to gab.  That's right...gab...just talk all night long about anything, kids, clothes, spray tans, Thor.  Anything and everything is game when … [Read more...]

Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal #BrunchWeek

Bananas and oatmeal are blended together and baked in the oven to create this custardy brunch treat. Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal is a wonderful make ahead wholesome dish that's almost like eating dessert for breakfast. It's day 2 of #brunchweek and, after yesterday, I can't even imagine what everyone is going to serve up. So much deliciousness in one day, I'm VERY excited to create my Mother's Day brunch menu. The only problem will be deciding what to choose! I know for a fact that I … [Read more...]

Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Sweet blueberries are the star in this easy to make barbecue sauce.  Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is ready in just 30 minutes and has a slight kick from the chipotle peppers.  The perfect twist to your summer barbecue recipes. Anyone super excited to see that blueberries are not so expensive right now that you have to leave your first born at the local grocery store in order to enjoy them?  Well, I am!  I don't think Katie would be too thrilled if I traded her for a pint of berries, … [Read more...]

Mango-Ginger Glazed Ham

Brighten up your holiday spread with this Mango-Ginger Glazed Ham.  Just four ingredients are used to create the fruity glaze and is a great twist on the traditional holiday ham. Ham is a staple in my life.  I've been making an entire spiral ham at least twice a month now since before Christmas.  I like to eat it right off the bone, still in the roasting pan, dripping fat and juices down the front of my shirt.  I'm super classy like that.  By the time dinner rolls around I've eaten like … [Read more...]