The Very Best Barbecue Baked Beans

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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

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

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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 Foster Baked Oatmeal

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

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

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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...]

Shepherd’s Pie with Alehouse Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

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Creamy mashed potatoes mixed with nutty alehouse cheddar top this classic Shephard's Pie.  Rich and hearty, this is a "stick to your ribs" dinner that anyone will love.   St. Patrick's Day is upon us.  It's almost here and that makes me want to eat hearty things filled with beer.  And beef.  And then follow them up with something sweet...filled with booze, like Nutty Irishman Cupcakes with Bailey's Buttercream Frosting.  It's one of the only times of year when it's perfectly acceptable to … [Read more...]

Super Simple Guinness Beef Pies

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Easy and elegant enough for entertaining, Guinness Beef Pies are great for a St. Patrick's Day celebration.  The stew can be made in advance and then is baked with a crispy, buttery pastry top right before serving.   I never really celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Voluntarily, that is.  Last year I got a little excited for the festivities just so I could show off my awesome Leprechan Trap that "Landon" made for his class party.  Prior to that, I went on a pub crawl with my friends when I was … [Read more...]

One-Pot Spaghetti and Meatball Stew

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Spaghetti and Meatball Stew comes together all in one pot with a rich, tangy tomato sauce for an easy family meal.  Hearty and filling, this is fantastic served with a green salad and crusty bread, loaded with butter, for dipping.   I like meals that I can cook in one pot....because doing dishes on a full stomach really blows.  I know you all agree because I get tons of requests for easy, one-pot meals.  So, I do my best to minimize the work on the back end for all of us by throwing … [Read more...]

Champagne and Garlic Braised Chicken Thighs

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Inexpensive chicken thighs are given the royal treatment in this recipe.  Champagne and a ton of garlic are used to braise crispy-skinned thighs until they're tender, juicy and fit for a king.     It's snowing.  Which is cool but I'm wondering if the forecasters called this one correctly.  It was supposed to snow overnight and then start again around noon.  At least that's the last I heard and that was last night around 11:00.  Now I'm watching Peter Rabbit and forced to check the … [Read more...]