Sausage and Giardiniera Pizza

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Pickled vegetables and spicy sausage are a match made in pizza heaven.  An unlikely combination, this Sausage and Giardiniera Pizza will be a big hit on Pizza Friday...guaranteed! Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit.  The city is simply stunning and the food is a culinary lover's dream come true.  They have it all....from deep dish pizzas and caramel corn to their italian beef sandwiches doused in beef juices, you will not leave there hungry.  Their fine dining isn't too shabby … [Read more...]

Death by Chocolate Layer Cake

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Layers of fudge brownie, mocha mousse, chocolate meringue and rich ganache make up this chocolate lover's dream cake.  Death by Chocolate Layer Cake is the ultimate special occasion cake. Do you know what today is?  National Chocolate Cake Day!  I've been saving this recipe for just this occasion.  The first time I made it was to take to my new husband's parents house for Christmas.  I saw this cake on a show called The Best Of back when The Food Network was still young.  The Best Of was … [Read more...]

CopyCat Milk Bar Birthday Cake

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Funfetti cake stacked sky-high, filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with crunchy Funfetti crumbles.  This is the ultimate birthday treat you will crave all year-long. Today's my birthday.  Another year older and a little more fluffy.  The fluff I can fix, the age...I will embrace.  It's just a number...that's what people tell me anyway.  So, I try not to think about the "number" and focus on how brilliant I'm becoming.  Right, older and wiser?  So, I'm nearing Einstein territory … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Blondies with Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Swirl

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Soft and chewy gingerbread blondies are swirled with a citrusy, smooth cream cheese filling.  Full of holiday spice, these blondies are a great dessert option for a last minute addition to your holiday menu. I should be wrapping gifts.  I've procrastinated all day  all month long.  I have a pile stacked to the ceiling in the closet in my basement and I just can't seem to get my butt to do it.  Plus, I have this recipe I have to share with all of you.  Because I know some of you are … [Read more...]

Homemade Hash Brown Casserole

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A holiday favorite, Hash Brown Casserole is traditionally made with canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup.  Not this version, all the ingredients are from scratch for a healthier, lower sodium side dish you won't feel guilty about feeding your family.  Still rich and creamy, but an elevated version of the classic dish. One of everyone's favorite side dishes and still topped with cornflakes, of course. :-) You know I'm all about the sides.  Holiday dinners always have the most stellar … [Read more...]

Triple Berry Baklava Bites

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Delicate little pouches of heaven, Triple Berry Baklava Bites are crisp and sweet.  Filled with a blend of dried berries and nuts, sweetened with honey and the perfect size for popping in your mouth.  One bite and you'll be hooked. Baklava is a gift from the gods. The Greek gods if I remember correctly.  My recollection of Greek mythology is a bit fuzzy these days since my obsession with all things Zeus and his clan waned about 20+ years ago.  Yep, I'm old.  But that's probably when my … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

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Buttery and crisp, these festive cookies will leave a lasting impression.  Little ones will love their fun shape and everyone will love their sugary, buttery flavor.  A great project to get the kids to help with! I had the opportunity to, once again, participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  If you're not familiar with the cookie swap you're in for a real treat!  The swap is sponsored by two food bloggers, Lindsay and Julie, along with California Olive Ranch, OXO, Sheila's … [Read more...]

Chocolate Turtle Biscotti

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Rich, crisp, chocolate biscotti drenched in creamy caramel and dark chocolate, sprinkled with chopped pecans and dipped into a steaming mug of coffee or cocoa.  There's no better way to start, or end, the day. My obsession began last year.....the biscotti obsession.  A trip to the Lancaster Central Market in downtown Lancaster, PA was what started it.  I visited a booth that had the most enticing and drool-worthy biscotti I've seen in like.....forever.  And each jar was filled with any … [Read more...]

No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Light and crispy chocolate wafers dipped in peppermint-infused white chocolate and then sprinked with crushed candy canes.....these are the ultimate holiday cookie.  Easy to make with only four ingredients and no baking required.  You will have trouble keeping these around. Catalog season is upon us my friends.  It's serious.  I have piles of kindling lying all over the house because I want to give them all a chance to win my love. But I can't keep up.  Seriously.  Everytime I open the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Eggnog Bourbon Sauce

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Rich, creamy and decadent....this Pumpkin Bread Pudding is welcome anytime of the day.  A wonderful way to use up leftover bread and so easy to make. I know we're kinda past the pumpkin part of the year, it seems like everyone clamors to get pumpkin spice out of their system by Thanksgiving and then it's gingerbread All.THE.THINGS, all the time.  But....I missed the boat this year.  I was so busy getting my cranberry on that I forgot about pumpkin.  And I don't even think I had one bite … [Read more...]