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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Spiced Zucchini Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Zucchini Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | The Suburban Soapbox

Bring on fall with a mouth-watering Spice Cake healthed up a little bit with tons of zucchini.  An extremely moist cake topped with creamy frosting that's good enough to eat out of a bowl.  Fall is almost here and this is the way to celebrate.    My cat ran away from home on Saturday.  That's a problem that I always underestimated.  Whenever I saw that someone had lost their pet I thought, "Oh...how sad."  I would keep my eyes peeled for said pet but never knew the torment that came with … [Read more...]

Homemade Cherry Pie

Homemade Cherry Pie | The Suburban Soapbox

Real Cherry Pie....made with fresh cherries, not from a can.  This pie is as American as pies get and the flaky crust is super easy....almost fool-proof!  So.....I did it.  I made a double crust pie.  My first ever on the blog.  It looks beautiful....with all it's flaws and shrunken crust.  I have never been so proud of a pie.  Ever. It wasn't without it's challenges.  Challenge #1, that crust.  It still shrunk up a bit and I have trouble with getting everything centered and … [Read more...]

Cherry Almond Clafoutis

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A super easy skillet cake filled with cherries and a hint of almond. The simple, blender batter bakes into a creamy, custardy dessert that you will make again and again. I bought a million and one cherries. To bake a pie. If you recall, you know how I feel about making pies. The crust. It scares me to the bone. It's always a nightmare to work with and I always either a) take the easy way out and make a crostata, galette or fruit crisp or b) eat all the fruit and pretend that's the way I … [Read more...]

Berry Rhubarb Crostata with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

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This sweet-tart Berry Rhubarb Crostata with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream will be the showstopper at your next barbecue or picnic. Basically, a freeform pie….it’s so easy to make you will never want to painstakingly crimp pie crust again.   I struggle with crimping….anything. Pie crusts, hand pies, dumplings….it’s just not a skill I’ve ever improved on in my lifetime. I try over and over again but I run into the same problems every single time. Shrinking pie crusts that barely cover … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Macadamia Banana Bread

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Classic Banana Bread is studded with sweet white chocolate chips and buttery, salted macadamia nuts to create this tropical masterpiece.  Reminiscent of my favorite cookie (White Chocolate Macadamia) but a lot healthier and absolutely acceptable for breakfast! You know those dreams that you have where you wake up horrified and panicked?  The dreams that seem so real you wake up in a fuzz not sure if you're waking is still part of the dream or if it's really over.  Not quite a nightmare … [Read more...]

Ad Hoc’s Brownies

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This is the brownie recipe you've been searching for your entire life.  Rich, moist, chocolate brownies from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc restaurant.  You will want to eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  Serve them with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and make new friends! Everyone has a go-to brownie recipe.  Some of you go-to a box....some of you have a family recipe....I always used a recipe given to me by a high school friend.  It was fool proof...sometimes...when I didn't … [Read more...]