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...]

Zucchini Tart with Sweet Corn, Basil and Parmesan

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Paper thin slices of zucchini are nestled in a light and airy puff pastry crust creating a beautiful summer tart.  Topped with sweet corn, parmesan cheese and a garlic basil butter, one bite will reconfirm that summer baking is the best. I bet one of you has a zucchini lying around your kitchen...or in your garden...or one will show up very soon from a neighbor who got overzealous with the garden this year.  I always find it hilarious at the end of the summer when I walk into someone's … [Read more...]

Tomato Upside Down Cornbread

Tomato Upside Down Cornbread

Crispy, butter, soft, tangy...this Tomato Upside Down Cornbread has it all.  A dramatic presentation of the humble cornbread, this recipe will elevate any barbecue or cookout to a fine dining level.  It's also incredibly effortless to make, as well. So....I will refrain from announcing, once again, that summer has arrived.  I'll let the produce speak for itself.  I told a story long ago when I first started this blog about how I hate winter produce, peaches and tomatoes in particular. … [Read more...]

Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake and Planning a Dream Kitchen

Strawberry and Cream Mug Cake

A sweet treat in just a few minutes…this Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake is baked in the microwave and is the perfect dessert for summer.  Fresh berries and vanilla bean topped with sweetened cream are an excellent pairing in this ready-in-a-flash cake.   Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Kitchen PLAY on behalf of Frigidaire.  Compensation was provided to The Suburban Soapbox, all opinions are my own…as always.​ I spend hours a day in my kitchen.  Hours.  More than the … [Read more...]

The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Simple and loaded with chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Cookies are a country fair blue ribbon winner.  Crispy edges with a soft, chewy center, this cookie will turn any frown upside down. I didn't win...if you're wondering.  The blue ribbon at the country fair, I didn't win.  I HAVE, however, been making these cookies for a couple decades...ever since I snagged the winning recipe from the winner herself.  My ex-mother-in-law (are those hyphens correct???).  And don't worry, I'm sure she … [Read more...]

Nutty Irishman Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting

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A twist on the popular Nutty Irishman coffee served commonly as an after dinner drink, these Nutty Irishman Cupcakes taste just like it!  Topped with a creamy buttercream frosting spiked with Bailey's they're a festive way to toast the irish this St. Patrick's Day. It's snowing again.  All I keep thinking to myself is "15 days until spring."  It can't come soon enough.  I'm sick of the cold, tired of the crunchy ice under my feet every time I walk outside, bored with the gray trees and … [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...]

CopyCat Apricot Macadamia Kind Bars

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Crunchy macadamia nuts and apricots are blended with puffed rice, honey and coconut for a splendid creation that will keep you energized and satisfied.  Sweet, crisp, buttery this take on the popular Kind bars is simple to make and great for on-the-go snacks. I've been searching for Apricot-Macadamia Kind Bars for months.  I used to stockpile them and eat them when I realized I hadn't eaten all day.  Ironic as it sounds....being a food blogger and everything.  Sometimes I don't have time … [Read more...]

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin Bread

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin Bread | The Suburban Soapbox

A toastable bread with the texture and sweetness of a muffin, only healthier for you.  Loaded with whole grains, oats and fresh, plump blueberries, this Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin Bread is a great way to start your day.   Who loves winter?  Anyone, anyone, Bueller?  Today, the wind is whipping around like a tornado is going to blow through the neighborhood at any moment.  I think I may have seen a mini snownado rolling through the backyard a minute ago.  It's brutal and cold and … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

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Two favorite cakes combined into one towering dessert, this Red Velvet Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting is bright and festive.  A great dessert to share with anyone you love. I made you a cake.  It's another gigantic cake and I couldn't decide which flavor to make so I made both....in one mammoth cake mashup.  What do you think?  Do you think it's big enough? My grandmother used to make a red velvet cake when I was like 2 feet tall.  I loved it....it was my favorite cake … [Read more...]