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...]

Riesling-Cranberry Glazed Spiral Ham

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A sweet and tangy glaze made from Riesling and cranberries is the perfect companion for your holiday ham this year.  This spiral ham is easy and fuss-free, and is excellent paired with the same Riesling you used to make it! Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by CuttingBoard.com.  I received a cutting board to review in this post as compensation. If you're still looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone who loves to cook or spends a ridiculous amount of time in the kitchen (like … [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...]

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...]

Palmetto Bloody Mary

Palmetto Bloody Mary | The Suburban Soapbox

The most amazing Bloody Mary ever created.  Slightly spicy with a bit of Old Bay seasoning, this cocktail was created using fresh tomato juice elevating the flavor to something completely incredible.   I tasted something wonderful. In 2008, my mother-in-law, Eloise, (who lived in Hilton Head at the time) picked my family up from the airport and swiftly whisked us away to an amazing paradise.  It was a beautiful resort in South Carolina....The Inn at Palmetto Bluff.  If you haven't been … [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...]

Maple Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Maple Turkey Breakfast Sausage | The Suburban Soapbox

Full of fresh herbs, a hint of heat and a little sweetness, this homemade turkey sausage will quickly become a staple at your breakfast table.  So simple to make, you'll never buy it at the grocery store again. I know what you're thinking....why bother making my own sausage when you can pick it up at the store and throw it in a pan.  Who has time for this kind of nonsense?  Right?  That's what I thought too.  And then I had the pleasure of tasting "House made" breakfast sausage at a … [Read more...]

Steakhouse Eggs Benedict

Steakhouse Eggs Benedict | The Suburban Soapbox

A hearty twist on eggs benedict, complete with buttery beef tenderloin and crispy hash browns. A perfect combination to serve for brunch or to enjoy on a lazy Sunday morning. Impressive to serve guests or to enjoy in your pj's and slippers. I love Béarnaise sauce and will look for a chance to put it on anything. I've even dabbled in the homemade Béarnaise sauce challenge trying to top the restaurant versions I've had in the past. But when it comes down to it I always default to the … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Brunch Made Easy

French Onion Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

Mom's have the toughest job in the world....and there's no paycheck.  None.  We do, however, get paid in kisses and hugs along with crayon on the walls and peanut butter smashed into the carpets. So this Mother's Day, show mom your appreciation with the ultimate brunch spread.  Invite your siblings and make it a family affair.  I even made it easy for you by rounding up the most popular breakfast and brunch recipes from The Soapbox! You will quickly become mom's favorite for the year!  I … [Read more...]

Kentucky Hot Brown

Kentucky Hot Brown | The Suburban Soapbox

Find your favorite hat and celebrate the Derby with this southern treat, sure to please even the most discerning spectator.  A lightened up version of the The Brown Hotel's Hot Brown recipe, this open-faced sandwich still has all the flavor of the original.   The Kentucky Derby is one of the events I want to experience once in my life.  The hats, the horses, the fanfare.....the food.  I want to go.  I want to wear a gigantic hat so big it could be mistaken for a helipad.  I want … [Read more...]