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...]

Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Apples, Pecans and Pomegranate

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An easy one-pot side dish excellent for entertaining.  Sauteed brussels sprouts and apples are cooked until golden and topped with crunchy pecans and pomegranate seeds.  Beautifully festive and a healthy alternative to other calorie laden sides. Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Lunchbox.  This site will receive compensation for the article, however, my opinions and comments are my own. I used to become ridiculously scattered anytime I had to plan a holiday meal.  I'm not a good … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa

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Super tart and a little spicy, this salsa will definitely change things up during any holiday or tailgating party.  A great topping on those post-Turkey day sandwiches or just served as a dip with some chips.  Pucker up, my friends! Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Foodie by Mode Media.  The Suburban Soapbox will receive compensation for this post. Are you looking for some mouth-watering appetizers for your holiday party?  I rounded up some of my favorites and put them in one … [Read more...]

Loaded Taco Tater Tots

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Seasoned ground beef, cheese and your favorite taco toppings all piled high on a mountain of tater tots.  A great game day "snack" or busy weeknight meal the kids will love.  Ready in less than 30 minutes. My friend just had a baby, her third.  She now has three kids....4, 2 and new.  She's busy and I'm sure...tired.  I haven't visited the newbie yet because we get sick whenever we have a visit planned and nobody wants to be "that" person...you know the one who should be quarantined but … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps | The Suburban Soapbox

Sticky, sweet Rice Krispie Treats are given a bath in a layer of dark chocolate then decorated with candy eyes and bones for an extra special spin on the usual snack.  A quick, last-minute treat that's fun and impressive. Dark and creepy never tasted so sweet. Is there anyone who doesn't like Rice Krispie Treats?  I'm sure there are a few of those weirdos out there....they hang with those people that don't like chocolate or sweets.  Who ARE these people?  Where do they come from?  I just … [Read more...]

Baked Sausage Spinach and Gnocchi Skillet

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Tender gnocchi baked in a savory cream sauce with spicy sausage and spinach, comforting and hearty.  This dish is cooked in one skillet for easy clean up....what's more comforting than that? It seems like I'm on an italian food binge lately.  I promise I have other recipes coming but right now...things are coming from the boot. And today it's gnocchi.  Have you had gnocchi?  If I were Giada, I would describe these as "little pillows in my mouth".  But I'm not Giada so I won't even dare … [Read more...]

No Fail Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough 5No Fail Pizza Dough | The Suburban Soapbox

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...]

No-Cook Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

Got 5 minutes?  Get a bowl, a spoon and five simple ingredients (not including water, salt and pepper) and whip up the best pizza sauce ever.  No cooking necessary.  You will never buy commercial sauce again.  I guarantee it. I'm a pizza snob.  For some reason, the pizza places in the 'burbs have a hard time getting it right.  The crust is always too puffy...the sauce too bland.  There are only a few places that I will go to for pizza and even they don't always get it right.  When I have … [Read more...]

The Best Meatballs and Stove Top Marinara Ever

The Best Meatballs and Stove Top Marinara EVER | The Suburban Soapbox

Super savory, tender meatballs and an easy stove top marinara both contain a secret ingredient that put them in a league of their own.  No other meatball can compare....these are not your mama's meatballs.  I read a lot of cooking publications....magazines, books, web articles.  Sooooo much information that I rarely remember everything....but sometimes I come across a zinger.  A game changer....a tip that can change everything.  At least in the kitchen.  And I go at it with reckless … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream | The Suburban Soapbox

Crisp apples and rich caramel sauce are baked into a moist and tender cake.  Topped with a creamy, buttery cinnamon buttercream frosting and you have the most amazing dessert for fall.   Fall in your mouth....that's how a friend described these cupcakes.  I can't say I don't agree with her.  I mean...come on.  Caramel apples and cinnamon in a cupcake.  It doesn't get much more fall than that....unless you pair one with a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  That could turn any bad day into the BEST DAY … [Read more...]