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...]

The Best Homemade Chicken Soup

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Homemade Chicken Soup is the best invention ever.  Filled with veggies, herbs and roasted chicken, this soup could cure any ailment and is the perfect comfort food.  For a more filling meal, just add some egg noodles. We have a favorite chicken soup that we trek long and far for.  It's not really chicken soup if you were to order it....it's actually Matzo Ball Soup.  We ditch the balls and just go naked chicken soup....which is rather brothy and not really filling because it's missing the … [Read more...]

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto | The Suburban Soapbox

Cheese Tortellini tossed with Italian sausage, pesto and pine nuts make a flavorful and quick dinner.  One skillet cooking makes clean up a breeze. Carbs are the best!  Don't you agree?  They're even better when stuffed with cheese.  Because everything's better with cheese.  And bacon but I didn't use bacon today.  I stepped it up and threw in some sausage.  Sausage is my bacon.  I love it more than any other pork product out there.  Crumbled....linked....patties....it's all so yum.  And … [Read more...]

Easy Bolognese French Bread Pizza

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Rich, meaty bolognese sauce spread on toasted, garlic bread and topped with cheese.  This Bolognese French Bread Pizza is ready in minutes and perfect for those nights when schedules don't synch up leaving everyone to eat at staggered times.   This is the time of year when we start to get crazy.  I'm bracing for it....however, I know it's not going to happen this year.  Katie graduated in June and doesn't start school until September 22.  We are in a lull.  But because, for the past 18 … [Read more...]

Pan Roasted Crispy Chicken Thighs with Figs

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Everything in one pot, inexpensive chicken thighs are seared on the stove top until crispy and then finished off in the oven with figs and onions. The pan juices make the perfect sauce to top your chicken....no effort, easy and quick.  And only one pan to clean! I try to keep it real.  When I worked outside the home, I would come home and try to create something wonderful for dinner.  With proper planning...it could be done.  But, honestly, I didn't want to do anything at 6:00 when I … [Read more...]

No-Bake Banana Split Pie

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All the flavors of a classic Banana Split layered into this creamy, light, no-bake pie.  Topped with chopped nuts, rainbow sprinkles and maraschino cherries, this is the ultimate party pie for any celebration....including the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!  :-) I've had some requests for Meatless Monday recipes.  And I have a ton of meatless meals in the recipe tab if you're so inclined to check them out but, honestly, I don't know if they've been posted on Monday.  Which makes the recipe post a … [Read more...]

Almond Coconut Mocha Popsicles

Almond Coconut Mocha Popsicles | The Suburban Soapbox

Almond milk, Cream of Coconut and coffee are all it takes to make these easy, dreamy popsicles. The chocolate shell takes these chilly treats to another level. Savor the last days of summer with one (or all) of these. There are some foods that I'm just so impressed with....like "how do they do that" impressed. Fascinated. Flabbergasted. I never really thought to actually investigate "how" the magic was created. But when I do it's always something so simple. So easy, in fact, I feel a … [Read more...]

Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell

Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell | The Suburban Soapbox

You can whip up this nostalgic treat in a flash using two ingredients and your microwave oven.  A rich, chocolatey treat you'll want to put on everything all year-long.   I love to reminisce.  Love it.  A song can come on the radio and immediately blast me back to my teen years....even to a very specific moment.  A smell can remind me of a certain person, a best friend, a bad date, a room in my childhood home.  Food is no different, there are foods that I only had as a child and then … [Read more...]

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp AND a Calphalon Giveaway

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp | The Suburban Soapbox

Store-bought pesto tossed with pasta, peas and pine nuts are perfect on their own.  Top with grilled shrimp and this is suitable for entertaining those last-minute dinner guests! My foodie friend, Colleen from Souffle Bombay, was thinking about just what cookbook it was that made her fall in love with cooking recently, then she decided to ask the same question to a number of her foodie friends, myself included, and #CookbooksandCalphalon was born!  Enjoy 17 food bloggers stories as well … [Read more...]

Bacon “Lettuce” and Peach Sandwich with Basil Mayo

Bacon Lettuce and Peach Sandwich with Basil Mayo | The Suburban Soapbox

Sweet peaches are the perfect stand-in for tomatoes in this remake of everyone's favorite BLT.  Plain Jane lettuce is also replaced with peppery arugula to make one deliciously easy summer sandwich! I was smacked in the face the other day with the harsh reality that summer is not going to last forever.  What I mean is....I was, literally, smacked in the face with a decorative witch at the grocery store.  Yep...I walked right into it while rushing to the laundry detergent aisle and was … [Read more...]