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

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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...]

No-Cook Pizza Sauce

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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...]

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...]