Asian-Style Pan-Roasted Pork Chops

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Savory and a little sweet, my favorite combination.  These Asian-Style Pan-Roasted Pork Chops are marinated in a wonderful sauce that turns into a sticky glaze.  This dish pairs well with a simple green salad and makes a great weeknight dinner. Sometimes simple weeknight meals are actually the result of a phone call to our local chinese restaurant.  What's really awful is that I'm home all day long....cooking all day long....but occasionally things don't work out like I had envisioned and … [Read more...]

Mocha Mousse Parfait with Bailey’s Whipped Cream and a Hamilton Beach Giveaway

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Thick, creamy and rich mocha mousse is layered with lightly sweetened whipped cream spiked with Bailey's.  Just because St. Patrick's Day is over doesn't mean you have to toss out the Bailey's.  Whip up these easy Mocha Mousse Parfaits with Bailey's Whipped Cream to enjoy during the weekend to satisfy your sweet tooth! Guess what friends.....I got a new gig!  Don't worry though, you'll still get your regular recipes here at The Suburban Soapbox but now I'll also be a contributor over at … [Read more...]

Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet

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Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet uses leftover Bolognese sauce or your favorite jar sauce to come together ridiculously fast. So hearty and filling, your family will think you slaved for hours making this saucy, cheese skillet of heaven. (Even though you only used FOUR ingredients.) I'd love to say that leftovers don't exist in this house but the fact is.....they do.  And they die a slow death in the back of the refrigerator, quickly forgotten and turning into something that looks like it … [Read more...]

Shepherd’s Pie with Alehouse Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

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Creamy mashed potatoes mixed with nutty alehouse cheddar top this classic Shephard's Pie.  Rich and hearty, this is a "stick to your ribs" dinner that anyone will love.   St. Patrick's Day is upon us.  It's almost here and that makes me want to eat hearty things filled with beer.  And beef.  And then follow them up with something sweet...filled with booze, like Nutty Irishman Cupcakes with Bailey's Buttercream Frosting.  It's one of the only times of year when it's perfectly acceptable to … [Read more...]

10-Minute Leprechaun Bait

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A sweet, crunchy snack perfect for luring a leprechaun or for sharing with your friends.  10-Minute Leprechaun Bait is a sweet, salty mix of popcorn, Lucky Charms, chocolate, sprinkles and more chocolate.   We have, again, been tasked with building a leprechaun trap for school.  Last year was our first attempt and while out trap was pretty spectacular (and wildly popular on Pinterest this year) the sneaky little varmint escaped before we could catch a glimpse.  So, this year I thought we … [Read more...]

Cheesy Baked Tomato Bisque

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A blanket of melted, crusty cheese covers a creamy, velvety smooth tomato bisque worthy of entertaining.  Easy enough to make in just under 30 minutes, Cheesy Baked Tomato Bisque could also be added to the list of family favorites for weeknight dinners. Creamy soups are my absolute favorite thing on the planet.  I know for a fact that they're not, in any way, healthy when you order them in a restaurant.  And sometimes they're not so healthy when you order them at my house. :-)  But … [Read more...]

Spicy Skillet Chicken Aglio e Olio

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Turn boring chicken breasts into something spectacular and healthy.  Spicy Skillet Chicken Aglio e Olio is quick and simple but is a party in your mouth.  Hot cherry peppers lend a little heat to a classic pasta "sauce". I talk a lot about "when I started this blog" but one thing I never mentioned was my workplace emails.  Not the type that go back and forth between myself and my clients but the emails I sent to my friends down on the cubicle farm.  The emails that contained invitations … [Read more...]

Cheddar Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes

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Baked potatoes play the leading role in this easy recipe.  Homemade cheddar sauce is made in minutes and then used as a sauce to top off crispy skinned stuffed potatoes.  Cheddar Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a great way to mix up your usual "meat and potatoes" dinner. I'm the queen of the fast food take out window.  If you know me in real life....you also know my love for fast food french fries, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and milkshakes.  I'm totally aware of what … [Read more...]

One-Pot Spaghetti and Meatball Stew

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Spaghetti and Meatball Stew comes together all in one pot with a rich, tangy tomato sauce for an easy family meal.  Hearty and filling, this is fantastic served with a green salad and crusty bread, loaded with butter, for dipping.   I like meals that I can cook in one pot....because doing dishes on a full stomach really blows.  I know you all agree because I get tons of requests for easy, one-pot meals.  So, I do my best to minimize the work on the back end for all of us by throwing … [Read more...]

10-Minute Samoa Cannoli

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Crispy cannoli shells are stuffed with sweetened ricotta and crushed "Caramel Delite" Girl Scout cookies for a unique twist.  These Samoa Cannoli take just 10 minutes to make and 30 seconds to devour.   I find it ironic that Girl Scout cookie season is the exact same time as "Holy crap, I have to lose 20 pounds" season.  Really.  Just as soon as I get into the swing of healthy eating and working out semi-regularly....the doorbell rings.  And I always hope it's a present or something … [Read more...]