Jellied Cranberry Sauce

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If you're a fan of cranberry sauce shaped like a can like I am, you will love this sliceable jellied version. Much better tasting than the canned version and without any added gelatin. Disclaimer: This post sponsored by ALDI markets.  Compensation will be provided to The Suburban Soapbox for this post, however, all opinions and statements are my own. It's here! Thanksgiving is pretty much here....ok, so it's tomorrow but I'll be cooking all day long so I kinda count it. Except, I will … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Ball

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Tangy, creamy goat cheese is whipped with cream cheese and then rolled in a mixture of spiced up walnuts and apples.  A showstopper on any cheese plate or crudite tray this holiday season. I'm a cheese freak.  I could spend an hour in the cheese section of my grocery store, just sniffing around and looking for that perfect wedge or wheel.  I love when they give out samples because that means....free lunch.  Kinda.  I have to go back a few times and maybe throw on my shades and a hat so … [Read more...]

Spicy Cinnamon Maple Roasted Almonds

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Almonds tossed in a mix of spices and maple syrup before roasting are a great way to kick off any holiday party.  Sweet with a tiny bit of heat make this crunchy snack incredibly addictive.   Almonds are a staple at my house.  We usually buy a gigantic bag of raw almonds at Costco and work our way through it pretty quickly.  They go in smoothies, on top of yogurt, in my mouth.  They're simple and quick and a good way to avoid the bag of chips that may or may not be hidden somewhere deep … [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...]

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...]

Cheesy Andouille and Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Cheesy Andouille and Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers | The Suburban Soapbox

Fiery hot, roasted poblano peppers get stuffed with a cajun-style filling.  Loaded with andouille sausage, quinoa and cheese, this hearty meal will satisfy even the pickiest member of your family. Chile Rellenos....I stumbled on it once at Trader Joe's.  Weird, I know but I wasn't really a fan of Mexican food before I had Landon....it later became a staple due to pregnancy cravings for spicy food.  So....once upon a time I was starving and on my lunch break.  I used to frequent Trader … [Read more...]

Southwestern Cucumber Sandwiches with The Laughing Cow

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Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by The Laughing Cow via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Laughing Cow. I think about food all.the.time.  It’s my job but I also can’t stop thinking about what I want to eat next.  What my next meal will be, will there be chocolate or butter or cheese?  I hope so.  It’s imperative that I plan ahead with some healthy choices because if I let the hangries … [Read more...]

No Bake Cherry Pecan Chia Energy Bites

No Bake Cherry Pecan Chia Energy Bites | The Suburban Soapbox

Little bits of heaven....that's what these are.  Loaded with dried cherries, nuts, chia seeds and more, one bite is all you need to give you a quick boost of energy.  One bite and you will be addicted.  I promise you. Balance, that's what life is all about.  There's a Seinfeld episode (ok...I may be dating myself but let's stay focused) when Jerry is talking about the balance amongst his group of friends.  When one person is at a high....one is low.  It's all about balance.  That's kinda … [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...]

Golden Beet and Whipped Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Mint Pesto

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A beet salad that's as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.  Creamy goat cheese is whipped until light and fluffy and then stacked with a roasted golden beet.  The Walnut Mint Pesto is the perfect topper for this easy to make and easy to impress dish. Beet and Goat Cheese Salad is pretty much a summer staple.  It’s on every restaurant menu and, as simple as it is, many people don’t make it at home.  Which is surprising, given the number of friends I know that absolutely go bananas over … [Read more...]