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...]

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...]

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...]

Chopped Broccoli Salad with Cherries and Feta

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Crunchy broccoli chopped into bits and updated with dried cherries and feta.  If you love the old version, you will flip over this updated Chopped Broccoli Salad with Cherries and Feta.   Most of you, my favorite internet friends, are out of high school....and even college.  I know how old most of you are.  :-)  Does that make me a stalker?  It's a little weird to know that websites I visit collect that kind of information.  But it's helpful when coming up with ideas, recipes and stories … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Kahlua Pork with Sweet Chili Pineapple Sauce

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Dreaming of a trip to Hawaii?  This Slow Cooker Kahlua Pork with Sweet Chili Pineapple Sauce can, at least, take your taste buds there.  Perfectly seasoned and so tender it will melt in your mouth, it's like your own personal luau right in your kitchen!   I dream of visiting Hawaii.  I know a ton of people who have been there....and gone back.....multiple times.  That's usually a good sign that it's a winner as far as vacation destinations go.  People, generally, do not visit a place … [Read more...]

Caribbean Cobb Salad with Fire-Roasted Pineapple Vinaigrette

Caribbean Cobb Salad with Fire-Roasted Vinaigrette | The Suburban Soapbox

All the flavors of the Caribbean in a satisfying and tasty salad. A little prep work early in the week makes this super easy to throw together on a busy weeknight and the spicy vinaigrette adds the perfect amount of heat. I'm not a big salad eater. I would much rather have a burger and fries than a big bowl of lettuce with a few sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. If I'm going to eat a salad....it has to be pretty epic. It has to be bursting with flavor and it, absolutely, has to have a ton of … [Read more...]

Easy Enchilada Sauce

Easy Enchilada Sauce - The Suburban Soapbox

I know what you're thinking....who has time to make their own Enchilada Sauce when you can just open a can and be done. Well, my friends, this is easier than you think!  For years, the only Mexican food I knew was Taco Bell.  Yes, I'm a little embarrassed to admit it but I thought I hated Mexican because of Taco Bell.  I'm not a huge fan of their tacos and well, everything else is stuffed with refried beans which, to me, resemble canned cat food.  The only reason I ever went to Taco Bell … [Read more...]

Toasted Coconut Apricot Pecan Granola

Toasted Coconut Apricot Pecan Granola | The Suburban Soapbox

This recipe is so easy....you may never buy the pre-made stuff again.  Full of toasted oats and coconut, this Toasted Coconut Apricot Granola may be the best yogurt topper you ever had.  We are oatmeal lover's here at The Suburban Soapbox.  We probably go through several pounds of it a week.  Steel cut oats are our top choice but rolled oats and even instant oats (gasp!) come in a close second.  Yes, I'm aware the instant oats have tons of sugar if they're flavored but you can't beat the … [Read more...]

Sausage White Bean and Kale Soup

Sausage White Bean and Kale Soup - The Suburban Soapbox

I recovered from the Ebola Virus....which was not the Ebola Virus...it was just a cold.  But all the same, I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest for 5 days and my nose just stopped working.  Like it completely froze up and wouldn't let anything in or out.  I have my suspicions on where I picked up the horrible funk but regardless, I most likely got sick from the grocery store shopping cart.  I know better but I don't ever wipe down the handle.  Ever.  I know...gross. But...think … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew

Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew

What better way to weather the effects of the Polar Vortex than with stew.  Right?  First, let's talk about the Polar Vortex....does this remind anyone of The Day After Tomorrow?  The term alone makes me think if I stick my face outside it will instantly freeze.  Like in a nano-second.  Like a wooly mammoth.  Isn't that how the dinosaurs died?  Am I freaking you out yet?  Sorry, let's move on. I also have the Ebola Virus...or a cold...either way, I feel like I never want to get out of bed.  … [Read more...]