Fresh Pumpkin Puree – How to Make this Fall Staple

Fresh pumpkin puree

Pumpkin puree is a staple in Halloween and Thanksgiving cooking. From pancakes to smoothies, to fudge and cookies, this creamy part of the pumpkin adds an earthy flavor to all your fall recipes.  You can buy it at the supermarket, of course, but here is one of my latest cooking tips – make your own fresh…

Halloween Recipes – 30 Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate the Holiday

Halloween party recipes

Halloween will be here before we know it. This holiday is such fun for kiddos and gives parents a chance to be a kid again,too! Halloween party food is fun, spooky and whimsical and looks great on a table.  These 25 spooktacular Halloween Recipes are the perfect way to celebrate this fun holiday. Halloween is a…

Pumpkin Nut Butter Energy Bites – No Bake Pick Me Up

Pumpkin nut butter energy bites

It’s time for all things pumpkin! Fall is my favorite time of the year, and I love the taste of pumpkin in recipes. Energy bites are one of my favorite snack treats and these delicious pumpkin nut butter energy bites combine pumpkin pureé with another favorite of mine – sunflower nut butter. Sunflower nut butter is…

Joe’s Crab Shack Crab Cakes Copycat Recipe

These Copycat Joe's Crab Shack crab cakes will make you feel as though you are eatting them on the beach.

Some of my favorite 30 minute meals are a “copycat recipe” of some of my favorite foods from popular restaurants.  These homemade Joe’s Crab Shack Crab Cakes are a pretty good copycat of the ones that you can get from the original restaurant.  You can make them at home but feel as though you are at…

Amish Food is the Epitome of Real Home Style Cooking

Amish family

The Amish people are found in the United States in several rural areas, but primarily around Ohio and Pennsylvania, and also in smaller numbers in Ontario, Canada. Lancaster, Pennsylvania is home to about 16,000 Amish people and is in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch area. Traditional Amish food is very simple and something that…

15 Tips for Slow Cooker Meals

layering is the key to a great crock pot casserole

I love my crock pot!  I can throw all of the ingredients into it early in the day and let it do its job all day long. At the end of the day, my house smells great when I come home after being out all day.  But there are a few cooking tips to make…

10 Tips for Great Pancakes

Perfect pancakes

The perfect pancakes are not an accident. They take some smart cooking and a great starting recipe for a basic pancake. But, thankfully, there are a few tips that you can make to ensure success in the morning. Follow these cooking tips to make great pancakes that are the hit of your family when they sit…

Copycat Recipe: Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Starbuck's lemon loaf

Do you enjoy copycat recipes?  I love to try and recreate some of my favorite foods from restaurants that I enjoy.  Starbuck’s is a favorite of many for their delicious coffees, but their food is also pretty tasty.  The recipe for a Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf is fresh and super tasty and a pretty good…

Tips For Making a Perfect Milkshake

Milkshakes

With the warmer weather here, it is time to bring on the cold drinks.  And nothing quite says summer like the perfect milkshake.  But a great milk shake is not just about putting cold milk and ice cream and blending it. There are some cooking tips that will ensure that your milkshake will be the…

How To Use Caramelized Onions

Using caramelized onions in burgers makes them taste amazing

One of my favorite ways to cook onions is to caramelize them to release a lovely sweet flavor and brown color.  It takes time but is so worth the effort.  Now that you have a pile of these tasty morsels, what do you do with them? Here are a few of my favorite ways for…

12 Tips for Making a Great Cocktail

Have you ever made cocktail recipes and wondered why your version doesn’t taste like the one you had at your favorite bar last week?  You are not alone. Most of us have made mistakes that make our cocktail a fairly mediocre one when compared with a great cocktail from someone who knows how to make…

Tips for Making Popsicles at Home

Making popsicles

It doesn’t matter what you call them – Ice Pops, Yogurt Pops, Frozen pops, Paletas, or Popsicles.  These frozen sweet treats are a tasty refreshing way to beat the heat on a hot summer day. Making Popsicles is one of the easier frozen dessert ideas but there are still a few cooking tip basics that…

Sunflower Nut Butter Energy Bites

Dark chocolate energy bites

Looking for a healthy and super tasty treat? These tasty sunflower nut butter energy bites are the perfect after work out pick me up. They are sweetened only with medjool dates and are sinfully delicious. These little balls of chocolatey bliss are crazy delicious and are paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. They have a peanut…

Pina Colada Popsicles

Pina Colada pops are a great frozen sweet treat

It’s time for an adult cold dessert!  These amazing Pina Colada Popsicles have a hint of coconut rum and a lot of flavor. Homemade Popsicles are one of the joys of summer.  Making boozy homemade popsicles takes them up a notch or two! The delicious cold treats are creamy, with just a hint of sweetness. They…

How To Caramelize Onions – Tips for Success Every Time

How to Caramelized onions

Learning how to caramelize onions is a kitchen task that any cook should be able to do.  Caramelized onions taste great on so many foods, but can be a little tricky to master. These cooking tips will help you make perfect caramelized onions every time. There is nothing quite like the taste of caramelized onions.  Most…

Summer Dessert Table – Tips for Sweets that Takes the Heat

Serve desserts in individual sized portions to combat heat problems in the summer

Outdoor entertaining is a fun way to gather with friends during the summer months.  And no party would be complete without a dessert table with all your favorite sweet treats. But how do you make sure that the desserts on the summer dessert table are those that melt IN your mouth and not on the…

Creamy Broccoli Salad – Great BBQ Side Dish

Creamy broccoli salad

This creamy broccoli salad is the perfect side dish to serve along with BBQ recipes.  It is very easy to make and full of healthy goodness and flavor. The traditional version is loaded with cheese and has extra sugar. I omitted the dairy and added both cranberries, plump raisins and nuts to give it sweetness…