Month: January 2015

Teenie Cookie Butter Cookie Balls

Teenie Cookie Butter Cookie Balls

Yes, my friends, I did it. I made “teenie” cookie butter cookie balls. Teenie being a code word for “eat by the dozens guilt-free”. That is right, I used the words “cookie butter” and “guilt-free” in the same paragraph. Trust me – I am buying […]

Big Country Breakfast Bread Pudding — Food for a Year’s most popular recipe!

Big Country Breakfast Bread Pudding — Food for a Year’s most popular recipe!

Well — here you have it! Big Country Breakfast Bread Pudding has been Food for a Year’s most popular recipe… BY A LANDSLIDE!! I am amazed at how many people have viewed & commented publicly and privately on this recipe.

Oven Roasted Crispy Chicken & Rainbow Veggies with Gremolata & Bacon

Oven Roasted Crispy Chicken & Rainbow Veggies with Gremolata & Bacon

Isn’t this a gorgeous meal?? You can’t help but feel good about your cooking skills when putting this into the oven. But before I tell you all about how wonderful this is and how I know YOU CAN DO THIS, don’t zone out into your thoughts of “I could never do this!” or “what is a gremolata…sounds too fancy” or “I do good not to burn mac N’ cheese, so I am not even attempting this!”. If you can chop ((without loosing a thumb)) then you can do this.

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Cheesy Bacon & Jam Stuffed Biscuit Cups

Cheesy Bacon & Jam Stuffed Biscuit Cups

I love making breakfast muffin cups and lately I have been on a real roll. The guys are homeschooled 3 days a week ((and Gracie is homeschooled exclusively)), so I get plenty of opportunities to try my breakfast ideas on them. They love my NomNoms ((check out […]

Giant Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich Supreme ((A Perfect Super Bowl Party Food))

Giant Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich Supreme ((A Perfect Super Bowl Party Food))

Are you ready for some football food?? It’s that time of year where people are gathering around the TV rooting for grown men to do amazing things with a football. With all the effort it takes to root, we need some extra special, yummy game […]

Crispy Ham & Dinosaur Kale Topped Cheesy Manicotti

Crispy Ham & Dinosaur Kale Topped Cheesy Manicotti

Lately, I have been working to clear out those little odds and ends in my pantry, fridge & freezer. You know what I am talking about?? Those bits of unused ham, several partial baggies of dried beans and lentils, a few fresh veggies that I never figured out when to use, half cartons of broth, cream and tomato juice, mustard jars and Italian dressing bottles that are one scrape or squeeze away from the garbage and on & on.

Somehow, my groceries accumulated into clutter that are too useable to toss but really need to be used to protect my neat-freak sanity. Do you have those piles of food clutter?? Well, I have been working on the BIG Pantry Clean-out of 2015. (more…)

No-Peek Magic Bean & Ham Soup

No-Peek Magic Bean & Ham Soup

I have just fallen in love all over again with my giant cast iron enameled Dutch oven. For the longest time, my slow cooker was my go to dinnertime savior for those crazy days that start when it’s dark and end when it’s dark. You […]

Sour Cherry Topped Homemade Vanilla Cheesecake

Sour Cherry Topped Homemade Vanilla Cheesecake

I recently shared one of my most favorite dessert recipes – given to me by my dear friend Laura. The recipe is for a very simple extremely delicious authentic homemade cheesecake. Please read all about how amazing and delicious ((and EASY)) this cheesecake is by […]

An Okie Girl’s Take on Chop Suey

An Okie Girl’s Take on Chop Suey

I include my Okie identity in the title of this recipe in order to avoid any possible criticism regarding the authenticity ((or lack there of)) of my Chop Suey recipe. Let’s face it, Chop Suey is a mom code word, or at least it is in my house! What exactly is Chop Suey?? Can you believe Wikipedia has a great explanation?? (more…)

Moscato & Clementine Glazed Oven Roasted Cornish Hens ((Our New Year’s Family Tradition))

Moscato & Clementine Glazed Oven Roasted Cornish Hens ((Our New Year’s Family Tradition))

About five years ago, David and I began the tradition of having Cornish Hens on New Year’s Day. The kids just LOVE it and look forward to this meal all year long. The first time we made them, I was less than impressed. But again, the […]

7-Minute DIY Salsa

7-Minute DIY Salsa

One of my favorite things to make in the kitchen is homemade restaurant style salsa. It is so quick, ultra simple and crazy good. Just a few ingredients & a whirl in the blender stand between you and one of the best things about Mexican […]

101 Ways to Stuff a Mushroom…Starting with Blue Cheese & Bacon

101 Ways to Stuff a Mushroom…Starting with Blue Cheese & Bacon

It is hard to beat a stuffed mushroom. Wouldn’t you agree? They are so simple to make and the filling choices are limitless! Artichokes & chicken, olives & peppered cream cheese, pancetta & oregano, sausage & jalapeño, crab & ricotta, ham & swiss, sharp cheddar & sun-dried tomatoes, cheddar & taco meat, pepperoni & shallots, bacon & brie, pecans & parmesan, spinach & chive cream cheese, BBQ & cheesy grits. I think you get the point – infinite yummy possibilities. (more…)


 
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