Spritz Cookies With Sprinkles RecipeSpritz cookies with sprinkles recipe

Spritz cookies with sprinkles recipe

The closer we get to Christmas, the more time I spend in the kitchen.  I love baking up holiday treats for any occasion.  Sometimes I gift them to friends or family, sometimes its just fun to whip up a batch of cookies with the kids.  My favorite cookies are the ones that bring back memories of when I was younger.  These spritz cookies do just that and are pretty tasty too! My grandma was always in the kitchen during the holidays.  She was always cooking or baking or frying up something delicious.  Ever since I can remember I was always right by her side.  We fried zucchini together, we mixed homemade pasta sauce together and we made cookies together.  Her absolute favorite was spritz cookies.  They were (and still are!) so easy to make and the recipe makes a ton! I haven't had … [Read more...]

How To Make Perfect Pinto Beans In The Crockpot

Perfect Crock Pot Pinto Beans Recipe

I love pinto beans, I've just never been able to cook dry beans to get that great texture and taste of beans I'm served in a restaurant or out of a can.  Mine have always been just a little too crunchy or not really very flavorful.  So frustrating!  Until Now.  Thanks to Mommy's Kitchen (who adapted her recipe from Southern Plate) I have become the Queen of Pinto Beans. We're talking pinto beans and ham so delicious you could eat them every day for the rest of your life.  Beans so good, you'll like them even if you don't like beans! The first time I followed this recipe I was a little incredulous.  Sugar in beans?  Oil in beans? I now wouldn't make them any other way. Perfect Crock Pot Pinto Beans adapted from Mommy's Kitchen Ingredients: 1 lb bag of dry pinto beans 1 … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Roasted Garlic and Kale Meatballs Recipe

Roasted Garlic and Kale Meatballs

After discovering a new favorite snack cracker when we came home with the Crunchmaster Originals from a "warehouse" store, I was interested to find out that these crackers aren't just for cheese and dips - they also lend themselves to some pretty delicious recipes! First up was trying these Roasted Garlic and Kale Meatballs. The bonus? Because the crackers are gluten free, this recipe is as well! Roasted Garlic and Kale Meatballs Makes about 20  2" meatballs Ingredients 1 - 1/4 cups coarsely ground Crunchmaster Roasted Garlic Multi Seed Crackers 1 - 1/2 lbs lean ground beef 1 cup finely chopped kale 1 small onion chopped fine 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 egg beaten 1/2tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 3 Tbsp. olive oil 4 cups jarred tomato sauce 1/4 … [Read more...]

Leftover Turkey Recipe – White Bean and Turkey Chili

White Bean and Turkey Chili

This recipe is hands down my favorite recipe for leftover turkey EVER.  In fact, I would probably cook a turkey just to have leftovers so I can make this…so in a couple days if you find yourself with extra turkey, rejoice! and try… White Bean and Turkey Chili from Cooking Light Serves 8 (about 1 cup each) Ingredients for Leftover Turkey White Bean Chili  1 tablespoon canola oil 2 cups diced yellow onion 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin (I love cumin – I actually use 1 tbsp here) 1 teaspoon dried oregano 3 (15.8 ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed (I use “small white beans”) 4 cups fat free, less sodium chicken broth 3 cups chopped cooked turkey ½ cup diced seeded plum tomato (about 1) 1/3 cup … [Read more...]

Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day

Beaujolais Nouveau Day!   Have you ever celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day? On the 3rd Thursday of every November, France celebrates – Beaujolais Nouveau Day.  At 12:01am (by law!), the year’s vintage is released and the French celebrate with fireworks and parties. In 2014, Beaujolais Day is Thursday November 20.   I love the idea of this event, which celebrates the harvest and abundance. Beaujolais is a region of France known for growing the Gamay grape (from which Beaujolais is made). Gamay is like a cousin of Pinot Noir.  There are many rules about how the grapes are grown, when they are harvested.  Because it is the first wine of the harvest and made quickly (6-8 weeks as opposed to a traditional 6 - 24 months for other wines), Beaujolais Nouveau is lighter, fruitier and a … [Read more...]

8 Thanksgiving Crock Pot Recipes

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In just a few short weeks my favorite holiday will be here - Thanksgiving!  I am foodie at heart but I love gathering around the table with friends and family even more.  What if I told you that I could guarantee more time with family this Thanksgiving?  And yes, there would still be a fully cooked meal to share!  Sounds awesome, right?!  Its easy - bust out your crock pot and try these classic Thanksgiving recipes!  Here are 8 crock pot Thanksgiving recipes to try! Roast Turkey - in the crock pot! Yes!  You can roast your turkey in a crock pot!  Depending on the size of your slow cooker, you could cook a bird big enough for the whole family.  Imagine the things that you would be able to cook once the oven is freed up! Slow Cooker Cornish Hens Not a turkey lover?  Try these delicious … [Read more...]