HONEY SOY GARLIC STICKY CHICKEN WINGS #RECIPE

If there’s one thing we’ve always enjoyed, it’s a good batch of wings!!  They’re not exactly heart healthy though, so when I come across  a recipe where I can bake the wings I get pretty excited about it!!

Whether they’re buffalo, BBQ or Asian style, I’ve never really met a wing I didn’t like!!  I prefer using fresh wingettes to make these, but I’ve also used frozen wings and they’ve turned out totally fabulous!!  The large frozen bags of wings are very delicious, meaty and filling!!  They’re quick and easy to make for a large crowd, and they can also be made ahead of time!!  They’re also great left over the next day once the sauce has had a chance to thoroughly marinate into the wings.  Give this recipe a try;  it is sure to be one of your new favorites!! [Read more…]

EASY AND DELICIOUS COPYCAT OLIVE GARDEN CHICKEN GNOCCI SOUP #RECIPE

I LOVE soup all year round, but especially when it’s cold, rainy and/or snowy!!  We sure have had a lot of that kind of weather lately, and it always makes me crave comfort food!!  I thoroughly enjoy cooking, and especially enjoy complicated recipes, but sometimes I just don’t have the time to spend hours in the kitchen!!

When I am craving delicious, homemade chicken soup, I often find myself turning to this recipe since it’s quick and easy!!   It tastes just like the real thing, and my family has been known to tell me that it tastes even BETTER than Olive Garden’s!!   Give it a try and let me know what you think!!

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Feeling French – The Perfect Savory Crepe Recipe Your Family Will Love

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In our house, delicious sweet crepes for Sunday morning breakfast is a tradition that we have been keeping for longer than I care to remember. Slathered with maple syrup, strawberry preserve or home-made chocolate sauce, it’s something that the whole family looks forward to every week. Crucially, it is the one meal a week that I get time off for good behaviour in the kitchen. Crepes are the only dish that my husband can cook, and he relishes the chance to throw on an apron, grab the cookware and take charge. Recently, as a particularly exhausting weekend of taxiing children from one sports or social event to another began drawing to a close, I flopped down on the couch and commenced moaning that I was too tired to cook and that we should get Chinese takeout. Hubby, who has the most annoying habit of almost always being right, reminded me that we are saving for a new car and had committed ourselves to no takeout until we achieve that goal. Fume.

 

“Don’t worry, hon. I got this one!” He announced way too chirpily for my mood.

 

“Sweetie, the only thing you know how to cook is crepes, and we already had those for breakfast” I responded, hopefully masking my irritation to some extent.

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Copycat Cheesecake Factory Famous Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake

South Jersey has a TON of great restaurants, but when I want amazing cheesecake I have to drive about an hour to get it!!  Although this recipe takes a while to put together, it has the potential to be the best thing you ever made!! 

 

 

 

It’s also a copycat recipe of The Cheesecake Factory’s Famous Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake, which I’ve never tried but I can’t imagine it being even half as good as this is!!    [Read more…]

HOMEMADE DOG TREATS

homemade dog treats

Homemade Dog Treats Recipe ~ Only Two Ingredients!! Super quick and easy!

I spend a heckuva lotta time in the kitchen, and Bella is always right beside me checking out what I’m doing and making, so I decided to make her homemade dog treats recently.

They were a bit messy, but boy did she ever love them.  They were also a lot cheaper than the dog treats I usually buy at the store so I LIKED that about them.

The main ingredient is 2 small jars of baby food so try to pick flavors that your dog likes and that compliment each other.  I made sweet potato and chicken bone shaped cookies and beef and carrot star shaped cookies, and she loved them both!!

Give it a try ~ I’m sure your dog will love them as much as Bella does.

Homemade Dog Treats
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Ingredients
  1. 2 small jars of baby food (preservative-free...no onion/onion powder)
  2. 2 c. quick oats or whole wheat flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together both jars of baby food and the quick oats/flour until a dough forms. Drop by teaspoonfulls or roll out and use cookie cutters to press shapes. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Notes
  1. **This dough was very "sticky" so I coated my dough balls with flour and rolled it out in flour, which made it much easier to work with**
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BEEF NACHOS #RECIPE

Beef Nachos

 

I love good munchies, and this is most definitely one of my favorite “munchie foods.”

It’s also a great thing to make with leftover taco meat, and I will often whip this up the day after “Taco Night” for lunch  since it only takes a couple of minutes to prepare.  

You can add additional ingredients like tomatoes, re-fried beans, black olives, etc., but I prefer mine pretty plain.

I KNOW you will enjoy these as much as I do.

Beef Nachos
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 - 1 lb. ground beef
  2. 1 package taco seasoning mix
  3. 1 c. lettuce, chopped/shredded
  4. 1/2 c. onion, diced
  5. 1 c. Mexican Cheese
  6. 1 bag of Tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Brown ground beef, add taco seasoning, and prepare the meat as you would for tacos.
  3. 3. Line a pan with Tortilla Chips. Top with lettuce, beef mixture, onions, cheese (and additional toppings if desired).
  4. 4. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  5. 5. Enjoy!!
Notes
  1. You can add additional toppings such as tomatoes, re-fried beans, etc.
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PEANUT BUTTER PIE that will have you coming back for seconds!!

peanut butter pie If there’s one thing I love it’s a good Peanut Butter Pie!!

Last week we went out to dinner, and we ordered dessert.  I couldn’t believe it was $8 EACH!!  I thought, geeze for that price I could’ve made us a whole pie!!  This pie turned out BETTER than the pie I paid $8 for a piece of, and I’m sure you will agree that it is better than most desserts served in even the finest of restaurants!

My mom gave me this recipe a long time ago, and I just came across it so I figured I’d whip one up and see how it turned out.

We were not disappointed!!   

The crust is a crunchy chocolate goodness, and the filling is light, fluffy and fulfilling.  It’s texture is soft, smooth and creamy, and it literally melts in your mouth.  You can smell it from the next room!! [Read more…]

This Avocado Dip is the Quickest & Easiest thing you will EVER make, and it’s absolutely delicious!!

This Avocado Dip is so easy to make, and very tasty!!  My sister got this recipe from a friend in her dinner club, and made it for our last family gathering.  Everyone in the family loved it, including my baby nieces, the teens, young adults, us and even the elderly!!   It’s also great the next day if you let it sit and marinade overnight.  It only takes a minute or two to throw it together, and just one batch goes a LOOOOoooooooooong way!!

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PORK CHOPS STUFFED WITH APRICOTS AND WALNUTS #HeartHealthyRecipe

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Since my heart attack in August we have been trying to eat healthier.  Most nights we follow a heart healthy and/or Mediterranean diet.   I found this recipe in the American Heart Association Cookbook, and adapted it a little bit.  It has quickly become one of our favorites!!  It’s quick and easy to put together, and cooks rather quickly on the stovetop making it a good choice for work nights when you don’t have a lot of time to spend preparing dinner!!  Any extra stuffing can be used as a topping!!  I absolutely LOVE apricots, and the combination of the sweet, soft fruit mixed with the crunchy walnuts satisfies both sweet and crunchy cravings!!  Give it a try, and let me know what you think. [Read more…]

HOMEMADE PIEROGI #RECIPE

  pierogi

Growing up in a house with a Polish mother and Russian father allowed for a lot of interesting dinners throughout the years!!

I was raised in the 70s with a strict religious Green Orthodox upbringing, which included not eating meat on Fridays….yes, EVERY Friday and not just during lent.

My mom was a homemaker and devoted endless hours to cooking dinner from scratch. Friday’s was ALWAYS Pierogi day!!  Pierogi is pretty much just a fancy name for Polish dumplings!! They’re great as a main dish, side dish or appetizer. [Read more…]