Mar 15

Pantry Sugar Cookie Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars

These bars are a snap to make with pantry ingredients. By using a cookie mix, you save so much time not having to sift and measure flour and all the other ingreidents that go into baking cookies and bars. Don’t get me wrong, I love baking from scratch. But, sometimes we are in a rush or just want a quick dessert and it’s easy to grab some ingredients from our pantry and fridge. This recipe is sure to be a big hit with everyone. It’s under our category, Occasional indulgences because, sometimes we just want to indulge a little at times.

 

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Mar 15

Pan Seared Balsamic Glazed Salmon Fillet

Here’s a simple yet elegant recipe that will impress anyone you serve it to. The servings in this recipe is for two but it’s easily doubled. As you can see in the photo, the salmon is sitting over a bed of steamed spinach that’s been drizzled with lemon juice. My husband and I were eating alone this night and we both wanted a light meal. It was just perfect. Enjoy this with a fresh vegetable like the spinach and with a side of whole wheat pasta and your favorite marinara sauce.

 

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Mar 12

Copycat New York’s Famous Levain Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Cookies -My Way!

If you live in New York, you probably have heard of Levain Bakery. It’s a hot spot all over the city. They have a few locations where they sell the most outrageous cookies! If you don’t live in New York and planning a visit, be sure to check out one of their locations. I happen to live on Long Island, way out in Suffolk County. It’s a little over an hour away to Manhattan. Whenever I do go, I am sure to head on over to Levain Bakery for one of their amazing cookies. The last time we were in the city, I knew it would be awhile until the next time. I couldn’t stop thinking about their famous chocolate chip cookies.

Being a food blogger, I make up recipes all the time. This one was a real toughie. It took four tries until I got the texture and chewiness I wanted. Happily, the fourth try was the charm. My husband and kids loved them, and so did I. You will see the secret to get the texture. It was an A-ha moment! Just a note, I gave you a few options for the recipe. You can make them the traditional way with regular butter and sugar or lower in sugar (and I promise you, they taste just as delish), or using a vegan margarine instead of butter, go for it. You will LOVE these extra large cookies as much as we do. I just made a batch to send up to my daughter Tori up in college. Like she said, they will be gone in a blink of an eye with five roommates. Whatever option you decide to make, you will love them. Each variation is chewy, gooey and big!

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Mar 11

Sweet & Salty St. Patrick’s Day Pretzel Snaps

If you have been on this site before you know we love pretzel snaps. There are a bunch for different occasions and holidays. Couldn’t pass up St. Patrick’s Day. With only a few ingredients and a few simple steps you can whip these little snaps up in no time at all. The sweet and salty go so well together. A great combo when you are in a snack mood. These are great for a game day too. Swap your favorite team colors with the sprinkles. Have a happy and safe holiday.

 

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Mar 08

Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake – The Guilt Free Way!

Every year through the month of March, McDonald’s comes out with their very popular Shamrock Shake. A delicious minty thick shake. It’s certainty delicious. The only problem is it’s loaded and I mean loaded with lots of fat and calories. Well, I came up with my version that is not loaded with all those high calories and fat but, does still have the creamy, thick and delicious taste like the original. You must make this today and taste for yourself. The best part, you don’t have to wait once a year, you can have this anytime you want and it’s guilt free!

 

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Mar 07

Shortcut Meatball Pasta Bake

Weeknights can be hectic around many households. Sometimes we just need convenient foods but, we still want to feed our family healthy meals without spending too much time in the kitchen with all the other things that have to be done like homework and shuffling the kids here and there. I have found a few shortcuts from the frozen department of my local markets. This is a great dish because you can swap out the meatballs for turkey meatballs and change around the sauce and veggies too. See how quick and easy this is to throw together. Tastes really good too.

 

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Mar 02

Simple Homemade Brownie Brittle

 

You know that delicious brownie brittle you find in stores like Costco and Target? It’s in those pouches. My family and I love it. I finally came up with my own homemade version that tastes very similar. So similar that my family didn’t know when I served it one night while we were watching a movie. The best part is, making this at home was much less expensive than buying it in the stores.  This recipe is easy to follow and prepare . It’s kind of between a brownie and a cookie. Try and taste and see what you think.

 

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Mar 02

How To Make Perfect White Rice

With these few simple steps, you will have perfect white or brown rice every time. I have tried many times starting with cold water. It just wasn’t the right texture. Then, tried with boiling water,  it came out perfect. Rice is so versatile, goes with almost any main meal. Try this easy method out and taste for yourself.

 

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Feb 28

Coconut Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Drizzle

If you like coconut, you will love these creamy, crunchy coconut cheesecake bars. They are always a big hit around my home. A bonus is, they are pretty much guilt free with not too much fat or calories per serving. So have one and savor every bite.

 

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Feb 23

Jazzed Up Canned Cream of Chicken Soup

Some days we just don’t have the time to make homemade soup. This is when we grab the can of condensed soup. I personally don’t really like the taste of most of the canned soups. I do like them in baked recipes. The one soup I have used in a few recipes is cream of chicken. I had two cans in the house and grabbed them along with some fresh and frozen veggies along with a package of minute rice. Well, I must tell you, this soup came out pretty delish. We all really liked it. Check out the very simple recipe. Have a few cans on hand. You may want to make this one of these days. It’s a keeper.

 

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