Roasted Salted Almonds

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Roasted salted almonds are super easy to make at home. Three ingredients, the oven and done! A healthy snack that’s cheaper if you make them yourself. I can usually find raw almonds at half the price of roasted. So why wouldn’t I make them myself? It’s way more cost effective and definitely tastier. The only problem is being able to get to them before my family eats them all. Roasted Salted Almonds Recipe Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toss the almonds and melted butter together in a bowl. Spread them out evenly on a baking sheet sprinkle with the salt. Roast for 5 minutes, give them a toss and roast another...

Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

Italian sausage rigatoni in a white bowl

Italian sausage rigatoni with a spicy tomato cream sauce is an easy, hearty, weeknight meal full of flavor and comfort. Control the heat to please your pallet. Use spicy Italian sausage if you want to kick the heat up or use sweet to keep it mild. Fire-roasted tomatoes and pancetta add layers of extra soul-warming flavor. Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce Cook the rigatoni according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, brown the Italian Sausage and pancetta in a large skillet. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. In the same skillet saute the onion until translucent, add the garlic and saute one...

Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

A row of baked Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno poppers, we’ve all had them, and they’re usually very tasty. In this recipe, we mixed it up a bit to add some flavor combinations that just make it POP! You have the spicy from the jalapeno, tanginess of the sharp cheddar cheese and the sweet and salty of the candied bacon. You also get the smoothness of the cream cheese, the crunch of the baked wonton, and the chew from the bacon. All these flavors and textures come together in a perfectly delicious bite. You will feed on these, they are amazingly good! The first thing you want to do in making your jalapeno poppers is to make your...

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies

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Chocolate orange shortbread cookies melt in your mouth with their classic holiday flavor. Tender, buttery, orange flavored shortbread dipped in creamy decadent dark chocolate. Easy to make and perfect for cookie trays or gifting! Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies Whisk the flour and salt in a medium-size bowl, set aside. Cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add the orange zest and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Press the dough into a ball, knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll the dough into a log about 12″ long and 2″ in diameter. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and...

Tuscan Pork Tenderloin

Tuscan pork tenderloin sliced on wooden cutting board

Tuscan pork tenderloin is a great dinner or appetizer. Pork tenderloin smothered in fresh herbs roasted inside a crusty baguette. Fancy and impressive. This Tuscan Pork Tenderloin is mouth-watering delicious! Tuscan Pork Tenderloin Mince the sage, rosemary, and garlic. Toss the herbs with the fresh cracked pepper, salt, and ground fennel seeds. I use my herb grinder (coffee bean grinder) to grind up the fennel seeds. The recipe calls for fennel pollen if you can find it. Sear the pork tenderloin until golden brown on all sides. Rub the herb mixture over the entire surface of each tenderloin. Cut the baguette in half long way without cutting all the way...

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

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Cut-Out sugar cookies are the quintessential Christmas cookie! We consider this sugar cookie absolute perfection. Tender, buttery and won’t spread when baking. This sugar cookie has been posted before but I decided they needed an update. The previous pictures did not do this recipe justice. Cut-Out Sugar Cookies Mix the dough ingredients, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. I normally refrigerate overnight. Dust a large surface with confectioners’ sugar, roll the dough out and cut into desired shapes. I suggest a counter or heavy wood board for rolling the dough.  It’s very cold and stiff, which means a pastry mat will slide around and just frustrate...

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies stacked in tin with red, white and green tissue paper

Soft, chewy chocolate peppermint cookies are a classic combination of Christmas flavors sure to please. A rich, dark chocolate cookie with just the right amount of peppermint flavor drizzled with white chocolate and topped with crushed peppermint candy canes. Easy to make and the colors are perfect for Christmas cookie trays. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies In a medium bowl whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and peppermint extract, mix until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Chill the dough at...

Eggnog Bundt Cake

eggnog bundt cake on silver and red plates

Eggnog bundt cake will be your new holiday favorite dessert. Super moist, buttery, eggnog infused bundt cake drizzled with a sweet eggnog glaze is a must this holiday season!  Celebrate the holiday with this phenomenal dessert! Let me just tell you it’s a struggle to keep my face out of this cake. Seriously. Eggnog Bundt Cake Butter and flour or spray with baking spray a 10″ bundt pan. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl, set aside. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, combining in between. Add the vanilla and eggnog, mix until combined. Add the...

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

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My grandmother’s old-fashioned peanut brittle is the best I have ever eaten. I’ve tried the microwave kind and to me, it just doesn’t have the same buttery classic taste. A deliciously sweet, crunchy candy loaded with salty peanuts that’s sure to please. Oddly enough this recipe does not have any butter in it at all. But it tastes traditionally buttery sweet. Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle Prepare a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Or as my grandmother would do, generously butter a clean section of countertop. You can also butter the sheet pan. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan mix the sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil...

Pecan Pie Bars

single slice pecan bar on wooden cutting board

Oh my, are these pecan pie bars sublime! WARNING before you read any further they are highly addictive. I dare you to eat just one and walk away.  A yummy shortbread crust topped with a buttery, nutty pecan pie layer!  I don’t think I can even convey how delicious they taste. Skip the pecan pie this year and make these easy delectable pecan pie bars. Pecan Pie Bars My sister-in-law introduced these sinful treats to us a few years ago. I just had to share this recipe with you all. Preheat the oven to 350º. Prepare a 9×13 baking pan with a parchment sling. In a food processor combine the...