Easy Creamy Carrot Souffle

Easy Carrot Souffle - The perfect side dish for any holiday table! Better than sweet potato casserole any day!

Carrot souffle has replaced sweet potato casserole at our holiday table for good! It’s to DIE for! Who knew mashed carrots could taste this amazing? It’s rich, creamy, fluffy, sweet and the most amazing cooked carrots you will ever eat! It could almost be dessert. Add this tasty dish to your holiday menu and receive rave reviews! Peel, clean and dice the carrots into 1″ pieces. Boil in a large pot for about 30 minutes until very soft. While still hot place the carrots in your food processor or blender. Add sugars, baking powder, vanilla, flour and mix. Add eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and mix until smooth. DO NOT overmix,...

Classic Shortbread Cookies

Classic Shortbread Cookies - Tender, buttery, flaky shortbread!

Classic shortbread cookies are a perfect holiday treat! This recipe is tender, buttery, flaky and a close copycat recipe for Walker’s Shortbread. It’s so easy you will never purchase another plaid tin box again! Just four ingredients that you should already have in your kitchen. If you have never made shortbread before you will be extremely surprised how easy it is to whip up.  Just cream the butter until fluffy, slowly add the flour and sugar mixture, then beat until light and fluffy again. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes. Remove, cut into your desired shapes and dock all over with a toothpick or wooden skewer. Bake for 1 hour, remove...

Better Than Starbucks Eggnog Latte

Eggnog Latte - Careful this latte is addictive! It's WAY than Starbucks!

As stated before, I’m a Starbucks addict. Last year’s Starbuck’s Eggnog Latte left a lot to be desired. Actually, I found it appalling. Sorry, Starbucks! I decided to try it at home.  What I didn’t realize is how incredibly easy it is to make. So few ingredients. All there is to it is eggnog, milk, espresso and whipped cream if desired. Which, of course, I ALWAYS desire! Oh yeah, and a little sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg on top. Let me stress to you to choose your favorite eggnog brand. Don’t go cheap or unfamiliar. Go with a thick, rich and creamy eggnog. Make your own even! I haven’t braved an eggnog...

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Aioli

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Aioli Dipping Sauce - Crispy outside, tender inside and perfect with the aioli!

Roasted brussels sprouts are one of my daughter’s favorite dishes.  So when I saw this recipe on Pinterest we gave it a try. It’s so easy to make and truly tasty.   Crispy outer leaves and tender soft middle which pairs perfectly with the garlic aioli dipping sauce. Make it for a side dish or appetizer, either one is going to be a big hit. Trim and quarter 2 pounds of brussels sprouts.  Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. In a large baking pan, spread evenly in a single layer and roast.  While they are roasting mix the super easy garlic aioli. No pics of the aioli preparation? Well, that’s because...

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing - This is a must at our holiday table!

Southern cornbread dressing is required at our Thanksgiving and Christmas table. A taste of tradition at the holidays. We look forward to this side dish every year. My southern grandmother made the most delectable dressing ever! This is my version, unfortunately, I never received her recipe. Prepare cornbread according to package instructions. I always use buttermilk in the mix even if it calls for milk. No self-respecting southerner would ever use just plain milk. Once the cornbread is cool enough to touch break it into crumbles. Also if you are using day old bread you will need to dry it out in the oven for a bit or plan ahead and leave...

Thick and Hearty Homestyle Chili

Thick & Hearty Homesyle Chili - Warm up this winter with a big bowl of the BEST thick, rich and hearty chili!

Chili is the perfect winter warm up meal, right?! This is the best we have ever eaten. I know, everyone says that about their favorite recipe but I swear this is the ONE. It’s not a loose soup, it’s thick, chunky and loaded with rich flavor Certain to please the entire family. It’s also perfect for game day gatherings. A one pot, easy meal that can easily feed a crowd. Seriously, there won’t be many steps in this post. One pot, brown the meat and onions, add in the garlic and other spices. Add in the remaining ingredients and let it simmer. This cooks for hours but it’s worth the wait,...

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo - Our favorite gumbo! This is to die for!

Shrimp and sausage gumbo is a must for us during the cold weather months. We could eat this every week, it’s that good. It’s as close as we have come to authentic New Orleans style gumbo made at home. Brown the sausage, remove and set aside. We prefer this gumbo made with andouille instead of smoked sausage. It bumps the flavors up and gives it a spicier kick. Sorry about the blurry picture. Add the flour and butter and cook the roux. You want it brown not BURNED! Add the celery, onion, garlic and green pepper. Saute about 10 minutes. Add Worcestershire and parsley, saute another 10 minutes. Add stock...

Spicy Seasoned Oyster Crackers

Spicy Seasoned Oyster Crackers - WARNING: These babies are ADDICTIVE!

Spicy seasoned oyster crackers are a must make recipe! These are a big hit at any party or gathering. So easy to make you will wonder why you never made them before now. I know I did. This recipe has been floating around a while with many different variations. This is the one we love. WARNING: Spicy Oyster Crackers are addictive! You will not be able to eat just one nor will they last long. I make double the recipe at all times.   These spicy seasoned oyster crackers are a no bake recipe. So simple. Mix the oil with spices and pour over the crackers. Two tablespoons of dried...

Bakery Style Pumpkin Muffins

Bakery Style Pumpkin Muffins - These muffins are jumbo, moist, tender and gloriously full of pumpkin flavor. Perfection!

Bakery-style pumpkin muffins are jumbo, moist, tender and gloriously full of pumpkin flavor. I have been searching for a moist muffin with loads of pumpkin flavor. THIS IS THE ONE! These taste as close to Costco muffins as I’ve ever eaten. I know some people tire quickly of pumpkin spice everything, but NOT ME! So if you’ve had enough pumpkin for the season just bear with me. Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl.  Then whisk together the wet ingredients in another bowl. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients just until combined. Divide the batter equally among the muffin cups and bake. Easy, jumbo, gorgeously full of pumpkin flavor,...

Spicy Cheddar Snack Mix

Spicy Cheddar Snack Mix - This mix is the perfect blend of spice and cheddar!

Spicy cheddar snack mix is a must have at all parties, gathering and just plain movie night! It’s the perfect blend of spice and cheese flavors.  I suggest making several batches because it doesn’t last long. It’s just like making regular snack mix, simple and delicious. Add the chex cereal, crackers and peanuts to a large roasting pan. Whisk the butter, ranch packet, red pepper flakes, parmesan cheese and Worcestershire sauce together in a small bowl. Pour the sauce over the mix and stir gently to coat. Bake for 1 hour. I chose pepper jack crackers and hot & spicy cheddar crackers to give this mix some extra spunky flavor.  You can...