Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

October 9, 2011

Pin It 24 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup sour cream 1/3 cup corn starch 3 eggs 1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice OR 1 tsp cinnamon & 1 tsp. ginger 2 tsp vanilla-bean paste Toppings 1 1/2 cup pecans, chopped & toasted 1/3 cup white […]

Chocolate Monster Cookies

October 30, 2016

Pin ItThese cookies are the perfect treat for Halloween, it’s even fun for the kids to place the eyes where they think is fun. The addition of black food coloring makes them extra spooky. Few things to remember when making these – you need to freeze the cookies for 15-20 mins before baking, do not […]

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Sweet Tooth Bites

October 30, 2016

Pin ItMelt one 12-oz bag of chocolate chips over a double boiler you desire – I use Special Dark since I prefer dark chocolate. Using a small ice cream scoop, place one scoop onto a Silpat mat (I use my perfect cookie Silpat since it has measured circles on it as guides). Spread out the […]

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Black Velvet Bars

October 30, 2016

Pin ItThese cookies are the perfect treat for Halloween. The addition of black food coloring makes them extra spooky. 1/2 c. unsalted butter 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed (dark or light both work) 1 large egg 2 tbsp. milk 1 tsp. vanilla extact 1 tsp. black food coloring (optional) 1 tsp. […]

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Smores Donuts

July 28, 2016

Pin ItThis is an elevate riff on the cheater donut, and so worth it. I used a whole bag of chocolate chips, if you aren’t a big chocolate lover easily use half. 1 package Pillsbury Grands Biscuits 1 package graham crackers 3 eggs 10 oz. package chocolate chips 1/2 c. cream Preheat oil in whatever […]

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Strawberry Poptart Slab Pie

May 17, 2016

Pin ItA slab pie is simply a shallow pie that’s made in a rimmed baking sheet, usually a jelly roll pan. It feeds more revelers than a standard 9-inch pie. Here I used a classic slab pie recipe and transformed it into a large Poptart with icing and sprinkles. Slab Pie Crust 5 cups AP […]

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Sour Cream Raisin Pie

April 13, 2016

Pin It2 cups Sour cream 4 Egg yolks 1 3/4 cups Sugar 4 teaspoons Flour, heaping 1 1/2 cups Raisins 1 Baked single piecrust 12 medium Egg whites 1/4 teaspoon Cream of tartar, heaping 2 cups Powdered sugar Directions: To make filling: In heavy medium saucepan, stir sour cream & egg yolks together. Add sugar, […]

French Toast Fruit Roll-Ups

March 21, 2016

Pin ItThis is such an awesome blend of two great things – French toast and Fruit Roll-Ups. A little futzy to make – yet absolutely delicious. I think if you can have an extra set of helping hands – it’s a breeze. This recipe will make enough for four people, easily double it. For the […]

Toasted Coconut Banana Bread

March 17, 2016

Pin ItThis recipe is perfect for Spring and Summer entertaining. The toasted coconut gives it a rich flavor of the tropics. I bake this at a lower temperature as I want the bottom of my loaf to be as flat as possible since that is where I am going to put my icing and adhere […]

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Cobb Salad Dip

January 31, 2016

Pin ItThis is a riff on one of my favorite things to eat. It’s basically ranch dip on steroids. You can half this recipe if desired for a smaller crowd. For the corn, I saute it in some of the bacon grease after cooking the bacon to give it a bit of color. Served with […]

7 Layer Bar Cake

January 29, 2016

Pin It1 package graham crackers from box (any flavor) 1 c. chocolate chips 1 c. white chocolate chips 1 c. butterscotch chips 1 c. coconut flakes (I use unsweetened) 1 c. chopped pecans 1 boxed chocolate cake mix 8 oz. package cream cheese 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 lb. powdered sugar Preheat oven […]

Bangers and Mash Rolls with Onion Gravy

January 19, 2016

Pin ItFor this recipe you can use any type of sausage you prefer, from brats to hot Italian. I choose to assemble this recipe as opposed to making the mashed potatoes since it makes light of the work. 8 sausage links 1 box frozen puff pastry 1 container country-style mashed potatoes 1 egg 2 packages […]

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Cranberry Rosemary Moscow Mule

December 22, 2015

Pin ItHere is a Christmas twist on the Moscow Mule, by incorporating cranberry sauce and fresh rosemary. I make a batch of my cider cranberry sauce, let it cool, then puree in the blender until smooth. The hammered copper mugs are from www.PaykocImports.com Muddle 3 1/8’s of a lime in the bottom of your mug […]

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WGN Guys Gifts Worthy of a Legend

December 14, 2015

Pin ItMonster 24K Headphones – $300/Free Shipping Monster 24k™ over-ear headphones get you as close to the sound as possible – unmatched in clarity and depth, hand-tuned with the precision to blow you away. These DJ headphones have swiveling earcups, plus Monster’s advanced technology and 24k sound that together kick your tunes to a whole […]

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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

November 26, 2015

Pin ItI recently was at a wedding where they had something similar, yet was not satisfied with the outcome – I knew there was a better way. Fresh pineapple was the answer to this quandary, as the canned got lost. Ripe pineapple is important here so you get the sweet. To cut the pineapple the […]

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Everything Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

November 26, 2015

Pin ItThis recipes takes those Hawaiian rolls and transforms them into food for a crown – the best part of about them, is that you make ahead and bake later. You can use the whichever variety of roll you prefer, I chose the sweet Hawaiian. Also, I topped this with my everything mix that I […]

Pumpkin Silk Pie

November 23, 2015

Pin ItThis is the perfect pumpkin pie for those of you afraid to make pumpkin pie. The only baking requires is the gingerbread cookie crust, which takes five minutes – it’s a breeze. The recipe uses a springform pan, yet you could make this in a pie pan, square or round cake pan too – […]

Pumpkin Twinkies

November 19, 2015

Pin It8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 c. brown sugar 4 eggs 1 – 15 oz. can pumpkin puree 1.5 c. buttermilk 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 2 c. AP flour Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prep two Wilton Delactovals Pans with BAk-klene. Cream […]

Gingerbread Twinkies

November 19, 2015

Pin It8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 c. brown sugar 4 eggs 3/4 c. molasses 1.5 c. buttermilk 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. cinnamon 2 tsp. ginger 1/4 tsp. cardamom 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 2 c. AP flour Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prep two Wilton Delactovals Pans […]

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Wonderful Fruitcake

November 5, 2015

Pin ItWhat most people do not realize is that the cake part of fruitcake is there to keep all the delicious morsels of fruit, nuts and in my case – chocolate, held together. Fruitcake is not meant to be cakey in texture at all – no sponge action happening here. This is a twist on […]

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Jerk Chicken Chili with Coconut Cinnamon Rice

November 5, 2015

Pin ItThis was my other pick for the Crosslake Days Chili Contest, submitted by Tina Pierce of Zorbaz restaurant. This chili was outstanding, such an interesting twist on what we know to be a true chili here in the Midwest. When it was served that day, it also was accompanied by a mango salsa – […]

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Ernie’s Chili

November 5, 2015

Pin ItI was a judge for the Crosslake Chili Contest this year and this is the Judges Choice Winning Recipe, which was from Edina Realty – yet the origins are from Ernie’s on Gull, which is famous for their Greenie. 2 tbsp. olive oil 2.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 stick butter 1 green […]

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Heirloom Tomato Tart

September 14, 2015

Pin ItThis tart really showcases all of my heirloom tomatoes, and is such an amazing addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner. For the crust, feel free to make from scratch or use store-bought dough – regardless, you will need to blind bake and cool your dough into a 10″ tart pan, or something similar in […]

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Choco Tacos

September 14, 2015

Pin ItThese are a secret addiction of mine. I’m not an ice cream fan, unless you put it in something – then for some reason I’m all over it. The secret to these is using the ice cream from the supermarket with the oblong packaging, and a sharp, serrated knife. From start to finish, this […]

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut Bars

September 9, 2015

Pin ItThese bars are a take on seven layer bars, with peanut butter and jelly as the inspiration. The futzy part of making these is getting the dough on top of the donuts. If you are using fresh jelly donuts from the supermarket for this recipe – the granulated sugar variety work best, although you […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheater Donuts

September 9, 2015

Pin ItPillsbury Grands Flaky Layers biscuits make this a snap. Dusted with granulated or powdered sugar, these are sure to be a hit with everyone, not just the kids. Divide each biscuit in half by pulling the layers apart. Place 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tbsp jam into the middle of each half. I […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Icebox Cookies

September 9, 2015

Pin ItThese old-fashioned cookies get a revamp using peanut butter and jelly as the inspiration. You can use smooth or chunky peanut butter, or a combination of the two, especially if you double the recipe. You can easily use Sunflower butter as an alternative to this recipe as well. 3/4 c. sugar 3/4 c. brown […]

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Pull Apart Bread

September 9, 2015

Pin ItThis recipe is made effortless by using Pillsbury Grands Flaky Biscuits. The container of biscuits has six, so you need to gently pull each biscuit apart by gently pulling it in half. 1 can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits Smooth Peanut Butter Jam of choice – I used strawberry Sanding Sugar Preheat oven to […]

Watermelon Lemonade

July 23, 2015

Pin It6 large lemons 6 c. water 1 1/2 c. sugar 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 4 c. chopped watermelon 1 cup water Ice Squeeze juice from lemons to equal 2 cups; reserve four squeezed lemons. Bring 6 cups water, sugar, and kosher salt to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add reserved lemons. Cool; […]

Sweet and Spicy Watermelon Salad

July 23, 2015

Pin It1/2 c. hot pepper jelly 1 tbsp. lime zest 1/4 c. fresh lime juice 2 c. seeded and diced fresh watermelon 1 peach, peeled and diced 1/3 c. chopped fresh basil 1/3 c. chopped fresh chives 3 c. small tomatoes, halved Salt and freshly ground pepper Whisk together pepper jelly, lime zest, and lime […]

Watermelon Steak Salad

July 23, 2015

Pin It1 medium-size red onion, sliced 1 c. seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tbsp. sugar 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 c. water 12 c. assorted tender salad greens 1 c. crumbled Cotija or feta cheese Smoky Dijon Dressing – recipe follows 8 – (1 1/4-inch-thick) chilled seedless watermelon slices, rinds removed […]

Cinnamon Sugared Crock Pot Almonds

June 17, 2015

Pin It1 c. sugar 1 c. brown sugar 3 tbsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. salt 1 egg white 2 tsp. vanilla 3 c. almonds 1/8 c. water In a bowl, whisk egg white and vanilla until it begins to get a little frothy. Stir in your almonds until the are all coated in the egg white […]

Hoisin BBQ Crock Pot Meatballs

June 17, 2015

Pin ItThis recipe is a little fussy, yet it’s worth it. When making the meatballs, it is important to let them sit for the five minutes so the panko can soak up the liquid. The dough will still be slightly loose, yet once you bake them off they come together nicely. You can easily half […]