Sweet Spicy Slow Cooker Nuts

Sweet Spicy Slow Cooker Nuts

One thing I do love around the holidays is these salty, sweet nuts with just a bit of a kick to them. They’re a little sugary, a little salty, slightly spicy, crunchy and just divine. And Sweet Spicy Slow Cooker Nuts are pretty much addictive.

Sweet Spicy Slow Cooker Nuts

Sweet Spicy Slow Cooker Nuts

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Easy Homemade Boursin Cheese

Easy Homemade Boursin Cheese

Are you a fan of Boursin Cheese? If you’re not familiar, Boursin Cheese is a rich, creamy, herby blend of Gournay Cheese developed in Normandy, France. And while I’m a fan of Boursin Cheese, what I’m not a fan of is the price…so for the upcoming Holidays, I thought I’d make a knock-off. So here’s an Easy Homemade Boursin Cheese that’s going to be perfect for snacking with crackers, as an appetizer or maybe an addition to your cheese board.

Easy Homemade Boursin Cheese

Easy Homemade Boursin Cheese

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Spiced Mulled Wine

Spiced Mulled Wine

When I was young and living in the Colorado Rockies, in the tiny little village of Georgetown, I had “Spiced” or Mulled Wine for the first time. I can’t think of any recipe that says “Holiday” more than warm spiced wine on a wintery day. It doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday with family and/or friends in the cabin or on a ski or snowmobile trip, or a home-based gathering like Thanksgiving or Christmas, Spiced Mulled Wine makes the party!

Spiced Mulled Wine

Spiced Mulled Wine

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Chocolate Glazed Tart

Chocolate Glazed Tart

Every once in a while you’ll come across a dessert recipe that’s so delicious. so rich and so fancy looking but is so easy it will make you look like a genius. That’s this recipe. I swear you’re gonna be a hero when you lay this Chocolate Glazed Tart out on the table.

Chocolate Glazed Tart

Chocolate Glazed Tart

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Make-Ahead Slow Cooker or Oven Mashed Potatoes

Make-Ahead Slow Cooker or Oven Mashed Potatoes

Ok, so will you guys kill me if I post two mashed potatoes recipes in the same week? I probably could have done with some better timing but with Thanksgiving (and Christmas soon after) looming and mashed potatoes such an important part of the meal, I wanted to get this Make-Ahead Slow Cooker or Oven Mashed Potatoes recipe out. And not to worry, I have a teaser – a beautiful, easy and feast worthy Chocolate Tart coming up along with a couple of fun Thanksgiving-y recipes.

Make-Ahead Slow Cooker or Oven Mashed Potatoes

Make-Ahead Slow Cooker or Oven Mashed Potatoes

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Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Creamy Horseradish Sauce

You know the other day, I posted out my recipe for Poor Man’s Mock Prime Rib, and I wanted to get you my recipe for Creamy Horseradish Sauce to go with it. I know Thanksgiving is looming and I have a few recipes coming up, but I wanted to tie up this loose end, first. Just as a teaser, don’t forget to watch for my easy and outstanding chocolate tart, because the Holidays can’t be all about the pumpkin!

Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Creamy Horseradish Sauce

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Best Company Mashed Potatoes

Best Company Mashed Potatoes

For everyday old dinners, I usually make my plain old mashed potatoes, I call them Simple Rustic Mashed Potatoes. They’re super easy, pretty lean and I don’t even peel them. Sometimes I make my Perfect Instant Pot Potatoes, too. They’re a great mashed potato. But when Company comes or a Holiday rolls around, I pull out all the stops and make my best ones: Best Company Mashed Potatoes.

Best Company Mashed Potatoes

Best Company Mashed Potatoes

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Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Gosh, do I love me some Brussels Sprouts. They’ve always been a fave, and especially my Bacon Brussels Sprouts. I mean c’mon! But man or woman cannot live on just Bacon Brussels Sprouts, sometimes you need to shake things up a bit, and so here’s a sweet little recipe for Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce.

Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

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Poor Man's Mock Prime Rib

Poor Man’s Mock Prime Rib

It’s been a long time since I’ve made a roast. I mean a real roast, in the oven. I did do a 30 Minute Instant Pot Roast, which was fun, but that was way back in January. So when I saw roast on sale this last week I decided it was about time to try another. Now Prime Rib isn’t in my budget, and truthfully, neither is a Standing Rib Roast but here’s my go-to method to take a cheap, grocery store roast and make it taste better, kind of a Poor Man’s Mock Prime Rib.

Poor Man's Mock Prime Rib, Ruth's Chris Potatoes au Gratin, Restaurant Style Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Caper Sauce

Poor Man’s Mock Prime Rib, Ruth’s Chris Potatoes au Gratin, Restaurant Style Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Caper Sauce

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Ruth's Chris Potatoes au Gratin Copycat

Ruth’s Chris Potatoes au Gratin Copycat

I don’t know about you, but eating at steakhouses isn’t my wheelhouse. So when I go to one, I read every inch of the menu and agonize over just the right choice of steak and sides to maximize my experience! (And then I hate it if someone else orders something that looks better than what I have, lol!) And while I enjoy the steak, what makes it for me is the au gratin potatoes. My daughter takes after me because she was out for a special dinner with her sweetie, and what Jess raved about the next day wasn’t the steak, it was Ruth’s Chris Potatoes au Gratin.

 

Ruth's Chris Potatoes au Gratin Copycat make individual or one large casserole.

Ruth’s Chris Potatoes au Gratin Copycat make individual or one large casserole.

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Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Halloween’s over and if you live in the US, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving means, among other things, Pumpkin Pie. I get excited about Pumpkin Pie because it’s something I make for Thanksgiving and don’t think to make any other time of year. Mine are always homemade and sometimes they’re made with my Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree.

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

When I worked on my family history, I was surprised to find out how many Pennsylvania Dutch & Amish ancestors I had. Of course, those ancestors multiply quickly as you work back. You start with 4 grandparents, then 8 great, then 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and by the time you get back a few more generations you realize that you’re related to half the people in the US! Our good neighbor in South Dakota was a 9th cousin! Hi Auntie Mary! But what I’m getting at I’m wondering if I have a predisposition for the sweet/sour flavors so often found in Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, and especially this Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon? Is there a gene for that?

Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

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Vietnamese Beef & Potatoes Bo Xao Khoai Tay

Vietnamese Beef & Potatoes Bo Xao Khoai Tay

I’ve seen quite a few versions of Stir-Fried Beef & Potatoes and quite a few photos, and this recipe for my version, Vietnamese Beef & Potatoes Bo Xao Khoai Tay seems to be different. It’s how the Chef at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in the Twin Cities makes their Vietnamese Beef & Potatoes and it is utterly crave-worthy!

Vietnamese Beef & Potatoes Bo Xao Khoai Tay

Vietnamese Beef & Potatoes Bo Xao Khoai Tay

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake with Mom's Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

Happy Halloween, ya’ll!! I made you a cake! Tis the season, isn’t it for everything and anything Pumpkin Spice. Ummmm, Guilty! Sometimes Pumpkin Spice can get a little old, but not this cake. This Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake has a special blend of warm fall spices with just a bit of a kick from a touch of black pepper.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

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The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Believe me, I sympathize with parents on Halloween. It’s gotta be one of the most fun holidays, but man can it be hectic, especially if the celebration isn’t on a weekend. And it’s just not enough anymore to toss a sheet on your kid and send them out in the world with a pillowcase! Heck, Halloween hardly seems the time to make anything, let alone the Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Minnesota Cassoulet "Bean Pot"

Minnesota Cassoulet “Bean Pot”

It’s easy to always think about St. Paul & Minneapolis, the Twin Cities, as a Swedish/Norwegian city and we do have a large population. Maybe our weather made them feel at home. But it’s just as easy to forget that our earliest settlements were French and/or French Canadian. So in honor of our French, here’s a “Bean Pot” or if ya want to be fancier, I’ll just call this a Minnesota Cassoulet Bean Pot.

Minnesota Cassoulet "Bean Pot"

Minnesota Cassoulet “Bean Pot”

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Halloween Pretzel Monsters

Halloween Pretzel Monsters

I’ve been seeing little Monsters all over the Internet now that Halloween is looming, and I couldn’t resist trying my hand at them. And no, these aren’t scary Monsters! They’re adorable and they’re Halloween Pretzel Monsters, made with pretzels of course and some fun Candy Melts.

Halloween Pretzel Monsters

Halloween Pretzel Monsters

The combo of the Salty Pretzels and sweet, almost white chocolate candy melts made for a tasty treat! They’re surprisingly good salty/sweet deliciousness. And I learned a few things along the way when making these Halloween Pretzel Monsters.

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Leftover Oatmeal Muffins

Leftover Oatmeal Muffins

So awhile back, I made a bunch of Steel Cut Oatmeal in my Instant Pot, looking for just the right combination of time & ingredients to get my Best Instant Pot Oatmeal. And I love oatmeal and ate a lot, but still had some leftover! So I made a few things with it. Some cookies that were a total fail, a little experiment with a copycat Taco Bell meat recipe (yuck!) and these Leftover Oatmeal Muffins. Well, the third time was a charm.

Leftover Oatmeal Muffins

Leftover Oatmeal Muffins

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Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn

Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn

As far as a frugal snack, there’s not much that beats out popcorn. That is if you’re ditching the boxes of the microwave stuff and sticking with a bag or a jar of kernels and making your own Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn. Yanno, microwave popcorn packets are the biggest rip-off since instant oatmeal packets. Hey, it HAD to be said! I mean really, what’s going to be next? Bottled water, lol?!

Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn

Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn

 

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Chocolate Dipped Halloween Spiders

Chocolate Dipped Halloween Spiders

This Halloween season I’m really missing my grandkids. It didn’t help that I watched a stupid show on the Hallmark Channel. Well, maybe not stupid, but I’m calling it that because it got me all teary eyed. You probably know the kind of show I mean. It was Halloween. The nanny won over the kids, they all fell in love, then Dad came around for the ride. So I got to thinking about what I would like to make with my grandkids and these Chocolate Dipped Halloween Spiders won my heart.

Chocolate Dipped Halloween Spiders

Chocolate Dipped Halloween Spiders

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Juicy Lucyfer Slider

Juicy Lucyfer Sliders

I really have been in fun food mode, especially with Halloween coming up and fall here. See, in the summer most of us Minnesotans are out doing whatever we can to take advantage of the weather, but when fall comes we like to tuck in and party at home. Or at least I do! And especially if I have Juicy Lucyfer Sliders.

Juicy Lucifer Sliders

Juicy Lucyfer Sliders – this is just so you can see the inside but never ever cut your juicy lucy!

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Easiest Supreme Sauce

Easiest Supreme Sauce

It wasn’t until I made my Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders the other day that I remembered how much I really do love the flavors of Chicken Cordon Bleu. And one of the things I love about Chicken Cordon Bleu is the sauce that’s traditionally served with it. It’s known as a Supreme Sauce, and it’s rich chickeny creamy deliciousness. I promised I’d post a recipe for you to go with those sliders, so here’s the Easiest Supreme Sauce.

Easiest Supreme Sauce

Easiest Supreme Sauce

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

Goodness knows I’m not a huge sports fan. I just don’t have the attention span to sit and follow most things on TV. Unless maybe it’s food related, lol! But yanno what I can get behind on game day? The food! There’s just something about the fun party food that shows up around every football party, and these Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders are the perfect example of fun food.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

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