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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Creamy Apple & Cider Pork Chops

Creamy Apple & Cider Pork Chops

I really am not ready for summer to end – but I was a little consoled with this dish, Creamy Apple & Cider Pork Chops. Ya gotta love a recipe that tastes divine, looks great and is perfect for company but quick & easy enough to pull off on any old weeknight for family dinner! And it’s even better when it’s a dinner that’s so good you’ll want to lick your plate clean!

Apple & Cider Pork Chops with Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes & Simply Steamed Broccoli

Apple & Cider Pork Chops with Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes & Simply Steamed Broccoli

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McMullan's Irish Nachos, loaded with 2 cheeses and corned beef, topped with pickled jalapenos & sour cream

McMullan’s Irish Nachos

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!! I’ve actually been cooking Irish recipes all week, but the standout is these potato nachos, in the style of McMullen’s Pub, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. So there’s the name:  McMullan’s Irish Nachos. These are crispy, crunchy homemade potato chips loaded with cheese, crisped corned beef or other protein of choice, and pickled jalapenos. And sour cream, if you don’t forget to add it like I did before I took pics!

McMullan's Irish Nachos, loaded with 2 cheeses and corned beef, topped with pickled jalapenos & sour cream

McMullan’s Irish Nachos, loaded with 2 cheeses and corned beef, topped with pickled jalapenos & sour cream

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Grilled Mexican Style Street Corn

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn - grilled for 8 minutes, then slathered in a spicy, cheesy mix! A favorite.

Maybe the world doesn’t need another post on “Grilled Mexican Street Corn” or what is really our American version based off of the classic “Elotes.” I do, though – or else I’m hitting up sites when I’m making dinner, trying to find the particulars.

Grilled Mexican Style Street Corn

Grilled Mexican Style Street Corn

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Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

We seem to be having Cinco de Mayo week rather than just a day here at the Frugal household! Really, the three previous posts are all leading up to this very special recipe, Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso. What can I say? This is a masterpiece. I wish I could have gotten this recipe to you before the holiday, but make it anytime or pin it for later!

Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

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Raspberry filled Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Raspberry Filled Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream

These are luscious in the best possible way! Perfect with pink sprinkles for Valentines, but just as good anytime!!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is often thought of as the day we celebrate our sweetheart. Flowers, chocolate, cards and cupcakes are all appropriate. Yeah, see how I worked that Cupcake in? Slick, huh? In my defense, this is a Raspberry Filled Cupcake topped with Carlee’s White Chocolate Buttercream. It’s not to be missed.

Raspberry filled Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Raspberry filled Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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Classic Lipton's Onion Soup Dip

Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip

Did you grow up with this Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip made from Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix and Sour Cream? I did, and we considered it a real treat at our house. Served, of course, with Lay’s Potato Chips, the ridged ones. Or maybe it WAS Ruffles, as Kathryn pointed out in her comment. I don’t think Lay’s Wavy was out way back when in the ’60’s! I guess it doesn’t matter, because you can serve your Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip with either – or with other things, too. Maybe some veggies or those little crostini you can buy at the store. I dunno, whatever you want. I’ll have my Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix with chips!

Classic Lipton's Onion Soup Dip

French Onion Dip made with Home-Made Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix

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Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

This Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread has become a new fave at our house - maybe at yours, too?

I love that Quick Breads just seem to scream “good home cooking” don’t you? They’re great for all kinds of occasions: when company is dropping by, for brunch, or maybe to take to the office or to a family who needs a bit of a boost. This would make anyone feel better, at least while they’re eating it!

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

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Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Have I ever told you I’m nuts about Rhubarb? Ever since I was little – we kids used to take the old blue melamine sugar bowl (this is before we got the Corelle) and sit in the shade of our honeysuckle hedge and pull rhubarb, dip it in the sugar and take a bite. And repeat. Sweet & tart. Just like this Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake.

Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake

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Smoky Jalapeno Bacon Dip

Smoky Jalapeno Bacon Dip

When an opportunity to party rolls around, I like to pull out all the stops, don’t you? I’ll be finding opportunities to make this Smoky Jalapeno Bacon Dip. It’s positively addictive, all smoky bacon flavor spiked with the hot peppers and just a touch of vinegar for a subtle tang.

Smoky Jalapeno Bacon Dip

Smoky Jalapeno Bacon Dip

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Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

This Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce is one of my fave recipes and it came from leftover steak. Who has leftover steak, anyway? I don’t know about you, but certainly not at my house where steak is a bit of a rarity. At my folks? Yeah. Quite frequently. A love of beef (they live in ranching country) and smaller appetites often lead to a bit of steak that could easily languish in the fridge.

Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

Steak Chimichanga with Green Chili Verde Sauce

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Guest Post on Go Bake Yourself: Caramel Toffee Cheesecake

A little over a year ago, I was super excited to supply a Guest Post for CCU Uru of Go Bake Yourself, one of Australia’s premier bloggers. This week, when I remade this cheesecake, I updated with new photos and am reissuing this post so everyone can see it and maybe think about making it this Christmas! It is just so flippin’ good – make it, and you’re welcome!!! 🙂

Toffee Caramel Cheesecake, garnished with home-made Salted Cararmel and Milky Way Bars

Toffee Caramel Cheesecake, garnished with home-made Salted Cararmel and Milky Way Bars

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Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake with a Few Surprises!

Did you know the Bundt cake pan was developed in Minnesota? It’s true. You betcha. And guess what? This Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake was, too. By moi! It has a surprise inside: a Rum spiked Cream Cheese, Chocolate Chip Tunnel. And to take it to the next level, it has two glazes, and not your ordinary plain old tired glazes. Nope, nope, nope! This one has a Chocolate Ganache Glaze topped off by Rum Vanilla Glaze. Uff-dah!

Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake with a Rum Spiked Cream Cheese, Chocolate Chip Tunnel, Chocolate Ganache & Vanilla Rum Glazes

Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake with a Rum Spiked Cream Cheese, Chocolate Chip Tunnel, Chocolate Ganache & Vanilla Rum Glazes

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Crazy Broccoli Salad

So a friend of mine called yesterday and asked about Broccoli Salad. Yep. Broccoli Salad. You know it, that “Crazy” salad that’s rather ubiquitous and has been around forever! I first had it in the late 70’s…Fresh broccoli in a sweet tart dressing punctuated by crunchy cashews, chewy raisins and a bit of bacon.

Crazy Broccoli Salad

Crazy Broccoli Salad

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