Eggplant Parmesan Boats

If you like eggplant parmesan, you will love the simplicity and deliciousness of this recipe from The Food network cooking show, The Kitchen – Eggplant Parmesan Boats . These make for a great side dish or the main meal for a meatless option. So simple, add the olive oil, spices, roast the eggplant, dollop on the marinara sauce (we love Rao’s), add the shredded mozzarella and the parmesan, stick back in the oven until the cheese is nice and bubbly! Enjoy!

NOTE: Be sure to prep your eggplant to get all the water out. Cut the eggplant in halve, score the eggplant flesh, do not cut into the skin. Salt the surface and let it rest for 30 minutes. You will be amazed at how much moisture come out. Wipe dry and you are ready to add your spices and roast.

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Ghirardelli White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies

Delicious cookie just perfect for the holidays! Ghirardelli White Chocolate morsels and Macadamia nut cookies. Found one recipe on the side of the Ghirardelli morsels and this one is much the same. Have fun! Enjoy.

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Kentucky Bourbon Balls

A holiday favorite, Kentucky Bourbon Balls! This sweet treat is simple to make and great to enjoy over the holidays. I have made these for decades and lost my original recipe and found this one to be close, just add 1/4 tsp of lemon juice for the real deal. Always soak the pecans for a day + so the bourbon is soaked into the nut pieces for a finer finish. Enjoy this sweet Kentucky delicacy! Goes great with a lovely dark roast coffee. A real treat. Enjoy!

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Golden Buttery Peanut Brittle

We have not made peanut brittle in years! My grandmother in law always made the best peanut brittle at the holidays. So this holiday season, why not! Right! We are stuck at home, so let’s cook. You simply have to have a candy thermometer to make the brittle easy and correct for a perfect finish. Yum. Enjoy!

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Peppermint Meringues

Simple and delicious Peppermint Meringues – sure to please every crowd! Place the meringue mixture into a plastic storage bag, clip one corner and pipe quarter size mounds onto the foil or parchment paper. Top with crushed candy canes. Bake and you have a beautiful holiday treat! Merry Christmas. Enjoy…..

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Crispy Chicken Parmesan

A delicious combination of two recipes from by favorite food blogs: Crispy Chicken Parmesan from Cafe Delites and Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken from Spend With Pennies….

We used the ingredients for the chicken from Cafe Delites, loved all the combinations of panko, bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, parmesan, onion powder…. and baked it using Spend with Pennies suggestion. Turned out beautiful, crispy and rich in color.

We used RAO’s marinara sauce – our bottled favorite!

And dressed it up with Cafe Delite’s fresh mozzarella (we used burrata – extra creamy), parmesan and basil.

This is good! Enjoy….

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Peanut Butter White Chocolate Pretzels

Want to make the “Legendary Muddy Buddies” a Chrissy Teigen and John Legend classic spin on the original Chex party mix, but could not find the peanut butter white chocolate pretzels! So make them myself. Easy peasy…. found a great recipe on the Butter with a Side of Bread cooking blog. Great name right, I can relate! A little bread with the butter is always perfect! So back to the pretzels! Great recipe, easy to fix! And a real professional finish! Enjoy!

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French’s Crunchy Onion Chicken

Well, French’s original crispy onions are an iconic food classic, remember the green bean casserole we all grew up on! Try the Crunchy Onion Chicken! I added 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese. Oh, and a pinch of cornstarch in the egg makes it stick better. These baked up nice and crispy, beautiful color and the chicken juicy and tender. We served over romaine lettuce, some shredded parmesan cheese, roasted fresh grape tomatoes and a little ceasar dressing! Great weekend night treat. Enjoy.

Roasted fresh grape tomatoes: Cut one pint or more (they cook up so more the merrier) of grape tomatoes in half lengthwise. Allow to rest for 30 minutes to allow some of the liquid to drain off. Prep a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Season the tomatoes with your favorite seasonings. We use thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Spray the tomatoes lightly with the cooking spray. Cook at 400 degrees, 30 minutes, or until they have some nice char color. Enjoy.

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Perfect Baked Cod

A delicious recipe for Cod, Perfect Baked Cod from Delish, one of my favorite cooking sites to visit. A great combination of fresh garlic, grape tomatoes, fresh thyme and olive oil (we recommend Olive Press in Napa Valley – delicious) all thrown together, cod placed on top and away you go to a great entree! We served over cauliflower mash. Deliciousness from Delish! Enjoy!

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Chicken with Apple, Onion and Cider Sauce

This recipe from the Food Network caught my attention, Chicken with Apple, Onion and Cider Sauce and it is delicious! I doubled down on the apple, onion and sauce. Great combination of flavors, so easy to prepare. The red onion and apple combo just made this dish. Excellent entree! Enjoy!

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