Simply Awesome Caramel Apple Whoopie Pies

Simply Awesome Caramel Apple Whoopie Pies

A decadent confection reminiscent of caramel apples but easier to eat and oh so good! The cake uses apple sauce and the buttercream frosting has an infusion of caramel. For those adults out there a teaspoon of sea salt added to the final frosting mix will dance on your tongue- for sure!

Brimstone Bread

Brimstone Bread

This shockingly pitch black and fire red bread looks just like a glowing coal of brimstone. Made from hearty white bread topped with a crunchy layer of rice bread, these are guaranteed to be the highlight of any dinner spread.

Easy Creamy Chicken Dumplings

Easy Creamy Chicken Dumplings

Easy to make chicken dumpling recipe, that’s not soupy, but has thick and creamy taste. This recipe is so versatile, you can use bagged frozen dumpling noodles in place of the canned biscuits and get the same thick and creamy taste.

Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy

My favorite meal of all time is biscuits and gravy. I love it not only because it’s delicious, but for me, it has always provided the feeling of something constant. I’m a California-born, Japan-raised, daughter of a retired Marine from Michigan and a mother from the Philippines. I am not a child of the South, and by no means was destined to fall in love with this southern classic. So how did it happen? Christmas morning, every year, for as long as I can remember…

Penne Alla Vodka

Penne Alla Vodka

When I was stationed at Langley AFB, Va, there was a place in Newport News called Little Italy. It was a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant with some pretty good pizza. After going a couple times, I asked the server what her favorite meal was. She swore by the Penne Alla Vodka. I had never tried it before, but I was hooked after I did!! For those who don’t know, penne alla vodka is a penne pasta dish made with tomatoes, garlic, and vodka. Variations include the above ingredients in a cream sauce, which is how it was served at Little Italy. I went almost weekly to this place and ordered it with garlic knots. Even though this place served the best penne alla vodka, it wasn’t enough to keep the restaurant in business and they have closed.

It had been about 2 years since I left Virginia, and my friend Sassey posted a photo of pasta with a vodka sauce on social media. It was an instant flashback. I HAD to have penne alla vodka and garlic knots. Much to my surprise (and detrimental to my future diets), it is a cheap and easy dish to make and I usually have most of the ingredients in my kitchen.

Cranberry Orange Pecan Snickerdoodles

Cranberry Orange Pecan Snickerdoodles

This recipe starts with a basic snickerdoodle cookie that has been elevated with cranberries, orange zest and pecans added. After they are baked, they are dipped in melted white chocolate. This beautiful and delicious cookie is perfect for the holidays.

MINI SKILLET FRITTATAS

MINI SKILLET FRITTATAS

This frittata is loaded with eggs, meats, cheese, and veggies, then baked in a mini cast iron skillet. They make any breakfast a special event.

LOADED BREAKFAST PANINI

LOADED BREAKFAST PANINI

This loaded breakfast panini is a delicious, colorful way to start your day. Ham, bacon, egg, cheese, baby spinach, and tomato on toasted bread is perfection on a plate.