Easy to make Holiday Pumpkin Bread with Dollar General

The Holidays are stressful enough without adding undue frustration to them by going crazy in the kitchen or spending a ton of unnecessary cash on ingredients you can find right at your local Dollar General Store.I don’t know about y’all but the Dollar General is my “Jam” yes that’s right I said it… I can go right on my smartphone at home or in the Dollar General parking lot and download the current coupons and be shopping for all my favorites.

My latest craving is for my Easy to Make Holiday Pumpkin Bread with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels; oh my goodness it’s deliciously easy to make. Just imagine all your favorite yummy fall ingredients in one loaf, sliced, topped with creamy real butter and a cup of hot steaming coffee and flavored cream. I might just have to proclaim it a little slice of heaven y’all.

You are going to love this deliciously moist, perfectly spiced Easy to Make Holiday Pumpkin bread. It's perfect for all the Fall and Winter Holidays with melting real butter and a steaming hot cup of coffee with your favorite creamer flavor by the warm fire with friends.I decided to drive down the road to my Dollar General which is literally about 1/2 of a mile from my house which makes it convenient and take advantage of the digital coupons they have for my shopping list today. Who doesn’t like saving money on all their favorite ingredients? Continue reading

Baked Rotini and Meatballs Casserole

Baked Rotini and Meatballs Casserole is the comfort food of any pasta and cheese lovers dreams, made with our favorite quality pasta, the families favorite hearty,thick, chunky homemade pasta sauce, delicious meatballs, and the cheesiest cheeses around. It just screams Delicious. This Baked Rotini and Meatballs turns any traditional pasta and meatballs into the most amazing baked cheesy casserole you will ever taste.

Be ready to have plenty of the Baked Rotini and Meatballs Casserole on hand to serve, because believe you me when I tell you that everyone always heads back to the Baked Rotini and Meatballs Casserole dish for seconds and yes sometimes thirds at our family dinner table. There’s just something about the combination of thick, rich, chunky, pasta sauce. with this huge meatballs, and gooey cheese that really get people going. at dinner.

Baked Rotini and Meatballs Casserole is the comfort food of any pasta and cheese lovers dreams, made with our favorite quality pasta, the families favorite hearty,thick, chunky homemade pasta sauce, delicious meatballs, and the cheesiest cheeses around. It just screams Delicious. This Baked Rotini and Meatballs turns any traditional pasta and meatballs into the most amazing baked cheesy casserole you will ever taste.Looking back these photos today,  I wish I had cleaned up the casserole dish a little for the photos, but really sometimes I think seeing real life is good for y’all readers. Let’s you know I am human too, I am messy, and it’s ok if you’re casserole looks a bit messy too. I mean, after all, we can’t be perfect all the time. can we? Continue reading

Southern-Style Ambrosia Salad

Years ago, the decadent sweet iconic dessert Southern Ambrosia Salad would  start as a simple 3 ingredient dessert recipe consisting of only freshly grated coconut , orange pulp or sliced oranges, and a bit of sugar, these days it has become the epic experience depending on who is in charge of making this vintage Southern Dessert.

My recipe for Ambrosia Salad is the very one my momma made on special occasions such as the Christmas holidays, potlucks, family gatherings in the summer, and so forth when we were children; laden with fluffy white marshmallows, sweet coconut flakes,  fresh pineapple chunks, juicy mandarin orange segments, homemade whipped cream and sour cream.

Did that girl just say, “Her momma used sour cream?” Oh yes, I most certainly did y’all, there would be no such thing as vanilla yogurt or cottage cheese added in this wonderful Southern concoction of my momma’s. Sour cream may be a little more fattening but you have no idea the delicious wonderful flavor it lends this wonderful dessert we fondly call Ambrosia Salad.

Southern Ambrosia Salad imageHave you ever wondered what the word “Ambrosia” means? If you were to look it up in the dictionary you would see it actually has a wonderful meaning that really seems so fitting for this fabulous  dessert salad we call Ambrosia Salad. Continue reading

Bratwurst Cheddar Potato Soup

One of the things I love about fall and winter is the endless variety of soups is, not only do they taste fantastic but warm my belly and soul on a chilly Fall day. Bratwurst Cheddar Potato Soup is a creamy, cheesy, thick, hearty soup that combines most of our husband’s favorite  man approved ingredients; quality grilled Bratwurst sausages, deliciously sharp Wisconsin-style cheddar cheese, and chunky potatoes simmered to perfection. It’s the perfect idea for lunch, dinner, or even Game night with the guys this fall and winter seasons.

How can you go wrong with ingredients like grilled Bratwurst, Wisconsin-Style Cheddar Cheese, and chunky potatoes? Bratwurst is definitely a big favorite with my husband and family, so when I make this thick, rich and creamy Bratwurst Cheddar Potato Soup it never lasts long at our dinner table and I am definitely betting it won’t last long on your dinner table either. Don’t be afraid to serve some extra freshly finely shredded cheddar cheese on the top at the dinner table it only makes this even more tempting to cheese lovers.

bratwurst-cheddar-potato-soupBratwurst is considered a type of German sausage made from veal, pork or beef. The name Bratwurst is from the Old High German, Brätwurst from brät-, meaning  finely chopped meat, and Wurst meaning, sausage, although in modern times German it is often associated with the verb braten, which means to pan fry or roast. Continue reading

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel and Walnuts + Giveaway

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel and Walnuts has to be one of the best cheesecakes, I have made to this date, with a thick, rich, creamy mixture of cream cheese, pumpkin, caramel, and walnuts that are spiced with nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice, the  texture and taste is perfect in every way.

Special thanks to my friends over at Simply Concord for providing the delicious Caramel Dip for my new recipe, as well as 6 more containers for my lovely readers to try out for themselves and see how wonderful Caramel Dip can taste; that has no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and is Non-GMO. Be sure to enter the giveaway below, so I can mail you a container of this fabulous tasting caramel dip.

Since the beginning  of time,  people have taken great strides in making the perfect cheesecake. Food historians will tell you the early methods of making cheesecake have been lost, however, we know that cheesecake was very a popular dish in ancient Greece. Small cheesecakes were also one of the many things served to athletes during the first Olympic Games held in 776 B.C. on the Isle of Delos.

pumpkin-cheese-cake-with-caramel-and-walnutsI am always amazed to read about the background and history of my favorite foods, especially something that dates back as far as cheesecake. I often wonder what the first cheesecakes tasted like, don’t you? I mean was the texture similar, was it different, what were the cooking methods used back then? One can only speculate as for the original cheesecakes, I am sure are a lost art long gone in this day and age. Continue reading

Cincinnati Chili Recipe and it’s many “Ways”

In the Roaring Twenties,  a new star would emerge on the food menu of the Cincinnati-based Empress Lunch Room owned by Greek immigrants Tom and John Kiradjieff, that recipe is what has been known for 90+ years as the famous Cincinnati Chili. A delightful iconic concoction made famous by its ingredients and Mediterranean vibe of flavors which included lean ground beef, beef stock, tomato paste, and a variety of  Mediterranean spices that were piled on top of a plate of spaghetti noodles and later topped with cheese, beans, and even onions in various spinoffs at other restaurants trying  copy the Empress Lunch Room’s famous recipe.

“Cincinnati Chili” has long been said to be a confusing encounter to those that have never had the pleasure of eating this Iconic dish made famous by the two Kiradjieff brothers.  Many unsuspecting folks expect the flavor to be like that of a Texas-Style chili,  or any type of chili for that fact. I’m sure they were confused by Mediterranean spices they were tasting in this Cincinnati Chili . You will either love the unique flavor like I do or simply hate it, but I really think given a fair chance you’ll fall in the love with Cincinnati Chili just like I did.

In the Roaring Twenties, a new star would emerge on the food menu of the Cincinnati-based Empress Lunch Room owned by Greek immigrants Tom and John Kiradjieff, that recipe is what has been known for 90+ years as the famous Cincinnati Chili. A delightful iconic concoction made famous by its ingredients and Mediterranean vibe of flavors which included lean ground beef, beef stock, tomato paste, and a variety of Mediterranean spices that were piled on top of a plate of spaghetti noodles and later topped with cheese, beans, and even onions in various spinoffs at other restaurants trying copy the Empress Lunch Room's famous recipe.

The Cincinnati Chili made famous by the brothers Tom and John Kiradjieff, would inspire Greek Nicholas Sarakatsannis, who worked at the Empress Lunch Room in the late 1920s, to open his own restaurant called Dixie Chili in Northern Kentucky, serving a version of the  Cincinnati Chili concocted by Tom and John. Then later the Cincinnati Chili would yet again inspire another worker from the restaurant, Nicholas Lambrinides, in 1949 to open Skyline Chili in Price Hill and serve his own spinoff of the popular recipe.

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Copycat Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken

What’s not to love about Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken? Honestly, I am probably one of the biggest Popeye’s Spicy Chickens fans out there to date. I adore the taste of that  spicy, perfectly seasoned, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside chicken so much that I had to do a copycat recipe for Popeye’s Spicy Chicken to share with y’all today. Trust me if you enjoy Popeye’s Spicy Chicken you are going to fall in love with this recipe for Copycat Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken.

On Popeye’s web page it says, “Over forty years ago in New Orléans, Louisiana, a taste sensation was born. What began with one small restaurant and one big idea turned into a craze that swept the nation and the world” ,  I  have to tell you I couldn’t agree more with that statement friends.

Popeye’s Mighty Good Fried Chicken was first opened in a suburb of New Orléans in St. Bernard Parish, on June 12, 1972, as “Chicken on the Run”, owned and operated by Mr. Copeland to compete against another well-known restaurant. In the beginning,  Al Copeland sold a more classic-style mild Southern fried chicken, however, business was a little on the slow side, and he realized he would have to sell a much spicier more kicked up version if they planned to impress the spice loving locals.

What’s not to love about Popeye’s Spicy Chicken? Honestly, I am probably one of the biggest Popeyes Spicy Chickens fans out there to date. I adore the taste of that spicy, perfectly seasoned, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside chicken so much that I had to do a copycat recipe for Popeyes Spicy Chicken to share with y’all today. Trust me if you enjoy Popeyes Spicy Chicken you are going to fall in love with this recipe.Southerners tend to fry, we will fry almost anything you can think of, okra, tomatoes, pickles, steaks, pork chops, and fried chicken just to name a few of our Southern fried Cuisines. Why do we fry so many foods you might ask? I might have to answer that with another question, have you ever eaten any of those items above fried? Ummm mmmm , then you already answered your own question after thinking about it for a few moments. It’s pretty darn good, isn’t it y’all? Continue reading