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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!


Cowboy Casserole

Lisa at The Cutting Edge of Ordinary inspired me  to make this dish after reading her hilariously titled post "Cowboy Casserole - looks like dog food - tastes delicious." I put my own twist on it to suit what I had in my pantry and in my freezer, but the basic idea is the same. It may not sound like much, but believe me, it is comforting and seriously delicious.

If you are anti canned soup, by all means, you can make homemade cream of mushroom soup at home. All you have to do is google a recipe. I for one have always liked them and I do not look down on anyone else who uses them. No food snobbery here! Okay, with that out of the way, are you ready for the recipe?

Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters

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I've been on a mission to try to use up items from the pantry before I make the big move to Montana next week. I had a full box of unopened corn flakes that I wasn't sure what to do with. I knew I could use them for Cornflake Crusted Chicken, but I'd still have a ton leftover to deal with.  When I came across this recipe at Sticky, Gooey, Cream, Chewy, which Susan called the 'Holycraptheseareamazing Cookies,' I knew I had hit the jackpot.

Basically what we are dealing with here is a chewy, delicious candy bar-esque dessert. The recipe makes a ton of cookies and it only has a few ingredients to boot. My family loved them and I bet your family will too. Ready for the recipe?


Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters
Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on how big you make them

1 cup sugar1 cup corn syrup1 jar (18 oz ounce) peanut butter, crunchy or smooth (I used creamy)6 cups corn flakes3 oz good quality chocolate of your choice
1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar and corn syrup …

Asparagus Gruyere Tart

It is time for my favorite foodie event, the Secret Recipe Club!

I came across the original recipe for this Asparagus Gruyere Tart from 'Chefanie Frasco' at The Chefanies while participating in a fun little foodie event, the Secret Recipe Club, which was created by Amanda at Amanda's Cookin'.

The idea of it is you are assigned a fellow food blogger each month, it is kept a secret of course, and you go to their food blog and pick a recipe (or more) to make. On the assigned date, everyone posts their creations and you go and visit and see all the goodies that were made. Sort of like a secret Santa, right?

My host who is organizing my group for this month is Tina from Moms Crazy Cooking. Thank you Tina for hosting!

The Chefanies is a combined blog of two ladies named Stephanie. In their words, "This blog is our spot to share our favorite recipes and the stories (and people) behind them.  We try to use only organic, seasonal (in California terms) and fresh …

Cinnasticks Copycat (aka Cinnamon Sticks)

I hope you are ready for an easy, tasty treat today. I made these Cinnasticks when I made the Cheesy Garlic Sticks and both were very well received. I think it is kinda fun to make these things at home instead of relying on delivery, but that is just me.

Most cinnamon stick recipes have you add the cinnamon sugar mixture to the dough and then bake it. In the past I had tried this, and while it was good, it made the topping a little crunchy and weird. This time around, inspired by a comment from a former Domino's employee on a recipe I saw on Food.com, I made my cinnamon sticks according to what the reviewer instructed.
Instead of adding the topping and baking, I brushed the dough with butter flavored oil, baked it, and after it came out of the oven warm I sprinkled it with a cinnamon sugar mixture, then followed up with the icing. 
The icing recipe is more of a throw it together and adjust as necessary. The original recipe called for an entire box of powdered sugar which seemed l…

Ham, Garlic and Herbs Cheeseball Spread - 5 Minute Appetizer

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A while back I made a delicious Ham, Scallion & Pecan Cheeseball from Squirrel Bakes. Of course being someone who doesn't plan ahead well, I didn't take any pictures and told myself I'd make it again and take some proper shots. As I was recently looking over the recipe again, I started to think of ways I could make the recipe come together even quicker. What I came up with was inspired by Squirrel Bakes, but with my own twist.

I knew this was going to be a difficult one to photograph in an appetizing manner. Ideally I would have styled it like Squirrel Bakes did, with a cheeseball covered in large pecans. For the individual crackers, I would have also added pecans on top. What can I say, it was about 11 at night and I was starving for a snack, so I whipped this up in a hurry. It may only take five minutes to make but it is seriously tasty. Ready for the recipe?

Breakfast Scramble Turnovers

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Warm and delicious breakfast turnovers. Ah, they are so darn good. It is wonderful how puff pastry transforms what might normally be a hum drum breakfast scramble into a hand held tasty treat.

One tip that I have for cooks who are looking to add more vegetables into their meals is to cook up a big pot of sliced onions and bell peppers until they are soft and the onions are caramelized. Let cool and store it in the fridge. Now they are ready to be added to pasta bakes, quesadillas, and breakfast turnovers like these. I happened to have spicy sausage to use up so I added that in with the vegetables and freshly shredded cheese. So good! Ready for the recipe?

Cold Tea Gingerbread with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

If I ever have my own bakery, this recipe is going on the menu. Delicious doesn't even begin to describe it. Moist and spicy with the pleasant tang of whipped cream cheese frosting. This recipe is from 1910 and from the amazing cookbook, Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters. Ready for the recipe?

Cheesy Garlic Sticks

All righty. Cheesy Garlic Sticks. I make them all the time. They are delicious, they only take a handful of ingredients, and often they are filling enough to make a meal out of on the cheap. I've tried a bunch of little tweaks to come up with what I think is the most delicious recipe for Cheesy Garlic Sticks. Ready for the recipe?

I don't make my own pizza dough. If you like making dough, by all means, go for it. I have yet to be satisfied with homemade pizza dough. So what I do is pick up premade pizza dough from Papa Murphys. It comes already rolled out, it is the 14" size, and is only $3! Compare this to pre-baked dough, which can run upwards of $6, and dough from a can, which I think tastes kinda gross. Note: From the comments on this post it has come to my attention that not all locations sell the dough premade, so you should call ahead and ask them if you don't want to waste a trip.

When you get your dough, it may need to be 'proofed', which just means …

Puppy Chow

You know it. You love it. It is a childhood classic. Ready for the recipe?