October 27th, 2014

Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Copycat)

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Are you ready for a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter night?  This rich and hearty Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana is amazing, and just as good as it is at the restaurant.  It’s loaded with sausage, bacon, and potatoes in a creamy soup blend.  Need I say more?


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Grab a bowl, fill it up and savor the moment!


Zuppa Toscana


6 slices bacon
1 pound ground Spicy Italian Sausage
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
48 ounces chicken broth
5 medium russet potatoes, washed and sliced 1/4 inches thick*
salt and

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October 23rd, 2014

Halloween Fun Favorites

Yikes – The Bewitching Hour is right around the corner.  If you’re still looking for last minute inspiration, we’ve updated our Halloween Favorites so we can help you brew up something special – whether it’s a treat to take to the little goblins at school, or grub for your ghoulish guests, you’re sure to find some spooktacular ideas from our fendish files to make this Halloween a real treat!


First, free printables for gifting:  school parties, hostess gifts, party favors, and tempting treats.

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October 21st, 2014

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins


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Blueberry Muffins are such a classic favorite.  They are wonderful hot out of the oven with butter melting on them, but they are also perfect to take for lunch or for a late-night or after-school snack.  And is there a better gift for welcoming new neighbors or as a special homemade gift?

These Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins are easy to put together, the key is browning the butter before you begin to give the muffins a richer, deeper flavor – perfect for fall.


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The butter only takes a few minutes, then you can mix these muffins

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October 17th, 2014

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

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How do you make a rich moist brownie even better?  Top it with creamy hazelnut cheesecake of course!  That’s right – Nutella Cheesecake Brownies.  {No worries – they are not hard! } These brownies are simple enough to make for the weekend, yet they are decadent enough to serve on your holiday buffet!


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Nutella Cheesecake Brownies


2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
8 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 13 ounce jar Nutella
1 1/4 cups butter, melted and cooled
2 8 ounce packages cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 325
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October 15th, 2014

Easy Crock Pot Jumbalaya

Easy Crock Pot Jumbalaya


Cooler fall weather renews my love for my crock pot!  I love knowing I can come home to a hot and delicious meal.  This Crock Pot Jumbalaya takes only a few minutes to put together and is overflowing with all kinds of good stuff- chicken, sausage, and shrimp, loaded with onions, peppers, celery and tomatoes – YUM, so much flavor in one bowl!  You can add a little or a lot more seasoning if you want to spice  things up more, or serve it with a bottle of your favorite hot sauce so everyone can adjust the heat themselves.

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Caramel Potatoes

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