Say Goodbye to Pie- Recipes with a twist to the traditional dessert

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Pumpkin is the spice of Fall life. A Thanksgiving table isn’t complete without something sweet to finish off the meal.  Tradition would tell you that something would be a pumpkin pie. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE a good pumpkin pie. I have very fond childhood  memories of taking slices that were way too big and topping it off with way too much whipped cream. It’s a staple dessert for a reason- it’s sure to satisfy just about anyone. But I’m ready to think outside the pie crust! It’s time to expand my pumpkin horizons. Here are a few mouthwatering recipes that will not disappoint!

Pumpkin Roll

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Can you believe this one only takes 25 min to make? Created by Give Me Some Oven.

 

Pumpkin Scones

529460499603f4413177c727cce99f69Ohhh a Starbucks Copycat Scone?! Yes, PLEASE! Check it out on Damn Delicious.

 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

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You’ll basically be the hero of the holiday if you show up with this cake. Get the recipe at Lil Luna.

Pumpkin Fudge

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Guys, this one is HEALTHY! So you automatically get to eat twice as much! Via Big Mans World.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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The cream cheese frosting is the icing on top of this perfect cupcake! Made by The Busy Baker.

No Bake Pumkpin Cheesecake

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How moist and delicious does that look? And it’s a no bake! That’s a winner in my book! get the recipe from Creole Contessa.

Pumpkin Carmel Poke Cake

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Are you drooling yet? Made by Averie Cooks.

Pumpkin Cannoli

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These look almost too perfect to eat. But I promise that won’t stop you! Via A Treats Affair.

Pumpkin Delight

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Lil Luna is officially a master of all things pumpkin. See her recipe here.


Copycat Carrabba’s Chicken Gratella Recipe

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I’m going to be honest with you, I’ve made this recipe twice now. The first time, things didn’t turn out so well. Now the second time around, well, let’s just say I redeemed myself so much that it will be making a regular appearance in our household. Here’s where I goofed up first time. I didn’t have a food processor. The paste was no where near paste consistency and didn’t do well on the grill. I had a few other recipes and concoctions I wanted to make that called for a food processor so I finally gave in and bought one. So worth it! If you don’t have one, consider it an investment in your cooking skills. The recipe honestly won’t turn out right unless you have something to bring your spices to a paste.

Anyways, here’s how to whip up this infamous Carrabba’s dish:

You will need:

1⁄2 cup fresh basil leaf
1⁄4 cup garlic clove
1⁄3 cup fresh mint leaves
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
3⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano
3⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
3 lbs chicken breasts

Place the basil, garlic, mint, salt, pepper, and oregano in your food processor until mixture turns into a paste.
Place the paste into a mason jar with the olive oil, lemon juice, and vinegar.
Place in the refrigerator until you are ready to marinate your chicken. I made my paste the night before serving and let it chill the entire day.
When you are ready to marinate, bring the paste to room temperature. The spices will have settled in the olive oil so be sure to shake it up!
Lightly coat the chicken breasts with paste on both sides, add salt and pepper to taste and place on hot grill. Don’t use all the paste! We will be adding more later!
Cook until thoroughly cooked and add remaining paste for added flavor!

You won’t even be able to tell if wasn’t served up in the restaurant!

Happy cooking!

 

5 Ingredient Turkey Meatballs

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It seems like forever ago that ground turkey because a replacement for all things ground beef. It’s the perfect healthier option for so many of my favorite dishes. Spaghetti and meatballs is a no brainer, but I recently made these for meatball sliders and they were a HUGE hit! I anticipated having left over for the next day but not the case! I wasn’t complaining though! I love a home run recipe!

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1lb ground turkey (I always go with 93% lean, 97% tends to be get a little dry in my opinion)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs garlic powder
  • 2 tbs onion powder
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Add all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Divide the meatballs into 12-24 balls. For sliders, I make an equal amount to the number of buns. For spaghetti I make them a bit smaller.
  4. Place meatballs on cookie sheet lined with foil.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top of your meatballs turns slightly brown.

Easy Peasy! I can usually fix these up, start boiling the past about half way though the cook time and have an entire spaghetti dinner ready in about half an hour!

Also check out the best steak seasoning ever! It’s another quick and easy way to serve up a mouth watering meal!

Happy Cooking!

 

 

 

Five MUST MAKE Cookies for this Fall

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Holidays always mean tons of baking! With a new baby I want to be sure any time I am able to spend in the kitchen is on a knock-it-out-of-the-park cookie recipe! These have all proven to be just that.  If you aren’t drooling by the time you scroll to the bottom of the page then you cannot be human. Here are my favorite cookies and the MUST MAKES for this holiday season! Enjoy!

 

  1. Apple Butter Snickerdoodle from Crazy for Crust.

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Apple butter and snickerdoodle. Could there be a more perfect match up for a Fall sweet? Probably not!

2. Mini Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies by Sweet Sugar Belle.

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OK so mine did not look exactly like this. Sweet Sugar Belle is a  sugar cookie master and her cookie are proof. But the point of baking Fall cookies isn’t perfection, it’s the fun memories. And that’s exactly what we created when making these sweets. Get the kiddos involved in this one! The piping doesn’t require expertise skill set and you cant mess them up too much!


3. Pecan Pie cookies from Spend with Pennies.

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If you need to take a minute to collect your self at the sight of all this sweetness, go ahead. I’ll take a break too and enjoy another one of these bad boys. Seriously, they taste just as heavenly as they look. Make a double batch because they will be gone faster than you can bake a second batch!

3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Snikerdoodles from The Recipe Critic

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This twist on this cookie is the sweetest surprise. You look at it from the outside and this “wow, this looks tasty”. The you bite into it and its like your first Christmas gift came super early. It divine. You’ll thank me for telling you about it later. I’m sure your busy whipping up the first batch right about now.

5. Maple Brown Sugar Cookie from Sugar Spun Run

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I want to be clear that all these cookies had to be hella good in order to make the list, but this one… this one could be on a list of its own. The flavor is so… oh I’m at a loss for words. Just make them. You’ll understand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copycat IHOP Pancakes

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When I was pregnant with my daughter I frequented IHOP a few more times than I would be willing to admit. It was the pancakes that leered me in each and every time. I’ve tried for at least 2 solid minutes now to put my finger on what it is exactly that makes them so addicting. The butter flavor, the fact that they almost melt in your mouth? Who knows. Who cares. I just LOVE them. Which is why I about sprinted to my kitchen when I found this copy cat recipe. It’s spot on! You’d think I hired an IHOP chef to come to breakfast- but NOPE! It’s just me! You and your family will love them! Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour- sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (you can use regular milk if you want regular pancakes., but you need buttermilk if you want the real deal)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt to bowl.
  2. In separate bowl, mix eggs and buttermilk together. Add into flour mixture and stir until smooth.
  3. Mix in the butter and the sugar.
  4. Grease griddle and bring to a medium heat
  5. Scoop out about 1/4 a cup mixture for each pancake. Cook until golden brown on the edges and flip to cook other side.

Add some butter and pure maple syrup and enjoy your time in breakfast heaven! Happy Cooking!