Halloween is just a week away and every year I love to make as many fun recipes as possible leading up to the holiday! So over the next week, I’m bringing you not one, but two, different takes on festive Halloween snack boards! This board is more along the lines of a traditional cheeseboard with the ingredients although I did make a few unexpected sweet additions! I tried to keep the overall color palette Halloween themed with plenty of pops of orange and lots of dark purple, chocolate, and bits of white. The end product is super bright + playful (not to mention tasty) and so perfect for celebrating Halloween!Read More
Well I couldn't wait any longer to make my first fall recipe of the season, especially with the amazing cool weather we've been having the past few days in Kentucky! I normally don't do much cooking when it comes to breakfast, unless it breakfast for dinner, but I do LOVE waffles! They are probably my favorite breakfast food, although I have to admit I hardly ever make them from scratch. These waffles are perfect because they're not overwhelmingly sweet and the crisp apples add just the right amount of brightness and fall flavor. They're also super easy and quick to make and something the whole family will love! Get all the ingredients and instructions for whipping these up below!
for the waffles (makes 4-6 waffles):
- 1 cup finely diced apple
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter - melted
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
for the bourbon syrup:
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 1/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- pinch of Salt
- 1 tablespoon Bourbon
1. Mix the first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Next add flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt and continue mixing until smooth.
2. Carefully pour the batter into a preheated and greased waffle iron. Cook until crisp, about 4-5 minutes a piece.
3. For the bourbon syrup: melt the 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour in the syrup and let it cook for 3-4 minutes, until the syrup is warmed all the way through. Remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, and bourbon.
4. Top waffles with some salted butter, drizzle of bourbon syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and powdered sugar!
Summer is the perfect time for homemade pizza piled high with fresh produce from the garden! This summer pizza features fresh roasted vegetables on top of a garlic butter pesto sauce base and smothered with plenty of melty cheese. I also added some bits of fresh basil on top for extra flavor and color. Overall this pizza is super light, flavorful, and bright and so perfect for an easy summer dinner! We got all our vegetables and basil from the local farmer's market and I used Trader Joe's fresh garlic and herb pizza dough which makes at-home pizza making so easy and delicious!Read More
I have lived in Kentucky my entire life and had never heard of "Kentucky Butter Cake." When I came across the recipe, I knew I had to try it. Kentucky AND butter? It just doesn't get much better than that! Thankfully it tastes just as good as it sounds. Think of a super moist pound cake with a rich, buttery taste. The sugary, bourbon glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness and creates a slightly crisp layer around the edges of the cake. As I've said in the past, I don't have much patience when it come to baking, but this recipe is super quick and easy. I was even able to use my new Nordicware Bundt Pan to make the cake look so pretty without any extra work!Read More
There are few things I love more for spring than a super bright, fresh salad. This burrata, asparagus, and prosciutto salad is the perfect appetizer spread for a crowd. but is also hearty enough to eat as a weeknight meal. Creamy burrata is topped with delicious basil pesto and layered on top of peppery arugula, roasted asparagus, salty prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, and perfectly sweet melon balls. The salad is served with a side of warm, crusty bread that is perfect for scooping up your favorite combination of ingredients. There are so many layers of flavor in this dish and possible combinations to try with each bite! We served this as an Easter brunch appetizer and it was the perfect starter for our meal. It's also SUPER quick and easy to throw together! I can see this being a regular meal this summer on the patio for sure!Read More
With Easter approaching this weekend, I decided to round up some unique and delicious ways to serve Easter brunch's most popular dish- deviled eggs. In the south, deviled eggs are a staple potluck item year round. I've included the classic southern recipe below, but also 5 different twists on the dish with different toppings and flavors. All are equally delicious and create quite a beautiful display when arranged all together!Read More
Winter is comfort food season! The freezing temps are a perfect excuse for cozying up with a warm bowl of soup or delicious casserole. I've rounded up 8 of my favorite cozy winter dinner recipes for you to try! These are all super quick and easy (as well as delicious) so you can't go wrong! Find all the details + the links to my top winter dinners below!
Potato casserole is the epitome of comfort food to me and such a perfect, warm meal for snowy and cold winter days. The recipe I use is super simple and has all of the delicious ingredients that you want in a casserole: bacon, cheese, sour cream, and lots of butter! It's topped with cornflakes tossed in melted butter (yes, MORE butter!) which adds the perfect amount of texture and crunch to the dish. Find the full recipe here.
This recipe is a bit of a twist on traditional Italian wedding soup that's just as comforting but super easy. I love the addition of hashbrown potatoes to thicken up the broth and add the right amount of texture. The mix of seasonings and cooked Italian sausage add so many levels of flavor. Find the full recipe here.
Ribs seem like a complicated dish but they are actually so easy to cook in the crockpot! I love this recipe because the red wine sauce is a delicious alternative to the usual barbecue sauce rib recipes, and I actually like the flavor way better! Find the full recipe here.
It's hard to find a low carb, comfort food recipe but this is definitely it! Layers of the most flavorful baked meatballs, tomato sauce, and melty cheese make this a family favorite. It's super easy to make and tastes great heated up as a leftover too. Find the full recipe here.
Potato soup is one of my favorite foods ever and this is my go-to recipe for the creamiest, most flavorful potato soup. I use shredded hashbrowns for an easy shortcut (and extra texture) as well as cream cheese to thicken up the soup to the perfect consistency! Find the full recipe here.
One of my favorite dishes ever is the Bella Original Penne Pesto from Bella Notte restaurant here in Lexington. Their penne pesto is a super simple dish with penne pasta, toasted pine nuts, grilled chicken, and the most wonderful fresh pesto sauce. It has been my secret project to try to imitate their delicious pesto sauce and I finally found the secret: BUTTER, and lots of it! I've also simplified the ingredients and steps as much as possible, to make this super easy and simple enough for a quick weeknight meal. Find the full recipe here.
This recipe contains only two ingredients and is just too easy and delicious not to put into your dinner roatation! The roasted red pepper and tomato soup used in this recipe is one of my favorite items from Trader Joe's that I always try to keep in the pantry. Find the full recipe here.
I'm always looking for easy and quick meals to make during the week and one of my go-to recipes is homemade french bread pizzas. You can whip these up in under 30 minutes and customize them with whatever toppings and ingredients you have in your fridge and pantry. Find the full recipe for these chicken Caesar french bread pizzas here.
Happy Halloween everyone! Today I'm cooking up the easiest and most delicious hot apple cider to hopefully keep us warm while waiting on trick or treaters tonight! It's perfect for chilly fall evenings but also super festive leading into winter and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as well. All you have to do is add all your ingredients to a crockpot and cook on low for a few hours! By the time you are ready to serve, all the flavors have combined and it is perfectly warm and ready to drink. This cider is full of fragrant spices and fresh sliced fruit too, so not only does it taste amazing but it also looks so pretty too! It makes an ideal party beverage for a crowd especially since you can whip it up so quickly and easily. Find all the ingredients and instructions for making your own below!