Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Oven baked Buffalo Cauliflower is a simple appetizer that is great for parties. We love making this buffalo cauliflower recipe (with a side of Blue Cheese Dressing) and serving it alongside Jalapeno Poppers and other delicious appetizer recipes when we are entertaining!

Who doesn’t love all things buffalo-style? From buffalo chicken dip to buffalo hot wings, roasted buffalo cauliflower is the next big thing and this recipe tastes absolutely delicious!

Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower bites with ranch dip

Buffalo Sauce vs Hot Sauce

Buffalo Sauce is not the same as just plain ol’ hot sauce out of the bottle.  When you order buffalo wings in a restaurant, the sauce is generally 2 parts hot sauce to 1 part melted butter (that’s why they taste so darn good)!

Of course you can use a store bought Buffalo Sauce (I love Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce best). It has great flavor (and it doesn’t contain as much fat as a homemade sauce)!

Spicy vs. Mild

You can buy buffalo sauce in a bottle at the supermarket, or make delicious homemade buffalo sauce. If you’re going the store bought route, there are lots of different brands that have their own heat index and flavor profile.

If you have anyone in your group who can’t handle the spice, leave a few aside and season with salt and pepper and dip in a garlic aioli for another yummy variation!

How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower

This recipe is so easy because you only need one bowl and a plastic bag! To make baked buffalo cauliflower:

  1. Prep the cauliflower by cutting it into bite sized pieces and removing any leaves.
  2. Mix the coating ingredients together and toss the cauliflower in a plastic bag to coat the pieces.
  3. Bake the cauliflower bites for 15 minutes. Take them out, toss with buffalo sauce, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Fried buffalo cauliflower bites are always a favorite when we go out to eat, but baking them at home is SO much healthier. Any dressing will do, but the best buffalo cauliflower dip is some tangy blue cheese dressing or ranch, because, who doesn’t love dipping, right?

A pile of baked buffalo cauliflower bites with a bite taken out of one.

Can You Use Frozen Cauliflower to Make Buffalo Cauliflower? You sure can! Even easier than fresh cauliflower because it will be pre-cut and perfectly portioned! Be sure the frozen cauliflower is thawed all the way before the batter process so that it heats evenly through and drain well, dab any liquid with paper towels.

What to Eat with Buffalo Cauliflower?

What can’t you eat with buffalo cauliflower bites? Just like chicken wings, buffalo cauliflower bites call for sides of celery and carrots. But, why stop there? Why not make an amazing buffalo cauliflower salad with ranch dressing?

It’s also great as a buffalo cauliflower wrap or a juicy sandwich on a hoagie roll with lettuce and some dressing?  Dip your buffalo cauliflower bits into some dressing and keep your fingers clean at the same time!

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Buffalo Cauliflower

If you’re looking to serve a snack big on flavor this is one of my favorites! I do love Buffalo Wings, but I think I love this cauliflower even more (and these are much healthier)!

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup buffalo sauce ((see note below))
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces discarding the core.
  3. Combine milk, flour, garlic powder, pepper and olive oil in a large bowl. Place batter and cauliflower in a large Ziploc bag and toss until cauliflower is coated.
  4. Pour cauliflower into a large strainer letting any excess batter drip off. Sprinkle with Panko breadcrumbs and gently toss.
  5. Place on a foil lined pan and bake 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently toss with buffalo sauce. You want the cauliflower coated but not soaked.
  6. Place back on the pan and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender crisp.
  7. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Note: You can purchase store bought buffalo sauce or mix 1/3 cup melted butter with 2/3 cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot). Whisk until combined.

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower bites are a crowd pleaser!! Tender morsels of cauliflower baked in a crispy crust and then loaded with buffalo sauce! If you like wings, you love this leaner tastier snack!
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The Perfect Ham Glaze

Ham Glaze adds the most beautifully delicious sticky exterior! Nothing creates a more festive table for a special gathering of family and friends than a steaming platter of Honey Baked Ham, glistening with a gorgeous, caramelized glaze. If ham roast is on your dinner menu, you’ll definitely need to know how to make a quick ham glaze.

This easy ham glaze produces a perfectly heavenly sweet-salty flavor combination that will make for an unforgettable dinner. Besides being a delicious complement to the meat, brown sugar glaze for ham also functions to lock in moisture, ensuring every plate holds a juicy slice of meat.

Scored and baked ham fresh from the oven covered in quick ham glaze.

A Quick Ham Glaze

Making a glaze for ham is quick and effortless, requiring just a whisk, and a few ingredients. This recipe calls for orange juice, brown sugar, Dijon mustard and some warm spices. The combination produces a tanginess and depth of flavor that will enhance your entire meal. If you don’t have orange juice you can substitute pineapple juice with great results!

To get the most out of your orange or pineapple glaze for ham, prepare the ham for roasting beforehand. Usually grocery store hams nowadays come with the rind (i.e. skin) removed. If not, you’ll want to cut this tough, dry outer layer off. The glaze will not penetrate the rind so you’ll need to score the ham (more on how to score a ham here). The glaze will seep into these cracks, providing even more caramelized flavor as it bakes.

Traditionally, the center of each diamond is studded with a whole clove. Clove is a strong spice, and can easily overpower so a tiny pinch added to the glaze is enough for us! For an even more sensational flavor boost, you can apply a layer of pineapple rounds to the surface. Roasted pineapple is scrumptious with ham, and also holds the glaze well.

Ham glaze ingredients ready to be mixed like brown sugar, orange juice, and dijon mustard.

How To Make A Glaze For Ham

A ham glaze needs a few different parts:

  • Sweet: The caramelization of the sugars is what adds the sticky exterior we love so much. This can be in the form of brown sugar, honey, jam etc.
  • Tangy: Orange juice, pineapple juice, cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar all add great flavor!
  • Spices: Garlic, cloves/cinnamon, mustard, rosemary

Simply stir the ingredients together. While some recipes have you boil/thicken the glaze, I don’t find it necessary. You certainly can do that if you’d like a thicker glaze but I find adding a couple of coats of glaze adds just enough without being too thick or sweet.

When Do You Glaze a Ham? About 20-30 minutes before the ham is done (any sooner and you can risk burning the sugars in the glaze). Generously apply the glaze to the outside of the ham with a brush (you can repeat a few times if you’d like more glaze).

Ham glaze being brushed over a ham hock with a sauce brush.

The next time you’re making a ham roast, but sure you make it extra special by making this brown sugar glaze for ham.

Our Favorite Ham Recipes

Quick Ham Glaze

If ham roast is on your dinner menu, you’ll definitely need to know how to make a quick ham glaze. 

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (or pineapple juice)
  • 2-3 tablespoons dijon mustard (or grainy mustard)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch ground cloves
  1. Whisk all ingredients together.
  2. Brush over a spiral cut or scored ham.
  3. If desired, brush extra overtop and broil to make the glaze golden.

Nutrition information is based on 1 tablespoon of ham glaze.

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Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili is the perfect way to get all the satisfaction of a favorite comforting dish, but without the extra calories or cholesterol. This vegetarian chili recipe is packed with fresh veggies for maximum nourishment. Plus, it’s super quick and easy to make, either on the stove top or in the slow cooker.

Much like a traditional chili recipe, you have a lot of options to vary this recipe to your taste. Instead of using only kidney beans, you could make vegetarian black bean chili. Or, use a variety of beans, including white, pinto, and even garbanzo beans! Serve this vegetarian chili recipe with some homemade cornbread for the perfect comfort food meal!

A bowl of vegetarian chili ready to serve

Vegetarian Chili is a delicious belly warming recipe and you do not have to be vegetarian to enjoy it! I have to admit, I do make The Best Chili Recipe loaded with beef and beans but I also love to have this healthy chili recipe on hand. I keep it in the fridge (or freezer) for lunches throughout the week!

How to Make Vegetarian Chili

For the best vegetarian chili, don’t overcook it. You want all those lovely veggies to be soft, but you don’t want the zucchini to get too mushy or the bell peppers to lose all their color. This is healthy vegetarian chili, so keep the vegetables looking vibrant and fresh.

It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Sauté the onion and celery and add in the minced garlic after they just start to get translucent.
  2. Stir in the chili powder and cumin, and cook for about a minute.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about half an hour.

Season to taste and serve with your favorite toppings.  I love topping mine with fresh jalapenos for a kick, and a dollop of sour cream!

For Crock Pot vegetarian chili, sauté the onion and garlic and transfer to the slow cooker. Then add all the rest of the ingredients and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or on LOW for 6.

How to Make Vegetarian Chili Thicker

Vegetarian bean chili has a tendency to be a bit watery (afterall, the veggies are mostly water). I also find that chili thickens as it cools (and it’s always thicker the next day).

If you prefer a thicker chili, there are several methods for thickening.

  • Slurry: Make a cornstarch and water slurry (equal amounts) and stir in as it the chili finishes cooking.
  • Blender: Place a cup of the finished chili in a blender, and then return them to the pot. Beans are a very starchy food, and they thicken broths really well. Plus, you won’t dilute any of those fabulous flavors.
  • Simmer Uncovered: And last but not least, you can simmer the chili uncovered like I do with my Instant Pot Chili!

What Goes With Chili

Chili is a filling meal. You could increase the healthfulness by serving it over brown rice or quinoa. Toppings are also a great way to give your vegetarian chili the right finishing touch. These are some of my favorite toppings for chili:

  • Sour cream
  • Shredded jalapeno pepper jack cheese
  • Crumbled corn chips
  • Chopped green onions
  • Chopped cilantro

Keep your pantry stocked with beans and tomato sauce, and you’ll always have the basis for this quick and oh-so-tasty vegetarian chili!

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Vegetarian Chili

This vegetarian chili recipe is packed with fresh veggies for maximum nourishment. Plus, it’s super quick and easy to make, either on the stove top or in the slow cooker.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 1 small carrot (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno (seeded and minced)
  • 1 1/2 cups zucchini (thinly sliced)
  • 4 oz mushrooms (thinly sliced)
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 can kidney beans (15 oz)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice (28 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable juice
  1. Cook onion and garlic in a large pot  in olive oil 3-4 minutes or until tender.

  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer covered 20 minutes.

  3. Uncover and simmer an additional 10-15 minutes or until thickened.

  4. Serve with your favorite toppings.

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Oven Baked Ziti (with meat sauce & cheese)

Baked Ziti is an easy weeknight pasta dish! Tender ziti noodles, a zesty meat sauce and delicious creamy ricotta are layered in a casserole dish, topped with cheese and baked until bubbly.

Serve this easy pasta recipe with a loaf of crusty bread and an Easy Italian Salad for a meal everyone will love!

Baked Ziti with Ricotta Cheese on a plate

Our Favorite Baked Ziti Recipe

You don’t need to be Italian to serve this easy baked ziti! Nor do you need to have an authentic Italian grandmother because this is the best baked ziti recipe you’ll ever see!

What is Baked Ziti? Baked ziti with ricotta is a versatile twist on a standard lasagna. Instead of sheets of long lasagna noodles, we use ziti pasta but the layering the cheese and sauce is the same process. This pasta is round tubes about an inch long (penne is a good substitution if you can’t find ziti).

Baked ziti is versatile!

  • Meat Sauce: Sausage packs a ton of flavor in this recipe but of you can use ground beef (or turkey). If you swap out the sausage, you may want to add extra seasonings or spices.
  • Pasta: Since this is a baked ziti casserole, of course I use ziti as the base. If you don’t have ziti on hand you can use any medium shape in this recipe (or swap out rigatoni to make a baked rigatoni pasta). Be sure to cook it al dente (a little undercooked) as it will continue to cook as it bakes.
  • Cheese: Ricotta adds a creamy texture. You can swap it out by blending cottage cheese with an egg until smooth. Mozzarella is the perfect topper and I always garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese for great flavor.
  • Seasonings: Italian Seasoning contains all of the spices you’ll need in this recipe. Add more ‘heat’ by adding a dash of red pepper flakes…just a little spicy. Molto buono Italiano!

Ingredients prepared to make baked ziti with ricotta cheese and meat sauce.

How to Make Baked Ziti

  1. Brown the sausage and onion. Add in Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes and marinara sauce and simmer while you cook the pasta.
  2. In a small bowl, mix ricotta, parsley, mozzarella and parmesan.
  3. Layer sauce, ziti and the ricotta mixture in a casserole dish in order:
    • a little sauce on the bottom
    • half of the cooked ziti
    • all of the ricotta
    • remaining ziti and sauce
  4. Top with the remaining shredded mozzarella and bake minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

A casserole dish preparing baked ziti with ricotta cheese and meat sauce.

How Long to Cook Baked Ziti: Baked Ziti is basically cooked so the baking is to blend the flavors, heat everything through and of course melt the cheese. Cook it uncovered until the top looks bubbly and browned and you’ll be good to go!

  • Bake Ziti at
    • 350°F for 30-35 minutes
    • 375°F for 25-30 minutes
    • 400°F for 20-25 minutes

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You can make Baked Ziti Ahead of Time! Simply prepare as directed and refrigerate up to 24 hours. You may need to add an extra 5-10 minutes bake time if your recipe is chilly from the fridge.

To Reheat Baked Ziti use either the microwave or pop back in the oven on a low, slow heat. Reheating baked ziti doesn’t change the texture or the flavor, but adding an extra layer of shredded mozzarella to the top freshens it up just a bit!

A close up photo of baked ziti in a casserole dish topped with parmesan cheese and parsley.

Can You Freeze Baked Ziti?

Like most casseroles, baked ziti can be frozen successfully. If you are freezing the entire casserole in one piece, be sure to line the dish with aluminum foil before assembling and baking, then, once it is chilled, freeze in the pan and then remove the casserole and wrap in aluminum foil and plastic wrap, label and place in the fridge.

Or, portion into smaller pieces and put in freezer bags, label and freeze! Easy peasy lunch for school or work!

Baked Ziti

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 28 oz pasta sauce (or marinara sauce)
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 16 oz ziti
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Brown ground sausage and onion breaking up until the sausage is fairly fine. Drain any fat.
  3. Add in Italian seasoning, water, tomatoes and pasta sauce. Simmer 10-15 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Meanwhile, boil ziti in salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse.
  5. In a small bowl,mix ricotta, parsley, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese.
  6. Add a thin layer (about 1 cup) of sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Layer half of the ziti in the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan. Top with all of the ricotta and half of the sauce.
  7. Add remaining ziti, remaining sauce and top with cheese.
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Finished sweet potato casserole with marshmallows in serving dish

This easy Sweet Potato Casserole topped with pecans and marshmallows is a traditional side at our family Thanksgiving table. This comforting dish unites tenderly mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar and butter with a hint of cinnamon.

It is all crowned with pillowy soft marshmallows and toasty pecans to create a sweet and savory masterpiece you will fall in love with!

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows and toasty pecans in glass serving dish

 

A Dessert-like Side Dish

I love turkey dinner… not for the turkey per se, more for the stuffing and the sides that go along with it like this amazing casserole.

This Sweet Potato Casserole is fairly simple and traditional leaving the flavors of the sweet potatoes and pecans to really shine through.

This almost dessert-like side dish is perfect for Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas but simple enough to serve for Sunday supper too!

Delicious and Nutritious

The sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse; a source of beta-carotene, as well as Vitamin C and potassium. Cooked sweet potatoes are also a good source of fibre.

Not only are they nutritious and delicious; the best part that this sweet potato casserole is not expensive meaning this easy side won’t break the bank!

This easy Sweet Potato Casserole features buttery sweet potatoes, pecans and marshmallows on white plate

Preparing the Potatoes

I prefer to peel and cube my sweet potatoes before boiling to cut down on cooking time.  You can certainly boil them whole (they’ll need about 20-25 minutes) and peel them once they’re cooked.

Using a potato masher to mash sweet potatoes by hand allows you to leave a little bit of texture.  If you prefer them completely silky smooth, you can certainly use a hand mixer to make them fluffy.

We always make a simple sweet potato casserole with marshmallow and pecans but you can also add a delicious crumble topping, or a splash of bourbon for a yummy Bourbon Sweet Potato casserole!

Uncooked Sweet Potato Casserole with pecans and marshmallows on top

Easy to Make Ahead

This easy sweet potato casserole can be prepared well ahead of time and refrigerated overnight to make meal prep a breeze.

If you do refrigerate it before baking, I would suggest removing it from the fridge at least 30 minutes before baking.

I heat it for about 20 minutes and then add the topping and cook an additional 15-20 minutes as cold sweet potatoes take much longer to heat through.

This recipe makes quite a large casserole so if you are only serving your family you may choose to cut the recipe in half. Or better yet, make the recipe as is and enjoy leftovers the next day!

This Sweet Potato Casserole is perfect for any special occasion yet is so easy – you will want to serve it all the time!

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole with pecans and marshmallows in dish

The addition of pecans and marshmallows really add a crunchy, crisp topping that pairs so nicely with those soft, buttery mashed sweet potatoes. Once you try it, you’ll see why this sweet potato casserole makes an appearance next to Cranberry Millionaire Salad and Bacon Green Bean Bundles at every special occasion.

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SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

This easy Sweet Potato Casserole topped with pecans and marshmallows is a traditional side at our family Thanksgiving table. This comforting dish unites tenderly mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar and butter with a hint of cinnamon.

  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a pot of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl (or in the pot the potatoes were cooked in), mash the sweet potatoes with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, vanilla and salt & pepper.
  4. Fold in half of the pecans and spread into prepared pan.
  5. Sprinkle with the marshmallows and the remaining pecans.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown and potatoes are heated through.

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Crock Pot StuffingCrock Pot Stuffing takes my favorite classic stuffing recipe and turns it into an easy make ahead side dish. This stuffing is perfect to serve along side turkey dinner!

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes are velvety rich. This easy dish requires no boiling, just simply chop & season and let the slow cooker do the rest! The result is smooth and flavorful potatoes which are the perfect side to any turkey dinner.

Garlic Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Garlic Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts merge the goodness of tender Brussels sprouts along with the indulgence of crisp smoky bacon and loads of sweet garlic. This easy roasted veggie dish will become a staple side at your dinner table!

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Extra Chewy Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats are a classic dessert for good reason. A simple combination of Rice Krispie cereal, butter and marshmallows are all that is needed for this easy treat (and that everyone loves)!

Chewy and gooey, they’re perfect for dessert and a great addition to lunch boxes for kids and adults alike!

Three rice krispie treats stacked on a cutting board with marshmallows next to them.

Extra Gooey Rice Krispie Treats

Most people don’t really need a recipe to make Rice Krispie Treats (although I do always have to look up the ratios) but I don’t follow the recipe on the box. They’re just not gooey enough for me.

This oh-so-simple goes from stovetop (or microwave) to satisfied tummies in a flash. You only need about 15 minutes, some marshmallows, butter and, of course, Rice Krispies (but I add a small splash of vanilla too). Best of all, no baking!

How to Make Rice Krispie Treats

Stove top or Microwave Rice Krispie Treats come together in no time. Here’s all you do:

  1. Grease a 9×13 pan (or use a smaller pan if you want a thicker bar).
  2. Melt butter and marshmallows on the stove or in the microwave (per recipe below).
  3. Stir in a splash of vanilla. Add the Rice Krispies and stir gently to combine.
  4. Press gently into the greased pan and allow to cool.

If you wet your fingers, you’ll find it easier to press into the pan! You can use a smaller pan or easily double/triple the recipe to feed a hungry crowd!

Rice krispies in a bowl surrounded by butter and marshmallows.

Tips for the Best Rice Krispie Treats

The secret to making the best Rice Krispie bars, is to add extra marshmallows (I use about 50% more than the classic box recipe) and to make sure they’re super soft and fresh.  But that being said, there are some mistakes that you want to avoid:

  • Marshmallows
    • Don’t skimp on the marshmallows or your bars won’t adhere well and they won’t have a soft chewy texture.
    • Make sure they’re fresh.
    • Don’t cook the marshmallows too long, the sugars will harden.
  • Pan
    • Use a smaller pan for a thicker treat.
    • Grease your pan well or line with parchment paper.
    • Gently press the krispies into the pan, do not pack them in.
  • Flavors
    • Keep them simple by using real butter and some vanilla.

Rice krispie treats falling apart on a wooden cutting board with marshmallows.

Rice Krispie Treats Variations

The great thing about these treats is that you can vary the flavors as much as you want. Add chopped nuts, M&Ms, chocolate or butterscotch chips, Reese’s Pieces, or crushed candy canes.

  • Lemon – Sunny bright lemon flavor.
  • Turtle – Chocolate, caramel and pecans.
  • Peanut butter Rice Krispie Treats –  Use the recipe below and add 1/3 of cup of peanut butter while you are melting the marshmallows.
  • Pineapple Coconut – Tropical squares in a jiffy!
  • Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats – Add 12oz chocolate chips to the marshmallows after melting. Stir until chocolate chips are melted.
  • Chocolate Oreo – Cookies & cream

Can You Freeze Rice Krispie Treats

No, not really. I mean yes, of course you can but they’re never the same. I used to freeze them but it’s better to just half the recipe and make a smaller batch if needed (or share them with your friends).

Rice Krispie Treats

Chewy, gooey and crunchy, rice krispie treats are a classic that you can’t find anywhere but home. 

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  1. Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat while stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  2. Add Rice Krispies cereal and stir until well coated.
  3. Press into a greased 9×13 pan and cool completely.

To Make Microwave Rice Krispie Treats

  1. Combine butter and marshmallows in a large bowl.
  2. Cook over high heat for 1 minute. Stir. Continue cooking on high about 1-2 minutes more stirring until smooth.
  3. Add Rice Krispies cereal and stir until well coated.
  4. Press into a greased 9×13 pan and cool completely.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing is so quick to put together, you’ll never buy bottled again!

This basic balsamic vinaigrette recipe is an excellent go-to not only for drizzling over an Italian Salad, but as marinade for any kind of meat (like Oven Baked Chicken Breasts) or tangy dipping sauce for bread or veggies!

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette ready to pour on salads.

What is Balsamic Vinaigrette?

A truly good balsamic vinaigrette dressing starts with great ingredients.

BALSAMIC VINEGAR: I generally use a dark Balsamic Vinegar however this recipe can also be made with white for a delicious white balsamic vinaigrette. White balsamic vinegar isn’t aged as long as a traditional balsamic vinegar and it’s made from a different variety of grapes. The flavor is a bit sweeter where a traditional balsamic is a more robust and zesty.

OIL: I use vegetable oil or a combination of vegetable oil and light tasting olive oil. Keep in mind, Extra Virgin Olive Oil can have a very strong taste that can come across as bitter so it may not be the best option for this dressing.

How to Make a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic vinaigrette ingredients require either honey and/or Dijon mustard added to the mix. These additions help to keep the vinaigrette mixed (so it doesn’t separate into oil and vinegar). If you prefer a sweeter dressing, add in a little more honey to create a signature Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette (which is amazing over Spinach or Kale Salad)!

To make this simple balsamic vinaigrette:

  1. MINCE: Mince the garlic
  2. POUR: add all ingredients into a jar with a lid
  3. SHAKE: shake the jar to combine the ingredients

Refrigerate before serving, it’s that easy! You may need to give it a little shake before dressing your salad as the bits of garlic can settle to the bottom. It’s the perfect addition to drizzle over a Caprese Salad or add to your favorite Italian Pasta Salad recipe.

Balsamic Vinaigrette in a jar for making salads.

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How Long Does Balsamic Vinaigrette Last?

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing can last up to a month in the refrigerator. If you leave it longer, the garlic may spoil causing the vinaigrette to go off.

Find a beautiful bottle, or ‘cruet’ to store your balsamic vinaigrette in and keep it chilled. I like to use leftover salad dressing bottle or mason jars (I have a mason jar lid with a pouring spout that I love)!

Be sure to shake the vinaigrette before every use to blend the ingredients and don’t hesitate to add new herbs or spices to it to suit your culinary needs!

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing is so quick to put together you’ll never need the bottled kind again!

  • 1/2 cup oil (canola or light tasting olive oil)
  • 4 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small jar with a tight fitting lid.

  2. Shake well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

  3. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks.

Can substitute garlic for 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder if preferred.

Serve over salad greens, steamed vegetables, pasta, or use as a dipping sauce for bread or a marinade for meat!

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Classic Potato Salad

Creamy Potato Salad is pretty much a staple for any cookout or barbecue. Perfect to serve alongside a thick grilled burger, tender grilled chicken breasts or even next to a juicy steak!

Tender potatoes, crisp veggies, a handful of green onions and chopped hard boiled eggs are tossed in a simple and creamy dressing. This easy potato salad recipe tastes even better when made ahead of time making it the perfect dish to take along to parties and potlucks!

Creamy Homemade Potato Salad Recipe with eggs in a wood bowl

A Classic Side Dish

For an inexpensive and filling side dish, you can’t beat a creamy potato salad (and of course a delicious pasta salad recipe right next to it). Every family has their favorite add-ins and of course this is one of my all time favorites! This classic potato salad recipe has just the right amount of crunch, tang and creaminess to satisfy any appetite.

The ingredients for classic potato salad start with basic staples found in almost any kitchen: potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, celery, onion and mayonnaise. With these ingredients as the backbone, you can layer in other ingredients using your own taste as your guide.

Ingredients for Potato Salad

  • POTATOES: I use baby potatoes as they are a little sweeter and need no peeling. Truly any potato will work for potato salads but red and yellow skinned potatoes tend to hold their shape better. Russets can fall apart but still taste great if it’s all you have on hand.
  • ADD-INS: The possibilities are endless. We love potato salad with eggs but if eggs aren’t your thing, skip them! Sliced radishes and celery add a bit of crunch. You can also add in your favorites such as chopped pickles, cheddar cheese or a handful of crumbled bacon!
  • POTATO SALAD DRESSING: This recipe has a creamy dressing and it’s super easy to prepare. Classic flavors include cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, a touch of sugar and relish. You can use either sweet or dill. Add your favorite herbs or spices like dill to create a Creamy Dill Potato Salad!

It is important to ensure that your potatoes are cooled before you add this dressing as it has a mayonnaise base.

Ingredients for the best potato salad recipe with eggs

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How to Make Potato Salad

How Long to Boil Potatoes for Potato Salad? This can vary a bit based on the size and type of potato. Bite sized potatoes will take about 12-15 minutes after the water boils, but you really need to test for doneness by piercing them with a fork. Take them off the heat and drain when the fork can be easily inserted, but before the fork would make them fall apart.

Just like when making creamy mashed potatoes, you want to make sure you don’t overcook them! They absorb a lot of water as soon as they are finished cooking and will get too mushy. To prepare, place them in the pot of cold, salted water and set it on high heat to boil.

Homemade Potato salad with eggs being prepared in a glass bowl.

To Make Potato Salad

Once the potatoes are cooked and cooled completely, the rest of your job is simple! Here’s all you do to make this easy potato salad:

  1. Mix the dressing in the bottom of a large bowl.
  2. Add the cooked and fully cooled potatoes along with your mix-ins.
  3. Mix well, season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

For the best tasting homemade potato salad, place the bowl covered in the refrigerator for several hours to allow the flavors to build and develop.

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Can You Freeze Potato Salad?

Unfortunately, potato salad is one of those rare dishes that doesn’t hold up well to freezing. The raw veggies that give it such a delightful crunch will get mushy, and the mayonnaise will separate when it thaws. So for the best potato salad, always plan on making it fresh. It will keep in the refrigerator for about three days.

Classic Potato Salad

This is a classic potato salad recipe, with a little extra flair for just the right amount of crunch, tang and complex flavors to satisfy any appetite.

  • 2 1/2 lbs baby potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced radishes
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 6 boiled eggs (chopped (optional))
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • paprika for garnish (optional)

Dressing

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup relish ((sweet or dill pickle))
  • 1 tablespoon dijon (or yellow mustard)
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender (approx. 15 minutes). Cool completely and cut in halves or quarters.

  2. Mix all dressing ingredients in the bottom of a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and toss well. (I slightly mash the potatoes while mixing to make it creamy).

  3. Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.

 

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Ham and Spinach Frittata! (Brunch or Dinner)!

Ham and Spinach Frittata is a snap to assemble, quick to bake, and can be adapted to add in your favorite fillings! We love making homemade frittata for Sunday brunch, but it’s easy enough to be a weekday breakfast too (or even dinner)! 

Frittata is a very versatile recipe and you can add any combination of ingredients you’d like! This easy frittata recipe can even be made into spinach frittata muffins for a make ahead breakfast on the go! It’s easily made ahead and reheats well. Just add a side of home fries!

Spinach Frittata cut and ready to be served.

What is Frittata?

Like a quiche recipe, frittatas are egg-based recipes, but frittatas are crustless, which makes them perfect for people following a gluten free, Paleo or even a Keto diet (if you skip the potatoes). Both low carb and healthy! It’s similar to an omelet but can be easily scaled to serve a lot of people.

The other difference between a quiche and a frittata is the ratio of egg/dairy; a frittata only has a bit of dairy.

How to Cook a Frittata – There are a different ways to make a frittata, one being to cook the eggs stovetop until almost set and then broil/bake to cook the top. However, I find it easier just to bake frittata in the oven.

Ingredients for a ham and spinach frittata recipe

How to Make Frittata

This spinach frittata recipe is a cinch because…well, eggs! Eggs are the perfect base for anything whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Here’s how you make a frittata:

  1. Preheat the the oven.
  2. Cook your add-ins in an oven proof pan (potatoes, ham, spinach, and green onions).
  3. Whisk eggs, milk, and seasonings and pour over the add-ins. Top with cheese.
  4. Bake until the eggs are set, about 10 to 12 minutes. For a crispy top, broil for about 1 to 2 minutes.

Cool for about 5 minutes before serving to make sure the eggs are set and the cheese is perfectly melted! It’s simple to make and tastes great!

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A cheesy slice of spinach frittata baked and ready to serve.

Creative Add-Ins

You can mix and match the ingredients for this easy frittata! Fresh or frozen spinach can be used in this recipe! Cook your add ins (except cheese of course) and bake in the oven! Whatever is in the fridge and pantry can be tossed into a frittata from potatoes and leftover spaghetti to Roasted Butternut Squash, steamed broccoli or even Grilled Zucchini!

Swap out the cheddar cheese (or add some crumbled feta or goat cheese). Why not try a spinach mushroom frittata or a spinach feta frittata? Cheese is an excellent compliment to eggs, any way you look at it!

Can You Freeze Frittata?

A frittata keeps for a few days in the fridge and reheats beautifully! It’s perfect to make ahead for lunches but it’s also great to put between a couple of slices of bread for lunch!

If you’d like to keep it longer than that, you can freeze a frittata. Freezing egg-based dishes is easy. Make sure the frittata is fully cooled and then portion as desired and place in freezer containers or freezer bags. Egg-based dishes are easy to reheat in the oven or microwave.

This spinach frittata recipe doesn’t disappoint when it comes to simple in every way!

Ham and Spinach Frittata

This ham and spinach frittata is a snap to assemble, quick to bake, and can go anywhere in a moment’s notice! Perfect for a Sunday brunch or a weekday breakfast. 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lb baby potatoes (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup diced ham
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach (torn (or 1/2 cup frozen spinach))
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (divided)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a 10″ skillet. Add potatoes and 2 tablespoons water. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Cover and cook over about 10-15 minutes or until softened.

  3. Stir in ham, spinach, and green onions until hot and spinach is wilted.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, half and half, dry mustard and seasonings. Pour over potato mixture. Top with cheese.

  5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until eggs are set. Broil 1-2 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven and cool 5 minutes before cutting. Serve warm.

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How To Score A Ham

How to Score a Ham: Scoring a ham is a really important part of baking a juicy, flavorful ham, no matter what size it is. But why is it so important?

Hams have thick layers of fat that insulate the meat and the fat will baste the ham while it cooks! Scoring the ham will allow your ham glaze to seep into the cracks giving you more delicious flavor!  Not to mention it makes for a stunning presentation at the dinner table!

A scored ham being carved on a wooden cutting board.

How To Score A Ham

Scoring a whole ham is actually very easy. Make sure your knife is sharp and place the ham on a thick cutting board or kitchen towel to keep it stable.

  1. Starting from one end close to the bottom, cut about 1/3 of an inch into the ham in a line.
  2. Repeat making lines 1″ apart on the ham.
  3. Turn the ham and repeat diagonally from one side to the other.

Now you’re ready to make Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze! Another alternative is to layer rings of pineapple on top of the ham, secured with toothpicks. As the ham cooks, the sweet and savory flavors will seep into the meat, perfectly complimenting the salty pork!

A knife cutting scores into a piece of ham.

Glazed hams are just as yummy because the glaze will drip and stay into the scored grooves, but be careful because a glazed cooking ham times are different.

Either method you pick, place your ham on a rack in roasting pan and cook for 15 to 20 minutes per pound or until the scored fat on the outside has open up and started to get crispy. Remove the ham and allow it to sit at least 15 minutes before carving!

How to Score a Ham Hock

  1. Scoring a ham hock is much easier because the hock portion is smaller.
  2. Simply pierce the fat in uniform places all around the hock before placing into a stockpot with water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the water by half, cover and reduce the heat to a simmer until the ham hock is tender and ready to serve.
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