Recipes 2020-04-19T18:37:23+00:00
2311, 2021

Smothered Mashed Potatoes

By | November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Freezer Meal, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Side Dishes|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free If you’re looking for a little twist on a classic side dish that’s perfect for social gatherings, you have come to the right place. I can’t think of many people who don’t like mashed potatoes (do they actually exist??), so when you load them up with extra goodness, it comes as no surprise how delicious they turn out. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is a fantastic time to try it out on unsuspecting friends and family. […]

2011, 2021

No-Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie

By | November 20th, 2021|Categories: Desserts, Freezer Meal, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Have you seen the insanity going on with the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pies for Thanksgiving?? So, it turns out that only a certain number of these over-sized peanut butter cup pies were made. They sold out almost immediately, and now people are re-selling them for HUNDREDS of dollars. Well, how about we save you some money by making one at home for yourself?  […]

1711, 2021

Thanksgiving Showstopper Cheesecake

By | November 17th, 2021|Categories: Cakes, Cheesecake, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Holiday|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free Everyone seems to have their own designated responsibilities when it comes to Thanksgiving. My sister-in-law, Tracy, is a fantastic hostess and loves to cook. She usually makes the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and whatever side dishes that she grew up with in New Jersey. I believe cranberries are one of those, “It’s not Thanksgiving without this dish” kind of ordeals. My husband swears up and down that it’s not Thanksgiving without Sweet Potato Casserole. After one year of not having that at my family’s gathering, he was disappointed. So, I promised to make that for him when we didn’t go to his family’s house for Thanksgiving. Spoiled hubby. […]

1011, 2021

Chocolate Pecan Pie

By | November 10th, 2021|Categories: Desserts, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Holiday|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free I was first introduced to Chocolate Pecan Pies about five years ago while working in the restaurant industry as a pastry chef. The restaurant where I worked sold these pies in bulk since they were a huge hit, so to save time they bought the pre-made pie crusts to be filled up with this delightful pie. After playing with the recipe, it just didn’t seem like there were enough pecans. It’s supposed to be a pie packed with nuts, right? My thoughts exactly, so I ended up doubling the amount of pecans used in that recipe.  […]

311, 2021

Apple Cider Donut Muffins

By | November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Breakfast, Dairy-Free, Freezer Meal, Gluten-Free|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free For my daughter’s science project this year, we picked a muffin topic. How do different types of flour affect the consistency and density of muffins? When she and my husband were reading over different topics to choose from, I about jumped out of my skin with excitement. “Let’s do THAT one!!” I cried. My daughter giggled, hubby said, “How about we let her pick?” Thankfully, her love of food runs deep and she chose this topic. Score. […]

2710, 2021

Pumpkin Oreo Brownies

By | October 27th, 2021|Categories: Dairy-Free, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Holiday, Paleo|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free A few years ago, I made a match of Pumpkin Blondies, and it gave me just another reason to look forward to Fall Baking. When I started experimenting with this recipe again, the original batch had chocolate chips. The second batch had cinnamon chips. Although they were both incredible, it hit me like a ton of bricks that OREOS could so easily be added to these babies…and who doesn’t love Oreos?! […]

2410, 2021

Banana Nut Bread with Honey Butter

By | October 24th, 2021|Categories: Breakfast, Dairy-Free, Freezer Meal, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free My kids go through bananas like you wouldn’t believe, so I grabbed some extra while at the store on the last trip. The good thing about having extra bananas laying around is how my brain starts to work when I notice them browning. Ohhh, what can I bake with those ugly brown bananas to create something blissful? Ladies and gentlemen, exhibit A. […]

2110, 2021

Roasted Chipotle & Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

By | October 21st, 2021|Categories: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Paleo, Quick and Easy, Side Dishes, Sugar-Free, Vegan, Whole 30|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free/Paleo/Vegan/Whole30 Last month, I started an online school program at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Originally, we were told to prepare to spend 15-20 hours per week on school during this 14-week program. Well, those hours have almost doubled for me, since I typically dive head first into something I’m obsessed over without checking to see how deep the water is. […]

1810, 2021

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

By | October 18th, 2021|Categories: Dairy-Free, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Paleo|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free/Paleo More often than I like to admit, I get a real hankering for chocolate. It’s one of those things where I end up standing in front of the pantry, digging through the baking ingredient shelf, then cursing at myself to get out of there because I don’t have any healthy options to choose from. Then, I’ll go back to the pantry after fussing at myself to leave, and settle for a non-dairy chocolate bar. Although it can satisfy that craving, I can’t help but to dream of fudge brownies that melt in your mouth with each bite. […]

110, 2021

Blueberry Scones

By | October 1st, 2021|Categories: Breakfast, Freezer Meal, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Keto, Low-Carb, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free/Low-Carb/Keto/Paleo I didn’t realize how completely in love with scones I was until I started actually making them. The first time I made scones were the traditional kind, made with gluten and white sugar. Although they were fabulous, the process of making them was more time consuming than these little puffs of heaven that you just drop on the pan like biscuits. These are super easy to mix up and plop on baking sheets, ready in about 15 minutes without all the side effects of not feeling all that great after eating one. […]

2409, 2021

No-Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

By | September 24th, 2021|Categories: Desserts, Gluten-Free, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free Here in South Carolina, when the Fall hits it still feels blazin’ hot outside like it’s still summer. So, what perfect way to celebrate official Pumpkin Season with a cold, sweet treat that is the wonderful combination of a Fall flavor but helps you cool off? Yes, I agree with you. […]

1709, 2021

Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion Cake

By | September 17th, 2021|Categories: Cakes, Desserts|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

While trying to come up with a name for this cake, the word explosion came to mind. Why? Well, because it looks like a peanut butter fanatic set off a peanut butter bomb that exploded all over this cake. That’s exactly what I was going for. […]

1009, 2021

Cauliflower Sausage Gravy with Almond Flour Biscuits

By | September 10th, 2021|Categories: Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Keto, Low-Carb, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free/Low-Carb/Keto/Paleo Welcome to the first of many recipes I’ll be showing you how to incorporate pureed cauliflower into your dishes. While working at Carolina Keto Cakes, Nicole Yates introduced me to an incredible Sausage Gravy with Almond Flour Biscuits that was completely keto. The gravy she made was made with heavy cream and almond milk, but I saw an opportunity to use cauliflower in its place to add some veggies to this incredible dish. […]

309, 2021

Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs

By | September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Appetizers, Beef and Pork, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Now that College Football Season is officially here, it’s time to start making some good, hardy, filling appetizers to munch on for those pre-game parties. The ultimate test was when I made these for a family gathering at my parents’ house. I had been wanting to make these to try them out, so the perfect opportunity presented itself with my favorite recipe guinea pigs. They don’t hold back, and are happy to let me know if a recipe needs to be tweaked. […]

2708, 2021

Oreo Brownie Delight

By | August 27th, 2021|Categories: Desserts, Freezer Meal, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

This dessert is on my list of top five go-to sweet treats to take to a social gathering. It’s easy, it’s simple, and it’s so incredibly delicious that non-dessert lovers will go back for seconds. A good friend of mine who isn’t a big fan of desserts decided to give this dessert a taste when our family went to their house for dinner one evening.  […]

2208, 2021

Roasted Mixed Nuts

By | August 22nd, 2021|Categories: Appetizers, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, Quick and Easy, Sugar-Free, Vegan, Whole 30|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free/Low-Carb/Keto/Paleo I am a HUGE fan of mixed nuts. In fact, any time there is a family gathering at my parents’ or brothers’ houses, you will find mixed nuts among the large buffet of food that is available for over-consumption. I’ve been eating the traditional store-bought mixed nuts for many years…until I made them for myself and have not gone back. […]

608, 2021

Cajun Alfredo

By | August 6th, 2021|Categories: Beef and Pork, Freezer Meal, Gluten-Free, Seafood|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free Growing up, I was a gigantic baby when it came to anything spicy. A pinch of black pepper would have my tongue screaming for mercy. My husband is the exact opposite, and has teased me for many years. In most cases for him, it’s not spicy enough. Well, until we went to a local Thai restaurant and he opted to get level 4 spice. He had been warned, but learned his limits after that super fun experience.  […]

3007, 2021

Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake

By | July 30th, 2021|Categories: Cakes, Desserts, Gluten-Free|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free I’ve been thinking about making this cake for months, but for some reason time slipped away since the summer started. Maybe it’s because these kids are home all the time, distracting me… I dreamed of these fluffy yellow layers of cake with strawberry filling and an icing that is a combination of cream cheese icing and freshly whipped cream. Well, having a birthday in July gave me the perfect opportunity to make it. But let’s be honest here, do I really need an excuse to make a cake? Of course not. All I have to do is yell, “FREE CAKE!” and people come running to help eat it. […]

2307, 2021

Chocolate Cream Pie

By | July 23rd, 2021|Categories: Desserts, Gluten-Free|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free When I told my mother-in-law that I was making a Chocolate Cream Pie, she started laughing and said, “That makes me think of the movie ‘The Help’ and the Chocolate Pie!” I grimaced as I thought about that particular scene, then started laughing as well, picturing Two-Slice Hilly eating her chocolate pie with it stuck all up in her teeth. I replied, “When I think of Chocolate Cream Pie, it makes me think of Goldie Hawn in the movie ‘Overboard’ as she hands the boys a Chocolate Cream Pie that she made, then attacks them with a water hose!” Either way, it’s funny how we associate things with movies, especially when it comes to food. […]

1607, 2021

Sauteed Shrimp

By | July 16th, 2021|Categories: Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Keto, Low-Carb, Quick and Easy, Seafood|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free/Low-Carb/Keto/Paleo I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy entrees during the week, and this dish has become one of our family favorites. I grew up on the coast in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, and you would be amazed at how much seafood I did not eat as a kid. My love for good seafood developed as an adult, especially after going to culinary school. Now when we go back to visit, it’s become a necessity to hit one of the restaurants in Murrells Inlet on the Marshwalk. My husband’s one requirement for going out to eat at the beach is that we don’t eat at a chain restaurant where we can eat at home. I can definitely handle that. […]

907, 2021

No-Churn Banana Pudding Ice Cream

By | July 9th, 2021|Categories: Desserts, Freezer Meal, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A few weeks ago while working on my next cookbook, I learned how to make no-churn ice cream. What started out as 3 little no-churn recipes turned into almost 70 recipes and ended up adding an entire chapter to the book. Go big or go home, right? My brain went crazy when I learned how to make all of these different ice cream recipes without having to use an ice cream machine. How is this possible?!  […]

207, 2021

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

By | July 2nd, 2021|Categories: Cheesecake, Desserts, Freezer Meal|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

It amazes me how recipes can come together. One of the guys from Krafty Draft Brew Pub sent me a picture of a dessert that he knew his girlfriend would absolutely love, and asked if there was any way I could recreate it for her. It was a chocolate covered strawberry inside a New York style cheesecake, and I stared at it in awe. That looks amazing I thought to myself. It should be illegal if I didn’t recreate this if only for my own sanity. […]

306, 2021

Cocktail Pouches

By | June 3rd, 2021|Categories: Beverages, Freezer Meal, Quick and Easy|0 Comments

My parents threw a big party at their house, and I got sucked into the vortex of food and beverage production, along with inviting people and creating a playlist. Thankfully, the thought of a party excites me, so it wasn’t like pulling teeth. In fact, I tend to go a little overboard and get carried away, adding more items to the list. Imagine that. […]

2705, 2021

Alcoholic Freeze Pops

By | May 27th, 2021|Categories: Beverages, Freezer Meal, Quick and Easy|0 Comments

Well, it’s official; the hot weather is HERE. It’s been so wonderful lately how the temperature has been hanging out in the 80’s on a regular basis with the beautiful sunshine, nice breeze, and then BAM!!! Temperature jumps up to 90-something degrees and it became superhot overnight. I think Mother Nature forgot to take her meds, because she went extreme very quickly. […]

2603, 2021

Ham and Swiss Mac ‘n Cheese

By | March 26th, 2021|Categories: Beef and Pork, Freezer Meal|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

One of my all-time favorite hot sandwiches is a Ham ‘n Swiss. I’m not really sure what it is about that combination, or if it’s the fact that melted Swiss alone is good enough to make your knees buckle. Maybe this combination is why I love every variation of Chicken Cordon Bleu, whether it’s traditional or a cassserole.  […]