Rice Cooker Herb Rice

Rice Cooker Herb Rice

A couple of years ago I got a rice cooker for Christmas.  It was one of the most useful gifts I have ever received.  We use at least once a week.  However, with this new recipe we may be using it even more.  I have been looking for an all-in-one side dish recipe, that I could just dump into the rice cooker.  I was unable to find a recipe that worked for my needs.  So I decided to make my own super easy recipe.  Just add the ingredients into the rice cooker and start it up.  It does not get any easier than that.  This herb rice may be the best rice that I have ever made.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

The past week the weather has been a little cold.  My son told me that he really wanted some hot chocolate to heat him up. I was too happy to oblige, as I love hot chocolate. I went to all of the stores around me and every single hot chocolate mix that I found, contained sugar and sucralose (an artificial sweetener). I don’t have any issue with people using artificial sweeteners, but my son and I both get an off taste from them. I can’t explain it, but it just does not taste right to us. So after a quick scan of three supermarket aisles, I decided that the commercial brands were out. Therefore, I had to make my own mix. Come to find out, making homemade hot chocolate is quite simple. Mix a few ingredients, add some hot water and boom. Homemade Hot Chocolate!  The homemade hot chocolate mix, is simple and delicious!

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Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

One of my favorite breakfast meals is biscuits and sausage gravy. I just love tender biscuits covered in thick and creamy sausage gravy. I prefer a spicy sausage in mine, but with the kids eating my food these days, I have to opt for mild. Sad but they will grow up soon.  Then I can get back to the spicy stuff.  The great thing about this recipe, is that it works with any type of sausage that you enjoy!

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Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

I make a ton of homemade pizzas and I always make my own pizza sauce.  The number one question that I get is, what pizza sauce recipe should I use?  So the other day, I searched my website looking for it and I did not find it.  To be honest, I thought that I had already wrote a pizza sauce post.  I guess I was wrong.  Here is my favorite pizza sauce recipe!

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Pralines

Pralines

A couple of weeks ago, I visited New Orleans.  While visiting New Orleans, I enjoyed all of the fabulous food and drinks that I could.  I had everything from beignets to po-boys.  However, my favorite treat was the Praline.  It was sweet, nutty with a hint of caramel.  They are freaking delicious!  So as soon as I got home, I had to find a recipe to recreate these delicious treats. Of all of the recipes that we tried, this recipe created the most authentic tasting pralines.

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Big Game Appetizers

Big Game Appetizers

The Big Game is this Sunday, and I want to make sure that you are all prepared for your party.  The Big Game is a great time to get together and party.  In order to keep your party lively, appetizers and finger foods are the best way to go for game day food.  That way you can keep it light.  You don’t want your guests falling asleep during half time. Besides a nice selection of Ice Cold Beer, you should consider serving some of my favorite Appetizers. These recipes are tested and guaranteed to keep your guests happy and full.

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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

My son loves meatballs. Therefore, we have them at least once a week in our house. Since we have them so much, I get a little meatballed out. So I decided to make a little twist on the traditional meatball. I stuffed them with soft and gooey mozzarella cheese. These mozzarella stuffed meatballs are amazing! They are a must try, and have become the go to meatball recipe for our weekly meatball meal.

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Homemade Marinara

Homemade Marinara

The basis for a majority of Italian recipes is a good marinara sauce.  I have experimented and created the ultimate homemade marinara sauce.  This sauce is delicious and quick to make.  In less than 40 minutes you can be eating.  It is tangy, but not tart.  It is well balanced for everyone from kids to grandpa.  It is a must have recipe for your repertoire.

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Pepperoni Pinwheels – The Ultimate Appetizer

Pepperoni Pinwheels – The Ultimate Appetizer

Pepperoni Pinwheels are the ultimate appetizer.  They contain all of the ingredients from everyone’s favorite meal, Pizza!  They are easily shared and can be dipped in your favorite pizza/marinara sauce.  Pepperoni Pinwheels are like mini pepperoni pizza sans pizza sauce.  Therefore you can eat them in your favorite white shirt without too much worry.  This is quite possibly one of the best appetizers that I have ever made.

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Champagne Taste Test 2015

Champagne Taste Test 2015

Six years ago, I wrote a post rating the best Champagne Under $15.  It still is one of my most popular posts.  I get a ton of comments on it six years later.  It only took 6 years, but we finally lost the bitter taste in our mouths from some of these cheap champagnes and it was time to do another tasting.  In fact, we decided to take it to another level…..the best Champagnes under $10.  As you know, price does not always translate to quality!

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Thermapen Mk4 Review

Thermapen Mk4 Review

I am a huge fan of the Thermapen.  It is fast, accurate, durable and an extension of my arm in the kitchen.  It is the one kitchen/bbq tool that I could not live without.  I honestly don’t know how people can cook without checking temperatures.  I have had my Thermapen for almost 5 years and it works as good today as it did the day I purchased it.  The other day the great people over at Thermoworks sent me the newest Thermapen to try out.  I was a bit skeptical that I would need a new Thermapen.  However, The Thermapen Mk4 is not just an incremental update, it is a brand new kick butt thermometer.  The new features make this not only a kick butt thermometer, but the best Thermapen ever! Check out my review below.

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