Double Smoked Ham

Double Smoked Ham

A double smoked ham is the perfect holiday meal.  First, it is delicious!  Second, it is cooked outside on a grill or smoker and as a result you have an open oven inside for all of your side dishes.  Finally, it is fantastic looking and smelling.  This meal is a show stopper and will make your guests’ jaws hit the floor.  Who doesn’t want to have a show stopping centerpiece for their holiday meal?!  This dish utilizes a fully cooked ham that you smoke and reheat on your grill or smoker.  It is so delicious!

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Liam’s Lemonade

Liam's Lemonade

My son Liam loves to cook!  The other day he asked if he could make homemade lemonade.  I was happy to oblige.  I got out the stuff and he told me to walk away.  He was going to do it all.  I told him that I would need to help as he hasn’t graduated to using the stove or a sharp knife yet.  While he objected, he finally agreed as he really wanted lemonade.  Just to set the record straight, all I did was cut the lemons in half and heat up the simple syrup.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa 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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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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Valentines Day Pressed Cookies

Valentine's Day Pressed Cookies

My family loves to eat cookies.  Some of our favorite cookies are pressed cookies.  They are easy to make, equal in size and consistent in quality.  They are basically the easiest cookies in the world to cook the same repeatedly.  In order to make these we had to pick up a cookie press.  After looking at  various reviews online we decided to pick up an Oxo Cookie Press.  Next since it is Valentines day we decided to make some Valentines cookies.  This was easy as a few of the various cookie cutters included with the Oxo cookie press were hearts, flowers and teddy bears.  Perfect for Valentines Day!  The go to dough for these cookies, is Dana’s Mother’s recipe.  Thanks for letting me reprint this Jane.

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Cutout Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

My wife Dana is a great baker.  She also has a great eye for design.  So I have to put it out there, these cookies are all her.  My hands are not steady enough and my decorating ideas are not good enough to make these cookies. However, she was happy to share them with all of you.  So a big thank you to Dana! How awesome do these cookies look? By the way, these sugar cookies are perfection.  They are not too sweet, thus allowing you to coat them in super sweet royal icing.  Plus, they hold up great without overly rising.  Therefore, your cutouts look exactly as they should.

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Bill’s Sangria – Thirsty Thursday!

Best Sangria Recipe around!

My Father-In-Law Bill is a wine fanatic. When I told him that I needed a new drink for the blog he went right for Sangria. It is a light and refreshing wine based drink that is perfect for this summer weather that we are all having. Bill’s Sangria has a few twists which add to … Read moreBill’s Sangria – Thirsty Thursday!

Apricot Thumbprints

Apricot Thumbnail Cookies

The next cookie that Dana made for our Christmas Cookie tins was a nice Apricot Thumbprint cookie.  The Apricot jam accented the sugar cookie nicely.  Just like the other cookies, I could not keep these out of my mouth. Apricot Thumbprints In a large bowl combine butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract.  Using … Read moreApricot Thumbprints

Soft Sugar Cookies With Light and Fluffy Frosting

Light and Fluffy Sugar Cookies

I was trolling around the internet looking for some inspiration and discovered these tasty cookies over at SavorySights.com.  They were posted by Fake Ginger and they reminded me of the super soft and delicious sugar cookies that the local Ukrop’s Bakery inside of Martin’s makes.  They were perfect.  Light and fluffy and exactly what I expected.  These cookies are almost like eating sugary air.  They are a must try.

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Individual Peach Upside-Down Cakes

Individual Peach Upside-Down Cakes

Peaches are in season right now and they are sweeter than ever.  I have a pantry full of them.  I was looking for a new recipe that I have never even contemplated before.  Dana and I were brainstorming and one thing I have never made was an upside down cake.  So I looked around and … Read moreIndividual Peach Upside-Down Cakes

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast

The other day I was strolling through the local Super Market when  I came across an amazing loaf of Challah bread.  I knew I had to make something with it.  So I decided to make my favorite French Toast for dinner.  Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner.  Plus, a little brown sugar and Cinnamon to round off my French Toast.  The perfect complement for a savory sweet breakfast for dinner treat.

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast

Top with a little powdered sugar and this breakfast treat is going prime time.

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