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How to Make a Perfect Bacon and Eggs Breakfast

In my opinion, the best breakfast consists of two perfectly fried eggs, crispy bacon, and toast made with a hearty bread. It is the breakfast you want when you have time to relax around the kitchen table, drinking a cup of coffee or two. The Best Bacon and Eggs for Breakfast (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links you help support this blog.) How to Cook Bacon and Eggs My technique was learned from my mom, by watching her make our family's breakfast over and over again, year after year.  Cooking eggs in bacon fat is easy and takes just a little practice to perfect. All you really need for a great bacon and eggs breakfast is a good nonstick skillet and a good toaster . If you want to make your own bread for toast, a bread machine like mine  will make that easy as can be. Three Ingredients for a Great Breakfast A loaf of your favorite bread Extra-large eggs, because you want a g

Caramelized Onion Dip-The Only Dip You will Ever Need

This is the entertaining season.  Are you ready? Whether it is holiday gatherings with your family or football parties to watch your favorite team, you'll be needing a go-to dip for a satisfying appetizer or snack.  I've been making this caramelized onion dip for years and it is the hands-down favorite of all my dips. I try to keep it on hand in my fridge all the time. Best Caramelized Onion Dip  This post contains affiliate links to use when shopping.  When you shop with these links we receive a small compensation. Caramelized Onion Dip I swear to you that if you bring this dip to a party it will be the first to go and you will be asked to bring it to every party you attend from now to eternity.  It's a good thing this is a pretty easy dip to make.  The only real effort is in making the caramelized onions and that's because it takes a little time to get proper caramelization.  You don't want to rush it.  It takes about 45 minutes for the onions to dev

Sweet and Tart Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

Cranberry bread is a delightful alternative to muffins this time of year.  It's cranberry season so there is no better time to make this bread.  Make an extra loaf or two for your freezer.  One loaf just won't be enough.  The combination of sweet and tart flavors make this a favorite of mine. The addition of orange and nuts makes the aroma divine while adding a healthy twist.  Each slice of this cranberry bread has 228 calories. Cranberry Orange Quick Bread for Breakfast or Snacks This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links you help support the costs to publish this blog. Cranberry Bread for Breakfast This cranberry bread recipe is a tradition in my family.  This recipe comes to you via my mom who always had a platter of various quick breads ready for us for holiday breakfasts.  This is a festive way to keep the family satisfied on those mornings when you may be too busy for a big breakfast.  Make a loaf or two

Family Friendly Shepherd's Pie

Every few months I make a point to dive into my freezer to see what items may have been overlooked for too long.  Sometimes I go overboard when I stock up on meats and vegetables and as a result, I may not use them as quickly as I thought I would in my menu planning. If that is true for you as well, you may want to take a look into the black hole of your freezer and plan some meals to use up those overlooked ingredients. I found a couple of pounds of ground beef and an open, one pound bag of corn kernels in my freezer.  Those two ingredients called out to me loudly and clearly.  Yes, they told me it was time to make Shepherd's Pie.  Shepherd's Pie is a family-friendly meal that can be made for a few or many. Rustic Shepherd's Pie for Dinner This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase through these links you help support the costs of publishing this blog. Shepherd's pie is a meal that I have always prepared without a recipe.  My version is a s

Crunchy Crab Cakes

Are you a crab cake lover?  If you are, this crab cake recipe will float your boat! Crab cakes are one of those things I have typically reserved for a treat when I eat out.  When I go to a restaurant I like to order something I don't make for myself at home.  Crab cakes aren't hard to make at home but finding the lump crab meat to use in the recipe has been more of a challenge than I like when cooking at home. Crunchy Crab Cakes This post contains affiliate links.  When you shop using these links we receive a small compensation. Crab Cakes I found a local grocery store that is stocking the canned lump crab meat on a regular basis.  I was also able to get a can at my local BJ's last week.  That means I can now make these delicious crab cakes at home and have them any time I desire. I like to make a batch of these crab cakes for the freezer.  That way they become a quick, easy, delicious dinner any day of the week. Stocking your freezer with crab cakes is eas

Butternut Squash Soup with a Little Heat

Butternut squash soup is usually the first soup I make as the weather turns chilly here in New England. I love it.  I love the color of butternut squash soup.  It screams fall to me.  I love the texture of butternut squash soup because it is perfect for dipping a slice of warm crusty bread.  Most of all, I love that this soup is easy to make. Today's recipe makes a butternut squash soup with a little heat.  The heat comes from the addition of jalapeno peppers as one of the vegetables in the soup.  I use two jalapeno peppers when I make this soup.  Use only one if you want just a hint of heat.  Yes, you can leave the jalapeno peppers out of the soup altogether and still have a yummy soup. Butternut Squash Soup with Jalapeno Peppers This post includes affiliate links.  When you shop using these links we receive a small compensation. Butternut Squash Soup This butternut squash is one of the easiest soups you'll ever make.  The hardest part is cutting up the butter

Killer Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger

This cranberry sauce recipe is just in time for your Thanksgiving meal planning. With just four simple ingredients you'll have a festive and delicious side to add to your holiday dinner. Cranberry sauce is a funny thing.  Do you prefer chunky or jellied? Ask folks and they will have a definite preference.  The response seems to be related to whichever is served at their family's traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  In my family it was always jellied cranberry sauce, sliced perfectly.  It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it.  As a matter of fact, I always refused to eat chunky cranberry sauce, not being able to fathom how I could possibly enjoy chunks in my cranberry sauce. A Delicious Fresh Cranberry Sauce Killer Cranberry Sauce I'm evidence that you can teach an old dog new tricks.  Yes, sirree.  Several years ago, I decided to step out of my comfort zone by making a chunky cranberry sauce. One bite of this cranberry sauce and I became a lover

Apple Crisp-A Classic Fall Dessert

Apple crisp is a homey, comfort food that has always been a family favorite recipe.  It may very well be my favorite fall dessert of all.  There is no better dessert to serve when the crisp, fragrant apples of fall are abundantly available. My apple crisp is a bit different from the apple crisp you may know because the crumble topping is not made with oatmeal.  Instead of oatmeal, I make a topping mixture of butter, sugar, and flour.  My All-Time Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. When you purchase using these links you help support the costs to publish this blog.  Classic Apple Crisp Pin this Apple Crisp recipe for later. So, how do I make my apple crisp's crumble topping?  It is a simple mixture of flour, sugar, and butter mixed together with my fingers to make the crumbles.  As the crisp bakes, the topping becomes golden brown, crunchy and in my opinion, perfect.  Serve this apple crisp warm with vanilla ice cream a