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Flavorful Bread Machine Focaccia Bread

This easy Italian Focaccia Bread is one of the recipes I make most frequently in my bread machine. In general, I'm not a fan of having too many kitchen gadgets.  I like to have kitchen tools that serve multiple purposes,  One of the exceptions is my bread machine. I love making fresh bread and I want the bread-making process to be as easy as I can make.  That's why I won't be without a bread machine in my kitchen.   Making Italian Focaccia Bread In a Bread Machine  (This post contains affiliate links.  The compensation I receive when you purchase using these links helps support the costs to maintain this blog.) Italian Focaccia Bread When I tell you this focaccia bread is a favorite I may be understating how much we love this bread at my house. We might be obsessed.  The texture and flavors in this bread will make your mouth water. I'm getting excited about the bread just writing about it. The ingredients are simple, but together they make a delici

Spicy Italian Sausage Soup

Is soup your jam in winter? Through the fall and winter months, I like to make a big pot of soup at least once a week.  We'll have it for dinner and then for lunches until it is gone.   Most of the time, I'll make a loaf of bread to go along with it because we love to dip our crusty bread into the soup. You may want to try this Foccacia bread recipe  or this honey oat bread recipe with your soup. Today's recipe for Spicy Italian Sausage Soup is one of those hearty soups that will be perfect with a piece of crusty bread for dipping. Italian Sausage Soup to Spice Up Your Life This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  I receive a small compensation when you shop through these links to help support publishing this blog. Spicy Italian Sausage Soup This Spicy Italian Sausage Soup is

Mexican Wedding Cookies

The Mexican Wedding Cookie is a holiday favorite of mine.  This nut-flavored, shortbread cookie is covered in powdered sugar that makes them look like snowballs.  It is a tasty, three-bite, melt-in-your-mouth cookie that is a special treat, perfect for your Christmas cookie platters. A Traditional Nut-Flavored, Shortbread Christmas Cookie This post includes affiliate links for your convenience.  We receive compensation when you use the links. Mexican Wedding Cookies If you are looking for a holiday cookie that is festive and delicious but quick to make these are your choice. With only six ingredients these cookies are easy to assemble and bake.   Their tender texture and buttery flavor pack a lot of satisfaction for relatively little effort.  These would be nice holiday cookies to share with neighbors and friends. Before you go... Join the Jus

Five Thanksgiving Appetizers

It's that time of year again.  The holiday season is kicking into full throttle.  If you are like me you are spending a significant amount of time these days thinking about holiday menus, making shopping lists, and planning your holiday preparation.   Have you decided what appetizers you will serve this Thanksgiving?  If not, I've assembled some suggestions from you. Five Appetizer Recipes to Rock Thanksgiving Rock Your Thanksgiving with These Appetizers This is a list of five of my favorite appetizers. They are tried and true party pleasers.  Choose the one or two that best represent the flavor preferences of your family and you can't go wrong.

Three Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas to Make Ahead

Thanksgiving morning will be here before you know it. Yes, the holiday is coming.  You want it to be special, but hey, there's a lot of cooking to be done.  No one wants to start with a complicated breakfast!  Here are three suggestions for some special breakfast items that you can make ahead.  That way you can relax a little and have a special Thanksgiving breakfast without throwing off your dinner schedule. Fall Breakfast-Cranberry Bread, Cran-apple Muffins, Pumpkin Scones #1  Cranberry Bread Serves 12 Cranberry Bread Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup shortening 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped 3/4 cup fresh orange juice Zest of one orange 1 large egg, beaten 1/2 cup chopped nuts Raw sugar, for topping, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a standard loaf pan. In a medium bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sa

The Best, Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Comfort food has been a favorite on my menu lately.  You know this if you've been following along regularly.  Trying times call for comfort food, don't you agree? Chicken pot pie has been on my menu rotation lately.  It's been an easy meal to prepare and oh, so comforting to eat.  You’ll be surprised just how easy it is make chicken pot pie from scratch.   Here are some keys to an easy, yummy chicken pot pie. Three Ways to Make Chicken Pot Pie Easy 1. Make chicken pot pie when you have leftover chicken or buy a rotisserie chicken. 2. Use your favorite brand of prepared pie crust. Making your own pie crust from scratch is wonderful, but not the quickest, easiest option. 3. Use a package of frozen mixed vegetables . I like a mixture of carrots, peas, corn, and green beans. Four Keys to Yummy Chicken Pot Pie 1. Use chicken stock instead of chicken broth. If you have homemade chicken stock on hand you are in luck.  Otherwise, use your favor

Pumpkin Scones

Are you ready for another pumpkin recipe?  After all, it is pumpkin month, right?  Isn't October pumpkin month?  Well, it is at my house.  As a result, I've had pumpkin on my mind. I recently caught a glimpse of some pumpkin scones at one of my favorite local coffee shops.  I looked but didn't sample the day I saw them.  That's always dangerous because the thought of those scones got stuck in my brain in the same way the song, Mama Mia, just won't leave me after I hear it.  You know what I mean, don't you? Scones are a funny baked good.  They seem like a cross between a biscuit and a muffin.  At their best, scones have a crisp exterior with a soft, tender crumb.  Scones are lovely with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Making scones is surprisingly easy.  The one key to successful scones is not to overwork your batter.  Just stir until the mixture just comes together. Freezing unbaked scones makes it possible to have a warm scone with your morning coffee any time