Pineapple Jam

Small batch Pineapple Jam needs no pressure canning or pectin and yields a delicious and simple fresh pineapple jam in which you control the ingredients.

Small-Batch Pineapple Jam Homemade fresh fruit, small-batch, Pineapple Jam is a favorite of mine. With small batch jam, however, there’s no need for pressure canning or even pectin in the recipe. This yields a delicious fresh pineapple jam in which you control the ingredients. It’s simple and delicious.   My store had fresh pineapples on…

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With no oven involved, these simple Cannoli Parfaits made for a perfect "Cooking with Kids" style dessert.

Cannoli Parfaits

Cannoli Parfaits My daughter is 5-years-old and loves to help in the kitchen. She’s good at following instructions and this is a recipe that small children can easily help with. First we got right to work straining the homemade ricotta cheese. This is important and it must sit for several hours or up to overnight but really…

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Sunflower Bread has a delicious subtle nutty flavor and a great crunch. It is wonderful toasted and we love having it as a breakfast bread.

Sunflower Bread

Sunflower Bread My daughter and I have a guilty pleasure — it’s fresh baked bread. We use our bread machine but you can totally do this by hand and bake it in the traditional oven, if you prefer. Bread baking in our bread machine is what she calls “Cooking with Kids” and she loves to…

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Sweet & Spicy Grilled Shrimp are quick and simple to make and taste amazing fresh off the grill.

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Shrimp Loosely based on our Sweet and Spicy Honey Sriracha Chicken, these Sweet & Spicy Grilled Shrimp are quick and simple to make and taste amazing fresh off the grill. My husband and I enjoyed these while dining outside on the patio with some marinated mushrooms as a quick and simple lunch. Though these…

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Rum Raisin Rice Pudding is simply satisfying & uniquely comforting especially with the addition of crystallized ginger & a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg

Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

Rum Raisin Rice Pudding I did not, by any means, lose my Mom at a young age. In fact, I was 37 at the time she passed. But I remember thinking that day that she couldn’t go yet because I had not learned from her she had to teach. Even at 37, I still needed…

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Adding fresh salsa and a bit of hot sauce takes this frittata from ordinary to "egg-straordinary."

Mexican Frittata

Mexican Frittata We almost always make our own refried beans from scratch, because it’s cost effective and in our opinion, the beans just taste so much better than any canned variety. Pairing that with a frittata and some fresh salsa makes this healthy breakfast far from boring.   Creating a healthy frittata for a weekend breakfast…

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this Smoked Pork Butt was rated unanimously - amazing! This is by far THE best pork butt we have ever made in the smoker.

Smoked Pork Butt

Smoked Pork Butt A few years ago, the kids and I bought my husband an electric smoker for Father’s Day. We’ve been tinkering around with it here and there working on some recipes but have never really gotten anything up on the blog yet using it.       We figured it was high time…

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S’mores Brownie Bites were super simple to put together. With a graham cracker cereal, miniature marshmallows and chocolate-y brownies, these disappear fast

S’mores Brownie Bites

S’mores Brownie Bites Summer is heating up here in South Carolina (101 °F) and my daughter wanted to make S’mores but who can handle the heat of an open fire in this kind of summer heat! So I thought we could manage to give her that same iconic flavor in a brownie bite. Since these…

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New England Clam cakes are often served at restaurants and roadside stands and are eaten as a finger food.

New England Clam Cakes

New England Clam Cakes New England Clam cakes are a popular, though highly regional, New England food most commonly found in areas of coastal Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The clam cake is a deep-fried dough mixture containing chopped clams that has a cake-like consistency. Crispy, golden brown on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside….

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