Chocolate Stout Cupcakes With Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting

St Patrick’s Day is coming soon, and I will be celebrating in a sweeter fashion this year.  Even though I like to cheat my way through desserts by using pre-made mixes, there is one part of a cake that is definitely better when it is homemade: buttercream frosting.   Making frosting sounds much more difficult…
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Honey Parmesan Pork Loin

Honey Parmesan Pork Loin is our latest, greatest busy weekday meal saver.  “Honey” and “Parmesan cheese” are magical words in my house.   My favorite part about it is it’s also good enough to become a “company is coming” meal saver. To make the pork loin, place a three- to four-pound roast in the Crock-Pot.…
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Ricotta Cheese

I am usually all about keeping things in the kitchen as easy and “real life ready” as possible.  Most of time that involves buying some prepackaged foods and adding my own flair to it.  However, this past weekend I decided to do just the opposite.  I decided I was going to conquer cheese making.  Alright,…
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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I should just call this the “Perfect Tomato Soup”, but of course, I don’t want to get too many people over-excited.  The soup gets its rich flavors from sweet yellow onions, fennel, and garlic cooked in butter until tender and fragrant.  Of course, you can substitute olive oil if you like, but the butter flavor…
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Pizza Nachos

It’s that time of year again.  Each night at the dinner table, the conversation starts like this:  “Mom, who are you cheering for in the Super Bowl?”.  I generally give an answer that doesn’t tie me too closely with any one team so that I can please all three of the tiny parties that are…
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