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Easy Artichoke Bread

Easy Artichoke Bread

Easy Artichoke Bread makes a great snack for game day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…or really any day for that matter. This crusty French bread is rich, creamy, and super cheesy or in other words everything you would want an indulgent snack to be! It can be […]

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

Raise your hand if you’re enjoying every last bit of summer! We sure are!! And that means getting our fill of all the wonderful summer flavors before the days start getting cooler. Key Lime Cream Pie is the most perfect dessert for June, July, and […]

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Serve up a little slice of sunshine with our White Chocolate Fruit Tart! As summer heats up it’s only natural to crave juicy fruits and refreshing desserts and this beautiful tart is both. This marvelous dessert is super versatile and perfect for brunch, picnics and summer BBQs. The delicious shortbread style crust is super easy to make and requires no rolling or chilling. Its decadent white chocolate cream cheese filling is perfectly balanced by an assortment of colorful glazed fruit. You can easily add your own spin on this recipe by mixing up the combination of fruits. Try adding in some mixed berries or going a little more tropical with mango and coconut. The possibilities are really endless! Hope you’re ready to party because your friends and family will be swarming as soon as you pull this baby out. Seriously there won’t be a single crumb left behind.

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, confectioners’ sugar, white chocolate chips, heavy cream, cream cheese, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, strawberries, kiwi, white sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and mint for garnish (optional). White Chocolate Fruit Tart ingredients list #fruittart #tart #whitechocolatefruittart #summerdessert #holidaydessert

In a medium sized bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. The confectioners’ sugar is the secret ingredient that keeps this pastry so light yet crisp. Gradually add in the flour (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix well with each addition.

Butter, confectioners' sugar, and flour are creamed together in a large bowl with a hand mixer. #fruittart #pastry #fruitpastry #howtomakeafruittart #tropicalfruittart

Grease an 11-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. If you don’t have a tart pan with a removable bottom, a pizza pan with sides would work great as well. Press the pastry dough into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Pierce the pastry dough with a fork multiple times. This helps to prevent bubbles from forming in the pastry crust while it’s baking.

Pastry dough is pressed into the bottom and sides of a tart pan. #fruittart #whitechocolatefruittart #brunchrecipes #holidaydessert #tart

Bake the tart shell in a 300 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Tart crust baked in a tart pan cooling on the stovetop. #fruittart #whitechocolatedessert #dessert #fruitdessert #freshfruittart #brunchrecipes

While we’re waiting for the tart shell to cool we can go ahead and get started on the white chocolate cream cheese fruit tart filling. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and generously stir. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until the white chocolate chips are melted and smooth. Melted white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. #fruittart #dessertrecipes #summerdessert #homemadetartshell #pastryrecipe

Allow the melted chips to cool slightly, then mix in the heavy cream at a low speed. Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix at a medium speed until smooth (about 5 minutes). Look at that creamy dreamy goodness! I might have done a little taste test. LOL Can you see it?!?

Melted white chocolate chips, heavy cream, and cream cheese are mixed together until smooth. #dessert #desserttable #partydessert #dessertforacrowd #poolpartydessert #tropicalfruittart

Spread that amazingly delicious filling all over the pastry crust. Then pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow it to set up. I know, the waiting kills me too! But I promise you this one’s totally worth it!!White chocolate cream cheese filling is spread over the pastry shell. #tart #fruittart #whitechocolatefruittart #creamcheesefruittart #howtomakeatart #howtomakeatartshell

Drain the oranges, reserving 1/4 cup of fruit juice to be used later for the glaze. Drain the pineapples, again reserving 1/4 cup of the juice to use for the glaze. Peel the kiwi and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Cut the stems from the strawberries and cut the fruit into 1/4-inch slices as well. Next layer the fruit onto the filling. You can opt for a pretty pattern or design if you wanna get all fancy on us. But to me just the layers and layers of fruit are pretty enough. I mean just look at that fruit tart masterpiece! Mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, kiwi and strawberries are layered on top of the tart filling. #fruittart #dessertideas #dessertrecipes #brunchdessert #holidaydessert #partydessert #backtoschoolrecipes

And let’s not forget about that citrusy sweet fruit glaze to really make this baby shine! Combine the white sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Stir in the lemon juice and reserved pineapple and orange juices from earlier. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Allow the glaze to cool and then gently brush it over the fruit to cover. Look at that shine! Refrigerate White Chocolate Fruit Tart for 1 hour before serving. Citrus glaze is brushed over the fruit tart with basting brush. #fruittart #whitechocolatedessert #whitechocolatetart #summerrecipes #refreshingdessert #fruitdessert

Add a little mint garnish before serving and Voila! A true work of art. Seriously I can’t get over how easy this dessert is to make and how AHH-MAZING the results are. I honestly think I love this even more on day two after all of the fruit flavors have meshed together. Grab a fork and dig in! If you loved making this recipe then you should try our Fresh Strawberry Tart or Rustic Apple Tart next.

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White Chocolate Fruit Tart

July 27, 2020
: 8-16 servings (depending how you slice it)
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • fresh mint, optional (to garnish)
Directions
  • Step 1 FOR THE TART SHELL: In a medium sized bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the flour (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix well with each addition.
  • Step 2 Grease an 11-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. Press the pastry dough into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Pierce the pastry dough with a fork multiple times. Bake the tart shell in a 300 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Step 3 FOR THE FILLING: Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and generously stir. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until the white chocolate chips are melted and smooth.
  • Step 4 Allow the melted chips to cool slightly, then mix in the heavy cream with a hand mixer set at a low speed. Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix at a medium speed until smooth (about 5 minutes).
  • Step 5 Spread the filling over the pastry crust to cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Step 6 Drain the oranges and pineapples reserving 1/4 cup of fruit juice from each to be used later for the glaze. Slice the strawberries and kiwi. Layer the fruit over the filling to cover.
  • Step 7 FOR THE GLAZE: Combine the white sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Stir in the lemon juice and reserved pineapple and orange juices from earlier. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Allow the glaze to cool and then gently brush it over the fruit to cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

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Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

Hi! My name’s Lisa and I’m starting to become addicted to pressure cooking. It hasn’t always been that way though. I had always wanted to try pressure cooking but didn’t really know how to get started. I had no knowledge or experience using this type […]

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

If Spinach Artichoke Dip is involved then you can count me in people! It’s pretty much one of my main weaknesses. I just can’t say no to this luscious, creamy, absolutely delicious dip. I’ve tried all the recipes, the restaurant knock offs, the crockpot versions, […]

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

If you’ve never made Pizza Pinwheels then you’re truly missing out! This bitesize, crowd pleasing appetizer is totally irresistible, super easy to make and tastes just like pizza. Loads of pepperoni and mozzarella are wrapped up inside a tender, flaky crescent dough crust. These mini pizzas are fun to eat, extremely dippable, and 100% kid approved. And did you notice there’s only 5 ingredients? I mean c’mon!! Perfect for game day, after school snacking and just about everything in between. You’ll be making this one again and again!

Here’s all you’ll need: pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, an egg, and crescent rolls.

Pizza Pinwheels ingredients list

Let’s get rolling! First we need to dice up that pepperoni into itty bitty pieces. Short on time? Try pepperoni minis instead! As if this recipe couldn’t get an easier.

Diced pepperoni on a cutting board.

In a small bowl, combine the diced pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and the egg yolk. Only the yolk. Make sure to save the egg white! We’ll be using it a little later.

Pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and an egg yolk mixed together in a small bowl.

Next pop the top on that crescent dough and try not to jump! I know, I know. It’s near impossible. Unroll the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams closed to form one big piece.

Crescent dough unrolled on the countertop. Seams are pinched together to form one large rectangular sheet of dough.

Then spread the cheese and pepperoni mixture over top to within 1/4″ of the edges. Because what’s a pizza without loads of pepperoni and cheese??? I love this recipe because it’s really versatile. Switching up the cheese and fillings can give it a fun twist. Diced ham and cheddar would be a perfect pair! The possibilities are really endless!! Mmm mmm.

Pepperoni and cheese spread over top of the crescent roll dough.

Time to get rollin’! Starting with the shortest side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style. This is how we get that amazing spiral. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Place the roll on a cutting board and cut into 12 equal sized slices. I start by cutting the roll in half. Then cut both of those halves in half. Then cut each one of those pieces into thirds. This helps to keep all my slices nice and uniform.

Dough rolled up jelly-roll style to form a log. The log is then cut into 12 equal pieces.

Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper is so clutch here!! You know I love it but in this case it’s seriously a MUST! The melty cheesy goodness on the inside will easily stick to the pan and no one wants that. Oh and remember that egg white we set aside earlier? Well now’s the time to use it. Lightly beat the egg white and then brush it over the tops of the pizza pinwheels.

Pizza Pinwheel dough slices place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce or Ranch if you’re crazy like that and watch them disappear. No seriously, you better grab one for yourself!

Pizza Pinwheels on a baking sheet hot out of the oven.

Look at that spiral though! That bubbly, delicious cheese gets me ever time. It’s always a good time for Pizza Pinwheels!! And if you haven’t discovered our Cheesy Pizza Dip yet, you’re gonna wanna put that one on the list, like, ASAP.

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Pizza Pinwheels

January 28, 2019
: 12
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
Directions
  • Step 1 In a small bowl, combine the diced pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and the egg yolk. (Set the egg white aside for later)
  • Step 2 Unroll the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams closed to form one big piece. Spread the cheese and pepperoni mixture over top to within 1/4″ of the edges.
  • Step 3 Starting with the shortest side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Cut the roll into 12 equal sized slices.
  • Step 4 Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly beat the egg white and then brush it over the tops of the pizza pinwheels.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce. Enjoy!

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Apple Squash Soup

Apple Squash Soup

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? We sure did! But…..I am all leftover-ed out. I had just about all the turkey, stuffing, and pie that a girl can handle. And I LOVED every second of it!! Did I mention that my family serves up squash […]

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

The days are getting shorter….and colder! You know what that means right??? COMFORT FOOD!!! Pressure cooking used to be outside of my comfort zone, that is until Cosori sent me their 6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker to try. Now with a dinner recipe under my belt […]

Peach Cobbler Bars

Peach Cobbler Bars

I love cooking and baking with whatever local produce is in season for a few reasons. It supports our local farmers, it’s usually a whole lot cheaper (who doesn’t love saving money), but most importantly, fresh food just tastes better. It really does. And since peaches are in season here in Western NY these amazingly delicious Peach Cobbler Bars needed to be made ASAP!! This peach cobbler spinoff is great for a potluck or crowd. It’s got layer after layer of goodness too. Loads of fresh, juicy peaches sandwiched between not one but TWO layers of buttery crumb mixture are sure to delight your tastebuds. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you really want to indulge!

Here’s all you’ll need: flour, white sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, shortening, an egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, cornstarch, and of course peaches!

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First we’ll start by making our crumb mixture. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Did you know? Peaches are so popular here in Western NY that they even have their own festival. The Lewiston Peach Festival is an end of summer tradition for us! They even crown a Peach Queen!!

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Next cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly. If you don’t have a pastry blender you can totally use your fingers. I’m not here to judge (translation: that was my method of choice for years).

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Add the egg and vanilla extract to a separate bowl and lightly beat with a fork. Then add the egg mixture to the crumb mixture. Mix with a fork until well blended. This crumb topping doesn’t look like much now, but trust me, they are the unsung hero of Peach Cobbler Bars.

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Kudos to that crumb topping for working not only as the topping but also our base layer. Measure out 2-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture and set it aside for our top layer. Now take whatever’s left and press it into the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish. The bottom of a measuring cup will help you to spread it firmly and evenly in the baking dish.

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Now it’s time for the superstar of this dessert….THE PEACHES!!! Look at them! Aren’t they just gorgeous? Peel, pit, and chop the pieces. If your peaches are firm go right ahead and use a vegetable peeler to get the job done. If you’ve got some ripe peaches on your hands however, I suggest this method. Score the peaches with an “X” at the pointy tip of the fruit just enough to break the skin. Cook the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, remove with a slotted spoon, and transfer to an ice bath. Ice for 1 minute and you should be able to slowly peel the skins right off.

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Add the almond extract to the bowl and stir into the peaches. In a separate bowl, mix together cornstarch and 1/2 a cup of sugar. Add the cornstarch mixture to the peaches and toss to coat. Spread the peach filling evenly over the crust. Now Peach Cobbler Bars would be great just like this but we’re going to take it a step further!

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Grab that crumb topping that we set aside earlier and sprinkle it over top of the peach filling. Yep! All of it. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Cool completely and cut into bars.

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Are you drooling yet??? Cause I think I’m drooling!! Peach Cobbler Bars are giving me all those Fall feels!!! Dessert lovers raise your hands. You’ve gotta make our Over The Top Apple Pie Cheesecake next!

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Peach Cobbler Bars

September 21, 2018
: 2 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9 medium peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly.
  • Step 2 Add the egg and vanilla extract to a separate bowl and lightly beat with a fork. Add the egg mixture to the crumb mixture and mix with a fork until well blended.
  • Step 3 Measure out 2-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture and reserve for the top layer. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish.
  • Step 4 Peel, pit, and chop the pieces and place in a small bowl. Add the almond extract and stir.
  • Step 5 In a separate bowl, mix together cornstarch and 1/2 a cup of sugar. Add the cornstarch mixture to the peaches and toss to coat. Spread the peach filling evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over top.
  • Step 6 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Cool completely and cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad is the salad I’ve been missing all my life! Our garden is overflowing with cucumbers right about now and my hubby is. In. His. Glory!! But I’m not the type to just sit there and munch on a plain cucumber all on […]