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Last Minute Holiday Cooking – 5 Sugar Cookies Recipes & Decoration Tips

Last Minute Holiday Cooking – 5 Sugar Cookies Recipes & Decoration Tips

Sugar cookies are one of the first recipes that come to mind when compiling holiday menus. The reason is they are easy to make, delicious, soft, flavorful, perfect for shaping into festive symbols, and ideal for decorating. No wonder these cuties are loved by kids and grown-ups alike.


From a cook’s/thrifty housewife’s perspective, sugar cookies have a few more important upsides:

  • the dough can be easily doubled without affecting the final result
  • the cookies can be made crispier by prolonging the baking time just a bit to satisfy all tastes in the family;
  • baked sugar cookies freeze well.

From a mom’s perspective, these cookies are great for including the kids who are enthusiastic to help in the kitchen.

We’ve got some amazing sugar cookies recipes to make last minute holiday preparations easier for you. But before we get to them, let’s go through some essential tips and tricks that will facilitate the process even more.

  • Don’t be afraid to add more butter than the recipe calls for to make the cookies incredibly soft. If you have run out of butter, cream cheese will do the trick;
  • To chill or not to chill? You can skip the chilling only if the recipe explicitly specifies that or if you don’t really care if the sugar cookie shapes look ok. Chilling makes the dough easy to work with and helps the cookies keep their shape during baking.

The Best Sugar cookies recipes to Make During the Holidays


Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies

Whole-wheat flour adds a slightly nutty flavor and wholesome texture to this traditional sugar cookies recipe. To add a nutty crunch, stir 1/4 cup chopped pecans or almonds into the cookie dough.

Brown Sugar Cookies

The simplest cookies are often the best! These heavenly bites of brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and nuts just melt in your mouth. The nuts need to be finely chopped for this recipe – finer than are typically found in chopped nut packages in the market. You can chop them further in a food processor—just be careful to process in short bursts until they’re finely chopped—not ground into a paste.

Drop Sugar Cookies

Decorated sugar cookies don’t always have to be rolled and cut out; this simple drop recipe yields quick—yet still delicious—results. Make your own colored sugar to match any theme. Just place a few tbsp. granulated sugar in a container with a tight-fitting lid, add a drop or two of food coloring and shake until the color is evenly distributed.

Iced Sugar Cookies

Prepare the sprinkles and food coloring! These simple treats are perfect for the holidays but also to add color to any regular rainy day. Children will love helping to cut out and decorate their own special cookies but also devour them afterward.

Macadamia Sugar Cookies

These generously-sized sugar cookies have rich macadamia nuts in every bite. So simple to make—just mix, scoop and bake! Put your taste buds on cloud nine by adding white chocolate to these already heavenly cookies. Just substitute ½ cup coarsely chopped white baking chocolate or white chocolate chips for half of the macadamia nuts.

Decorating Sugar Cookies


When it comes to decorating, it all comes down to skills and patience but you can hardly go wrong with sugar cookies. These cookies are great with a simple buttercream frosting or chocolate ganache spread on top, or between two cookies. If you are skillful enough, you can glaze each cookie with a thin layer of icing, mix colors, and draw. The best tools to pull this off are squeeze bottles and piping bags.

For a super-quick decoration, fill a small plastic bag half full with melted semisweet chocolate chips. Make a small diagonal cut in the bottom corner of the bag and squeeze out the chocolate into various designs and patterns onto the cooled cookies.

If you decide to go with classic royal icing, here is a step-by-step instruction:

To make it easier on yourself, choose a recipe that calls for only the basic ingredients

3-4 cups Powdered Sugar

2 Egg whites

  • Start by beating the egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy.
  • Then, gradually add the powdered sugar (3-4 cups).

Extra flavor can be added with vanilla extract (2 tsp.), which is a common choice. Other options include almond extract or lemon juice. If using extracts, make sure they are colorless to keep the icing white.

Once the icing is smooth and thick enough, place it in a zip-lock bag for storing or use immediately.

For the buttercream frosting fans, we chose a chocolate-flavored buttercream because why not? ‘Tis the season to go wild with food!

  • 1 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The best type of chocolate chips to use for buttercream isn’t regular milk chocolate we all like to devour, but semisweet or bittersweet. When mixed with the other ingredients, these types of chocolate will lighten up not just in color but also in taste, keeping the rich chocolate flavor at the same time.

The quality of the chocolate you use is also of great importance. High-quality chocolate chips tend to melt well and produce a smooth, even & velvety final result. Make sure the melted chocolate chips are cooled before adding them to the buttercream mixture.

Whip the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on a medium speed until light and fluffy, (for about 3 minutes). Add the powdered sugar and keep mixing until the mixture is homogenous and creamy. Then, add the vanilla followed by the cooled melted chocolate and whip the frosting on medium speed fluffy and creamy, for about 4 minutes.


Note: If refrigerating this buttercream, let it achieve room temperature before whipping it with an electric mixer about a minute or so.

Note 2: If the butter you use is unsalted, add just a pinch of salt with the powdered sugar.

Happy New Year!


15 Chicken Breast Recipes You Need to Try

15 Chicken Breast Recipes You Need to Try

Whether you’re cooking for two or planning a Christmas dinner for family and friends, chicken breast recipes make a great option to satisfy everyone’s taste. They produce tasty, satisfying meals without falling into a boring recipe route.

Chicken breast recipes are not only incredibly easy to make but are also low in calories and quite healthy (please make sure the meat you’re buying is free of hormones and non-GMO). Moreover, chicken breasts are extremely versatile – you can simply bread and cook them or combine with a plethora of herbs & spices and include them in salads, stews, pies, curries, stir fries, fajitas, pizzas and more!


No wonder chicken breast recipes are so well-loved. The 2017 Google food report puts them on top of their list of most searched recipes!


Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie

Need a budget-friendly recipe as a simple solution for a family gathering? The classic pot pie is re-invented by tucking tender chicken breasts and mixed veggies into a flaky pie crust. The result? A spectacular savory pie that is sure to amaze your relatives!

Baked Chicken Parmesan

Italian cuisine lovers an also enjoy chicken breast recipes. Baked Chicken Parmesan is an Italian classic recipe – tender chicken breasts coated with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese—all topped with tangy tomato sauce and mozzarella. Baking the cutlet instead of frying not only gives a light twist but also makes the dish even healthier without compromising the flavor and moistness. This dish is kid friendly and pairs especially well with pasta or fresh salads.

Garden Chicken Pizza

Refrigerated pizza dough makes fresh, homemade white pizza, with tender pieces of chicken, a quick supper option. Note: If you are skilled and patient enough, you can make the dough yourself using a bread machine but feel free to use refrigerated pizza dough if you prefer! Also, if by any chance you make more sauce than you need, pour it into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Creamy Tarragon Chicken

This chicken breast recipe requires pan-frying the meat with tarragon, and combining it with a smooth, velvety sauce made with chicken broth, some white wine, and heavy cream – a simple recipe for the whole family. It pairs especially well with pasta, salad, and rice for a quick and easy weeknight supper.

Note: To keep the chicken warm in Step 4, cover with aluminum foil. This also seals in the moisture of the chicken. This recipe can also be made with chicken thighs and you can replace the heavy cream with half-fat crème fraîche to make it lighter.

Quick Chicken Fajitas

For a casual weeknight get-together, make these quick & sizzling fajitas – chicken breasts, onion, and peppers are cut into even pieces so they cook quickly and evenly to produce a delicious filling. Instead of sour cream, offer guacamole or salsa as toppings options for a more authentic experience.

Note: the recipe can be varied with the addition of shredded cabbage, toasted pumpkin seeds and queso fresco crumbles plus a simple dressing made with olive oil and lime juice.

Chicken Stroganoff

Classic stroganoff gets a makeover with the use of chicken breasts! Tender meat coated in a creamy mushroom sauce, thickened with sour cream, for a classic dish that’s packed with flavor. For beef stroganoff, replace the chicken with flank steak cut into 1/4-inch strips in Step 1. Use beef broth instead of chicken broth in Step 2. We love this dish because it is done in about half an hour. Serve it with rice or pasta!

Stir-Fried Chicken

Bite-size chicken pieces and crisp vegetables in a tasty sauce combine for a delicious and nutritious take on “fast” food. Chop the vegetables to the same size to ensure even cooking and have them on hand in the order they will be cooked. For the best results, heat the wok or frying pan before adding the oil.

Maple Chicken

Juicy chicken breasts rubbed with a blend of aromatic spices and coated in a spicy-sweet glaze are the perfect weekday meal. For a different taste, omit the tarragon in Step 2 and replace the maple syrup with sweet chili sauce in Step 3.

Chicken and Potato Salad

A chunky mix of new potato slices and golden chicken tossed with a mustard dressing—a hearty alternative to plain old potato salad! For a more Asian flavor, try adding peeled and grated gingerroot to the dressing in Step 2. Replace the chicken with turkey.

Peanut Chicken with Rice

This chicken feast combines the sweetness of peanut butter with rice, peanuts, and crunchy raw vegetables. For an equally crunchy texture but slightly different flavor, replace the roasted peanuts with 1/4 cup cashews.

Chicken Bacon Bundles

Lock in the full flavor of succulent chicken with a savory filling of herbed cheese and basil, all wrapped in smoky bacon. If you prefer a milder cheese, use mozzarella instead. Grate over the top of the chicken about 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time in Step 3.

Hawaiian Chicken

If you want to be transported to a sandy beach in the middle of winter, this dish is just for you! Red onion, red and green bell pepper, pineapple and tender chicken all sizzle in a garlic-enhanced sweet-and-sour sauce. For added flavor and flair, stir in 1 tsp. sesame seeds just before serving.

Bruschetta Chicken

A delicious new way to serve grilled chicken—nestled on grilled Italian bread and topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and Parmesan. Try this tasty variation: After placing the chicken on the bread slices, top each chicken breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese. Broil just until cheese is melting, then top with the tomato mixture.

Margarita Chicken

A margarita marinade—perfect for summertime. Dance on down to the beach and fire up the grill for a party. Fresh lime juice is best with this recipe. Why not buy a few extra limes and make limeade? Just mix the juice from /3 cup sugar and about 2 quarts of water in a tall pitcher. Chill and enjoy!


Easy Chicken Wellington

Treat your guests to these tempting puff pastries filled with juicy chicken breasts, spinach, and mushrooms. To add a little zing to this chicken breast recipe, spread 1 tsp. Dijon-style mustard on the chicken before wrapping.

Do you have a favorite chicken breast recipe? Let us know in the comments below.

16 Christmas Cakes to Round Off a Festive Dinner in Style

16 Christmas Cakes to Round Off a Festive Dinner in Style

If we had to choose between Christmas presents and Christmas cakes, we’d definitely go for the cakes! Because there is no better way to round off a festive dinner than with loads of sugar and frosting.

All the other foods are just an intro to the moment everyone expects – the moment when the Christmas cake is cut. What a way to gather the family (too) close together! After devouring the exquisite sweet creation, everyone, including the exhausted hostess, can sit back and relax.


A traditional Christmas cake is loaded with a combination of raisins, sultanas, currants, nuts, cherries, and orange zest, all soaked in sherry or brandy for a beautifully soft and moist texture. But if you are not into this traditional recipe, you can choose from our selection that includes red velvet cake, cheesecake, ginger-y cake, and more! Don’t get us started on the frostings and icings. Just read!

Red Velvet Cake

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Is there a cake that works for every single Holiday (from Christmas to Valentine’s)? ‘Tis this one – a Southern classic beauty favorite among all family members. Its’ smooth texture and rich frosting make it a dramatic dessert for any occasion!

Cherry Explosion Cake

Looking for the perfect celebration cake? Look no more! The best variation of the traditional fruity Christmas cake is here – swirled marble layers, brimming with sweet maraschino cherries and cloaked in beautiful pink cherry frosting, this cake is like a party on your plate! Talk about using food as a table decoration!

Black Forest Roll

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This variation on the classic German dessert is a lighter cake with more cream per bite. It’s great for special occasions. Tip: To make individual tortes, cut the base into about 20 small squares. Sandwich together with jam and whipped cream and decorate with more whipped cream and chocolate flakes.

Italian Cream Cake

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Bring snow to your festive table with this rich Christmas cake! This fabulous three-layer creation made with buttermilk, pecans, and coconut is topped with a velvety cream cheese icing. If you don’t like pecans, you can substitute chopped walnuts.

Pecan Chocolate Layer Cake

For all chocolate lovers, we offer four chocolate Christmas cake variations. The first one is a sweet and nutty layer cake sure to impress guests of all ages. Tip: In a hurry? Bake the cake in a 13- x 9-inch baking pan according to package directions. Drizzle with sauce, frost, and top with pecans.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

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This luscious chocolate dessert is baked in a rich sauce that runs through the cake to create a melt-in-the-mouth center. Note: Semolina is a coarse, pale-yellow flour ground from hard durum wheat. It’s used to make pasta and gnocchi, and can also be added to cookies and cakes to give a slightly crunchy texture.

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Chocolate and raspberries are a match made in heaven on top of a luscious, dense cake flavored with coffee and ground almonds.

White Chocolate Heaven

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A smooth, velvety cake with a subtle white chocolate flavor is coated with a creamy ganache—it’s truly divine. Tip: f you have any of the white chocolate left over, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high until melted, about 1 minute. Hold large strawberries by their hulls and dip them into the melted chocolate to half coat, then place on a sheet of waxed paper and let set.

Classic Coconut Cake

If you are favoring something lighter, here is the perfect Christmas cake for you – light and fluffy, just like tasting a coconut cloud— every bite of this classic cake is (almost) indescribably delicious! Snowflakes you can actually eat!

Raspberry Cheesecake

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Need a foolproof Christmas cake recipe? Cheesecake is always a good idea. Especially if your originally planned cake fails (speaking from experience here). Smooth and creamy cheesecake is a real delight! A glossy raspberry topping gives this cake a beautiful look and a wonderfully tart flavor.

Brownie Swirl Cheesecake

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But cheesecake has so many varieties, we just can’t decide which one to make this Christmas! Tip: If by any chance you run out of chocolate chips (with so many kids in the house, that’s totally possible), simply substitute 6 squares of semisweet chocolate for 1 cup of chocolate chips. Chop the chocolate squares slightly so they melt more evenly.

Pear & Ginger Cake

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For those tired of making gingerbread every year, here comes a Christmas cake you’re gonna love! This simple yet rich, moist cake is lightly spiced with ginger and filled with a layer of juicy pears for a sweet harmony of flavors. Tip: Chopped canned pears will work just as well as fresh pears in this cake. Remember to drain them well.

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Speaking of wintry spices (and simple desserts), here is another Christmas cake. Sour cream is the secret ingredient in the batter, and an irresistible pecan streusel is the “frosting on the cake.” Tip: Always use a wire rack when cooling cakes; air can circulate all around the pan and the bottom of the cake won’t get soggy.

Lemon Layer Cake

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Oh, that combination of sweet and tangy! Lemon curd adds a tangy surprise to this delightful layer cake. Tip: Instead of frosting, use whipped cream to frost the cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

Praline Layer Cake

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We’ve got more layer Christmas cakes for you! This one, under its decadent white chocolate and cream cheese frosting, reveals a sweet praline filling—a delicious and good-looking dessert!

Triple Berry Cake

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Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries star in this beautiful three-layer cake that is a celebration of summer but will totally work on your festive table since it incorporates the colors of Christmas with a dose of healthiness. Just add fresh mint leaves on top for the green!

The Best Christmas Cookies You’ll Ever Make

The Best Christmas Cookies You’ll Ever Make

It’s time for our favorite Christmas traditions – baking cookies. I mean, what would Christmas be without cookies? From the classic sugar cookies and gingerbread men to raspberry linzers and snowcaps, your family and friends won’t be able to resist these Christmas cuties for sure.

We’re offering a selection of Christmas cookies that look amazing even without extra decoration, along with tips and tricks to make the most of them. Just make sure to save some for Santa!


Forget about counting calories during the holiday season and bake away!

Gingerbread Shapes

The beauty of these cookies is that they can be cut into various shapes, from stars to little people. Tip: If you don’t have the molasses required in the recipe, substitute an equal amount of sorghum or honey. Honey gives the gingerbread cookies a milder taste but equally sweet and delicious. Plus, it makes them a bit healthier!

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Nothing looks more festive on the holiday table than a tray of these Christmas cookies. A variation of Linz, Austria’s famous linzertorte, these buttery cuties feature a rich dough packed with jam and flavored with ground almonds. The fillings can vary from lemon curd to raspberry jam. Don’t forget to dust them with confectioners’ sugar to bring the snow to your dining room!

Merry Christmas Cookies

Fun to make and fun to eat, these festive cookies are a holiday present the whole family will enjoy. Brighten any holiday by making these easy cookies with the kids and save the recipe – you can vary the decorations for Easter, Valentine’s Day or Halloween.


With macadamia nuts and a “cap” of sprinkle-covered chocolate, these buttery Christmas cookies will make you forget about everyday chocolate chip cookies. Pecans, walnuts or other favorite nuts can be used in place of the macadamia nuts. Extra tip: Substitute the chocolate candy with pastel-colored candy disks for a holiday twist.

Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps

One taste of these Christmas cookies will take you back to your childhood and baking cookies with mom. This recipe is one of our favorites to prepare around the holidays because it is so easy and yields a big batch of cookies. Tip: Put the gingersnaps in stacks of 10 or 12 cookies and wrap them in plastic wrap. Then, tie the plastic wrap with a pretty ribbon. That way, when unexpected guests or even carolers came to the door, you will have a special little gift ready.

Chocolate Berry Thumbprints

Looking for something delicious to perk up your tea or coffee on the Christmas morning? The tartness of raspberry jam sparkles in contrast to the deep chocolate makes them the best choice. Tip: Fill these cookies with a different kind of jam. Any jelly or seedless preserves can be used. Try orange marmalade, apricot jam or cherry preserves—create your own dazzling flavor combination! Extra tip:

Make these Christmas cookies even prettier with a glaze. Place 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract in a small bowl. Stir in 2–3 teaspoons water until the mixture is a glazing consistency. Drizzle the glaze over.

Glazed Cinnamon Cookies

These sweet and spicy treats have a nutty, cinnamon filling rolled up inside a sugar cookie dough and a drizzle of sweet glaze over the top. Give these cookies a sweet and tangy twist. Add 4 tablespoons of chopped dried cranberries, raisins or dried cherries to the filling.  en stand back and watch them disappear!

Tutti-Fruity Cookies

Invite guests or treat yourself to a hot cup and some of these crisp, buttery cookies decked with colorful bits of fruit. Tip: Make these basic cookies with any kind of dried fruit or nut that you like. Pecans pair beautifully with the buttery taste, and you can add golden raisins for sweetness.

Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Light as air, these delicate meringue cookies are an old-fashioned treat, perfect for special occasions and holiday cookie trays. Tip: Add a little drama—and extra flavor—to these pretty cookies by dipping them in chocolate. Just melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Dip the bottoms of the cooled cookies in the chocolate and let stand on parchment paper until the chocolate is set. Peel away the parchment and serve.

Melt-Away Cookies

These classic butter cookies certainly melt away any resistance—you can’t eat just one! They may be classic, but they never get tiresome! Tip: It’s important to measure out the dough 1 tsp. at a time so that the cookies area uniform size and bake evenly. If the dough gets too soft to work with, chill it for 15 minutes.

Chocolate-Almond Cookies

The addition of chocolate will turn any good cookie into a Christmas delight! And for this recipe, you don’t even need fancy baking equipment. However, parchment baking paper is a must, to cover the baking sheets when baking these Christmas cookies. The reason is that they tend to stick to baking sheets more than other cookies, so you might lose half the cookies! Parchment is simple to use and ensured that these cookies just slid off the sheet.

Currant Griddle Cookies

These rich Christmas cookies are slightly biscuit-like, something like Scottish scones, so you can serve them along with tea or coffee (milk for the little ones), offering soft butter and strawberry jam as accompaniments.


Orange Frost Cookies

Christmas cookies with a hint of summer? You got it! The icing for these cookies is a thin glaze. Tip: For a neater holiday look, make the mixture thicker, like frosting, and spread it on each cookie individually. To do this, reduce the amount of orange juice to 1 tablespoon.



13 Patriotic Foods to Celebrate Veterans Day 2017

13 Patriotic Foods to Celebrate Veterans Day 2017

When we started compiling the recipes in honor of Veterans Day, we were guided by one simple question: “What would a soldier stationed somewhere far away want the most?” There was a fiery discussion among the members of our editorial team, but all ideas had something in common – comfort food! Add ‘homemade’ to the picture and you’re all set to show your love and support for all the brave military members who fought for our freedom.


Veterans Day is an official public holiday in the States, observed annually on November 11 since the 1950s. It is meant to honor the people who served in the Armed Forces, i.e. military veterans. And since many workers and students have Veterans Day off, it is a perfect opportunity to gather and make the veteran(s) in your life happy to be home.

You can cook a delicious meal at any point of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner (don’t forget the dessert!).

Veterans Day Breakfast Recipes


Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

What better way to warm up a veteran’s heart (and fill their belly) than by serving breakfast in bed? These fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with a sweet blueberry compote will fill the house with an incredible smell and make everyone ask for more.

Topping them with a fruit-based sauce is a great change from maple syrup routine. Blueberries will not only add a tangy note, but they will also contribute that beautiful deep color. Not to mention how healthy they are!

Breakfast Pizza with Kale, Pesto, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

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If you have a veteran who is not a big fan of sweet things, this is the recipe that will save the morning! Composed of a bunch of good-for-you-ingredients on top of a perfect dough that is crispy on the outside & soft on the inside, this cheesy perfection is the best way to show how much you care!

Veterans Day Lunch Recipes


Savory Chicken Pot Pie

A creamy blend of chicken and vegetables covered with a delicious, flaky pastry crust—a dinner table delight! For a boost of flavor, mix 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley into the chicken mixture in Step 2.

Chicken Paninis

A brick wrapped in foil is the secret to deliciously sealing the flavors of chicken, tomatoes, pesto and melted cheese into tasty grilled bread. Sun-dried tomatoes can be purchased in packets (often pre-chopped in diced, julienned or chunk form) or in jars of olive oil. The oil-packed tomatoes are best for sandwiches.

Healthier Macaroni and Cheese

Mac & cheese is definitely one of the most beloved comfort foods. This take on the popular dish takes a healthier turn with the use of Greek yogurt. This ingredient also makes the this mac & cheese super-creamy. In addition, it is done in less than 15 minutes, allowing you to relax and enjoy Veterans Day!

Veterans Day Snacks

Chicken Quesadillas

These tasty appetizers are loaded with a spicy chicken filling and baked so they are light and crispy. A quick and easy way to cut your quesadillas is to use a pizza cutter. A pizza cutter, with its rotating wheel, slices through easily, without dragging any of the filling out. It’s also great for cutting pastry dough, homemade pasta and, of course, pizza! Note: For more heat, use canned chopped jalapeños

Veterans Day Dinner Recipes


Sesame Ginger Steaks

This sirloin is made even better with a delicious blend of soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger root, and sesame oil poured over the top. Keep the steaks warm while you make the sauce: Put them on a baking sheet, cover them with foil and place in the oven at 200°F.

Cheddar-Filled Burgers

The bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce are on the inside this time, for an incredibly juicy and tasty burger! These burgers can be prepared on the stove top with a griddle pan too, or outside on the grill.

Grilled Steak Fajitas

Fresh vegetables and sirloin steak are marinated in a fiery sauce, then grilled to perfection and folded into soft flour tortillas. To heat the tortillas on the grill, wrap 4 tortillas in foil, making 2 foil packets. Place on the grill and heat, turning once, for 2–3 minutes.

Homemade Chicken Pizza

Who doesn’t like pizza? For a chewier crust, Grandma sometimes layered the ingredients on the unbaked pizza dough. She baked it until the edges of the crust were brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. The crust stayed moist under the toppings.

Veterans Day Desserts


Our favorite part of any holiday or celebration is dessert. Not only because we love sweets but also because desserts leave most space to show our creativity. You can pull off amazing decorations in red, white, and blue by utilizing natural ingredients like strawberries and blueberries; or you can turn to food coloring and sprinkles. Whatever you choose, rest assured that these Veterans Day sweet treats will look amazing!

Classic American Buttercream

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Speaking of decoration, here is a recipe for a topping that you can use on almost any dessert you make. The classic American buttercream is creamy, fluffy, and and sweet. Furthermore, it is one of the easiest buttercream varieties out there. We love it because there is no cooking required and because of its beautiful light color. Due to the high butter content, this cream is quite firm, which means you can complement it with almost anything without worrying that it will fall apart.

Great American Cheesecake

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The zwieback called for in this recipe can be replaced with graham crackers or digestive biscuits. You can also use gingersnaps and chocolate wafers for the crust.


Flag Cake

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We just can’t imagine holidays like Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day without Flag Cake! There is no other food that shows your patriotic spirit better than a lavish cake topped with luscious fresh fruit and fluffy whipped cream!

Happy Veterans Day!

9 Scarily Delicious Food Ideas for Halloween

9 Scarily Delicious Food Ideas for Halloween

Who says Halloween is just for kids? The spookiest day of the year is a great opportunity to gather the family for a feast but also to show off your cooking skills and craftiness. I love making Halloween sweet treats complemented with creepy decorations like ghost cupcakes or spider web cakes. But Halloween fun isn’t limited to just sweet stuff! There is also a variety of scary savory dishes that will satisfy both kids and adults.


We offer a selection of terrifyingly delicious recipes that will help you host a ghoulishly good Halloween feast.

Savory Halloween Recipes

Disgustingly Delicious Meatloaf


Are you looking for something simple that allows to be turned into a spooky meal? Meatloaf is the best solution. So, how do you turn a perfectly tasty meatloaf—made with ground beef, sweet corn, and a tangy barbecue sauce into a disgustingly delicious skull?

For starters, you need two additional ingredients – hard-boiled eggs and raw garlic. Use the standard ingredients and shape the meatloaf as a skull, leaving holes for “mouth” and “eye sockets”. Place the egg halves into the sockets, then pour ketchup over the whole loaf to create a bloody look. Arrange garlic pieces in the mouth to represent teeth.

Well, what better way to make the kids take a break from eating sweets and enjoy something nutritious?

Jack O’ Lantern Salad


Instead of dreading Halloween as a day when kids overeat on junk food and sweets, consider it a great opportunity to feed them healthy food! I love this salad composed of fresh cucumber and onion slices enhanced with a sweet-and-sour dressing because it reminds me of summer but Halloween recipe works with any type of salad really.

You will need four oranges to serve as dishes. Cut their tops and use a knife to remove as much of the orange flesh as possible. Use a smaller knife to cut jack o’ lantern faces on them. Fill each orange with salad and serve.

Spaghetti Brains


This is another easy and effective Halloween recipe – spaghetti covered in ‘blood’ i.e. rich tomato sauce and served inside a carved pumpkin or bell peppers. Serve the meatballs on the side this time for the sake of appearances.

Guacamole Witch Dip


Homemade guacamole is absolutely wonderful! Spread this fiery mixture of avocados, tomato, onions, and jalapeño onto bread slices (omit hot jalapeños if kids are going to eat these witchy snacks). Make the hat from blue corn chips and the hair from grated carrots. Assemble the face with olive slices for the eyes, red bell pepper for the lips, and one cornichon for the nose.

Monster Soup


You can choose your favorite soup for this Halloween decoration but we find orange-colored soups to work best. The monster eyes are made of portions of boiled eyes (scoop rice into the palm of your hand and squeeze gently to form a ball) and place pitted olives in the center. It should be noted that the rice needs support in order not to sink in the soup. For this, you can add some noodles to the soup to make it thicker. Drizzle with some ketchup or, if you are a fan of spicier stuff, sriracha.

Sweet Halloween Recipes

Spooky Banana Bread


This banana bread looks so much like a cake and it can be easily turned into a spooky breakfast. All you need to do is buy some ready-to-spread chocolate frosting, place it in a decorating bag, and draw all kinds of scary things such as bats, spiders, nets, depending on your craftiness. If you are not so crafty you can always simply write “BOO”.

Pumpkin banana bread works best for this aim. If you want it bright orange, add some red and yellow food coloring into the batter as well. Draw either on top of the loaf or slice it first and decorate each slice separately.

Scary Halloween Pancakes


Pancakes are one of the most flexible treats so, they are easily transformed into a creepy & fun Halloween treat. One way is to simply buy some Halloween pancake molds. Another way is to arrange candy eyes on top of the pancake stack.

You can also make ghosts with thick whipped cream mixed with powdered sugar. After mixing, place the whipped cream into a decorating bag and shape the ghosts using 2 chocolate chips as eyes on each one.

Spider Web Cake


Here’s the perfect cake for a Halloween party. Your guests will be so impressed with the unique spider web icing. This easy and delicious cake is covered in chocolate on the top and the sides. To create the web design, pipe the white icing on top in 5 spirals. Using a skewer, draw a line from the center out to the edge, then repeat to make about 10 radiating lines, wiping the skewer clean each time. Let the cake set, then serve.

Halloween Cupcakes


Cover the cupcakes with orange frosting made with whipping cream, butter, sugar and orange extract or food coloring, then add the candy eyes. The cupcakes will also look spooky if you use green instead of orange coloring.


Another great simple idea is to make spiders with peanut butter cups. Stick 2 candy eyes on each one and use twisted pretzels for legs. Glue the eyes and legs to the peanut butter cup using melted chocolate as glue. Place the spiders “crawling” on the loaf surface or Oreo cookie bats. Use the Oreo cookies for their head/body, add candy eyes and make their wings from graham crackers.

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