AraYES Crispy Meat-Filled Pitas

AraYES Lamb and Chicken with fresh herbs

Crispy Pitas Filled with Lamb, Chicken, and Spices … AraYES

If you are a fan of spicy lamb and crunchy toasted pita bread, you’ll love these AraYES Crispy Meat-Filled Pitas. I often make these with whatever I have in the kitchen. If I’m lucky I have fresh herbs like mint, parsley, or cilantro to mix in. I’ve made them a few times this past year and each time they’re a little different. These arayes are a great way to introduce new spices like sumac and za’atar into your spice cabinet!

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Biscotti di Mama Bruno

Simple spiced biscotti with pistachios

Simple Spiced Biscotti recipe inspired by a recipe from “Mama Bruno”

I’ve never met Mama Bruno, but when “Husband” brought me one of these biscotti home from work to try, I could tell by the tone of his voice that I was going to love her recipe. I was lucky enough to get a copy of it and permission to share my version of it here! I’ve made some minor changes to her recipe, mainly just to use up some ingredients that have been hanging around the kitchen. I sent my modified biscotti with him to work and received a stamp of approval. Mama Bruno’s version is made with almonds, but I really love my modified version of this simple spiced biscotti recipe with pistachios. I’ve made it with all pistachios and with half almonds and half pistachios. Both were amazing!

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Espresso Buttercream Banana Cake

Espresso buttercream banana filled layer cake

This is a quick Espresso Buttercream Banana Cake post in response to all the requests for the recipe in the Coffee Laughs & Giggles Facebook group I belong to. I posted “Husbands” Espresso Buttercream Banana cake last night and within minutes I had recipe requests. I’ve never had so many recipe requests!

Espresso buttercream banana filled layer cake
Espresso Buttercream Banana Cake
Update: this year (2022) I decorated with drizzled white and dark chocolate!
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Copycat J Alexanders Carrot Cake Recipe

Frosted individually plated warm carrot cake

Copycat J. Alexander’s Carrot Cake Recipe (With optional zucchini and Greek yogurt – reduced sugar!)

If you are looking for a copycat version for J. Alexander’s Carrot Cake or you are looking to use up the last zucchini from the garden this Copycat J Alexanders Cake Recipe is it! It has less sugar than most recipe versions I’ve found online, and I add shredded zucchini and Greek yogurt!

Copycat J Alexander’s Carrot Cake with Zucchini

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About 2 years ago my sister-in-law introduced me to the carrot cake at J. Alexander’s. I NEVER order carrot cake. Why? Because there is no chocolate in it of course and it usually just tastes like cloves to me. But, I wanted to be polite, and my SIL never steers me wrong, so I tried a bite. WOW, it’s like no other cake I have ever tried. I knew I had to come up with a Copycat J Alexanders Cake.

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Easy Fried Rice Recipe

Vegetable and Egg Fried Rice

Easy Fried Rice Recipe |It’s a great recipe to use up all that fresh produce!

Are you looking for another recipe to use up all the produce from the garden or the vegetable drawer? (While it lasts?) Well, this easy fried rice recipe is great for weeknight cooking AND using up produce before it spoils! I’m no nutritionist, but this recipe also has to be healthier than takeout!

Easy Fried Rice

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Secret Ingredient Grilled Zucchini

Grilled garden eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini layered for a no noodle lasagna

Hello Fellow Veggie Lovers! Looking for a New Idea for Using up all Those Zucchinis & Eggplants!? No recipe needed for this super secret ingredient grilled zucchini!

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Guess What! I Won a Thing!

Copycat Panera Four Cheese Soufflé

My Copycat Panera Cheese Soufflé Recipe Won a Contest!

Remember my Copycat Panera Four-Cheese Breakfast Soufflé recipe I posted in May? Well, I was searching the web one day for “how to make a harvest apron” when I found a couple of contests on Instructables. I was also researching SEO and finding ways to generate traffic to my blog. So I figured that I’d join some recipe contests to see if more people visited and rated my recipes. I submitted 2 recipes and I made the winners circle! Both recipes were featured on the site!

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Smokey, Sweet and Spicy Salmon

Smoky Spicy Salmon Sunday Glaze

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you already know that we have salmon Sunday’s nearly every single week! You also know that my Sweet & Spicy Sunday Salmon Glaze is my go-to recipe! Now I bring you Smokey Sweet and Spicy Salmon!

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