Easy Mascarpone Cream – An Italian in my Kitchen

mascarpone cream in a white bowl


Easy Mascarpone Cream – An Italian in my Kitchen

Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut & Cranberry Cookies — Sara’s Baking Blog

Here is yet another version of The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie. In this re-invention of one of my most popular recipes, crunchy hazelnuts, smoky dark chocolate and tart cranberries take centre stage. These thick and chewy cookies will stay soft for days — as long as you don’t overbake them! Ingredients: 2/3 cup salted butter, […]

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Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel

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The perfect breakfast- Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel

A bacon, egg, and cheese bagel brings together all the greatest parts of breakfast, imho. This is a savory breakfast that is sure to fill you with sustained energy for your day. And it is quick and easy to make.


  • Bagel
  • Cream Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Egg
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Garlic

In a non-stick pan, fry the BACON. Add the GARLIC a couple minutes in. Once fried, remove the BACON and GARLIC from the pan. Chop the BACON.

Scramble the EGGS in the Bacon Grease. When the eggs are nearly done, add the fried GARLIC and CHEDDAR CHEESE.

Toast the BAGEL and spread the CREAM CHEESE on top. Layer on the the EGG, GARLIC, CHEESE, and chopped BACON.


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Chili Omelette

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Chili and Omelette. If you take two amazing dishes from different meals and smash them together you have a mouthsplosion of savory goodness. Seriously delicious. It also only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. I added potato and tomatoes but you can sub those out for nothing or add your own flair. Onions, garlic, and bell pepper are all good options.

The Chili was leftover from a meal a couple of nights ago, but you can substitute canned chili if that’s what you’ve got. The recipe below make 1 serving or 1 omelette.


  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Chili
  • 1/2 Baked Potato
  • 5 Grape tomatoes halved
  • 5 Frito Scoops Crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Sour Cream
  • 1 Green Onion sliced thinly

The Cook

Crack your EGGS into a bowl. Lightly beat the EGG for 3 seconds. Set Aside.

Cut the POTATO into 1/4 inch cubes. Cut TOMATO into halves. Heat…

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Goldfish Chicken Tenders

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Do you love Chicken Fingers? Do you love Goldfish? Of course you do. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy delicious “kids foods”. Although if you have kids, then make this for them! They will think you are the coolest parent since sliced bread. Or something like that.

This is a prep heavy meal. And it is messy. But it is so worth it, so just pretend I didnt say anything about that.

Prep Time – 1 hour

Cook Time – 15 Minutes


  • 3 lbs Chicken Breast
  • 2 cups Goldfish
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 4 Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil

The Cook

First you need to prep the GOLDFISH, FLOUR, and EGGS.

For the GOLDFISH, place in a bag and smash with a rolling pan until Goldfish…

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Shrimp Scampi with Beer

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Oh Shrimp Scampi. My love. My dear. One of my favorite meals in the world to eat. How I love thee.

Annnnd moving on. Shrimp Scampi is a great meal any day of the week. And if you happen to have leftovers, take them to work and make everyone else jealous of you. They will be. For sure. Because Garlic, and Butter, and Lemon, and Beer. I was going to finish that sentence but realized that’s all it needed. Just like the recipe.

Well and shrimp, and angel hair. Let’s get to the recipe!


  • 1.5 lb Shrimp
  • 16 oz Angel Hair
  • 1 Head Garlic, minced
  • 1/3 Medium White Onion, minced
  • 1/4 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 2 Medium Lemons, juiced and separated into 1 cup portions
  • 5 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt

Prep – 15 Minutes

In a bowl combine SHRIMP…

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Taco Pasta Casserole

Tampa Cake Girl

The comfort of a casserole meets my love for tacos. My recipe is way and economical. Can’t get much better than that. Most of the items used in this recipe you probably have in the pantry or refrigerator.


1 1/2 pounds of ground beef

1 diced onion

Garlic salt and pepper to taste

1 package of taco seasoning mix

7-8 ounces Velveeta cheese

2 16 ounce jars of salsa or picante sauce, divided

1 pound box of seashell macaroni, cooked to package directions

2 or more cups of grated Monterey Jack and cheddar or your favorite cheese

Garnish (optional)

Sour cream

Pico de Gallo




Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown beef and onion. Season meat with garlic salt and pepper. Boil pasta while beef is cooking. Drain beef. Add taco seasoning packet, Velveeta cheese and a cup of salsa. Keep warm on stove. Drain pasta and…

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Sausage and Pepper Baked Ziti

Tampa Cake Girl

My family loves baked ziti and I was craving comfort casserole. This recipe feeds many so cut in half or make 2 portions and freeze one. Make it meatless and leave the sausage out.


2 pounds of ground italian sausage, I used sweet

1 package of chopped peppers, I purchased these in the produce department

1 cup onion, chopped

1 16 ounce box of ziti

2 jars of your favorite marinara (spaghetti) sauce, use what you need. I had about a half a jar leftover

1 32 ounce container of ricotta cheese

3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (the dry kind that you shake out)

3 Tablespoons chopped parsley

3 eggs

1 package/container Parmesan shreds (grated)

2 pounds grated mozzarella cheese

In a skillet, brown sausage with peppers and onions. While your sausage is cooking, you can boil the ziti noodles. Cook according to package directions. Drain grease from sausage and…

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Sloppy Joe Sliders

What's for Dinner Moms?

Simple meals that don’t take a lot of time and are generally things I keep on hand are what I strive to make each day. I don’t know about your family but mine love the Hawaiian sliders. You can either use the Hawaiian dinner rolls which are a bit larger or the little slider rolls which are about 4 nice bites. My family of course likes the larger rolls but you do what you like.


This is great if you have a group of teens who want a hearty snack or double it for a heavy meal. We made one package of rolls for the four of us and had a good meal with a side of green vegetables and a side salad. We like to eat so this was good for us.

Adjust the spices to your liking – add more mustard, chili powder, or Worcestershire sauce to…

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