American cuisine

Homemade Self Rising Flour

Have you ever come across a recipe that calls for self-rising flour? It’s pretty common in recipes like cobblers, muffins, and biscuits. There is a small but VERY significant difference between all-purpose flour and self-rising flour.


Self-rising flour is actually all-purpose flour that has had leavening agents (usually baking powder and salt) added to it. It’s convenient to use if you already have some in your pantry, but if you ever find yourself needing it and you’ve only got all-purpose, I suggest saving time and money by mixing a batch of your own.  Yeah, sometimes I get good ideas.  Let’s roll with that, ok?

Goat Cheese and Gruyere Artichoke Toasts

The acidity of the lemon balances out the saltiness of all the cheese, and creates great depth of flavor. The last thing the toasts are is bland. They are creamy and delicious : ) Quite a winner for something that I pulled out of the fridge in 5 minutes! I challenge you to do the same with your expensive leftover ingredients- it’s really quite fun.

Sopapilla Cheesecake

Simple, quick, and shockingly good. I love those types of desserts.

Rustic Garlic-Balsamic Pork Chops

Nice, thick, bone-in pork loin chops are so flavorful on their own they don't need too much in the way of seasoning. Here I have pan-seared the chops in garlic-scented oil, and added just a splash of balsamic vinegar to give them a little bit of zing.

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

These are really good and super quick to make.  You can really taste the buttermilk.  They are soft and tender. You can add some cheese and/or garlic to make these even better.  These will be going into the rotation!

Southwest Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

The pasta salad is loaded with flavor. It has black beans, tomatoes, peppers, onion, sweet corn, avocado and cilantro. And the best part? The creamy avocado dressing. It is rich and creamy, but in a healthy kind of way. The dressing is easy to whip up, just throw all of the ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Kahula and Cream Double Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes

Here’s the deal: chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips and waaaaay too much Kahlua. In a good way. Frosted with sweet cream buttercream and just a hint of the liqueur, plus chocolate shavings upon chocolate shavings… we’ve got a good thing going on here. Yes we do.

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Fritters

The recipe for these buffalo chicken quinoa fritters could not be easier starting off with the quinoa, chicken, hot sauce, blue cheese with an egg and some bread crumbs to hold everything together. After mixing all of the ingredients it is as easy as forming patties and frying them until golden brown and crispy! You can make the fritters as large or small as you like and I went with a smaller size so that I could serve them as two bit appetizers but larger ones would make for a great light meal. If you wanted to keep these on the lighter side you could easily bake the fritters rather than frying them.

Cheesy Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole

A cheesy potato casserole, made with potatoes that are baked twice, and including all my favorite loaded baked potato ingredients - bacon, butter, sour cream, cheddar cheese and green onion - all in a simple casserole form.

Apple Pie Rolls

Did you know those cool egg roll wrappers could be used for more than savory foods? Frying or baking them and then dusting with cinnamon and sugar make such a quick easy snack…wait…what if I stuff them with something…WAIT…what if that something is APPLE PIE filling? YES! That is the answer and inspiration for these tantalizing fall treasures I call apple Pie Rolls.1

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