Welcome to my food blog! I am a home cook and I want to share my love of food with the world. I'll divulge my recipes and tasty restaurants I find. Feel free to comment, and to email me at nodessertpodcast@gmail.com to contribute recipes! Don' forget to come by weekly for new posts... I love having you visit me!







February 9, 2017

We Made Room For Dessert 27 - Easy Peanut Butter Pie

In honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day, I thought I would post a sweet treat that is easy to make for your loved one(s). I made this in the last week and could not believe how simple it is.  I am positive it will be a household favorite.  There are only a few ingredients, and they are mostly store bought so this does not take very long at all. Simple and delicious, plus it's a time honored classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate. Yum!

Easy Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients:
1 ready made graham cracker crust (I used chocolate)
1 tub of whipped topping
1 cup powdered sugar

1 8oz brick of cream cheese, softened (I left mine on the counter overnight)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips

2 tbs heavy cream

Directions:
Whip together cream cheese and peanut butter with a hand mixer.  Fold in powdered sugar and then beat on low for a couple minutes. Fold in whipped topping and beat on low for a couple more minutes. Pour mixture into pie crust.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Microwave chocolate chips and heavy cream, stirring every 30 seconds until chocolate is melted and you get a smooth consistency.  Pour over top of pie and refrigerate at least one more hour.
Enjoy!

January 31, 2017

GIRL'S CROCK*POT DAY #1 - CROCK*POT CAFE 10

Hello readers!

After a crazy last year of planning and having a wedding, I am finally getting back to normal. I have included pictures from the wedding (just a couple!) Now that I'm back in realty, that will mean more food blog posts, hooray! One of my first missions of 2017 was to organize a slow cooker day with 2 of my girlfriends who are interested in learning to make more delicious and healthy meals in their slow cookers. We all know how much I love a good crockpot dinner! For our first day of slow cooking, we made 3 recipes, one pork, one beef, one chicken.  These were all recipes that I have made prior, and I will provide the links at the end of this post. I wanted my girls to feel comfortable and I wanted to have us cook something I knew would taste delicious. The upcoming days we slow cook will be of mostly all new recipes, so I'll be trying new things along with them, and will be able to share the recipes with you, my dear readers! I hope you enjoy the pictures, we had such a fun day!!!
Cooking with Tanya and Kimmie!











Beef and Broccoli

Bourbon Chicken


Pork Carnitas

Find the recipe for Pork Carnitas HERE
Find the recipe for Beef and Broccoli HERE
Find the recipe for Bourbon Chicken HERE


October 19, 2016

3 Cheese Stuffed Shells - Home Cooked Recipe #75

Wellllll it has been quite awhile since I have posted a new recipe!  My apologies, this year has been super crazy with planning a wedding that is now less than 2 months away!  Bare with me for the rest of the year, I will post when I can and I promise, next year will be better!  The recipe I am bringing you today is a simple one that tastes delicious and is definitely comfort food. Italian, cheesy, pasta.... Yum! I served these with meat sauce and meatballs on the side, but you can keep it meat free by not adding those additions.  Serve with a salad and garlic bread!

3 Cheese Stuffed Shells

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 box of jumbo shells, cooked according to package directions 
  • 16 oz ricotta
  • 4 oz shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (I use Ragu Traditional)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350
While pasta is draining and cooling enough to handle, spread half the jar of sauce in the bottom of a baking dish.  Mix together egg, ricotta, and half the parmesan. When shells are cool enough to handle, fill each shell with cheese mixture and place in bottom of baking dish on top of sauce.  Top filled shells with remaining sauce and sprinkle on remaining parmesan.  Sprinkle on mozzarella and bake for 30-45 minutes.
Enjoy!




August 16, 2016

Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles - Pinterest Pick #16

I have loved all kinds of pickles ever since I was a little kid.  My friend Mike and I are always on the search for a new delicious pickle.  I was perusing Pinterest and I found an easy recipe to make your own pickles, so I thought I would give it a shot.  At this point, the pickles are only 2 days in and are already delicious!!! I am including pictures from the making process as well as at the 24 hour mark.  Next week I will update the post with how the pickles are at the week mark.  You can find the original recipe HERE (I tweaked it a little by adding fresh chile pepper instead of pepper flakes and I did not include mustard seed), and the original Pin HERE.

Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 red chile pepper, sliced (you can omit this if you don't like spice, although mine was mild)
  • 12 garlic cloves,peeled
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup table salt
  • 8 cups water (I had lots of brine left over so you could have this)
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill weed
  • fresh cracked black pepper


Directions:
Combine water, vinegar, salt, and dried dill in a pot.  Bring to a boil and simmer until salt is dissolved.
Meanwhile, divide pickle slices between 3 regular mason jars.  Add 4 garlic cloves to each jar, and 2-3 pepper slices to each jar.  Top with a few grinds of black pepper.  Add in a branch or two of fresh dill to each jar.
Top with brine.  Let cool in jars on counter for an hour or two, then top with lids and refrigerate. Wait 24 hours before serving.
Enjoy!




UPDATE 8/22/16 ***AFTER ONE WEEK***

July 6, 2016

Orange Chicken - Crock*Pot Cafe 9

As you know, I just love my slow cooker!  It is so easy to just throw some ingredients in it and let it cook dinner for me.  Oranges were in season when I made this, so I decided to devise my own healthy, fresh, orange chicken crockpot dinner! I used my small crockpot, but you can easily double, triple, or quadruple the recipe and just place it in a larger slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (mine were frozen)
  • zest of 1 orange
  • juice of 4 naval oranges
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 clove grated garlic
  • 1 1/2 inch knob of ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


Directions:
Mix together zest, garlic, ginger, oil, honey, and juice together in bottom of your slow cooker. Add in chicken breasts.  Toss in sauce.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Serve with rice.  Enjoy!