Bacon Pecan Maple Buttermilk Waffles

(with Options)

Bacon Pecan Maple Buttermilk Waffles

Breakfast is a favorite meal for my family. With four children and their spouses you might imagine food choices are many. We might agree on waffles … but what kind? This recipe can be changed up as you go. And with my new waffle iron that reminds me the waffles are done … and no more stuck on results it’s become a cinch.

I’ve used shortcuts here and there. So, this can be done with the distraction of a crowd and still present with excellent results.

Give it try! You won’t be disappointed.

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One Recipe For Two Savory Pumpkin Dishes

Pumpkin Parmesan Cream Soup

Pumpkin Parmesan Cream Pasta Sauce

One Recipe Two Savory Pumpkin Dishes

William Sonoma Gift Certificate … loved my birthday gift. Wandering around in the WS Store I came across all sorts of sauces, starters, mixes not to mention the beautiful holiday ware. I became intrigued with the holiday sauces. I tried to read the ingredient labels but my contact wasn’t cooperating. (I do the one eyed thing.) I could only see that the ingredient lists were lengthy. And while I do feel WS has amazing prepared or nearly prepared foods the lists seemed too long. (I’m very pleased with my all clad waffle iron. Thank you Will.)

So, here I am making my own. And I love the two for one idea. It actually works!

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No Bake Pumpkin Pie

Cinnamon Graham Cracker Crust

Italian Meringue Or Simple Roasted Marshmallow Topping

No Bake Pumpkin Pie and Italian Meringue

Every holiday it’s quite a challenge to bake three pies, a turkey and roast vegetables all in the same oven … And well, time it to optimum freshness. It has taken me many years to get this down … And yes, some holidays I just miss disastrous results.

These no bake pies are a great idea anytime. For the holidays they are a nice surprise for the one or two guests who would prefer something other than the traditional pie. Or if you are trying to lighten up the baking serve this as the main dessert. It’s amazing!

You’ll be able to put this pie together a week or weeks before, with the exception of the topping, and hold it in the freezer until ready to serve.

For the more traditional try these:  

Pumpkin Pie  

Pie Crust 

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Round Steak Goulash

easy and economical … Need I say more!

Easy Beef Goulash


Depending on the amount of liquid you add to this recipe it can be a soup or stew. It takes so few ingredients I’ll bet you have most in your pantry and fridge. It comes together in 10 minutes. Then simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or place in a crock pot for all day cooking.

Serve this on a bed of egg noodles or in the last minutes of cooking add peeled and quartered potatoes. Perfect Simple Beef Goulash!


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Meatloaf Stuffed French Bread

Meatloaf Stuffed French Bread

You either like meatloaf or you don’t. Yes, despite good recipes you may still dislike meatloaf. The texture and the ingredients aren’t going to change much from recipe to recipe.

I took on a challenge when my brother confessed he didn’t like meatloaf. I bet I can make a meatloaf you’ll like. First, let me do some changes to our mother’s recipe … Too many onions I’ll bet, and the bell pepper chopped too coarse … The hamburger too fatty … No lean hamburger in those days. If your steer was fat so was your hamburger.

Meatloaf was a favorite of mine as a child especially with the mashed potatoes. Since my brother experienced the same and still didn’t like meatloaf…. Let’s see if he likes this!

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All about the extras

For Fun
Love everything here!

Trying out these baking cups. What a great idea! No mess and a nice presentation in no time. Baked my favorite Italian Cream Cake … Then simply dipped each top into melted white chocolate, added a few nuts and coconut … And here it is. Make no mistake there is a definite difference between white melting chips and white chocolate. The word, hydrogenized, we’ve come to recognize, is a big time ingredient in those chips.

Portuguese Pizza Or Folár De Carne

Portuguese Meat Bread Meets Italian Pizza = Amazing!

Linguica Prosciutto Pizza
















All about the crust and olive oil!

Add meats and it’s closest to meat bread. But this is one of those recipes that easily becomes vegetarian even vegan. Make this extra special by using Portuguese olive oil. There’s a definite taste difference even a non-discriminating palate can detect. That’s me! Haven’t met a quality olive oil I didn’t like. Olive oil replaces the typical pizza sauce.

This bread dough recipe is great for pizza crust. Make your crust thick, 12-13 inch pizza, or thin and crispy, 14-15 inch pizza. Perfect either way.


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Stuffed Bell Peppers

with Italian Spices, Orzo, Mozzarella Cheese

Orzo Stuffed Bell Peppers

Cozy kid friendly meal for the Fall!

With the greater availability of milder tasting bell peppers Stuffed Bell Peppers have found a place among the most popular home cooked meals. There are many recipe variations throughout the world. This recipe stays very close to the American cuisine with a few changes; including, orzo replacing the typical white rice and milder red and yellow bell peppers used along with the traditional stronger less sweet tasting green.

Amazing colors of Fall.

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Gingerbread Muffins & Rum Sauce

Excellent With No Frills Too!

Gingerbread Muffins

For a short time I lived in a Los Angeles apartment community. Every evening at dinner time I’d take little Stella for a walk. We both needed the exercise after being cooped up all day. Our favorite walk was the fifth level courtyard where floors of apartments faced with open windows. Then the real pleasure … the scent of spices, spices from all over the world, wafting through the air all at the same time.

Even with the pungent aroma of many dishes I make I can’t imagine having a kitchen separate from the rest of my house. These scents just play a pleasurable part in my life. Yes, more often than not my kitchen smells of garlic.

As seasons change so does my menu. Today I’ve made gingerbread muffins and I just love the way my house smells. I’ve added a rum sauce and a little ice cream to make it a dessert … But it could manage all alone.

Enjoy this recipe that mixes up in minutes by hand … And fill your house with the most amazing smells of Fall.

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