Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

I think dessert is nature’s way of making up for Mondays. Especially when you’ve had a long, relaxing weekend, you might need an extra decadent dessert to keep in the fridge to snack on throughout the week. Trust me, it helps. We are going all out with this weeks dessert- chocolate caramel shortbread. One layer of a sweetened cookie shortbread, topped with a thick caramel filling, and a glossy sea salt chocolate ganache to finish it off. There is nothing subtle or ‘light’ about this recipe (unless you count the fact that we are using light whipping cream in the ganache). These bars are decadent, and dreamy, and everything you want in a Monday night’s dessert.

Now one quick disclaimer- this is not technically a shortbread. ‘True’ shortbread is made up of butter, flour and sugar, and that’s it. But this version of a shortbread has to support 2 thick layers of caramel and chocolate, so I made it a little softer, sturdier, and sweeter than your classic crispy shortbread crust.

Three Cheese Garlic Bread

Sometimes when you have pasta for dinner, you just want a thick slice of bread to soak up all that extra sauce. I know I do, and I usually wouldn’t mind that bread to be covered in a glorious amount of cheese. Three cheese garlic bread could pair with just about any simple pasta dish. In…

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Blackberry Cream Cheese Pastries

Forget the flowers, bring on the sweets! I know that most typical Valentine’s Day desserts tend to feature chocolate, or at least a red fruit like raspberries, but blackberries are my husbands favorite so I decided to bend the ‘rules’ a little this year. Plus we’ve been on a blackberry kick after rediscovering all those…

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Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Have you tried making mac and cheese in a pressure cooker? It’s a must try recipe for days when you don’t have much time for lunch and are feeling like a big bowl of comfort food. I’ve tinkered with this recipe a few times now to get it exactly as I like it- smooth, rich…

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Butter Pecan Cookies

I can’t stop snacking on these soft and chewy butter pecan cookies. I had a feeling I’d like ’em because I’m a fan of butter pecan ice cream, but these cookies were baked with brown sugar to give them a caramel-like flavor, making them one of my new favorite cookies. I’m thinking they would make…

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Pressure Cooker Lentil and Sausage Soup

All winter long I find myself on a major soup binge. Like this Tortellini Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage, or this hearty Black Bean Soup, or the non- Instant Pot version of today’s soup, Sausage and Lentil. Clearly I find it comforting and warming this time of year. My favorite soups usually involve some combo…

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef

Nothing beats a slow cooked roast beef. This meal is pure comfort food- tender beef cooked with garlic, beef broth, and the secret weapon- balsamic vinegar. I’d place this dinner at the top of my list for feeding a crowd, especially if you double the sauce and use a 3-4 pound roast. It takes such…

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Blackberry Hand Pies

When it’s cold and rainy outside, you’d do anything for a little bit of sunshine. I picked (okay, I watched my husband pick) a whole bunch of blackberries around our yard this past summer. I was adding them on top of pancakes, throwing them in smoothies, but soon realized there would be way too many…

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Pecan Crusted Salmon

A lot of us are trying the best we can to hold on to any New Year’s Resolutions, at least through the month of January, so here’s a healthy go-to fish dinner that’s quick and simple enough for a weeknight. This salmon with Dijon and pecan crust is an easy way to transform salmon into something…

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Gnocchi with Spinach and Prosciutto

This recipe came into existence the way many great recipes do- by raiding the refrigerator. I went wild for the flavors in this dish. Baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and crispy prosciutto sautéed together in a large skillet with some olive oil before being joined with potato gnocchi and a garlic herb butter. It’s as easy as…

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Peppermint Frosting

It’s Christmas Eve and possible that you may still be looking for a festive, impressive, but easy dessert to pass around. My family is pretty evenly split between cake lovers and pie lovers, but the one thing we can all agree on is that whoopie pies (the kind with lots of frosting) are always welcome…

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Tilapia with Prosciutto and Sage

The week before Christmas is usually scramble time in preparation for holiday baking and a big Christmas dinner. But it’s nice to have some weeknight recipes to knock out that don’t eat up your time. Tonight I’m serving up some tilapia with prosciutto and sage. Wrapping thin slices of prosciutto around tilapia not only keeps…

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