Category Archives for Appetizers & Side Dishes

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Easy Eggplant Salad Recipe with Lentils

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Easy Eggplant Salad Recipe with Lentils

In an attempt to find more recipes with eggplant since they grow in such abundance I came across this one and decided to give it a try since it is both gluten free and dairy free. This eggplant salad recipe with lentils is very easy and looks stunning on your table. It is supposed to be a side but I served it as dinner since it was filling and we often eat salads for dinner. You could add grilled chicken also marinated in the balsamic marinade.

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Easy Eggplant Salad Recipe with Lentils

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe – a St. Patrick’s Day Tradtion

My step dad used to always brag about being The Real McCoy. I guess technically it was true since his last name was McCoy but he took it a bit far. He was always proud of his Irish heritage and incorporated Irish tradition into any occasion possible. You can only imagine how St. Patrick’s Day went down around our house. Irish Soda Bread was always a staple on St. Patrick’s Day as was Irish Coffee on New Years. He was the only father I knew so I try to continue these traditions with my family.


I was going through one of his old recipe boxes last week trying to plan out our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and happened upon his Irish soda Bread recipe. He always took so much pride in making this traditional Irish bread so I wanted to do the same. I wanted to make something that would match his Irish Soda Bread in flavor but still be mine.


When my step dad made the Soda Bread he used a traditional recipe with only 4 ingredients. His recipe makes an amazing bread but I like a little more depth to mine. I added in a few tablespoons of sugar and some raisins to make a bread my entire family will enjoy. The sugar and raisins can be easily omitted for a more traditional Irish Soda Bread.


If you’re looking for something easy and tasty for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration this Irish Soda Bread is for you. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 Have You Ever Made Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Irish
Author: Amber
  • 3 cups sifted flour (cake or pastry flour works best since they’re softer)
  • 2 – 4 tbsp sugar (depending on how sweet you want it – or omit it all together)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup raisins (leave these out for a more traditional soda bread)
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together well. Stir in the raisins and milk.
  2. Mix together to form a sticky dough.
  3. Turn out onto floured board and knead until smooth (8 – 10 times – don’t over knead.)
  4. Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and add the dough. Spread the dough out in the pan.
  5. Score the dough with a large “X” on the top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove the bread from the oven. Serve with your Irish meal.
This bread needs to be consumed within 1 or 2 days – it will [b]not [/b]keep.


Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Cranberries Recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Cranberries Recipe

This Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Cranberries Recipe is a great side dish for your holiday meals

The hills are alive with the sound of music or maybe that is just me humming. I am not sure why a vegetable I used to hide under the table makes me so happy now. I remember rolling my brussels sprouts deep in a napkin. I would fold it in there and make the cough sound. It would fly into the napkin, and I would crush it as I tried to not let on to the destruction of the sprout in my fingers. What changed?

Why do I love brussels sprouts now?

I found a way to roast them and pair them with some of the sweetest and most savory flavors you can imagine. When you smell this side dish, you will think let’s just forget about dinner and dive into these.

When I make this recipe for my husband, I just leave out the cheese since he can only eat gluten free, dairy free, and egg free recipes. I also put the nuts on the side for my daughter. You see making dinner is always a game of who can eat what. This recipe is a fall favorite, and I dare say my youngest begs for it. I call that a win!

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Cream Cheese Lobster Rangoon Recipe

Lobster Rangoon Recipe

Lobster Rangoon Recipe

Lobster is one of my favorite seafood that’s why I will never let a great lobster recipe pass without trying it. This Lobster Rangoon Recipe is a winner! It’s super tasty and way better than what you can get from restaurants. Best thing is by making it at home you save a lot of money because lobster dishes can be expensive at restaurants.

Here’s how to cook Lobster Rangoon Recipe

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Pineapple Blueberry Cake

pineapple blueberry cake recipe

Pineapple Blueberry Cake


We love a great bread. I just can’t help it! This recipe came about because I made a pineapple cookie and it only used half the can of pineapples. I thought I bet I can put this into a bread and make it just divine. That is what we did. This is our pineapple blueberry cake. We have always loved the sweetness of a blueberry and the tart taste of a pineapple. The combination of the two in a bread is divine. I usually make muffins like this but my kids really enjoy a bread. You can see my amazing basic muffin recipe that is a fan favorite in our home.

Basic Muffin Recipe

These are the ingredients for the Pineapple Blueberry Cake

Blueberry Bread Ingredients:
This will make two loaves
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of  salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk (we use rice milk)
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup of crushed pineapples (with the juice is fine)
  • 4 oz plain Greek yogurt (regular should work too)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Lemon Glaze:

1/4 stick of butter

1TBS of milk

2 cups of powdered sugar

4 Tsp of lemon extract

Blueberry pineapple Bread


  You will combine all of the dry ingredients in one bowl. Then you will combine all the wet ingredients in another.
pineapple Blueberry Bread
I leave the blueberries out until I have combined the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.  Then you add the blueberries. I always butter the loaf pan or spray them with cooking spray. The loaves will cook at 350 degrees for 45- 55 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Blue berry pineapple loaf recipe
I let them cool and then I turn them oven to cool on the wire rack for the remaining time. I usually make the icing and apply it to half of the loaf and the other half I leave it off. The is a great bread to grab on the run or a cake if you add the icing.
blueberry pineapple loaf recipe

Then to make the icing

Lemon Glaze:

1/4 stick of butter

1TBS of milk

2 cups of powdered sugar

4 Tsp of lemon extract

You will make the icing by melting the butter and adding in the wet ingredients. Then add in the sugar and let it set a little. You want to make sure when it pours it doesn’t run.



I use the lemon icing the I use on my Starbucks Lemon copy cat recipe. This is my favorite lemon pound cake recipe.


lemon cake

We also have a fantastic moist lemon cake.

Moist Lemon Bundt Cake

Easy Breads for Breakfast

Easy Banana Nut Bread

Sugar Free Banana Bread

Easy Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Champagne Bread

Cinnamon Apple Monkey Bread