I love to cook. I just wish someone would go to the grocery store for me! Seriously—I share recipes on this page from my personal collection but absolutely love for others to post or share recipes with me so I can share with the Aha! Connection.

Meal Types Key Ingredients

apple | Asian | asparagus | avocado | beef | chicken | corn | cranberries | fish | marinade | pie | pork | salsa | shrimp

Almost Famous Peppermint Bark

Source:  Food Network Ingredients

12 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

1 pound good-quality white chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

3 candy canes or 12 round hard peppermint candies, crushed

  1. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, shiny-side up; smooth out any wrinkles. Heat 1 inch of water in a saucepan over low heat until steaming.
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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Note from my friend Elizabeth: 

“If you need a recipe of the week, this was easy, yummy and slightly different from usual Crock Pot chicken stews. The hardest part is cutting up the butternut squash but even Costco sells that seasonally. And the chicken thighs give it a richer flavor. Cozy and warm!! “

Moroccan cuisine contains an exquisite combination of savory and sweet spices to create unique flavors.… Read More »

No-Fuss Turkey

Let’s be honest, cooking a “Thanksgiving-worthy” turkey is hard! This delicious turkey recipe gets rid of the hectic holiday hassle! Click here for the full recipe and video. No-Fuss Turkey Serves 8

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Turkey Ingredients:

  • 1 (12 lb) turkey
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine

Gravy Ingredients:

  • Pan juices from turkey
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp flour mixed with water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly cracked pepper and salt to taste

Turkey Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
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Three Decades, One Blend: The Story Behind Chick-fil-A Iced Tea

Source:  Inside Chick-fil-A

A Southern specialty with international roots, it’s a recipe that remains unchanged.

When Ronnie Osborne steps off the plane in South America, he’s on a mission. A microbiologist by training, he’s now one of the country’s most respected tea buyers, and part of a team responsible for ensuring every glass of iced tea poured at a Chick-fil-A restaurant nationwide has the same color and flavor as the original blend selected more than three decades ago.… Read More »

Caprese Bites

Modified from this original recipe at Delish   Ingredients  
  • 8 oz. mozzarella balls
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 c. balsamic vinegar
  • Toothpicks
  1. In a small bowl, stir together mozzarella, olive oil, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, and season with salt.
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Simple Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cups of sugar (feel free to use whatever organic sugar you prefer)
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 vanilla bean (optional- see note below)

Combine the milk, sugar, and vanilla beans (if using) in a blender.

Thoroughly blend until the vanilla bean is chopped into teeny tiny pieces.… Read More »

6 Ways to Cool Off on National Watermelon Day

    1. Watermelon Agua Fresca
    2. Watermelon Granita
    3. WTRMLN WTR GINGR Elixir
    4. Grape and Watermelon Freezer Pops
    5. Watermelon Lemonade
    6. Strawberry Watermelon Coolers
Click here for the article from Whole Foods with savings and beautiful photos!

Chicken & Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Spicy Green Sauce

Click here for the link to the original recipe with tons of pictures and more detailed instructions.   Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 30 Minutes Cook Time: 30 Minutes Total Time: 1 Hour, plus at least 6 hours to marinate the chicken Ingredients For the Chicken
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest, from two limes (save the limes for the green sauce)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins (or boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded to an even 1/2-inch thickness)
For the Green Sauce
  • 1 jalapeño chili pepper, seeded and roughly chopped (reserve the seeds) (see note)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann’s or Duke’s
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the Quinoa
  • 1-1/2 cups pre-washed quinoa (or rinse it before cooking)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
Suggested Toppings
  • Fresh corn, tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers, beans, cilantro
Instructions For the Chicken
  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the chicken breasts in a 1-gallon freezer bag.
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Copycat Everybody’s Pizza Panzanella Salad….renamed “Anna’s Salad”

  • Start with a Boboli Crust
  • Add pesto and mozzarella and bake
  • Cover cooked pizza with shredded lettuce, shredded cooked chicken, more mozzarella, tomatoes and Parmesan ranch dressing

Crustless Canadian Bacon & Brie Quiche


  • 14 thin slices Canadian bacon (just over 1/4 lb Boars Head thinly sliced)
  • 1 8 oz round of brie
  • 8 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil



  • Place Canadian bacon slices on bottom and up sides of a lightly greased 9″ inch deep dish pie plate, slightly overlapping slices
  • Remove rind from Brie and cut cheese into cubes.
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Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

Servings: 2   Ingredients:   Breadcrumbs
  • Panko breadcrumbs – 1/2 cup (I use Gluten Free)
  • Oil-spray
  • 2 small chicken breasts, around 6-7oz/180-210g each
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 to 6 slices of ham, about 2.5oz/75g
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
Dijon Cream Sauce (makes 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour (I use Gluten Free flour)
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
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Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 3/4 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
  • 1 1/4 cups silver tequila
  • Ice


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Amaretti Cookies

Submitted by Nancy Echikson

  • 1- 7 ounce package almond paste
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon amaretto or almond extract

Pre heat oven to 350.  Beat sugar and almond paste at medium speed in stand mixer until it’s in small pieces.  Add egg whites and amaretto or almond extract.  Beat on high speed for 4 minutes till smooth. … Read More »

Nutella Pudding

Nutella Pudding I eat completely gluten free so I rarely find dessert items on restaurant menus that work for me.  When I found Nutella Pudding on Brookhaven’s Dixie Q menu I knew I must seize the opportunity to order dessert!   After taking my very first bite I knew that if there ever was an occasion to exclaim loudly the three simple letters “O.M.G” it was then. … Read More »

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts Recipe

Source:  Southern Living Magazine, March 2018


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 4 (8-oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 bacon slices (not thick cut)
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, divided


Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F.… Read More »