Fresh Raspberry Sauce

This recipe is perhaps the quickest and simplest recipe on my blog. All you need is fresh raspberries and sugar to make this easy raspberry sauce. The sauce may be simple, but this delicious topping can make an ordinary cheesecake or chocolate dessert extra fancy. My husband even puts it in his tea for sweetness…

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New York Style Cheesecake

Does your father or husband have a sweet tooth? If so, this dessert is perfect for him this coming Father’s Day! The creamy texture and scrumptious crust of this dessert it pure gold. Seriously anyone who tries this cake falls in love with it instantly. But who knew such a classic dessert could have such…

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Greek Yogurt Sauce

This Greek yogurt sauce is a great dip when I want to spice up any Mediterranean dish. It goes well with grilled kebabs, gyros, or any Greek salad. Stay tuned for a delicious grilled recipe coming up  soon this yogurt sauce. Ingredients: 1 cup Greek yogurt 1 garlic clove, pressed 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp…

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Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is traditionally prepared on a vertically rotating pit with spiced meats stacked on it. The meat can rotate for hours slowly gathering juices and flavor, yum! It is then thinly shaved and served on its own or stuffed inside a warm flatbread along with a garlicky yogurt sauce, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, ect. Obviously, average…

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Mini Cottage Cheese Pancakes

These mini cottage cheese pancakes have been a family favorite for more years than I’ve been around. They have a soft and puffy texture with little hints of cottage cheese throughout. They’re not too sweet so you can top them with your favorite syrups. Typically pancakes are eaten in the morning but we like to…

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Herbed Dipping Oil

This restaurant style herbed dipping oil is pretty much always on the menu when we have company over for dinner. When my guests leave they already know I’m sending them home with leftover herb dip. The fresh garlic and herbs paired with a warm rustic baguette is truly a match made in heaven. I actually…

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Spaghetti with zucchini and Garlic

Ever since I was a child, pasta was a notorious weakness of mine. It still is to this day. Whether it’s in an Alfredo, tomato or olive oil based sauce, I’ll choose pasta over anything. Looking back to the old days when my mother and I would watch Food Network together, Rachel Ray was always…

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Almond Pear Tart

Almond pear tart with Frangipane filling is a classic French dessert. Although this tart doesn’t have a very vibrant color to it, the flavor makes up for it all. The baked ripe pears and flavorful almond Frangipane combined with the buttery crust makes such a wonderful combination! The Frangipane filling is so tasty I can…

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Tuna Sandwich

Tuna sandwiches are a classic food that will never get old. typically people mix tuna and mayonnaise and place it in between two pieces of toasted bread; I on the other hand like to take a little more time with my tuna sandwiches. It just tastes so much better when you add hard boiled eggs…

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Creamy Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala is a very easy yet elegant dish. The Marsala wine is what gives it that unique flavor. Hence the name chicken “Marsala”. Make sure to use imported Marsala wine. If it’s made in the United States, it’s not the real stuff. Marsala wine is made from grapes that are not grown in the…

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Garden Fresh Bruschetta

Bruschetta is easily my all-time favorite appetizer!! Over the years I’ve created this perfect homemade bruschetta recipe with fresh juicy tomatoes, basil and seasonings.

Learn how to make bruschetta and it will become an easy go-to for using up summer tomatoes for years to come.

A large bowl of homemade bruschetta

When we were traveling around Italy I think we started every meal with an appetizer of bruschetta and over the years I’ve recreated the perfect bruschetta recipe. It just takes us back to those little restaurants in Italy we miss so much.  My husband and I often end up grabbing a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread on the deck and calling it dinner.


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Baked Apples

These Baked Apples are surprisingly simple to make! You’ll just need a few fresh, crisp, slightly tart apples, a touch of sugar, and a bit of cinnamon! These baked apples have the best flavor and are sliced before baking for amazing flavor in every bite!

Believe it or not, apple picking season is just around the corner! I’ve been brushing up on my apple recipes recently, and so between this super simple baked apple recipe, flavorful apple crisp and my family’s favorite caramel apple galettes recipe, I think I’m off to a good start.

Baked apples topped with vanilla ice cream


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Greek Tortellini Salad

This easy Greek-inspired tortellini salad recipe is going to become one of your staple potluck dishes. Tender cheese filled tortellini, crunchy peppers, crisp cucumbers and juicy tomatoes, topped with loads of cheese and tossed in a greek flavored dressing!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie



Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is one of my favorite desserts! Sweet and colorful strawberries balance perfectly with the tartness of rhubarb. This easy pie recipe is best served fresh from the oven with ice cream!

We love pies all year long, Blueberry Pie in the summer, Easy Pecan Pie in the fall and of course Apple Crumb Pie all year long!  This easy pie is one of my summertime go-to pie recipes!

Fresh strawberry rhubarb pie with cold vanilla ice cream. (more…)

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Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce

Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce is packed full of crunchy zesty dill pickle goodness! It pairs perfectly with fish, chips or fries, and even goes great on shrimp!

Everyone loves tartar sauce, but the store bought version doesn’t even hold a candle to its homemade sibling. You will be so surprised to see how simple it is to make homemade tartar sauce, packed full of fresh dill, dill pickle bits, and other great flavors!  dill pickle tartar sauce in a clear bowl garnished with pickles (more…)

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Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussels Sprout Salad. Shredded Brussels sprouts, crisp tart apples, feta cheese, cranberries, pomegranate arils and walnuts all tossed in a tangy honey dijon vinaigrette.  This Brussels Sprout Salad makes a perfect side or lunch.

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Easy Pepper Steak

This delicious Pepper Steak recipe is a classic Chinese American dish that you can easily make at home in just 30 minutes or less.

Pepper Steak is such a quick and easy recipe. Anytime you need a fast meal, and I mean way, way faster than it takes to order take-out, this recipe is a great option. It’s made with juicy beef strips, cooked in a sticky sauce with sweet bell peppers and is great served over rice, pasta or with just a simple salad on the side.

Bowl of One Pan Pepper Steak with peppers garnished with sesame seeds and green onions, with a yellow pepper in the background


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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon merge the goodness of tender roasted Brussels sprouts along with the indulgence of crisp smoky bacon and loads of sweet garlic.

Brussels sprouts always make the top of my favorite veggie list! I love them baked, roasted, boiled and they’re even amazing raw in a Brussels Sprout Salad!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon in a bowl with a serving spoon.


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Pumpkin Pancakes

Fall is the perfect time of year for Pumpkin Pancakes! I can’t think of a better way to wake up on a cool fall morning than warm and perfectly spiced pumpkin pancakes and a mug of coffee!

Traditional pancake ingredients combined are with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and a touch of brown sugar combine to create the best pumpkin pancakes ever! Your family will love these and ask for them all year long!

Pouring syrup over a plate of pumpkin pancakes

How to Make Pumpkin Pancakes

While you can add pumpkin to Pancake Mix, it’s easy to make pumpkin pie pancakes from scratch. Using traditional pancake ingredients, and adding in pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and adds a delicious fall flavor to this recipe reminiscent of my fave pumpkin pie recipe!

It is very important to know that the batter for these pancakes is very thick so once you put it in the pan, you’ll need to spread it using a spatula to shape your pancakes.

A bite of pumpkin pancakes on a fork

How to Make Pumpkin Pancakes from Scratch

  • Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients, then pour in the wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Pour onto a hot greased skillet and gently spread the batter for each pancake with the back of a spatula.
  • Flip each pancake when the bubbles have popped and they’re golden brown and continue to cook until done.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings!

Spreading pumpkin pie pancake batter in a pan.

Some great ideas to top these easy pumpkin pancakes include real maple syrup, walnuts or pecans, whipped cream and butter! Real butter of course!

You likely have everything you need on hand to make these pumpkin pancakes. They have a light pumpkin flavor with deliciously warm spices.

  1. Pumpkin Puree gives these pancakes a delicious pumpkin flavor! You can use simple canned puree, or you can make your own at home!
  2. The addition of my homemade pumpkin pie spice! It is very easy to make and really does jazz up all your pumpkin recipes so make sure you try it.
  3. A touch of brown sugar! Traditional pancakes call for white sugar, but the addition of brown sugar gives these pancakes a deliciously rich flavor!
  4. A key ingredient in this recipe is buttermilk. The buttermilk is slightly acidic which when combined with the baking powder, helps these buttermilk pumpkin pancakes stay light and fluffy!

Pumpkin pancakes are topped with butter, syrup and pecans.

These easy spiced Pumpkin Pancakes really are the perfect breakfast treat for the fall season but I would make them during Thanksgiving or Christmas as well.

More Breakfast Recipes You’ll Love

  • Homemade Pancake Mix – Make ahead!!
  • Chocolate Banana Bread
  • Easy Quiche Recipe – Great for brunch!
  • Mexican Slow Cooker Breakfast
  • Avocado Toast – My favorite!
  • Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Bacon

Pumpkin Pancakes

Fluffy pancakes with a light pumpkin flavor and deliciously warm spices are the perfect way to start your day.

  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  1. Combine buttermilk, pumpkin puree, oil, eggs and vanilla in a bowl.

  2. Mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl.

  3. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients. Mix just until combined.  Allow to rest about 10 minutes.

  4. Preheat a skillet or griddle to medium heat. Grease with butter or oil. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake and gently spread with the back of a spatula.

  5. Cook until lightly browned and the bubbles on top begin to pop. Flip and continue to cook until done. About 4 minutes per side.

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Crispy Zucchini Fries (oven baked)

Zucchini Fries are the perfect way to enjoy fresh garden zucchini and are perfect served as an appetizer or a side dish! Crispy and crunchy with tender zucchini inside, these parmesan zucchini fries are going to be your new favorite snack!

When my garden is overflowing with zucchini, you can find me making all of my favorites like Easy Baked Zucchini and even putting it in desserts and creating Zucchini Brownies.  These easy zucchini fries are a favorite for a quick and easy snack.

Crispy parmesan zucchini fries on a plate


How To Make Zucchini Fries

I love crispy Baked Zucchini Fries! These are lightly breaded with a combo of Panko bread crumbs & parmesan and baked in the oven for the perfect guilt free bite!

Once baked crisp, we love to dip and dunk these into ranch dressing, warm marinara sauce or Spicy Dill Dip!

making oven fried zucchini fries

How Do You Make Oven Fried Zucchini?

As much as I love deep fried zucchini, I more often prefer a lighter oven baked version without the extra fat and calories.  It’s easy to make:

  1. Cut zucchini into wedges leaving the skin on.
  2. Combine panko and parmesan cheese in a bowl with a touch olive oil. Adding the oil at this time will help the coating crisp up.
  3. Beat egg and milk, and toss with zucchini slices.
  4. Dip each zucchini into the crumb mixture. Press the crumbs to each zucchini stick to help them adhere.
  5. Bake in a hot oven on a parchment lined pan.

dipping parmesan zucchini fries into chipotle mayonnaise

How  Long Do You Bake Zucchini Fries?

It depends on their thickness, I usually do them about 15 minutes (give or take), you want them tender crisp. If you want to make oven fried zucchini slices, they will only take about 10-12 minutes to bake, flipping about half way to ensure they are brown on both sides.

Are Zucchini Fries Healthy?

Since this zucchini fries recipe is baked in the oven and has very little oil, they are a relatively healthy option when compared to its deep fried counterpart. If you are watching your waistline, they’re much lower in calories.

If you’d like to make zucchini fries without breadcrumbs for a low carb option, you can use extra parmesan cheese or even a bit of almond flour.

Zucchini fries on a baking sheet ready to be cooked.


Parmesan Zucchini Fries are simple to make, tasty and satisfying for the perfect appetizer, snack or a side dish! Every year I grow zucchini in the garden and I try to find creative ways to use it up! From Zucchini Bread, to Grilled Zucchini and spiralized Zucchini Salad, the possibilities are endless! 

More Vegetable Snacks You’ll Love

  • Garden Fresh Bruschetta – Garden fresh!
  • Easy Shrimp Ceviche
  • Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Cowboy Caviar– Fully loaded!
  • 5 Minute Taco Dip – Party Favorite!!
  • Fresh Mango Salsa

Crispy Zucchini Fries

Tender zucchini fries with a simple crispy parmesan Panko coating.

  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup parmesan Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each pepper, garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


  • Store bought


  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise or Dressing
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 chipotle in Adobo (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Chipotle Mayonnaise

  1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Set aside.

Zucchini Fries

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine Panko Bread Crumbs, Parmesan Cheese, Pepper & Olive oil. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Wash zucchini and cut into fries (leaving skin on).
  4. Beat egg & milk together. Toss zucchini in the egg and milk mixture.

  5. Dip each zucchini fry into the bread crumb mixture pressing the crumbs to make sure they stick.
  6. Place on a parchment lined pan and spray with cooking spray. Bake 18-20 minutes or until crust is crispy.

Nutritional information accounts for the use of half of the breadcrumb coating (there will be extra). Does not include dip.

Original recipe & photos appeared on Spend with Pennies June 2013.

Here are a few more recipes you’ll love

* Green Bean Fries * Zucchini Brownies * Blooming Onion Bites *

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries! The perfect way to enjoy zucchini, these are quickly baked in the oven and come out crispy and delicious!

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