What’s for Dinner? Broiler Sandwiches for a Crowd!

Want any easy meal for a crowd? These broiler sandwiches are perfect! Choose your toppings, broil, slice and serve. Simple and something everyone will love! ~Amy

Breakfast on the go! Hearty bread, peanut butter, bananas, a sweet honey drizzle, and a little granola crunch, will give you a little get up and go to start your day! ~Amy

The perfect game appetizer for the sports loving fans in your life! Go ahead and win them over with a buffalo wing broiler!

Go Hawaiian! Smoked ham, fresh pineapple, green peppers, with a little aloha bbq sauce, say hello to this tasty sandwich!~Amy

Ciao! This fresh broiler sandwich is topped fresh basil, pesto, artichoke, and a variety of heirloom tomatoes, definitely, La Familia! ~Amy

“Broiler Sandwiches”

“Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Broiler”

French country bread loaf cut longwise
White chocolate peanut butter
Sliced bananas
Honey Drizzle

“Spicy Chicken Buffalo Broiler”

French country bread loaf cut longwise
Shaved Roasted Chicken
Spicy buffalo sauce
Chopped celery diced
Crumbled blue cheese

“Napa Valley Fresh Basil Broiler”

French country bread loaf cut longwise
Fresh heirloom tomatoes
Artichoke hearts
Toasted pine nuts
Oilive oil
Fresh Basil
Sea salt
Cracked pepper

“Sweet Hawaiian BBQ Broiler”

French country bread loaf cut longwise
Sweet Hawaiian bbq sauce
Shaved ham
Brown sugar bacon
Green pepper
Crispy onions

Cusinart Broiler Convection Oven:
It is a great price at Costco! Only $99.00


Butternut Squash, Pear, and Sage Cream Soup

Soup is so comforting on a cold day. This recipe is filled with delicious pears, creamy butternut squash, and a splash of cream. ~Amy


Butternut Squash, Pear, and Sage Cream Soup


2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup chopped white onion

2 cups chicken stock
1 cup apple cider
4 cups fresh cut butternut squash
2 cups peeled and chopped red pears
1 tsp coarse salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp half and half, or cream
1-2 fresh sage leaves, snipped

In a large stock pot, cook butter and onions until soft.
Add chicken stock, squash, apples, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and cook on low. Cook pears and the squash mixture for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very soft. Add cider and blend with an immersion blender or in small batches in a food processor or blender. Return to pan and whisk in half and half and fresh sage. Add additional cider to bring to desired consistency if necessary. Salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Wild Buffalo Style Chicken Soup with Buttered Bleu Cheese Croutons!

Buffalo wings seem to be the ultimate guy food. So to make my husband and brothers happy, I came up with a fun combination of the bold and spicy flavors of buffalo hot wings ( without the mess ) and the comfort of homemade chicken soup. This is a super fast, and easy soup that will be sure to win the hearts of the men in your life. -Amy

Wild Buffalo Style Chicken Soup with Buttered Bleu Cheese Croutons

3 2/3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup milk
4 tbsp flour
1/8 tsp pepper

1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
Celery hearts ( optional )

In a medium sized sauce pan, bring chicken broth to a boil.
In a separate bowl, whisk together, sour cream, 1/2 of the milk, and pepper together until smooth. Add remaining milk and blend well.
Pour mixture into chicken broth, and bring up to a boil. When thickened, stir in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and chicken.
Serve with Buttered Bleu Cheese Croutons, fresh celery and additional hot sauce if desired.

Serves 4

8 slices rustic bread, thinly sliced
Bleu cheese, crumbled

Lightly toast bread in oven or toaster. Spread a thin layer of butter on to warm toasted bread to melt. Top which bleu cheese and place in oven under broiler until melted.

Serves 4

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Hand Stirred Peppermint Candy Ice Cream Shakes

This is so simple, but way better than purchased peppermint candy ice cream! You can either serve as a shake or soft serve, really if you love peppermint candy ice cream, you must give this a try. It is my favorite!!~Amy

Hand Stirred Peppermint Candy Ice Cream Shakes

1/2 Gallon your favorite vanilla ice cream

Crushed peppermint

Remove ice cream from the freezer and let stand for about 10 minutes.
In a large stainless steel bowl place softened ice cream. With a large spoon or spatula stir ice cream until smooth. Add desired amount of crushed peppermint, stirring lightly to mix.

Pour into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of peppermint.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Merry Raspberry Marzipan Winter Waffles

This winter waffle will make your holiday occasion simply magical. Sweet waffles layered up with with marzipan, vanilla whipped cream, fresh raspberries and a dusting of sugary snow, this delightful confection will making any occasion a wonderland! ~Amy

Merry Raspberry Marzipan Winter Waffles

Waffle iron
CucinaPro Heart Waffle Iron
or traditional waffle iron, round or square

Plastic Squeeze bottle


1 recipe your favorite buttermilk waffles, or mix made according to directions

1 cup grated Marzipan, or almond filling such as Solo usually found on the baking aisle by pie fillings

Fresh raspberries

Vanilla Whipped Cream*, or spray cream

Powdered sugar

Fresh rosemary and spray roses for garnish

Cupcake toppers, reindeer, star, nutcracker. Etc…*


Heat oven to 300 degrees.
Heat iron to medium setting.

Thin pancake batter with additional liquid, water or milk until it reaches a pourable consistency. Pour into squeeze bottle.

Starting at the center of the iron, squeeze batter into a branch type pattern, finishing with a small circle in the center. If using a heart shaped iron, follow the lines curving to the top of the heart, but not connecting the top lines. Cook until golden brown. Remove from iron and place in oven.
Repeat going a little smaller each time, making a branch pattern, as you get to the smaller pieces you can do them anywhere on the iron in dimes size circles.

To assemble:
Place largest tree branch waffle on plate, sprinkle with a small amount of marzipan, tip with whipped cream. Repeat, balancing carefully, until the smallest waffle is on top. Decorate with fresh raspberries. Placing in cream on waffle branches. Dust powdered sugar and top with cake topper. Garnish with flowers and fresh rosemary and serve immediately.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

*recipe can be found at http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com


Cucina Pro Heart Waffle Iron
Available at:
Crate and Barrel, $39.95
Amazon Prime $39.95?
Cucina Pro, Bed Bath and Beyond

Sweet Clementine Breakfast Rolls

The first time I tasted a clementine was at Christmastime. My Dad’s secretary brought our family a box back from the Philippines, and it was the most delicious orange I had ever had! Now they are available everywhere, and aren’t the just the best. So sweet, and charming, they make this breakfast roll a Christmas time classic! ~Amy

Sweet Clementine Breakfast Rolls
1/2 cup + 1 cup very warm water

1 tbsp yeast

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted 

1 tsp salt

5 cups flour

Melted butter
In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over 1/2 cup or warm water, stir to soften. Add additional water and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on high, until frothy.

Add sugar, butter, and salt. Repeat.

With dough attachment, add about 2 1/2 cups of the flour. Stir until it forms a smooth elastic dough. Add the rest of the flour. Mix until the dough starts to pull away from the sides. 

Grease bowl, turn the dough to coat. Cover and let rise until double in size.
On a lightly floured board, divide dough in half. Using a rolling pin roll dough into rectangle. Spread half of the filling on top in a thin layer. Shape into a roll and slice into 2 inch pieces, and place on buttered cookie sheet. Repeat with other half of dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes, then spread tops with frosting. 
Clementine Filling:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 tbs Clementine juice

Zest from two clementines
In a small saucepan melt butter, add sugar, juice and zest. Cook until it just starts to bubble up, quickly spread over dough. 
Clementine Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

2 tsp Clementine juice

Zest from one Clementine 
With an electric mixer, beat butter and 2 cups of the sugar, milk and juice until smooth. Add remaining sugar and zest, beat until light and fluffy.
To ice, thin if desired with a teaspoon or so of milk, or water to desired consistency.

Recipe by Amy Richardson 

Roll recipe adapted from Karin Holmgren

Vanilla Cream Cran~Raspberry Layered Meringue Dessert

Don’t like to bake?! This dessert is for you! Beautiful, simple and easy to assemble, this dessert will be a show stopper at your next holiday gathering! ~Amy

Layered whipped cream, fresh raspberries, cranberry and light and crisp meringues. So delicious you will be asking for a sweet second taste. ~Amy

Vanilla Cream Cran~Raspberry Layered Meringue Dessert

2-3 cups cranberry sauce, homemade or purchased
2-3 cups fresh raspberries
Meringue cookies, purchased, lightly crushed

1 recipe Vanilla Whipped Cream*

In a clear glass bowl, or wide mouth vase, start with a layer of whipped cream, layer with cranberry sauce, meringue pieces, fresh raspberries, then repeat, ending With the whipped cream. Garnish with additional raspberries if desired. Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 4 hours.

Note: Recipe can easily be doubled for a larger crowd

Makes 4-6 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

*recipe can be found at http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com