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Copycat Willow Tree Chicken Salad

Why buy the expensive deli chicken salad when you can make our Copycat Willow Tree Chicken Salad at home? (It’s just as good!) A few years back when I was pregnant with my daughter, I had food cravings like most pregnant woman do.  One of my cravings was for Willow Tree chicken salad.  Almost every […]

Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies are a clever twist on the traditional sugar cookie recipe – and they are absolutely delicious! Thanks to some simple swaps – these Brown Sugar Cookies are so much more rich and flavorful than any other sugar cookie I’ve eaten. First, unsalted butter is melted and browned in a skillet before being […]

Beer Braised Barbecue Pork Butt

We used an unconventional cooking method to make this fantastic Beer Braised Barbecue Pork Butt recipe! Read more about it below. Like everywhere else around the country, here in New England, we’ve been sweltering under a ‘heat dome’ that the meteorologists on the news broadcasts keep talking about! With daytime temperatures in the 90’s – […]

Copycat Entenmann’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Many years ago, my husband Jack had a friend who once worked for Entenmann’s – the company that sells their popular baked goods at supermarkets across the United States. One day, she handed Jack a hand-written recipe for the famous Entenmann’s chocolate chip cookies! The recipe was written to make an industrial-size batch of 1,320 […]

Apple Crisp

This amazingly delicious, classic Apple Crisp recipe had been my go-to apple crisp recipe for years.  Every fall during apple-picking season, I’d pull this recipe out of a binder that I keep of old tried-and-true recipes I’ve collected, and I would bake this perfect apple crisp. And then…I lost the recipe. I looked through every […]

Spice Rub for Chicken

We eat chicken quite often at our house so we’re always experimenting with different ways to prepare this versatile and delicious meat.  Sometimes we eat chicken that has been marinated and grilled, or coated with a breading and baked. Other times we might do a quick sautéed chicken. Or – if time allows – we […]

Boston Baked Beans

Today we’re sharing our own ‘secret family recipe’ for Boston Baked Beans!  This is a recipe that Jack has perfected over the years and it’s so much better than any canned baked beans you can buy. Boston baked beans are another one of those dishes that I never really liked – until I ate Jack’s […]

Portuguese Rice Pudding

This recipe for Portuguese Rice Pudding is a popular dish that my husband Jack has served many, many times over the years.  It’s a sweet and creamy, vanilla-infused rice pudding and a wonderfully comforting dessert!  There’s a hint of orange in this rice pudding, as well as warm cinnamon sprinkled on top.  It’s so good! […]

Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon-Soaked Raisins

This recipe for Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon-Soaked Raisins is a really delicious option for a special holiday breakfast or brunch.  A filling of sweet brown sugar, cinnamon and bourbon-soaked raisins is rolled between a light and delicious pastry.  Then, a sweet and light confectioner’s sugar glaze is poured on top of the rolls soon after […]