Top 5 Favorite No Bake Cookie Recipes For The Holidays

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Stacy Altiery | 0 comments

Top 5 Favorite No Bake Cookie Recipes For The Holidays

1. No Bake Rocky Road Cookies 2. No Bake Monster Cookie Balls 3. No Bake Irish Cream Cookies  4. No Bake Mochaccino Cookies 5. No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

The holidays always seem to creep up on us. If you're like me you haven't even taken the picture for your Christmas cards or even placed a wreath on the door, let alone the tree? Yikes! I still have dead summer flowers in my porch pots.

This means that any holiday baking needs to be something that is super easy and tasty, right? I've compiled my FAVORITE go to No Bake recipes to help make your holiday celebrations a little less hectic. ENJOY!

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Best Mac-n-Cheese Place In Every State

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Stacy Altiery | 0 comments

Best Mac-n-Cheese Place In Every State

I saw this post on Pure Wow and just had to share it with you! With cooler temps just around the corner, I start to crave comfort food and crock pot recipes, don't you?

Hands down - macaroni and cheese is the winner when it comes to comfort food and the cheesier the better! Grab a napkin and enjoy this road trip showing you the most epic bowls of gooey goodness found in every state.

PS. Feel free to comment on YOUR favorite place for Mac-n-Cheese!

alabama

ALABAMA: JOHN'S CITY DINER

It’s easy to see why this Birmingham joint is famous for its mac and cheese—the Three Little Pigs is laced with prosciutto and local bacon, then topped with pulled pork and fried onions.

112 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N., Birmingham; 205-322-6014 or johnscitydiner.com

alaska

ALASKA: SNOW CITY CAFE

Equal parts ooey and gooey. Get it with a slice of homemade meatloaf.

1034 W. Fourth Ave., Anchorage; 907-272-2489 or snowcitycafe.com

arizona

ARIZONA: THE MAIN INGREDIENT ALE HOUSE & CAFE

The secret to this famous Phoenix mac and cheese? It’s baked in a huge sheet pan, then cut into squares.

2337 N. Seventh St., Phoenix; 602-843-6246 or tmialehouse.com

arkansas

ARKANSAS: RAZORBACK STADIUM

Meet the Mac Attack Burger, sold at the concessions stand at the home field of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Bet it’s pretty hard to focus on the game when you’re eating this guy.

350 N. Razorback Rd., Fayetteville; arkansasrazorbacks.com

cali

CALIFORNIA: BLUE PLATE

The state of California has a bunch of serious contenders, but the macaroni and drunken Spanish goat cheese at this San Francisco spot is tangy, bubbly perfection.

3218 Mission St., San Francisco; 415-282-6777 or blueplatesf.com

colorado

COLORADO: MIZUNA

We’re just gonna say it: The creamy lobster mac and cheese is a national treasure.

225 E. Seventh Ave., Denver; 303-832-4778 or mizunadenver.com

conn

CONNECTICUT: HOME RESTAURANT

You can’t go wrong with over-the-top creations like chicken-and-waffle mac, BBQ mac and buffalo mac (above).

1114 Main St., Branford; 203-483-5896 or homerestaurantct.com

delaware

DELAWARE: GRANDPA MAC

This joint on Rehoboth Beach has plenty of meaty, cheesy options, but we were über impressed with this vegan number smothered with walnut chili, Daiya cheese and bread crumbs.

33 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth; 302-727-5509 or grandpamac.com

florida

FLORIDA: HUAHUA'S TAQUERIA

OK, when we hear “Mexican restaurant,” we don’t automatically think “killer mac and cheese,” but this Queso Mac, with queso blanco, cotija, Oaxaca and Jack cheeses and sprinkled with homemade tortilla chips, is what dreams are made of.

1211 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-8226 or huahuastaco.com

georgia

GEORGIA: COMMUNITY BBQ

These soupy, satisfying noodles typically come as a side, but we think we’ll order four next time.

1361 Clairmont Rd., Decatur; 404-633-2080 or communityqbbq.com

hawaii

HAWAII: MORNING GLASS COFFEE + CAFÉ

Yep, those are mac-and-cheese pancakes. With syrup. BRB, booking a flight to Honolulu.

2955 E. Manoa Rd., Honolulu; 808-673-0065 or morningglasscoffee.com

idaho

IDAHO: BERRYHILL RESTAURANT & BAR

Shh, there’s bacon hidden under those baked tomatoes. Lots of bacon.

121 N. Ninth St., Boise; 208-387-3553 or johnberryhillrestaurants.com

chi

ILLINOIS: HANDLEBAR

Admit it—your life needs more smoked Gouda. This Chicago hot spot’s creamy mac and cheese is coming to the rescue.

2311 W. North Ave., Chicago; 773-384-9546 or handlebarchicago.com

indiana

INDIANA: THE EAGLE

This mac and cheese defies the laws of physics. How can it be both saucy and crunchy at the same time? Mind blown.

310 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis; 317-929-1799 or theeagleotr.com

iowa1

IOWA: THE CHEESE SHOP OF DES MOINES

Oooh, this combo of Gouda, aged cheddar, Mornay sauce and bread crumbs is dangerous.

833 42nd St., Des Moines; 515-528-8181 or thecheeseshopdsm.com

WEB MacandCheese JonRussells

KANSAS: JON RUSSELL'S BBQ

Pair this cheesy bowl of goodness with a pulled pork sandwich. Trust us.

12094 W. 135th St., Overland Park; 913-213-6944 or jonrussellsbbq.com

tomandchee

KENTUCKY: TOM + CHEE

Nope, you’re not hallucinating. That’s mac and cheese stuffed inside a grilled cheese sandwich.

1704 Bardstown Rd., Louisville; 502-409-9494 or tomandchee.com

nola

LOUISIANA: COWBELL

Try the signature mac, or kick it up with lobster, which is described on the menu as “a lap dance for your mouth.” Um, when in New Orleans...

8801 Oak St., New Orleans; 504-866-4222 or cowbell-nola.com

maine

MAINE: HOT SUPPA!

Psst, gluten-free friends: You can get this creamy deliciousness made with GF noodles.

703 Congress St., Portland; 207-871-5005 or hotsuppa.com

maryland

MARYLAND: MAMA'S ON THE HALF SHELL

This bread-crumb-topped masterpiece gets extra bonus points because you can order it with crab cakes.

2901 O’Donnell St., Baltimore; 410-276-3160 or mamasmd.com

mass

MASSACHUSETTS: SILVERTONE

Yep, it’s officially possible to hide an entire serving of veggies in a bowl of decadent mac and cheese.

69 Broomfield St., Boston; 617-338-7887 or silvertonedowntown.com

michiga

MICHIGAN: SLOWS BAR BQ

Word of mouth has made Brian Perrone’s baked mac legendary. And even though it’s bursting with flavor, it’s made with only one type of cheese: cheddar.

2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-9828 or slowsbarbq.com

minnesota

MINNESOTA: RED STAG SUPPERCLUB

You can get it with or without lobster. The choice is yours. (Or just get both. We won’t judge.)

509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-767-7766 or redstagsupperclub.com

mississippi

MISSISSIPPI: ROOSTER'S RESTAURANT

Mac and cheese and fried chicken…has a more perfect union ever been created?

2906 N. State St. #104, Jackson; 601-982-2001 or glennfoods.com

missouri

MISSOURI: SWEETIE PIE'S

The fried chicken at this St. Louis soul food spot is great, but the baked mac and cheese is the unsung hero.

3653 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis; 314-371-0304 or sweetiepieskitchen.com

montana

MONTANA: THE NOTORIOUS PIG BBQ

Guys. You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten mac and cheese topped with crushed Doritos. You just haven’t.

247 W. Front St., Missoula; 406-926-1344 or thenotoriouspigbbq.com

nebraska

NEBRASKA: MARKS FOOD, WINE AND SPIRIT

Spiral noodles, tangy sauce and panko bread crumbs? We’re in.

4916 Underwood Ave., Omaha; 402-502-2203 or marksindundee.com

yardbird

NEVADA: YARDBIRD SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR

Fact: Everything is better in a skillet, and this super-saucy baked mac is no exception.

The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas; 702-297-6541 or runchickenrun.com

newhampshire1

NEW HAMPSHIRE: MR. MAC'S MACARONI AND CHEESE

With 19 varieties, we give you full permission to eat here three times a day for the rest of the week. One Philly cheesesteak mac and cheese, please. Oh, and a shrimp scampi mac, too.

497 Hooksett Rd., Manchester; 603-606-1760 or mr-macs.com

jersey

NEW JERSEY: TRAP ROCK RESTAURANT & BREWERY

Oh hey, pulled-pork mac and cheese topped with piles and piles of gooey cheese. Pleasure to meet you.

279 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights; 908-665-1755 or traprockrestaurant.net

mac

NEW MEXICO: STANDARD DINER

This renovated Texaco station serves up cavatappi pasta with Gruyère, Irish cheddar and Parmesan bread crumbs. Ask for green chiles on top.

320 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque; 505-243-1440 or standarddiner.com

beechers

NEW YORK: BEECHER'S HANDMADE CHEESE

The mac and cheese competition in the Big Apple is stiff, but this Seattle-based cheese shop has melted the hearts of jaded Manhattanites.

900 Broadway, New York; 212-466-3340 or beechershandmadecheese.com

northcarolina

NORTH CAROLINA: POOLE'S DOWNTOWN DINER

The creamy-and-crunchy macaroni au gratin, made with Jarlsberg, Grana Padano and white cheddar, is a statewide-hit.

426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh; 919-832-4477 or ac-restaurants.com/pooles

northdakota

NORTH DAKOTA: DRUNKEN NOODLE

This restaurant has mostly Asian fare, but it serves up a surprisingly good mac and cheese, too. Try it with Sriracha drizzled on top.

623 NP Ave., Fargo; 701-232-3380 or drunkennoodle.com

ohio

OHIO: FAHRENHEIT

OK, this is mac and cheese at its fanciest: butter-poached Maine lobster, cognac reduction, chives and a blend of Brie and goat cheese. Yum.

2417 Professor Ave., Cleveland; 216-781-8858 or chefroccowhalen.com

oklahoma

OKLAHOMA: IRON STAR URBAN BBQ

Eat this wonderfully gooey mac and cheese with a side of green chili corn-bread.

3700 N. Shartel Ave., Oklahoma City; 405-524-5925 or ironstarokc.com

oregon

OREGON: LITTLE BIRD BISTRO

This baked mac and cheese is made with a blend of white cheddar, Gruyère cheese and a rotating wild-card cheese that could be anything from goat to blue. We love living on the edge.

215 SW Sixth Ave., Portland; 503-688-5952 or littlebirdbistro.com

penn

PENNSYLVANIA: MAC MART

You can’t go wrong with any of the mac and cheese concoctions at this Philly food truck (and recently opened brick-and-mortar shop). Try the Heart Attack Mac, with caramelized onions, bacon and potato chip panko bread crumbs.

104 S. 18th St., Philadelphia; 215-444-6144 or macmartcart.com

rhodeisland

RHODE ISLAND: SAY CHEESE

Seven words: Build your own mac and cheese bowls. We’ll take ours with bacon and buffalo chicken, please.

45 Weybosset St., Providence; 401-228-6860 or saycheeseprovidence.com

crave

SOUTH CAROLINA: CRAVE KITCHEN & COCKTAILS

This is the most award-winning mac and cheese in the country (whoa). Get yours with pulled pork, bacon, broccoli, sea scallops, shrimp, grilled chicken, short ribs…or get really adventurous and try all of the above.

1968 Riviera Dr., Mt. Pleasant; 843-884-1177 or cravekitchenandcocktails.com

daokta

SOUTH DAKOTA: DAKOTAH STEAKHOUSE

You know what? Macaroni and cheese isn’t decadent enough. Let’s batter it and deep-fry it.

1325 N. Elk Vale Rd., Rapid City; 605-791-1800 or dakotahsteakhouse.com

tennessee

TENNESSEE: LUNCHBOX EATS

This cafeteria-style Memphis lunch joint serves way better mac and cheese than our high school did.

288 S. Fourth St., Memphis; 901-526-0820 or lunchboxeats.com

austin
TEXAS: PARKSIDE

This brilliant combo of Gruyère and cheddar baked in a skillet pan is our version of heaven.

301 E. Sixth St., Austin; 512-474-9898 or parkside-austin.com

utah1

UTAH: RUTH'S DINER

This mac and cheese was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so you know it has to be good. (Oh, and the secret ingredient? Cottage cheese.)

4160 Emigration Canyon Rd., Salt Lake City; 801-582-5807 or ruthsdiner.com

vermont1

VERMONT: VERMONT COUNTRY DELI

Grab a half pound of deliciousness from this country store for under $4.

436 Western Ave., Brattleboro; 802-257-9254 or vermontcountrydeli.com

cheestique

VIRGINIA: CHEESETIQUE

This delicious blend of goat Gouda, Asiago and Cacio de Roma creates the creamiest sauce we’ve ever tried.

Locations in Alexandria and Arlington; 703-556-9189 or cheesetique.com

washington

WASHINGTON: GOLDEN BEETLE

This Seattle Mediterranean spot has a build-your-own mac and cheese bar on Mondays. We’ll take ours with spicy harissa and lamb sausage, please.

1744 NW Market St., Seattle; 206-706-2977 or golden-beetle.com

dirtybird

WEST VIRGINIA: DIRTY BIRD

Go ahead, have seconds. (You know what? It’s really small. Thirds.)

301 High St., Morgantown; 304-284-9599 or www.dirtybirdwv.com

oldfashioned

WISCONSIN: THE OLD FASHIONED

If there’s one state that knows its mac and cheese, it’s Wisconsin. And this Madison staple isn’t kidding around. It cooks its version on the stovetop, then bakes it with bread crumbs at the last minute for added crunch.

23 N. Pinckney St. #1, Madison; 608-310-4545 or theoldfashioned.com

wymong

WYOMING: HQ BBQ

It’s called the epic mac and cheese for a reason—you can get it topped with grilled chicken and broccoli, a cheeseburger or brisket chili.

70 S. Curtis St., Evansville; 307-315-6947 or caspermenus.com

capital

WASHINGTON, D.C.: THE PINCH

Don’t worry, dear District of Columbia, we’d never forget you. Go on Mondays, when the mouthwatering mac is made with duck bacon.

3548 14th St. NW, Columbia Heights; 202-722-4440 or thepinchdc.com

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Baby It's Cold Outside - 6 Crock-Pot Recipes To Keep You Warm

Posted on January 08, 2016 by Stacy Altiery | 0 comments

Baby It's Cold Outside - 6 Crock-Pot Recipes To Keep You Warm
Brrr, it's finally feeling like winter here in the south and nothing helps keep my family warm and my schedule lighter than planning meals to make in the crock-pot. I've gathered up six of my favorite crowd pleasing recipes for you try, so pick one to make this weekend. Also if you're in major ORGANIZATION mode like I am (happens every January 1st) have you thought of adding Meal Planning to your toolbox? Once a week I sit down with my family schedule and plan out our dinners for the week, plus the shopping list. You will be amazed how this simple task can help reduce weekly stress.  I can't live without my Weekly Meal Planning Pad and did a blog post about meal planning, found HERE. Enjoy the following recipes and stay warm... 1. Fall Off The Bone Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs - My family's FAV! 2. Quinoa Black Bean Crock-Pot Stuffed Peppers - Perfect for Mexican night 3. Slow Cooker Black Lava Cake - Ooey Gooey and PERFECTLY amazing 4. Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip - Easy and tasty for entertaining 5. Beef Stroganoff  - Old fashioned comfort food 6. Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers - Bringing picnic foods indoor for winter

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6 Delicious and Easy Breakfast Casseroles for Holiday Guests

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Stacy Altiery | 0 comments

6 Delicious and Easy Breakfast Casseroles for Holiday Guests

I'm having my husband's entire side of the family here for Christmas this year. Breakfast casseroles are not only my favorite to eat, they're my favorite to serve a crowd.  I've scoured my recipe binders for you and come up with my favorite SIX. I hope one of these puts big smiles on your guests faces this year and makes it to your list of favorites. Merry Christmas!

Bacon and Hash Brown Egg Bake {source: Betty Crocker}

 

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Country Breakfast Casserole {sausage, eggs, gravy} {source: McCormick}

 

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Southwestern Egg Bake {cornbread stuffing, corn, eggs} {source: Betty Crocker}

 

Holiday Breakfast Bake {sausage, eggs, biscuits} {source: Betty Crocker}

 

Ham ‘n Cheese Omelet Bake {source: Pillsbury}

 

Marmalade French Toast Casserole {source: Cooking Light}

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Santa's Favorite Cookies - Mine Too!

Posted on December 15, 2015 by Stacy Altiery | 0 comments

Santa's Favorite Cookies - Mine Too!
Each Christmas,  we make my childhood favorite Thumbprint Cookies for Santa. He tells us they're his absolute favorite :) I always double the recipe and use Seedless Black Raspberry Jam, YUM Did I mention what great gifts these cookies make? Perfect for teachers, neighbors, your mailman, anyone! Click HERE for great cookie gift wrapping ideas. This recipe is easy to make gluten free, simply substitute regular flour for GF flour. Merry Christmas and Happy Baking! Click HERE for your printable cookie recipe.

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Great Grandma's Sour Cream Apple Pie + Printable Recipe Cards

Posted on November 24, 2015 by Stacy Altiery | 0 comments

Great Grandma's Sour Cream Apple Pie + Printable Recipe Cards
Today I am showing you how to make a "not so typical" apple pie and this tradition was handed down to me by my "not so typical" great grandmother Emma Geiger LaGorin, of German descent. I was lucky enough to have my great grandmother alive and well until I was around 20 years old. I called her "great grandma on the farm" because...well... she lived on a farm of course! Each visit to grandma on the farm's house in rural Ohio, would begin with a huge dinner, farmer's wife style. When we arrived and walked through the back door, instantly you would be welcomed by the smell of her fresh baked Sour Cream Apple Pie cooling in the pantry. I would rush through dinner just to get to this sweet, tangy, creamy pie! Till this day when I bake this pie I'm transported to grandma on the farm's house.

Thanks for letting me go down memory lane with you today and share a recipe which is very near and dear to my heart. I hope this posting sparks a new tradition in your family for years to enjoy!

Gather All Ingredients aka, Mise en place. A little culinary lingo for you:)

fill your favorite pie pan, lined with your favorite crust, with enough cored, peeled and sliced apples (I prefer Granny Smith's) beat together eggs, sugar, salt, lemon juice then sour creamPour sour cream mixture over apples and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Then combine crumble topping, sprinkle over pie and bake at 350 degrees for another 35 minutes or until bubbly and yummy.

your house should be smelling amazing by nowMmmmmm!

Hungry? Click here to download your festive recipe cards and share with your friends and family.

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Best Casserole For Casserole Season

Posted on November 09, 2015 by Stacy Altiery | 0 comments

Best Casserole For Casserole Season
It's that time of year where I seem to be needing to bake and take a casserole with me everywhere I go. My GO TO casserole that I've been making for over 20 years is this Garden Chicken Casserole, from a cookbook called Gifts That Taste Good. It's super cheesy, made with wild rice and veggies and oh so tasty!! Super easy to make, I always double the recipe and freeze one for later. Everyone loves it and you will too. Click HERE for the recipe. I use real mushrooms and cheddar cheese (not American) Need a super cute and stylish casserole carrier? Check this THIS one out! Bon Appetit!

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