Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Fan Favorites 2015

2015 Fan Favorites | Cooking on the Front Burner

It's my favorite time of the year where I look back and see what recipes YOU found tops for each month of 2015.  So today's post is all about the fans!  It really gives me an idea of what kind of recipes you might be looking for seasonally, and I have to admit, these are some of my favorites as well.  Sweet won out over savory but that is probably due to me not making as many savory dishes in 2015.  In 2016 I plan to bring a wider variety of dishes and would love for you to leave a comment for suggestions. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Cranberry Gorgonzola Tart

Cranberry Gorgonzola Tart | Cooking on the Front Burner

Before you start making those New Year resolutions, you'll be needing appetizers to ring the year out and that is where this Cranberry Gorgonzola Tart comes in.  If you want to be the hit of the party, whip up these fancy looking tarts.  Trust me they aren't too fussy and are super flavorful with the tang of the cranberries and gorgonzola cheese.  You'll find me sharing this recipe over at Real Housemoms for my monthly post.  I hope you had a happy holiday and have a great new year! 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

25 Holiday Cookie Favorites!

25 Holiday Cookies for your eating pleasure!!

Confession time- I'm a bit behind on my baking this year.  Sad but true.  But I have gotten most other things done and let's see what I can check off my list - shopping done (check), wrapping done (check), decorating done (check), menus planned (check) - so I think I'm doing pretty good!  There is still plenty some time left to put on an apron, heat up the oven, pull out the flour, sugar and other ingredients, turn on some tunes and whip up a couple batches of cookies.  I was looking around at some of my friends' recipes and now have some good ideas and new recipes to try.  I can see why these are some of their favorites.  If you are in the same boat as me, I invite you to take a look at these 25 holiday cookie favorites.  While you do that, you'll find me in the kitchen!  

Friday, December 18, 2015

Minty Brownie Bites

Minty Brownie Bites | Cooking on the Front Burner

Did you know that December 8th was National Brownie day?  I'm a bit late with the celebration but any day can be brownie day, right?  I was sent a bottle of BrancaMenta  from a company and asked to create a brownie recipe using the product.  I was intrigued when I heard it was mint flavored and thought I would create a holiday-ish type recipe and came up with these Minty Brownie Bites.  They were fun to make and would be perfect for your holiday celebration.  All opinions in this post are mine.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse

White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse | Cooking on the Front Burner

Happy Holidays!  It's the last 12th day of the year, the last 2015 #12boggers recipes with 12 ingredients or less.  We are going out with a bang with White Chocolate Peppermint recipes.  You will be wowed with the fresh, minty flavor paired with white chocolate recipes that are being shared this month.  The holidays are a perfect time to whip up these recipes and share with those you love.  I'm excited about my White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse.  It's so easy to make but I had a "messy" time getting my photos and a bit of drama but all good :)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookie | Cooking on the Front Burner

Welcome to the 4th annual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap reveal day!  This event is one of the highlights of my holiday season and one that I co-hosted this year (thanks Julie for the invite!).  I'm looking forward to seeing who was paired up with who and what cookies they made.  I was lucky to be paired with a good friend of mine - Lisa from Cooking with Curls and she sent me this wonderful Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookie recipe.  All I can say is wow - these are so easy to make and full of great flavor. If you like chocolate (and who doesn't!) and peppermint, this is the the perfect holiday cookie for you!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Week

Tis the season and this week is Christmas week!!  This annual event was started in 2012, and is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic. All week long there will be over 35 bloggers taking part and creating festive, sweet recipes for the event.  I'm sure you will find some great recipes to try for the holiday season.  I'll be sharing a couple new recipes later this week.   Plus - exciting - everyone contributed for a huge Amazon Gift Card Giveaway so be sure to enter!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Butterscotch White Russian

Kick your holidays up a notch with this perfect after dinner drink of a Butterscotch White Russian.

Butterscotch White Russian | Cooking on the Front Burner

Happy December 1st where I'm starting off the month with a holiday cocktail that makes the perfect after dinner drink.  Tis the season for entertaining, though you don't need an excuse to have company to make this Butterscotch White Russian.  I've made these a a couple times now - once after we went out with some friends for dinner and had them back to our place for dessert and drinks.  And the other was with the family on Thanksgiving day.  We had finished dinner, cleaned up and ready to start looking at the black Friday ads. It also was a pretty day as it was snowing a bit and this cocktail seemed like the perfect mid-afternoon drink as we were ad looking  I'm not really a black Friday shopper unless I go out at 6 PM (not AM) and even then I feel like there is not much I'm missing that I can't pick up at a later time.  But it is certainly fun to start getting ideas and getting everyone to make their lists all while having a tasty beverage.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Orange Cranberry Biscotti

Just what you need with your coffee or tea! Enjoy these cranberry and orange biscotti today!  Especially tasty with a drizzle of white chocolate.

Oh boy, the holidays are in full force now - Thanksgiving is tomorrow and the countdown to Christmas begins. Lights, camera, action!  I'm getting pretty excited and, I'm not sure about you, but I really need to get my head in gear and starting thinking of what to buy folks, decorate (but waiting until AFTER turkey day) and of course cooking/baking.  So as I'm making my list and checking it twice, I'm going to be snacking on these Orange Cranberry Biscotti.  I love biscotti - they are crunchy and are great with coffee, tea or hot chocolate.  Orange and cranberries go perfect together and note the drizzle of white chocolate (because everything is better with it!).  Keep biscotti on hand for your own enjoyment or invite a friend over to sit and relax during these busy times.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Apple Cranberry Bread with Streusel

Apple Cranberry Bread with Streusel | Cooking on the Front Burner

How is your week going?  Getting ready for turkey day?  I'm sure you are all thinking about your main course but what about breakfast?  You probably don't want to fuss too much so having some quick breads on hand are a perfect alternative.  This Apple Cranberry Bread is sweet, extremely moist and just the right amount of spice.  Not only are these great to have on hand but would also make a great holiday or hostess gift.  So let's get your baking on!  Are you with me?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

35 Holiday Entertaining Recipes


 A double whammy today - some great holiday recipes and a giveaway! Are you making a list and getting ready to check it twice?  Need a little extra spending money (who doesn't, right?)  Just in time to kick off some holiday shopping, we have a $350 Amazon Gift Card giveaway that I'm sure would come in real handy.  I tend to do a lot of my shopping on Amazon - it's easy peasy, no fighting the crowds and if it snows, who cares!  And, hey, if you want to do some self-gifting, I won't tell anyone :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Apple Crisp Cheesecake | Cooking on the Front Burner

This year has been apple-mania at our house!  With 3 tubs full of fresh, juicy apples we've been trying them in all sorts of recipes.  Usually on Sunday the DIY Guy makes us an apple crisp dessert which on it's own is fantastic and a treat that I really look forward to.  But what do you think of using the crispy, crumbly topping on a creamy cheesecake - oh yeah that kicks it up a notch!  Today I'm sharing my Apple Crisp Cheesecake over at Real Housemoms for my monthly post.  So if you like apple crisp and cheesecake, this is a match made in heaven!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Skillet Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary

Skillet Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary | Cooking on the Front Burner

Raise your hand if potatoes are one of your favorite comfort foods.  Mine is raised pretty high!  My fav are french fries but I also like them roasted, mashed, smashed, baked, etc.  Pretty much anything goes for me.  So today is the 12th and that means us #12 bloggers are back with 12 recipes and yep, we did potato side dishes.  With the holidays coming up, you just might be looking for some new dishes to try.  My contribution are these Skillet Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries

Roasted butternut squash with cranberries is the perfect holiday side dish recipe!
Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries | Cooking on the Front Burner

While it seems like we went from Halloween to Christmas at the stores (including songs-ugh), in between, there is the best eating holiday of the year - Thanksgiving! Right?  It is actually one of my favorites.

We have our family tried and true recipes, but I'm always on the lookout for some new ones to try!  So I think today you are really going to enjoy this post. Not only are you going to have access to 25 delicious recipes for your Thanksgiving table, but each chef is hosting a giveaway on their blog. Trust me when I say, you will love these recipes.

We have you covered for breakfast, appetizers, side dishes, dessert and even a main course turkey recipe. So get ready to browse what you might want on your table!

I'm bringing my easy side dish recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries - it's sweet, savory and on the lighter side.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

2015 Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap

2015 Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap

So you are probably thinking why are we talking about Christmas now.  Well there are only 6 weekends until the big day!  Hope that doesn't  freak you out, it does me a bit!  But the real reason for the early shout-out is a fun event that is happening with other bloggers (yes, you!).  For the past three years I have participated in this Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap and this year I'm co-hosting.  What I have loved about the swap is you are partnered up with another blogger and recipes are exchanged - not the actual cookies.  Easy and no broken cookies!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Candy Corn Martini

Candy Corn Martini | Cooking on the Front Burner

Happy Halloween!  This week we hosted a work party for the DIY Guy's co-workers.  Since we were close to Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to make it festive.  So today I'm sharing an adult martini that is all treat and no trick along with some Halloween inspired food.  There is still plenty of time to prepare for tomorrow.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Southwest Chicken Quinoa Soup

Southwest Chicken Quinoa Soup | Cooking on the Front Burner

Fall is here and in our neck of the woods, it is soup weather.  While I certainly enjoy the summer months and the grilling out we get to do, when fall arrives I'm ready for some hearty soups.  This month I'm sharing a new recipe called Southwest Chicken Quinoa Soup over at Real Housemoms.  You'll be sure to want to add this one to your menu.  It has great southwest flavors and comes together in about 35 minutes.  How is that for getting dinner on the table?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Butternut Squash Orzo Salad

Butternut squash orzo salad is a lighter fall salad recipe with spinach, orzo, Craisins and Gorgonzola cheese, topped with a creamy maple vinaigrette.
Butternut Squash Orzo Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

The holidays are coming, and I'm pretty sure I'll be indulging a bit more into sweets and other higher calorie food.  I'll be trying to balance it out with some healthier foods and that is where this Butternut Squash Orzo Salad with Maple Vinaigrette comes into play.
It's a light and refreshing salad, perfect for lunch or as a side dish.  Butternut squash is available right now, so it's fun to come up with new recipes for the palate!  What's not to love about a healthier salad with fresh spinach, orzo, craisins, roasted squash, tangy gorgonzola and a creamy maple vinaigrette dressing?
This pasta salad recipe is quickly becoming one of my fall favorites.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pumpkin Energy Bites

No Bake Pumpkin Chia Energy Bites | Cooking on the Front Burner

Recently I made pumpkin gnocchi and had a bit of pumpkin left over.  I put the small amount in the refrigerator with the mindset that it would probably remain there until it got fuzzy and I had to throw it away (you can probably relate, right?).  But as I started looking around in my pantry and cupboards, I got an idea of making energy bites.  I had enough different ingredients that I thought would work, and lo and behold, this Pumpkin Energy Bite was created.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Crispy Sage

Pumpkin Gnocchis | Cooking on the Front Burner

I'm super excited that it is the 12th of the month so we can share with you what the #12bloggers have been up to with this month's ingredient of squash (think pumpkin, butternut, etc).  Whether it be sweet or savory you desire, we have you covered with some fantastic recipes!  Being Italian you would think I would have made gnocchis before. Sure, I've had some but have never given them a try.  So this month I brought to the show these Pumpkin Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Sauce topped with crispy sage. Perfect for the fall or any time!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Maple Glazed Spiced Donuts

Maple Glazed Spiced Donut | Cooking on the Front Burner

What's your thoughts on donuts?  Do you like baked or fried?  Regular size or mini? Are you a Kripsy Kreme kind of person or Dunkin Donuts?  Or maybe you have a favorite local brand to enjoy.  Donuts have been one of favorite things to eat and my all time favorite is just a plain glazed donut that is light and airy on the inside with the right amount of sugary glaze.  So you may have noticed that this isn't one of those!  Today I'm branching out with this spiced donut with the best maple glaze.  In fact, I think the glaze is the best part.  It's all about that bass glaze... :)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pink for a Cure - Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs with Strawberry Mousse | Cooking on the Front Burner

Yes, it's fall and we all have apples and pumpkins on our minds but today some bloggers are taking a break from fall recipes to participate in #cookingforacure and bringing awareness to October's Breast Cancer Awareness month.  So in honor of this great cause, pink food all around including these cream puffs with strawberry mousse.

I was glad to be asked to participate this year and help get the word out about what you can do to help yourself and bring awareness to this disease.  One in eight women are affected each year and that is a high number - I'm sure many of us have been affected by friends or family that may have been diagnosed.  Early detection is key by doing monthly self examines and yearly check-ups.  If it is caught in the early stages, the survival rate is 98%!  And that is a high number of good news!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pumpkin Scones with Ginger

Pumpkin Scones | Cooking on the Front Burner

If you are a lover of pumpkin flavors, you will want to put these Pumpkin Scones on your must do list!  These are kicked up a notch with crystallized ginger that gives them an extra zing!  I'm sharing my recipe over at Real Housemoms this month.  We would love for you to stop by.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway!

I'm excited to be part of this KitchenAid Mixer giveaway to help Allison celebrate her five year blogiversary over at Cupcake Dairies.  To celebrate, she is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer - and the winner gets to pick the color of the mixer!  And last I checked there were over 20 colors to choose from.  Decisions, decisions!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Clam Bake 2015

How to plan a clambake | Cooking on the Front Burner

When it's Labor Day that means one thing.  Clam bake party time!  The DIY Guy and I look forward to this gathering that our friends have been hosting for over 20 years.  It's a wonderful way to end the summer, enjoy good eats and catch up with friends.   The excitement starts when we get the email invite asking us how many dozen clams and how many "bakes" we want.  Then on my part, I go into dessert planning mode and start researching what to bring.  I kind of put pressure on myself to come up with a wow-ey dessert and this year I went with a four layer lemon cake with lemon curd.  Oh yeah, you know I love my lemons!  I spent about 5 hours total prep time and I think half the time was squeezing lemons because when life gives you 3 bags of lemons you need to come up with something spectacular!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Greek Chicken Wings

Greek Chicken Wings | Cooking on the Front Burner

Time to get your game day food on with 12 great recipes from our 12 blogger group!  Perfect timing don't you agree?  There is nothing better than munching on snacks, watching the game and maybe enjoying a tasty beverage.  You'll see too that wings are more than just mild, medium and hot with these flavorful and unique recipes.  I'm bringing to the party these Greek Chicken Wings served with a creamy tzatziki sauce.  Keep reading to see what the others came up with.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fresh Fig Pizza with Arugula

Fresh Fig Pizza with Arugula | Cooking on the Front Burner

I'm back today with the second of the fig recipes I tried this week and this one (at least for me) hit it out of the park!  Fresh Fig Pizza with Arugula lives up to the hype.  I originally had thought we would have this as an appetizer to our main course, but once we started, we decided what the heck and called it dinner.  I know the DIY Guy had his heart set on meat but even he agreed that this pizza was great and we could grill out the next night.  What a guy! (And we did!)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Fig Appetizers

Bacon Wrapped Fig Appetizers

Have you ever had figs?  I've had them in fig newtons but I guess that doesn't count!  I mean the fresh ones.  Last week I was shopping at our local Trader Joe's and saw some in the produce area.  I've been really intrigued with all the recipes I've seen around the web lately and decided to give them a try.  I was able to find two recipes that sounded good so first up I'm sharing these easy to make Bacon Wrapped Fig Appetizers.  If you love sweet and salty, these are for you!  And of course anything with bacon is A-OK in my eyes.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup | Cooking on the Front Burner

Today's recipe is courtesy of our local Farmer's Market. On Saturday I grabbed my market bag and had a wonderful time stopping at different vendors getting what I needed for this Tomato Basil Soup.  I like to meander around with coffee in hand, enjoy the sights and especially the smells!  By the time I was done, I had a bag full of roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, garlic, an onion bigger than a softball (for only $1),  basil and a red pepper.  The ride home provided a nice basil aroma (I would take that any day over the 'new' car smell!)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Grilled Veggie Pesto Flatbread

Grilled veggie flabread | Cooking on the Front Burner

Summer produce is peaking right now and what better to enjoy your veggies by grilling them up and making your own tasty flatbread.  I'm sharing this recipe over at Real Housemoms this month.  You might want to put on your menu soon for the perfect appetizer or add a salad to make a complete meal!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Cherries

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

How is your summer going?  Getting to do all you want?  Sun, fun, vacationing, relaxing, etc.?  It's the most wonderful time of the year, right (not ready for Christmas yet!)  We've been super busy hence the lack of blog posts.  I can't believe this is only the 3rd recipe this month but I think it was worth the wait.  This Arugula Quinoa Salad with Fresh Cherries has it all and on the healthier side too!  So enjoy what's left of summer and when you are looking for a quick and tasty salad, you've come to the right spot!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Apple Crepes

Apple Crepes with Caramel Sauce | Cooking on the Front Burner

An apple (crepe) a day keeps the doctor away and with this month's #12bloggers recipes, you can have almost 2 weeks worth of new recipes to try.  Summer is still here - thank goodness - but soon we'll be turning to apples to make some scrumptious recipes!  So glad the group decided on apples this time around so I can get some new ideas.  I'm sharing these apple crepes that I hope you will enjoy!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Fresh Peach Tart

This peach tart recipe is bursting with fresh peaches, a creamy filling on a delicate puffed pastry!
Fresh Peach Tart | Cooking on the Front Burner

Are you ready for a new dessert recipe?  I seem to be on a dessert kick lately but with all the fresh fruit we've been having this summer, I just can't resist!  This Fresh Peach Tart is the latest creation for the tastebuds.  Get ready to enjoy these juicy beauties in an individual dessert.... pretty peachy keen, huh?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fresh Cherry Crisp

Fresh Cherry Crisp a la mode | Cooking on the Front Burner

I love this time of year when cherries are available!  It reminds me when I was a kid and we would go to my grandmother's house and go "down the yard" and pick cherries at the neighbors house.  I was able to pick the low lying ones and my uncles would place ladders against the tree to get the majority.  My tongue would be bright red by the end of the afternoon and hopefully I didn't get a stomach ache!  In memory of those great times, I created this fresh cherry crisp for you to enjoy.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Best Of the Weekend and News

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Before we get this party started, I'm announcing this will be my last night with BOTW.  The party will still continue with the other fab gals.  I've enjoyed co-hosting for over a year but feel it's time to move on with other busy stuff I have going on.  Seeing your fun projects and wonderful recipes have definitely been the highlight of my week.  I'll still be blogging and posting 2-3 new recipes a week and I know what party I'll be linking them up to!  Be sure next week to link up with either Cindy, Sheryl, Amy or Ginnie.  Now onto the party and features.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mini Banana Split Pastry Dessert

Mini Banana Split Pastry Desserts have it all - bananas, pineapple, strawberries and chocolate, all topped off with a cherry! An easy dessert, but so pretty, it looks like you have fussed all day!
Mini Banana Split Pastry Desserts have it all - bananas, pineapple, strawberries and chocolate, all topped off with a cherry! An easy dessert, but so pretty, it looks like you have fussed all day!

Sweet time!  Your taste buds will thank you after one bite of these Mini Banana Split Pastry Desserts.  They have it all - bananas, pineapple, strawberries and chocolate all topped off with a cherry, of course!  Have you drooling yet?  These are easy to make but look like you have fussed all day!  Oh yes, you know you want one......

Friday, July 17, 2015

Best of the Weekend-Tasty Recipes

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TGIF!  We are currently experiencing some really warm weather here in MN - it is over 90 today and hot hot hot.  I've spent most of my day in-doors keeping cool and looking at what you linked up last week.  Found some tasty treats and fun projects!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

OBC Conference and You!

We are gearing up for the OBC Conference starting on September 8th!  Have you signed up yet?  A couple months ago I introduced the 2015 On-line Blog Conference and reasons why you should attend.  If you would love to go to a conference but don't have the time or want the expense, this is for you.  All sessions are live on G+ and are archived to watch at your convenience if you are unable to attend on session days/times.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Greek Orzo Summer Salad

Greek Orzo Summer Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

Your #12bloggers are back today with this month's recipes - Summer Salads!  I pretty much live on salads this time of year.  There are so many fresh veggies and fruits to choose from; don't you agree?  Most of the ingredients in my Greek Orzo Summer Salad can be found in your own garden or the local farmer's market.  Grab your basket and get what you need!  Keep reading to see what the other gals have made - I think you will find something new to enjoy.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Best of the Weekend-Vacation

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Hi, welcome to Best of the Weekend!  I'm currently on vacation and will be back next week.  Stop by one of the other gals to link up this week.  I'll look forward to seeing your goodies when I return!

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Cosmo-sicles | Cooking on the Front Burner

A little refreshing treat for the adults today.  If you are a fan (as in SATC) and enjoy cosmopolitans, you are in for treat with this frozen variety!  Today you'll find me over at Real Housemoms, sharing the recipe. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ice Cream Recipes for Summer

We are bringing you a great collection of ice cream treats to beat the heat!

Today I'm sharing over 20 recipes to make your own ice cream this summer.  You will find some really unique recipes - beyond vanilla and chocolate.  Though my favorite soft ice cream is a twist cone from Dairy Queen.  Scooped ice cream is a different matter - I currently crushing Mint Chocolate Chip.  So without further adieu, from some of my blogger friends, enjoy these tasty creations!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Time to Beat the Heat (Giveaway!)

Hot enough for you?  Want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time playing?  Come home to a meal already prepared?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this giveaway is for you!  A few of us bloggers have gotten together and 9 lucky winners will each get a Hamilton Beach slow cooker and a cookbook.  The grand prize winner gets the slow cooker, cookbook and a $150 gift card to Amazon.  Pretty cool huh?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Mint Chip Fudge Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge Ice Cream | Cooking on the Front Burner

Summer and ice cream go together like PB&J, mac-n-cheese and well, you get the idea.  Mint Chocolate Chip with Fudge happens to be my favorite flavor (at least this summer!)  We have a local shop called Flapdoodles that the DIY Guy and I have been known to frequent every couple weeks.  He'll try different flavors like Salty Caramel and Coffee Chip.  I keep going back to the mint and thought it was time to try and make my own.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Banana Bread (Loaded!)

Banana Bread loaded with goodies | Cooking on the Front Burner

It's a first!  I've never in my life made banana bread.  I like it, I really do but I guess I prefer when others make it for me!  I decided to take the plunge when I had two very ripe bananas sitting in the basket.  I've had black bananas before and have had no guilt tossing them out but this time, they seemed to be calling my name.  P-l-e-a-s-e use us and so I did.  And not only did I use them, but I invited some friends to join in - chocolate, nuts, dried cherries and blueberries.  Now that's a banana bread!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Best of the Weekend - Celebrate!

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Whoosh!  Hard to believe this is our last party in the month of June!  Please Father Time slow down - we need to make summer last a lot longer.  This week I'm featuring food and crafts to help you celebrate the 4th.  Please note, we will not be hosting a party next Friday on the 3rd - take time to make some of these yummy treats or get your craft on!  We'll be back on the 10th.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Oatmeal Cookies Red, White & Blue

Fruity Oatmeal Cookies | Cookie on the Front Burner

Oatmeal cookies happen to be one of the DIY Guy's favorite.  Me, well, I'm more of a chocolate chip cookie kind of gal.  But this past weekend was all about the dad's (right!) so I wanted to make him something to enjoy over the weekend.  I've tried different mix-ins before like pecans, coconut and of course chocolate, but these are definitely more on the fruity side with dried cherries, dried blueberries and white chocolate chunks.  A bit on the patriotic side and a lot on flavor!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Best of the Weekend with Watermelon

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TGIF!  I'm so glad the weekend is here and I bet you are too.  We are supposed to have some pretty decent weather and with it being Father's Day, I'm thinking it might be a good weekend to cookout and relax!  I hope you enjoy whatever you have planned.  Can't wait to see what you are sharing this week.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Moscow Mule Popsicles

Moscow Mule Popsicle | Cooking on the Front Burner

Have you heard of a Moscow Mule cocktail?  This drink has been around since 1939 but has recently gained a lot of popularity.  I'm seeing them more on restaurant menus and up until a couple weeks ago, I hadn't had one.  I was really curious since the main mixer is ginger beer (not ale).  The ginger beer has a bit of a kick to it and with the rest of the mixings (lime and vodka), this drink is quite refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day.  Typically they are served in a copper mug that keeps your drink cold from first sip to last.  And making them into a frozen treat can really cool you down!