One of my all-time favorite takeout dishes is the Crispy Honey Chicken from PF Changs. It’s also one of the most popular dishes on their menu. But here is the downside to the popularity – if you go at a time that’s busy (so, basically anytime :)) it seems they make it ahead and keep it warm. This could be an unfair conclusion, but what’s fact is that 9/10 times I order it, all crispiness has evaporated into oblivion and all that’s left it a gummy, goopy chicken dish. No bueño! So, I have created a, dare I say, even BETTER version with my Crispy Honey Chicken PF Changs Copycat recipe. But for those of you who still enjoy getting this menu item from PF Changs, I also have a great hack for you to ensure the dish is crispy!Read More
Who likes lemon cookies that are sweet without any sour kick? That’s right. None of us! There are few things in life as disappointing as buying lemon cookies or getting a slice of lemon cake from the bakery or a store and it lacks any tangy punch. It totally misses the mark for me. When I think of lemon, I want it give me that lip-puckering sensation, a tang you can feel, and these Tart Soft-Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies do exactly that!Read More
One of the best menu items at Red Robin is the Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich and today I am making a copycat recipe for this super easy, but incredibly flavorful, juicy, and craveable sandwich.
Red Robin is one of my favorite casual dining burger chains. It’s consistent, clean, has awesome food, freckled lemonade, booze and shakes, but most importantly – bottomless fries. I mean, fries are arguably the best “vegetable” out there. So I’ll take another basket-full please 🙂
I’ve loved this place since I was a kid. Unfortunately there aren’t many locations in the southeast so my days of going to Red Robin are far and few between. Our closest location being 50 miles away, but when we do get to go, it’s a nostalgic treat for me! After my recent trip (awesome as always), I was reminded of how much I love their menu and decided to recreate some of my favorites at home. So be on the lookout for some of my other Red Robin copycat recipes coming soon!Read More
Wouldn’t you agree, the biggest problem about the Cheesecake Factory is having to make a decision on what to eat? With a story-book sized menu from food all over the globe, how does one ever make a decision without feeling like you’re missing out on something else?
It’s one of the only restaurants I go to where I will always get an appetizer + an entree + dessert. I normally just opt for a drink and an entree at most restaurants but at Cheesecake, there are just too many temptations to not want the full experience.
Aside from this Southern Fried Chicken Sliders Cheesecake Factory Copycat Recipe, I’ve also remade the Cheesecake Factory Orange Chicken and the Nashville Hot Chicken Nuggets. I have a lot more copycat recipes in the works, but feel free to let me know if you have a favorite you’d like a recipe for so you can remake at home!
We are celebrating my birthday this week and I was thinking of a fun dessert to make. Something about the look of sprinkles just gives you a happy, celebratory feeling inside, so I knew whatever I made needed to have sprinkles! Whenever I think of desserts my mind wonders to unconventional, over-the-top places, trying to think of something I’ve never done before. While this gives me great ideas (like my Cookies & Cream Tres Leche or my Peanut Butter Stuffed Reese’s Pieces Cookies) I also tend to underestimate just how incredible simple frosted cake can be. But since I can’t help but put my usual spin on things, I wanted to turn cake into cake bites (poppable, bite-sized pieces somehow = more fun!) and frost it with my favorite homemade donut frosting. So, the decision was made, Chocolate Donut-Frosted Cake Bites it is. A little bit cakey and a lot a bit donutty.Read More
My Peanut Paradise smoothie recipe is finally ready and I am so happy to add this to my growing collection of Tropical Smoothie recipes. I think this is the third one I’ve posted so far, can you tell I am addicted to their smoothies? I am a huge fan of TS but, I am a bigger fan of learning how to make something at home to save us time and money, am I right? After a bunch of requests for this smoothie recipe, I knew I had to give it a try. Especially since I am a huge peanut butter and banana lover. And, better yet, I will show you how to make yours for WAY less than 700 calories. What’s your favorite Tropical Smoothie recipe? Let me know in the comments if you have a fan favorite you would like to make at home!
I am thrilled to be sharing this easy Chubby Hubby ice cream recipe (no-churn, egg free). Chubby Hubby and I go way back. I mean waaaay back, like the 90’s. This was my absolute favorite childhood ice cream. I would eat it by the pint in one sitting – not even joking. My family was more into Cherry’s Garcia, always a classic, but Chubby Hubby was more my thing. Chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels, chocolate and peanut butter swirled among malted vanilla ice cream. Chubby Hubby was literally designed for me.
I say “was” because as of ~2008, I stopped being able to find it in stores. Especially in Atlanta, it is nowhere to be found. If you use the store locator tool on the website it shows that it’s carried at Walgreens all across the city. Oh the lies they tell me!!!! This ice cream is not sold anywhere in Atlanta (trust me, I have literally gone 40 miles out of my way to check) and I assume this must be true for other places as well. So, like I do in these situations, I create a copycat version because I must be reunited with my first love! Rest assured, as a connoisseur of this ice cream flavor, I’ve made this recipe taste identical to the real thing. You will not be disappointed.
No worries if you don’t own an ice cream machine because you won’t need any fancy gadgets for this recipe. Just a hand mixer or stand mixer to whip up some heavy cream then a few hours in the freezer. In no time you too will have your very own Chubby Hubby to enjoy by the trough-full! Read More
If you’re anything like me, you may not consider yourself much of a muffin person. Sure, you don’t dislike them. But you never think to order them at coffee shops, or often overlook them and instead reach for the chocolate croissant at bakeries. However, I am convinced these muffins (sort of like my Pistachio Muffins) can turn everyone into muffin lovers!! The name muffin may not sound exciting, in fact, I usually think dry or boring, but these are, in my opinion, way better than even eating a cupcake! Something about that ultra-velvety soft, buttery and moist crumb that literally disappears in your mouth, or the tart cranberries that add wonderful texture and tang, and zesty orange flavor that will fill your home with love and all the happy homemaker vibes! YOU NEED THESE!Read More
Let me walk you through the pleasurable experience of eating Nashville Hot Chicken. You pick up a piece of chicken from atop the sliced white bread that is now partially soaked absorbing some of that seasoning. The chicken is still glistening from the deep orange-red dunk into the spicy coating, the crust is thick and hard (that’s what she said) and easy to grip (that’s what she said again). The fumes from the hot spice almost burn your nose as you bring it close to your mouth to take a bite. CRUNCH!! The crack of the crust is so loud you can taste the crunchiness. Your lips are wet and oily from the sauce and you are so mesmerized by the juiciness of the chicken that you don’t realize your lips are starting to burn. You continue to take more bites and as the spice sets in you try to heal the burn by taking more bites faster and faster but to no avail because it only burns more. So you eat some pickles. That cools it down for a moment. But you miss the burn, so you return for more bites, only to start the process over.
Not only did you just experience complete divinity, you just made this yourself and people love you for it! This recipe will make you a proud hero and if you are intimidated by the description of all that heat, you can easily tone down the spice level to something more comfortable for you or your fam.
There are few guilty pleasures in life that compare to hot, fresh, crispy fast food fries and today we are making an even better version at home with this Wendy’s Copycat French Fries recipe!
Question, am I the only annoying person here that asks the drive-thru if I can have fresh fries? Eeek! Ok, in my defense, I rarely eat fast food and when I am craving it, it needs to count. Why waste calories on old, blah food when the only satisfaction is the taste (it certainly ain’t the feeling afterwards!! 😆) We are going to make every calorie count with this super easy, delightfully salty, crispy Wendy’s Copycat French Fry recipe!