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This homemade peppermint candy cane ice cream is the most wonderful holiday treat, it's especially delicious when enjoyed with brownies!

Homemade Candy Cane Ice Cream

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Hands with hot pats holding homemade pumpkin pie

The easiest homemade pumpkin pie

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Hi There! I'm Amanda, but my friends have taken to calling me Betty Crocker.  My passion is cooking anything and everything from scratch. I want to bridge the gap between modern convenience-based cooking, and the home-grown, from-scratch cooking of the past. My Goals: Easy, Delicious, Familiar, and 100% homemade.

When I'm not cooking up something delicious you can find me hanging out with my two tiny chefs, and dental student husband.  We like to spend our time adventuring outside, and our camera is never too far away.

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The Latest and Greatest Recipes

The Latest and Greatest Recipes

From Scratch Thanksgiving Menu Plan

After about 7 years of creating from-scratch thanksgiving menu plans I have finally nailed down a selection of recipes that work every time, taste delicious, and can be prepped without too much stress and I’m so excited to share these recipes, as well as my best thanksgiving menu tips for success with you. First the…

Hands with hot pats holding homemade pumpkin pie

The easiest homemade pumpkin pie

Homemade pumpkin pie is the easiest pie for a beginner to make, the filling comes together in approximately 2 minutes.  The crust is a bit more time-consuming, but this butter and shortening pie crust comes together quickly and easily and can even be rolled out immediately without refrigeration.    The Easiest Homemade Pumpkin Pie Homemade…

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Stewed Puerto Rican Beans and Domplines (Fry Bread)

These simple stewed puerto rican beans (habichuelas guisadas) and domplines (puerto rican fry bread) are super quick to make, but bursting with flavor! Ready in less than 30 minutes it’s the perfect vegetarian weeknight meal.  You’ll want to make this one again and again.  Of all of the Puerto Rican recipes that I’ve shared in…

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Puerto Rican Sofrito (Delicious Flavor Base)

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Homemade Caramel Apples (with printable gift tags)

Homemade caramel apples can be both a fun tradition, and beautiful works of art.  Take the stress out of caramel apple making and make gourmet homemade caramel apples will this foolproof recipe! One of my favorite fall traditions is dipping and decorating homemade caramel apples.  We have done it almost every Halloween season since we…

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Non-Alcoholic Piña Colada (with homemade coco lópez)

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Make-Ahead Crusty French Bread Rolls

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Kid-Friendly Slushie 4th of July Drink

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Homemade Baked Beans (Easy Slow Cooker Recipe!)

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New? Start Here!

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Fresh Pineapple Salsa