Sausage Gravy

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You know those foods that you taste once and then you simply can’t get it out of your mind? This Sausage Gravy is one of those foods.

You’ll find yourself remembering it (and craving it again!) at all hours of the day. The hints of fragrant rosemary add something unforgettable, many people have told me this immediately became their all-time favorite gravy.

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Easy Sausage Gravy

Would you like the secret behind making the best sausage gravy you’ll ever taste? It’s that little sprinkling of rosemary. After tasting a rosemary sausage gravy at a restaurant, I started adding rosemary to my gravy when I made it.

That little herb addition takes a simple old-fashioned recipe for biscuits and gravy from being something that we enjoy eating to the level of being something that I crave on a regular basis.

This rich, creamy sausage gravy recipe is the heart of one of my favorite “brinners” – breakfasts that we eat for dinner; although this gravy is always a hit for breakfast as well.

Sometimes we dunk toast sticks into the gravy or pour the gravy over hot biscuits. (I couldn’t resist sharing this video of my baby making biscuits for the first time.) Sausage Gravy is also heavenly over hash browns with an egg on top.

How To Make Sausage Gravy

Making a truly excellent sausage gravy is easier than you might think. Start with a sausage that you like. I typically use a country or breakfast sausage.

Crumble the sausage as it starts to cook in a large skillet. Once it has browned, sprinkle with flour and toss well to coat. Add the milk, salt, and pepper.

Let the gravy cook and thicken for about five minutes, while you stir frequently. Add the rosemary, taste the thickened gravy, and add additional salt and pepper only if needed. I will tell you this is one dish where extra pepper gives it tons of flavor!

My youngest son’s favorite breakfast for dinner is this Breakfast Poutine: crisp, hot fries and melting cheese curds topped with sausage gravy and a fried egg. What’s not to love?

White Chocolate Caramel Fudge

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Creamy White Chocolate Fudge filled with pecans and swirled with caramel might be the ultimate treat for a holiday tray.

This is a quick and easy 5 Minute Fudge Recipe that is perfect for any occasion.

White Chocolate Caramel Fudge

White Chocolate Fudge

Why let milk chocolate and Dark Chocolate Fudge get all the attention around the holidays?

The rich flavors in this White Chocolate Fudge are perfectly balanced by a cup of coffee or tea. I love having this fudge in the house for a snack or a sweet bite after a meal.

This white chocolate caramel fudge has been a HUGE hit with all of you over the past few years.

And judging from the popularity of the Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge, the Cranberry Macadamia Nut Fudge, and the Buckeye Fudge, easy fudge recipes will never go out of style around here.

White Chocolate Caramel Fudge

In just a few minutes, you can stir this recipe together and have it chilling in the refrigerator. Within a couple of hours, it will be firm enough to slice and serve.

To make your fudge, melt white chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and butter in the microwave. I do this in increments of about 90 seconds, stirring after each time.

Your chocolate will continue to melt even after you remove the bowl from the microwave. Mine usually has a few chunks of unmelted chocolate left when I get to this next step.

Stir in vanilla and pecans, then spread the mixture into a tray lined with parchment paper.

Drizzle some caramel sauce on top then pop the whole thing in the fridge to set. After a couple of hours, slice into squares and serve!

If you don’t have a microwave or prefer not to use it, this recipe also works using the double-boiler method for melting chocolate. 

PLEASE NOTE: This recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, not evaporated milk, not heavy cream, not half and half, nothing else will work. Trust me on this.

The sweetened condensed milk contains sug

Classic Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Classic Cranberry Sauce Recipe

We got so many requests for a cranberry sauce recipe last year that I finally wrote mine down and photographed it! It is simple and completely homemade.

Growing up was all about avoiding the cranberry sauce around the holidays. My mom wasn’t a huge fan and my dad liked it straight up from a can, so she opened one up every year to please him but none of us partook of that congealed mass of canned fruit. In other words, I never even considered that cranberry sauce could be delicious until a random sandwich shop in town served up a leftover Thanksgiving sandwich that sent me on the most wonderful journey ever. I’ve been sold ever since.

It doesn’t matter if you’re going with a smoked turkey or a roasted turkey, cranberry sauce goes with all of them and it’s a Thanksgiving must-have for our family! Forget the canned stuff and make it from scratch! We use fresh whole cranberries, orange juice and a little sugar to make the most delicious homemade cranberry sauce.

It can be made weeks ahead of time so that it’s ready for the big day.

a photo of a large white serving dish full of cranberry sauce with a silver serving spoon sitting next to the bowl and a small bowl of fresh cranberries next to it.

Ingredients for Homemade Cranberry Sauce

You only need 6 ingredients for this homemade cranberry sauce and I’ll bet you have 4 of them already in the house…maybe 5! Here is what you will need:

  • Cranberries – fresh is best, but you can use frozen
  • White Sugar – adds sweetness and cuts the tartness of the cranberries
  • Brown Sugar – I love the richness of flavor a little brown sugar adds
  • Fresh Orange Juice – this is the key to the whole recipe imho, it wakes the whole dish up!
  • Cinnamon – adds warmth and flavor
  • Cloves – just a hint of cloves adds so much flavor

The measurements for each are listed in the recipe card at the end of this post.

How to Make a Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Recipes just don’t get easier than this! Combine all the ingredien

Israeli Couscous

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Toasted pearl couscous with pistachios and pine nuts, chewy raisins, a hint of cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon combine in this incredibly flavorful Israeli Couscous dish.

Perfect as a side dish or an easy lunch all on its own, this is one couscous recipe you need to try straight away.

Israeli Couscous

Israeli Couscous

Over a year ago, my sister, Jenny, told me that she had a dish she wanted to make for me and described this Israeli Couscous. I’ve looked forward to trying it ever since the first time she mentioned it.

This past month, we finally had the chance to make this recipe together. Served with Pan Fried Chicken Thighs, this is a meal that is as perfect as it can possibly be.

Savory pine nuts and pistachios coupled with sweet raisins and flavorful mediterranean herbs and spices make Israeli Couscous recipe stand out. It’s so much better than just about any other couscous recipe I’ve tried.

I loved this couscous so much, I hid the leftovers in the back of the fridge and helped myself to them frequently over the next couple days.

This is a wonderfully easy side dish that is substantial enough to stand alone for a meal. Israeli Couscous keeps fabulously in the refrigerator and I can see myself making future batches to eat for my lunches all week long.

What is Couscous?

Couscous looks and cooks very similar to grains like rice and barley but it’s actually pasta! If you’ve only ever had traditional couscous, the itty bitty pieces that have a powdery texture, you might be surprised by Pearl Couscous.

This type of couscous (also called Israeli Couscous) is little round balls of pasta. Pearl Couscous are slightly chewy, a little bit nutty, have a satisfying bite, and taste absolutely nothing like traditional couscous.

Couscous is popular in mediterranean cooking but it’s also a way to shake things up if you’re tired of the usual rice and pasta side dishes. It goes so well in salads and stir-fries and is super easy to cook.

I am head over heels in love with this dish and I can’t encourage you enough to try it for yourself.

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Mouth-Watering Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Mouth-Watering Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted sweet potatoes that are crispy and seasoned to perfection make the best side dish for any meal! We are sharing all the tips for making them the best.

Years ago I started to piece together different recipes for the most incredible roasted potatoes ever until I had what I thought was the best recipe ever. And then I saw a post all about adding baking soda to the water that you boil the potatoes in followed by a toss in an empty pan to make the edges all shaggy thus creating a crust on the potatoes and I’ve been sold ever since. Obviously I had no choice but to try the method on sweet potatoes (yams are fine) and my goodness, BEST DECISION EVER!!!

They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and I literally cannot stop putting them into my mouth.

a photo of an oval serving bowl full of golden bite size pieces of sweet potato seasoned with salt and pepper and fresh rosemary and thyme.

Ingredients for Roasted Sweet Potatoes

You only need a few ingredients to make these crispy sweet potatoes and you’ll feel like you’re eating at a fine dining restaurant. Good grief, I’m totally craving them now! Here is what you will need:

  • Kosher Salt – seasons the water for boiling which will add flavor to the sweet potatoes
  • Baking Soda – boiling the potatoes in baking soda draws out the starch and allows the outside to get brown and crispy
  • Sweet Potatoes – yams work fine too
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – gets infused with rosemary and garlic and is the key to getting that crispy exterior
  • Rosemary (fresh) – you want fresh for sure to get the max flavor, can you fresh thyme instead if desired
  • Garlic – infuses the oil with tons of flavor
  • Black Pepper – fresh cracker preferred
  • Parsley (fresh) – used for a topping after roasting, add a fresh pop
The measurements of each ingredient are listed in the recipe card below.