Fluffy Maple Vanilla Buttermilk Pancakes

Growing up, I vividly remember waking up on Saturday mornings, during my teenage years, when I was with my mom. The sun would be beaming through my room as the sun came up and I could smell the deliciousness my mom was whipping up in the kitchen. These memories are probably my most vivid from my teenage years besides the trouble I got in. To this day, Saturday breakfast is a ritual. I get up, put on some warm clothes, and head to the kitchen and start with making a pot of coffee and frying bacon.

This recipe isn’t my mother’s recipe, but it is one my wife and I have been fiddling with for the past few years. It’s over the top good and does well as a dinner option too.

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Sometimes you just want a light and simple dinner, no matter the season. These crab stuffed mushrooms fit the bill paired with a salad.

They also make a lovely appetizer, but they aren’t so fancy and expensive to make that you couldn’t carry them to a tailgate or casual backyard BBQ. They would also be great served as an accompaniment to a nice juicy rib-eye. I have probably done all of the above with them over the years.

I use white cheddar cheese on my mushrooms, but please use whatever cheese is your favorite.  I encourage people to always change a recipe to fit their own tastes.

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Thin Pizza Crust

I have lived in so many places I believe I may be part gypsy. (No offense to anyone intended).

When I work on my blog posts, I believe my cooking heart may be firmly rooted in Illinois. I have been gone 20 years now and my need to eat foods that are similar to what I grew up on has driven me to create recipes. You would think I would give it up after 20 years and learn to eat what the locals eat in my current locales…….

Today’s feature is thin crispy crust pizza. I have made hundreds of homemade pizzas and this is the recipe I keep going back to. It is fairly quick and I tend to have the ingredients on hand since it uses no yeast.

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Diabetus Baked Beans

I can’t sit down to anything BBQ related without a side of baked beans to go with it. For me, baked beans, potato salad and some smoked meat (pork shoulder, brisket, ribs, etc.) is my idea of the perfect summer meal.

This recipe is a friend and family favorite. My sister annoyingly asks me to make this at least once a month. I often get asked to make this recipe for other functions because people enjoy it so much. However, I do have to warn you, this recipe is not healthy and has the potential of giving you diabetus, said in your best Wilford Brimley voice, and heart disease.

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Grandma Hunt’s Tomato, Cucumber, & Onion Salad

This is one of those rare recipes my mother made well. But she made it all the time. The recipe for Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad stayed taped to the inside of her spice cabinet. I don’t remember a time not seeing it anytime I went for a salt shaker.

It was always present at her parties by the pool. There would also be the required steaks on the grill, mushrooms, cucumbers and onions, boxed scalloped potatoes, and those little sponge cakes you can buy in the produce section of most stores alongside sweetened strawberries and vanilla ice cream (my mother’s version of strawberry shortcake).

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