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A Touch of Sweet for Thanksgiving

17 Nov

Every once in a while my sweet tooth starts gnawing at me, and I get into my dessert mood. I figure I should be because Thanksgiving is just one week away and I haven’t even thought of a dessert yet. So what are the common Thanksgiving desserts? Hmm… pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, blueberry pie, apple crumb pie… this list is actually boring me. Everything ends with the word “pie”. I do love some pie, but I need something a little different, something packed with mega flavor. Now I know I may sound a little greedy, but after eating all of the turkey, stuffing, baked macaroni and cheese, potato salad, fresh garden salad; the list can go on and on, my sweet tooth starts kicking in.

So this week I am planning ahead of time. I decide to look to my favorite culinary power couple, the all famous Neely’s. In their new cookbook “The Neely’s Celebration Cookbook” there are tons of delicious ideas to choose from.  I think that I have found the perfect one for this festive occasion.

Ice Cream Cupcakes

12                 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
3 tbl             Melted butter
2 pt              Rocky Road ice cream, softened
½ cup        Caramel ice cream topping
1 ½ cups   Whipped topping, thawed
¼ cup         Rainbow sprinkles
12                 Maraschino cherries

Line a twelve-cup muffin tin with decorative liners.  Combine the crushed cookie pieces and butter in a large bowl.  Divide the cookie mixture among the twelve cupcake liners, and press down to form a crust.  Add a large scoop of ice cream to each cupcake, and carefully spread to cover the crust and fill the cup.  Drizzle each cupcake with caramel, and then pipe the whipped topping on the cupcakes, using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.  Top each cupcake with sprinkles and a cherry, Freeze for 3 hours, or until firm.

When it’s time to serve your dessert, it will look like you slaved in the kitchen all day to achieve such perfection. You will impress your holiday guests not only with your perfect little cupcakes, but with the blast of taste.

For more dessert ideas, you can check out these past articles…

Cupcakes…The “Little Black Dress” of desserts?

Hawaiian Stay-cation

Keeping Your Cool…

Brownie Choco-Attack!

Mmm take a bite out of that!

“Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God” – Psalm 147:7

Did someone say “Pork Sliders”?

10 Mar

So anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious obsession with pork.  I mean I can eat pork almost every day.  I know there are a lot of non pork eaters out there, but I am not apologizing.  I eat it pork and have no qualms about it.

So the other day I am on the food network website and I came across a recipe by the “Neelys”.  I mean all I had to do was read the title and I was already salivating.  My co-worker was right there to witness my excitement.  “Triple Pork Sliders”, everything about the recipe got me excited.  I mean who would think to combine ground pork, chorizo, and applewood smoked bacon?  My mouth was just watering, and then to top it off they had the nerve to throw in a recipe for smoked paprika mayonnaise.  Needless to say I couldn’t wait to get home to try this recipe.  After all, my freezer was already stocked with chorizo.  SMH I know I am a mess.  But I am not going to rant about this great recipe anymore, I will just share it with you.

Mmm take a bite out of that!

Triple Pork Sliders


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/2 pound fresh Mexican chorizo sausage, casings removed
  • 1/4 cup finely grated pepperjack cheese
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked crisp
  • 16 small dinner rolls, sliced in half
  • Curly leaf lettuce
  • 3 sliced plum tomatoes
  • Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise, recipe follows


Preheat a flat top grill pan to medium-high heat.

In a medium bowl, mix the ground pork, sausage, cheese, shallot, garlic, and salt and pepper, to taste. Form the meat mixture into small equal-sized patties.

Cook the burgers for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove them from the pan and serve on split rolls with a half a slice of bacon, lettuce, tomato and Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise

Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Sriracha)

Mix all of the ingredients together in s medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving, allowing the flavors to meld. Can be made a day ahead.


Here are some other tasty slider options…


Feta Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Burger Sliders

Smokey BBQ Turkey Burgers Sliders

Chickpea Burger Sliders

Seafood Cake Sliders

Club Burger Sliders with Avocado and Ranch Dressing

Tuna Sliders

Miso-Tofu Mayo Turkey Sliders