I created this recipe for a cheesecake without a graham cracker crust because I prefer not to use the graham crust. The store-bought variety is designed for pies and cannot contain all the cheesecake filling. Instead, I opted for a straightforward flour base, which provided a more traditional texture and was easier for me to prepare. The flour crust also ensures a sturdy foundation for the dense cheesecake layer, preventing any leaks or collapses. You can prebake the crust for a crispier edge.

Perfect Cheesecake Without A Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

I created this recipe for a cheesecake without a graham cracker crust because I prefer not to use the graham crust. The store-bought variety is designed for pies and cannot contain all the cheesecake filling. Instead, I opted for a straightforward flour base, which provided a more traditional texture and was easier for me to prepare. The flour crust also ensures a sturdy foundation for the dense cheesecake layer, preventing any leaks or collapses. You can prebake the crust for a crispier edge.

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After sending out a newsletter about all the different Pad Thai recipes I made in one weekend, I decided to this step-by-step easy Pad Thai for beginners roundup, with a bit more instructions for anyone who needs some visual photos. You can also bookmark or Pin this post for future reference, if you so need to have the steps handy. I've also included variations in ingredients and techniques for each recipe, catering to different dietary preferences and skill levels.

Step-By-Step Easy Pad Thai For Beginners: 6+ Recipes

After sending out a newsletter about all the different Pad Thai recipes I made in one weekend, I decided to this step-by-step easy Pad Thai for beginners roundup, with a bit more instructions for anyone who needs some visual photos. You can also bookmark or Pin this post for future reference, if you so need to have the steps handy. I’ve also included variations in ingredients and techniques for each recipe, catering to different dietary preferences and skill levels.

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The other day, I had a sweet tooth craving. I also had a bunch of baking ingredients but no real plan or recipe in mind. Enter this no-bake chocolate truffle recipe, a creation from my desperation search of something sweet. They are an easy snack to make that combines the richness of chocolate with the natural sweetness of dates. Perfect for those seeking a decadent treat without the hassle of baking, these truffles are easy to prepare and offer a customizable experience with various coatings.

No-Bake Chocolate Truffle Recipe

The other day, I had a sweet tooth craving. I also had a bunch of baking ingredients but no real plan or recipe in mind. Enter this no-bake chocolate truffle recipe, a creation from my desperation search of something sweet. They are an easy snack to make that combines the richness of chocolate with the natural sweetness of dates. Perfect for those seeking a decadent treat without the hassle of baking, these truffles are easy to prepare and offer a customizable experience with various coatings.

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Living in Amish country, The Husband and I get to go to the local farmers' market, where we can buy all sorts of Amish treats. This Amish cottage cheese muffins recipe is a knock off of the delicious (and simple) muffins of the same name. It is a simple and easy recipe, requiring just a quick mix of ingredients and pop into the oven. I used feta to give it a little different flavor, but you substitute milk and little bit of brown sugar for a more authentic flavor.

Amish Cottage Cheese Muffins Recipe (With a Feta Twist)

Living in Amish country, The Husband and I get to go to the local farmers’ market, where we can buy all sorts of Amish treats. This Amish cottage cheese muffins recipe is a knock off of the delicious (and simple) muffins of the same name. It is a simple and easy recipe, requiring just a quick mix of ingredients and pop into the oven. I used feta to give it a little different flavor, but you substitute milk and little bit of brown sugar for a more authentic flavor.

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I created this Pad Thai sauce recipe without tamarind because tamarind is so difficult to find unless you order it on Amazon. I live right near an Asian grocery story, and I still can't find it. Really, who needs to have yet another bottle hogging up space in the fridge? Totally not necessary! This sauce is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, spicy, and savory, and it is enough for one family meal (1 pound of meat and 16 ounces of rice noodles). Why not skip that Thai takeout?

Pad Thai Sauce Recipe Without Tamarind

I created this Pad Thai sauce recipe without tamarind because tamarind is so difficult to find unless you order it on Amazon. I live right near an Asian grocery story, and I still can’t find it. Really, who needs to have yet another bottle hogging up space in the fridge? Totally not necessary! This sauce is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, spicy, and savory, and it is enough for one family meal (1 pound of meat and 16 ounces of rice noodles). Why not skip that Thai takeout?

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To help out The Husband with his workout routine, I decided to make these healthy bounty bites: chocolate oat balls rolled in coconut. Let me tell you how much I appreciate him working out. :) So I want to encourage him with these are little balls of deliciousness. For an added dose of goodness, you can add some protein powder to the chocolate, which will hide the chalky taste. These healthy bounty balls are also a good snack, a breakfast bite, or a homemade gift for Christmas.

Irresistible Chocolate Oat Balls Rolled in Coconut Recipe (Healthy Bounty Bites)

To help out The Husband with his workout routine, I decided to make these healthy bounty bites: chocolate oat balls rolled in coconut. Let me tell you how much I appreciate him working out. 🙂 So I want to encourage him with these are little balls of deliciousness. For an added dose of goodness, you can add some protein powder to the chocolate, which will hide the chalky taste. These healthy bounty balls are also a good snack, a breakfast bite, or a homemade gift for Christmas.

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Ripe bananas be gone! Today, I'm going to make some moist banana bread muffins for a quick and easy treat to use up as all those ripe bananas that I always have lying around. Part of the reason that I have so many banana recipes on this site. The recipe balances the natural sweetness of bananas with a hint of cinnamon, and the addition of chocolate chips creates a rich, indulgent treat. I love to grab a yummy muffin when I'm dashing out the door to work or enjoying as mid-day snack.

Moist Banana Bread Muffins (An Easy Recipe!)

Ripe bananas be gone! Today, I’m going to make some moist banana bread muffins for a quick and easy treat to use up as all those ripe bananas that I always have lying around. Part of the reason that I have so many banana recipes on this site. The recipe balances the natural sweetness of bananas with a hint of cinnamon, and the addition of chocolate chips creates a rich, indulgent treat. I love to grab a yummy muffin when I’m dashing out the door to work or enjoying as mid-day snack.

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This potato cake recipe from mashed potatoes marries simplicity with flavor. Tailored for those who relish the comforting taste of potatoes, this recipe transforms everyday ingredients into an extraordinary dish. Ideal for serving 10 to 12 people, it's perfect for gatherings where you want to impress without spending hours in the kitchen. The total preparation and cooking time is a manageable 1 hour and 5 minutes, making it a practical choice for a hearty family meal.

Savory Potato Cake Recipe from Mashed Potatoes

I’m doing something a little different with potatoes today: one potato cake recipe from mashed potatoes, filled with ham, cheese, eggs, and pickles … and then topped with peas. Normally, I would whip up some small potato cakes (almost the size of a small pancake) to use up that leftover mashed potatoes, or potatoes that might go bad soon. But this recipe is for a complete meal, all dressed up for the dinner table. You can also use it as a side dish, especially for that Easter ham!

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This Healthy New England Baked Scrod with Saltines recipe is perfect for those evenings when you want something special without spending hours in the kitchen. I use an old-school saltine cracker crust, but you can use any kind of topping: oyster crackers, Ritz, or, hold your hats, Cheerios. Yes, Cheerios! It sounds wild, but it works. A quick mix, a spread, a sprinkle, and into the oven it goes. Before you know it, you're pulling out a bubbling, aromatic dish that's sure to impress.

Healthy New England Baked Scrod with Saltines (Recipe)

I recently finished The Evil Inside by Heather Graham. There is one scene where Jenna, the protagonist, orders New England Baked Scrod in a restaurant in Salem, so my culinary dish today features Massachusetts (where I grew up) with this healthy New England Baked Scrod with Saltines. I hope you like my version, which uses mayonnaise and saltines to coat the fish. This dish pairs beautifully with a light, crisp white wine and a side salad, to make the perfectly balanced, healthy meal.

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Here's the question of the day ... can you toast bagels in an air fryer? (The answer is a resounding YES.) My toaster oven broke. :sad face: I loved this thing, but it got a big dent in it due to our home reno. I also had a bunch of bagels in the fridge. This makes my life super simple in the morning because I can turn on the coffee machine, pop a frozen bagel in the air fryer, and go take a shower ... and my breakfast is waiting for me. All I need to do is put some cream cheese on that bad boy!

Can You Toast Bagels In An Air Fryer? The (Nearly) Instant Breakfast

Here’s the question of the day … can you toast bagels in an air fryer? (The answer is a resounding YES.) My toaster oven broke. :sad face: I loved this thing, but it got a big dent in it due to our home reno. I also had a bunch of bagels in the fridge. This makes my life super simple in the morning because I can turn on the coffee machine, pop a frozen bagel in the air fryer, and go take a shower … and my breakfast is waiting for me. All I need to do is put some cream cheese on that bad boy!

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Jimmy Johns recently discontinued their Kickin' Ranch, a cult favorite. I love their sandwiches and especially this sauce, so I had to recreate it. Introducing my Jimmy John's Kickin' Ranch copycat recipe. Kickin' Ranch can be used as a dip for chips or veggies, a condiment for sandwiches, and a drizzle over chicken. Want more heat? Then add more peppers and pepper juice, or give it a bit of cayenne pepper. Want it more dip-y and less sauce-y? Then reduce the half and half. Easy!

Jimmy John’s Kickin’ Ranch Copycat Recipe

Jimmy Johns recently discontinued their Kickin’ Ranch, a cult favorite. I love their sandwiches and especially this sauce, so I had to recreate it. Introducing my Jimmy John’s Kickin’ Ranch copycat recipe. Kickin’ Ranch can be used as a dip for chips or veggies, a condiment for sandwiches, and a drizzle over chicken. Want more heat? Then add more peppers and pepper juice, or give it a bit of cayenne pepper. Want it more dip-y and less sauce-y? Then reduce the half and half. Easy!

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Perfect for those who crave a taste of the Mediterranean, this savory Spanakopita (spinach feta filo pie) combines the richness of spinach and feta cheese encased in layers of crispy, golden phyllo pastry. Complete with essential tips to avoid soggy filo dough. Whether you're hosting a family dinner or looking for a comforting meal, this recipe promises to bring the flavors and charm of Greek cooking right to your table. #SpinachFetaFiloPie #PhylloPastry #VegetarianDelight

Greek Spinach Feta Filo Pie (Spanakopita Recipe)

The first time I had Spanakopita (spinach feta filo pie) was in a local 24/7 diner that was owned by a Greek family. I was trying out a gluten-free diet at the time. This pie is not gluten-free, but was the closest thing on the menu other than a salad. Well, I fell in love with it. I went through this entire phase of buying different frozen Spanakopita at the grocery store and making my own. I think I perfected it!

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