Pumpkin Soup for the Slow Cooker Homemade Peanut Brittle Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte Pumpkin Magic Cake: Doctored Cake Mix Sex in a Pan Oven Fried Chicken Legs

Pumpkin Soup for the Slow Cooker

Pumpkin Soup for the Slow Cooker

Do you still have some canned pumpkin puree hanging around after Thanksgiving? It’s soup weather now, so turn some of those cans into some delicious and creamy pumpkin soup that you can make in the crockpot. I had actually never had slow cooker pumpkin soup before making this, and now it’s on my list of things to make again and   Read More »

Homemade Peanut Brittle

Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe - Amanda's Cookin'

I’ve been making homemade peanut brittle since I was a young bride. When I was a teenager and living at home, my dad had a cookbook that I would experiment out of. Homemade peanut brittle was my very first attempt at using a candy thermometer. Needless to say, it didn’t go very well the first time. My parents were divorced   Read More »

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte - Amanda's Cookin'

Need a tasty winter warm up? Try this easy to make pumpkin spice latte that’s made in the crock pot. This particular recipe makes only a few cups. However, simply double, triple or even quadruple the recipe to make enough for a crowd. This would be ideal for a holiday party or get together. You could even take it with you if you   Read More »

Pumpkin Magic Cake: Doctored Cake Mix

Pumpkin Magic Cake: Doctored Cake Mix - Amanda's Cookin'

Have you ever heard of magic cake? In this particular case it’s a doctored cake mix recipe that does not disappoint! The first time I saw pumpkin magic cake was on Pinterest last fall. It was circulating everywhere. I added it to my list of recipes to try, which is extremely long I might add. This type of cake has magic   Read More »

Sex in a Pan

Sex in a Pan, Amanda's Cookin'

Sex in a Pan. You’ve heard of it right? It’s basically one of those delicious desserts that makes you moan in delight. Too much? Regardless, it’s delicious, almost impossible to resist and always goes over big. Don’t worry about finding room in the fridge for leftovers, because there won’t be any! Sex in a Pan There are a few different   Read More »

New Folgers Portable Coffee Flavor Enhancers

New Folgers Portable Coffee Flavor Enhancers

I’m mostly a morning coffee girl. Two cups in the morning with my email (you know, like coffee with your morning paper?) is usually all I need. But when the cold weather hits, I tend to enjoy a cup of coffee in the afternoon to warm me up. There are several coffee drinkers in our household now that the kids   Read More »

3 Bean Chili

3 Bean Chili at Amanda's Cookin'

If it were up to my oldest son, we would eat homemade chili every night of the week. I have been using my homemade chili seasoning for years to make a pretty basic chili, but every once in a while I’ll add a couple different elements, just to change it up a bit. This 3 Bean Chili fit the bill   Read More »

Oven Fried Chicken Legs

Oven Fried Chicken Legs from Amanda's Cookin'

If you’re trying to eat less fried food and save some money too, oven fried chicken legs are a great meal solution. You can often find chicken drumsticks on sale and making your own coating from flour and seasonings is easy to do. This recipe calls for brining the chicken legs, which adds flavor and in my opinion, makes the   Read More »

Easy Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Blueberry Upside Down Cake from Amanda's Cookin'

While my all time favorite upside down cake is definitely pineapple, banana is good too and so are berries. I’ve make raspberry upside down cake and it was delicious, so I decided to go with blueberry this time. I actually made this twice because the first time I used too many blueberries and there was more fruit than cake! This   Read More »

Taco Empanadas

Taco Empanadas from Amanda's Cookin'

Empanadas are in my blood, only I’m not of Latin decent, but rather of British decent. And in England, they aren’t called empanadas, they’re called pasties. You’ve probably heard of the Cornish Pasty, named for Cornwall, England, where my uncle lives today. During the 17th and 18th centuries, tin miners would take pasties to work with them which could be   Read More »

Blackberry Coconut Impossible Pie

Blackberry Coconut Impossible Pie

In the 1970’s Impossible Pie was a common household term. What is Impossible Pie you ask? The word “impossible” was originally used to mean “impossibly easy” because instead of working up a sweat making a perfect pie crust, you use a baking mix (Bisquick) and fillings all mixed together then baked. The results are custard-like and quite nostalgic, especially for anyone   Read More »

8 Simple Ways to Help Fight Child Hunger in Your Own Neighborhood


I love bringing you simple meal ideas that work for families. While there’s no shortage of food in the Formaro household, not all families are as lucky. One in five children in America is food insecure – they may go to bed hungry and often don’t know when they’ll be able to eat next. These children can be found everywhere:   Read More »

Beef Burgundy in the Crock Pot

Beef Burgundy in the Crock Pot - a delicious slow cooker recipe my family loves!

About thirteen years ago I made a beef burgundy from a recipe that a coworker had given to me. My neighbor had come over and tried it and to this day, claims it’s her favorite dinner I’ve ever made. This time, I wanted to make a crock pot version, so I adjusted the recipe to work with my slow cooker.   Read More »

The Secret to Olive Garden’s Breadsticks

The Secret to Olive Garden's Breadsticks - From Amanda's Cookin' - Amanda Formaro

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that doesn’t love Olive Garden’s breadsticks. It’s not necessarily their dough, any soft roll dough will work. The secret behind their breadsticks is actually what happens as soon as they come out of the oven. In fact, my recipe for Olive Garden Copycat Breadsticks is made using my Homemade Pull Apart Dinner Rolls as   Read More »

Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana

Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana

I love a good Olive Garden copycat recipe. This particular recipe was scattered all over the Internet already, so all I had to do was make it! It’s really delicious, so I can see why so many people would want to make it at home. It’s not hard to make either, and great for fall and winter. Olive Garden Copycat   Read More »

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Peanut Butter Crescents

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Peanut Butter Crescents

With fall here, my tastebuds are craving pumpkin. It’s funny how just a few years ago I didn’t really care for pumpkin treats and now I’m in love. So when JIF asked me to try their new whipped peanut butter with pumpkin pie spice I was all over it. In fact, I knew I was going to make these crescents   Read More »

4 Ingredient Blueberry Hand Pies

Recipes with less than 5 ingredients: 4 Ingredient Blueberry Hand Pies by Amanda Formaro of Amanda's Cookin'

Recipes with less than 5 ingredients can be hard to come by. Everyone loves a quick and convenient recipe, but hand pies? Not something that’s usually quick, especially if you like to make your pie dough from scratch. Some occasions just don’t allow for that extra time, and that’s where shortcuts come in. These blueberry hand pies can be changed   Read More »

Beef Stew Biscuit Pot Pie

Beef Stew Biscuit Pot Pie - Amanda Formaro of Amanda's Cookin'

I grew up eating pot pies; the kind you take out of the freezer and cook in the oven. I love homemade beef stew, but it always feels like it needs a dinner roll or a biscuit to go with it. So I decided to combine the two, because frankly I don’t have time to make pie dough for pot pies   Read More »

Hummingbird Cake

Recipe for Hummingbird Cake on Amanda's Cookin'

In the late 1970′s Southern Living magazine published a recipe from L.H. Wiggins called Hummingbird Cake. While that may have been the first known publication, it’s said that this cake has been a traditional favorite in southern cuisine since the mid 19th century. Recipe for Hummingbird Cake Hummingbird Cake is usually three round layers containing bananas, cinnamon, pineapple and pecans,   Read More »

70+ Breakfast Recipes

70+ Breakfast Recipes from Amanda's Cookin' - Includes eggs, frittatas, muffins, quick breads, coffee cakes, hash browns, freezer breakfasts, rolls and more!

I’m one of those people that must eat breakfast. Not first thing mind you, but after a cup of coffee followed by a glass of water I’m ready to fuel my body with the first meal of the day. It’s lunch that I often forget! Do you know I actually have a daily reminder on my computer’s calendar so that   Read More »

How to Make Magic Cream Pie

How to Make Magic Cream Pie

Have you ever heard of Magic Cream Pie? It’s been around for what feels like forever, made by one family member or another. You can take the original recipe and change the flavors, like I did with this butterscotch version. I asked a neighbor to taste test it for me, and it passed with flying colors! If butterscotch isn’t your   Read More »

Jif Whipped S’mores!

Jif Whipped S’mores!

National S’mores Day was August 10th, but this family loves s’mores any time of year. In the summer and fall, it’s roasting marshmallows in the backyard over our fire pit. In the colder months, they are happy to make s’mores in the microwave! So when JIF asked me to try their new whipped peanut butter and s’more dip there was   Read More »

15 Homemade Muffin Recipes

Holy breakfast, snack and dessert! MUST try those sugar crusted plum muffins! 15 Muffin Recipes to Try from Amanda's Cookin'

It doesn’t matter what the season, homemade muffin recipes are always welcome in this house. I make muffins and quick breads often, though probably more in the fall than any other time. They are fabulous as after school snacks, perfect for a grab and go breakfast, and even make a nice dessert after dinner. Besides, it’s an excuse to technically   Read More »

Vintage Recipe: Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad4

Seems odd to me, calling this a vintage recipe. After all, watergate salad was something I ate at family gatherings when I was a child. So calling it a vintage recipe makes me feel old! I think it’s probably safe to say that just about everyone has tried this recipe at least once. Maybe you’ve adapted it, changed the ingredients   Read More »