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Lemon Streusel Squares

Lemon Streusel Squares @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Last year at this time, I baked up a batch of streusel bars that were positively amazing. Since then I have used that recipe to make a few different variations, including these wonderful lemon streusel bars. The original recipe was for a cherry and berry combination that just melt in your mouth. So don’t be afraid to try different flavors,   Read More »

Chicken with Peppers and Pasta

Chicken with Peppers and Pasta @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I wanted to try something different that included pasta, but where pasta wasn’t the main part of the dish. Seems to me that far too often we make the pasta noodles the center of attention, when truly they don’t contribute any flavor at all! Something that does add flavor though are colorful sweet peppers and tender chicken. So I put   Read More »

Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash & Noodles

Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash & Noodles @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Growing up, goulash was not a meal that was served in my home. My parents are both British and goulash just wasn’t a dish they were familiar with. After I got married, I was introduced to the Americanized version of goulash that consists of ground beef, lots of green pepper and a tomato sauce which was served over macaroni noodles.   Read More »

Lil’ Smokies Footballs

Lil' Smokies Footballs @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Have you seen these around? They’re on Pinterest and I’ve seen them in some ads too. They are so stinkin’ cute I just had to try making some! The big game is this weekend, so if you want something fun and tasty, check out all the Lil’ Smokies Party Animals here on Pinterest. They have football players and footballs, but   Read More »

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Chicken Parmesan is an Italian-American dish that is derived from popular tomato based Italian casserole dishes known as parmigiana. Eggplant is the most common filling, deep fried then baked in a dish layered with cheese and tomato sauce. The Americanized dish chicken parmigiana is often baked in a casserole dish, smothered in too much sauce and cheese for my taste.   Read More »

Bacon Topped Three Cheese Potatoes

Bacon Topped Three Cheese Potatoes @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Casseroles. It’s taken me years to get over that word. There’s something about the word “casserole” that completely turned me off. Now though, I embrace the casserole. Especially ones with bacon and cheese, and oh yes, potatoes! Three of my all time favorite ingredients. So whether you call it a casserole or a baked dish, this one is delicious and   Read More »

Hunt’s Tomatoes and Kraft Parmesan Cheese

Hunt's Tomatoes and Kraft Parmesan Cheese @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

If you visit this blog regularly, you already know this family’s love for pasta, soups, stews and cheese. With an Italian husband and living in the dairy state, it’s truly no wonder! I buy Hunt’s Fire Roasted tomatoes and use them in just about every dish that calls for canned tomatoes. I was in love the first time I tried   Read More »

Hershey Prize Pack Winner!

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Congratulations to Desiree Hooper who was randomly chosen as the winner of the Hershey’s Spreads prize pack. Hope you enjoy trying the different flavors Desiree! These Hershey’s spreads are available in stores, so be sure to look for them. Thanks for all the entries!

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

The cherry pies from McDonalds have always been a favorite of mine. Some people only like the apple pies, but I was always partial to the cherry. You can’t find them at all McDonalds anymore, only some of the restaurants serve them. Of course, I’d always opt for a homemade pie anyway, so making one of my own was fun   Read More »

Individual Tamale Pies

Individual Tamale Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Now that 2 of my 4 kids have moved out on their own, I find myself with a lot of leftovers. I’m working on adjusting what I make to serve 4 people instead of 6, but it’s definitely something that’s going to take some time. I’ve been cooking for 6 for so long that it’s almost instinctive! So turning some   Read More »

Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in this house, much like they are in many other households. I’ve made double chocolate chip cookies before and they always go over well, but just adding unsweetened cocoa never really seemed chocolatey enough. Well, I believe I’ve found the answer to that dilemma! I decided to try adding a little bit of the   Read More »

My Favorite Pairing: Hershey’s Spreads

My Favorite Pairing: Hershey's Spreads

When I was little my mom always had a box of graham crackers in the pantry. I remember her dropping a dollop or two of chunky peanut butter into a little dish and breaking the graham crackers into sticks for me. That way I could dip to my heart’s content, picking up as little, or as large of a glob   Read More »

Homemade Gingersnap Cookies

Homemade Gingersnap Cookies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

It wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies that are full of delicious spices like ginger, cinnamon and allspice. These firm but chewy cookies are great for exchanges or just for having around the house for family. They’re fabulous warm, but wonderful at room temperature too. Every year I try to make something a little different at Christmas. Try something I haven’t   Read More »

Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I should state right up front that this is not a true copycat in that I use my own taco seasoning and I have no idea what nacho cheese sauce Taco Bell uses. That said, the construction of said Crunchwrap Supreme is the same and they taste fabulous. They’re even pretty fun the make, though unless you have an industrial   Read More »

Hershey’s Spreads – don’t be jealous

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You may have seen this post from me on Instagram a week ago. Yeah, I was happily enjoying a chocolate flavored treat courtesy of Hershey’s Spreads! They sent me three fabulous flavors, all of which i can’t wait to make something delicious with. I haven’t decided if I’ll bake it into something, like cake, or cookies or muffins… mmm! Or   Read More »

Candy Bar Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

Candy Bar Peanut Butter Cookie Cups @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I’m a candy bar lover, there’s no secret about that. I also adore peanut butter cookies, so adding a little chocolate candy bar to said cookie is a truly delicious combination. These are great for the holidays and perfect for impressing friends and relatives! While I think topping a peanut butter cookie is quite yummy, I’ll be honest, seeing some   Read More »

Chocolate Snow Cookies

Chocolate Snow Cookies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

At Christmastime I am all about the cookies. But not just at Christmas, I love cookies any time of year. These however, seem to really fit the holiday season. After all, they are covered in “snow”! Do you play Christmas music while baking for the holidays? I really like the Pandora Christmas station and have that on while I’m baking.   Read More »

Hershey Drop Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Hershey Drop Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Everyone knows that chocolate and peanut butter make a great combination. Stuffing cookies with little surprises is always a treat, so these chocolate filled peanut butter criss-crosses are sure to rank among your favorites! With Thanksgiving behind us, thoughts have turned to Christmas. What would Christmas be without cookies? For a while, my husband had an obsession with those little   Read More »

Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish recipe @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Cranberry relish has been around for a long time. The first time I ever tried it was a few years ago when my neighbor made a batch for me. It’s a fabulous accompaniment to both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and adds just the right amount of sweet-tart to the rest of the meal. This particular recipe makes enough for a   Read More »

White Chocolate Candy Cane Crescents

White Chocolate Candy Cane Crescents @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

If you’ve ever had chocolate crescents, the ones filled with chocolate chips and baked, then you know just how resistible they are. I knew that white chocolate would be just as fabulous, but it needed something else. Candy canes were the perfect solution! When the fun folks at Pillsbury asked me to come up with a holiday recipe using their   Read More »

Almond Joy Coconut Snowflake Cake

Almond Joy Coconut Snowflake Cake @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Coconut lovers unite! Looking for a festive idea for the holidays without too much fuss? This delicious cake is easy to make and looks great on a pretty cake plate, all ready for the holidays. Note, this cake is easy, but it requires sitting in the refrigerator overnight, or at least 4-6 hours. So plan accordingly. The fun folks at   Read More »

Turkey, Cranberry & Stuffing Pocket

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Need a tasty idea for all those Thanksgiving leftovers? When I lived in Las Vegas, there was a sandwich shop out there that served a bomber roll stuffed full of roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. It was called “The Bobbie” and was absolutely delicious. So when the fun folks at General Mills asked me to use the Old El   Read More »

Turkey Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Turkey Pepper Jack Roll Ups @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Quick appetizers that taste good. Always on my list for the holidays, the big game, or any occasion when friends or family visit. You can make these zesty roll ups ahead of time and keep them in the fridge. Then as guests arrive, pop them in the oven for a warm welcome. The fun folks at Pillsbury asked me to   Read More »

Pumpkin Pudding Poke Cake

Pumpkin Pudding Poke Cake @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

It’s fall, but it’s beginning to feel like winter here in Wisconsin. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and pumpkin desserts have truly been on my mind! I love a good poke cake, and who doesn’t love creamy pudding, so combining these two seemed like a great idea! I’m so incredibly rushed this past couple of months. There’s work, this   Read More »