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Cracker Barrel Copycat Coke Cake

Can't wait to try this Cracker Barrel Coke Cake copycat!

If you are a fan of Cracker Barrel you’ll want to try this copycat coke cake. The frosting is pretty sugary, but if you have a sweet tooth I’m sure you will love it! If you prefer a cake that is less sweet, omit the marshmallow cream layer, poke holes in the cake, then add the chocolate frosting. Either way is   Read More »

3-Ingredient Quick Pasta Salad

So quick and simple! Use your favorite dressing in this 3-ingredient pasta salad.

I love a pasta salad filled with fresh, crunchy chopped vegetables, maybe some chicken and a flavorful homemade vinaigrette. But let’s be honest. Sometimes you just need a quick pasta salad when you already have too much on your entertaining plate. After all, you are making everything and hosting a barbecue or a party, adding one more thing to the   Read More »

Traditional English Trifle

The layers in this English trifle recipe are calling my name!

If I had to choose one dessert as the most nostalgic for me, that would be a traditional English Trifle. Every holiday we would travel to my aunt’s house for a huge feast and a dazzling dessert table covered with homemade chocolate cake, lemon and mince meat tarts, usually a pie of some sort, and of course, trifle. A trifle   Read More »

Ramen Noodle & Beef Skillet

Recipe for super easy, quick and frugal dinner! Ramen Noodle & Beef Skillet - Amanda's Cookin' @amandaformaro

If you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal, this inexpensive Ramen noodle casserole in a skillet should be added to your menu. It appeals to kids and adults alike, and tastes a lot better than I thought it would. After all, I like Ramen noodles. They are great in a pinch, super cheap.. I mean, what are they? 10 cents   Read More »

Fudgy Blender Brownies

Fudgy Blender Brownies from Amanda's Cookin' @amandaformaro

I have tried many different brownie recipes over the years. But I have to admit, I had never made blender brownies before. It seemed a little odd actually, since I owned one of the best blenders on the market, a Blendtec. I got it quite a few years ago, when I was still living in Las Vegas. I moved back   Read More »

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar at Amanda's Cookin' by @amandaformaro

Like with any dip, salsa or spread, cowboy caviar has several adapted versions. The recipe has been changed slightly over the years to suit peoples’ tastes and even to conform to the fresh produce available in certain regions. But the main component that remains steady in cowboy caviar is black eyed peas. I read a story that cowboy caviar was   Read More »

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Recipe for Homemade Hamburger Buns - Amanda's Cookin' @aformaro

I really do enjoy making bread, so when I started seeing recipes around the Internet on making homemade hamburger buns, I knew I wanted to try it. They really were delicious, but I’ll be honest. It’s not something I’m going to do every single time I make hamburgers. I wish I had the time to do that, but alas, with   Read More »

Pretzel Chicken with Honey Mustard Dressing

Pretzel Chicken with Honey Mustard Dressing @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I love finding new recipes to try for dinner. It gets so boring making the same thing week after week. But new dishes have to be fairly easy and not too extravagant otherwise it’s just not fit for a weeknight. Chicken is my all time favorite protein, so any time I can find a new and tasty way to prepare   Read More »

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

Hersheys Spreads

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 »