Ingredient Spotlight: 5+ Recipes for Peanut Butter and Jelly Lovers

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Cake


Of all the food combinations in the world, peanut butter and jelly is my favorite.  If you share the PB&J love, then you’re going to love today’s post.

Before we get to the recipes (and you link up your recipes!), I wanted to let you know where things stand with Ingredient Spotlight.  I’ve been hosing this weekly link up for several years now.  I have loved it! I find new recipes to try and new blogs to follow.  I’ve met new blog friends too.  Ingredient Spotlight has even influenced and inspired my Pinterest boards.

The last few months, I’ve been sharing the hosting of this weekly party with SnoWhite from Finding Joy in My Kitchen.  Starting next week, she is going to take the reins of Ingredient Spotlight and run with it.  I hope you’ll visit her and participate over there.  She has lots of ideas for different ingredients that we’ve never done here on Eat at Home.

Now for the PB&J recipes.  I was actually surprised that I only have 5 of these.   [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Pumpkin Recipes 2012

I truly love pumpkin.  I’ve been known to eat a whole pumpkin pie by myself.  And that pumpkin roll, with the cream cheese swirl? Oh my!  I’ve never made one myself because I know how dangerous it could be for me to have it around.

I’ve been looking forward to this spotlight for a while now.  My Pinterest board is ready to go and already loading up with recipes.  I can’t wait to add yours too.

I’ve got a new pumpkin recipe that I’ll share with you on Thursday – Pumpkin Biscoff Monster Cookies.  Here are a few of my other  favorite pumpkin recipes:  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Oats 2012

Every week I buy a box of oats at the grocery.  We don’t use a whole box in a week.  At least not usually.  But it’s one of those ingredients that I know we use a lot of.

I don’t want to run out of oats.  It makes the oat breakfast eaters upset.

But because we don’t use a whole box in a week, there’s currently a stash of 6 boxes of oats in the cupboard.  I may have a problem.

I’m an oat hoarder.

But I know as soon as I stop buying oats, we’ll run out.  There won’t be any for breakfast  or a chocolate-craving batch of no-bake cookies.

(And because I’m on a confession roll, I’ll also admit to hoarding chocolate syrup.  Please tell me I’m not alone!)

Thankfully, oats are part of a wide variety of recipes.  Here are some of my favorite ways to use them:  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Zucchini 2012

What kind of gardener can’t grow zucchini?


I guess that’s not technically true.  Our zucchini plant yielded the one, small squash, then promptly shriveled and died.  The plants all around it still look good, so I’m not sure what caused the problem.

Hopefully, you’ve had better success with your garden.  Or maybe you have generous neighbors who are good gardeners.  Either way, here are some fun zucchini recipes to make use of the harvest.

What are your favorite zucchini recipes?  Link as many as you like below, just be sure to include a link back to Eat at Home.  You can use the button below, if you like.



Ingredient Spotlight: Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries

Are fresh berries in season at your farmer’s market?  Or maybe even in your own backyard?

I haven’t picked fresh blackberries very many times in my life, but one time stands out as special.  I was with my mom and my oldest daughter, who was just a baby.  We had been visiting with my great-aunt Denny and my cousin Vick.  Both of them were elderly, but still spry.

Aunt Denny decided we should go out to an old family cemetery in Estill County, KY.  I remember she was wearing a house dress and she added a sun bonnet before we went outside.  A real sun bonnet, like in the olden days.  She was in her late 80s or early 90s at the time and this was 20 years ago.  Even so, it was long past the time when people donned sun bonnets, but it seemed fitting for her.

In the cemetery, among the old stones marking graves of great-grandparents and other family members, were blackberry brambles.  We picked enough to make a small cobbler for dessert that night.  That was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten, simply because of the story and the people.

Here’s the recipe we used to make the cobbler, along with a few others:   [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Sour Cream and Yogurt

A Sour Cream Haiku

Awesome sour cream
Stirred into breads and muffins
Dollops on tacos

I know.  That’s probably the best haiku you’ve read this morning.

Have I ever mentioned that my first blog was a poetry blog where I shared lots and lots of haiku?  There may be a good reason why I don’t post on that blog anymore.

Despite my bad poetry, sour cream is awesome.  And so is plain yogurt, which can be substituted when you want less fat in the finished dish.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that have sour cream or yogurt:  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Garlic 2012

I love a good short cut.  When it comes to garlic, I’ve learned that the best short cut is to get a good garlic press instead of using jarred garlic.

Fresh garlic can be a pain in the patootie if you don’t have a good press.  But the fresh stuff packs so much more flavor than the kind in the jar, it’s worth purchasing a quality garlic press.  You won’t even have to peel the paper off the cloves if you have a good press.  Mine is from Pampered Chef, but there are many great brands out there.

We love garlic at our house!  It goes well with our love of pasta.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes that use garlic:  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Honey

In my opinion, the absolute best way to eat honey is on a hot biscuit that’s been slathered with butter and so much honey that it drips down your hand as you try to eat it.

Second best way, peanut butter and honey sandwich.

Of course, I do have other recipes that make good use of honey.  Here are a few of them:  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Bananas (2012)

I eat a banana nearly every day as a snack.  They’re the perfect portable food, because they come in their own container.

They’re also wonderful to bake with and for fruit salads and such.

Here are a few of my recipes that use bananas:   [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Beans 2012

Beans are such a great food to keep on hand.  Both canned and dry beans can be stored in the pantry and have a long shelf life.

Beans are inexpensive and they’re a great way to add protein to meatless meals.

Here are a few of my favorite bean recipes:  [Read more…]