Health & Fitness

Best Banana Pancakes

Best Banana Pancakes are delicious pancakes that taste just like warm banana bread! Great for using over ripe bananas! Mornings taste better with pancakes! If you love pancakes as much as I do try this Maple Sweet Potato Pancakes, Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes or The Best Buttermilk Pancakes. Banana Pancakes I am starting to think that I buy bananas just so that they can get over ripe and I can make something delicious! I needed a yummy breakfast and I love banana bread so I couldn’t wait to try this recipe! I have seen banana bread pancakes  and I have been wanting to try it for a while now. These pancakes tasted just like banana bread! They were really thick and moist and had a delicious banana flavor. I especially loved the vanilla maple glaze on top! This was the perfect way to u...

3 Ingredient Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes are just that, sweet and tender, juicy, bright orange sweet potatoes that will warm your home and melt in your mouth! Only 3 ingredients is all you need! Sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish this holiday season! If you love sweet potatoes as much as I do try this Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Honey Cinnamon Butter Sweet Potatoes or The Best Sweet Potato Casserole. Candied Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes mixed with warm butter and brown sugar glaze is as simple and delicious as it gets! You can’t go wrong with this simple side at your dinner table this holiday season. They are so addicting and taste just like candy! The sweetness and simplicity of it all just makes for the best side dish everyone loves. Warm, sweet and smooth textured-glaze lays right over ea...

BlocktoberFest, Octubrefest and Thunderbolts — Here’s What’s Popping Up This Week

Two Musso & Frank Grill documentaries debut this week in Hollywood, DoorDash is offering free Godmother subs and it’s steak night at Lunetta — here’s what’s popping up this week. Sunday, October 13 Maple Block Meat Co. Maple Block Meat celebrates their third annual BlocktoberFest with All You Can Eat BBQ for $45 per person in their Biergarten featuring four craft breweries (Boulevard Brewing, Ommegang, Boomtown Brewery and Shiner Beer), music, pumpkin decorating and a bounce house for the kids, cornhole, games and a raffle. The ticket gets you all-you-can-eat barbecue, tacos and grilled meats and unlimited craft beer tastings from a selection of 14 to 16 beers. Octubrefest, Smorgasburg’s annual October celebration of Los Angeles’ best sausages and beer returns t...

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

All of the goodness of chicken parmesan packed into a delicious cheesy casserole!  Crispy chicken, marinara sauce, penne pasta, and cheese come together in this easy to make dish! Casseroles are simple and delicious to make.  If you love casseroles as much as we do try this Easy Teriyaki Chicken Casserole, No Peek Chicken and Rice Casserole or Easy Sausage and Rice Casserole. Chicken Parmesan Casserole This time of the year is great for a delicious casserole. It is starting to cool down outside and a good casserole is comfort food at its finest. Chicken parmesan is one of my favorite dishes!  I love the crispy breaded chicken with the marinara sauce on top and melted cheese. So why now turn it into a delicious casserole for my family? I wanted to add all of my favorite things about chicken...

Soft and Puffy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Soft and Puffy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are made with real pumpkin, fall seasonal spices mixed together and rolled with pumpkin pie spice and a touch of sugar to add that extra sweetness and fall flavor! This are a MUST make this fall season! Pumpkin cookies are always a favorite in our home! ! If you love pumpkin cookies as much as I do try my Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies, Caramel Pumpkin Snickerdoodles or Melt in Your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting. Soft and Puffy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles Anyone else loving this time of year?! I love all the changes of colors, even the cooler temperatures and the sweet smell of pumpkin spice. Cookies are a favorite in our home. They are simple to make and come together so easily. My girls love to bake ...

Vinovore Celebrates 2 Years with a Silver Lake Block Party on Saturday, October 12

Silver Lake’s female wine maker-only wine shop, Vinovore, will host a free block party on Saturday, October 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., to celebrate their two-year anniversary. Winemaker Amy Atwood, of Oeno wines, and Rachel DeAscentiis, of Say When, will be pouring for a special tasting. Serendoggity will provide organic hotdogs with beef, turkey and vegan options. Vinovore Attendees can participate in a $5 raffle to win a custom Beast Box, receive special discounts on select wines in the shop, and win a Wolfpack wine membership. On the block Barkeeper will offer a tasting, and Maeday will have dog & puppy adoptions.The specialty wine shop offers hand-chosen wines, gift boxes, and other fun items as well as  grab-and-go gourmet bites. With co-owners Coly Den Haan, a sommelier and wine p...

Old-School Chocolate Mousse

Anyone who has ever come to my house for dinner knows that I try to be as unfussy an entertainer as possible. But last weekend I went off-roading a bit… My friends were stopping by on Sunday night with their two young kids.… Read more The post Old-School Chocolate Mousse appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

Easy Sausage Balls

Perfect party appetizers make the holidays sweeter and full of savory memories. These Easy Sausage Balls are a southern serving staple with simple ingredients or sausage, cheddar cheese, Bisquick, and olive oil. Make your parties perfect this season and add some other deliciously easy appetizers such as these sausage stuffed mushrooms or classic deviled eggs. Easy Sausage Balls Sausage Balls were always a standard staple at my grandmother’s Christmas Eve party. Experiencing the delicious smell of this simple appetizer sends me back to joyful holiday memories. I knew to ask my cousin for her recipe, who was responsible for preparing them every year. Until then I never knew how easy this recipe was and that there was indeed a secret ingredient, like most southern recipes. When I read B...

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Nachos

Crowd-pleasing, fully-loaded nachos with the most amazing melt-in-your-mouth, juicy shredded pork. So tender, so good! I had a friend text me the other night and ask me, “Hey, I got this giant pork shoulder on sale. What on earth can I do with it?!” I think I replied in 0.25 seconds.  “IP pork nachos. What else would you make?” Hello, it’s Game Day season and we always, always need a giant sheet pan of nachos, no questions asked. And why not make them in the pressure cooker that takes such minimal effort? Am I right or am I right? So let’s make IP pulled pork (especially if you have clearance pork shoulder!), pressure cooked for 40 minutes. Do your quick-release, shred your pork, top off your chips, and bake until melted cheesy heaven. Serve with all you...

Baked Sesame Teriyaki Salmon

    Baked Sesame Teriyaki Salmon is a five star salmon baked with the best homemade sesame teriyaki sauce. This is easily one of the best things that you will eat! Salmon is a favorite and when combined with teriyaki sauce you know it is going to be good! If you love teriyaki sauce as much as we do try this Easy Teriyaki Chicken Casserole, Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken with Vegetables or Teriyaki Beef Skewers. Baked Sesame Teriyaki Salmon Some recipes I make and I hope that everyone tries.  This recipe is one of them. It is so simple to throw together and it tastes like you just made a 5 star meal. I was in love with my first bite.   I couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you! The sesame teriyaki sauce is spot on and such a delicious homemade sauce. I adapted it from this Baked Teriya...

A Feminist Forum on The Fine Line of Women Chefs

The L.A. premiere of the moving documentary A Fine Line by filmmaker Joanna James took place at the Cinepolis Cinemas in Palisades Village last week, examining why so few head chefs and restaurant owners are women. A panel of world-renowned chefs, including Antonia Lofaso from DAMA, Food Network star Aarti Sequeira and Michelin-starred chef Carrie Nahabedian (who is featured in the film) was moderated by pastry chef icon Sherry Yard to shed light on #MeToo in the male-dominated food world. Ellen Curtis and chef Hillary Henderson from CUT by Wolfgang Puck also shared their stories. A Fine Line explores why only 6 percent of head chefs and restaurant owners are women, when traditionally women have always held the central role in the kitchen. The film grapples with themes like workplace haras...

Baked Potato Recipe

This Baked Potato Recipe is easy to make with just Russet potatoes and seasonings. Top it any way you like for the perfect side dish at any meal! If you love simple, class side dishes, you’ll also enjoy these Buttery Herb Sautéed Mushrooms (these would also make a great topping!), Creamed Spinach (which would be a great addition to these baked potatoes on the table), or these Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes — crispy and flavorful! Baked Potato Recipe Even though there aren’t many ingredients in this Baked Potato recipe, I’m sharing all the best tips and tricks to get them just perfect! Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside — these are the best baked potatoes I’ve ever had! A good baked potato recipe is an absolutely must have at some many meals...