White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake


Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and I haven’t even started thinking about what to make. That’s not a big deal, though, because I usually end up making the same things. Turkey, baked corn, green bean bundles, Stove Top Stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Pretty standard Thanksgiving food.

Do you have a regular menu or do you make something new every year? I find it hard to deviate from the delicious menu I know and love…. but trying new things can be awesome. This year I think I’m going to make homemade stuffing. I’m VERY picky and have never had homemade stuffing that I’ve liked more than Stove Top. Ha.

I forgot to mention dessert, didn’t I? That’s the most important part of the meal, right? Thanksgiving desserts were pretty standard for me growing up. My grandmother and aunts would make pies – apple and pumpkin, usually. I’m always looking for a reason to make a good cheesecake, though. Cheesecake is my favorite. A few years ago, I found a recipe for a white chocolate cranberry cheesecake (totally cannot remember the site… it’s been at least 3-4 years). It seemed perfect. White chocolate is delicious, and cranberries are a very holiday-ish food, right? In my mind it seemed like a perfect Thanksgiving dessert. So, I made it.

…..and I’ve made it every year since.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake from Om Nomalicious

White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake

1 Sleeve Graham Crackers, Crushed
1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
3 8oz Packages Cream Cheese, Softened
3/4 Cups Sugar
3 Large Eggs
4oz Baker’s White Chocolate
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1 tsp Orange Zest

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter together and push into the bottom or a 9inch spring form pan.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake from Om Nomalicious

Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure they’re well incorporated between each egg.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake from Om Nomalicious

Melt the white chocolate.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake from Om Nomalicious

Add the chocolate, cranberries, and orange zest to batter and pour over crust.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake from Om Nomalicious

Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the center is just set.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake from Om Nomalicious

Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake from Om Nomalicious

I usually top mine with some homemade vanilla whipped cream. It’s perfect with this cheesecake.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake from Om Nomalicious

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Bacon and Shrimp Pasta


Oh wow.  I rarely post seafood recipes, and here I am posting two in a row!  This recipe was inspired by my friend Tiffany (Hey, you’re still famous!) and a discussion on a Facebook post of mine.

I use the term ‘inspired’ pretty loosely.  It’s exactly how she said to make it, except I added bell pepper.  So, yeah, Tiffany gets all the credit for this delicious meal.

This recipe is basically centered around the idea that bacon fat is the best substance on Earth.  Maybe it’s a bit gross, but whatever.  It’s delicious.  You can just stop acting like you don’t like it.  We all know you do.

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta by Om Nomalicious

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta

8oz Pasta (I used Half a Pack of Spaghetti)
6 Slices Bacon
1 Onion
1 Bell Pepper
2 Cloves Garlic
12-16oz Shrimp, Peeled and deveined (Mine Were Also De-Tailed)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.

Dice the bacon and add it to a pan.  Cook it until it starts to crisps and the fat renders.

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta by Om Nomalicious

While the bacon is cooking, dice the onion and pepper and mince the garlic.  Drain all but 1-2 Tablespoons of the bacon fat (or, ya know, use as much as you’d like) and add the onion, pepper, and garlic to the pan.  Cook for a few minutes until the onions just turn translucent.

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta by Om Nomalicious

Add the shrimp and cook for 2-4 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp.  You can tell shrimp is cooked when it turns pink and opaque.

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta by Om Nomalicious

Once the pasta is done, drain it and toss it with the shrimp and vegetables.

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta by Om Nomalicious

Enjoy!  This is seriously delicious.  Thanks again, Tiffany!

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta by Om Nomalicious

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Shrimp Scampi


I’ve been trying to work one seafood meal into my weekly menu plan.  Why?  Well, I like it, it offers a kitchen challenge since I’ve never really cooked a lot of seafood before, and it’s healthy.  My good cholesterol is usually always low, and the doctor recommended getting more Omega 3.  This is a tasty way to try to fix that one tiny health issue.

We rarely eat at restaurants.  We just have better things to spend our money on… and I tend to get tummy aches with restaurant foods.  We do treat ourselves every now and then, and one of our favorite places is Red Lobster.  Well, it’s Daniel’s favorite place, and I think it’s pretty good… so I go to make him happy.  I usually order the shrimp scampi.  It’s the best thing on the menu, at least in my opinion.  When I made the commitment to cook one seafood meal a week, I knew I had to learn how to make some sort of equally delicious scrimp scampi.

That’s where this recipe from Food.com comes in.  I made a few small changes, and YUM.  The kid and husband were pretty impressed with the results as well.

Shrimp Scampi by Om Nomalicious

Shrimp Scampi

1 Pound Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 1/2 Cups Dry White Wine
Juice from 1/2 Lemon, or 2 Tbsp
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Butter
1 Tbsp Parsley
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper, To Taste

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.  Add the shrimp and cook until tender (no longer translucent).

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Remove the shrimp from the pan.

Heat the garlic for 2-3 minutes, making sure not to let it burn, and add the wine and lemon juice.

Cook until the wine reduces by about half, turn heat to low, add the butter and Italian seasoning.

Shrimp Scampi by Om Nomalicious

Once the butter is melted, add the shrimp, parsley, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.

Shrimp Scampi by Om Nomalicious

I served mine with pasta, which tasted really good with the extra scampi sauce.

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What are you waiting for?  Go make this now!

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Chili Cheese Dip


Hey fellow food bloggers, have you ever had your photos turned away from the big name sharing sites due to lighting or composition issues?  Well, there’s this awesome new site, Yum Goggle, that is a lot more inclusive, a lot less elitist.  The owner is super sweet, too.  So, go read about it here!

For all those reading this who are not food bloggers, you’re not exempt.  Yum Goggle is an awesome place to find new recipes to try.  Judging from my Facebook feed, people love to share recipes.  Follow Yum Goggle on Facebook, G+, Twitter, and/or Pinterest.  You won’t regret it.  Food is delicious.

Yes, I have a gallery started on there.  One day I hope all my recipes will be posted.  It’s a slow process, though.  I’m just happy she doesn’t deny my less-than-stellar photos.

Now onto today’s recipe…

My friend April (who moved to Florida and left me behind, supersadface) would make this chili cheese dip everytime we had a group event.  It was delicious, and we’d just gather around eating it, leaving no leftovers.  She shared the recipe with me, and I was surprised how easy it was!  Three ingredients?  I can handle that!

I’m usually not a fan of processed foods.  I usually like to make as much stuff from whole foods as I can.  Sometimes, though, you need something fast, easy, and delicious.  This is one of those recipes.  So, next time you need to throw an appetizer together for a gathering, this is your dip!

One Step, 3 ingredient Chili Cheese Dip from Om Nomalicious

Chili Cheese Dip

2 Cans Chili
1 8oz Block Velveeta
1/4 Cup Milk

I used turkey chili with beans.  You can use whatever kind you want.  You could probably even make it with homemade chili.  I’ve never done that, but I bet it would be yummy.

Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and heat until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

One Step, 3 ingredient Chili Cheese Dip from Om Nomalicious

Pour it into a serving dish and enjoy with some tortilla chips.

One Step, 3 ingredient Chili Cheese Dip from Om Nomalicious

Seriously, guys, that’s it.  Could it be any easier?

One Step, 3 ingredient Chili Cheese Dip from Om Nomalicious

Maybe make it this Sunday for your football party?

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Peach Cobbler


I know I’ve been pretty slack about posting lately.  I’ve been busy.  I’ve also been in a quiet mood.  I’m very introverted, and it takes a lot of energy to communicate with the public.  Apparently blogging falls under this umbrella because the thought of writing a post has made me want to nap instead.  I’m going to try this whole ‘fake it until you make it’ thing because the ‘wait a little while to recharge your batteries’ thing didn’t work.  So, *fingerscrossed* this helps!  I feel bad that I don’t talk to people anymore.

I also wanted to force myself to update because I have all these yummy summer recipes just waiting to go up, and summer will be over this weekend!  Oops!  I used to be so good with writing posts as soon as I made them.  What is wrong with me lately?  At least I’ll have content to publish if I ever get in a cooking rut, right?

I’ll shut up about how I suck as a blogger now and get on with the post.  Today I’m sharing a super easy recipe for peach cobbler.  The origonal recipe, which I’ve been making for years, was way too sweet.  This is the semi-desugared version.  I know a lot of people hear ‘reduced sugar’ and run, but, trust me, this is still delicious.  You won’t miss the super sweet syrup.

All the farm stands here in Jersey still have peaches available.  Hopefully you can get some yummy ones where you’re at, too!

Peach Cobbler by Om Nomalicious
Peach Cobbler

4 Peaches, Diced or Sliced
8 Tablespoons (1 Stick) Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F.  Put the stick of butter in a baking dish and put in the oven until the butter melts.

Peach Cobbler by Om Nomalicious

Meanwhile, go ahead and dice/slice your peaches if you haven’t.  You can peel them if you want, but peach skins do not bother me.

Peach Cobbler by Om Nomalicious

Combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt together.  Slowly add milk, stirring well to prevent clumping.

Peach Cobbler by Om Nomalicious

Pour the flour mixture over the melted butter.. don’t stir it, just pour it.  Then, scatter the peaches over top of the flour mixture.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Peach Cobbler by Om Nomalicious

Bake for about 30-45 minutes, or until the batter raises and is golden brown.

Peach Cobbler by Om Nomalicious

Peach Cobbler by Om Nomalicious

Peach Cobbler by Om Nomalicious

I served mine with ice cream this time, but it’s equally delicious with whipped cream or on it’s own.

Peach Cobbler by Om Nomalicious

Enjoy!

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White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins


Before I get down to business, I need to make an announcement.  You may have noticed some changes going on around here, specifically the absence of Jecca’s recipes and changes to the About section.  She had made some questionable decisions with her posts, and, while I’m really sad to see her go, the integrity of this blog is more important than the number of posts.  She’s still my BFFF, and I still love her dearly.  She just won’t be posting here anymore.  Besides, she’s been going through a lot of upheaval in her life.  It’s time she focused on herself and finding joy in her life again.

Ok… now to get to the real post, the recipe!  I had family visiting the other week.  We went to the beach, the aquarium, lots of places.  My 14 year old nephew, Hunter, wanted to make us breakfast one day.  He looked through my cookbooks, and found a muffin recipe in a cookbook that I had picked up on the cheap at AC Moore a few years ago, Allrecipes: All Time Favorite Best Brand Recipes.  If you see it, you should definitely pick it up.  I’ve found a lot of awesome recipes in there!  Hunter set his cell phone alarm, woke up early, and whipped these up with minimal help.  He probably could’ve done it himself if he was more familiar with my kitchen.

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins by Om Nomalicious

These muffins didn’t stand a chance in my house.  Between the three of us full-time residents and the 5 visitors, there were no leftovers.  I’m definitely going to be making them in the future!!

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins by Om Nomalicious

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins by Om Nomalicious

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins
(Makes About 12 Muffins)

1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
1 Egg
2 Cups Flour
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Raspberries
1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips

1/4 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Sugar

Preheat oven to 400F and line or spray a muffin pan.

Mix together milk, melted 1/2 cup of butter, and egg in a large bowl.

Slowly add the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Stir until just combined.  Do not over mix.

Fold in the raspberries and white chocolate.  If you’re using frozen raspberries, do not thaw them out.

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins by Om Nomalicious

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 24 to 28 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown.

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins by Om Nomalicious

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins by Om Nomalicious

Cool slightly and remove from pan.

Meanwhile, put the other 1/4 cup of butter in a pan and heat it over medium heat. Let it brown slightly.

Dip each muffin in the browned butter and then in the remaining sugar.

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins by Om Nomalicious

Serve warm or cool. They’re delicious either way.

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Tamale Pie


Have you ever had a tamale?  They’re pretty delicious, right?  Well, I think they are.  The only issue I have with them is what a pain they are to make.  You make the dough, spread it on some corn husks, make some filling, fill the dough, roll them, steam them, unroll them…. you get the point.  Maybe it’s really not *that* much work, but I’m a lazy cook.  When it’s dinner time, I want to just throw some stuff together and be done with it.  I’m always looking for shortcuts.  My friend Megan had posted this recipe for Tamale Pie from Eat2Gather on Facebook, and I knew instantly that I had to make it!

How was it?  It was pretty amazing, actually.  Imagine if a tamale and a shepherd’s pie fell in love and had a baby.  This would be that baby.  It’s pretty easy to throw together, but the taste is phenomenal.  You all should go make it for dinner tonight.  You should also invite me to dinner tonight!!

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

Tamale Pie

1 Pound Ground Beef (Ground Turkey or Chicken Would Work, Too!)
1 Onion, Diced
1 Can Black Beans, Drained
1 Can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
1 Tbsp Chili Seasoning
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Oregano
1 Cup Cornmeal
3 Cups Water
Another 1 Tbsp Chili Seasoning
1 Cup Shredded Cheese
Salt and Pepper, To Taste

Preheat oven to 375F.

Brown the meat and the onion in a skillet.  Add the black beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, chili seasoning, cumin, and oregano.  Add salt and pepper to taste and let mixture simmer about five minutes.

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Bring three cups of water to a boil (You can salt it if you want!) and whisk in the cornmeal and the other tablespoon of chili seasoning.  Cook until thick. It won’t take long!

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

Pour the meat mixture into a prepared pan, spread the cornmeal on the top, and sprinkle with the cheese.

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cornmeal crusts and the cheese melts.

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

Serve hot and enjoy!

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

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