Nov. 20, 2019

Almond Joy Cheesecake

Karen Schwartz Almond Joy Cheesecake

When Karen Schwartz gets the chance to make up a yummy dessert for guests, she gravitates towards making her Almond Joy Cheesecake! A crowd pleaser every time! Serves 10-12



  • 1 ½ cup chocolate cookie crumbs (28-30 cookies)

  • 3T sugar

  • ¼ cup butter melted

  • 4-8 oz cream cheese bars

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 14 ounces flaked coconut

  • 11.5 ounce pkg milk chocolate chips

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Stir together the cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter; press into the bottom of 10” springform pan.  Bake at 350 for 8 minutes

2. Beat cream cheese, eggs and sugar at medium speed until fluffy.  Stir in coconut, milk chocolate chips and vanilla.  Pour into the prepared crust.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.  Cool on wire rack.  

3. Place semi sweet chips in plastic bag; seal, submerge bag in warm water until the morsels melt.  Snip a TINY hole in the corner of bag and drizzle chocolate over cheesecake.  Garnish with toasted chopped almonds.

4. Cover and chill 8 hours; store in refrigerator up to 5 days


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Posted in Recipes
Oct. 17, 2019

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Kim is big on making it easy as possible during the week when it comes to dinners for her family. She shares one of her faves of all-time!



  • 3 tbsp.extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 lb. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 lb. baby red potatoes, quartered

  • 2 tbsp. butter, softened

  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme

  • Freshly chopped parsley

  • 2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving


1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and sear until golden, 3 minutes per side. 

2. Meanwhile, in a large slow cooker, toss potatoes with remaining 2 tablespoons oil, butter, garlic, thyme, parsley, and Parmesan and season generously with salt and pepper. Add chicken and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours, until potatoes are tender and chicken is fully cooked. 

3. Garnish with Parmesan before serving.


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Posted in Recipes
Sept. 25, 2019

Chocolatey Peanut Pretzel Bars

These Chocolate bars are something Tracy came across years ago and it is a great go-to when you head to a party and need a quick last minute idea.



  • 2 ½ cups Refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, divided

  • 1 ½ cups Semi-sweet morsles, divided

  • 1 cup Mini pretzels broken into ½ pieces

  • 1 cup Honey roasted peanuts


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13 by 9 baking pan

2. Place 2 cups of dough in prepared pan. Using fingertips, pat dough gently to cover the bottom of pan.

3. Sprinkle 1 cup morsels, pretzel pieces & peanuts over dough. Drop 1 inch pieces of remaining ½ cup cookie dough over peanuts. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup morsels and gentle press down.

4. Bake for 23-27 minutes or until browned around edge. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars

*Feel free to experiment with variations. For example, substitute chocolate morsels with peanut butter chips or perhaps add almonds.

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Posted in Recipes
Sept. 10, 2019

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Posted in Seller Tips
Sept. 4, 2019

Mini Pot Pies

Debbie Williams Mini Pot Pies


This is one of Debbies favorites to make for her family! It is an easy, hearty, and delicious meal to whip up in no time.


  • 1 package (10oz) frozen mixed veggies thawed

  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken

  • 1 can (10 ½ oz) condensed cream of chicken soup

  • 1-2 cans (16.3 oz) Refrigerated Original biscuits

  • ¼ potato cooked and diced

  • Cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder to your liking


1. Preheat oven to 375F.  

2. In medium bowl, combine all ingredients.

3. Cut biscuits in ½ and press each biscuit into greased muffin tins making sure to cover bottom and sides of muffin tins. 

4. Spoonful mixture into each cup.  Add extra cheese on top.

5. Bake 25-30 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.  Let cool 5 minutes

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Posted in Recipes
Aug. 19, 2019

Brie with Brown Sugar & Pecans

Karen Coyle Best Loved Recipe


Our agent Karen Coyle shared this crowd pleaser of an hors d'oeuvre with all of us. It is one of her favorite dishes to bring along to parties and gatherings and is gone within minutes! Enjoy!


• 1/4 cup firmly packed Light Brown Sugar

• 1/4 cup chopped pecans

• 1 tablespoon bourbon

• 1/2 package (17 1/4 ounces) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

• 1 (13.2-ounce) round Brie


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Stir together light brown sugar, pecans and bourbon.

3. Place puff pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out fold lines. Spread pecan mixture in a 5-inch circle in the center of pastry. Place Brie on top of pecan mixture. Wrap pastry around Brie, pinching to seal tightly, and place on aluminum foil lined baking sheet, folded side down.

4. Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry is lightly brown. Cool 10 minutes on baking sheet. Serve warm with French baguette slices, crackers, and apple and pear slices.


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Posted in Recipes
July 31, 2017

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