Mushroom Florentine Pasta


A classic and easy creamy pasta dish made with mushroom, garlic, cheese and spinach.

Author: ©Amy Johnson | She Wears Many Hats
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4


8 ounces linguine pasta, uncooked (same amount of other pasta may be substituted)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 ounces Gruyere cheese (or Gouda), shredded
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves


Begin cooking pasta according to package instructions.
Whisk together flour, chicken broth, milk, salt and pepper.

Set aside.
While pasta cooks, in a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

When oil begins to ripple add sliced mushrooms, sauté for 6 minutes. Add minced garlic, sauté for 2 more minutes until garlic just begins to brown.

Whisk flour, chicken broth, milk, salt and pepper mixture into mushrooms and garlic, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.

Add shredded cheese, stir until cheese has melted.
Mix in spinach, allow to wilt.

Add drained pasta to skillet, toss to coat.

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Mini Lasagna Cups


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 12 servings

Mini Lasagna Cups

The easiest, simplest lasagna you will ever make, conveniently made into single-serving portions!


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 Italian sausage links, casing removed
1 cup marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
24 2-inch won ton wrappers
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 12-cup standard muffin tin or coat with nonstick spray.

Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat and stir in marinara sauce.
Season ricotta cheese with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.

Fit a wonton wrapper into each of the 12 muffin tins, pressing carefully to make sure there is an opening in the center. Fill each cup with 1 tablespoon ricotta cheese.

Top with 1 tablespoon marinara mixture and 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese; repeat with one more layer.

Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the wonton wrappers are golden brown.
Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Adapted from Kevin & Amanda

Peanut Butter Maple Cream Sandwich Cookie





1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple extract
3-5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment or silpat baking mats.
Cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add egg, vanilla, milk, and salt and baking soda. Mix until combined. Slowly add flour and mix until dough comes together.
Scoop 1 tablespoon sized balls of dough. Place on cookie sheet 2” apart. Press each cookie down with the tines of a fork to create the criss cross pattern.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until they just begin to brown. Cool completely on cookie sheets.
Make the filling: beat butter and peanut butter until smooth using a hand mixer. Slowly mix in powdered sugar, mix until crumbly. Add both extracts. Start by adding 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream, then add more 1 tablespoon at a time until you have the desired thickness for filling.
Turn half the cookies upside dow and spread with filling. Sandwich with the remaining cookies.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed with Cream Cheese


Yield: 30 cookies, depending on the size

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed with Cream Cheese

1 box spice cake mix (or yellow cake mix plus 1 Tablespoon pumpkin spice-it’s what I did)
15 oz. pumpkin puree
1/2 C. oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. mini chocolate chips
Cream Cheese Filling:
8 oz cream cheese
3/4 C. powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Sift cake mix into a large bowl to remove any lumps and add pumpkin puree, oil and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
3. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
4. In a stand mixer (or using a handheld beater) combine cream cheese and powdered sugar.
5. Use a cookie scoop (or a regular spoon-see notes below recipe) and fill it 1/3 of way with cookie dough, then place a little bit of cream cheese filling over the dough and then top it off with more dough. Place the full dough ball onto your cookie sheet and repeat until all the dough is used!
6. Bake for about 14 minutes or until the top of the cookies “spring” back like a cake or muffin would.
7. Let cool. Like anything pumpkin, the flavors actually taste better the next day so these are great cookies to make the day before an event :)

Glazed Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins


10 minutes
Cook time 8 minutes
Total time 18 minutes


3/4 cups pumpkin puree
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup pumpkin spice creamer
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin spice creamer (add a little more if necessary)

Recipe makes 18 mini muffins.


Step 1
Preheat oven to 375
In a large mixing bowl, beat all muffin ingredients except flour and baking powder until smooth. Add the flour and baking powder and mix gently just until combined. Spoon into greased mini muffin tins 3/4 full and bake 8 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Do not over bake.
Let cool. Remove from tins and add glaze.
Step 2
Mix powdered sugar and creamer, Dip muffin tops into glaze.


Amazing Microwave Lemon Bars

Amazing Microwave Lemon Bars
25 squares

Microwave Lemons Bars are perfectly sweet with loads of tart lemon flavor!


1 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tbls powdered sugar
1 Tbls lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
6 Tbls butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbls lemon zest (zest from 2 lemons)
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from your zested lemons)
1 Tbls all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Lightly grease a 9×9 inch microwave-safe baking dish OR line with parchment paper.

Whisk flour, sugar and lemon zest together.
Stir in melted butter.
Press crust into prepared dish.
Microwave for three minutes at 80% power. Check to make sure the crust is firm. If not, heat for an additional 30 seconds at 80% power.
Set aside.

Beat sugar, lemon zest, eggs, and lemon juice together.
Beat in flour, baking powder and salt and continue beating for 2-3 minutes.
Pour the filling over the crust and microwave for three minutes at 80% power. Check the filling. It should be set with just a little jiggle – much like JELLO. If it hasn’t set, microwave for an additional minute at 80% power and check again.
Let the lemon squares cool completely and then refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Cut into squares, dust with powdered sugar and sprinkle additional lemon zest on if desired.
Keep refrigerated.

Apple Pie Cookies



2 refrigerated pie crusts, or homemade recipe that makes enough for a double crust pie
2 medium apples, peeled and shredded
squeeze of lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Egg Wash:
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
For Topping:
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Shred apples into a bowl. Squeeze out as much water from the apples and discard, returning apples to the bowl. Add the lemon juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, flour, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the apples. Stir to combine. Set aside.

Roll out pie crust. Using a cookie cutter, cut out and even number of 2 1/2 to 3-inch circles.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and 2 tablespoons of water. Brush egg wash onto half of the pie crust circles. Spoon about a teaspoon of the apples into the center of the brushed circles, then top with the remaining circles. Press the edges together then crimp the edges with a fork.

Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with the egg wash. In a small bowl, combine remaining cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle over the tops of the cookies, then cut small slits into the top of each cookie to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake


Browned butter, brown sugar, and natural banana sugars create the best tasting bananas ever. The cake is moist, springy, and fluffy thanks to buttermilk, sour cream, and oil. While baking, the bananas caramelize in a butter and brown sugar bath giving the cake it’s signature glistening top. There’s so much rich browed butter and alluring caramel flavor making the cake irresistible. The buttery caramel sauce seeps down into the cake after inverting, adding more moisture to an already very tender and supremely soft cake. Optionally drizzle with salted caramel before serving.

Yield: one 9-inch round cake, 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: about 38 to 40 minutes

Total Time: about 2 hours, for cooling

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
about 3 extra-large ripe bananas or 4 small/medium, sliced in half horizontally and then sliced in vertically (if banana is ‘fat’, slice each half into 3 or 4 long vertical pieces)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk (or Powdered Buttermilk, use 2 tablespoons with the dry ingredients + 1/2 cup water added with the wet)
1/3 cup sour cream (lite okay, or plain Greek yogurt may be substituted)
3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
salted caramel sauce for drizzling, optional (homemade or storebought)

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch springform cake pan with cooking spray; set aside. A regular 9-inch round cake pan is likely going to be too shallow and is not recommended.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
Pour the butter into the cake pan. Use your finger to run a bit of butter around the side of the pan to ensure it’s well-greased.
Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter.
Fan banana slices (cut side down) out from center of pan like the spokes of a wheel covering the entire pan with banana slices. The less gaps and space between bananas, the better. Use short pieces to fill in gaps.
Add 8 to 10 short banana pieces around sides of pan (cut side down), spaced uniformly; set pan aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, optional salt; set aside.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together the next 5 wet ingredients (through vanilla).
Add the wet mixture to the dry, mixing lightly with a spoon or folding with a spatula until just combined. Small lumps will be present, don’t overmix or try to stir them smooth.
Gently turn batter out into prepared pan, being careful to not disturb the banana slices on the bottom or sides of pan. Fill pan to about 3/4-full. If you have a little extra batter, discard it rather than overfilling your pan (was not a problem for me but pan sizes and depths vary).
Place pan on a cookie sheet as insurance to catch anything that may leak from springform pan and bake for about 38 to 40 minutes, or until center is set, not jiggly, lightly golden browned, and springy to the touch. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Only go down about 1-inch with the toothpick, not all the way to the bottom where you’ll hit gooey caramelized bananas.
Place pan on a wire rack and allow cake to cool for at least 1 hour before inverting, slicing, and serving. Optionally before serving, drizzle with salted caramel sauce. Cake will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Cake base adapted from Blueberry Muffin and Buttermilk Pancakes Cake

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White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge is so smooth, so creamy, so rich with the refreshing zip of cranberries!


2 cups sugar
3/4 c sour cream (not light)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 (5 oz) bag dried cranberries (Craisins)

Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
Combine sugar, sour cream, butter and salt in a heavy 2 qt saucepan.
Bring mixture to boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, to soft ball stage (238 degrees).
Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until fully melted. This will take a few minutes :)
Stir in the marshmallow creme and vanilla extract until smooth and blended.
Stir in dried cranberries until evenly distributed.
Pour into the baking dish, cool to room temperature.
Chill in refrigerator for several hours before cutting into squares,
Store in an airtight container.

Pistachio Fudge



3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
pinch of salt
3.5 oz pkg Instant pistachio pudding mix (powder only)
7oz Fluff (marshmallow cream)
11 oz white chocolate
1/4 cup pistachios, shelled, chopped
8oz dark chocolate, melted


In large saucepan over medium high heat, mix butter, sugar, heavy cream and salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Set timer and boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
In large mixing bowl, add pudding mix, marshmallow cream and white chocolate. Pour boiling mixture over ingredients. Beat for about one minute until combined and chocolate is completely melted. Fold in pistachios. Pour into a 9inch parchment paper lined square dish.
Melt dark chocolate (either using microwave or double boiler). Spread on top of fudge and refrigerate about 2 hours until set. Cut and enjoy.