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Whole Wheat White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies & Giveaway

Tis the season for cookies right? Platters of cookies have forever adorned my holiday table and I love wrapping a plate of cookies up for my neighbors. The holidays wouldn’t be complete without these things.

Cookies and Christmas…. well it’s kind of like peanut butter and jelly! They are just meant to be together.

Hodgson Mill  asked me to participate in their “Have a Grain Holiday” contest by utilizing their fine line of whole wheat products to bake a new and exciting, yet more healthy, holiday treat!

I thought for a moment about what I might want to create…. I had to go with cookies, it’s what I love most about baking for the holidays. My kids and I enjoy gathering around the kitchen island and rolling out cookies, then delivering them to friends and neighbors.

Also, if any of you participate in Cookie Swaps, wouldn’t it be great to pass out cookies that were out of this world delicious and yet so much better for you than cookies made with white processed flours?

So that’s what I set out to create!

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Precision Pro Scale Winner!

Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family!

It’s time to give away this Precision Pro Scale…. FYI: I won’t be stepping on a scale for a few days 🙂

Thanks to Eat Smart Products for graciously hosting this giveaway. I threw my old scale away and have quickly fallen in love with this one.


If you want to see their full line of affordable and high-quality products, click the link below.

Eat Smart Products Link

The randomly selected winner (via random.org) is……… {Drumroll}


Congratulations Robin! Please submit your mailing address to modernmrscleaver@yahoo.com and the folks at Eat Smart will send you your scale.

Stay tuned, as December is a fun month of giveaways and merriment on Modern Mrs. Cleaver…. the upcoming recipes are pretty darn delicious too! Bias? Maybe a little!

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver


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Maple Pecan Cheesecake and a Giveaway!

Let that sink in…..Maple    Pecan    Cheesecake!

With a side order of chocolate and salted caramel- ya know…for good measure!

I’ve made a gazillion cheesecakes in my life and this batter is by far my favorite. It’s dense and creamy and easy to play with for different flavor creations. No drooping on the plate from this one…This stands up and demands attention.

Eat your heart out Cheesecake Factory

So this maple pecan thingy I made, it’s perfect for the holiday season with notes of maple and ginger. However, if gingersnaps aren’t really your thing, I would recommend pecan sandies as a substitute or possibly plain ole’ graham cracker crumbs. I really LOVE the punch that the gingersnap provides though. It’s a perfect contrast for the other flavors at play here.

Once you’ve made this, feel free to play around with certain ingredients. Exchange the cookies, substitute different extracts, add in peppermint candies or chocolate chips….the sky is the limit.

Now…just in case this cheesecake wasn’t enough to suck ya in


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Cola Glazed Holiday Ham

I must say that there are certain times that I just adore being a food blogger! Having an excuse to make a gorgeous holiday ham BEFORE the holidays is just ONE of those times.

I mean, I can’t cook one on Christmas and then post it….nobody would see it beforehand and that just simply won’t work!

As such, gosh darn if a gorgeous spiral cut ham didn’t make its way into my cart the other day. Spiral cut is a must for this recipe, as it allows the glaze to ooze all the way down into every nook and cranny of the ham. You WANT that to happen, you really do!

Now with all the flavor I put on this ham, I don’t feel the need to spend the money on the best brand out there. I just purchase my store brand and call it good.

A lot of cola glazes are, in my opinion, too sweet and ruin my chance to use the leftovers in a variety of ways. I want to be able to use it for lunchmeat, stratas, frittatas, chowders….you get the picture. And of course the bone will be in a bubbling pot of split pea soup. (I’ll be posting that recipe soon)

My glaze is sweet, but since it stays somewhat thin, it doesn’t encrust the ham with sugar….just gives it a slightly sweet note with a ton of flavor.

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Undercover Chicken Chili


No this dish isn’t top-secret and has no hidden agenda! This chili is UNDER COVER though….and it’s a cover this lady loves!

The cover is a glorious cornbread, packed full of flavor, and baked in cast iron. That’s a cover I’d love to curl up underneath any day.

So here’s the deal….traditional chili can punish a cast iron pan that hasn’t developed a well-established patina. The reason? Acid in the tomatoes!! Acid is no friend of cast iron pans and I try to avoid it as much as possible.

For my cast iron, I make a ridiculously delish chicken chili that fends off the tomatoes and utilizes broth and white beans instead. The addition of lime zest works as the only source of acid and is not enough to cause your pans any worry!

Please know, this chili is spectacular all on its own….but the addition of the cornbread top just sends it right over the edge of sinful. It’s a gorgeous dish to present, right in the skillet, at a dinner gathering…and the iron helps hold the heat.

Winner Winner Chicken Chili Dinner!

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Hodgson Mill Prize Pack Winner

After a few long weeks of biting my nails over the Hodgson Mill “Build a Better Pizza” contest…..the day is finally here!

Voting ends today at 5 pm central time.

Thanks to each and every one of you who voted! Now I need to give away this prize pack…

The winner, chosen by a tedious process of assigning every comment a number then using random.org to pick a number/winner is………


Congratulations Paula! Please email your mailing address to modernmrscleaver@yahoo.com to claim your prize. I will send that info to the folks at Hodgson Mill, and they will mail your package to you.

Thanks again for all your support and don’t forget….Hodgson Mills is drawing ten more names from the pool of voters to win additional prize packs!

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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Stuffed Mushrooms

Let me start by saying…THESE stuffed mushrooms are probably the quickest way to make me weak at the knees. I love so many kinds of stuffed mushrooms, and despite several past flops at restaurants…I’m always tempted to order them again. I’m a glutton for punishment I guess!

Most of the ones I’ve been served at restaurants fall into one of these categories:

1.) Lukewarm

2.) Just barely stuffed

3.) Soggy

I don’t like ANY of those categories!


I make my own

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Stuffed Tex O Lanterns

So here it is for public viewing……PROOF that Modern Mrs. Cleaver still plays with her food!

The proof is in the pepper

I LOVE stuffed peppers, but why not make them something unique and kid friendly for Halloween? This is super cinchy to do and they turn out amazing. I grab orange bell peppers because they look like mini pumpkins when they are on the plate, but you can carve any color ya like.

Stuff em’ with your favorite pepper stuffing, or use my Mexican Rice recipe with the link posted below.

~Mexican Rice Recipe~

The Mexican Rice is enough to stuff 6-8 large peppers, or have some for leftovers!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

So grab a pepper and slice around the top to create a circle and pop the lid off. Cut the seeds and membrane away to flatten the bottom of the lid.

Carefully remove seeds and white membrane from inside the pepper.

With a sharp paring knife, cut faces into your peppers. Make them happy, scary, or even include teeth. Get creative 🙂

Place the peppers into a baking dish and stuff with your choice of stuffing.

Place in the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes until the peppers are nice and soft. Allow them to cool for a few moments, then plate and serve. I like to put a dollop of sour cream on top of my Mexican Rice and sprinkle with cilantro.

Here they are….aren’t they awesome???

So go ahead and play with your food….I won’t tell!

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver


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There’s still time to enter the Giveaway!

Hodgson Mill is letting me giveaway a prize pack valued at $25.00 to one of my readers!

Most of you know that I entered my Caprese Pizza into their “Build a Better Pizza” contest…and SO FAR I’m in the lead!

{insert happy dance}

But I need YOUR help to stay there!

You, the voters, will have 2 chances to win a prize pack.

1.) Click the link below to vote for your favorite pizza (hint mine is at the top of page 5 and looks like the one below). You will need to “Like” the Hodgson Mill facebook page and enter your email. They will select 10 random voters to win a prize pack.

2.) Leave a comment here letting me know that you voted and I’ll be giving away a prize pack to a voter soon!

Here’s the link

Hodgson Mill Pizza Voting

Here’s my Caprese Pizza

Thanks guys….you truly are the BEST 🙂

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver


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Portobello Grilled Cheese

I love crisp fall nights that beg for a dinner of grilled cheese and soup…there’s just something magical about that combination.

The classic grilled cheese of my youth was 2 (if we were lucky) slices of Kraft cheese on white bread, served up with Campbell’s tomato soup. While it was dee-licious then…I’m a grown up now (most days) and I want a grown up sandwich!

Over the past couple of months I’ve been creating new “grown up” sammies as often as I can….this is the latest creation and boy o boy is it a keeper!

I didn’t use real precise measurements but it really couldn’t be easier….or tastier….or

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