Out of the Box Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Easy chocolate chip cupcakes are full of chocolatey goodness, just like your favorite cookie!

Recently, a dear friend asked me to bring cupcakes to a women’s event, and I started thinking about a cupcake recipe that would appeal to almost anyone. Chocolate chip is the most popular cookie flavor, I thought, so why not chocolate chip cupcakes? A few hours later I had 48 of these cute chocolate chip cupcakes – some for the event, some for neighbors, and a few to keep for myself and my family.

Cupcakes can be a lot of work, so I decided to use a “doctored up” cake mix recipe, spiked with decadent chocolate chips and piled high with vanilla buttercream. I love recipes that take a plain old cake mix and make it special. One of my favorite cookbooks is The Cake Mix Doctor, and I’ve made lots of fun desserts from it over the years. This recipe is not from that book, but it could be. 

It's hard to believe these delectable chocolate chip cupcakes come from a boxed cake mix!

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Crazy Mixed-Up Oven Fried Chicken Fingers

A secret mix of ingredients forms a crunchy crust for crazy mixed-up oven fried chicken fingers.

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Who doesn’t love chicken fingers? I guess technically they’re considered kid food, but adults love them too. I’ve been testing and perfecting this recipe for crazy mixed-up oven fried chicken fingers for a few weeks now, and I don’t think my family was the least bit upset that they had to try several different versions before I got them just the way I wanted.

Crazy mixed-up oven fried chicken fingers are crispy, crunchy and crazy delicious!

Oven fried chicken fingers are a little tricky, because deep frying is what makes restaurant chicken fingers so tasty. It takes the right combination of flavorful marinade, crunchy crumb coating and a light oil spray to create crispy, delicious chicken fingers without a deep fryer.

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Green Beans with Breadcrumbs, Garlic and Almonds

Easy green beans with breadcrumbs, almonds and garlic come together in 15 minutes with just a few basic ingredients.

Is it weird that I love, love, love veggie side dishes? Plain veggies are good for you, but dressing them up makes them a lot more appealing. I’m seriously excited about these green beans with breadcrumbs, almonds and garlic, a recipe I’ve been perfecting for several months now. This recipe comes together in just 15 minutes with a few simple ingredients from the freezer and pantry. I usually have the ingredients for this recipe on hand, so I can whip it up on short notice.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup for the Instant Pot

Easy, inexpensive creamy tomato-basil soup will be your new favorite recipe for the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker.

If you read this blog regularly, you might have noticed that we make a lot of soup, especially tomato soup! Is there anything better than a hot mug of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold winter day? One of my favorite recipes is this creamy tomato basil soup for the Instant Pot. My family loves this soup, and I love it because it’s easy and inexpensive to make.

I got my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker more than a year ago, and it’s become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. The thing I use it for the most is making soup. It has a pre-programmed soup setting, so cooking the soup is automatic.

This creamy tomato basil soup is packed with flavor, and with healthy veggies. Just a touch of heavy cream gives the soup richness without too many calories.

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Greek Yogurt Key Lime Pudding

Greek yogurt key lime pudding is a healthier dessert with the bright, creamy flavor of key lime pie.

Ahh, key lime pie – it’s a dessert that always reminds me of a beautiful trip my husband and I took to the Carolina coast. I’m pretty sure we ate key lime pie every day while we were there. Beach vacation memories are especially appealing right now, as I’m looking out my window at February drizzle. I’m craving the tastes of summer, like this Greek yogurt key lime pudding – a recipe I contributed recently to the SoFab Food blog. 

Greek yogurt key lime pudding is a healthier dessert you can have any time of year. It brings the sweet-tart taste of summer along with probiotics, protein and calcium, and it takes only a few minutes to make. It’s an American twist on an authentic Greek yogurt lemon pudding recipe.

If you love a simple dessert recipe with healthy ingredients, give it a try. You can get the recipe for Greek Yogurt key lime pudding now from SoFab Food.


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Greek yogurt key lime pudding is a healthier dessert option that takes only minutes to make. Enjoy the taste of summer any time with this easy recipe.

Our Best Recipes for Game Day

I’ll be honest and say that my favorite thing about Sunday’s “Big Game” is the food! I love college football, but I’m not so much into the NFL. Still, who’s going to say no to an excuse to bring out a bunch of party food and spend time socializing?

What are you planning to make for Game Day? I’ve put together a list of some of our favorite party recipes to give you some inspiration.

Easy Baked Buffalo Wings

Dive into these amazing Baked Buffalo Wings - perfect for Game Day or for an easy weeknight dinner!


Classic football food, crispy and delicious with no deep fryer in sight! Serve these with carrot and celery sticks plus an easy blue cheese dip.

Easy Baked Barbecue Wings

These Baked Honey Barbecue wings are crispy and delicious with no deep frying! The sauce is addictively sweet with a little bit of spice!

Are you Team Buffalo or Team Barbecue? I can’t quite decide, so usually I serve both. These barbecue wings are crispy, sweet and smoky, and taste great with a simple ranch dip.

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce: a quick and easy vegetarian meal, loaded with flavor.

This crispy black bean taco recipe is by far our most popular! Our readers love them, and so do we! You can easily cut these small tacos in half or thirds to make them into finger food. Don’t skip the avocado lime sauce – it’s to die for!

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Crock-Pot Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks

Sweet and spicy chili chicken drumsticks cook up melt-in-your-mouth tender in the crock pot.

Everyone loves a great Crock-Pot or slow cooker recipe, and if it’s cheap and easy, that’s even better! I’ve made these Crock-Pot sweet chili chicken drumsticks several times in the last few weeks, and they’ve been a hit with our family. This recipe is one of my “Costco hacks,” because the main ingredients are a bargain at Costco.

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Italian Salad with Pears, Shaved Parmesan, and Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette

This beautiful Italian salad combines pears, shaved Parmesan and honey-balsamic vinaigrette.

I’m always looking for new salad combinations, especially since I’ve somehow become the go-to salad person for our family get-togethers. Two things I’ve learned about making a good salad are 1) you need a balance of flavors and textures, and 2) you can always look to Italian cuisine for inspiration. This Italian salad with pears, shaved Parmesan and honey-balsamic vinaigrette is a perfect blend of sweet, salty, sour and bitter flavors, with a variety of textures from tender salad greens to juicy pears to crunchy toasted pine nuts.

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Winter Minestrone with Sausage, Kale, and Basil Pistou

Winter minestrone with sausage, kale, and basil pistou is guaranteed to become one of your family's favorite soups!

We’re having a January cold spell, and right now the temperature outside is a whopping 6 degrees. Which means my family wants nothing but soup for dinner. One of our all-time favorites is this winter minestrone with sausage, kale, and basil pistou. It’s packed with bold flavor and healthy veggies.

This red, green and white soup is a Christmas Eve tradition in our family, so sometimes I call it “Christmas minestrone.” We usually don’t have a heavy dinner Christmas Eve, because we’ve already stuffed ourselves at an annual family party during the day. After celebrating with a million and one relatives, we go home, make some minestrone, and play board games until it’s time to hang our stockings.

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Christmas Deviled Eggs

Christmas deviled eggs will be the hit of any holiday party.

Deviled eggs are classic appetizers, welcome at any party table. This week I was asked to bring an appetizer to a big family Christmas party, and I thought if I dressed them up in Christmas colors, deviled eggs would be perfect. I had to smile when I named this recipe “Christmas Deviled Eggs,” because normally Christmas and the devil don’t go together. When I looked into the history of deviled eggs, I learned that sometimes people in the Midwest and South call deviled eggs “angel eggs” when bringing them to church functions.  So you can definitely call these Christmas Deviled Eggs “Angel Eggs” if you prefer.

Plain deviled eggs get dressed up for the holidays with festive red and green garnishes.

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