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Dark Secrets

Dark Secrets

We love making these cookies at Christmas time! They are always a crowd pleaser. And it doesn't hurt that they are quick and easy!

These cookies are best eaten the same day. If you are wanting to save them for later, wait for them to cool. Then place them in a plastic bag and freeze. They are even delicious straight out of the freezer!

If you are not a big fan of chocolate, you can make these without the kisses. Use a tablespoon of dough and roll in a ball. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Then roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar. With or without the chocolate, these cookies are sure to impress!

If you like Mexican Wedding cookies or Russian Tea cakes, these are very similar. The dark chocolate in the center is what sets these apart.

Make these to bring to your neighbors, or to share at a party. But whatever you do, enjoy!


Dark Secrets

  • 1 cup Salted butter
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Kamut flour
  • 1 cup Pecans (finely chopped)
  • 1 package Dark chocolate kisses (unwrapped)
  • Powdered sugar
  1. Move oven rack to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  2. With an electric mixer in a medium size bowl, cream together butter, sugar, almond and vanilla extracts for 2 minutes. Add flour and nuts. Blend well. Cover and chill if desired at this point.

  3. Measure a tablespoon of dough and shape around a kiss to cover it completely. Roll into a ball and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes until set but not browned. Roll or sprinkle in powdered sugar. Cool.

2 Week Meal Plan, Dec 9 - Dec 22

We are so excited to share our 2 Week Meal Plan with you! There are so many great recipes for us to make together in the next two weeks. Download and print out your 2 Week Meal Plan today! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram! There you will be able to watch our Live Videos where we show you how to make these yummy recipes! Planning ahead will make putting delicious meals on the table so much more simple and enjoyable! xo Liz + Lizi

Download 2 Week Meal-Plan-Dec 9 - Dec 22

Christmas Morning Casserole

Every year, we love to make this delicious casserole for Christmas morning. It is a recipe that has been around for a long time, but we think our variation is the absolute best! Our entire family loves it.

It is delicious and so easy to prepare! I like to put it together the night before. Then you pull it out, whisk together the soup and milk, and then bake! After a late night being Santas helper, it is so nice to already have breakfast prepared. Just pop it in the oven while you are enjoying your family!

There are several variation for this recipe. If you are afraid of heat, use a mild sausage. But I promise you, the regular recipe really isn't spicy at all! You can also use colby cheese if you would like.

Add in some bacon, onion, and diced green peppers if you don't like sausage! Or you could do ham, tomato, and herb. Sometimes, we even add some green chilies. The options really are endless.

This has always been one of our favorite casseroles, but it has gotten even better thanks to Kamut! It adds the perfect flavor! It really does upgrade everything.

And do you want to know the best thing about this recipe? It is delicious reheated! I eat it for days after. You really can't go wrong with this casserole.

So with Christmas around the corner, add this to your menu! We promise you will not be disappointed. It is a hit with our whole family, and we think yours will love it too.


Christmas Morning Casserole

  • 8 slices Kamut bread (crusts removed)
  • 1 pound Hot spicy sausage
  • 1/2 pound Sage sausage
  • 2 cups Sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 6 large Eggs (beaten)
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 tsp Dry mustard
  • 1 can Cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  1. Prepare the bread and place in a buttered 9x13 inch glass baking dish. Set aside.

  2. In a medium fry pan over medium heat brown the two kinds of sausage together. When cooked, drain off all the fat.

  3. Sprinkle the sausage over the top of the bread. Sprinkle the grated cheese over top of sausage.

  4. In a medium bowl whisk the eggs, milk, and dry mustard together. Pour this on top of the casserole. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or less. Check around 1 hour and 10 minutes to see if it looks set. This casserole will rise sort of like a souffle and should be barely brown on top. When taken out of the oven it will fall after a couple minutes- not to worry. Slice and serve.

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Hello Fannies! Can you believe December is already here? With Thanksgiving being so late this year, it feels like the Holiday season is just flying by! Heres a little sneak peak into our week:

Thanksgiving Week:

  • Before Thanksgiving this year, we released a Thanksgiving Menu for you. It came with our complete meal and a plan for the week. This wasn't just for you, it saved me! Getting things done ahead of time made Thanksgiving day so enjoyable!
  • This year, our Thanksgiving looked a little different! Two of the sisters joined Sr. Food Nanny in Europe. And Jr. Food Nanny celebrated with her own little family at home. After a nasty stomach bug, we were just happy to be feeling better in time to celebrate.
  • Didn't prepare your own Thanksgiving meal this year? You can still enjoy our plan at Christmas! Who wouldn't want to eat our unbelievable food at Christmas dinner? If you don't want the whole meal, then just pick out a few of the amazing sides!
  • Christmas Tree chopping: The weekend after Thanksgiving, we head out to the woods to cut down a Christmas tree! It is honestly magical chopping down your very own tree. We always go with a Charlie Brown style and love everything about it!
  • Decorating for Christmas: I'm not going to lie, Christmas decor doesn't always bring me joy! I do not like it to compete with the rest of the decor that I have. So I keep it simple, relatively neutral, and true to my own style! Figuring out your own style can be hard but it makes all the difference.
  • Christmas shopping! Its definitely that time of year! If you missed our post last week, here it is. We have compiled a pretty amazing gift guide for all the cooks in your life. Or lets be honest, a perfect list to treat yourself!

Fun Finds:

Next, here are some fun items we have found and are loving!

  • Food Nanny Cookbooks: Okay okay, this is obviously not something we just found this week! But we get asked all the time where to find all of our recipes. Both Book 1 and Book 2 make the perfect gifts for all the cooks in your life!

Can you tell that we had some fun at World Market this week? It is such a great place to snag some inexpensive and fun pieces!

Well that's a wrap for this week! Make sure to stay tuned over on Instagram throughout the week. There's always a party happening in our kitchen. Keep cooking!


The Food Nanny Ultimate Gift Guide

The Food Nanny Ultimate Gift Guide

For our TDF Weekly post this week, we decided to mix things up! With Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to share our ultimate gift guide. We aren't a fashion blog or deal finders, but we have a lot of things we love! And we have some incredible gift ideas. These are all things we own and love ourselves, or things that are at the top of our own Christmas lists. Enjoy!

Kitchen Must Haves:

  • Starter Kit: For the first time EVER we are doing a huge sale on our Starter Kit! On Friday and Saturday, the kit will be 20% off. So you can buy both cookbooks, both salts, our measuring spoons, and a 5 lb. bag of Kamut for just $55.95. This just may be the best deal we will ever offer, so don't miss it! On Sunday, the price will go back to normal.
  • All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware Set: We searched high and low to find a deal on these for you and we did! Until December 11th, they are over $400 dollars off! Don't wait on this because they will sell out. These are the pans we use every day and they are amazing. If you are in need of pans, look no farther. It is an investment, but its worth it.
  • Anthropologie Old Havana Line: We have been collected pieces from this collection for years! And while visiting France, we even found some pieces there. These items are both functional and decorative in the kitchen. Here are some of our favorites: Pitcher, Serving bowl, Mugs, and Dinner plates.
  • Kitchen Aid: This is something we use all the time! Its not something you absolutely need, but it does make baking nice and easy. We are loving the Copper one and this misty blue one.
  • All things copper: If you are a long time follower, you know about our love for all things copper! We have an entire post dedicated to our favorite copper items straight from Italy. There will definitely be a few items you or your favorite cook need for Christmas.
  • Staub Baking Dishes: Since we started using these, I feel like everything has been cooking better! We have one in 6x8 and another in 8x11 and use them both often. We just found one in a 9x13 size and think we need it too!
  • Staub Cast Iron Round 4 qt.: It is no surprise we love all that Staub has to offer. And this right here is something we use all the time! Plus, it is on HUGE sale right now at Williams and Sonoma. We have never seen it priced this low! Don't pass up this deal!
  • Staub Rice Pot: We have been asked about this adorable little pot many many times! It is the cutest little thing! And it happens to make the best rice every time. The texture is absolute perfection!
  • When it comes to deciding what size you need in a high quality pot, it can get confusing. There are so many different options! But if you are just getting started, we recommend going with either a 5.5 qt. or a 9 qt. Most everything can be made in these two sizes.

Fashion Finds:

  • Free People Solid Kate Faux Fur Coat: I am obsessed with this! I got it last year and find myself wearing it often. If you do not like the oversized look, then makes sure to size down.
  • Sorel Joan of Arctic II Waterproof Wedge Boots: For years I have been wearing these in brown and loving them! On the top of my Christmas list is this new version Sorel just released. They are so warm, yet still cute and fashionable.
  • Madewell Faux-Fur Coat: Last year, Sr. Food Nanny got this coat. I was mad all year I didn't buy it too! So this year I bought it as soon as I saw it. Sr. Food Nanny has been wearing this just about every day on her mission. They made a few changes to this years version, but I am still loving it.

Gift under $25

  • Danish Dough Hook: If you don't have this, you need it! We use it every single day. This may seem dramatic, but it's life changing. This is the perfect gift!
  • Kamut Flour: Did you know you can buy our amazing Kamut flour in a 5 lb bag? This is the perfect gift idea for someone who is wanting to give it a try!
  • Milk Frother: This is what we use everyday while making our hot chocolate! I really don't think either of us could live without it.
  • Food Nanny Books: Looking for a gift that keeps giving? This is it! Both of our books have delicious recipes that you need. You really do need both Book 1 and Book 2. If you already own them, then buy them as a gift!
  • Gros Sel Canister: Have you seen our adorable salt canisters? They are perfect for storing our Grey salt, and look amazing on your counter. You can either buy one online, or pick up at your closest pick up location!
  • Measuring Spoons: Look no farther for the perfect measuring cup. And it is so cheap, so make sure and grab a couple!

And thats a wrap! We hope you have an amazing Holiday season and enjoy all of our gift ideas. Happy shopping!

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TDF Weekly

Hello Fannies! Welcome to this weeks edition of TDF Weekly! We love this chance to recap our week and share some of our favorite finds from the week. Let's get started!

What's Cooking:

  • Chewy Granola Cookies: To start, this is a recipe we have been using for years and it just doesn't get old. It has so many fun add ins, and has the best flavor! We enjoyed these with friends and family at a Cookies and Coke day! It was the perfect way to enjoy friends company without much work.
  • Chocolate Chex Party Mix: We are so excited about this new recipe! We partnered with Kroger to come up with a new recipe using Chex. This one is the perfect chocolate, nutty, combination. Give it a try!
  • Tamale Casserole: Next, this is such a fun and delicious option for Mexican night! We slightly tweaked the recipe recently, so make sure to check out the new online version.
  • Italian Peasant Soup: This has become one of our most popular recipes for good reason! It is absolutely delicious. Everyone who tries it loves it!

Favorite New Things:

  • Thanksgiving Meal Guide: Not to be dramatic, but this is a big deal. We are so excited about this! For the first time, we have created a complete Thanksgiving guide for you. Your menu is all planned out, and we even break down when to make what. This takes so much work out of the Thanksgiving meal. Which means more time with your family!
  • Madewell Saunter Sweatshirt: Next, I just bought this in navy and wear it as a pajama shirt. And it's now on sale! It is so light, you will never want to take it off!
  • Staub Mini Saucepan: We get asked about this little pan all the time! I keep it out on my stove because it is just too cute not to! Plus, I find myself using it all the time too when making sauce.

And that's a wrap! Have a wonderful week Fannies, we love you! We have so many fun things coming your way the next couple weeks so stay tuned!


Fired-Up Macaroni & Cheese

Fired-Up Macaroni & Cheese

We have been making this recipe for years and years. It is such a fun spin on the classic macaroni and cheese dish.

The cayenne and Tabasco fire up the dish and give it so much life! But don't worry, it doesn't have too much of a kick. We do not like super spicy, and this dish passes our test. It has a little fire and extra flavor, but not too much.

If you do not like any spice at all, then just leave out the cayenne pepper and Tabasco. But if you love a good kick, then add extra! You really can't go wrong.

Every once in a while, we like to mix things up and make this dish a little more sophisticated. To do this, we use a past other than macaroni, like a penne. This just makes it seem a little fancier for some reason.

If you would like to mix things up even more, you can leave out the bread crumbs entirely. If you are doing this, top the casserole with more grated Cheddar cheese for a cheesy crust. Either way, you will get a delicious macaroni and cheese with a crisp topping.

One of the best things about this dish is that it can be made ahead! This makes dinner time even easier. Put it all together early in the day when you have the time. Then add the topping and bake just before serving.

So next time you are craving some macaroni and cheese, give this yummy recipe a try. We love to serve it with fresh broccoli and some fruit. The whole family will love this one!

Fired-Up Macaroni & Cheese

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni or other pasta, such as penne
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/4 cup Kamut flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp French salt
  • 1/8-1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Crumb Topping:

  • 2-3 slices white bread
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and greese an 8x8-inch baking dish.

  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain well.

  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium heat in amedium saucepan and add flour. Stir with a spoon or whisk until the mixture is bubbly, about 1 minute. Add the milk, cooking and stirring until the mixture thickens. Add the salt, cayenne, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco. Stir for 1 minute.

  4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the Cheddar cheese and the 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Cook and stir over low heat until the cheese is melted in the pasta. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish.

  5. To make the crumb topping, tear the bread into small pieces and pulse in the food processor to make 1 cup crumbs. Mix in the butter and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over pasta mixture. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until hot and bubbly and the topping is browned to your liking.

  6. Serve woth cooked fresh broccoli seasoned with a little butter, salt, and pepper.

Chewy Granola Cookies

Chewy Granola Cookies

By this point, you know how much we love a good cookie. We love making them, eating them, pretty much everything about them! But all cookies are not created equal. We now introduce you to our Chewy granola cookies!

A friend of ours introduced us to these years ago. They are a fun spin on your classic chocolate chip cookie. We love the addition of oats, coconuts, cranberries, and corn flakes.

When you are making these, make sure you don't crush the corn flakes. The large chunks make the perfect texture! Most of the cookie is nice and soft, but with an unexpected crunch.

Do you see an ingredient you don't like? Skip it! You can use bran flakes instead of corn flakes. Dried apples or golden raisins make for delicious substitutes for the dried cranberries. The coconut, chocolate chips, and cranberries can be skipped all together if you aren't a fan. We love these cookies just the way they are, but feel free to make them your own.

While baking these, make sure you don't bake them for too long. They will become too crispy and not as flavorful. I prefer them on the crispier side, but make sure and watch them. When cooked just right, they are chewy and good to the last cookie.

This recipe makes a large amount of cookies. So have some friends over! Or make a plate for your neighbors. Or, put some in your freezer for a rainy day. Then just pull them out one by one to enjoy. We love doing this!

Part of the reason we love making cookies is how simple they are. In one bowl, add the sugars butter, vanilla, and eggs. If you have an electric mixer use it! But we find ourselves just using our Danish dough hook.

Then in a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Then add this to your first bowl. Now its time to add the oats, coconut, chocolate chips, cranberries, and corn flakes.

Finally, spoon your dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and they are ready for the oven! After only 10 minutes, the cookies will be ready for you to enjoy. Do you see why we love cookies so much?

Now get cooking and enjoy! These cookies are not ones to miss.


Chewy Granola Cookies

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Kamut flour (measure each cup a little under)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups corn flakes (not crushed)
  1. Position the rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together sugar, brown sugar, and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs continueing to beat well.

  3. In a seperate bowl add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Blend well and add to the dough mixture. Stir in oats, coconut, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and corn flakes.

  4. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Remove to cooling racks.

Chocolate Chex Party Mix

Chocolate Chex Party Mix

Have you ever had a Chex mix you didn't love? We don't think we have! Sometimes they are sweet, sometimes salty, but they are always delicious.

We have been making our Coconut Cereal Treats for years, and still think it is pretty amazing. The mixture of Corn Chex cereal, cinnamon, almonds, and coconut is hard to beat! But we decided we wanted to mix things up a little bit with a new chocolate version.

And what better time to try our new Chocolate Chex Party Mix than at the start of the Holidays? This is the perfect treat to bring to all your Holiday parties. All of your family and friends will love it.

The best thing about this dessert is you can get all the ingredients at your local Kroger store. True to our philosophy, this recipe doesn't use a ton of obscure ingredients. You can even use Rice Chex in place of Corn Chex if you would like to! We like to keep things simple, inexpensive, and most of all delicious. Just head to Kroger, and you will be all taken care of!

After trying Chocolate Chex, I knew I wanted to come up with something extra chocolatey. The chocolate covered almonds are the perfect addition. When you add these to the warm mix, the chocolate melts off the almonds and its amazing. It creates the perfect texture! And adding in the Corn Chex keeps the chocolate from being too overpowering.

And we know that nuts can be a little dangerous to bring to a party, so feel free to leave the almonds out. The mix won't be quite as perfect, but it will still be delicious.

Since coming up with this recipe, I have been making it on repeat at my house! My kids are obsessed, and request it multiple times a week! Its becoming a regular after school snack around these parts. So what are you waiting for? Head to the closest Kroger store near you, give this new Chex mix a try, and tell us what you think!

Chocolate Chex Party Mix

  • 1/2 cup Milk chocolate covered almonds
  • 3 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 1/2 cup Sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup Butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup Corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  1. Combine the Corn Chex, Chocolate Chex, almonds, and cocount in a large bowl.

  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the corn syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 4 minutes. Pour over the cereal mixture. Mix all ingredients well with a wooden spoon and serve.

  3. Store in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap.

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