Jacked sweet potato quesadilla

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Sweet potatoes are such a great alternative to potatoes and have so many health benefits. I love making French fries and burgers with sweet potatoes, but since my family loves a good Mexican meal I went ahead and made a sweet potato quesadilla. It was a hit we all loved it. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed. It’s super easy and great for a weeknight dinner. This is totally optional but you can microwave the sweet potatoes instead of boiling them.

3 large sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons, unsalted butter
Flour or whole wheat tortillas
2 slices pepper jack, per quesadilla
2 slices pancetta, per quesadilla, optional
Salt & pepper, to taste

Fill the pot about half full (you will need just enough water to cover the sweet potatoes) and add a dash of salt. Bring to boiling. Add sweet potatoes. Cover the pan and cook sweet potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes or until just tender on the outside but resistant in the center when pierced with a knife. Set aside to cool. Remove the skin of the sweet potatoes. Mash the potatoes, add butter, salt & pepper.

Take tortilla and spread the sweet potatoes. Top with cheese and pancetta. Fold tortilla over and place on a hot skillet. Press down and brown quesadilla for about 3-4 minutes per side.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #fallfest below:

Creative Culinary: Twice-Baked Jalapeno Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Streusel Topping
Homemade Delish: Jacked Sweet Potato Quesadilla
Healthy Eats: How Sweet It Is: 7 Sweet Potato Dishes for Every Palate
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Sweet Potato, Green Onion & Herb Pommes Anna
Red or Green: Sweet Potato “Nacho” Dip
Taste with the Eyes: Caramelized Upside-Down French Sweet Potato Pie {Tarte Tatin}
Dishin & Dishes: Bacon Poblano Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
The Mom 100: Sweet Potato Pie
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
FN Dish: Five 5-Star Ways to Get Your Sweet Potato Fix

Apple chips

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Sweet, simple, and healthy, these homemade apple chips have become a fall staple. 

It’s hard to believe that fall is finally here. Pass on the potato chips and instead try this easy and healthy idea: apple chips. Sure, you can buy apple chips at the supermarket, but if you look at the ingredients they are full of oils and preservatives. This at-home recipe is simple enough that the kids can help (after you do the slicing). Feel free to use any type of apple, or go ahead and try it with some pears. I hope you enjoy. 


  • 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar


Preheat oven to 200 F degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Wash and thinly slice apples (use a mandolin if you have one) and place them in a large bowl. Next, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over apples. Toss ingredients together.

Spread the apple slices on to the parchment. Bake for 1 hour, then flip and bake for another 1 hour to 1 ½ hours.

When done, let apples sit in the oven with the heat turned off for about an hour. Remove from oven and place in air-tight container.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #fallfest below:

The Lemon Bowl: Sparkling Apple Cider Punch
Creative Culinary: Boozy Apple Crisp
Homemade Delish: Apple Chips
Healthy Eats: 6 Healthy Treats to Make After Apple Picking
Daisy at Home: Fall Farmer’s Market Salad
Virtually Homemade: Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Apple Bars
TasteBook: Caramel Baked Apples with Cinnamon-Oat Crumble
Napa Farmhouse 1885: “Grownup” Caramel Apples
Red or Green: Caramel Apple Spiced Shortcakes
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Whole Grain Oat & Millet Pancakes with Shaved Apples
Domesticate Me: Roast Chicken, Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese
Taste with the Eyes: Classic Apple Tarte Tatin with Cognac and Crème Fraîche
FN Dish: Quickest, Easiest Apple Dessert Recipes




Harvest Dinner at Jenkintown Whole Foods Market

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One of my favorite places to shop and grab food on the go is Whole Foods Market in Jenkintown.  They came up with a great idea. This Thursday September 24th Whole Foods will be hosting a 4 course Harvest dinner. This is the perfect way to begin the fall season.   A fresh and delectable tasting menu, curated by our talented chefs and inspired by the flavors of the late summer and early fall. $25 a person will include 4 courses, and 1 raffle ticket towards great prizes. All proceeds benefit the Whole Kids Foundation and their work to get fresh food into schools.

I’ll be giving away 2 tickets to tomorrow nights event. Visit me on either Facebook, Instagram or twitter to find out how to win. Good Luck! 


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Buick Encore 2015

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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of testing out the new Buick Encore. I think It’s safe to say Buick has become my foodie car. Encore I say is the baby of the Buick brand, because it’s tiny and cute. It’s perfect for our millennials out there. The interior is super stylish with all the great features, an OnStar system with Wi-Fi connectivity and a new Experience Buick option package that combines: a navigation system, a power sunroof and chrome alloy wheels. The only things that I have to point out about the encore is its manual seat adjustment and the screen on the dash board are a little small for the LCD display. But I have confidence that Buick will adjust these things. You can’t beat the gas mileage 25 city/ 33 highway for a mini SUV. This little guy seats 5 people with a trunk size of 18.8 cubic feet.  Encore has a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The Encore comes in four trims: Base, Convenience, Leather and Premium. Safety is a must when driving a car and encore includes dual front airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags, side-curtain airbags and seat-mounted side torso airbags. A rearview camera is also standard, as are 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and GM’s StabiliTrak stability control system. Available features include forward-collision alert, front and rear park assist, and a lane-departure warning system. Buick has come a long way from the granny car. All in all its a great little ride with exceptional price point. For more information Buick Encore or any of the other models visit www.buick.com

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Homemade Poptarts


Sweet treats aren’t a hard sell, but somehow, we’ve decided to up the allure. Meet the homemade Pop-Tart on a stick. Inspired by the requests of some creative kiddos, this dessert is great alternative to store-bought pastries, which can be loaded with artificial colors and flavors. Ours, instead, opt for fresh fruit and no preservatives. You won’t need them anyway — these will disappear pretty quickly.


  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash
  • 2 pie crusts (homemade or from the freezer section)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Create your fillings. For the banana filling, mix cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of sugar with mashed bananas. For blueberry filling, mix blueberries with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. For strawberry filling, mix strawberries with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.

Next roll out the pie crust and cut into desired rectangle sizes. Take about a teaspoon of filling and place onto the center of rectangle pie crust. Now take another piece of the rectangle pie crust and lay it on top to seal. Using a fork go around the dough to make little dents. Take egg wash and brush top of tart.

Slowly insert the stick into the bottom of the tart.  Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool and enjoy.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #fallfest below:

The Lemon Bowl: Yogurt Banana Splits with Muesli
Devour: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes That Make Food Disappear Faster Than Houdini
Homemade Delish: Homemade Poptarts
Virtually Homemade: Gluten-Free Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Glaze
Creative Culinary: Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
Healthy Eats: 6 Kid-Approved Finger Foods with a Healthy Twist
Taste with the Eyes: Banana Split Pavlova – A “Sick” Dessert For Both Adults and Kids!
Daisy at Home: Chewy Granola Bars
Weelicious: Hummus Veggie Wraps
FN Dish: A Whole Week’s Worth of Back-to-School Lunches



SkyBrunch at the Top of The Tower

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I had the pleasure of taking the family to this beautiful SkyBrunch at the Top of the Tower. The views and the food were fantastic a must try. The buffet is endless and the brunch cocktails are out of this world delicious. Philadelphia’s loftiest brunch experience is at the Top of the Tower {atop the Bell Atlantic Tower at Three Logan Center}.  A celestial dining experience 50 floors above the city and featuring a copious buffet of brunch classics punctuated by local purveyors and artisan flair, featuring views of city and beyond in every direction.

SkyBrunch stations include: The Panorama — with breakfast pastries, fresh fruit and berries, Metropolitan granola, yogurt parfait; The Sunny Side — featuring Omelets made-to-order, baby Yukon home fries, pecan-smoked bacon, house-crafted pork sausage and turkey sausage, chive and crème fraiche scrambled eggs;  The Landscape — includes pepper-cured prime rib, honey-ginger glazed Berkshire ham, pasta du jour, vegetable du jour, house-made soups, salads; The Outlook — featured honey-stung fried chicken, pecan waffles, crème brûlée brioche French toast, Pennsylvania Wilds pure maple syrup;  The SeaScape —a wave of oyster and crab claw shooters, Shrimp en Barigole variety of duck trap smoked salmon, Zento sushi;  Charcuterie — assorted cured meats and artisan cheeses, pickled vegetables, crostini, mustards.  The View (Sugar High) — house-made chocolate-dipped strawberries, assorted mini-desserts, cookies, brownies.

SkyBrunch service will be from 10 am-2 pm on Sundays for $50 per person; and $25 for children 12 under. Guests five years of age and under are free of charge. Guests wishing to park on site in the underground garage can do so for just $10 on Sundays.

Having your head in the clouds doesn’t mean you’re not grounded — oh yes we did — and that’s why the Top of the Tower will donate a $1 from every cover at SkyBrunch to Philadelphia’s Clean Air Council, while inviting guests to match the donation, if they so choose, with a line on each guest check. Tweet: #SkyBrunch

The Pope is coming to Philadelphia, how about a skybox seat to watch as the pope makes his way through town.

Caelum Cena Sunday, September 27, 3:30 pm – 10 pm

Top of the Tower opens for the solemn high mass as the Holy Father celebrates on Eakins Oval, on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Top of the Tower invites guests to the 51st floor balcony for photos and an outdoor view of the event. During mass, Top of the Tower plans to stream a remote broadcast of the event. Sunday night supper buffet will be served following mass. Table space for mass followed by dinner and exclusive access to the balcony and SkyBar is $175 per person, inclusive of taxes and gratuity. Seats for Caelum Cena—a more than six-hour event—must be purchased in advance.  

Top of the Tower will donate $5 per Caelum Cena guest to the Francis Fund. The Francis Fund is a special fund in honor of Pope Francis’ visit, and will be used to help Philadelphia and Camden citizens struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty via Sister Mary Scullion and PROJECT HOME. Top of the Tower is encouraging guests to match their contribution at the time of reservation.

To make reservations for any of Top of the Tower’s exciting programming during the Papal Visit, please visit: www.skybrunch.com/reservations

Tweet: Now @TopoftheTower takes #PopeInPhilly to new heights with extended #SkyBrunch, SkyBar and SkySupper! #WMF2015

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Kerrygold Mac and Cheese

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Mac and cheese to me is a staple of comfort food. I haven’t made homemade mac and cheese in a while, so I wanted to give it a try with one of my favorite brands of cheese and butter Kerrygold. I used Kerrygold aged cheddar and creamy dubliner cheese wedges. For the base of the sauce I used the unsalted Kerrygold butter. This is perfect for this weekend’s festivities of Labor Day. Your guests or host will not be disappointed. 

7 oz Kerrygold aged cheddar, shredded
8 Kerrygold dubliner cheese wedges 
2 tablespoons Kerrygold unsalted butter 
1/2 cup all purpose flour 
3 cups whole milk, hot 
1 cup heavy cream, hot 
Salt & pepper, to taste 
1 package orecchiette pasta
Pinch nutmeg 
1/2 cup crispy pancetta, more if desired 
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped for garnish 
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add salt. Add the pasta and cook for 10 to 11 minutes, until al dente. Drain well. Set aside.
Next melt butter in a large saucepan and whisk in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk. Slowly whisk in the hot milk and cream. Cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly, until the white sauce is thickened and creamy. Now take off of the heat, add the Aged Cheddar and dubliner wedges, salt,pepper to taste and nutmeg. 
Take the cheese sauce and pour over drained and cooked pasta. Stir until everything is well incorporated. Top with pancetta and parsley. 

Festive Champagne Punch

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Give a final burst of summer this Labor Day weekend with this delicious Prosecco punch. It’s packed with flavor and super refreshing on these last couple days of heat. This drink would actually be really enjoyable around the holidays too. Feel free to add your favorite fruits. Your guests will be coming back for more, so make sure to stock up.

1/4 cup private stock dark rum 
1 whole bottle of prosecco 
1/2 grapefruit, sliced 
1 cup fresh raspberries 
1 can of Sanpellegrino Aranciata Soda Pomegranate and Orange
Fresh basil leaves, optional for garnish 
Pour all of the above ingredients in a punch bowl or a large pitcher, stir, garnish, pour and enjoy. 
Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #SummerSoiree below:

The Lemon Bowl: Lemon Garlic Chicken Kabobs
Bacon and Souffle: Roasted Shrimp Orzo
The Hungry Traveler: Ginger Vanilla Fruit Salad
Homemade Delish: Festive Champagne Punch
Dishin & Dishes: Savory Tomato, Roasted Garlic and Mozzarella Tart
Creative Culinary: Zucchini and Cream Cheese Casserole
TasteBook: Apple-Pecan Chicken Salad
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Batter Fried Pepper with Tzatziki Sauce
Healthy Eats: 6 Fall-Forward Recipes for Your Labor Day Celebration
Domesticate Me: Lobster Avocado Toast
Taste with the Eyes: “Margarita” Salmon Burger with Tequila, Lime, and Hatch Chiles
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Grilled Shrimp & Peaches with Arugula Pesto
Red or Green: Spicy Greek Chickpea Spread
The Heritage Cook: Smoked Chicken Salad (Gluten-Free)
The Mom 100: Yogurt Berry Pops
FN Dish: The Last Hurrah: Grill Absolutely Everything on Labor Day


Crystal Springs Resort Giveaway

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It’s giveaway time. I haven’t done a giveaway in a while and this one is super awesome. As you may have seen I did a review for Crystal springs resort Grand Cascades Lodge. Well this is your chance to win a 1 night stay in a 1 bedroom suite. Follow the instructions below and Good Luck!

All you have to do to enter, is leave a comment at one or more of the following Homemade Delish social pages, or this site.  Good luck everyone.

1. Join Homemade Delish and Crystal Springs Resort on Facebook. Leave a separate comment letting us know you did so.

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The giveaway is open until Wednesday, September 9th  at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. The giveaway is only open to USA residents. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s). Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. We will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Voucher for 1 night stay will be sent by Homemade Delish. Good luck!