• Recipes,  Veggies

    Harvest Moon Salad

    This is a total copycat recipe of the Harvest Moon Salad from McMenamin’s Pub in Portland, Oregon. I happened upon this salad while attending Book Club this fall. Whenever I dine out, I usually try to get a meal that I cannot make at home. Salads are hardly ever included on this list. Yet, when I saw the ingredients list of goat cheese, candied pecans, a maple dressing & butternut squash; I had to try it! Well, wow! This Harvest Moon Salad is delicious I spent all week thinking of it & much like the New Seasons Coastal Kale Salad, I couldn’t get it out of my head until I…

  • Roasting Butternut Squash Recipe
    Recipes,  Veggies

    How to Roast Butternut Squash

    How to Roast Butternut Squash I often find myself googling, How to Roast Butternut Squash because I can never remember the exact roasting time! Below are my favorite tips & tricks for getting your butternut squash to cook perfectly! Butternut squash is something I did not grow up eating. If I remember correctly, I first cooked with it about ten years ago. I remember I didn’t know how to cut it, peel it or cook it. Basically, it was a totally foreign object to me. Since then, I’ve cooked with it numerous times. I love butternut squash in soup, salads & even just plain. It has a really rich &…

  • VPR Pregame Cocktail Recipe
    Drinks,  Recipes

    Vanderpump Rules Pregame Cocktail

    Vanderpump Rules Pregame Cocktail Sarah and her husband are all about trashy reality TV, and Vanderpump Rules is no exception.  Two of the show’s stars, Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval (the resident bartenders at Sur), have put out a long-awaited recipe book –  Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers, and we are stoked to make cocktails this season!  The first one I tried is the Vanderpump Rules Pregame Cocktail. Fancy AF Cocktails Fancy AF Cocktails has a section of “Trashy” Drinks that are intriguing.  They are based on the idea of making a good drink on the go.  The Pregame cocktail doesn’t sound good –…

  • Candied Pecans Recipe Book Blends Cinnamon
    Baking,  Party Food,  Recipes,  Sarah Slusher

    Candied Pecans Recipe

    Until recently, I did not like pecans. Being from the South, you can see how that is a problem. Pecans are a currency in the Southern US. Well, after trying candied pecans on a salad recently, I’m a true convert. Reasons You Will Love This Candied Pecans Recipe First, this recipe is so simple. Honestly, two bowls, a few ingredients & 45 minutes in the oven. Boom- you’ve got a sweet treat that does some good for you too. Pecans are nutritious & covered in sugar & spices, they are quite nice! Secondly, these pecans are an all-around great snack. Plenty of evenings, I’ve gotten a hankering for something sweet…

  • Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe
    Baking,  Recipes,  Sarah Slusher

    Pumpkin Cake Bars

    Pumpkin gets a bad rap these days. All these negative Nancys saying it’s “basic” & the pumpkin spice craze is just a cash grab. I’m here to tell you, you don’t need this kind of negativity in your life! And neither do I. Even the biggest hater of pumpkin-flavored items (my mom!) loves these Pumpkin Cake Bars. The cake is tender, yet sturdy. Even better, it is full of eggs & a whole can of pumpkin. This means I don’t feel bad when my kids eat an uniced piece for breakfast! Sheet Cakes for the Win Now, I love me a beautiful layer cake, but sheet cakes need love too!…

  • About,  Drinks,  Jessica Bierman,  Movies,  Recipes,  TV & Movies

    Pimm’s Cup

    Pimm’s Cup We are Downton Abbey obsessed this week! Well, we have been Downton Abbey obsessed for years.  All of us here at Really Into This rewatched the entire series to prepare for the movie.  One evening, Sarah and I were talking as she watched the episode with the Jubilee Picnic and there was an entire table full of Pimms No. 1.  We knew then and there we had to have a Pimm’s Cup pronto to feel like we were part of the party. Pimm’s No. 1 A Pimm’s Cup is one of the best cocktails to sip on a summer day.  It is a perfect combination of fresh fruit,…

  • Recipe for Cornish Pasties Downton Abbey cookbook
    Bianca B,  Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Cornish Pasties

    These Cornish pasties are hearty, handheld pockets of goodness. Meat and veggies wrapped in flaky pie crust. Pasties are a perfect afternoon snack or even dinner if paired with some greens. THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THESE CORNISH PASTIES If you know me, you know my love of Downton Abbey runs deep. Yes, I wanted to celebrate the release of the Downton Abbey Movie this week by baking something really British. No, I couldn’t tackle kidney pie or any of the other concoctions Mrs. Patmore and Daisy whip up on a daily basis. For years I’ve thought, “I should try making hand pies.” But I always get waylaid by wanting to make…

  • Photo of Madeleines
    Baking,  Recipes,  Sarah Slusher


    My friends, it is time. The Downton Abbey Movie is upon us. I only wish I had made these Madeleines sooner so I could sneak them into the theater with me! This recipe is direct from the Downton Abbey Cookbook, so I have high hopes. With any luck, I’ll make Ms. Patmore proud. Can I pretend I’m sitting with Anna & Mr. Bates while I enjoy this delicious & buttery cake with a cup of hot tea? Let’s Head to the Downstairs Kitchen This is my first time making Madeleines. First, you’ll need a Madeleine pan if you want to do it right. if you still want to give the…

  • Funfetti Cookie Bars with Icing Recipe
    Baking,  Recipes,  Sarah Slusher

    Funfetti Cookie Bars

    These Funfetti Cookie Bars are the stuff my dreams are made of. First, take a delicious sugar cookie with a hint of almond flavor. Next, top it with a delicious buttercream icing. Finally, top it with enough sprinkles to make anyone smile. This is a perfect dessert for any picnic, party or sweet weekday indulgence. The Inspiration Behind These Bars There is just something so special & fun about Funfetti Cake. Yes, I totally get that it’s just a vanilla cake with sprinkles. But to me, Funfetti exemplifies the fun part of baking. For years, I’ve thrown sprinkles into so many of my bakes. A sugar cookie with icing is…

  • New Orleans Beignets Recipe
    Baking,  Recipes

    New Orleans Beignets

    Since I can’t get down to the Bayou State on a whim, these New Orleans beignets will do the trick. When I was in New Orleans for Crime Con, I ate them almost every day. Also, my kids have The Princess and the Frog on heavy rotation this summer, so they asked for some of Tiana’s beignets! Surprisingly, these fried squares of dough are easy to make, super delicious & they pair perfectly with a strong cup of coffee. While I’m a purist at heart, I’m super tempted to eat these along with drinking chocolate, fresh fruit or even an Irish Coffee. Let’s dive in. It’s In The Dough New…

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