Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I love good chewy and crispy chocolate chip cookies so if this is how you like them, then this recipe is for you!  I've had this chocolate chip cookie recipe for over 26 years. It originally came from a fellow teacher when I taught for USD #501 (yes that famous one - Brown vs the Topeka Board of Education-Supreme Court Case,) in Topeka, Kansas - my first year of teaching. I have made a few changes over the years but essentially it's pretty much the same. The original version did have nuts, but ...

Cinnamon Oodles – Oatmeal Snickerdoodles

These Cinnamon Oodles (Oatmeal Snickerdoodles) have to be one of my all-time favorite cookies. They are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.  If you love oatmeal cookies and snickerdoodles, you will really enjoy this scrumptious combination. Of course they have to go in the "Not so skinny, " category but it's the holidays so we all deserve a treat now and then. However if you make them with a small scoop (a little over an inch across), they are only 2 Freestyle Smart Points ...

Need a great mixer? Check out my new Nutrimill Artiste Mixer! Sale lasts until December 25th!

One of the perks of being a food blogger is getting to test out new products. I received this Nutrimill Artiste mixer (put in "gourmetdoneskinny" in the code section to get an unbelievable deal) last week. I had actually seen it last March at the Everything Food Conference and loved it. So imagine how excited I was when they sent me one to try! There was no pressure for a positive review but just my honest opinion. I'm still testing it out, but so far I absolutely love it! And that's saying ...

Healthier Homemade Apple Dumplings

I love homemade apple dumplings! Recently I pulled out my mom's recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook, (some of you know the exact cookbook I'm talking about - the red checkered one with the torn edges, pictures of women in 1950's with their aprons. And the new "modern" kitchen? It makes me chuckle every time I look at it). On a whim, I decided to put their apple dumpling recipe into WW Recipe Builder - 28 points or 802 calories per apple dumpling! Really? Are you kidding me? That's way too ...

Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Homemade Noodles

Why Homemade Noodles? I love to put homemade noodles in chicken noodle soup.  They remind me of my childhood.  My grandmother made the best homemade egg noodles.  As a young girl, I remember sitting on the kitchen stool in her tiny kitchen with avocado green appliances watching my Granny roll out the dough, cut the noodles with her big knife (the one pictured below), then carefully shake them out.  They were cooked in the broth she had made from baking a roast earlier in the day. She ...

Mandarin Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries, Mint and Pecans

The Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish! This Mandarin Wild Rice Salad recipe has been in our family for years. It's a hearty autumn salad with cranberries, pecans, green onions, and mandarins with a delightful orange vinaigrette.  It makes a perfect side for Thanksgiving or anytime as it goes great with many fall and winter dishes. I love it with roasted turkey, chicken or pork. When I had my tea room in California, I often served this in the fall in cute glass tea cups lined with spinach. Over ...

Cranberry Orange Scones

About this recipe These cranberry orange scones are definitely not your average English tea scone.  They are made with fresh cranberries and are light, fluffy, moist and delicious-more like biscuits. I do believe they are best the first day. Of course you can eat them the next day and even freeze them, (we'll talk about that later) but in my opinion, they are best right out of the oven! I modified my original recipe slightly to make them a bit more healthier. Decreasing the sugar, adding ...

Healthy Stuffed Delicata Squash with Spicy Chicken Sausage and Cranberries

Why do I love this recipe? This Healthy Stuffed Delicata Squash with Spicy Chicken Sausage and Cranberries recipe is one of my favorite dinners for three reasons: It is easy and comes together very quickly (under 30 minutes) if you already have the chicken sausage made in the freezer.  You can also buy chicken sausage but you may want to add your own seasonings. If you use my chicken sausage recipe, you don't need to add any spices. It's only 2 Freestyle Smart Points and very filling! ...

Quick and Easy Healthy Cilantro Pork Pot-Instant Pot/Slow Cooker

A healthy meal that everyone loves! This is one of my favorite and go-to recipes when I need an easy and quick meal.  Years ago when I published my 9th cookbook, Entertaining with Amy, I created this Quick and Easy Cilantro Pork Pot recipe for times when you needed an easy meal for your family that everyone likes. Basically you dumped all the ingredients in the crock pot and cooked it for 6-8 hours. However times have changed a bit, so I updated the recipe using my Instant Pot and now I ...

10 Healthy Recipes You Need to Make Now Before the Holidays

Why Do You Need to Make These 10 Healthy Recipes Now? Because of the craziness and stress of the approaching holidays! It's fall, you can feel the holidays approaching fast. Furthermore, you know the craziness that will be here in just a few short weeks. Yet you feel a bit helpless, as you have some time now, but know that's all going to change very quickly. These food centric holidays are coming and can be a nightmare at times for those of us trying to lose weight or even maintain our ...