Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Cookies​

​​​Sometimes you want all the goodness of a full breakfast but need to take it on the go— so these 'cookies' were created to fill that need! Layers of egg, cheese, and sausage give these biscuit-like cookies lots of satisfying flavor! Serve with sour cream and taco sauce.​

​Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Serving: 11


4 ounces breakfast sausage
½ finely minced white onion
¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 medium eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 pinch freshly grated Parmesan cheese
⅛ teaspoon dried parsley


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper

Heat a non stick skillet over medium heat and cook sausage until crumbly, 3 to 5 minutes. Add in the onion and cook, stirring and breaking up the sausage until it is no longer pink. Transfer mixture to a paper towel-lined plate and drain for 3 to 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and parsley in a large bowl; whisking until well combined. Whisk in eggs until well combined. Add 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese and stir until mixed in. Spoon in sausage mixture and mix to form a thick batter.

Scoop out about a 1/4 cup of the mixture and drop onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each 'cookie' with Cheddar cheese and slightly flatten with your fingers.

Bake in the preheated oven until firm, about 10 minutes. If cookie is still a little soft, cook for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Good breakfast sausages for this recipe are Jimmy Dean® or Isernio's®. You can use 1/4 cup chopped green onion instead of white onion.

There are many variations you can take on this recipe. Use leftover taco meat and pepper jack cheese. Maybe add some cream to the mixture for a creamier cookie. Bacon with Gruyere and fresh parsley would be great too. Have fun with this!

​​​Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet 

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet is the BEST 20 minute meal packed with awesome Cajun flavor with shrimp, sausage and summer veggies This makes a great low carb meal and is also great for meal prep!

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Serving: 6


1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
14 ounce pork or chicken sausage sliced
2 medium sized zucchini sliced
2 medium sized yellow squash sliced
1/2 bunch asparagus sliced into thirds
2 red bell pepper chopped into chunks
Salt and Pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning


In a large bowl add the shrimp, sausage, zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, bell pepper and salt and pepper. Add olive oil and Cajun seasoning and toss until coated.

Add to a large skillet and turn to medium high. Cook for about 5-7 minutes until the shrimp is pink and the vegetables are tender.

Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve immediately

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 8
Yield: 1 9x13 inch casserole


1 (12.4 ounce) can Pillsbury® Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls with Icing
1 tablespoon Butter, without salt
3 large Egg, whole, raw, fresh
¼ cup Milk, reduced fat, fluid, 2% milkfat, with added vitamin A
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple flavored extract
1 teaspoon Spices, cinnamon, ground


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with melted butter

Cut each cinnamon roll into 8 pieces and put into the prepared pan.

Mix eggs, milk, vanilla extract, maple extract, and cinnamon together in a bowl and pour over the rolls.

Bake in the preheated oven until golden and set, 23 to 30 minutes. Cover with packaged icing and serve.

Baked Chicken and Rice Chimichangas

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4
Yield: 4 Chimichangas


1 ½ cups cooked shredded chicken
⅔ cup salsa
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (5.6 ounce) package Knorr® Fiesta Sides™ - Spanish Rice
1 ¼ cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
4 (10 inch) burrito-size flour tortillas
1 tablespoon canola oil
Optional Toppings:
Shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped tomato, cilantro, green onions, shredded lettuce, lime wedges


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the cooked shredded chicken with salsa, cumin, and oregano in a large bowl.

Prepare Knorr® Fiesta Sides™ - Mexican Rice according to package directions. Remove from the heat.

Stir rice and shredded cheese into the chicken mixture. Divide the mixture among flour tortillas; wrap and place seam-side down on a lined baking sheet. Brush with oil.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and crispy, about 20 minutes. Serve, if desired, with your favorite toppings.

​​​​​Southern Smothered Pork Chops in Brown Gravy

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 1 Hour
Additional: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 4
Yield: 4 Servings


4 tablespoons butter
1 onion, thinly sliced and quartered
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups beef broth
1 ½ cups sliced baby bella mushrooms, or more to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
4 center-cut pork chops
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
cooking spray


Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook onion and garlic in the butter, stirring occasionally, until is browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove onion and garlic and set aside.

Stir flour slowly into butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until flour is deep brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in broth. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, and parsley. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and brown in the hot pan, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Add gravy mixture from the saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat until tender and no longer pink in the centers, 30 to 40 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

​​​​​Baked Denver Omelet

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes
Servings: 4
Yield: 4 Servings


2 tablespoons butter
½ onion, chopped
½ green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped cooked ham
8 eggs
¼ cup milk
½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Salt and ground black Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 10-inch round baking dish.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in ham and continue cooking until heated through, 5 minutes more.

Beat eggs and milk in a large bowl. Stir in Cheddar cheese and ham mixture; season with salt and black pepper. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.

Bake in preheated oven until eggs are browned and puffy, about 25 minutes. Serve warm.

​​​​​​Homemade Egg Nogg

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 Minutes
Total:  6 hours 25 Minutes
Servings: 7
Yield: 7 Servings


12 large egg yolks
1 cup white sugar
4 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
7 tablespoons whipped cream, or to taste
7 pinches ground cinnamon


Cream egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Set aside.

Combine milk, whipping cream, and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture just begins to simmer with 1 to 2 bubbles every 2 to 3 seconds, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add a very small amount of hot milk mixture into egg yolk mixture while constantly whisking eggs. Continue adding small amounts of milk mixture, whisking until all has been added; transfer eggnog back into saucepan. Continue to cook over medium heat, constantly whisking, until liquid reaches 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Pour eggnog into a large pitcher, cover, and refrigerate 6 hours to overnight.

Blend cooled eggnog with an immersion blender until no lumps remain, about 1 minute. Ladle into 7 cups and top each with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

​​​​​​Easy Cinnamon Rolls​

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 25 Minutes
Total:  2 hours 20 Minutes
Servings: 20
Yield: 20 Servings


1 (1 pound) loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
3 tablespoons butter, melted
⅔ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon water, or as needed
⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
⅔ cup sifted confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 dash vanilla extract


Lightly grease 2 round cake pans with butter.

Roll bread dough out to an 6x18-inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Combine brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle over butter. Roll dough into a log, starting at the long edge. Moisten edge with water and seal. Cut log into 20 slices; arrange rolls, cut sides down, in prepared cake pans. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 90 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Pour heavy cream over dough.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Mix confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl; drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls to serve.

Air Fryer Tilapia

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Serving: 4


½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 ½ teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets, thawed if frozen
cooking spray
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley (Optional)
4 lemon wedges (optional)


Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Combine Parmesan cheese, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

Pat tilapia filets dry with paper towels. Spritz both sides with cooking spray, then press both sides of the filets into the Parmesan mixture. Shake off any excess, then spray again with cooking spray. Place in the basket of the air fryer.

Cook until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 6 to 8 minutes. You may need to cook the fish in 2 batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.

Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

*This recipe was developed using a 5 quart basket-style air fryer. Cooking time may vary if using a different style or size.

Tilapia cooked in the air fryer is ready in minutes. Crusted in Parmesan cheese it comes out wonderfully moist and flavorful. Serve with rice pilaf or roasted veggies.

​​​​​​Bang Bang Chicken​

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Additional: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serving: 4


⅓ cup milk
1 large egg
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes 
¼ cup potato starch
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon shichimi togarashi (Japanese red pepper condiment)
2 cups oil for frying, or as needed
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
1 teaspoon gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)


Whisk together milk and egg in a large bowl until well combined. Add chicken; stir to coat and allow to marinate for 15 minutes. Drain and discard egg mixture.

Combine potato starch, flour, salt, pepper, and shichimi in a medium bowl. Pour into a large plastic resealable bag. Add chicken; seal the bag and shake until chicken is well coated.

Heat 2 inches oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Working in batches of about 5 to 8 pieces at a time, cook chicken in hot oil for about 90 seconds. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate; keep each batch separate.

Increase oil temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). The oil should be continuously boiling at this point. Carefully re-add the first batch of chicken and fry for another 90 seconds. Remove to another paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining batches of chicken.

Mix together mayonnaise, honey, sweet chili sauce, and gochujang in a large serving bowl until combined. Toss fried chicken with sauce to coat.

This bang bang chicken is a wonderful Americanized version of an extremely popular Sichuan Chinese dish. With twice-fried chicken, you get the crispy fried breading you'd expect, and the bang bang sauce drizzle makes the entire dish spectacular. You'll love this more than any restaurant version. Pay attention to the notes in the directions.

Some tasty recipes to cook when on your stay on Pensacola Beach or if you are  Gulf Breeze, Pace, Navarre Beach or Pensacola Florida local resident when you are enjoying your vacation or staycation at your second home, condo, or townhouse at Navarre Beach or Pensacola Beach Florida.

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