Maple Pecan Buttercream Frosting

Maple Pecan Frosting from TheFoodCharlatan.com

This all-butter Maple Pecan Buttercream Frosting is great for any fall cake or cupcake. Maple makes for a very sweet frosting, but the pecans balance it out perfectly. So I'm making this frosting the other day with Charlotte, and it's going great. There is a cloud of powdered sugar in the air, spilt maple syrup on the counter, small, buttery fingers, and all the measuring cups are being lined up and realigned just so. Typical bake-with-mom frosting session. I taste the frosting and ask

Easy Baked Meatballs from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Easy Baked Meatballs

These easy, baked, no-chop homemade meatballs are perfect for making ahead and freezing. They are very easy to adapt. Skip the overpriced frozen ones at the store!  One time when I was a kid we were having a family gathering and my mom bought

Maple Pecan Granola with Cherries from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Maple Pecan Granola with Cherries

Granola is the best make-ahead breakfast. It's full of nuts and whole grains and healthy stuff, with a hint of maple and cinnamon. Pair it with some plain yogurt, milk, or a smoothie. It's so easy to make! Last week we decorated the house for

Bacon, Gouda, and Spinach Frittata from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Bacon, Gouda, and Spinach Frittata

A moist and flavorful frittata full of bacon and gouda. And spinach! And onions! Totally healthy, not to mention easy. A great breakfast or dinner option. I totally just had to google how to spell frittata. You win some you lose some, right? I

Halloween Cheesecake Parfaits from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Halloween Cheesecake Parfaits

These Halloween treats are super easy, plus you can make them ahead of time so that you have more time for partying. Crushed Oreos are layered with a 3-ingredient no bake cheesecake that you can tint any color you want.  So do you guys want to hear

The Food Charlatan's New Design!

The Food Charlatan’s New Blog Design!

Well here it is guys! I'm so excited! This new design has been in the works since June, and it's finally here just in time for my 3 year blog anniversary!  Can you believe it's been 3 years? I was going to make a cake for my blogiversary but

Beef Barley Soup from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Beef Barley Soup (Slow Cooker)

This soup is lovingly simmered on the stove or in the crock pot to produce the richest Beef Barley Soup I've ever tasted. Shredded carrots and potatoes give it fabulous, thick texture. I still remember the first time I walked into Eric's

Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Creamy Hot Sauce | TheFoodCharlatan.com // These are perfect (and easy!) appetizers for football watching!

Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Hot Sauce

These creamy bacon-stuffed mushrooms are drizzled with a spicy blue cheese sauce before being baked. Perfect as a football appetizer or easy dinner! Eric just tried to explain to me, for the 7,000 time, the difference between affect and effect. He

Pistachio-Pear Cucumber Salad | TheFoodCharlatan.com

Pistachio-Pear Cucumber Salad

 A simple and refreshing cucumber salad, autumn-ified with pears, pistachios, blue cheese, and cranberries. An easy and healthy fall side dish...to combat all the football food.  My mom came over right as I was finishing up this salad. I plopped a

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake | TheFoodCharlatan.com

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake

This cake starts out with melted butterscotch chips and just gets better from there. It is moist and chewy and almost brownie-like, except for the copious amounts of creamy vanilla frosting on top. This is pumpkin dessert at its finest, my

Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs | TheFoodCharlatan.com

Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

Chicken Tikka Masala flavors meet the classic and comforting meatball. An Indian-inspired easy dinner...with lots of sauce. Happy Saturday my friends! I sincerely hope you are reading this in bed and contemplating a weekend brunch. Brunch, because