Asparagus Egg Bake

by Katie on April 15, 2014

Spring is upon us! Or so I thought…until this lovely day of April 15th. Not only is it tax day, my Aunt’s birthday, and the eve of my Mom’s birthday, but it’s a day to go down in history because it snowed here in Cincinnati.  And not a few flakes…real snow.

Snow in the middle of April. This is ridiculous!!!!

Last Friday we decided that we were going to head out of town for a short trip to Knoxville and take advantage of the beautiful Spring weather we were going to have  - 80 degrees on Saturday and Sunday!

We have been working on house projects forever (and will be for quite some time) and we have no other weekends free of cakes, work, and other obligations until July.   We are going to Colorado for a little Rocky Mountain hiking fun in June, but we needed something before that.

So we took off…without much planning.

It was great – I love Knoxville! We went to all of our favorite local restaurants, drove the Dogwood Trails to see the beautiful homes and Dogwoods in bloom, and headed to the Smoky Mountain National Park on Sunday and spent some time sitting on massive rocks with our feet in the water.   Then it was back home on Monday night!

We did this same trip last April and it’s becoming a getaway tradition!

Asparagus Egg Bake - The Cutting Back Kitchen

And now…the recipe for today…Asparagus Egg Bake!  This Asparagus Egg Bake is perfect for an Easter brunch, a shower, or just any old spring day!

I made it for just any old day!  It was so fresh and delicious!

Asparagus Egg Bake - The Cutting Back Kitchen

Egg Bakes are super simple to whip up and really take no time. That’s what makes them perfect for brunches! Just stir together and pop in the oven. Can’t get much easier!

I like this type of breakfast casserole because it seems lighter than a lot of other recipes. There’s no bread or meat in it and I personally like this light veggie variety the best. It has plenty of asparagus, red bell pepper and kale in it.

Oh, and cheese.  Can’t forget the cheese.  The cottage cheese may sound strange, but it melts away and you can’t taste it at all.  Trust me…I don’t care for cottage cheese by itself.  Actually, I’ve never really tried it, but you get my point.

Asparagus Egg Bake is very similar to my recipe for Green Chile Egg Bake. It’s super light and airy and just wonderful. You have to give it a try soon!

Asparagus Egg Bake - The Cutting Back Kitchen
Asparagus Egg Bake


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups frozen kale or spinach**
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour, I use GF flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pint cottage cheese
  • 12 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • dash hot sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sauté the asparagus and red pepper in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add in the frozen spinach or kale and sauté about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Mix the eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, cottage cheese, butter and 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese. Add in the veggies. Place the mixture in a greased 9x13 baking dish and top with the remainder of the cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes - or until set.


** I buy frozen kale and spinach that has been flash frozen so it's easy to remove from the bag without it being one massive clump that has to be thawed first. This may be obvious to some, but I didn't know they sold it this way until the past year or so!?!


10 Delicious Easter Dessert Ideas

by Katie on April 11, 2014

Dessert happens to be my favorite part of any dinner.  I always look forward to it!  I thought I would share some delicious looking recipes that I came across on Pinterest.  They all look so amazing and a few of them are also gluten-free!

10 Delicious Easter Treats you MUST Make

I sure do love me some lemon desserts! These Lemon Mascarpone Cupcakes   from Your Cup of Cake look amazing and I see myself trying these with a gluten-free cake mix in the very near future!!

10 Delicious Easter Desserts - Lemon-Mascarpone-Cupcakes

These Cheesecake Carrots from Hungry Happenings are the most clever thing ever!! Everyone loves cheesecake (don’t they?) and this is a great way to take it up a few notches!

10 Easter Dessert Recipes - Cheesecake Carrots

Besides lemon and all things peanut butter, Carrot Cake has my heart! I absolutely LOVE it! And this Carrot Cake Roll from Crazy for Crust seems like a perfect addition to Easter dinner.

10 Easter Dessert Recipes - Carrot Cake Roll

These Krispie Treat Chicks from Cookies and Cups have a little Cadbury Egg hidden inside! How fun, right?

10 Easter Dessert Recipes - Krispie Treat Chicks

This Carrot Cake Fudge from Inside BruCrew Life looks amazing! It’s even topped with Cream Cheese Fudge. Could it get any better?

Easter Dessert Round Up - Carrot Cake Fudge

Not only does this Lemon Angel Pie from Your Homebased Mom look delicious, but it is gluten-free! I will be giving this recipe a try for sure!

Easter Dessert Round Up - Lemon Angel Pie

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Egg Blondies from I Wash You Dry looks like a pretty tasty treat!

10 Easter Treats - Easter Peanut-Butter-Blondies

These Cream Cheese Mints are always a hit! They are simple to make and are the most delicious candy – plus they are gluten-free!

Easter Dessert Recipe - Cream Cheese Mints

Here is another gluten-free goodie. These Coconut Macaroon Nutella Cookie Nests from Two Peas and Their Pod combine two of my favorite things – coconut and nutella! Yum!
Easter Dessert Round Up

Last but not least, we have Lemon Whoopie Pies with Fresh Raspberry Filling from Tatertots and Jello. Aren’t they so pretty!
Easter Dessert Recipes


Try HoneyBaked This Easter

by Katie on April 10, 2014

This is post is sponsored by HoneyBaked.  All opinions of their products are my own.

Easter is right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but I don’t really look forward to making a big meal for Easter. We are all busy and the last thing we want to do is spend the day in the kitchen, right? Well, HoneyBaked is ready to make it easy on you this year…and I think your family would be happy to enjoy a HoneyBaked Ham for dinner – they are amazing!

HoneyBaked sent me to my local HoneyBaked Ham store to check it out, try some of their products and share my thoughts!  I went to the Colerain location here in Cincinnati. I think they thought I had lost my mind at first because I wanted to take pictures – oh the crazy things we bloggers have to do! When they figured out that I wasn’t crazy they were all so friendly and very helpful!

Honeybaked Easter

I’m not normally a fan of ham, but I really enjoy HoneyBaked hams. They are so delicious and I love their crunchy glaze. Their hams are slow-roasted and smoked and each ham is glazed by hand with their signature glaze. They also sell turkeys which are topped with the same signature sweet and crunch glaze. (I tried the turkey and it’s delicious, too!).

It will cost you more to purchase a HoneyBaked Ham, rather than making a ham yourself, but just think of the time you will save that you can spend with your loved ones. And to be honest…I’ve yet to have a ham that is as good as HoneyBaked…they are just the best!!

I bought a small boneless ham on this visit and ordered a ham for Easter dinner at my Mom’s. I was going to make the ham and now I don’t have to worry about it…I can just pick it up and save myself the hassle. I think my family will be pleased to have such a delicious main dish, too!

Four of the six of us in my family have different food allergies (which is terrible to work around)…and we can all eat HoneyBaked Ham. Another awesome plus, right?

Honeybaked Easter

You can get everything you need for your meal at HoneyBaked! They have a refrigerated section with chicken, turkey and ham salads. They also have different cold side dishes which are made in store. The Broccoli Bliss Salad is wonderful – I had that last time!

I also love their bacon which is coated with the same glaze. Amazing!!

They also have a freezer full of frozen sides dishes and even some desserts. The Garlic Mashed Potatoes are great and gluten free.

HoneyBaked Easter

I worked up an appetite while I was there so I took a little look at their menu. My goodness…they had a ton of different things you could order! I opted for a salad and a coke!

Honeybaked Easter

I had to take a picture of my Chef Salad! Isn’t it FULL of toppings – turkey, ham, bacon and cheese?!? I couldn’t believe how much was on it and it was $6 and some change – that’s a great deal!

I’ve had great experiences with HoneyBaked Ham and you can’t go wrong with them this Easter!

Honeybaked Easter

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Orange Creamsicle Fudge

by Katie on April 8, 2014

Do you love Orange Creamsicle flavor? I make a Creamsicle cake and there are people that go nuts over the idea, and then there are the Creamsicle haters that would never give it a thought. I think it’s just one of those things that people are on either side of the fence on.  Or at least that’s what I’ve found to be the case.

So which side are you on?

I would have to say that I’m not much for orange flavor in a lot of things, but I do LOVE this fudge. I got the recipe from my friend Tina back when she blogged and had to give it a try since it sounded so different. It’s been made each Christmas since and it’s a family favorite!

We love it so much and I got to thinking about why I only make it for Christmas?   After all, the orange flavor (and color) would be perfect for Easter, right? Why not enjoy Creamsicle Fudge a little more often?

So, here you have it – Delicious Creamsicle Fudge that is perfect for Easter! You can even make it ahead of time and have it out of the way!

I know fudge can be intimidating for some people, but trust me when I say that this is a super easy fudge recipe. I don’t think you could mess this up!

Orange Creamsicle Fudge - The Cutting Back Kitchen

Creamsicle Fudge

Yield: 2 1/2 pounds


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 package (10 - 12 oz.) vanilla or white chips
  • 1 (7 oz.) jar of marshmallow creme
  • 3 tsp. orange extract
  • orange food coloring (or 12 drops yellow food coloring and 5 drops red food coloring)


  1. Grease an 8x8 pan with 1 1/2 tsp. of butter and set aside.
  2. In a heavy saucepan combine the sugar, cream, and butter. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in chips and marshmallow creme until smooth.
  3. Working quickly, remove one cup of fudge and set aside. Add orange extract and food colorings to remaining mixture. Stir until well blended. Pour into prepared pan. Drop the reserved white fudge mixture by the teaspoon over the top. Cut through the mixture with a knife to swirl. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Cut and serve.


Bird’s Nest Treats {Flashback Friday}

April 3, 2014

It’s almost Easter, everyone…and that means it’s time to make Bird’s Nest Treats! For some reason it snuck up on me this year.  Not sure how that happened, but here we are just two weeks away! I first made these adorable treats several years ago and I think they are just the cutest little things […]

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Coffee Punch

April 1, 2014

Today I’m sharing  one of my favorite party or shower recipes – Coffee Punch!! I shared it as a contributor post for Blissfully Ever After back in the fall, but I figured now would be a great time to feature it here at The Cutting Back Kitchen. Why? Well…we are getting into “shower season”! That […]

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Menu Plan Monday

March 31, 2014

It’s another busy week of house projects here! I’m not so excited about painting 17 new doors, but I am excited to be working outside in the Spring weather!!  Working in the basement all week last week got old!  It’s finally warm enough to be outside.  I’m hoping the Spring weather sticks around! This was […]

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Asparagus Quinoa Salad – Contributor Post

March 25, 2014

Are you ready for spring? I know, I know…it IS spring…but it sure doesn’t feel like it here in Ohio. We got a taste of it last week and then it was gone. I’m so ready for nice weather! This Asparagus Quinoa Salad recipe is a great spring recipe! And even if it doesn’t feel […]

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Menu Plan Monday

March 24, 2014

This week we are still working on these crazy home projects (and it seems we will be working on them for the next 30 weeks straight), so I’m keeping the menu super simple again. My dad and Daniel installed our new doors this weekend. I didn’t really get to put a door in, but at […]

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Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs {Crock Pot and Just 4 Ingredients}

March 20, 2014

My goodness – this crazy week has just flown by. Removing baseboards has consumed a decent amount of my time. In the middle of it all I realized we have a lot of baseboards… I had a hard time Monday and struggled to get out what I could with my tools, but a quick trip […]

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