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Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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A-hem!  Can I have your attention please?  I am fixin’ to share with you (yes, I’m working on my southern drawl) one of my favorite new recipes, and you do not want to miss it.  You will be skeptical at first, but don’t write it off until you try it.  Really folks, this is legit. […]

Island Jerk Burgers with Zesty Lime Coleslaw

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For the past year or so, I’ve had the privilege of testing recipes from Sargento, with the permission to share with you the ones that I end up loving (read: added to our household’s recipe pool).  This is how we came across our favorite burger and one of our best pizza combos. Recently, we tried […]

DIY Jerk Seasoning (Dry Spice Rub)

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No, I’m not calling you names.  The term “jerk” here is a cooking method, such as rubbing meat with a dry rub and barbecuing over a wood fire.  Recently, we tried a new recipe using jerk seasoning.  I had none in my pantry.  But, instead of running to the store to buy it, I found […]

Grilled Pork Kebabs with Southeast Asian Marinade

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It’s grilling season, folks, and I can’t be more excited!  Who am I kidding?  It’s grilling season year-round here.  I guess I’m just more excited now because I know more of you can share in this enjoyment with me!  Using the grill means fewer nights of cooking inside…which ultimately leads to less clean up in […]

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

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“Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One ‘a penny, two ‘a penny, Hot cross buns!” Was that the first song you learned on your musical instrument?  Unless you’re a natural Bach or Beethoven, then it probably was.  Now that the song’s stuck in your head, let’s talk about these sweet little pillows of heaven. Hot […]

Italian Easter Bread

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Easter is here!  Now that Ben and I have our own family, we are excited to start our own holiday traditions.  This bread made its mark with us this week, and I won’t be surprised if we continue making it every year for Easter now.  When I first saw this, I was very intrigued by […]

Roman Chicken Pizza

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There is this amazing lady we got to know during our 1 1/2 years in California, who inspires me on so many levels.  She is a loving mother, a loyal friend, a devoted worker, a faithful follower of Christ, and an outstanding cook!  Right before we moved, she made an Italian chicken dish for us […]

Easter Nest Sugar Cookies

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Happy Friday!  I’m leaving you this weekend with a fun little project you can do with your kids, or your friends’ kids, or just your friends.  (I have a wide demographic of readers, so you know where you fit in.)  The other day I baked up the miniature soft frosted sugar cookies and decorated them […]

Shaved Asparagus and Carrot Salad with a Creamy Citrus Dressing

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There’s not much to say about this one.  The other week’s Shaved Asparagus Pizza inspired me to incorporate my leftover shaved asparagus into a salad.  I also had carrots on hand, so I thought “why not give them a little shave, too?”  I then piled the ribbons over top a handful of lettuce, drizzled with […]

Falafel with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

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Don’t you dare close your computer window right now just because you were scared off by “falafel” in the title.  In fact, I am begging you to try this recipe before you write it off.  Some of you are already familiar with falafel and love it.  But, I know many of you have never heard […]

Food Blog Forum Orlando 2012

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Last week, I received a phone call from Julie (organizer of Food Blog Forum Orlando) that there was a cancellation for the food blogging conference I wanted to attend, but was sold out by the time I heard about it.  I was on the waiting list, and lucky for me, someone else backed out last […]

Memphis-Style Coleslaw

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Once upon a time, I hated coleslaw. That was a long time ago. Now, I still dislike most ‘slaws served in restaurants (as I mentioned before) but I love throwing together different variations at home. This recipe introduced me to a new type of spice I hadn’t used before, called celery seeds.  We use celery […]

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

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Do you eat dessert every night?  We don’t, but I really wish we did/could!  It probably wouldn’t be a wise choice, though, because dessert in my mind is something sweet and sugary, usually heavy laden with bad calories that push you over the edge.  I know dessert doesn’t have to be this way, but that’s […]

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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I’m on my way out of town for the weekend.  Although I wasn’t compelled to make any new St. Patrick’s Day recipes this year, you can always refer to past years’ recipes that I love. Have a great weekend!  And, don’t forget to wear green tomorrow! (Thanks to my friend, Rebekah, for the Saint Patrick’s […]

Shaved Asparagus Pizza

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Wednesday night is pizza night in our home.  It’s the day of the week that Ben teaches late, so for some reason that constituted pizza night in my mind.  Friday seems to be a popular day for families to enjoy their homemade pizzas, but we always seem to find a reason to go out on […]

Roasted Banana Cream Pie with Butterscotch Ganache

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Today is Pi Day, did you know?  Typically, every year I forget about this celebrated day until I open my Google reader and find many food bloggers posting a pie recipe.  Get it? Pi or Pie? Pi Day is not really to celebrate the food, pie, but instead is a day for mathematicians to recognize […]

Chicken Parmesan Pizza

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I love having pizza dough stocked in our freezer.  Just throw it in the fridge in the morning and it’s thawed and ready to shape for dinner in the evening.  Even better is having pizza toppings ready to toss on for a quick meal.  Such is the case with this pizza.  As Josie suggested when […]

Perfectly Puffy Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You must know that my favorite cookies are the Perfectly Puffy Chocolate Chip Cookies here on the blog.  They are Ben’s favorite, too.  But, you must also know that I have played around with different variations of it and this is one of my favorite variations.  It’s just a simple substitution of butterscotch pudding for […]

Cheers to Five Years! A KitchenAid Food Processor Giveaway! – CLOSED

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Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and has been on this blogging journey with me!  The winners (chosen randomly by Random.org) of the 5 products are listed below.  Congratulations!  You should receive an email from me shortly with further instructions.  Winner of the King Arthur Pastry Mat: Tonia, who said, “Congrads on the […]

How To Cook Rice on the Stovetop

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Steps and tips for how to cook white and brown rice on the stove with perfect results. For many years, I would try to cook rice on the stove top with unsuccessful results.  Most times I would end up with crunchy rice, and on rare occasions it would be extremely mushy.  I tried many different […]

Chocolate Chip Bumpy Cakes

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Since the day I shared the original Breakfast Bumpy Cake recipe with you, I have tried a couple of successful flavor variations.  One was suggested by a reader, but this one that I’m giving you today was just an obvious one that popped into my mind one morning.  In my household, we always love a […]