Recipes

12 New Treats

#12NewTreats :: January :: Boston Cream Poke Cake

So I have two projects going on this year – #52NewEats which is where I make a new recipe every week, and #12NewTreats which is where my daughter and I bake a new dessert recipe each month. If she had it her way, we’d make a new dessert each week, but I managed to convince
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Galaxy Ice Cream

#12NewTreats :: February :: Galaxy Ice Cream

Now that March is almost over, I figured it was the perfect time to post about our February #12NewTreats recipe!  😂 My daughter picked this recipe because she is obsessed with rainbows and ice cream, so it was perfect for her. The recipe itself was very easy to make – I would not have done
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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

#12NewTreats :: March :: Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

In case you were unaware, March is my birthday month! I normally like to celebrate as many times as possible, going to as many restaurants as people feel like taking me to, eating as much as people feel like feeding me. This year was no bueno. I woke up on my birthday with a sore
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Chocolate Pie

#12NewTreats :: April :: Chocolate Pie

So.  Here’s what I have to say about the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Chocolate Pie. It was really friggin’ easy. It was really friggin’ amazingly delicious. I am already salivating at the thought of making it again. I might just turn it into pudding next time and skip the pie shell. I might just make
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Unicorn Fudge

#12NewTreats :: May :: Unicorn Fudge

So we are a little late on posting about our May recipe for #12NewTreats… oops!  We totally made this at the end of May and then I blinked and the month of June was gone and July was upon us… So anyway.  My daughter is all pink and purple and rainbows and unicorns and mermaids
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The Worst Chocolate Chip Cookies

#12NewTreats :: June :: The Worst Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had a massive craving for chocolate chip cookies recently, and went off to my Pinterest to see if I could find a recipe for one that wouldn’t necessarily require me to go out and buy anything special.  With chocolate chip cookies, I am partial to soft cookies – I am not much a fan
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Chocolate Blackout Cake

#12NewTreats :: July :: Blackout Chocolate Cake

//Pinch of Yum// is one of my biggest food blog inspirations.  Sometimes I feel like Lindsay has my voice, like she writes in the exact way I think and talk (but have yet to figured out how to get into printed word).  The very first recipe I posted on this blog was a nachos recipe
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Chocolate Pudding

#12NewTreats :: August :: Chocolate Pudding

In case you haven’t been able to tell as of yet, my daughter is a bit of a chocoholic.  What kid isn’t though, right?  So when we started searching for the next recipe we were going to make for our 12 New Treats project, it didn’t surprise me one bit that she pointed her finger
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52 New Eats

#52NewEats :: Week 1 :: Not Quite J. Alexander’s Mac and Cheese

As part of my 2017 new year’s resolutions, I would like to make one new recipe every week.  I’ve been in something of a cooking rut lately – creativity has escaped me, thanks to the stress of moving and renovating a house – and am looking for some inspiration and some new foods to drool
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#52NewEats :: Week 2 :: Nachos Blanco

So ya had to know it was only a matter of time before one of the new recipes I wanted to try was a nachos recipe, right?  🙂 This week’s recipe comes to you from Sunny Anderson a la Food Network fame.  I watched the episode these nachos were featured on, oh, I don’t know,
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#52NewEats :: Week 3 :: Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese

Hey ya’ll!  For this week’s 52 New Eats recipe I chose another mac and cheese dish – primarily because my daughter LOVES Brie cheese, and LOVES Ritz crackers, and I though, why wouldn’t she LOVE this?! Silly me.  🙄 She’s too picky I suppose.  She didn’t like this mac and cheese, but I thought it
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#52NewEats :: Week 4 :: Creamy Asiago Cheese Garlic Tortellini

For this week’s 52 New Eats recipe, I chose – yet another – sorry not sorry but actually yes a little sorry – pasta recipe.  This week though, my daughter picked it out, and she wanted to choose because she hasn’t liked any of the recipes I’ve made so far.  🙄  I know, I know.
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Cacio e Pepe

#52NewEats :: Week 5 :: Cacio e Pepe

Over the summer, I took a girls overnight trip to NYC with my mom, sister, and daughter.  We had dinner at this amazing restaurant called //Cacio e Pepe//, and the whole reason we went was so we could eat… cacio e pepe.  I had seen some //videos on Instagram// of them mixing up the pasta
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Cheesy Gordita Crunch

#52NewEats :: Week 6 :: Taco Bell’s Cheesy Gordita Crunch

As much as I love fancy pants Mexican food, there will always be a place in my heart for good old Taco Bell.  There’s just something about that warm spicy saucy beef, fake cheese sauce, and salty taco sauces that will always bring me back.  I always always always get the same thing at Taco
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Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

#52NewEats :: Week 7 :: Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

Ohhhh, this pork loin recipe!  Folks, I was quite pleased with this recipe.  I definitely recommend it!  I wouldn’t make this on a weeknight, but it’s a great recipe for Sunday dinner.  😊  The gravy is very flavorful, the pork turned out oh so tender, and served with my //balsamic potatoes//, it made for a
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Salsa Baked Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 8 :: Salsa Baked Cheese

Chips and salsa is one of our FAVORITE snacks around here.  And //this salsa// is one of our favorites. My daughter is so picky.  SOOOO picky.  SO.  PICKY.  And I don’t even know how she got that way because her father and I are pretty good eaters.  But she does like chips and salsa.  If
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Buffalo Cheese Fondue

#52NewEats :: Week 9 :: Buffalo Cheese Fondue

Buffalo cheese fondue is another one of those recipes I pinned some time ago and WAS SO EXCITED TO MAKE and then just… never… made it.  Which is the whole point of the #52NewEats project!  To force me to go and make some of these recipes I’ve collected over the years. And like a total
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Soft Pretzel Bites

#52NewEats :: Week 10 :: Soft Pretzel Bites

After a few weeks of #52NewEats recipes that fell flat with my daughter, I thought I’d look for something more up her alley.  And voila!  I found this recipe pinned from way back in da day for soft pretzel bites. My kid LOVES soft pretzels.  Like every time we go to Target – “Mom can
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Beef Enchiladas with Chipotle-Pasilla Gravy

#52NewEats :: Week 11 :: Beef Enchiladas with Chipotle-Pasilla Gravy

I’m not sure if you’ve paid much attention or not, but, I love Mexican food.  LOVE.  Mexican food.  Nachos are my absolute favorite food ever, but, enchiladas come in as a close second. I typically prefer chicken enchiladas, but these beef enchiladas caught my eye some time ago, mostly because of the enchilada sauce recipe.
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Paleo Bearnaise Sauce

#52NewEats :: Week 12 :: Paleo Bearnaise Sauce

A few years ago, before it became ridiculously popular and was still relatively unheard of, I went strictly Paleo for more than a month (no grains, no sugar, no dairy, no legumes) and saw some serious results in the way I looked and felt.  Paleo was really hard for me to maintain though, because I
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Paleo Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

#52NewEats :: Week 13 :: Paleo Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

I could eat cashews all day long.  I love them so much, but sometimes you want them to have some flavor, right?  So twice in the past 6 months I have attempted to make ______ Roasted Cashews, and I will now say, NEVER AGAIN.  Leave the flavored roasted cashews up to the experts, and just
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Copycat Chili's Queso

#52NewEats :: Week 14 :: Copycat Chili’s Queso

My brother is not shy about proclaiming his love for specific restaurants or dishes.  In fact, he can be downright forceful in his opinion.  “NO.  D’ALESSANDRO’S HAS THE BEST CHEESESTEAKS IN PHILADELPHIA.  I DARE YOU TO FIND ONE BETTER.”  Sometimes, I have found him to be right, and sometimes I just think to myself, oh
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Buttermilk Cornbread

#52NewEats :: Week 15 :: Buttermilk Cornbread

Holy cow! Let me just start by saying that I don’t think I can say enough good things about this cornbread.  This buttermilk cornbread was absolutely amazing.  I love cornbread but I don’t often make it at home because it can be dry, crumbly, and just kind of generally unsatisfying.  BUT NO MORE! This recipe
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Million Dollar Mac and Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 16 :: Million Dollar Mac and Cheese

It should come as no surprise to any of you that I’ve been a huge fan of Grilled Cheese Social since the day I found her many years ago.  She is known for coming up with some of the most epic grilled cheese combinations.  I actually haven’t tried too many of her recipes, because they
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Olive Garden Salad Dressing

#52NewEats :: Week 17 :: Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Believe it or not, I never ate at an Olive Garden until I was well into adulthood.  I was in my early 20s and living in Spokane, WA with Aaron, and there is (or, was, rather) a major lack of non-chain restaurants in Spokane.  We couldn’t find a mom and pop pizza shop to save
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Crockpot Sausage Peppers and Onions

#52NewEats :: Week 18 :: Crockpot Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Who doesn’t like sausage, peppers, and onions?  It’s one of my favorite Italian dishes.  I was recently at a work teambuilding event and they had a catered lunch for us.  I have been following an 80/20 grain-free rule over the past couple of months and all I could eat at this catered lunch was sausage,
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Black Bean and Green Chile Enchiladas

#52NewEats :: Week 19 :: Black Bean and Green Chile Enchiladas

So here’s some news for ya – my husband and I are going VEGETARIAN for the entire month of May.  😱  *gasp*  😱  Yes!  We are! Aaron adopted a project I did a few years ago, where instead of trying to abide by a few new year’s resolutions for an entire year, I tried to
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French Onion Zoodle Bake

#52NewEats :: Week 20 :: French Onion Zoodle Bake

This dish popped my zoodle cherry. I have been wanting to try zoodles for a while now, but I hadn’t quite found the right recipe until I found this one. I love alfredo sauce too much to cover zoodles with it. I might try a Bolognese sauce on zoodles, but for this month, we need
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Roasted Tomato Risotto

#52NewEats :: Week 21 :: Roasted Tomato Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that intimidates people, and I am not even really sure why.  A few months back, I tried my hand at risotto by making The Pioneer Woman’s //sun-dried tomato risotto//, and it was FABULOUS.  And it was amazingly NOT HARD. I don’t know if you guys know me?  Or if
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Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

#52NewEats :: Week 22 :: Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

I found this recipe on Pinterest a while ago while looking for vegetarian meals.  I wasn’t sure how ‘on board’ hubby would be with a vegetarian chili-style meal, so when we decided to go vegetarian for a month back in May, I jumped at the chance to make this! This recipe was very, very tasty,
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Mexican Street Corn Tostadas

#52NewEats :: Week 23 :: Mexican Street Corn Tostadas

These tostadas were quite possibly my most favorite new recipe that I made when we went vegetarian during the month of May.  Oh GOSH these were so good!  Also, as a result of making this, I was inspired to create a delicious corn dip recipe, so stay tuned for that!  I have already made these
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Vegetarian Enchilada Skillet

#52NewEats :: Week 24 :: Vegetarian Enchilada Skillet

While I was vegetarian in May, I ate a TON of Mexican recipes.  It wasn’t even really on purpose… okay, maybe subconsciously it was, but… there are just a lot of options out there for vegetarians in Mexican cuisine.  This dish has become one of the ‘keepers’ out of all the new recipes I tried
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Italian Bread Dipping Oil

#52NewEats :: Week 25 :: Italian Bread Dipping Oil

Several years ago, I went to visit my friend Sara in Kansas City with some girlfriends, and we went out to dinner at this Italian place called Garozzo’s.  On the way there, Sara raved about the bread dipping oil.  WAIT TILL YOU DIP YOUR BREAD IN THAT OIL… OMG.  And I chuckled a little, thinking,
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Broccoli Cheese Risotto

#52NewEats :: Week 26 :: Broccoli Cheese Risotto

Since making my very first risotto a few months back and discovering exactly how not hard it was, I have sort of been on a risotto kick.  This is the third one I’ve made, and I can’t wait to try more.  I especially love this one because it’s a good way for me to get
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French Potato Salad

#52NewEats :: Week 27 :: French Potato Salad

As an “Irish” girl, I LOVE potatoes.  I mean, L O V E them.  I could eat them with every meal of every day.  Potatoes all the ways.  Hot, fried, boiled, baked, smothered in butter, smothered in sauces, //smothered in balsamic//; Cold, covered in mayo, mixed with bacon and scallions…  Potatoes.  All.  The.  Ways. So
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Broccoli Cheddar Wild Rice Casserole

#52NewEats :: Week 28 :: Broccoli Cheddar Wild Rice Casserole

It is no secret that I looooove //smitten kitchen//.  Love her.  LOVE.  HER.  She was probably one of the first blogs I’ve ever followed, and I found so much inspiration in her photography.  She has taken some really mouthwatering pictures, famously, with only a single window in her NYC apartment kitchen to light the food.
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Beef Bourguignon

#52NewEats :: Week 29 :: Beef Bourguignon

Earlier this year, I mentioned in a post that I joined a really inspiring food blogging group on Facebook.  This group is full of so much fun and positivity.  And, duh, photographic inspiration!  Seeing everyone else’s work cuts both ways for me – on the one hand, I feel like I have so much work
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Apple Almond Muffins

#52NewEats :: Week 30 :: Apple Almond Muffins

I met an adorable fellow food blogger, Daniela, in the food bloggers group on Facebook, and immediately fell in love with her work because….. well, because the very first post I read of hers had the F word in it, and I knew she was my kind of girl! Ok, ok, ok… also, because, she
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Watermelon Margarita

#52NewEats :: Week 31 :: Watermelon Margaritas

We had a big BBQ over the 4th of July weekend and of course, abiding by American standards, I bought a big watermelon.  Well actually, I thought I bought a small watermelon, or at least a smallER watermelon, but it was still entirely too much for our party.  So, I served half of it in
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

#52NewEats :: Week 32 :: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Guysssssss.  Who knew vegan desserts could be SO delicious? This is another recipe from my friend Daniela over at //dulce y natural// blog.  The //original recipe// was for chocolate chip cookies, but for whatever reason, the dough did not really come together enough for me to be able to roll into a ball, so I
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Copycat Chili's Salsa

#52NewEats :: Week 33 :: Copycat Chili’s Salsa

One of my daughter’s favorite restaurants to eat at is Chili’s.  Personally, I also love Chili’s!  Chili’s holds a special place in my heart.  When my husband and I first started dating (way the hell back in the last century, in 1998), it was the “nice” restaurant that we would go to when going out
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Beef Enchilada Dip

#52NewEats :: Week 34 :: Beef Enchilada Dip

So there’s no ifs ands or buts about it – the thing that drew me in to try this recipe was the pictures on the website.  Go check them out //here//.  That cheese is so deliciously melty and the dish is so beefy and I just love Mexican food so I had to make this
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Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip

#52NewEats :: Week 35 :: Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

I don’t really know what Chuy’s is, I am assuming it’s a restaurant of some kind, all I know is that when I saw //this dip// on Pinterest it looked creamy and delicious, and those are my two favorite criteria for anything going into my mouth. I was excited to make it for a Mexican-themed
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World's Greatest Onion Dip

#52NewEats :: Week 36 :: World’s Greatest Onion Dip

Ok so.  I’m just going to say this loud and clear: you WILL want this dip at your next family or friends get-together.  You just will. You WILL need to get over the idea of sauteeing the onions for 45-60 minutes.  You just will.  Because this step, this crucial step, is what sets this dip
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Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheez Rolls

#52NewEats :: Week 37 :: Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheez Rolls

Hey y’all!  I am SO EXCITED to share this recipe with you today because it’s part of a little collaboration I did with two of my favoritest ladies on the planet, Heather and Eryn at //The Practical Minimalists//.  I have been listening to their podcast since earlier this year and as you know, as I’ve
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Brie-Onion French Bread

#52NewEats :: Week 38 :: Brie-Onion French Bread

I recently hosted a party and decided on a theme I thought all attendees could get behind – cheese and bread!!  😂  I mean, who can’t get behind that?? Back in November of last year I tore this recipe out of my Food Network magazine and could not WAIT to try it.  This party finally
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Garlic Bread Spread

#52NewEats :: Week 39 :: Garlic Bread Spread

When I was a kid my mom used to make the most buttery, salty garlic bread.  I am not entirely sure how she made it, I should probably ask her.  But one day while scrolling through Pinterest, I found //this recipe for Garlic Bread Spread// and it sounded so much like what my mom made,
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Sriracha Ranch

#52NewEats :: Week 40 :: Sriracha Ranch

If you know me at all, you know how much I like dips.  I like to dip things in dips.  Especially, especially, especially creamy, mayo-based dips!  I do not dip fries in ketchup.  Why would I do that when I could use the excuse to ingest more mayo?! My favorite thing to dip things into
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Creamy Tomato Mascarpone Pasta

#52NewEats :: Week 41 :: Creamy Tomato Mascarpone Pasta

It is pretty much a given, that if a recipe has the word “creamy” in the title, I will be all about it.  I looooove creamy sauces and dishes.  Can’t get enough.  Creamy sauces for drowning, dousing, blanketing, dipping, smothering… are all my favoritest sauces ever.  I would eat piles of vegetables if I could
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Blue Cheese Dressing

#52NewEats :: Week 42 :: Blue Cheese Dressing

I have previously //waxed poetic here// about my love for blue cheese dressing.  I consider myself a blue cheese dressing expert.  I know what restaurants have good blue cheese dressing, and what restaurants have meh blue cheese dressing.  I have had my go-to recipe for forever, which is straight out of a //Morton’s Steakhouse cookbook//,
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Dill Pickle DIp

#52NewEats :: Week 43 :: Dill Pickle Dip

I have to be honest, I wasn’t totally sure about this tip.  I 100% chose it because I knew my husband would devour it (and devour it he did), because he is a pickle fiend.  And I love pickles, especially Claussen pickles, but I was not sold on the idea of them being lost in
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Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

#52NewEats :: Week 44 :: Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

One of my seriously all-time favorite cold weather recipes is Pinch of Yum’s //chicken and wild rice soup//.  I have never really been much of a soup person, but when I think about telling someone about this soup, I imagine that all the words coming out of my mouth are in CAPS LOCK.  It’s requiring
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Herbed Goat Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 45 :: Herbed Goat Cheese

I discovered within the last couple of years that I am, indeed, a passionate lover of goat cheese. Not really the crumbly goat cheese – I like the stuff that comes in a log and is creamy and tangy and delicious. So when I saw //this recipe for Herbed Goat Cheese//, my mouth immediately started
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Chili Snack Mix

#52NewEats :: Week 46 :: Chili Snack Mix

I was perusing Facebook one day and because Facebook is a stalker, it showed me a comment a friend of mine left on someone else’s post.  My friend (‘sup Sara! 💖) was asking for this recipe, and commenting on how addictive this snack mix was.  And like, who can’t get behind an addicting snack mix?!  But
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Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie

#52NewEats :: Week 47 :: Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie

Mmmmm, baked brie.  Warm, melty, spready cheese.  On a salty cracker.  With sweet, tangy balsamic strawberries on top.  Mmm, mmm, mmm. This recipe for baked brie was really, really decadent.  I had to make myself stop eating it so that I would eat my dinner!  I will definitely make it again, but I will change
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52 New Eats Fails

Slow Cooker Texas Chili

#52NewEatsFail :: Slow Cooker Texas Chili

It is with grave disappointment that I share with you today my very first #52NewEatsFail 🙁 Yesterday I went home rather excited to devour a bowl of thick, meaty, Texas-style chili, only to stir it up and find out it looked more like a Mexican beef stew than Texas chili! I was REALLY bummed, and even
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#52NewEatsFail :: Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

Well… these didn’t turn out quite as expected.  🙅🏻 Who doesn’t love mozzarella sticks?  I love them.  I love them with the crumbly breading, not the batter-type breading.  And of course I would love to try them by baking them instead of hauling out my deep fryer and frying them. And they looked just fine
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365 Recipes

Chicken and Waffles Benedict

#365Recipes :: Chicken and Waffles Benedict

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I joined a Facebook group for food bloggers.  The owner of that group is running a project called #365Recipes, which is somewhat similar to my #52NewEats and #12NewTreats projects.  It’s just another way to spark my creativity and get me in the kitchen!! The ingredient for today was
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Penne with Four Cheeses

#365Recipes :: Penne with Four Cheeses

It’s been a while since I made something to contribute to the #365Recipes project, but here you go! Who doesn’t like a nice warm, cozy bowl of creamy pasta?  On these cooler fall nights, it’s one of my favoritest things to eat.  This penne with four cheeses pasta recipe is one I dug out from
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French Onion Poutine

#365Recipes :: French Onion Poutine

One of my best days ever was just a few weeks ago when I discovered that a local farm carries cheese curds.  I saw them and gasped on the spot and yanked the cold case door open and squealed with delight!  I made such a(n embarrassing) scene that the cashier a couple aisles away poked
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Lasagna

#365Recipes :: Lasagna

Boy it has been a long, long, looooong time since I’ve made lasagna, and I would like to thank the #365Recipes project for giving me an excuse to bring it back into my life, even if momentarily. As you may know, I have been steadily cutting meat out of my diet in favor of a
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Appetizers

French Onion Poutine

#365Recipes :: French Onion Poutine

One of my best days ever was just a few weeks ago when I discovered that a local farm carries cheese curds.  I saw them and gasped on the spot and yanked the cold case door open and squealed with delight!  I made such a(n embarrassing) scene that the cashier a couple aisles away poked
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Paleo Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

#52NewEats :: Week 13 :: Paleo Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

I could eat cashews all day long.  I love them so much, but sometimes you want them to have some flavor, right?  So twice in the past 6 months I have attempted to make ______ Roasted Cashews, and I will now say, NEVER AGAIN.  Leave the flavored roasted cashews up to the experts, and just
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Copycat Chili's Queso

#52NewEats :: Week 14 :: Copycat Chili’s Queso

My brother is not shy about proclaiming his love for specific restaurants or dishes.  In fact, he can be downright forceful in his opinion.  “NO.  D’ALESSANDRO’S HAS THE BEST CHEESESTEAKS IN PHILADELPHIA.  I DARE YOU TO FIND ONE BETTER.”  Sometimes, I have found him to be right, and sometimes I just think to myself, oh
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Buttermilk Cornbread

#52NewEats :: Week 15 :: Buttermilk Cornbread

Holy cow! Let me just start by saying that I don’t think I can say enough good things about this cornbread.  This buttermilk cornbread was absolutely amazing.  I love cornbread but I don’t often make it at home because it can be dry, crumbly, and just kind of generally unsatisfying.  BUT NO MORE! This recipe
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#52NewEats :: Week 2 :: Nachos Blanco

So ya had to know it was only a matter of time before one of the new recipes I wanted to try was a nachos recipe, right?  🙂 This week’s recipe comes to you from Sunny Anderson a la Food Network fame.  I watched the episode these nachos were featured on, oh, I don’t know,
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Italian Bread Dipping Oil

#52NewEats :: Week 25 :: Italian Bread Dipping Oil

Several years ago, I went to visit my friend Sara in Kansas City with some girlfriends, and we went out to dinner at this Italian place called Garozzo’s.  On the way there, Sara raved about the bread dipping oil.  WAIT TILL YOU DIP YOUR BREAD IN THAT OIL… OMG.  And I chuckled a little, thinking,
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Copycat Chili's Salsa

#52NewEats :: Week 33 :: Copycat Chili’s Salsa

One of my daughter’s favorite restaurants to eat at is Chili’s.  Personally, I also love Chili’s!  Chili’s holds a special place in my heart.  When my husband and I first started dating (way the hell back in the last century, in 1998), it was the “nice” restaurant that we would go to when going out
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Beef Enchilada Dip

#52NewEats :: Week 34 :: Beef Enchilada Dip

So there’s no ifs ands or buts about it – the thing that drew me in to try this recipe was the pictures on the website.  Go check them out //here//.  That cheese is so deliciously melty and the dish is so beefy and I just love Mexican food so I had to make this
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Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip

#52NewEats :: Week 35 :: Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

I don’t really know what Chuy’s is, I am assuming it’s a restaurant of some kind, all I know is that when I saw //this dip// on Pinterest it looked creamy and delicious, and those are my two favorite criteria for anything going into my mouth. I was excited to make it for a Mexican-themed
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Brie-Onion French Bread

#52NewEats :: Week 38 :: Brie-Onion French Bread

I recently hosted a party and decided on a theme I thought all attendees could get behind – cheese and bread!!  😂  I mean, who can’t get behind that?? Back in November of last year I tore this recipe out of my Food Network magazine and could not WAIT to try it.  This party finally
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Blue Cheese Dressing

#52NewEats :: Week 42 :: Blue Cheese Dressing

I have previously //waxed poetic here// about my love for blue cheese dressing.  I consider myself a blue cheese dressing expert.  I know what restaurants have good blue cheese dressing, and what restaurants have meh blue cheese dressing.  I have had my go-to recipe for forever, which is straight out of a //Morton’s Steakhouse cookbook//,
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Dill Pickle DIp

#52NewEats :: Week 43 :: Dill Pickle Dip

I have to be honest, I wasn’t totally sure about this tip.  I 100% chose it because I knew my husband would devour it (and devour it he did), because he is a pickle fiend.  And I love pickles, especially Claussen pickles, but I was not sold on the idea of them being lost in
Read more
Herbed Goat Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 45 :: Herbed Goat Cheese

I discovered within the last couple of years that I am, indeed, a passionate lover of goat cheese. Not really the crumbly goat cheese – I like the stuff that comes in a log and is creamy and tangy and delicious. So when I saw //this recipe for Herbed Goat Cheese//, my mouth immediately started
Read more
Chili Snack Mix

#52NewEats :: Week 46 :: Chili Snack Mix

I was perusing Facebook one day and because Facebook is a stalker, it showed me a comment a friend of mine left on someone else’s post.  My friend (‘sup Sara! 💖) was asking for this recipe, and commenting on how addictive this snack mix was.  And like, who can’t get behind an addicting snack mix?!  But
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Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie

#52NewEats :: Week 47 :: Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie

Mmmmm, baked brie.  Warm, melty, spready cheese.  On a salty cracker.  With sweet, tangy balsamic strawberries on top.  Mmm, mmm, mmm. This recipe for baked brie was really, really decadent.  I had to make myself stop eating it so that I would eat my dinner!  I will definitely make it again, but I will change
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Salsa Baked Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 8 :: Salsa Baked Cheese

Chips and salsa is one of our FAVORITE snacks around here.  And //this salsa// is one of our favorites. My daughter is so picky.  SOOOO picky.  SO.  PICKY.  And I don’t even know how she got that way because her father and I are pretty good eaters.  But she does like chips and salsa.  If
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Buffalo Cheese Fondue

#52NewEats :: Week 9 :: Buffalo Cheese Fondue

Buffalo cheese fondue is another one of those recipes I pinned some time ago and WAS SO EXCITED TO MAKE and then just… never… made it.  Which is the whole point of the #52NewEats project!  To force me to go and make some of these recipes I’ve collected over the years. And like a total
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5.5 Layer Dip

5.5 Layer Dip

HEY I THOUGHT IT WAS 7-LAYER DIP! Yeah, so did I. I was perusing Pinterest one day and I saw a picture for a 7-layer dip that looked PHENOM, and I thought, I have to make that.  Except guess what?  It was a bad link.  🙁  Supwitdat.  So I kind of had to wing this
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Arroz con Crema

Arroz Con Crema

I may have mentioned once or a hundred times that //Distrito// is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia.  They used to have this dish on their menu that was so good it legit brought tears to my eyes – arroz con crema.  It was a rice side dish that was cheesy, creamy, warm, and
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BBQ Chicken Nachos

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Ever since I threw together these //BBQ pulled pork nachos// a couple years ago, I have been wanting to do a BBQ chicken version. I typically prefer BBQ chicken over BBQ pork. So I wanted to put a new spin on it. These nachos feature my favorite //pickled red onions//, spicy pickled jalapenos, and a
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BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I have a yummy Mexican recipe for you!! A little while ago I made a batch of slow-cooked BBQ chicken for my husband’s work lunches.  And it turned out I’d made just a bit too much.  Like he wasn’t going to eat it all before it went bad. 
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Blue Duck's Cheesesteak Nachos

Blue Duck’s Cheesesteak Nachos

Hello friends. As you know, I live in the Land of the Cheesesteak.  I love cheesesteaks.  You can hardly drive a mile in any direction in Philadelphia without passing a place where you can get a cheesesteak.  Cheesesteaks are the bomb. These nachos were inspired by my favorite neighborhood restaurant, The Blue Duck.  Back in
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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Bruschetta! How do you say this, by the way?  Broo-skett-ah?  Broo-shett-ah?  Who knows.  I don’t care.  I say Broo-shett-ah. Anyway.  I love bruschetta because you know why?  It makes me think of spring and summer, because can you really think of anything fresher and more delicious than a juicy, ripe tomato and some fresh basil?
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Bruschetta French Bread Pizza

Bruschetta French Bread Pizza

Did you guys ever find yourself with like a ton of leftover bruschetta and no idea what to do with it? No?  Yeah, me neither.  Not often anyway.  But when I do have some leftover, I usually make this the very next day! So one of the ways I originally toyed with introducing cheese to
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Burrata with Roasted Tomatoes

Burrata with Roasted Tomatoes

Happy November!! I don’t especially love November, at least not like I love October.  But, my husband’s birthday, my daughter’s birthday, and Thanksgiving usually all fall within the same week.  It makes for a hectic week, but I love it.  Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year bc food duh.  This year we
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cheesesteak hoagie nachos

Cheesesteak Hoagie Nachos

So, you guys!  I’m pretty excited.  Def about these cheesesteak hoagie nachos, but first: Several posts back I mentioned how I wanted to get back into this blog thing after being away for so long because my life took over my life.  Well today I discovered that Facebook is *actually* good for something (I know,
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Chickie's and Pete's Fries

Chickie’s and Pete’s Cheese Fries

So if you’ve ever been to Philly, you probably have heard about Chickie’s and Pete’s.  It’s a famous sports bar chain whose original location is actually in my neighborhood.  They are probably most famous for their Crab Fries – crinkle-cut French fries seasoned with Old Bay seasoning, served with a cup of white cheese sauce
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Classic Nachos

CINCO DE MAYO !! Classic Nachos

You guys.  It’s nachos. NACHOS! I don’t know how or when nachos became my most favorite food on the planet, but seriously, to me, there is nothing better in this world than a fat messy plate of nachos.  With or without meat, with or without beans, I could really care less.  There aren’t many nachos
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Taco Dip

CINCO DE MAYO !! Taco Dip

If you were looking for a highly-addictive, semi-healthy, fresh-tasting dip to put on the table for Cinco de Mayo, you need look no further. This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember.  My mom used to make it all the time.  She probably got the recipe off some product
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Eggs Benedict Fries

Eggs Benedict Fries

Eggs Benedict Fries. Yes.  They are A Thing. They should be A Thing on your menu for this week too.  Because seriously.  Why not?!  Life is short.  Eat the French fries, topped with creamy, tangy Hollandaise sauce, topped with a glorious poached egg, topped with smoked paprika and chopped chives.  Eat them. Eggs Benedict Fries
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Fresh Ricotta Toasts

So like.  Did y’all know you can make ricotta at home?  And that it’s better than almost anything you could buy at a store (unless you have access to some mom and pop Italian market that makes it fresh)? It’s true.  And it was SO easy to make, that of course I immediately had to
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Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread

Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread

Herb and garlic cheese spread is another old recipe I found in my binder from my early days of learning how to cook.  I remember Aaron loved it back then, so when I saw this I thought it would make a good snack for him to bring in for lunch! It’s funny because the day
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Jose Pistola's Nachos

Jose Pistola’s Nachos

My close friend told me the other day that she’s tired of looking at my Instagram because all that’s ever on there is nachos. Oops. I can’t help it though!  Nachos are my most favorite thing on the planet.  I’m pretty sure she was joking.  She loves me.  She’s not a meanie. And then about
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Mexican Street Corn DIp

Mexican Street Corn Dip

I mentioned in my post for Mexican Street Corn Tostadas a couple weeks back that I was pretty inspired by that recipe and made a corn dip….thing. Is it weird that I think the words “corn dip” just don’t jive together?  I don’t know why.  It sounds pretty redneck.  Y’ALL COME FETCH YA SOME CORN
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National Nachos Day!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t need an excuse to eat nachos.  Give ’em to me all day err day.  But tonight, I am attempting to recreate the Holy Grail of Nacho Wonderland…. Distrito‘s nachos.  I’ve got just about all the ingredients waiting for me at home, ready to throw together and devour
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Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

Earlier this year I discovered the amazingness that is pimento cheese. I went to Lexington for work and we went to this amazing little place to eat called Stella’s Kentucky Deli.  I really went for the hot brown, but came away with a newfound love and appreciation for pimento cheese.  (The hot brown was also
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Pinch of Yum Nachos

Pinch of Yum Nachos

As my first blog post, I think it’s only right that I post a recipe that was inspired by the blog that inspired me to start this blog!  (Did you catch that?) Pinch of Yum is one of my favorite food blogs.  Without even knowing it, I had a bunch of her recipes already pinned
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Poutine

Poutine

What’s poutine? This: Aw yeah that’s it. Poutine is this amazing plate of Canadian goodness (you can find the official definition here).  We are talking about crispy fries, and a beefy brown gravy, and sweet, creamy cheese curds, and a bit of minced parsley on top cuz every plate should have some green on it.
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Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos

Hey guys. Like HAAAAAAAY GUUUUUYS!!!! I don’t even think I can tell y’all just how good things have been in the past week.  I have a new boss at work.  And the meetings and discussions I’ve had since he’s stepped into place have been so productive and motivational and for the first time in a
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Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Sliders

Last summer sometime, I hosted a Slutfest at my house with our friends Geoff and Becky.  Normally Slutfest is just the four of us getting together and pigging out but on this occasion we also invited our friends Jackie and Brandon. One of Jackie’s contributions to the party was some kind of cheesesteak or cheeseburger
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Sawtooth Grill Blue Cheese Fries

Sawtooth Grill Blue Cheese Fries

Back when I lived in Spokane, there was a restaurant there called the Sawtooth Grill.  I heard it has since closed, but when we lived there it was one of our favorite places to frequent for cheeseburgers.  They had GREAT burgers.  And they had an appetizer on their menu which was skinny French fries doused
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Spinach Dip

Secret Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip. Really, SFB? I know, I know.  Everyone knows how to make spinach dip, right?  In fact, it just may be that you know how to make it the way I make it here.  Maybe what I have here is not even new to you.  But it’s new to me, and I’m excited to
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Sloppy Joe Cheese Fries

Listen.  When I started this blog, I felt like food creativity started coming at me from a hundred different directions.  And one of those things that popped in my head was ‘sloppy Joe cheese fries’. I’m not sure if I’d ever seen them on a menu before or something, but I know for sure I
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Sloppy Joe Sliders

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Some time ago I was Paleo, or predominantly Paleo, for the better part of about a year.  My husband really took to it – he likes meat and vegetables and has no problem turning away from potatoes and pasta.  Me, not so much.  I couldn’t last on Paleo like he could.  So he continued on
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Bagel Chip Dip

Slutty Game Food, Episode 1: Bagel Chip Dip

Are you guys ready for the big game?  I get excited for football season in the fall because it means I can make game food on Sundays.  I care much more about the food than about the game.  Usually.  Our Eagles aren’t the best.  But in recent years I have become more interested in football. 
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Bread Dip

Slutty Game Food, Episode 2: Bread Dip

You guys, this is the greatest dip ever known to man.  I’d put my life on it. When I was a kid, my dad was into politics, and my mom was forever hosting campaign-or-something-related events at our house.  All us kids had to hide upstairs while they had all these important people over till all
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Guacamole

Slutty Game Food, Episode 3: Guacamole

I have a confession to make. Until about 5 years ago, I totally hated guacamole. I know.  Can you forgive me? Interestingly enough, what changed my mind was going to Mexico.  We went to Cozumel for Aaron’s 30th birthday, to a beautiful all-inclusive resort, where I felt like hey, if I don’t like it, at
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Slutty Game Food, Episode 4: Cara’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

My best friend Cara makes theeeeee best buffalo chicken dip. I’m sure there are a million ways to make buffalo chicken dip and I, myself, have only ever had two in my life, but I can assure you this one is amaaaaze. I remember the first time I had it – if my memory serves
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Totchos

Hey y’all! Today is National Tater Tot Day.  Or something to that effect.  Did you know that?  I mean I did because I’m a food blogger and of course I know all the food holidays so that I can celebrate them appropriately.  Or, as my husband says, so I have an excuse to eat bad
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Breakfast

Chicken and Waffles Benedict

#365Recipes :: Chicken and Waffles Benedict

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I joined a Facebook group for food bloggers.  The owner of that group is running a project called #365Recipes, which is somewhat similar to my #52NewEats and #12NewTreats projects.  It’s just another way to spark my creativity and get me in the kitchen!! The ingredient for today was
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Apple Almond Muffins

#52NewEats :: Week 30 :: Apple Almond Muffins

I met an adorable fellow food blogger, Daniela, in the food bloggers group on Facebook, and immediately fell in love with her work because….. well, because the very first post I read of hers had the F word in it, and I knew she was my kind of girl! Ok, ok, ok… also, because, she
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World's Greatest Onion Dip

#52NewEats :: Week 36 :: World’s Greatest Onion Dip

Ok so.  I’m just going to say this loud and clear: you WILL want this dip at your next family or friends get-together.  You just will. You WILL need to get over the idea of sauteeing the onions for 45-60 minutes.  You just will.  Because this step, this crucial step, is what sets this dip
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Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheez Rolls

#52NewEats :: Week 37 :: Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheez Rolls

Hey y’all!  I am SO EXCITED to share this recipe with you today because it’s part of a little collaboration I did with two of my favoritest ladies on the planet, Heather and Eryn at //The Practical Minimalists//.  I have been listening to their podcast since earlier this year and as you know, as I’ve
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Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Have you guys ever had cinnamon chips? They are pretty amazing.  Every Christmas I make oatmeal cinnamon chip cookies and they are so delicious.  They’re my favorite cookie.  But I always buy too many bags of cinnamon chips.  I’m overly ambitious at Christmas-cookie-baking time.  At first I’m always like I AM NOT MAKING ALL THOSE
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Eggs Benedict Brunch Burgers

Eggs Benedict Brunch Burgers

Hey ya’ll!  Sorry it’s been a while.  I’ve had some friends and family in town visiting which has been wonderful.  Bonus: I think I’ve eaten four cheeseburgers in two weeks – three of which happened in the last four days.  *insert googly-eyed emoji here*  I have eaten so much food, so much good food, in
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Eggs Benedict Fries

Eggs Benedict Fries

Eggs Benedict Fries. Yes.  They are A Thing. They should be A Thing on your menu for this week too.  Because seriously.  Why not?!  Life is short.  Eat the French fries, topped with creamy, tangy Hollandaise sauce, topped with a glorious poached egg, topped with smoked paprika and chopped chives.  Eat them. Eggs Benedict Fries
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Eggs on Toast

Eggs on Toast

This is one of those recipes that is so easy, you will wonder how you did without it all your life. Or maybe I’m just late to the game and people have been eating this forever and I’m the one who did without it all my life. I was never really an egg person growing
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Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Favorite Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

So it’s sort of time for me to come clean about something, and that something has directly lead to the development of this smoothie recipe, so here goes. Back in May I woke up in the middle of the night one night with incredibly severe knee pain in my right knee.  I was laying in
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Fresh Juice

Fresh Juice

WHO IS READY FOR SPRING? I know I am.  This is like the winter that is never going to end.  I’m currently sitting on my couch covered in a heavy chenille blanket, with a heating pad wedged between my upper back and the back of the couch, freezing. I am so ready for spring. Old
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Slutty Grilled Cheese

Does anybody else out there know the term, “food hug”? My friend and I use this term to describe the situations in which we are so stressed or angry or frazzled or crazy that we want to EAT ALL THE FOOD, ALL THE UNHEALTHY-FOR-ME FOODS, ALL THE SLUTTY FOOD because it’s the only thing that
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Condiments

Olive Garden Salad Dressing

#52NewEats :: Week 17 :: Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Believe it or not, I never ate at an Olive Garden until I was well into adulthood.  I was in my early 20s and living in Spokane, WA with Aaron, and there is (or, was, rather) a major lack of non-chain restaurants in Spokane.  We couldn’t find a mom and pop pizza shop to save
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Italian Bread Dipping Oil

#52NewEats :: Week 25 :: Italian Bread Dipping Oil

Several years ago, I went to visit my friend Sara in Kansas City with some girlfriends, and we went out to dinner at this Italian place called Garozzo’s.  On the way there, Sara raved about the bread dipping oil.  WAIT TILL YOU DIP YOUR BREAD IN THAT OIL… OMG.  And I chuckled a little, thinking,
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Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip

#52NewEats :: Week 35 :: Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

I don’t really know what Chuy’s is, I am assuming it’s a restaurant of some kind, all I know is that when I saw //this dip// on Pinterest it looked creamy and delicious, and those are my two favorite criteria for anything going into my mouth. I was excited to make it for a Mexican-themed
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Garlic Bread Spread

#52NewEats :: Week 39 :: Garlic Bread Spread

When I was a kid my mom used to make the most buttery, salty garlic bread.  I am not entirely sure how she made it, I should probably ask her.  But one day while scrolling through Pinterest, I found //this recipe for Garlic Bread Spread// and it sounded so much like what my mom made,
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Sriracha Ranch

#52NewEats :: Week 40 :: Sriracha Ranch

If you know me at all, you know how much I like dips.  I like to dip things in dips.  Especially, especially, especially creamy, mayo-based dips!  I do not dip fries in ketchup.  Why would I do that when I could use the excuse to ingest more mayo?! My favorite thing to dip things into
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Blue Cheese Dressing

#52NewEats :: Week 42 :: Blue Cheese Dressing

I have previously //waxed poetic here// about my love for blue cheese dressing.  I consider myself a blue cheese dressing expert.  I know what restaurants have good blue cheese dressing, and what restaurants have meh blue cheese dressing.  I have had my go-to recipe for forever, which is straight out of a //Morton’s Steakhouse cookbook//,
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Dill Pickle DIp

#52NewEats :: Week 43 :: Dill Pickle Dip

I have to be honest, I wasn’t totally sure about this tip.  I 100% chose it because I knew my husband would devour it (and devour it he did), because he is a pickle fiend.  And I love pickles, especially Claussen pickles, but I was not sold on the idea of them being lost in
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Herbed Goat Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 45 :: Herbed Goat Cheese

I discovered within the last couple of years that I am, indeed, a passionate lover of goat cheese. Not really the crumbly goat cheese – I like the stuff that comes in a log and is creamy and tangy and delicious. So when I saw //this recipe for Herbed Goat Cheese//, my mouth immediately started
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Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

I. LOVE. Blue cheese dressing. Like I kind of have a sick obsession with it. It’s literally THE ONLY salad dressing I ever use. And I use it on more than just salad. I dip cheese fries in it (because it’s better than ranch). I dip anything “buffalo” in it (because it’s better than ranch).
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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Bruschetta! How do you say this, by the way?  Broo-skett-ah?  Broo-shett-ah?  Who knows.  I don’t care.  I say Broo-shett-ah. Anyway.  I love bruschetta because you know why?  It makes me think of spring and summer, because can you really think of anything fresher and more delicious than a juicy, ripe tomato and some fresh basil?
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Chipotle Cheese Sauce

This cheese sauce has been tweaked and perfected quite a lot over the years, but it wasn’t till last year that I started adding chipotle to it to spice it up a bit. Prior to adding chipotle, I would add dry chili powder, pepper jack cheese, regular Tabasco, and sometimes even pickled jalapeno juice to
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Chipotle Mayo

Chipotle Mayo

Ok so let me just be honest up front and say that THIS IS NOT MY RECIPE.  It’s Bobby Flay’s.  But it’s so simple, and so perfect every time I make it, that I really have to share it with you.  There is literally no way that I could improve upon it and make it
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Pico de Gallo

CINCO DE MAYO !! Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is like… the perfect condiment for Mexican food. I use it on almost everything I make that’s Mexican.  Tacos, taco salads, nachos, quesadillas, even as a dip on its own.  Obviously you want to make sure you have the freshest, ripest ingredients as this is a raw dish with simple flavors. Two
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Fresh Ricotta Toasts

So like.  Did y’all know you can make ricotta at home?  And that it’s better than almost anything you could buy at a store (unless you have access to some mom and pop Italian market that makes it fresh)? It’s true.  And it was SO easy to make, that of course I immediately had to
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Mexican Street Corn DIp

Mexican Street Corn Dip

I mentioned in my post for Mexican Street Corn Tostadas a couple weeks back that I was pretty inspired by that recipe and made a corn dip….thing. Is it weird that I think the words “corn dip” just don’t jive together?  I don’t know why.  It sounds pretty redneck.  Y’ALL COME FETCH YA SOME CORN
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Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

Earlier this year I discovered the amazingness that is pimento cheese. I went to Lexington for work and we went to this amazing little place to eat called Stella’s Kentucky Deli.  I really went for the hot brown, but came away with a newfound love and appreciation for pimento cheese.  (The hot brown was also
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Desserts

Chocolate Pie

#12NewTreats :: April :: Chocolate Pie

So.  Here’s what I have to say about the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Chocolate Pie. It was really friggin’ easy. It was really friggin’ amazingly delicious. I am already salivating at the thought of making it again. I might just turn it into pudding next time and skip the pie shell. I might just make
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Chocolate Pudding

#12NewTreats :: August :: Chocolate Pudding

In case you haven’t been able to tell as of yet, my daughter is a bit of a chocoholic.  What kid isn’t though, right?  So when we started searching for the next recipe we were going to make for our 12 New Treats project, it didn’t surprise me one bit that she pointed her finger
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Galaxy Ice Cream

#12NewTreats :: February :: Galaxy Ice Cream

Now that March is almost over, I figured it was the perfect time to post about our February #12NewTreats recipe!  😂 My daughter picked this recipe because she is obsessed with rainbows and ice cream, so it was perfect for her. The recipe itself was very easy to make – I would not have done
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#12NewTreats :: January :: Boston Cream Poke Cake

So I have two projects going on this year – #52NewEats which is where I make a new recipe every week, and #12NewTreats which is where my daughter and I bake a new dessert recipe each month. If she had it her way, we’d make a new dessert each week, but I managed to convince
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Chocolate Blackout Cake

#12NewTreats :: July :: Blackout Chocolate Cake

//Pinch of Yum// is one of my biggest food blog inspirations.  Sometimes I feel like Lindsay has my voice, like she writes in the exact way I think and talk (but have yet to figured out how to get into printed word).  The very first recipe I posted on this blog was a nachos recipe
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The Worst Chocolate Chip Cookies

#12NewTreats :: June :: The Worst Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had a massive craving for chocolate chip cookies recently, and went off to my Pinterest to see if I could find a recipe for one that wouldn’t necessarily require me to go out and buy anything special.  With chocolate chip cookies, I am partial to soft cookies – I am not much a fan
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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

#12NewTreats :: March :: Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

In case you were unaware, March is my birthday month! I normally like to celebrate as many times as possible, going to as many restaurants as people feel like taking me to, eating as much as people feel like feeding me. This year was no bueno. I woke up on my birthday with a sore
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Unicorn Fudge

#12NewTreats :: May :: Unicorn Fudge

So we are a little late on posting about our May recipe for #12NewTreats… oops!  We totally made this at the end of May and then I blinked and the month of June was gone and July was upon us… So anyway.  My daughter is all pink and purple and rainbows and unicorns and mermaids
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Paleo Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

#52NewEats :: Week 13 :: Paleo Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

I could eat cashews all day long.  I love them so much, but sometimes you want them to have some flavor, right?  So twice in the past 6 months I have attempted to make ______ Roasted Cashews, and I will now say, NEVER AGAIN.  Leave the flavored roasted cashews up to the experts, and just
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Apple Almond Muffins

#52NewEats :: Week 30 :: Apple Almond Muffins

I met an adorable fellow food blogger, Daniela, in the food bloggers group on Facebook, and immediately fell in love with her work because….. well, because the very first post I read of hers had the F word in it, and I knew she was my kind of girl! Ok, ok, ok… also, because, she
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

#52NewEats :: Week 32 :: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Guysssssss.  Who knew vegan desserts could be SO delicious? This is another recipe from my friend Daniela over at //dulce y natural// blog.  The //original recipe// was for chocolate chip cookies, but for whatever reason, the dough did not really come together enough for me to be able to roll into a ball, so I
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Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheez Rolls

#52NewEats :: Week 37 :: Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheez Rolls

Hey y’all!  I am SO EXCITED to share this recipe with you today because it’s part of a little collaboration I did with two of my favoritest ladies on the planet, Heather and Eryn at //The Practical Minimalists//.  I have been listening to their podcast since earlier this year and as you know, as I’ve
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CHRISTMAS !! Hello Dollies

WHO IS READY FOR CHRISTMAS. I guess I am.  I’m as ready as I’ll be.  About 90% of my shopping is done and about 0% of my wrapping is done.  That will probably happen on Christmas Eve. Also only slightly more than 0% done?  My Christmas baking. Every year I turn into my mom and
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CHRISTMAS !! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Honestly I have no idea what these things are actually called.  I just made that title up.  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups… seems legit  But for every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my mom has made these.  And they are SO SIMPLE. In fact I’m kicking myself now for spending $30
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Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Have you guys ever had cinnamon chips? They are pretty amazing.  Every Christmas I make oatmeal cinnamon chip cookies and they are so delicious.  They’re my favorite cookie.  But I always buy too many bags of cinnamon chips.  I’m overly ambitious at Christmas-cookie-baking time.  At first I’m always like I AM NOT MAKING ALL THOSE
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If you’ve ever done any kind of shopping for Valentine’s day, then surely you’ve come across how much chocolate covered strawberries cost. Seriously though, like $5 a berry?  It’s kind of ridic. I’m in the wrong business. Making chocolate covered strawberries at home is SO EASY.  There is really no need to buy them as
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Drinks

Watermelon Margarita

#52NewEats :: Week 31 :: Watermelon Margaritas

We had a big BBQ over the 4th of July weekend and of course, abiding by American standards, I bought a big watermelon.  Well actually, I thought I bought a small watermelon, or at least a smallER watermelon, but it was still entirely too much for our party.  So, I served half of it in
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Sangria

CINCO DE MAYO !! Sangria & Margaritas

I know what you’re thinkin’. You’re thinkin’ HEY CRISTIN.  WTF AM I SUPPOSED TO WASH DOWN ALL THIS DELICIOUS MEXICAN FOOD WITH. Amirite? You have to have sangria and margaritas mis amigos.  No Cinco de Mayo fiesta is complete without a proper drink! (I would also argue that no warm summer evening spent outdoors is
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Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Favorite Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

So it’s sort of time for me to come clean about something, and that something has directly lead to the development of this smoothie recipe, so here goes. Back in May I woke up in the middle of the night one night with incredibly severe knee pain in my right knee.  I was laying in
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Fresh Juice

Fresh Juice

WHO IS READY FOR SPRING? I know I am.  This is like the winter that is never going to end.  I’m currently sitting on my couch covered in a heavy chenille blanket, with a heating pad wedged between my upper back and the back of the couch, freezing. I am so ready for spring. Old
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Pink Limon

Pink Limon

My friends!  Behold, a delicious, maybe-a-little-too-easy-to-drink, tangy alcohol draaaank! A long, long time ago when I first started drinking, I found this recipe and fell in love with it.  It might be one of the first things my little sister drank that she really liked.  And once in a while it makes an appearance at
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Entrees

Chicken and Waffles Benedict

#365Recipes :: Chicken and Waffles Benedict

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I joined a Facebook group for food bloggers.  The owner of that group is running a project called #365Recipes, which is somewhat similar to my #52NewEats and #12NewTreats projects.  It’s just another way to spark my creativity and get me in the kitchen!! The ingredient for today was
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French Onion Poutine

#365Recipes :: French Onion Poutine

One of my best days ever was just a few weeks ago when I discovered that a local farm carries cheese curds.  I saw them and gasped on the spot and yanked the cold case door open and squealed with delight!  I made such a(n embarrassing) scene that the cashier a couple aisles away poked
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Lasagna

#365Recipes :: Lasagna

Boy it has been a long, long, looooong time since I’ve made lasagna, and I would like to thank the #365Recipes project for giving me an excuse to bring it back into my life, even if momentarily. As you may know, I have been steadily cutting meat out of my diet in favor of a
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Penne with Four Cheeses

#365Recipes :: Penne with Four Cheeses

It’s been a while since I made something to contribute to the #365Recipes project, but here you go! Who doesn’t like a nice warm, cozy bowl of creamy pasta?  On these cooler fall nights, it’s one of my favoritest things to eat.  This penne with four cheeses pasta recipe is one I dug out from
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#52NewEats :: Week 1 :: Not Quite J. Alexander’s Mac and Cheese

As part of my 2017 new year’s resolutions, I would like to make one new recipe every week.  I’ve been in something of a cooking rut lately – creativity has escaped me, thanks to the stress of moving and renovating a house – and am looking for some inspiration and some new foods to drool
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Beef Enchiladas with Chipotle-Pasilla Gravy

#52NewEats :: Week 11 :: Beef Enchiladas with Chipotle-Pasilla Gravy

I’m not sure if you’ve paid much attention or not, but, I love Mexican food.  LOVE.  Mexican food.  Nachos are my absolute favorite food ever, but, enchiladas come in as a close second. I typically prefer chicken enchiladas, but these beef enchiladas caught my eye some time ago, mostly because of the enchilada sauce recipe.
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Paleo Bearnaise Sauce

#52NewEats :: Week 12 :: Paleo Bearnaise Sauce

A few years ago, before it became ridiculously popular and was still relatively unheard of, I went strictly Paleo for more than a month (no grains, no sugar, no dairy, no legumes) and saw some serious results in the way I looked and felt.  Paleo was really hard for me to maintain though, because I
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Million Dollar Mac and Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 16 :: Million Dollar Mac and Cheese

It should come as no surprise to any of you that I’ve been a huge fan of Grilled Cheese Social since the day I found her many years ago.  She is known for coming up with some of the most epic grilled cheese combinations.  I actually haven’t tried too many of her recipes, because they
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Crockpot Sausage Peppers and Onions

#52NewEats :: Week 18 :: Crockpot Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Who doesn’t like sausage, peppers, and onions?  It’s one of my favorite Italian dishes.  I was recently at a work teambuilding event and they had a catered lunch for us.  I have been following an 80/20 grain-free rule over the past couple of months and all I could eat at this catered lunch was sausage,
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Black Bean and Green Chile Enchiladas

#52NewEats :: Week 19 :: Black Bean and Green Chile Enchiladas

So here’s some news for ya – my husband and I are going VEGETARIAN for the entire month of May.  😱  *gasp*  😱  Yes!  We are! Aaron adopted a project I did a few years ago, where instead of trying to abide by a few new year’s resolutions for an entire year, I tried to
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#52NewEats :: Week 2 :: Nachos Blanco

So ya had to know it was only a matter of time before one of the new recipes I wanted to try was a nachos recipe, right?  🙂 This week’s recipe comes to you from Sunny Anderson a la Food Network fame.  I watched the episode these nachos were featured on, oh, I don’t know,
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French Onion Zoodle Bake

#52NewEats :: Week 20 :: French Onion Zoodle Bake

This dish popped my zoodle cherry. I have been wanting to try zoodles for a while now, but I hadn’t quite found the right recipe until I found this one. I love alfredo sauce too much to cover zoodles with it. I might try a Bolognese sauce on zoodles, but for this month, we need
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Roasted Tomato Risotto

#52NewEats :: Week 21 :: Roasted Tomato Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that intimidates people, and I am not even really sure why.  A few months back, I tried my hand at risotto by making The Pioneer Woman’s //sun-dried tomato risotto//, and it was FABULOUS.  And it was amazingly NOT HARD. I don’t know if you guys know me?  Or if
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Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

#52NewEats :: Week 22 :: Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

I found this recipe on Pinterest a while ago while looking for vegetarian meals.  I wasn’t sure how ‘on board’ hubby would be with a vegetarian chili-style meal, so when we decided to go vegetarian for a month back in May, I jumped at the chance to make this! This recipe was very, very tasty,
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Mexican Street Corn Tostadas

#52NewEats :: Week 23 :: Mexican Street Corn Tostadas

These tostadas were quite possibly my most favorite new recipe that I made when we went vegetarian during the month of May.  Oh GOSH these were so good!  Also, as a result of making this, I was inspired to create a delicious corn dip recipe, so stay tuned for that!  I have already made these
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Vegetarian Enchilada Skillet

#52NewEats :: Week 24 :: Vegetarian Enchilada Skillet

While I was vegetarian in May, I ate a TON of Mexican recipes.  It wasn’t even really on purpose… okay, maybe subconsciously it was, but… there are just a lot of options out there for vegetarians in Mexican cuisine.  This dish has become one of the ‘keepers’ out of all the new recipes I tried
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Broccoli Cheese Risotto

#52NewEats :: Week 26 :: Broccoli Cheese Risotto

Since making my very first risotto a few months back and discovering exactly how not hard it was, I have sort of been on a risotto kick.  This is the third one I’ve made, and I can’t wait to try more.  I especially love this one because it’s a good way for me to get
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Beef Bourguignon

#52NewEats :: Week 29 :: Beef Bourguignon

Earlier this year, I mentioned in a post that I joined a really inspiring food blogging group on Facebook.  This group is full of so much fun and positivity.  And, duh, photographic inspiration!  Seeing everyone else’s work cuts both ways for me – on the one hand, I feel like I have so much work
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#52NewEats :: Week 3 :: Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese

Hey ya’ll!  For this week’s 52 New Eats recipe I chose another mac and cheese dish – primarily because my daughter LOVES Brie cheese, and LOVES Ritz crackers, and I though, why wouldn’t she LOVE this?! Silly me.  🙄 She’s too picky I suppose.  She didn’t like this mac and cheese, but I thought it
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Beef Enchilada Dip

#52NewEats :: Week 34 :: Beef Enchilada Dip

So there’s no ifs ands or buts about it – the thing that drew me in to try this recipe was the pictures on the website.  Go check them out //here//.  That cheese is so deliciously melty and the dish is so beefy and I just love Mexican food so I had to make this
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#52NewEats :: Week 4 :: Creamy Asiago Cheese Garlic Tortellini

For this week’s 52 New Eats recipe, I chose – yet another – sorry not sorry but actually yes a little sorry – pasta recipe.  This week though, my daughter picked it out, and she wanted to choose because she hasn’t liked any of the recipes I’ve made so far.  🙄  I know, I know.
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Creamy Tomato Mascarpone Pasta

#52NewEats :: Week 41 :: Creamy Tomato Mascarpone Pasta

It is pretty much a given, that if a recipe has the word “creamy” in the title, I will be all about it.  I looooove creamy sauces and dishes.  Can’t get enough.  Creamy sauces for drowning, dousing, blanketing, dipping, smothering… are all my favoritest sauces ever.  I would eat piles of vegetables if I could
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Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

#52NewEats :: Week 44 :: Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

One of my seriously all-time favorite cold weather recipes is Pinch of Yum’s //chicken and wild rice soup//.  I have never really been much of a soup person, but when I think about telling someone about this soup, I imagine that all the words coming out of my mouth are in CAPS LOCK.  It’s requiring
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Cacio e Pepe

#52NewEats :: Week 5 :: Cacio e Pepe

Over the summer, I took a girls overnight trip to NYC with my mom, sister, and daughter.  We had dinner at this amazing restaurant called //Cacio e Pepe//, and the whole reason we went was so we could eat… cacio e pepe.  I had seen some //videos on Instagram// of them mixing up the pasta
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Cheesy Gordita Crunch

#52NewEats :: Week 6 :: Taco Bell’s Cheesy Gordita Crunch

As much as I love fancy pants Mexican food, there will always be a place in my heart for good old Taco Bell.  There’s just something about that warm spicy saucy beef, fake cheese sauce, and salty taco sauces that will always bring me back.  I always always always get the same thing at Taco
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Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

#52NewEats :: Week 7 :: Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

Ohhhh, this pork loin recipe!  Folks, I was quite pleased with this recipe.  I definitely recommend it!  I wouldn’t make this on a weeknight, but it’s a great recipe for Sunday dinner.  😊  The gravy is very flavorful, the pork turned out oh so tender, and served with my //balsamic potatoes//, it made for a
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Angel Hair with Garlic Sauce

Angel Hair with Garlic Sauce

Hey there fellow foodies.  In case you noticed it, I’m sorry for my absence.  My life has been taking over my life.  Did that make sense?  It did to me.  Anyway.  There’s a lot going on these days.  But I need to get back to this blog, because I really love this blog, and I
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Arroz con Crema

Arroz Con Crema

I may have mentioned once or a hundred times that //Distrito// is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia.  They used to have this dish on their menu that was so good it legit brought tears to my eyes – arroz con crema.  It was a rice side dish that was cheesy, creamy, warm, and
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Balsamic Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Balsamic Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

I am actually really proud of this recipe. This recipe came to me in bursts of ideas over the course of a day when I was trying to think of how I could use up some leftover bruschetta.  At first I thought about piling it onto a piece of grilled chicken.  And forking-and-knifing it. And
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BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I have a yummy Mexican recipe for you!! A little while ago I made a batch of slow-cooked BBQ chicken for my husband’s work lunches.  And it turned out I’d made just a bit too much.  Like he wasn’t going to eat it all before it went bad. 
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Better Burrito Bowls

You guysssssss. If you’ve noticed, I’m SO sorry for my absence. If you haven’t noticed, it’s cool. So I am finding out very quickly that getting a house ready to put on the market is no freakin’ joke.  Since early January, I have spent part or all of every single weekend packing stuff I don’t
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Blue Duck's Cheesesteak Nachos

Blue Duck’s Cheesesteak Nachos

Hello friends. As you know, I live in the Land of the Cheesesteak.  I love cheesesteaks.  You can hardly drive a mile in any direction in Philadelphia without passing a place where you can get a cheesesteak.  Cheesesteaks are the bomb. These nachos were inspired by my favorite neighborhood restaurant, The Blue Duck.  Back in
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Brown Rice Paella

Brown Rice Paella

I love paella. Correction:  I love this paella. Until recently, paella was intimidating to me because of three things: It typically has seafood in it (ew!). I was under the impression it took forever to make. It typically has white rice in it. So mostly I avoided it until I stumbled upon this gem in
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Bruschetta French Bread Pizza

Bruschetta French Bread Pizza

Did you guys ever find yourself with like a ton of leftover bruschetta and no idea what to do with it? No?  Yeah, me neither.  Not often anyway.  But when I do have some leftover, I usually make this the very next day! So one of the ways I originally toyed with introducing cheese to
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Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks

Ok so here’s the thing. The lighting in my pictures these days SUCKS.  And I’m apologizing but not really because I’m kind of actually impressed with myself that I’m managing to keep up with blogging with all the crazy that’s going on in my life right now.  And while I certainly know that there is
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Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Do you guys have any idea how fast the sun sets in the winter?  It’s not fair to food bloggers.  So you’ll have to excuse the appearance of these pictures.  I tried my hardest – twice! That’s my favorite from the first try.  Silly me was so excited about the pizza that I didn’t notice the
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Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Hey guys! It’s been like, a really long time.  Like almost a week.  Sorry.  I know you were all waiting on bated breath for my next blog entry but life happened there for a minute.  Snowmageddon last Thursday, birthday celebrations over the weekend, lazy days off parked on the couch with my cat catching up
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cheesesteak hoagie nachos

Cheesesteak Hoagie Nachos

So, you guys!  I’m pretty excited.  Def about these cheesesteak hoagie nachos, but first: Several posts back I mentioned how I wanted to get back into this blog thing after being away for so long because my life took over my life.  Well today I discovered that Facebook is *actually* good for something (I know,
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Cheesesteaks

If you don’t know by now, I’m from Philly – land of the cheesesteak, land of the soft pretzel, land of Wawa, land of Tastykakes. We love our Philly food, especially the cheesesteak.  What I love about the cheesesteak is that you could ask 50 different people what their favorite cheesesteak shop is, and you would
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Chicken Enchiladas Suizas

Chicken Enchiladas Suizas

Despite how much I positively adore Mexican food, I have not always been much a fan of verde salsa or sauces.  Why?  I feel like they can be inconsistent from restaurant to restaurant.  Some places, it’s ridiculously spicy; some places, it’s really tangy.  Some places it’s well-balanced and I really like it.  But I haven’t
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Chicken Taco Salad Bowls

My sister loves taco salads. Sometimes, when we go out to pig out on Mexican food, she will gravely disappoint me and order a taco salad.  Meanwhile I’ll order 3 enchiladas, 2 tacos, rice, queso, and who knows what else.  But she just loves taco salads and sometimes that’s what she gets while I sit
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Chipotle Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers

Chipotle Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers

I feel like I want to start every blog post with YOU.  GUYS. It’s just that I get so excited about food, and I want to tell you all about it, and I want to begin it all by saying YOU GUYS. YOU.  GUYS. If you could make only one kind of cheeseburger for the
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Chipotle Cheeseburger Patty Melt

Holla ya’ll! We are well into January here in Philadelphia and you know what’s wonderful?  Today we received our first snowfall.  The snowfall itself is not actually all that wonderful, but the fact that it took so long to get here is pretty awesome.  I mean winter is already like almost half over.  I love
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Chipotle Chicken Cheesesteaks

Chipotle Chicken Cheesesteaks

I am a Philly girl and in Philly we love our cheesesteaks.  Every Philadelphian you talk to will have a different favorite cheesesteak place.  Personally, I like Jimmy G’s, Sonny’s, and D’Alessandro’s.  I’ve never really thought to make them at home though because honestly, I am surrounded by so many good cheesesteak shops that can
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Chipotle Chicken Grilled Cheese

Chipotle Chicken Grilled Cheese

There’s this adorable restaurant over in Jersey called the Pop Shop that makes amazing food and they have a huge section on their menu just for grilled cheese.  One day I tried what they call their Frazer Grilled Cheese – it’s a griddled chicken breast with Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeno-onion relish, and chipotle mayo.  I’ll
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Cholula Mac and Cheese

Cholula Mac & Cheese

Once I perfected my homemade //macaroni and cheese//, I started noticing that my husband was desecrating his plate of perfectly creamy mac and cheese with hot sauce.  😱  The nerve! Originally it was Tabasco.  I couldn’t believe such things.  Who dare muddle my perfectly perfected cheese sauce with Tabasco?  No!  No no no. But then
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Classic Nachos

CINCO DE MAYO !! Classic Nachos

You guys.  It’s nachos. NACHOS! I don’t know how or when nachos became my most favorite food on the planet, but seriously, to me, there is nothing better in this world than a fat messy plate of nachos.  With or without meat, with or without beans, I could really care less.  There aren’t many nachos
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Fajita Chicken

CINCO DE MAYO !! Fajita Chicken

YOU GUYS!  It’s almost Cinco de Mayo! What, am I too early? Cinco de Mayo might be one of my most favorite food holidays.  To me, there is absolutely nothing better than a whole holiday dedicated to food that you can cover in cheese and sour cream. Here is a great recipe I’ve adapted for
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Old School Tacos

CINCO DE MAYO !! Old School Tacos

You guys. My job is burning me OUT. Like I didn’t even have time to BLOG last week.  I was so busy and when I wasn’t busy I was completely drained. And now it’s 2 days before Cinco de Mayo – my most favorite food holiday of the year – and I have FOUR recipes
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Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini

Creamy.  Roasted garlic.  Tortellini. Hands-down, without a doubt, my most favoritest pasta dish of all time. I know I know, it doesn’t look like a whole lot in the picture.  But I can assure you that this pasta dish is so flavorful and so filling and so creamy and so slutty. Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaany years ago, when
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Crispy Chicken Dijon

Crispy Chicken Dijon

This is a story of two relatively-healthy recipes that got married to make one sluttacular recipe. Ok, maybe they aren’t totally healthy individually.  But together they are pretty much not healthy at all, and totally slutty. You might have seen the creamy Dijon chicken recipe floating around Pinterest a while ago.  I was sucked in
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Eggs Benedict Brunch Burgers

Eggs Benedict Brunch Burgers

Hey ya’ll!  Sorry it’s been a while.  I’ve had some friends and family in town visiting which has been wonderful.  Bonus: I think I’ve eaten four cheeseburgers in two weeks – three of which happened in the last four days.  *insert googly-eyed emoji here*  I have eaten so much food, so much good food, in
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Eggs Benedict Fries

Eggs Benedict Fries

Eggs Benedict Fries. Yes.  They are A Thing. They should be A Thing on your menu for this week too.  Because seriously.  Why not?!  Life is short.  Eat the French fries, topped with creamy, tangy Hollandaise sauce, topped with a glorious poached egg, topped with smoked paprika and chopped chives.  Eat them. Eggs Benedict Fries
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Eggs on Toast

Eggs on Toast

This is one of those recipes that is so easy, you will wonder how you did without it all your life. Or maybe I’m just late to the game and people have been eating this forever and I’m the one who did without it all my life. I was never really an egg person growing
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Ethan's Rotini

Ethan’s Rotini

Hey guys!  So today I have a super duper really super healthy pasta dish for you! (Did you detect my sarcasm through your screen?) Really all I was being sarcastic about was the “healthy” part.  This IS the slutty food blog, after all.  Not the healthy food blog.  There are enough of those. This is
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Fresh Ricotta Toasts

So like.  Did y’all know you can make ricotta at home?  And that it’s better than almost anything you could buy at a store (unless you have access to some mom and pop Italian market that makes it fresh)? It’s true.  And it was SO easy to make, that of course I immediately had to
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Fresh Tomato and Garlic Penne

Fresh Tomato and Garlic Penne

Today, I bring you one of my favorite old-time recipes from when I first started learning how to cook: fresh tomato and garlic penne. When I first started learning how to cook, I was also sort of discovering that I liked pasta.  Weird, I know, right?  Like, who am I?  I don’t even know sometimes.
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Cheeseburger Macaroni

Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni

First and foremost, can I just lament how hard it is to photograph this dish? I mean, I don’t really know how you make homemade cheeseburger macaroni pretty.  I suppose I could have thrown something green on top of it, like parsley?  But then it wouldn’t really be a knockoff of Hamburger Helper. Let’s face
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Jose Pistola's Nachos

Jose Pistola’s Nachos

My close friend told me the other day that she’s tired of looking at my Instagram because all that’s ever on there is nachos. Oops. I can’t help it though!  Nachos are my most favorite thing on the planet.  I’m pretty sure she was joking.  She loves me.  She’s not a meanie. And then about
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Macaroni and Cheese

So like.  I just want to know when the heck I turned 35.  When did this happen, and why do I not feel 35?  I don’t believe that I’m 35.  No, not me.  I’m 26.  At heart. It’s a funny thing to come to terms with your age.  Before long I’ll be 40.  I remember
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Cheeseburgers

MEMORIAL DAY !! Cheeseburgers

HEY!  HI GUYS!  How are you?! It’s Friday and I just got the most amazing news and it’s a three-day weekend and I’m about to go party after work to celebrate the aforementioned amazing news and really THE ONLY thing that could make me happier is having one of these babies staring back at me.
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Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole

You guys!! I am pretty sure this is the very first recipe that I took creative liberties with – and it’s pretty damn good! Way back in like 2000 or 2001, when I was first learning how to cook, the only cookbook I had was your standard Betty Crocker cookbook.  There was a recipe in
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National Nachos Day!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t need an excuse to eat nachos.  Give ’em to me all day err day.  But tonight, I am attempting to recreate the Holy Grail of Nacho Wonderland…. Distrito‘s nachos.  I’ve got just about all the ingredients waiting for me at home, ready to throw together and devour
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Penne Broccoli Alfredo

Penne Broccoli Alfredo

I have to tell you guys… I’m a late-blooming foodie. It’s true. I grew up a very picky eater.  We didn’t eat a lot of exotic or fancy food in our house.  Tacos was about as ethnic as it got.  Both my parents worked full time, and with five kids in the house, it was
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Pinch of Yum Nachos

Pinch of Yum Nachos

As my first blog post, I think it’s only right that I post a recipe that was inspired by the blog that inspired me to start this blog!  (Did you catch that?) Pinch of Yum is one of my favorite food blogs.  Without even knowing it, I had a bunch of her recipes already pinned
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Poutine

Poutine

What’s poutine? This: Aw yeah that’s it. Poutine is this amazing plate of Canadian goodness (you can find the official definition here).  We are talking about crispy fries, and a beefy brown gravy, and sweet, creamy cheese curds, and a bit of minced parsley on top cuz every plate should have some green on it.
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Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos

Hey guys. Like HAAAAAAAY GUUUUUYS!!!! I don’t even think I can tell y’all just how good things have been in the past week.  I have a new boss at work.  And the meetings and discussions I’ve had since he’s stepped into place have been so productive and motivational and for the first time in a
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Roast Beef with Black Gravy

Roast Beef & Black Gravy

As I grumbled yesterday, it’s still pretty cold here in Philly. I have been dying to fire up our grill and cook out every night but winter is just holding on by the skin of its teeth. I don’t typically want to eat meals like this in warmer weather because I think it’s just in
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Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Sliders

Last summer sometime, I hosted a Slutfest at my house with our friends Geoff and Becky.  Normally Slutfest is just the four of us getting together and pigging out but on this occasion we also invited our friends Jackie and Brandon. One of Jackie’s contributions to the party was some kind of cheesesteak or cheeseburger
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Sawtooth Grill Blue Cheese Fries

Sawtooth Grill Blue Cheese Fries

Back when I lived in Spokane, there was a restaurant there called the Sawtooth Grill.  I heard it has since closed, but when we lived there it was one of our favorite places to frequent for cheeseburgers.  They had GREAT burgers.  And they had an appetizer on their menu which was skinny French fries doused
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Sloppy Joe Cheese Fries

Listen.  When I started this blog, I felt like food creativity started coming at me from a hundred different directions.  And one of those things that popped in my head was ‘sloppy Joe cheese fries’. I’m not sure if I’d ever seen them on a menu before or something, but I know for sure I
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Bread Dip

Slutty Game Food, Episode 2: Bread Dip

You guys, this is the greatest dip ever known to man.  I’d put my life on it. When I was a kid, my dad was into politics, and my mom was forever hosting campaign-or-something-related events at our house.  All us kids had to hide upstairs while they had all these important people over till all
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Slutty Grilled Cheese

Does anybody else out there know the term, “food hug”? My friend and I use this term to describe the situations in which we are so stressed or angry or frazzled or crazy that we want to EAT ALL THE FOOD, ALL THE UNHEALTHY-FOR-ME FOODS, ALL THE SLUTTY FOOD because it’s the only thing that
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Stuffed Shells

Stuffed Shells

Some time ago, when I discovered that I liked Italian food, I tried a stuffed shells recipe and fell in love. I can’t even remember whose recipe this is now, because I’ve modded it a little bit and am not sure what’s what. But I’ll tell you what my favorite thing is about this stuffed
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Turkey

THANKSGIVING !! How to Brine a Turkey + Day-Of Schedule

So I almost bought this shirt to wear on Thanksgiving.  Alllllllmost. Thanksgiving in my house is not about wearing dresses and tights and nice shoes and curling my hair.  No.  It’s about putting your eatin’-clothes on and vegging out. We don’t eat dinner at 1, or 2, or 3, or 4.  We eat dinner at
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Thanksgiving Leftover Kentucky Hot Brown

Thanksgiving Leftover Kentucky Hot Brown

Oh hai. Welcome to the Slutty Food Blog, where I like to take seemingly boring holiday leftovers and slut them up with a sinful cheese sauce and call it a Kentucky Hot Brown. Seriously though – I know these pictures don’t tell much of the story, but you will just have to trust me on
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Chicken Piccata

Valentine’s Day: Chicken Piccata Menu

Earlier this week I gave you a romantic steak dinner menu to serve to your special someone on Valentine’s Day.  But maybe you don’t like steak.  Or red wine.  Or broccoli (I don’t blame you, I eat it very begrudgingly).  This would be my next pick to serve to someone on Valentine’s Day.  Chicken piccata
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Steak au Poivre

Valentine’s Day: Steak au Poivre Menu

A long, long time ago, in an apartment far, far away, there lived a girl who did not know how to cook. And, wanting a marriage proposal so terribly, having been with her boyfriend for several years, she started to wonder if he saw her as non-marriage material due to her lack of cooking skills.
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Vegetarian Enchiladas Suizas

Vegetarian Enchiladas Suizas

So I know I just shared a recipe last week for //chicken enchiladas suizas//, but I loved it so much that I immediately wanted to come up with a vegetarian version, so here it is! To me, there is just something about the combination of black beans, corn, and poblanos and that really sets my
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Fixer-Upper Friday

Fixer-Upper Friday :: Family Room Before & After

For my first Before & After post showcasing my new/old house, I chose our Family Room! Our Family Room is in the original part of the house (not the addition).  As I mentioned before, this original part of the house dates back to either the 1700s or 1800s (depends on which local amateur historian I’ve
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Fixer-Upper Friday :: Great Room Before and After

For this week’s edition of Fixer-Upper Friday I’m going to share with you the transformation of our Great Room! Our Great Room is in the back of the house, in the addition.  It features exposed beam ceilings like the Family Room does.  It’s a long rectangular room with a gigantic bay window on one end,
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Holidays

Chocolate Pie

#12NewTreats :: April :: Chocolate Pie

So.  Here’s what I have to say about the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Chocolate Pie. It was really friggin’ easy. It was really friggin’ amazingly delicious. I am already salivating at the thought of making it again. I might just turn it into pudding next time and skip the pie shell. I might just make
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World's Greatest Onion Dip

#52NewEats :: Week 36 :: World’s Greatest Onion Dip

Ok so.  I’m just going to say this loud and clear: you WILL want this dip at your next family or friends get-together.  You just will. You WILL need to get over the idea of sauteeing the onions for 45-60 minutes.  You just will.  Because this step, this crucial step, is what sets this dip
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Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie

#52NewEats :: Week 47 :: Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie

Mmmmm, baked brie.  Warm, melty, spready cheese.  On a salty cracker.  With sweet, tangy balsamic strawberries on top.  Mmm, mmm, mmm. This recipe for baked brie was really, really decadent.  I had to make myself stop eating it so that I would eat my dinner!  I will definitely make it again, but I will change
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CHRISTMAS !! Hello Dollies

WHO IS READY FOR CHRISTMAS. I guess I am.  I’m as ready as I’ll be.  About 90% of my shopping is done and about 0% of my wrapping is done.  That will probably happen on Christmas Eve. Also only slightly more than 0% done?  My Christmas baking. Every year I turn into my mom and
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CHRISTMAS !! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Honestly I have no idea what these things are actually called.  I just made that title up.  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups… seems legit  But for every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my mom has made these.  And they are SO SIMPLE. In fact I’m kicking myself now for spending $30
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Classic Nachos

CINCO DE MAYO !! Classic Nachos

You guys.  It’s nachos. NACHOS! I don’t know how or when nachos became my most favorite food on the planet, but seriously, to me, there is nothing better in this world than a fat messy plate of nachos.  With or without meat, with or without beans, I could really care less.  There aren’t many nachos
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Fajita Chicken

CINCO DE MAYO !! Fajita Chicken

YOU GUYS!  It’s almost Cinco de Mayo! What, am I too early? Cinco de Mayo might be one of my most favorite food holidays.  To me, there is absolutely nothing better than a whole holiday dedicated to food that you can cover in cheese and sour cream. Here is a great recipe I’ve adapted for
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Old School Tacos

CINCO DE MAYO !! Old School Tacos

You guys. My job is burning me OUT. Like I didn’t even have time to BLOG last week.  I was so busy and when I wasn’t busy I was completely drained. And now it’s 2 days before Cinco de Mayo – my most favorite food holiday of the year – and I have FOUR recipes
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Pico de Gallo

CINCO DE MAYO !! Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is like… the perfect condiment for Mexican food. I use it on almost everything I make that’s Mexican.  Tacos, taco salads, nachos, quesadillas, even as a dip on its own.  Obviously you want to make sure you have the freshest, ripest ingredients as this is a raw dish with simple flavors. Two
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Sangria

CINCO DE MAYO !! Sangria & Margaritas

I know what you’re thinkin’. You’re thinkin’ HEY CRISTIN.  WTF AM I SUPPOSED TO WASH DOWN ALL THIS DELICIOUS MEXICAN FOOD WITH. Amirite? You have to have sangria and margaritas mis amigos.  No Cinco de Mayo fiesta is complete without a proper drink! (I would also argue that no warm summer evening spent outdoors is
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Taco Dip

CINCO DE MAYO !! Taco Dip

If you were looking for a highly-addictive, semi-healthy, fresh-tasting dip to put on the table for Cinco de Mayo, you need look no further. This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember.  My mom used to make it all the time.  She probably got the recipe off some product
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Cheeseburgers

MEMORIAL DAY !! Cheeseburgers

HEY!  HI GUYS!  How are you?! It’s Friday and I just got the most amazing news and it’s a three-day weekend and I’m about to go party after work to celebrate the aforementioned amazing news and really THE ONLY thing that could make me happier is having one of these babies staring back at me.
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Cilantro Potatoes

MEMORIAL DAY !! Cilantro Potatoes

With Cinco de Mayo behind us, summer is fast on its way.  And after this winter in Philly, I can-not-wait-for-warmer-weather ! This winter really hung on for dear life.  It did NOT want to move on.  Today it’s 85 and sunny and I am heading down to Atlantic City with my sister for the night.
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Macaroni Pepperoni Salad

MEMORIAL DAY !! Macaroni Pepperoni Salad

Hey guys! Long time no talk.  I know.  I’m sorry.  My bad.  My job is extremely demanding and it’s been completely wiping me out lately.  Like, going-to-bed-at-8pm wiped out.  It’s a busy life.  I wish that all I had to do in life was cook and eat and blog about it.  And be a mom.
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Pink Limon

Pink Limon

My friends!  Behold, a delicious, maybe-a-little-too-easy-to-drink, tangy alcohol draaaank! A long, long time ago when I first started drinking, I found this recipe and fell in love with it.  It might be one of the first things my little sister drank that she really liked.  And once in a while it makes an appearance at
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Roast Beef with Black Gravy

Roast Beef & Black Gravy

As I grumbled yesterday, it’s still pretty cold here in Philly. I have been dying to fire up our grill and cook out every night but winter is just holding on by the skin of its teeth. I don’t typically want to eat meals like this in warmer weather because I think it’s just in
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Spinach Dip

Secret Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip. Really, SFB? I know, I know.  Everyone knows how to make spinach dip, right?  In fact, it just may be that you know how to make it the way I make it here.  Maybe what I have here is not even new to you.  But it’s new to me, and I’m excited to
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Cranberry Orange Relish

THANKSGIVING !! Cranberry Orange Relish

It is finally here – it is finally upon us – one of my most favorite food holidays of the year! – THANKSGIVING. Thanksgiving wasn’t always one of my favorite food holidays of the year.  There was a time once when I couldn’t have cared less about turkey, it was really just another day off
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Turkey

THANKSGIVING !! How to Brine a Turkey + Day-Of Schedule

So I almost bought this shirt to wear on Thanksgiving.  Alllllllmost. Thanksgiving in my house is not about wearing dresses and tights and nice shoes and curling my hair.  No.  It’s about putting your eatin’-clothes on and vegging out. We don’t eat dinner at 1, or 2, or 3, or 4.  We eat dinner at
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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

THANKSGIVING !! Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

I may lose my foodie card today, because I have to tell you that there is one food I have yet to master on a consistent basis – and that is mashed potatoes. Most of the time when I make mashed potatoes, they are just ok.  They aren’t terrible, but they don’t knock your socks
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Thanksgiving Leftover Kentucky Hot Brown

Thanksgiving Leftover Kentucky Hot Brown

Oh hai. Welcome to the Slutty Food Blog, where I like to take seemingly boring holiday leftovers and slut them up with a sinful cheese sauce and call it a Kentucky Hot Brown. Seriously though – I know these pictures don’t tell much of the story, but you will just have to trust me on
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Chicken Piccata

Valentine’s Day: Chicken Piccata Menu

Earlier this week I gave you a romantic steak dinner menu to serve to your special someone on Valentine’s Day.  But maybe you don’t like steak.  Or red wine.  Or broccoli (I don’t blame you, I eat it very begrudgingly).  This would be my next pick to serve to someone on Valentine’s Day.  Chicken piccata
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Steak au Poivre

Valentine’s Day: Steak au Poivre Menu

A long, long time ago, in an apartment far, far away, there lived a girl who did not know how to cook. And, wanting a marriage proposal so terribly, having been with her boyfriend for several years, she started to wonder if he saw her as non-marriage material due to her lack of cooking skills.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If you’ve ever done any kind of shopping for Valentine’s day, then surely you’ve come across how much chocolate covered strawberries cost. Seriously though, like $5 a berry?  It’s kind of ridic. I’m in the wrong business. Making chocolate covered strawberries at home is SO EASY.  There is really no need to buy them as
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Nachos

#52NewEats :: Week 2 :: Nachos Blanco

So ya had to know it was only a matter of time before one of the new recipes I wanted to try was a nachos recipe, right?  🙂 This week’s recipe comes to you from Sunny Anderson a la Food Network fame.  I watched the episode these nachos were featured on, oh, I don’t know,
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5.5 Layer Dip

5.5 Layer Dip

HEY I THOUGHT IT WAS 7-LAYER DIP! Yeah, so did I. I was perusing Pinterest one day and I saw a picture for a 7-layer dip that looked PHENOM, and I thought, I have to make that.  Except guess what?  It was a bad link.  🙁  Supwitdat.  So I kind of had to wing this
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BBQ Chicken Nachos

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Ever since I threw together these //BBQ pulled pork nachos// a couple years ago, I have been wanting to do a BBQ chicken version. I typically prefer BBQ chicken over BBQ pork. So I wanted to put a new spin on it. These nachos feature my favorite //pickled red onions//, spicy pickled jalapenos, and a
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Blue Duck's Cheesesteak Nachos

Blue Duck’s Cheesesteak Nachos

Hello friends. As you know, I live in the Land of the Cheesesteak.  I love cheesesteaks.  You can hardly drive a mile in any direction in Philadelphia without passing a place where you can get a cheesesteak.  Cheesesteaks are the bomb. These nachos were inspired by my favorite neighborhood restaurant, The Blue Duck.  Back in
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cheesesteak hoagie nachos

Cheesesteak Hoagie Nachos

So, you guys!  I’m pretty excited.  Def about these cheesesteak hoagie nachos, but first: Several posts back I mentioned how I wanted to get back into this blog thing after being away for so long because my life took over my life.  Well today I discovered that Facebook is *actually* good for something (I know,
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Chipotle Cheese Sauce

This cheese sauce has been tweaked and perfected quite a lot over the years, but it wasn’t till last year that I started adding chipotle to it to spice it up a bit. Prior to adding chipotle, I would add dry chili powder, pepper jack cheese, regular Tabasco, and sometimes even pickled jalapeno juice to
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Classic Nachos

CINCO DE MAYO !! Classic Nachos

You guys.  It’s nachos. NACHOS! I don’t know how or when nachos became my most favorite food on the planet, but seriously, to me, there is nothing better in this world than a fat messy plate of nachos.  With or without meat, with or without beans, I could really care less.  There aren’t many nachos
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Jose Pistola's Nachos

Jose Pistola’s Nachos

My close friend told me the other day that she’s tired of looking at my Instagram because all that’s ever on there is nachos. Oops. I can’t help it though!  Nachos are my most favorite thing on the planet.  I’m pretty sure she was joking.  She loves me.  She’s not a meanie. And then about
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National Nachos Day!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t need an excuse to eat nachos.  Give ’em to me all day err day.  But tonight, I am attempting to recreate the Holy Grail of Nacho Wonderland…. Distrito‘s nachos.  I’ve got just about all the ingredients waiting for me at home, ready to throw together and devour
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Pinch of Yum Nachos

Pinch of Yum Nachos

As my first blog post, I think it’s only right that I post a recipe that was inspired by the blog that inspired me to start this blog!  (Did you catch that?) Pinch of Yum is one of my favorite food blogs.  Without even knowing it, I had a bunch of her recipes already pinned
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Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos

Hey guys. Like HAAAAAAAY GUUUUUYS!!!! I don’t even think I can tell y’all just how good things have been in the past week.  I have a new boss at work.  And the meetings and discussions I’ve had since he’s stepped into place have been so productive and motivational and for the first time in a
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Totchos

Hey y’all! Today is National Tater Tot Day.  Or something to that effect.  Did you know that?  I mean I did because I’m a food blogger and of course I know all the food holidays so that I can celebrate them appropriately.  Or, as my husband says, so I have an excuse to eat bad
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Off-Topic Tuesday

Goodbye Summer… Welcome Fall

It’s autumn!  My most favorite time of year ever. I have been way out of touch and it’s not even my fault.  While I was on vacation in August I was up early one morning and decided to draft up a bunch of blog entries and queue them up for publishing.  Well I did just
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Off-Topic Tuesday: Violence Begets Violence

Calling all parents :: how many of you out there are constantly terrified in the back of your mind that everything you do and say is laying a brick to the foundation of fucking up your kid? I know.  It’s a terrible thought to have.  But we’ve all thought it at least once, right? I
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Off-Topic Tuesday :: New Year, Better Me

Not a “new” me, a better me. Who’s got new year’s resolutions?  I don’t normally do them.  For those of you that do know me, you may remember that I used to have another blog where, a few years ago, I documented my journey through a year of 12 mini resolutions.  I picked one resolution each
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Updates From In Between

Well howdy there, partner. You know I get to talk like that all the time now, you know why, right? CUZ I FINALLY BOUGHT ME A FARMHOUSE!! I may or may not also be watching Toy Story 2 right now and Jessie is rubbing off on me. But seriously, YEAH, we made it.  We bought
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Country roads, take me home….

It is almost time!! We settle on our farmhouse in just a few days.  And oh my gosh I don’t think I could be more excited.  There have literally been times in the past several weeks where I’ve had to stop and think wait, did I really just buy a farmhouse with 3 acres and
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….To the place I belong….

Hello, hello, hello everyone! I know it has been like FORRREEEVVVVERRRRRR and I am so, so sorry.  Bad food blogger! It’s just that I’ve been soo busy with life, man.  Just, LIFE.  I am exhausted.  Can I just take a second and remind you… In January of this year, I began clearing out my old
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Yay for 2017

I don’t know about you all, but I am welcoming 2017 with open arms. 2016 was one hell of a year.  On so many levels.  I mean for Pete’s sake, the amount of drama I had in my life in 2016 was just astronomical.  I’m over it.  This year I am ready to welcome lots
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Off-Topic Tuesday :: Minimalism in May

“Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and replacing it with feelings of chaos.  Clutter is an often-unrecognized source of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction, and even guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the excess papers, files, knick knacks and
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Off-Topic Tuesday :: Minimalism / Vegetarianism May Update

“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of what we most value and the removal of anything that distracts from it.” –Joshua Becker So we are halfway through the month of May and my twin journeys of minimalism and vegetarianism are going rather well! To help me through Minimalism May, I found a 30-day minimalism task calendar
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Off-Topic Tuesday :: (Not So) Final Thoughts on Minimalism/Vegetarian May

It’s almost June! This means that my month of vegetarianism is almost over! But ironically enough, I am not exactly dying to gorge myself with all the meats. I literally did not eat a single bite of meat in the last 31 days, and I didn’t miss it with the ferocity I’d expected.  I knew
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Project Potluck

Project Potluck – “Women and Magic”

//Project Potluck// was a beautiful idea born in my food blogging group on Facebook in response to the horrific events that unfolded in Charlottesville, VA, the weekend of August 11-13.  The idea was to bring people together out of love and not hate; to gather together and share some food, share a meal; to invite
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Office Lunch Files

Beef Bourguignon

#52NewEats :: Week 29 :: Beef Bourguignon

Earlier this year, I mentioned in a post that I joined a really inspiring food blogging group on Facebook.  This group is full of so much fun and positivity.  And, duh, photographic inspiration!  Seeing everyone else’s work cuts both ways for me – on the one hand, I feel like I have so much work
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Better Burrito Bowls

You guysssssss. If you’ve noticed, I’m SO sorry for my absence. If you haven’t noticed, it’s cool. So I am finding out very quickly that getting a house ready to put on the market is no freakin’ joke.  Since early January, I have spent part or all of every single weekend packing stuff I don’t
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Burrata with Roasted Tomatoes

Burrata with Roasted Tomatoes

Happy November!! I don’t especially love November, at least not like I love October.  But, my husband’s birthday, my daughter’s birthday, and Thanksgiving usually all fall within the same week.  It makes for a hectic week, but I love it.  Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year bc food duh.  This year we
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Chicken Taco Salad Bowls

My sister loves taco salads. Sometimes, when we go out to pig out on Mexican food, she will gravely disappoint me and order a taco salad.  Meanwhile I’ll order 3 enchiladas, 2 tacos, rice, queso, and who knows what else.  But she just loves taco salads and sometimes that’s what she gets while I sit
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Fajita Chicken

CINCO DE MAYO !! Fajita Chicken

YOU GUYS!  It’s almost Cinco de Mayo! What, am I too early? Cinco de Mayo might be one of my most favorite food holidays.  To me, there is absolutely nothing better than a whole holiday dedicated to food that you can cover in cheese and sour cream. Here is a great recipe I’ve adapted for
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Favorite Chicken Salad

Favorite Chicken Salad

There’s this Jewish deli in Bala Cynwyd, PA, near where I used to live, called Hymie’s.  And Hymie’s makes THE BEST chicken salad I have had ANYWHERE in this entire world. I know, I know, again – here we are – really SFB?  Chicken salad?  I know.  It’s so simple, probably everyone has a recipe
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Macaroni Pepperoni Salad

MEMORIAL DAY !! Macaroni Pepperoni Salad

Hey guys! Long time no talk.  I know.  I’m sorry.  My bad.  My job is extremely demanding and it’s been completely wiping me out lately.  Like, going-to-bed-at-8pm wiped out.  It’s a busy life.  I wish that all I had to do in life was cook and eat and blog about it.  And be a mom.
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Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole

You guys!! I am pretty sure this is the very first recipe that I took creative liberties with – and it’s pretty damn good! Way back in like 2000 or 2001, when I was first learning how to cook, the only cookbook I had was your standard Betty Crocker cookbook.  There was a recipe in
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Sandwiches

Crockpot Sausage Peppers and Onions

#52NewEats :: Week 18 :: Crockpot Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Who doesn’t like sausage, peppers, and onions?  It’s one of my favorite Italian dishes.  I was recently at a work teambuilding event and they had a catered lunch for us.  I have been following an 80/20 grain-free rule over the past couple of months and all I could eat at this catered lunch was sausage,
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Balsamic Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Balsamic Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

I am actually really proud of this recipe. This recipe came to me in bursts of ideas over the course of a day when I was trying to think of how I could use up some leftover bruschetta.  At first I thought about piling it onto a piece of grilled chicken.  And forking-and-knifing it. And
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BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I have a yummy Mexican recipe for you!! A little while ago I made a batch of slow-cooked BBQ chicken for my husband’s work lunches.  And it turned out I’d made just a bit too much.  Like he wasn’t going to eat it all before it went bad. 
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Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks

Ok so here’s the thing. The lighting in my pictures these days SUCKS.  And I’m apologizing but not really because I’m kind of actually impressed with myself that I’m managing to keep up with blogging with all the crazy that’s going on in my life right now.  And while I certainly know that there is
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Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Hey guys! It’s been like, a really long time.  Like almost a week.  Sorry.  I know you were all waiting on bated breath for my next blog entry but life happened there for a minute.  Snowmageddon last Thursday, birthday celebrations over the weekend, lazy days off parked on the couch with my cat catching up
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Cheesesteaks

If you don’t know by now, I’m from Philly – land of the cheesesteak, land of the soft pretzel, land of Wawa, land of Tastykakes. We love our Philly food, especially the cheesesteak.  What I love about the cheesesteak is that you could ask 50 different people what their favorite cheesesteak shop is, and you would
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Chipotle Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers

Chipotle Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers

I feel like I want to start every blog post with YOU.  GUYS. It’s just that I get so excited about food, and I want to tell you all about it, and I want to begin it all by saying YOU GUYS. YOU.  GUYS. If you could make only one kind of cheeseburger for the
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Chipotle Cheeseburger Patty Melt

Holla ya’ll! We are well into January here in Philadelphia and you know what’s wonderful?  Today we received our first snowfall.  The snowfall itself is not actually all that wonderful, but the fact that it took so long to get here is pretty awesome.  I mean winter is already like almost half over.  I love
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Chipotle Chicken Cheesesteaks

Chipotle Chicken Cheesesteaks

I am a Philly girl and in Philly we love our cheesesteaks.  Every Philadelphian you talk to will have a different favorite cheesesteak place.  Personally, I like Jimmy G’s, Sonny’s, and D’Alessandro’s.  I’ve never really thought to make them at home though because honestly, I am surrounded by so many good cheesesteak shops that can
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Chipotle Chicken Grilled Cheese

Chipotle Chicken Grilled Cheese

There’s this adorable restaurant over in Jersey called the Pop Shop that makes amazing food and they have a huge section on their menu just for grilled cheese.  One day I tried what they call their Frazer Grilled Cheese – it’s a griddled chicken breast with Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeno-onion relish, and chipotle mayo.  I’ll
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Eggs Benedict Brunch Burgers

Eggs Benedict Brunch Burgers

Hey ya’ll!  Sorry it’s been a while.  I’ve had some friends and family in town visiting which has been wonderful.  Bonus: I think I’ve eaten four cheeseburgers in two weeks – three of which happened in the last four days.  *insert googly-eyed emoji here*  I have eaten so much food, so much good food, in
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Favorite Chicken Salad

Favorite Chicken Salad

There’s this Jewish deli in Bala Cynwyd, PA, near where I used to live, called Hymie’s.  And Hymie’s makes THE BEST chicken salad I have had ANYWHERE in this entire world. I know, I know, again – here we are – really SFB?  Chicken salad?  I know.  It’s so simple, probably everyone has a recipe
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Cheeseburgers

MEMORIAL DAY !! Cheeseburgers

HEY!  HI GUYS!  How are you?! It’s Friday and I just got the most amazing news and it’s a three-day weekend and I’m about to go party after work to celebrate the aforementioned amazing news and really THE ONLY thing that could make me happier is having one of these babies staring back at me.
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Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Sliders

Last summer sometime, I hosted a Slutfest at my house with our friends Geoff and Becky.  Normally Slutfest is just the four of us getting together and pigging out but on this occasion we also invited our friends Jackie and Brandon. One of Jackie’s contributions to the party was some kind of cheesesteak or cheeseburger
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Sloppy Joe Sliders

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Some time ago I was Paleo, or predominantly Paleo, for the better part of about a year.  My husband really took to it – he likes meat and vegetables and has no problem turning away from potatoes and pasta.  Me, not so much.  I couldn’t last on Paleo like he could.  So he continued on
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Slutty Grilled Cheese

Does anybody else out there know the term, “food hug”? My friend and I use this term to describe the situations in which we are so stressed or angry or frazzled or crazy that we want to EAT ALL THE FOOD, ALL THE UNHEALTHY-FOR-ME FOODS, ALL THE SLUTTY FOOD because it’s the only thing that
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Thanksgiving Leftover Kentucky Hot Brown

Thanksgiving Leftover Kentucky Hot Brown

Oh hai. Welcome to the Slutty Food Blog, where I like to take seemingly boring holiday leftovers and slut them up with a sinful cheese sauce and call it a Kentucky Hot Brown. Seriously though – I know these pictures don’t tell much of the story, but you will just have to trust me on
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Sides

Buttermilk Cornbread

#52NewEats :: Week 15 :: Buttermilk Cornbread

Holy cow! Let me just start by saying that I don’t think I can say enough good things about this cornbread.  This buttermilk cornbread was absolutely amazing.  I love cornbread but I don’t often make it at home because it can be dry, crumbly, and just kind of generally unsatisfying.  BUT NO MORE! This recipe
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Million Dollar Mac and Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 16 :: Million Dollar Mac and Cheese

It should come as no surprise to any of you that I’ve been a huge fan of Grilled Cheese Social since the day I found her many years ago.  She is known for coming up with some of the most epic grilled cheese combinations.  I actually haven’t tried too many of her recipes, because they
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French Onion Zoodle Bake

#52NewEats :: Week 20 :: French Onion Zoodle Bake

This dish popped my zoodle cherry. I have been wanting to try zoodles for a while now, but I hadn’t quite found the right recipe until I found this one. I love alfredo sauce too much to cover zoodles with it. I might try a Bolognese sauce on zoodles, but for this month, we need
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Roasted Tomato Risotto

#52NewEats :: Week 21 :: Roasted Tomato Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that intimidates people, and I am not even really sure why.  A few months back, I tried my hand at risotto by making The Pioneer Woman’s //sun-dried tomato risotto//, and it was FABULOUS.  And it was amazingly NOT HARD. I don’t know if you guys know me?  Or if
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Italian Bread Dipping Oil

#52NewEats :: Week 25 :: Italian Bread Dipping Oil

Several years ago, I went to visit my friend Sara in Kansas City with some girlfriends, and we went out to dinner at this Italian place called Garozzo’s.  On the way there, Sara raved about the bread dipping oil.  WAIT TILL YOU DIP YOUR BREAD IN THAT OIL… OMG.  And I chuckled a little, thinking,
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Broccoli Cheese Risotto

#52NewEats :: Week 26 :: Broccoli Cheese Risotto

Since making my very first risotto a few months back and discovering exactly how not hard it was, I have sort of been on a risotto kick.  This is the third one I’ve made, and I can’t wait to try more.  I especially love this one because it’s a good way for me to get
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French Potato Salad

#52NewEats :: Week 27 :: French Potato Salad

As an “Irish” girl, I LOVE potatoes.  I mean, L O V E them.  I could eat them with every meal of every day.  Potatoes all the ways.  Hot, fried, boiled, baked, smothered in butter, smothered in sauces, //smothered in balsamic//; Cold, covered in mayo, mixed with bacon and scallions…  Potatoes.  All.  The.  Ways. So
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Broccoli Cheddar Wild Rice Casserole

#52NewEats :: Week 28 :: Broccoli Cheddar Wild Rice Casserole

It is no secret that I looooove //smitten kitchen//.  Love her.  LOVE.  HER.  She was probably one of the first blogs I’ve ever followed, and I found so much inspiration in her photography.  She has taken some really mouthwatering pictures, famously, with only a single window in her NYC apartment kitchen to light the food.
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Garlic Bread Spread

#52NewEats :: Week 39 :: Garlic Bread Spread

When I was a kid my mom used to make the most buttery, salty garlic bread.  I am not entirely sure how she made it, I should probably ask her.  But one day while scrolling through Pinterest, I found //this recipe for Garlic Bread Spread// and it sounded so much like what my mom made,
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Arroz con Crema

Arroz Con Crema

I may have mentioned once or a hundred times that //Distrito// is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia.  They used to have this dish on their menu that was so good it legit brought tears to my eyes – arroz con crema.  It was a rice side dish that was cheesy, creamy, warm, and
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Balsamic Garlic Bread

Balsamic Garlic Bread

Y’all know who Tyler Florence is, right?  I mean really, who doesn’t.  😍  He makes some pretty amazing food.  I have a bunch of his cookbooks, and in one of those cookbooks he posted a recipe for the ultimate garlic bread.  I tried it a few times and tweaked it a little bit, and I
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Balsamic Potatoes

Balsamic Potatoes

I’m sure this sounds kind of strange to you, right?  Balsamic potatoes?  But I assure you – they are so good.  I haven’t made these in years, and when I thought about them recently and how I should make them for the blog, my mouth immediately started watering. But!  I warn, they are not healthy.
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Cholula Mac and Cheese

Cholula Mac & Cheese

Once I perfected my homemade //macaroni and cheese//, I started noticing that my husband was desecrating his plate of perfectly creamy mac and cheese with hot sauce.  😱  The nerve! Originally it was Tabasco.  I couldn’t believe such things.  Who dare muddle my perfectly perfected cheese sauce with Tabasco?  No!  No no no. But then
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Jazzed Up Spanish Rice

Jazzed-Up Brown Spanish Rice

This is my favoritest Spanish rice recipe of all time.  It has become a true staple in my house, especially for me when I make lunches for work for the week.  It has evolved a lot over the past year, and I think I finally have a version that is both totally healthy and totally
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Macaroni and Cheese

So like.  I just want to know when the heck I turned 35.  When did this happen, and why do I not feel 35?  I don’t believe that I’m 35.  No, not me.  I’m 26.  At heart. It’s a funny thing to come to terms with your age.  Before long I’ll be 40.  I remember
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Cilantro Potatoes

MEMORIAL DAY !! Cilantro Potatoes

With Cinco de Mayo behind us, summer is fast on its way.  And after this winter in Philly, I can-not-wait-for-warmer-weather ! This winter really hung on for dear life.  It did NOT want to move on.  Today it’s 85 and sunny and I am heading down to Atlantic City with my sister for the night.
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Macaroni Pepperoni Salad

MEMORIAL DAY !! Macaroni Pepperoni Salad

Hey guys! Long time no talk.  I know.  I’m sorry.  My bad.  My job is extremely demanding and it’s been completely wiping me out lately.  Like, going-to-bed-at-8pm wiped out.  It’s a busy life.  I wish that all I had to do in life was cook and eat and blog about it.  And be a mom.
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Mexican Street Corn DIp

Mexican Street Corn Dip

I mentioned in my post for Mexican Street Corn Tostadas a couple weeks back that I was pretty inspired by that recipe and made a corn dip….thing. Is it weird that I think the words “corn dip” just don’t jive together?  I don’t know why.  It sounds pretty redneck.  Y’ALL COME FETCH YA SOME CORN
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Sawtooth Grill Blue Cheese Fries

Sawtooth Grill Blue Cheese Fries

Back when I lived in Spokane, there was a restaurant there called the Sawtooth Grill.  I heard it has since closed, but when we lived there it was one of our favorite places to frequent for cheeseburgers.  They had GREAT burgers.  And they had an appetizer on their menu which was skinny French fries doused
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Cranberry Orange Relish

THANKSGIVING !! Cranberry Orange Relish

It is finally here – it is finally upon us – one of my most favorite food holidays of the year! – THANKSGIVING. Thanksgiving wasn’t always one of my favorite food holidays of the year.  There was a time once when I couldn’t have cared less about turkey, it was really just another day off
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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

THANKSGIVING !! Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

I may lose my foodie card today, because I have to tell you that there is one food I have yet to master on a consistent basis – and that is mashed potatoes. Most of the time when I make mashed potatoes, they are just ok.  They aren’t terrible, but they don’t knock your socks
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Chicken Piccata

Valentine’s Day: Chicken Piccata Menu

Earlier this week I gave you a romantic steak dinner menu to serve to your special someone on Valentine’s Day.  But maybe you don’t like steak.  Or red wine.  Or broccoli (I don’t blame you, I eat it very begrudgingly).  This would be my next pick to serve to someone on Valentine’s Day.  Chicken piccata
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Steak au Poivre

Valentine’s Day: Steak au Poivre Menu

A long, long time ago, in an apartment far, far away, there lived a girl who did not know how to cook. And, wanting a marriage proposal so terribly, having been with her boyfriend for several years, she started to wonder if he saw her as non-marriage material due to her lack of cooking skills.
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Vegetarian

French Onion Poutine

#365Recipes :: French Onion Poutine

One of my best days ever was just a few weeks ago when I discovered that a local farm carries cheese curds.  I saw them and gasped on the spot and yanked the cold case door open and squealed with delight!  I made such a(n embarrassing) scene that the cashier a couple aisles away poked
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Penne with Four Cheeses

#365Recipes :: Penne with Four Cheeses

It’s been a while since I made something to contribute to the #365Recipes project, but here you go! Who doesn’t like a nice warm, cozy bowl of creamy pasta?  On these cooler fall nights, it’s one of my favoritest things to eat.  This penne with four cheeses pasta recipe is one I dug out from
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#52NewEats :: Week 1 :: Not Quite J. Alexander’s Mac and Cheese

As part of my 2017 new year’s resolutions, I would like to make one new recipe every week.  I’ve been in something of a cooking rut lately – creativity has escaped me, thanks to the stress of moving and renovating a house – and am looking for some inspiration and some new foods to drool
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Soft Pretzel Bites

#52NewEats :: Week 10 :: Soft Pretzel Bites

After a few weeks of #52NewEats recipes that fell flat with my daughter, I thought I’d look for something more up her alley.  And voila!  I found this recipe pinned from way back in da day for soft pretzel bites. My kid LOVES soft pretzels.  Like every time we go to Target – “Mom can
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Paleo Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

#52NewEats :: Week 13 :: Paleo Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

I could eat cashews all day long.  I love them so much, but sometimes you want them to have some flavor, right?  So twice in the past 6 months I have attempted to make ______ Roasted Cashews, and I will now say, NEVER AGAIN.  Leave the flavored roasted cashews up to the experts, and just
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Buttermilk Cornbread

#52NewEats :: Week 15 :: Buttermilk Cornbread

Holy cow! Let me just start by saying that I don’t think I can say enough good things about this cornbread.  This buttermilk cornbread was absolutely amazing.  I love cornbread but I don’t often make it at home because it can be dry, crumbly, and just kind of generally unsatisfying.  BUT NO MORE! This recipe
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Million Dollar Mac and Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 16 :: Million Dollar Mac and Cheese

It should come as no surprise to any of you that I’ve been a huge fan of Grilled Cheese Social since the day I found her many years ago.  She is known for coming up with some of the most epic grilled cheese combinations.  I actually haven’t tried too many of her recipes, because they
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Black Bean and Green Chile Enchiladas

#52NewEats :: Week 19 :: Black Bean and Green Chile Enchiladas

So here’s some news for ya – my husband and I are going VEGETARIAN for the entire month of May.  😱  *gasp*  😱  Yes!  We are! Aaron adopted a project I did a few years ago, where instead of trying to abide by a few new year’s resolutions for an entire year, I tried to
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French Onion Zoodle Bake

#52NewEats :: Week 20 :: French Onion Zoodle Bake

This dish popped my zoodle cherry. I have been wanting to try zoodles for a while now, but I hadn’t quite found the right recipe until I found this one. I love alfredo sauce too much to cover zoodles with it. I might try a Bolognese sauce on zoodles, but for this month, we need
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Roasted Tomato Risotto

#52NewEats :: Week 21 :: Roasted Tomato Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that intimidates people, and I am not even really sure why.  A few months back, I tried my hand at risotto by making The Pioneer Woman’s //sun-dried tomato risotto//, and it was FABULOUS.  And it was amazingly NOT HARD. I don’t know if you guys know me?  Or if
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Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

#52NewEats :: Week 22 :: Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

I found this recipe on Pinterest a while ago while looking for vegetarian meals.  I wasn’t sure how ‘on board’ hubby would be with a vegetarian chili-style meal, so when we decided to go vegetarian for a month back in May, I jumped at the chance to make this! This recipe was very, very tasty,
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Mexican Street Corn Tostadas

#52NewEats :: Week 23 :: Mexican Street Corn Tostadas

These tostadas were quite possibly my most favorite new recipe that I made when we went vegetarian during the month of May.  Oh GOSH these were so good!  Also, as a result of making this, I was inspired to create a delicious corn dip recipe, so stay tuned for that!  I have already made these
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Vegetarian Enchilada Skillet

#52NewEats :: Week 24 :: Vegetarian Enchilada Skillet

While I was vegetarian in May, I ate a TON of Mexican recipes.  It wasn’t even really on purpose… okay, maybe subconsciously it was, but… there are just a lot of options out there for vegetarians in Mexican cuisine.  This dish has become one of the ‘keepers’ out of all the new recipes I tried
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Italian Bread Dipping Oil

#52NewEats :: Week 25 :: Italian Bread Dipping Oil

Several years ago, I went to visit my friend Sara in Kansas City with some girlfriends, and we went out to dinner at this Italian place called Garozzo’s.  On the way there, Sara raved about the bread dipping oil.  WAIT TILL YOU DIP YOUR BREAD IN THAT OIL… OMG.  And I chuckled a little, thinking,
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Broccoli Cheese Risotto

#52NewEats :: Week 26 :: Broccoli Cheese Risotto

Since making my very first risotto a few months back and discovering exactly how not hard it was, I have sort of been on a risotto kick.  This is the third one I’ve made, and I can’t wait to try more.  I especially love this one because it’s a good way for me to get
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French Potato Salad

#52NewEats :: Week 27 :: French Potato Salad

As an “Irish” girl, I LOVE potatoes.  I mean, L O V E them.  I could eat them with every meal of every day.  Potatoes all the ways.  Hot, fried, boiled, baked, smothered in butter, smothered in sauces, //smothered in balsamic//; Cold, covered in mayo, mixed with bacon and scallions…  Potatoes.  All.  The.  Ways. So
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Broccoli Cheddar Wild Rice Casserole

#52NewEats :: Week 28 :: Broccoli Cheddar Wild Rice Casserole

It is no secret that I looooove //smitten kitchen//.  Love her.  LOVE.  HER.  She was probably one of the first blogs I’ve ever followed, and I found so much inspiration in her photography.  She has taken some really mouthwatering pictures, famously, with only a single window in her NYC apartment kitchen to light the food.
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#52NewEats :: Week 3 :: Creamy Brie Mac and Cheese

Hey ya’ll!  For this week’s 52 New Eats recipe I chose another mac and cheese dish – primarily because my daughter LOVES Brie cheese, and LOVES Ritz crackers, and I though, why wouldn’t she LOVE this?! Silly me.  🙄 She’s too picky I suppose.  She didn’t like this mac and cheese, but I thought it
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Apple Almond Muffins

#52NewEats :: Week 30 :: Apple Almond Muffins

I met an adorable fellow food blogger, Daniela, in the food bloggers group on Facebook, and immediately fell in love with her work because….. well, because the very first post I read of hers had the F word in it, and I knew she was my kind of girl! Ok, ok, ok… also, because, she
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

#52NewEats :: Week 32 :: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Guysssssss.  Who knew vegan desserts could be SO delicious? This is another recipe from my friend Daniela over at //dulce y natural// blog.  The //original recipe// was for chocolate chip cookies, but for whatever reason, the dough did not really come together enough for me to be able to roll into a ball, so I
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World's Greatest Onion Dip

#52NewEats :: Week 36 :: World’s Greatest Onion Dip

Ok so.  I’m just going to say this loud and clear: you WILL want this dip at your next family or friends get-together.  You just will. You WILL need to get over the idea of sauteeing the onions for 45-60 minutes.  You just will.  Because this step, this crucial step, is what sets this dip
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Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheez Rolls

#52NewEats :: Week 37 :: Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheez Rolls

Hey y’all!  I am SO EXCITED to share this recipe with you today because it’s part of a little collaboration I did with two of my favoritest ladies on the planet, Heather and Eryn at //The Practical Minimalists//.  I have been listening to their podcast since earlier this year and as you know, as I’ve
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Brie-Onion French Bread

#52NewEats :: Week 38 :: Brie-Onion French Bread

I recently hosted a party and decided on a theme I thought all attendees could get behind – cheese and bread!!  😂  I mean, who can’t get behind that?? Back in November of last year I tore this recipe out of my Food Network magazine and could not WAIT to try it.  This party finally
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#52NewEats :: Week 4 :: Creamy Asiago Cheese Garlic Tortellini

For this week’s 52 New Eats recipe, I chose – yet another – sorry not sorry but actually yes a little sorry – pasta recipe.  This week though, my daughter picked it out, and she wanted to choose because she hasn’t liked any of the recipes I’ve made so far.  🙄  I know, I know.
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Creamy Tomato Mascarpone Pasta

#52NewEats :: Week 41 :: Creamy Tomato Mascarpone Pasta

It is pretty much a given, that if a recipe has the word “creamy” in the title, I will be all about it.  I looooove creamy sauces and dishes.  Can’t get enough.  Creamy sauces for drowning, dousing, blanketing, dipping, smothering… are all my favoritest sauces ever.  I would eat piles of vegetables if I could
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Blue Cheese Dressing

#52NewEats :: Week 42 :: Blue Cheese Dressing

I have previously //waxed poetic here// about my love for blue cheese dressing.  I consider myself a blue cheese dressing expert.  I know what restaurants have good blue cheese dressing, and what restaurants have meh blue cheese dressing.  I have had my go-to recipe for forever, which is straight out of a //Morton’s Steakhouse cookbook//,
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Herbed Goat Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 45 :: Herbed Goat Cheese

I discovered within the last couple of years that I am, indeed, a passionate lover of goat cheese. Not really the crumbly goat cheese – I like the stuff that comes in a log and is creamy and tangy and delicious. So when I saw //this recipe for Herbed Goat Cheese//, my mouth immediately started
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Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie

#52NewEats :: Week 47 :: Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie

Mmmmm, baked brie.  Warm, melty, spready cheese.  On a salty cracker.  With sweet, tangy balsamic strawberries on top.  Mmm, mmm, mmm. This recipe for baked brie was really, really decadent.  I had to make myself stop eating it so that I would eat my dinner!  I will definitely make it again, but I will change
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Cacio e Pepe

#52NewEats :: Week 5 :: Cacio e Pepe

Over the summer, I took a girls overnight trip to NYC with my mom, sister, and daughter.  We had dinner at this amazing restaurant called //Cacio e Pepe//, and the whole reason we went was so we could eat… cacio e pepe.  I had seen some //videos on Instagram// of them mixing up the pasta
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Salsa Baked Cheese

#52NewEats :: Week 8 :: Salsa Baked Cheese

Chips and salsa is one of our FAVORITE snacks around here.  And //this salsa// is one of our favorites. My daughter is so picky.  SOOOO picky.  SO.  PICKY.  And I don’t even know how she got that way because her father and I are pretty good eaters.  But she does like chips and salsa.  If
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5.5 Layer Dip

5.5 Layer Dip

HEY I THOUGHT IT WAS 7-LAYER DIP! Yeah, so did I. I was perusing Pinterest one day and I saw a picture for a 7-layer dip that looked PHENOM, and I thought, I have to make that.  Except guess what?  It was a bad link.  🙁  Supwitdat.  So I kind of had to wing this
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Angel Hair with Garlic Sauce

Angel Hair with Garlic Sauce

Hey there fellow foodies.  In case you noticed it, I’m sorry for my absence.  My life has been taking over my life.  Did that make sense?  It did to me.  Anyway.  There’s a lot going on these days.  But I need to get back to this blog, because I really love this blog, and I
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Arroz con Crema

Arroz Con Crema

I may have mentioned once or a hundred times that //Distrito// is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia.  They used to have this dish on their menu that was so good it legit brought tears to my eyes – arroz con crema.  It was a rice side dish that was cheesy, creamy, warm, and
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Balsamic Garlic Bread

Balsamic Garlic Bread

Y’all know who Tyler Florence is, right?  I mean really, who doesn’t.  😍  He makes some pretty amazing food.  I have a bunch of his cookbooks, and in one of those cookbooks he posted a recipe for the ultimate garlic bread.  I tried it a few times and tweaked it a little bit, and I
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Balsamic Potatoes

Balsamic Potatoes

I’m sure this sounds kind of strange to you, right?  Balsamic potatoes?  But I assure you – they are so good.  I haven’t made these in years, and when I thought about them recently and how I should make them for the blog, my mouth immediately started watering. But!  I warn, they are not healthy.
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Better Burrito Bowls

You guysssssss. If you’ve noticed, I’m SO sorry for my absence. If you haven’t noticed, it’s cool. So I am finding out very quickly that getting a house ready to put on the market is no freakin’ joke.  Since early January, I have spent part or all of every single weekend packing stuff I don’t
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Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

I. LOVE. Blue cheese dressing. Like I kind of have a sick obsession with it. It’s literally THE ONLY salad dressing I ever use. And I use it on more than just salad. I dip cheese fries in it (because it’s better than ranch). I dip anything “buffalo” in it (because it’s better than ranch).
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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Bruschetta! How do you say this, by the way?  Broo-skett-ah?  Broo-shett-ah?  Who knows.  I don’t care.  I say Broo-shett-ah. Anyway.  I love bruschetta because you know why?  It makes me think of spring and summer, because can you really think of anything fresher and more delicious than a juicy, ripe tomato and some fresh basil?
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Bruschetta French Bread Pizza

Bruschetta French Bread Pizza

Did you guys ever find yourself with like a ton of leftover bruschetta and no idea what to do with it? No?  Yeah, me neither.  Not often anyway.  But when I do have some leftover, I usually make this the very next day! So one of the ways I originally toyed with introducing cheese to
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Burrata with Roasted Tomatoes

Burrata with Roasted Tomatoes

Happy November!! I don’t especially love November, at least not like I love October.  But, my husband’s birthday, my daughter’s birthday, and Thanksgiving usually all fall within the same week.  It makes for a hectic week, but I love it.  Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year bc food duh.  This year we
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Chickie's and Pete's Fries

Chickie’s and Pete’s Cheese Fries

So if you’ve ever been to Philly, you probably have heard about Chickie’s and Pete’s.  It’s a famous sports bar chain whose original location is actually in my neighborhood.  They are probably most famous for their Crab Fries – crinkle-cut French fries seasoned with Old Bay seasoning, served with a cup of white cheese sauce
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Chipotle Mayo

Chipotle Mayo

Ok so let me just be honest up front and say that THIS IS NOT MY RECIPE.  It’s Bobby Flay’s.  But it’s so simple, and so perfect every time I make it, that I really have to share it with you.  There is literally no way that I could improve upon it and make it
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Cholula Mac and Cheese

Cholula Mac & Cheese

Once I perfected my homemade //macaroni and cheese//, I started noticing that my husband was desecrating his plate of perfectly creamy mac and cheese with hot sauce.  😱  The nerve! Originally it was Tabasco.  I couldn’t believe such things.  Who dare muddle my perfectly perfected cheese sauce with Tabasco?  No!  No no no. But then
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Pico de Gallo

CINCO DE MAYO !! Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is like… the perfect condiment for Mexican food. I use it on almost everything I make that’s Mexican.  Tacos, taco salads, nachos, quesadillas, even as a dip on its own.  Obviously you want to make sure you have the freshest, ripest ingredients as this is a raw dish with simple flavors. Two
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Taco Dip

CINCO DE MAYO !! Taco Dip

If you were looking for a highly-addictive, semi-healthy, fresh-tasting dip to put on the table for Cinco de Mayo, you need look no further. This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember.  My mom used to make it all the time.  She probably got the recipe off some product
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Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Have you guys ever had cinnamon chips? They are pretty amazing.  Every Christmas I make oatmeal cinnamon chip cookies and they are so delicious.  They’re my favorite cookie.  But I always buy too many bags of cinnamon chips.  I’m overly ambitious at Christmas-cookie-baking time.  At first I’m always like I AM NOT MAKING ALL THOSE
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Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini

Creamy.  Roasted garlic.  Tortellini. Hands-down, without a doubt, my most favoritest pasta dish of all time. I know I know, it doesn’t look like a whole lot in the picture.  But I can assure you that this pasta dish is so flavorful and so filling and so creamy and so slutty. Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaany years ago, when
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Eggs Benedict Fries

Eggs Benedict Fries

Eggs Benedict Fries. Yes.  They are A Thing. They should be A Thing on your menu for this week too.  Because seriously.  Why not?!  Life is short.  Eat the French fries, topped with creamy, tangy Hollandaise sauce, topped with a glorious poached egg, topped with smoked paprika and chopped chives.  Eat them. Eggs Benedict Fries
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Eggs on Toast

Eggs on Toast

This is one of those recipes that is so easy, you will wonder how you did without it all your life. Or maybe I’m just late to the game and people have been eating this forever and I’m the one who did without it all my life. I was never really an egg person growing
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Ethan's Rotini

Ethan’s Rotini

Hey guys!  So today I have a super duper really super healthy pasta dish for you! (Did you detect my sarcasm through your screen?) Really all I was being sarcastic about was the “healthy” part.  This IS the slutty food blog, after all.  Not the healthy food blog.  There are enough of those. This is
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Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Favorite Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

So it’s sort of time for me to come clean about something, and that something has directly lead to the development of this smoothie recipe, so here goes. Back in May I woke up in the middle of the night one night with incredibly severe knee pain in my right knee.  I was laying in
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Fresh Juice

Fresh Juice

WHO IS READY FOR SPRING? I know I am.  This is like the winter that is never going to end.  I’m currently sitting on my couch covered in a heavy chenille blanket, with a heating pad wedged between my upper back and the back of the couch, freezing. I am so ready for spring. Old
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Fresh Ricotta Toasts

So like.  Did y’all know you can make ricotta at home?  And that it’s better than almost anything you could buy at a store (unless you have access to some mom and pop Italian market that makes it fresh)? It’s true.  And it was SO easy to make, that of course I immediately had to
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Fresh Tomato and Garlic Penne

Fresh Tomato and Garlic Penne

Today, I bring you one of my favorite old-time recipes from when I first started learning how to cook: fresh tomato and garlic penne. When I first started learning how to cook, I was also sort of discovering that I liked pasta.  Weird, I know, right?  Like, who am I?  I don’t even know sometimes.
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Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread

Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread

Herb and garlic cheese spread is another old recipe I found in my binder from my early days of learning how to cook.  I remember Aaron loved it back then, so when I saw this I thought it would make a good snack for him to bring in for lunch! It’s funny because the day
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Jazzed Up Spanish Rice

Jazzed-Up Brown Spanish Rice

This is my favoritest Spanish rice recipe of all time.  It has become a true staple in my house, especially for me when I make lunches for work for the week.  It has evolved a lot over the past year, and I think I finally have a version that is both totally healthy and totally
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Jose Pistola's Nachos

Jose Pistola’s Nachos

My close friend told me the other day that she’s tired of looking at my Instagram because all that’s ever on there is nachos. Oops. I can’t help it though!  Nachos are my most favorite thing on the planet.  I’m pretty sure she was joking.  She loves me.  She’s not a meanie. And then about
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Macaroni and Cheese

So like.  I just want to know when the heck I turned 35.  When did this happen, and why do I not feel 35?  I don’t believe that I’m 35.  No, not me.  I’m 26.  At heart. It’s a funny thing to come to terms with your age.  Before long I’ll be 40.  I remember
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Cilantro Potatoes

MEMORIAL DAY !! Cilantro Potatoes

With Cinco de Mayo behind us, summer is fast on its way.  And after this winter in Philly, I can-not-wait-for-warmer-weather ! This winter really hung on for dear life.  It did NOT want to move on.  Today it’s 85 and sunny and I am heading down to Atlantic City with my sister for the night.
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Mexican Street Corn DIp

Mexican Street Corn Dip

I mentioned in my post for Mexican Street Corn Tostadas a couple weeks back that I was pretty inspired by that recipe and made a corn dip….thing. Is it weird that I think the words “corn dip” just don’t jive together?  I don’t know why.  It sounds pretty redneck.  Y’ALL COME FETCH YA SOME CORN
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Penne Broccoli Alfredo

Penne Broccoli Alfredo

I have to tell you guys… I’m a late-blooming foodie. It’s true. I grew up a very picky eater.  We didn’t eat a lot of exotic or fancy food in our house.  Tacos was about as ethnic as it got.  Both my parents worked full time, and with five kids in the house, it was
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Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

Earlier this year I discovered the amazingness that is pimento cheese. I went to Lexington for work and we went to this amazing little place to eat called Stella’s Kentucky Deli.  I really went for the hot brown, but came away with a newfound love and appreciation for pimento cheese.  (The hot brown was also
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Pinch of Yum Nachos

Pinch of Yum Nachos

As my first blog post, I think it’s only right that I post a recipe that was inspired by the blog that inspired me to start this blog!  (Did you catch that?) Pinch of Yum is one of my favorite food blogs.  Without even knowing it, I had a bunch of her recipes already pinned
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Sawtooth Grill Blue Cheese Fries

Sawtooth Grill Blue Cheese Fries

Back when I lived in Spokane, there was a restaurant there called the Sawtooth Grill.  I heard it has since closed, but when we lived there it was one of our favorite places to frequent for cheeseburgers.  They had GREAT burgers.  And they had an appetizer on their menu which was skinny French fries doused
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Spinach Dip

Secret Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip. Really, SFB? I know, I know.  Everyone knows how to make spinach dip, right?  In fact, it just may be that you know how to make it the way I make it here.  Maybe what I have here is not even new to you.  But it’s new to me, and I’m excited to
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Bagel Chip Dip

Slutty Game Food, Episode 1: Bagel Chip Dip

Are you guys ready for the big game?  I get excited for football season in the fall because it means I can make game food on Sundays.  I care much more about the food than about the game.  Usually.  Our Eagles aren’t the best.  But in recent years I have become more interested in football. 
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Bread Dip

Slutty Game Food, Episode 2: Bread Dip

You guys, this is the greatest dip ever known to man.  I’d put my life on it. When I was a kid, my dad was into politics, and my mom was forever hosting campaign-or-something-related events at our house.  All us kids had to hide upstairs while they had all these important people over till all
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Guacamole

Slutty Game Food, Episode 3: Guacamole

I have a confession to make. Until about 5 years ago, I totally hated guacamole. I know.  Can you forgive me? Interestingly enough, what changed my mind was going to Mexico.  We went to Cozumel for Aaron’s 30th birthday, to a beautiful all-inclusive resort, where I felt like hey, if I don’t like it, at
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Stuffed Shells

Stuffed Shells

Some time ago, when I discovered that I liked Italian food, I tried a stuffed shells recipe and fell in love. I can’t even remember whose recipe this is now, because I’ve modded it a little bit and am not sure what’s what. But I’ll tell you what my favorite thing is about this stuffed
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Cranberry Orange Relish

THANKSGIVING !! Cranberry Orange Relish

It is finally here – it is finally upon us – one of my most favorite food holidays of the year! – THANKSGIVING. Thanksgiving wasn’t always one of my favorite food holidays of the year.  There was a time once when I couldn’t have cared less about turkey, it was really just another day off
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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

THANKSGIVING !! Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

I may lose my foodie card today, because I have to tell you that there is one food I have yet to master on a consistent basis – and that is mashed potatoes. Most of the time when I make mashed potatoes, they are just ok.  They aren’t terrible, but they don’t knock your socks
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If you’ve ever done any kind of shopping for Valentine’s day, then surely you’ve come across how much chocolate covered strawberries cost. Seriously though, like $5 a berry?  It’s kind of ridic. I’m in the wrong business. Making chocolate covered strawberries at home is SO EASY.  There is really no need to buy them as
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Vegetarian Enchiladas Suizas

Vegetarian Enchiladas Suizas

So I know I just shared a recipe last week for //chicken enchiladas suizas//, but I loved it so much that I immediately wanted to come up with a vegetarian version, so here it is! To me, there is just something about the combination of black beans, corn, and poblanos and that really sets my
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Veggies

Olive Garden Salad Dressing

#52NewEats :: Week 17 :: Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Believe it or not, I never ate at an Olive Garden until I was well into adulthood.  I was in my early 20s and living in Spokane, WA with Aaron, and there is (or, was, rather) a major lack of non-chain restaurants in Spokane.  We couldn’t find a mom and pop pizza shop to save
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French Onion Zoodle Bake

#52NewEats :: Week 20 :: French Onion Zoodle Bake

This dish popped my zoodle cherry. I have been wanting to try zoodles for a while now, but I hadn’t quite found the right recipe until I found this one. I love alfredo sauce too much to cover zoodles with it. I might try a Bolognese sauce on zoodles, but for this month, we need
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Broccoli Cheese Risotto

#52NewEats :: Week 26 :: Broccoli Cheese Risotto

Since making my very first risotto a few months back and discovering exactly how not hard it was, I have sort of been on a risotto kick.  This is the third one I’ve made, and I can’t wait to try more.  I especially love this one because it’s a good way for me to get
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French Potato Salad

#52NewEats :: Week 27 :: French Potato Salad

As an “Irish” girl, I LOVE potatoes.  I mean, L O V E them.  I could eat them with every meal of every day.  Potatoes all the ways.  Hot, fried, boiled, baked, smothered in butter, smothered in sauces, //smothered in balsamic//; Cold, covered in mayo, mixed with bacon and scallions…  Potatoes.  All.  The.  Ways. So
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Broccoli Cheddar Wild Rice Casserole

#52NewEats :: Week 28 :: Broccoli Cheddar Wild Rice Casserole

It is no secret that I looooove //smitten kitchen//.  Love her.  LOVE.  HER.  She was probably one of the first blogs I’ve ever followed, and I found so much inspiration in her photography.  She has taken some really mouthwatering pictures, famously, with only a single window in her NYC apartment kitchen to light the food.
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5.5 Layer Dip

5.5 Layer Dip

HEY I THOUGHT IT WAS 7-LAYER DIP! Yeah, so did I. I was perusing Pinterest one day and I saw a picture for a 7-layer dip that looked PHENOM, and I thought, I have to make that.  Except guess what?  It was a bad link.  🙁  Supwitdat.  So I kind of had to wing this
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Balsamic Potatoes

Balsamic Potatoes

I’m sure this sounds kind of strange to you, right?  Balsamic potatoes?  But I assure you – they are so good.  I haven’t made these in years, and when I thought about them recently and how I should make them for the blog, my mouth immediately started watering. But!  I warn, they are not healthy.
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Better Burrito Bowls

You guysssssss. If you’ve noticed, I’m SO sorry for my absence. If you haven’t noticed, it’s cool. So I am finding out very quickly that getting a house ready to put on the market is no freakin’ joke.  Since early January, I have spent part or all of every single weekend packing stuff I don’t
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Pico de Gallo

CINCO DE MAYO !! Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is like… the perfect condiment for Mexican food. I use it on almost everything I make that’s Mexican.  Tacos, taco salads, nachos, quesadillas, even as a dip on its own.  Obviously you want to make sure you have the freshest, ripest ingredients as this is a raw dish with simple flavors. Two
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Cilantro Potatoes

MEMORIAL DAY !! Cilantro Potatoes

With Cinco de Mayo behind us, summer is fast on its way.  And after this winter in Philly, I can-not-wait-for-warmer-weather ! This winter really hung on for dear life.  It did NOT want to move on.  Today it’s 85 and sunny and I am heading down to Atlantic City with my sister for the night.
Read more
Mexican Street Corn DIp

Mexican Street Corn Dip

I mentioned in my post for Mexican Street Corn Tostadas a couple weeks back that I was pretty inspired by that recipe and made a corn dip….thing. Is it weird that I think the words “corn dip” just don’t jive together?  I don’t know why.  It sounds pretty redneck.  Y’ALL COME FETCH YA SOME CORN
Read more
Pinch of Yum Nachos

Pinch of Yum Nachos

As my first blog post, I think it’s only right that I post a recipe that was inspired by the blog that inspired me to start this blog!  (Did you catch that?) Pinch of Yum is one of my favorite food blogs.  Without even knowing it, I had a bunch of her recipes already pinned
Read more
Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

THANKSGIVING !! Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

I may lose my foodie card today, because I have to tell you that there is one food I have yet to master on a consistent basis – and that is mashed potatoes. Most of the time when I make mashed potatoes, they are just ok.  They aren’t terrible, but they don’t knock your socks
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Totchos

Hey y’all! Today is National Tater Tot Day.  Or something to that effect.  Did you know that?  I mean I did because I’m a food blogger and of course I know all the food holidays so that I can celebrate them appropriately.  Or, as my husband says, so I have an excuse to eat bad
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Chicken Piccata

Valentine’s Day: Chicken Piccata Menu

Earlier this week I gave you a romantic steak dinner menu to serve to your special someone on Valentine’s Day.  But maybe you don’t like steak.  Or red wine.  Or broccoli (I don’t blame you, I eat it very begrudgingly).  This would be my next pick to serve to someone on Valentine’s Day.  Chicken piccata
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Steak au Poivre

Valentine’s Day: Steak au Poivre Menu

A long, long time ago, in an apartment far, far away, there lived a girl who did not know how to cook. And, wanting a marriage proposal so terribly, having been with her boyfriend for several years, she started to wonder if he saw her as non-marriage material due to her lack of cooking skills.
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2 comments

  1. Amazing. So proud if you!!!

  2. Hi!
    AMAZING blog you have here, I see you enjoy the art of cooking (and eating, of course), as I do. So, as soon as I can I’ll try to try some of your (great) recipes. I hope to see more!

    Greetings from Argentina,
    G.

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