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S’mores Mallow Bars

Do I have a treat for you today! A recipe from an old friend and amazing Pastry Chef, Kassie. Enjoy! I always make researching new bakeries and local food spots a priority when I travel and that was no exception when I went to Seattle for my brother’s wedding. As always, I’m inspired in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and not…

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Runner-up Chili

Have you ever entered a chili cook-off? I did for the first time last week and I found myself getting surprisingly competitive. I didn’t win (so much for Texans knowing good chili when they taste it), but I did make a damn good chili. I started with The Pioneer Woman’s chili recipe but quickly realized that the proportions were way…

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Midwest Stuffing

Just in case you didn’t get your fill of stuffing at Thanksgiving and are considering adding to your Christmas menu, I wanted to share my family’s stuffing recipe.  It may possibly be the most Midwestern recipe in our repertoire — white bread, potato chips, butter, canned mushrooms — and the most delicious. It’s nothing fancy, but those are the best…

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Chili Showdown

As a kid, I hated when my mom made chili. I’m sure she remembers me rolling my eyes and curling my lip as dinner was served with great fondness but it was just not a favorite. Toppings were my saving grace. Cheese, oyster crackers, macaroni noodles, sour cream; anything to cover up that bowl full of beans. Now? I love…

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Austin Queso Crawl

There are two main reasons I moved to Austin. 1.) Not having to worry about falling and breaking my neck on snow or ice for 4 months out of every year and 2.) queso. Thanks to a rare ice storm in 2013, I narrowly avoided #1 but #2 continues to keep me loving this fine city. If you ever find…

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Bulleit Bourbon Spiced Cider

Thank you to the lovely people at Bulleit for supplying samples for this post. And thank you for supporting the sponsors that make this blog possible! Every holiday season, I like to pick a signature cocktail. It cuts down on the amount of ingredients I need to have on hand, doesn’t tax my limited bar-tending skills, and sets a nice…

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Cherry Merry Muffins

These cherry merry muffins are one of my favorite baked goods and every time my mom or I bake them I feel compelled to sing the Cherry Merry Muffin theme song. Loudly. Over and over again. Did you have a Cherry Merry Muffin doll? I don’t think I ever did but she clearly made a lasting impression. These sweet little…

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Dig In! Root Vegetable Recipe Roundup

Believe it or not, fall is in full swing and this root vegetable recipe roundup will inspire you to take full advantage of cheap and seasonal root veggies. From simple roasting to soups and slaws, delicious recipes for root vegetables are endless…but these are a great place to dig in. Check out Dig In! Root Vegetable Roundup by Corrin Foster…

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Spicy 15 Minute Kale Soup

I’ve made this spicy kale soup once a week for about a year now and I never tire of it. You can mix it up by adding your favorite tortellini (three cheese, please) or sliced Italian sausage and it still never takes more than 15 minutes from start to finish. It’s similar to my kale, beans, and tomatoes just more,…

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