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Towering Flourless Chocolate Stout Cakes
March 8, 2013
Towering Flourless Chocolate Stout Cakes

Flourless cakes are the bomb. And no, I am not going all no carb on you. Trust me that could never happen at our house. I am pretty sure we consume a whole loaf of whole grain bread every morning. Oh, and then there’s Kai and his bagels. The kid loves bagels. There are definitely […]

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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Easy Double Chocolate Vanilla Bean Hot Cocoa Mugs + Marshmallows
November 30, 2013
Homemade Holiday Gifts: Easy Double Chocolate Vanilla Bean Hot Cocoa Mugs + Marshmallows

These mugs may just be the very best gift you can give this Christmas. What they hold and what they symbolize (warm and cozy) just say “Merry Christmas”…and that you actually spent some time (but not hours!) and put thought into the gift. I just feel like everyone can really get excited about a good, creamy, […]

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Weeknight Saucy Pineapple BBQ Chicken Bowls.
May 16, 2019
Weeknight Saucy Pineapple BBQ Chicken Bowls.

Weeknight Saucy Pineapple BBQ Chicken Bowls, the deliciously quick and easy meal. Shredded chicken in a sweet and spicy pineapple BBQ sauce. All made in the instant pot (along with slow cooker and stove-top variations). Serve this up bowl style…with quinoa, fresh pineapple salsa, avocado, and crispy fried garlic chips. Bonus, this saucy BBQ chicken […]

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Buffalo Chicken + Blue Cheese Guacamole and Crunchy Baked Onion Ring Salad.
January 8, 2014
Buffalo Chicken + Blue Cheese Guacamole and Crunchy Baked Onion Ring Salad.

Some days just need a little Buffalo Sauce. Ok, maybe a lot of buffalo sauce and a little blue cheese, because I am a blue cheese freak. I know some of you may not be blue cheese lovers, but over here it’s the bomb. If you’re not a fan, I am sorry, just swap it […]

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Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Fried Pumpkin Seeds
November 18, 2013
Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Fried Pumpkin Seeds

I almost forgot about this soup. Well, not really I just realized that I better get it posted. Time is a running out. I mean jeez (or geez?? I never know), Thanksgiving is a week from Thursday! Yikes.

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Seeded Whole Grain Breakfast Bread.
September 2, 2014
Seeded Whole Grain Breakfast Bread.

Like clockwork, September rolls around and I am baking bread again.

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Mini Brown Sugar Glazed Graham Cracker Doughnuts
June 27, 2013
Mini Brown Sugar Glazed Graham Cracker Doughnuts

Can we talk about vacations?   Just for a second. I promise cause I am sure one of my brothers will need a sandwich, some buffalo sauce for their chicken dogs, a glass of milk, chocolate milk or more likely a cold beer within the half hour. Ah huh, that is what my vacation looks […]

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  • Creamy Wild Rice Chicken Soup with (butter) Roasted Mushrooms. The coziest bowl of soup because it's December and it is cold. Sooo creamy bowls of slightly cheesy, extra delicious rice soup on repeat. This is everyone's favorite at the moment. It's very good. And? Very easy to make. Throw everything in the crockpot (instant pot/stove-top directions on the blog) and done. One thing? Do not skip the mushrooms. They are SO. GOOD. Buttery, crispy and just a little garlicky too.
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In the crockpot combine...
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups dry wild rice blend
6 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 medium shallots, chopped
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 tbs chopped thyme or 2 tsp dried
1 tbs chopped sage or 1 tsp dried
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Add 1/2 cup water. Season with salt + pepper. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. 
Shred the chicken. Stir in...
2 cups fresh baby spinach or kale
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 cup heavy cream or whole milk
1/2 cup grated parmesan
Cook until warmed through, about 30 minutes. Stir in 2 tbs parsley. If the soup is thick, add an additional 1/2 cup water.

To make the mushrooms. On a baking sheet, combine the 6 tbs butter, 2-3 cups mushrooms, 4 garlic, 2 sprigs rosemary, 1 tbs lemon zest, and salt + pepper. Roast at 425 for 25-30 minutes,  until golden and crisp

Divide the soup among bowls and top with rosemary and additional parmesan. enjoy...enjoy! 
#crockpot #instantpot #recipevideo
  • Cheddar Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Bacon. Took my favorite childhood food (hello Mrs. T's Pierogies) and made it SO. MUCH. BETTER. Hello to homemade potato + cheddar filled dumplings. Every pierogi is a little cheesy, full of creamy potatoes, layered with caramelized onions...and salty bacon. Nothing is better…or cozier…on a cold night. Shared the recipe on HBH - linked in profile. PS. Pierogies or Pierogi...there is some debate 😬
  • Salted Caramel Pretzel Snickerdoodles. These are snickerdoodles, but better... because browned butter, chocolate-covered caramel chunks (decadent, but oh so good), cinni sugar and a little pinch of flaky sea salt. Each cookie is slightly crisp on the edge but soft and gooey in the center…with just a little pretzelly crunch. Sooo yes, you should bake cookies on a Tuesday night because it's December and that's what you do. Then? Take the leftovers to work and make everyone’s day. ‘Tis the season for giving! Sharing the recipe on HBH - linked in profile. #f52grams #chocolatechipcookies
  • Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana...tastes kind of like the Olive Garden version…but better...if you ask me anyway. It's a little spicy, extra creamy, made with pesto, potatoes, a good amount lemon, cheese, and yuppp, it is topped with salty bacon too (all the good things, right?). It's without a doubt a bowl of comfort food and yes, it's making Monday night very GOOD.  Recipe up on the blog - link in profile. PS. stove-top and slow cooker directions on the blog too. #instantpot #soup