Prosciutto Arancini {cheese stuffed, fried risotto balls}

Prosciutto Arancini {crispy cheese-stuffed, fried risotto balls} from foodiewithfamily.com

Do you know what’s better than creamy, comforting, simple risotto? That same risotto after a chilling trip through the refrigerator, combined with some eggs and more cheese, then formed around yet more cheese, rolled in bread crumbs, and deep fried. Heck yes. THAT is some comfort food. If you’re familiar with arancini, then you remember…

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Shepherd’s Pie Empanadas {hand pies}

Shepherd's Pie Empanadas {beef, gravy, corn, peas, and mashed potato stuffed in a flaky, golden brown crust} from foodiewithfamily.com

You know those moments when you have a bunch of people coming over and you wonder, “What can I make to feed them?” I find that those circumstances most often yield my most creative cooking. A couple of weeks ago, a friend and her four kids were coming for lunch and I was staring into…

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Crispy, Gooey Fresh Mozzarella Steaks

Crispy, Gooey, Fresh Mozzarella Steaks from foodiewithfamily.com #FreezerFriendly #MakeAheadMondays

I’ve mentioned before that I was a vegetarian whilst living as an exchange student in France right? Pardonez-moi while I go smack my head against the door for the umpteenth time over that one, would ya?  I wouldn’t quite say I regret it, but I do wish I tried a few of the meaty-delicacies France…

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Cheesy Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Egg Rolls

Cheesy Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Eggrolls from foodiewithfamily.com #spon #cheese

I was compensated to write this post and develop this recipe by Land O’Lakes and  Land O Lakes® Deli Cheese. All opinions and silliness remain my own. In the wonderful world of food, there are several foods that are almost universally loved (unless you’re a fat eschewing vegan or vegetarian, in which case this list…

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Cool Ranch Dorito Cheese Curds

You like Cool Ranch Doritos? Like cheese curds? How about Cool Ranch Doritos Cheese Curds on foodiewithfamily.com. All natural! No MSG!

I have a dear friend who told me she has never tasted cheese curds. I am not going to lie; I gasped. Perhaps it’s living where I live -in the heart of New York dairy country- that makes cheese curds so ubiquitous. Even the rinky dink grocery store in our town (“What’s a vegetable?” they…

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Plantain Chips

Fried Plantain Chips from Foodiewithfamily.com

While I was familiar with plantains and had eaten them several ways before, I had my first plantain chips ever while visiting Miami in May. I have since made up for lost time by FRYING ALL THE PLANTAINS. It’s easy as can be and yields a chip that is sturdy enough to dip just about…

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Crispy Avocado Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Relish

Crispy Avocado Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Relish from foodiewithfamily.com

When I visited Plano, Texas last month on business, I went out to lunch at the Taco Diner Plano Legacy. I had a taco sampler plate and opted for a combination of Puerco Al Pastor tacos and vegetarian Crispy Fried Avocado tacos. Some of the grilled pineapple from my Al Pastor tacos fell onto my…

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Party Hummus

Party Hummus- the best hummus ever served just as hummus should be. Hint: not cold. foodiewithfamily.com

What makes Party Hummus so wonderful? I’m going to tell you straight up, it’s the best hummus I’ve ever had and -people?- I’ve eaten my weight in hummus many, many, many times over. It is the silkiest, richest, most indulgent hummus, not only because of the amount of tahini (hint: it’s generous) but also because…

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Garlic and Herb Dipping Oil

Herb and Garlic Dipping Oil for bread #summer

When it’s steamy hot out, I don’t want to spend time in front of the stove unless I have to. And if it’s over 85°F I don’t want to fire up the stove at all. This is our fall-back plan, our fail-safe, our go-to for a fast meal that is still company ready. We make…

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