Marinated Chickpea Salad

Marinated Chickpea Salad from

We have a lot of serious cooking holiday cooking looming on the horizon, and even though I love it, there are some nights leading up to and following the big events that I just plain don’t feel like cooking. Those nights call for a solid bed of mixed greens, a handful of leftover meat (maybe…

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Korean Inspired Simple Roast Beef

Easy to make, impressive Korean Inspired Simple Roast Beef

Be sure to read to the end of the post to find out all about the great Le Creuset and Certified Angus Beef® Brand giveaway! Raise your hand if you’re on the hunt for a great appetizer for Thanksgiving! Raise your other hand if you want it to be something OTHER than turkey! I know…

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Fruity, Fiery, Smooth Habanero Salsa

Fruity, Fiery, Smooth Habanero Salsa like the Blue Iguana Cantina from

When I eat spicy food, I want to feel a sweat break out on my forehead. I want it to be an experience. But I also want it to taste good. I’m not one of those chile-heads who wants pain with no payoff. It has to be delicious to be worth it! Last week I…

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Bacon Cheddar Chive Dip

Chips with Bacon Cheddar Chive Dip from

I like to think of fall as “Snack Food Season”. I’m not a football fan, but I am a fan of finger food and the two seem to go hand in hand. I can’t complain about football because it increases the public demand for my best-beloved snack goodies. I had a hankering for some munchies…

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Maple Candied Bacon

Easy, homemade Maple Candied Bacon from

Ah, bacon. Is there anything you don’t improve? You’re great in baked goods, soups, stews, adult beverages, cookies, dip, on meatloaf, popcorn, dipped in chocolate, and much, much more. One of my guys’ best-loved ways to eat bacon is candied. In fact, my kids all have t-shirts that say “Bacon is Meat Candy”. Okay, I…

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Whole Wheat Cheddar Garlic Snacks

Whole Wheat Cheddar Garlic Snacks made from bite-sized shredded wheat cereal from

When I was a kid, I eagerly awaited that magical moment in late fall -almost always pushing toward Thanksgiving- when my mom would feel like the weather and season was right for making chex mix. The making of the family sized batches of our favourite snack mix fell into the purview of my duties and…

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Cheesesteak Nachos

Cheesesteak Nachos are comfort food deluxe from cheese, tortilla chips, beef, onions, peppers

What do you get when you cube and brown up leftover cooked beef in a cast-iron skillet, scrape that out then sautée onions and peppers, transfer that to a bowl, then build layers of tortilla chips, two kinds of cheese, the browned beef, and sautéed onions and peppers, then bake it until the cheese is…

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Prosciutto Arancini {cheese stuffed, fried risotto balls}

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

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

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 #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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