Basic Risotto

Basic Risotto tutorial with topping ideas from

There are quite a few comfort foods in my repertoire, but there are few -if any- that parallel risotto. Creamy, substantial, filling, heart-warming; risotto is pretty much irresistible. I can’t even explain how much I love it. When people ask me what makes it so perfect, I draw a blank. I just want to make…

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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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Homemade Maple Bourbon Jalapeno Bacon

Homemade Maple Bourbon Jalapeno Bacon from Made with no preservatives!

Bacon. I mean honest to Pete, if you’re like most people, the mere mention of the word fires up your salivary glands. I’m no exception. When I’m at a loss for what to make for dinner, I fire up a pound of bacon and let the aroma waft around me and inspire me. But let’s…

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Chicken Taco Supreme Pizza

Chicken Taco Supreme Pizza from #JCPAmbassador #Sponsored #BH

I met my husband in the basement of the boarding house where I was living in college. I know it sounds weird, but it’s true. I came home from visiting my parents and found a van parked in my spot. I huffed into the house prepared to give someone a piece of my mind and…

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Chicken Fried Eggplant

Chicken Fried Eggplant from foodiewithfamily #Vegetarian

I’ve said it before, my husband can cook. I mean. He. Can. Cook. I eagerly anticipate my annual birthday dinner of his specialty Extra Crispy Fried Chicken Fingers all year long. This year, I walked into the house after picking up our CSA on my birthday, and said, “Eh… there are two giant eggplant in…

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Summer Welsh Rabbit (a.k.a. Welsh Rarebit)

Summer Welsh Rabbit with fried onions, fresh tomato, & crispy bacon from

Did you know there’s no actual rabbit in Welsh rabbit? In fact, most of the time, there’s no meat at all in a Welsh Rabbit. The actual name is Welsh Rabbit even though there’s a complete lack of Bugs Bunny in it, and the phrase “Rarebit” came along later, probably in an attempt to make…

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Ty’s Best Breakfast Sandwich

Ty's Best Breakfast Sandwich {scrambled eggs, crispy hashbrowns + bacon, and cheese in sourdough toast! #thatsmykid #jcpambassador #sponsored

Can you even believe it’s back-to-school time already for many kids in the country? We have a little bit of a break going right now, but we’ll be following along soon enough. For parents with kids at home and teachers getting ready to return to the routine, knocking out a solid breakfast is often a…

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Fried Mozzarella & Sun Dried Tomato Burgers

Fried Mozzarella and Sun Dried Tomato Burgers from

This is a burger of destiny. A friend recently spent a couple of weeks in Lebanon on a missions trip. Partway through the trip, she texted me that she had just seen the most beautiful burger ever in Lebanon and it was a half-inch thick slab of mozzarella -breaded and deep fried- on a burger….

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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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Cheesy Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Egg Rolls

Cheesy Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Eggrolls from #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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