Simple Garlicky Green Bean Stir Fry


Let’s review the rules of Tasty Penance. I give you a highly caloric or nutritionally suspect recipe that is irresistible (par example: this.) I feel guilty. I offer a recipe that is nutritionally sound and legitimately good for you that also tastes irresistible. I’m off the hook and feel free to give you more naughty…

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Whippy Dips


  Before we go one step further, I’m going to need you all to raise your right hand, put your left hand on the Bible and repeat after me: I solemly promise not to hold Rebecca responsible for the calories I am about to consume when I make this recipe, because I WILL make this…

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Southwestern Egg Rolls | Make Ahead Mondays


My love of all foods Southwestern is deep and abiding. From tacos to burritos (breakfast and otherwise), quesadillas, nachos (grande or humble), tortilla soup and everything in between, I can’t resist. Well, maybe I can resist, but I’ve honestly never tried because I don’t want to give up any opportunity for any of those heavenly…

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Almond Joy or Mounds Cookies


By a show of hands, who out there is going to be angry with me if I post two dessert recipes in one week? Anyone? No? We’re good? Good. Because this one? Phew. This cookie recipe is the ne plus ultra of cookies. This is like a combination of a Twix bar with an Almond…

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Slow-Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken


Update: Like a goose, I left the onions out of the ingredients list and instructions. I have fixed and updated the recipe. My apologies to those who might have printed it before seeing the correction. I imagine it will still taste marvelous made sans onion, but with onions, it sings! Everybody wants a unicorn recipe….

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DIY Body Wash and Liquid Hand Soap


As you can imagine, a home with five sons, an evil genius handyman husband, two dogs, an elderly cat and fifteen chickens can get a little -how to say- malodorous. Don’t misunderstand, I love every one of the aforementioned scent producers, but people… it can be a little hard on the nose around here. Par…

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Ninfa’s Green Sauce (Bonus Recipe Hack)


Full disclosure: I’ve spent some time in Houston but I’ve never been to Ninfa’s. I’m not even sure I’m pronouncing the name properly. Is it NIN-fahz? NEEN-fahz? neen-FAHZ? However you say it, though, I now want to eat there desperately because if this sauce is a sign of what they have to offer… Well, let’s…

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Pesto Pinwheel Rolls | Arugula and Walnut Pesto


There isn’t anything that is necessary to say about these rolls other than a resounding “WOW!” but not being a woman of few words, I’m going to say a bunch anyway. Once again, I break out what is now pretty firmly cemented as my best-loved bread dough of all time. But I should backtrack a…

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Bubble Pizza (Pizza Monkey Bread)


Isn’t there some sort of sporting event coming up this weekend? Some big deal? Football something or other? I’m a little fuzzy on that point, I’m just thinking I’ve heard talk. Anyway, if you happen to be going somewhere or having lots of people over, you might be expected to have some finger food available….

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