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For Pie Lover's Only! (Because it's BERRY Season)

For Pie Lover's Only! (Because it's BERRY Season)

I come from a family of unabashed pie lovers. A homemade pie was always preferred to cake for birthdays and such, and we never missed a strawberry-rhubarb, cherry, blueberry, or peach pie season. When the snap of fall came calling, Mom’s apple pie took center stage and was truly other-worldly, but so was she.
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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes

Who doesn't love a cookie cake? These nifty individual treats are great for any special occasion, holiday or anytime your sweet tooth starts a whining. For this recipe we’ve chosen a 4th of July theme with red, white, and blue...

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All About Steak

All About Steak

As promised, though it seems like a lifetime ago, here’s my post about some tasty cuts of steak and an online butcher worth a try.

I started working on this post in back in early March with the intention of posting it early to give folks plenty of time to order their steaks for Father's Day. Well, a pernicious little virus upended everything in a hurry.

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Loaded Potato Salad with Bacon of course!

Loaded Potato Salad with Bacon of course!

Potato Salad is a nostalgic and quintessential part of any summer picnic or BBQ. It's creamy, chilled, mayonnaise-based sauce is the thing summer dreams are made of. This recipe comes with all the fixings - bacon, red onion, tangy dill...

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Summer Picnic Coleslaw with a Twist

Summer Picnic Coleslaw with a Twist

We love coleslaw and enjoyed this fun take on the picnic classic. Fresh pineapple adds a nice punch of tart, sweet flavor. We also added broccoli for a little more crunch and thinly sliced scallions for their herby, mildly sweet onion flavor.
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Craving Nachos? Sheet Pan Nachos to the Rescue!

Craving Nachos? Sheet Pan Nachos to the Rescue!

When you find yourself dreaming of nachos, but your favorite nacho joint is only offering take-out during the shutdown what do you do? Make a giant sheet pan of loaded homemade nachos piled high with your favorite flavors.

It’s easy to build your nachos with layers of whatever you have in your fridge or pantry. Common combos of leftover fajita meat/onions, rotisserie chicken, refried beans, black beans, cilantro, sour cream, cheddar cheese or whatever you have on hand will work simply fine.

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Tahini & Honey Ice Cream Sandwiches To Die For

Tahini & Honey Ice Cream Sandwiches To Die For

Learn how to make delicious dairy and egg free ice cream from coconut milk. Then sandwich it between two crisp tahini and honey cookies, that also are dairy and egg-free. You can easily make this vegan by substituting the maple syrup for the honey. Either way, these ice cream sandwiches are this summer's cool treat!
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Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches

What do we want? BREAKFAST FOOD! When do we want it? NOW! And with these make-ahead egg and cheese sandwiches you can have both. We love the silky egg filling with healthy bright green spinach leaves and we love that the egg slices can be frozen and thawed out whenever the egg sandwich craving strikes. Add melty cheese, bacon and a toasted English muffin to take it to the next level.
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3 Skillet Classics for Father's Day

3 Skillet Classics for Father's Day

Here are three terrific skillet recipes and one terrific skillet from Le Creuset, just in time for Father’s Day, June 21st.

While most of us celebrated Mother’s Day with stay-at-home orders, I’m going to be cautiously optimistic that Father’s Day may offer more ways to celebrate safely and responsibly. One can hope.

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