I have to post this recipe in honor of my mother since it’s 4th of July week. I think she’s made these every year on the 4th for as long as I can remember. We made them for lots of occasions, because they’re quick, easy, and yummy, but they’re especially fun on the 4th of…

Mini Cheesecake Tarts
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    I have a very distinct memory of being a little girl and watching Cheers with my family. “So what?” you say. “Everyone watched Cheers in the 1980s.” True, but I was a little kid and this is the one scene of all 11 years of Cheers that I remember from my childhood. Anyway,…

Cooking Class: Pizza 101
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Who the heck doesn’t love pizza? There must be some of you out there, but I’m pretty sure that pizza is one of the most versatile, universally-loved food out there. You can get the down-home, crowd-pleasing Chicago deep dish supreme or a fancy-schmancy thin-crusted Italian Margherita. I’ve been married for 7 years and have spent…

Pizza Sauce
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This is one of my most favorite personal creations, and I’ve had a lot of people ask me for the recipe.I’ve never really had a real “recipe” since I don’t measure when I make it, but I did measure the other night just so I could get it written down for y’all!And while it may…

Lime-Cilantro Rice with Pineapple
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I love vegetables, and in case you haven’t noticed, I also love my grill! So for me, grilled vegetables are just kind of a natural combination. I also love asparagus and if I ever find it on sale, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll come home with some! Now…lots of people steam asparagus…

Garlic Balsamic Asparagus
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I wasn’t sure what to call this recipe, because the scribbled notes in my own recipe book say, “Uncle Joe’s Flank Steak”. I got this recipe several years ago from (surprise) my Uncle Joe, after eating it at a bbq at their house and falling in love with it. However I hate it when recipe…

Sweet and Savory Flank Steak
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This, my friends, is a flank steak. It’s one of my favorite cuts of meats for many reasons. As much as I know many of us don’t like to associate our food with the actual animal they come from, this post is about education, so I will force you all to look at the official…

Flank Steak
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Remember back when when I posted the Honey Citrus Vinaigrette recipe and talked about how sometimes you can just look at the ingredient list for a recipe and instantly know in the pit of your soul that it would make you happy? Well I have three words for you: Chocolate. Butter. Sweetened Condensed Milk. Any…

Hot Fudge Sauce {and Fondue!}
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Okay, so this is totally Sara’s recipe, but I figure by this point, we probably share about 90% of our cooking brains.  These are the perfect cookies to use for ice cream sandwiches. Ice cream sandwiches are perfect for bringing to a summer potluck (as long as there’s a freezer handy) because you don’t have…

Cake Mix Cookies
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So as most of you know, I had a baby 6 weeks ago. A baby who we discovered recently doesn’t care for dairy products 🙁 Upon discovering this new insight, do you know what my first thought was? It wasn’t, “Bummer, no cereal for me in the mornings.” It wasn’t, “Oh dear, how oh how…

Fresh Mango Sorbet with Pineapple
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We frequently get questions about mangoes; especially how to cut them, so here’s the scoop. How to pick a good Mango: Mangoes that you find in American grocery stores usually come from places like Mexico, Peru, Brazil, or The Philippines. Although they can be different varieties you’ll find most of them look alike and follow…

How To: Pick and Cut a Mango
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It’s funny that this is my favorite ice cream ever ever because a) the rest of my favorites are minty and b) I’m not the hugest fan of blueberries. It’s a gross story and I’ll spare you all the icky details. But this is another huge hit from Cooking Light (with one major, delicious, and…

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
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