All of you who have hard-boiled eggs in your fridge from Easter, this one’s for you! This is what I call a grown-up egg salad sandwich. I used to love egg salad as a kid, but as I got older something about the heavy mayo goop just turned me off. That is until I tried…

Egg Salad BLT's
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Can you believe it’s Friday again? Can you believe it’s Easter? Yeah, me neither. So when your mother-in-law invited you to Easter dinner, did she ask you to bring a vegetable side dish and you’re stumped? Want to expand your horizons past the good ol’ green bean/cream of mushroom/crispy onion casserole? Love fresh green beans…

Caramelized Green Beans
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Yes, there is in fact a wrong way to hard-boil eggs. And the wrong way results in rubbery whites and yolks with that signature grey/brown coloring on the outside. Follow these simple steps to a perfectly cooked egg every time! 1. Place eggs in saucepan in a single layer. 2. Fill pan with cold water,…

How To: The Perfect Hard-boiled Egg
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My Mom’s yummy twice-baked potatoes are a staple on our family dinner table at every holiday. It’s been that way since I was a kid. They are a hit with all age groups, every time. If you’re not a fan of bleu cheese, don’t stop reading!I will say here in writing that I actually don’t…

Stuffed Bleu Cheese Potatoes
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Can I share a secret with you guys? Just because something is labor-intenseive or 100% homemade doesn’t mean it’s the best. Making great food doesn’t have to be hard. Let’s stop being martyrs here. I used to think the same way you did. I used to make everything absolutely from scratch. And there are a…

Banana Cream Pie
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Have you tried and tried to replicate fresh sweetened whipped cream but can’t do it? Yeah, I did that for a long time, too. When I worked at Kneaders, I even offered to make the whipped cream for the waffles one morning so I could learn the secret, but they wouldn’t let me because it…

Everyone should know how to make homemade sweetened whipped cream! What's pie without the whipped cream, anyway?
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I promised you a wicked burger and I will deliver! It’s kind of like a giant bbq’d meatball sandwich and it’s a nice change of pace from the every day bbq’d burger.   This is a family favorite of ours as both kiddos and adults love them! Now I dare you to tell me those pictures…

Italian Burgers
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Okay. I’m being a board hog today. I’m also craving Mexican food. One of the major disadvantages to living in the South is that there is very little in the way of good Mexican food, so I have to make it myself. I’ll be posting a recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup on Friday, but I…

A fantastic taco chicken recipe!
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Ever wondered how to get those crispy, salty strips of fried crunchiness that they give you at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Look no further! It’s your lucky day – I’m going to show you how to fry corn tortilla strips! All you need are some corn tortillas (it doesn’t matter if they’re white or yellow…

A great tutorial on how to fry corn tortilla chips!
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Let me tell you all about how to work with jalapenos…terrifying, I know. I actually have a picture of a pair of rubber gloves, a knife, and a couple of jalapenos, but I decided that that was probably just too scary for my family-friendly blog, so I’ll try and keep this PG-rated.   Jalapenos get…

A great (and hilarious) tutorial on how to work with jalapenos.
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When I was in high school, my dad informed me that I needed a job and that it would be good for my character. Turns out pretty much the only jobs for high school students are in the food industry and, between the ages of 16 and 22, I put in WAY more than my…

A fantastic tutorial on how to cut an avocado. So easy!
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A lot of people are scared of making things that have yeast in them. They CAN be scary, but they’re also lots of fun and very rewarding. Here are some tips for yeast doughs: Use bread machine yeast (like Red Star brand) rather than regular yeast, even if you’re not using a bread machine. It’s…

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