Smash Burgers are a popular style of hamburger served at certain burger joints (like, surprise- the aptly named Smashburger, or our local favorite, Freddy’s.) They’re known for their signature thin patties that are literally “smashed” onto the grill, creating lacy caramelized edges and intense beefy flavor.  Smash burgers are incredibly easy to make at home…

cheeseburger on a tray
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Fry sauce is a condiment found in just about every fast food establishment in some regions of the country.  Legend has it this popular sauce originated in Utah at an Arctic circle in the 1940’s and is now quite popular throughout surrounding states, like here in Idaho.  With only 3 ingredients, this easy sauce is…

dipping french fry in sauce
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Kate’s Mountain Adventures 2021, Part II So remember in this post when I said I’d be back the next day with Part II of my 2021 Mountain Adventures? Yeah, that clearly didn’t happen. 😅 The last couple of weeks have been a  little bit wild–my son had spinal fusion surgery to correct severe scoliosis. It…

kate's out west vacation part ii header
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Kate’s Wyoming & Idaho Adventure If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that my kids and I recently went on an adventure to Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah for almost two weeks. Normally, we wouldn’t go that early (we left on May 25 and got back on June 5), but we have a busy…

Kate's Mountain Adventures 2021, Part I (Idaho and Wyoming)
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Who else is ready for summer? I. Am. Ready. My kids are ready. We have the tiniest of windows to take a vacation this year, so I’m actually in Utah right now visiting my family and eating Avocado Salsa Verde and blissfully ignoring anything happening in Louisiana. Over spring break, we went to Whole Foods…

avocado salsa verde from our best bites
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We’ve heard from our community that sometimes the meal-time struggle you experience the most is actually what to serve along-side your favorite dinner recipes! This is one of our family’s go-to’s.  I pick up the 1.5lb bags of baby pototatoes on every grocery trip and have a variety of easy ways to prep and cook…

Smoked Potatoes and onions
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So I guess Sunday is Mother’s Day and I’m just basically watching Ted Lasso (finally, says the crowd collectively) and recovering from standardized testing last week. I kind of know what day it is, but really, I’m kind of in survival mode. So. If you’re a procrastinator like I am and need to know what to get…

Last-Minute Mother's Day Gifts
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There are lots of tools and gadgets to help you do simple tasks like dice an onion,  but the only tool you really need to dice an onion, is a knife! With the right skills, you can easily dice an onion into perfectly uniform pieces, much quicker than you can use and wash one of…

dicing onion on cutting board
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One of our favorite ways to use up a lot of fresh produce quickly is to chop it up and toss it with some pasta and a favorite salad dressing and the possibilities are kind of endless. This particular pasta salad, though, is one of my all-time favorites. You can use whatever kind of pasta…

Greek Pasta Salad
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“Why,” I pondered a little while back, “don’t I have an orange salad dressing recipe?” We’ve got a gazillion lemon dressings (like this honey-lemon or this lemon-herb or Sensation (which is basically lemon-garlic-parmesan) or lemon poppyseed (which…yikes. Looks like someone’s due for a makeover.) We have lime dressings. Apple dressings. Strawberry dressings. We do have…

sweet orange vinaigrette from our best bites
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This chicken salad is REALLY good.  It’s featured in our Savoring the Seasons Cook Book Savoring the Seasons Cook Book and it’s come up recently in several discussions in our Facebook Group, where I was happy to hear so many people tout it as a favorite.  In our book it’s called simply “Kathy’s Chicken Salad,”…

Cabbage Chicken Salad in Bowl
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I am a huge believer in all-day breakfast. I love pancakes for dinner. I love quiche for lunch. I will happily eat bacon and eggs regardless of the time of day. I. Love. Breakfast food. Like this Spinach and Bacon Frittata. In the immortal words of Ron Swanson… One of the things I love about…

spinach and bacon frittata in a cast iron pan from our best bites
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