I mentioned on Monday that this salad comes from my sister-in-law Stephanie.  She used to make it in my post-marriage, pre-reproductive years, which was also the time when I first discovered this total cooking obsession that has kind of taken over my life in the best way possible.  This salad was my first venture into the…

Strawberry Spinach Salad
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Kate and I both attended Brigham Young University and the boys of our Alma mater beat Gonzaga last week, securing a spot in the Sweet 16.  They take on the University of Florida this week- and guess where?  The Big Easy.  So of course we have to throw out a little Cougar-love on OBB!  And…

March Madness!! {Plus, How To: Create a Color-Themed Table}
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In the past few weeks, we’ve gone from winter to summer in Louisiana with spring barely making an appearance.  Or maybe it did, but I was so busy with book and blog stuff that I missed it.  Either way, I’m a little bummed and it’s hot outside.  And if you were reading our blog last…

Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
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I’ve told you before that I have a weird habit of watching shows on the Food Network while working out.  The other day I was sweating my cookie-pie filled love handles off on the treadmill while watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.  They were at some little hole-in-the-wall that was famous for their meatloaf sandwich.  Not…

Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf
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So I totally get that tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.  If I were with it and awesome, I’d have adorable little leprechauns sculpted out of homemade fondant or something like that.  Instead?  Yeah, I’ve got Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, which, in spite of my Irish heritage and the fact that I’m completely smitten with Irish…

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
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If there was one word to sum up the last few days it would be- whew!  We had SO much fun, but we’re also glad to be back in our own homes with our sweet families.  The absolute best part of our trip was getting to meet so many of you wonderful readers!  Thank you…

Book Launch Re-Cap
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NOTE: This Giveaway is now CLOSED. Happy Friday! We are busy cooking away today with some of you readers who are kind enough to join us. So, we thought we’d make today short and sweet and give away a couple of cookbooks! Leave a comment to enter! Winners announced Monday. Note: Only comments on this…

Friday Giveaway!
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Today’s post seems fitting because we have so much to celebrate this week!  In honor of Kate, we’re partying for Mardi Gras (ya know, good girl style, with fried carbs instead of inappropriate flashing and public drunkenness) which also coincides with Brazilian Carnival, something dear to my heart (again, make some Brazilian Lemonade don’t wake…

Celebration Balloon Wreath
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So first of all, if you’re seeing this post, that means that you’re also able to see our new blog design!  If you’re using a reader, hop on over to www.ourbestbites.com to check out our shiny new look!  For all of you who have cursed us in weeks/months/years gone by about our sucktacular recipe index,…

Beignets {Happy Mardi Gras!}
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Before you roll your eyes and stop reading this post after seeing the title, let me just get this out of the way: I don’t make my own chicken broth.  Well, not always. Okay rarely.  You know Mr. Swanson? Well he and I have a very great relationship. I use a lot of chicken broth…

Easy Homemade Chicken Broth
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We like to cook.  We like to party. We like you. Let’s put them all together, shall we?? To kick off the debut of our book, we’re having a launch event, and a few of you lucky readers will get to join us! Date: Friday March 11, 2011 Place: Salt Lake City, UT: Orson Gygi…

OBB Cookbook Launch Event and Book Signings!
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Of all the foods I fell in love with in Brazil, Pao de Queijo (literally translated to ‘bread of cheese’, how can that not be delicious?) is right up there at the top.  And it’s been tormenting my soul for the past 10 years as I’ve tried recipe after recipe trying to duplicate the taste…

Quick Brazilian Cheese Rolls {Pao de Queijo}
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