Um, hi. It’s me. Kate. Your long-lost food blogger friend. And guess what. It’s my birthday. The big 4-0. I am forty. It’s fine. I’m fine. Actually, honestly, I really am. My thirties were a doozie of highs and lows. I’m not naïve enough to believe that will magically get better when I turn 40,…

kate's birthday giveaway
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CLICK HERE to get your copy of Gifts From the Kitchen! The other day in my teacher group chat, everyone basically decided that we are going to celebrate Christmas early. Time to bust out the decorations, play the festive songs, spread a little joy. Of course, because it’s 2020, I’m quarantined (for exposure, not because…

Gifts from the Kitchen cover
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For all of you who are making the big Thanksgiving turkey or thinking of making the turkey or dreaming of making the turkey, this one’s for you–the OBB turkey that people fall in love with year after year. We know that Thanksgiving is not the time when people generally go and start experimenting with other peoples’ recipes….

Kate's Thanksgiving Turkey
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I feel like it’s been awhile since we talked. I want to ask you how you are, but that feels trite in this strange 2020 world. But. How are you? I’m fine, fine, it’s fine, everything’s fine. Even though it still kind of feels like Janumarchtember, I guess Christmas is coming or something and you…

kate's favorite things 2020
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Is Pumpkin Alfredo the new PSL?  I developed this recipe and photographed it months ago in anticipation of fall and I feel like I’m seeing it everywhere now!  Either way, it’s DELICIOUS and a fun recipe to add to your fall rotation.  Pumpkin itself is very mild so it really adds some color, texture and…

Pumpkin alfredo
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This homemade Poppyseed Dressing is an all-time favorite, especially for dressing up a spinach salad or your favorite sweet and savory combinations. A little check-in Oh, hey, y’all. Anyone ready to yell “uncle” on 2020? I’m over it. Sara said a few weeks ago (legit don’t actually remember how long ago that actually was because…

poppyseed dressing
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Everyone needs a perfect, no-fuss, go-to banana muffin recipe.  This recipe was shared in our Facebook group, and after a couple simple tweaks I found it to indeed be the perfect muffin!  These are soft and fluffy with the perfect amount of banana flavor.  The easy crumb topping kind of melts into the batter creating…

banana crumb muffins on cooling rack
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Um. Hi. How are we? There was a girl in high school who used to ask me that every day and it used to INFURIATE me. I think because she was not asking how WE were doing, she was asking how I was doing in a way that made me feel disproportionately ragey. But a)…

chocolate eclair cake from our best bites
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This bright, fresh (mayo-free) chicken salad has sweet citrus notes and crisp veggies. It’s perfect by itself, or serve it on a roll, croissant, wrap, or lettuce leaf. This Sweet Citrus Chicken Salad might just become your new go-to! This chicken salad has a great story behind it.  It’s inspired by my Mom, and our…

chicken salad in a bowl
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I really hesitate saying I feel like I’m getting a handle on things. You know, all the things…being a first year teacher during a pandemic…the pandemic…hurricanes…I actually can’t think of anything else right now except that I have perpetually felt like I do NOT have a handle on things. But. As of right now. I…

Huli Huli Chicken from Our Best Bites
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  Little fun piece of trivia: I have never had a full-blown migraine before. I’ve had starts. Seedlings. But never have I ever been laid out, completely incapacitated, by a migraine. Until this weekend. I had grand plans, you see–I was going to get caught up on laundry and my lesson plans and meal prepping…

blue cheese dressing our best bites
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Pico de Gallo is a simple mixture of fresh tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno (if you like), and brightened with fresh lime juice, cilantro and salt.  It’s SO easy to make and so delicious with just about any latin-inspired food, or simply with a bowl of tortilla chips near by!   How to Make Pico De…

Pico de Gallo in a bowl
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