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Turnip greens with chickpeas and tomatoes

We celebrated Husband’s last year in his 20s with a “meat brunch” (his idea, not mine) over the weekend. The party was a fun, casual, backyard affair with meats of every variety and a few brunch standards as well. Husband learned a few new tricks on the smoker, and I learned that you can, in […]

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Mexican Fiesta Shower

We co-hosted a couple’s stock the bar shower this weekend for a couple of friends who would have been elated had we just opened a bag of tortilla chips and unscrewed a jar of salsa. They are very easy to please, which made pleasing them just that much more fun.This should really be the last […]

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Baked Avocado, Corn, and Feta Wontons

These oven-baked wontons are rich in flavor and so much lower in fat than the deep-fried versions that we know and love. I’m going to take credit for making a healthy recipe as an alternative to all of that indulgent tailgate food. My recipes always stress healthy eating, especially on gameday. Oops. Now that I’ve officially […]

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Zucchini Mozzarella Squares

As the new BeyoncĂ© album came out on Friday the 13th, I assumed that any potential “bad luck” associated with the day would have dissipated at Queen Bey’s command. Alas, it seems that her diva powers don’t extend to the mundane. We co-hosted a great shower/party for one of the most fun couples that we know […]

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Brown Sugar & Caramel Cookie Cups

*UPDATE*: this sweet little cookie was featured on Rachael Ray’s website! Check it out and follow The Sparkle Kitchen on Instagram! We take tailgating very seriously around here. From the menu to the decorations, we make sure that we do everything in our power to support the Razorbacks. The only thing that we can’t ensure […]

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Spicy Tomato – Chili Sauce

I’m not sad to see the summer end, but I am a bit saddened by the realization that summer produce season is drawing to a close. Summer tomatoes and zucchini by the bushel are tapering off, to be replaced by my favorite squash and pumpkin varieties. My Saturday started with my mother sending me the picture […]

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Creamy Ranch Burgers (and Burger Bar Tips)

Feeding a crowd is an overwhelming proposition that I find myself in so very often. I maintain composure and espouse a thoroughly relaxed attitude until about an hour before party time. Then it all comes crumbling down and I turn into the queen diva of the kitchen, bossing around my dogs and anyone with thumbs […]

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Easter Craftiness

Last year, Easter weekend involved just BF and myself, nothing special. Nevertheless, I made about three dozen adorable macaroon birds nests filled with Nutella, Cadbury crackle eggs and Peeps. They were adorable, and largely uneaten. This year, though, I get to spend the holiday with real live children! The kind who find the prospect of […]

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