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Black bean, sweet potato, ham, and tomato breakfast skillet

Disclaimer: I was given free product to use from Petit Jean Meats. All opinions are my own.  As we just returned from our big Europe trip last Thursday, we weren’t quite ready to venture out for holiday shopping the second weekend of December. That left last weekend – otherwise known as the last shopping weekend […]

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Sunchoke, Sweet Potato, and Carrot Soup

I crave soup year-round, a predilection I’ve been told is “a bit gross” by a Husband who shall remain nameless. Yes, even during the middle of summer, I love a big bowl of hot, flavorful broth. [By the way, I’d like to make a counter-argument to the “soup is nasty when it’s 90 degrees” opinion-holders: hey, […]

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Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper, and Chickpea Salad with Chevre

I approach making salad as I approach most things in my life. I either have a carefully thought-out method and have planned ahead of time, or I get an impulse and figure out how to make it happen.  This was one of those stand in front of my fridge, mouth slightly wrinkled, and sort through […]

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Tzatziki Sauce and a Greek-Style Grill Feast

I absolutely love tailgating. I love planning the menu, inviting friends, and setting up a stunning table. It’s like taking a dinner party on the road, but you can skip anything remotely healthy and just graze on appetizers. What’s not to love?  Well, the only thing “not to love” is the prep work. It takes […]

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Mexican-Style Sauteed Corn Fritter

I pride myself in wasting very little food through innovative leftovers. This week has been a major challenge for me in that department, but I think I’m rising to the occasion. I brought the dinner to a birthday party last weekend with my friends for a post-lake cookout. My (genius) idea was to do soft […]

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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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Things You Should Really Be Grilling

This post isn’t so much a recipe as it is a gallery of late summer grilling inspiration. This is the first summer that I have had a grill that I feel comfortable using all by myself (no Fiance required). I’ve leveraged this grill and the amazing weather to make some delicious concoctions. Grilling meat is […]

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Sugar Snap Pea Saute with Chevre, Cherries, and Avocado

We have had some absolutely beautiful spring weather here in Northwest Arkansas (except for those silly old tornadoes, but never mind that). This warmer weather provides all kinds of inspiration in the form of pinterest farmer’s market stands. I love all of the components of this recipe: crunchy sugar snap peas, soft chevre, sweet-tart cherries, […]

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Honey-Balsamic Parsnip, Carrot & Avocado Salad

My friends sometimes tease me for describing food or ingredients as “nice”. Please excuse me, dears, but this is a very nice salad indeed. Roasting the parsnips and carrots with honey and balsamic draws out the flavor considerably. Your tastebuds will be downright tantalized.  Tossing anything with fresh parsley, avocado, and lemon juice is a […]

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