Sausage & Apple Stuffed Squash

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This dish just screams fall to me! The squash, the apples, the herbs. Made me want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a glass of wine, which is exactly what I did right after eating this 🙂 For the presentation that you get with a stuffed squash, the prep and hands-on time is relatively easy. This makes a great dish on it’s own for dinner, or as a side dish for a dinner party. You could even use a roasted acorn squash to serve your Thanksgiving stuffing, if you really want to get crazy! The other great thing about this recipe, you can easily change up the ingredients that you put inside to tailor it to your own diet or tastes. Add some grains, like cooked rice or quinoa, remove the dairy, change the meat to chicken sausage or add beans for protein instead. The possibilities are endless. So get creative and let me know if you try any substitutions. I’d love to hear about it!!

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Kale Summer Salad

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I have a confession…I love having friends and family over, hosting dinner parties & BBQs and cooking for lots of people. Problem…I’m not actually very good at it! I mean, the food is great and I’d like to think we create a fun environment but every single time, I spend a lot of the time in the kitchen preparing food and not mingling and hanging with our loved ones. It actually makes me really anxious too, something about people watching me cook, having a messy kitchen and not being able to just enjoy myself.

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4th of July Menu

Happy 4th of July weekend!! With a 3 day weekend this year, I’m sure a lot of you are celebrating with friends and family and indulging in food and fun filled BBQs so I thought I’d compile a few of my favorite past recipes that we continue to go back to again and again, especially on the grill or when we have friends over! Have a safe and happy weekend and I hope I helped you find something to add to your holiday menu!!

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Spring Frittata w/ Asparagus, Leeks and Dill

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I was actually about to blog something different but saw photos of this frittata and realized I never shared it! Crisis averted 🙂 I made this as part of Easter dinner and it was delicious. Makes a great side dish or appetizer for a spring dinner party.

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Crispy Coconut Kale, Roasted Salmon & Coconut Rice

The dogs have been awake since 4:30am…(insert annoyed tone of voice here)…bad news, this will be an extra long Monday…good news, I have time to blog! Side note, I really need to look into a doggy daycare close to home so I can wear these pups out a couple days a week.

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Paprika Chicken Thighs

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I decided last week to start tackling our breakfast nook in the kitchen, it was becoming my least favorite spot in the house and a catch-all for bags, mail, boxes, whatever we walked into the kitchen with. So here is what the area looked like when we bought the house…

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Party Perfect Appetizers

This last weekend we celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday by throwing her a surprise party. It was so much fun to get all the family together for an evening of food, drinks and fun! I’ve never managed to actually pull off a surprise, to keep it a secret and all, but I’d say this was successful. People came in from Washington and California to help celebrate this beautiful, caring mother/daughter/sister/aunt/friend who always tries to take care of everyone else.

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Walnut, Mint & Feta Brown Rice

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I feel like, as a blogger, I’m supposed to be fairly tech savvy. This is 1000% NOT the case right now. I got a new laptop last week, and I’ve been battling with it non-stop. I guess I’m battling more with figuring out how to use Windows 6 than the computer itself. Either way, its irritating and I keep pulling out the old laptop while the new one just sits on my desk looking pretty. Right now, though, I’m forcing myself to use the new one. It’s working, although, it’s taking me about 3 times as long to edit photos and create a blog post.

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Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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By now you know that I don’t love veggies, but, they are very necessary for a healthy diet. When you only eat a handful of different vegetables, eating them can get old real fast. I needed to try some new side dishes to keep simple weeknight dinners interesting. Cue the bacon! I know, I know, it takes away a bit of the healthy edge. Let’s be honest though, getting my husband to eat brussels sprouts…I had to bring out the big guns.

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Cheddar & Sage Biscuits

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We’re about halfway through the Thanksgiving feast posts! Still to come…green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey & pie! All the best parts!

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Truffle Mac & Cheese

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Mac & Cheese was never part of our Thanksgiving meals growing up, but last year, my brother-in-law made it part of our meal and, I mean, it pretty much made the meal. This recipe incorporates truffle oil and a crispy topping, and makes beautiful dish for your holiday table. The flavor is subtle, which is the key for a meal with so many competing dishes.

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Fall Harvest Salad

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My friend Janine texted me one day about a homemade salad dressing, saying that I HAD to try it. Of course I believed that it would be tasty and that I would like it, but for whatever reason, I didn’t try out the recipe. A few weeks later, Janine and her hubby were at our house for the weekend. We were getting ready to eat dinner, I was asking what kind of salad dressing everyone wanted on their salad and Janine quickly whipped up this Maple Vinaigrette Dressing.

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Cornbread Stuffing

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Recipe #1 for a Thanksgiving feast! I have to admit, I’ve only cooked big holiday meals a handful of times, so I’m certainly no expert but I do know that I’m a perfectionist, a bit controlling (do not comment, mom or husband!) and I don’t like surprises in the kitchen when I’m entertaining.

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Savory Cornbread

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Everyone needs a cornbread recipe in their life…right? This one is quick, easy and delicious. Plus, you’re going to need it for an upcoming food post next week…cornbread stuffing! Part of my 5-week build up to your best Thanksgiving feast yet!! That’s right 🙂 I’m testing out all sorts of Thanksgiving recipes in the coming weeks and picking my favorites to share with you.

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Sweet Potato Fries w/Lime Mayo

IMG_3132I am really struggling with my time management this week. Do you ever feel extremely overwhelmed with everything you need to do but yet the overwhelming feeling makes you just want to ignore everything rather than motivate you to get it all done? Most of the time, I feel like I’m pretty good at self-motivating and checking things off my to-do list. Not the case this week. I came home from work last night so overwhelmed with all I needed to accomplish that my husband just looked at me sideways and stayed out of my way. Oops…

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Ginger-Soy-Lime Shrimp

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I got a text from my friend Nancy one day saying I had to try these shrimp. Nancy loves herself some shrimp, she is always trying different marinades and recipes on them when we go over for dinner. So when she told me I HAD to try this Bobby Flay recipe, I knew it must be the best yet. And boy was it!

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Rib-eye with Mustard Butter and Herb Fries

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I recently bought a new cookbook, My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz, and this is the first recipe I tried. I’m hooked. The cookbook is full of amazing French recipes, explanations of French cooking techniques and beautiful pictures. If you want to try something new in the kitchen, I highly recommend it!

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Parmesan Fritter Salad with Bacon Buttermilk Dressing

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This was course #2 from my first-day-of-summer dinner. Not your usual salad with tons of different toppings but oh so much flavor thanks to the fritters and dressing. A great crowd pleaser when you are hosting dinner guests but I recommend making the fritters and dressing ahead of time (up to 2 days) to limit your kitchen time when your guests are mingling. Warning: be very careful with this dressing…you may want to lick it all from a spoon and have none left to serve with the salad! It’s that good!

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Mexican Corn-on-the-cob

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A tasty alternative to simple buttered corn-on-the-cob, Mexican corn (a.k.a. Mexican street corn, or elotes) is taken to a savory level with the addition of a few simple ingredients. You can make the cheese spread ahead of time store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before use.

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