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A Cold Weather Staple: Lemon Chicken Soup with Farro and Kale

Chicken noodle, who? This lemon chicken soup with farro and kale is the overachieving, prettier sister of the traditional chicken noodle soup. Seriously, do you want a major nutritional boost? Check out this recipe. Nutty farro is a protein and fiber powerhouse followed by kale that is packed with vitamins…
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The BEST Green Smoothie Recipe!

Here is the best green smoothie recipe with ginger for healthy living.  This is my favorite type of smoothie, EVER. PERIOD.  The inspiration for this green smoothie came from a local juice bar. The problem is that theirs doesn’t have that ginger-y bite I was looking for, so I created this recipe.…
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Kitchen Essentials you actually NEED

These are the kitchen tools I reach for on a regular basis. Honestly, I couldn’t cook dinner without these items, especially when it comes to weeknight meals. They help me stay organized, but most importantly, they are multi-taskers. And necessary for every cook out there. Here are my favorite kitchen…
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The only way to cook whole chicken and get crispy skin

Spatchcock chicken is the best way to cook a whole chicken… This recipe shows you how to spatchcock chicken, which means to butterfly a whole roasting chicken. I have tried many different methods of cooking a chicken whole, and this is by far my favorite because the skin gets so…
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Spicy Korean Pork Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Pork Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps are a go-to in my home… This spicy pork bulgogi is spicy (obviously), but also balanced by the deep, rich, molasses-y sweetness of brown sugar. It plays nicely with the gochujang hot chili paste which has a complex slightly sweet, but smokey flavor.  The texture…
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Pico De Gallo

Pico De Gallo is the perfect recipe to use up all of those lovely summer tomatoes. Pico de Gallo also makes the best, healthy snack.  My favorite summer activity is going to the farmer’s market.  Here in the Midwest, there are plenty to choose from.  Every Thursday, I take my…
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Starbuck’s S’mores Frappuccino Recipe

If you love Starbuck’s S’mores Frappuccino… Your wallet is going to thank you because this copycat recipe tastes just like the real thing! Plus, all of the ingredients can be found on Amazon Prime, so you can make this ASAP! You’ll love this recipe if you… love Starbuck’s S’mores Frappuccino…
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Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Creamy Dressing

This salad is full of goodness… Salads need a lot of texture, and this salad has it. There are two ways to make this lovely salad. Traditional – chop everything up and throw it into a bowl. Grill the romaine lettuce – err… what? Ya, you read that right… Grill…
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Simple Tomato Tart

Why you should make this tomato tart? Let’s just get right to the point.  You should make this tomato tart because (other than being savory, buttery and flaky) this tomato tart is quick, easy and looks like you put in a lot of effort, even though you didn’t… Enter pretty…
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Simple Crepe Recipe

Forget pancakes, keep it simple with these crepes… An easy brunch? Yes. This simple crepe recipe uses only five ingredients and made in less than thirty minutes. This crepe recipe is an excellent base to add whatever flavors you want. It’s that simple. In the recipe card, I wrote that…
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BLT Chicken Salad Sandwich Starbucks Copycat

This BLT Chicken Salad Sandwich is way better than traditional chicken salad… When I was in college, I would go to the local Starbucks to study a few times a week.  I’d usually get some sort of latte and a BLT chicken salad sandwich.  Well, I was at Starbucks the other day, craving…
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Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha

If you’re looking for the REAL Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha recipe, look no further. Every season, Starbuck’s drops their holiday-specific drinks, like the peppermint Mocha (my personal fave) and they are so popular — for good reason. These are easy to recreate at home, so you can keep drinking it even…
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The Perfect Side Dish: Roasted Tahini Maple Squash

How to make a flavorful roasted squash side dish… This recipe will show you how to make roasted squash and how easy it is. It is an excellent side dish for just about any dinner. I’ve amped up the flavor of this roasted squash with a maple tahini dressing, which…
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Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Copycat Recipe

How to make the Original Pumpkin Spice Latte and Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. Every season, Starbuck’s drops their holiday-specific drinks, and they are so popular. These are easy to recreate at home, so you can keep drinking it even when it’s been discontinued. This series will include the original…
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Spicy Asian Chicken Wings

Baked chicken wings? Yes, these baked Asian inspired chicken wings are a spicy addition to your wing sauce arsenal. (Interested in more sauce recipes? Another recipe linked below!)  These spicy wings use gochujang Korean hot chili paste for spice and brown sugar to give it that sweet and spicy flavor.…
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Slow Cooker Banh Mi Inspired Tacos

These banh mi pork tacos inspired by Vietnamese flavors are made right in your slow cooker… You’ll love these Banh Mi pork tacos because it’s… flavorful made right in your slow cooker easy both sweet and savory First, start by seasoning the pork shoulder with a large pinch of salt…
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Brussels Sprouts with Tahini Dressing

I do not care for Brussels sprouts, but… I really dislike Brussels sprouts, but I know how incredibly healthy they are for you. According to the website Healthline , a half cup of these miniature cabbages are rich in vitamin K, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids. (If you want…
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Kale Pesto

Kale, you’re doing it wrong… You’re probably thinking, kale? Yes. Kale. If you don’t like kale, you’re doing it wrong. Trust me, I was, too. This hearty green is PACKED with so much goodness. It gets a bad wrap because of it’s tough, bitter flavor, but there’s a trick to…
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Starbucks Copycat Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato

This is the ONLY copycat recipe that is closest to the Starbucks Iced Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato Did you know that the mocha in a Starbucks Iced Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato is actually white mocha? Whenever I want to make a Starbucks copycat recipe, I always check to see if someone has…
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Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha

Did you know that Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha’s main flavor isn’t actually Salted Caramel? Every season, Starbuck’s drops their holiday-specific drinks, like the Salted Caramel Mocha (my personal fave) and they are so popular — for good reason. These are easy to recreate at home, so you can keep drinking…
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The Secret to Juicy + Crispy Chicken Quarters

What’s the secret to juicy, crispy chicken quarters? Let’s just say goodbye to dry, sad chicken, and start cooking chicken quarters (or thighs) that are juicy and full of flavor. You’ll love this recipe because it’s… simple and easy can be made in about 30 minutes uses less than 10…
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Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

The inspiration for these Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes came from a restaurant in San Francisco… In 2017, Logan and I took a trip to San Francisco. Our plane landed at 8 a.m., so our first stop was breakfast. We stopped at a farm to table type restaurant in the Dogpatch…
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Pesto Breakfast Pizza with Prosciutto

Pesto Breakfast Pizza for simple, but impressive brunching I love this Pesto Breakfast Pizza. I love brunch, and I love mimosas. In 2017, I served this Pesto breakfast pizza with prosciutto for our Mother’s Day Brunch along with a Smoked Salmon Breakfast Pizza and BLT Breakfast Pizza. Breakfast pizza is something I…
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Cardamom Vanilla Crepe Cake with Maple Whip

Hello, crepe cake. A showstopping brunch calls for a beautiful crepe cake. This cardamom and vanilla crepe cake with maple whip is your answer. Warm cardamom joins with sweet maple-flavored whipped cream for a delicate, aromatic crepe cake that’s easier to make than you think. Layers of thin, slightly chewy…
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Breakfast Salad

A spin on classic potatoes and eggs… That’s where it started. I’m a big fan of potatoes and eggs with sriracha, but how do I turn this classic diner dish into something a little more upscale? I’ll tell you how. I swapped out the potatoes for fingerling potatoes, added a little…
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Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods. I’ll be honest. As much as I like pancakes, I hardly ever make buttermilk pancakes because I typically want lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes. Although, every once in a while, I get a craving for classic, fluffy, hotcakes. I’ll even let you in…
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Mushroom Frittata topped with Arugula and a Creamy Dressing

This mushroom frittata topped with arugula and creamy dressing takes the (egg) cake. Frittatas are my jam and this mushroom frittata is top on my list. However, they can be kinda boring. How do you turn an egg casserole to something brunch beautiful? Jazz it up with fresh arugula and…
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Smoked Salmon Breakfast Pizza For Fancy Brunching

This Smoked Salmon Recipe is by far the best way to have breakfast for dinner.  It’s no secret that I LOVE pizza. It’s also no secret that Brunch is my favorite meal of the day, so naturally, it made sense to put the two together. Now, let me take you back to Mother’s…
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Garlicky Shrimp Pasta with Asparagus

Garlicky Shrimp Pasta with Asparagus:  Your staple for easy weeknight meals… This garlicky shrimp pasta with asparagus is a game-changer for me. It has made me fall in love with pasta all over again. To be transparent, I’m not the biggest fan of pasta, especially spaghetti. When I was a…
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Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai Refresher Copycat Recipe

This copycat recipe for Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai Refresher is the real deal! I actually prefer the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, which I also have a recipe for. Find the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher recipe, here. However, I decided to make a copycat for you. That way you can enjoy this drink at…
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Eggs in Purgatory (shakshuka)

How to make eggs in purgatory (shakshuka)… Shakshuka, or eggs in purgatory, has quickly become one of my favorite brunch foods. Although I’ll be honest, I am notorious for making this when I need a quick late-night snack. Plus, I almost always have the basics on hand:  tomato sauce, eggs,…
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Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher Copycat Recipe

This copycat recipe for Starbuck’s Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is the real deal! If you loved Starbuck’s Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, you’re going to love this copycat recipe because it tastes just like the real thing. Plus, all of the ingredients can be found on Amazon Prime, so you can…
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Mocha Coconut Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

If you loved Starbuck’s Mocha Coconut Frappuccino… Starbuck’s discontinued the mocha coconut frappuccino, but I’m bringing it back with this copycat recipe, and it tastes just like the real thing! Plus, all of the ingredients can be found on Amazon Prime, so you can make this ASAP! You’ll love this…
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Simply Delicious Carrot Top Pesto

Let’s talk about pesto.  Basil doesn’t have to be the only star of the show.  I promise. At the start of this year, one of my goals was to lower my food waste, so why not use the leafy carrot greens, too?  Now, it’s basically summer here in the Midwest. …
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Italian Sausage, Pepperoni and Arugula Pizza

This Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza with Arugula and Pickled Red Onions is the Perfect Pizza Party Recipe… I’ll never understand people who don’t like pizza. What’s not to like? At first glance, this pizza may sound unappetizing, but the pickled red onions add a perfect pop of flavor against the…
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Tortilla Crusted Tilapia

How to cook fish:  Tortilla Crusted Tilapia This is the best way to cook tilapia.  I made this Tortilla Crusted Tilapia recipe in conjunction with my fish taco recipe.  A few years ago, I took a trip to Portland, ME.  I had fish tacos for lunch at a local bar,…
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Starbucks Copycat Mango Dragonfruit Refresher

This is the real deal Mango Dragonfruit Refresher Copycat Recipe! If you love the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, you’re going to love this copy cat recipe because it tastes just like the real thing and your wallet will thank you. Plus, all of the ingredients can be found on Amazon Prime,…
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Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Chipotle Mayo on a Pretzel Bun

How do you make the most mouthwatering chicken sandwich? You make the most mouthwatering chipotle chicken sandwich by topping it with sauteed bell peppers and white cheddar cheese housed in a pretzel bun. How is this recipe even better? Because this chicken sandwich recipe can be made in thirty minutes…
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Kimchi Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

This kimchi grilled cheese breakfast sandwich with sesame seed crust is everything your taste buds have been craving… A few weeks ago, I was craving bibimbap, a traditional Korean dish that features meat, vegetables, and a fried egg over a bowl of white rice. I had the luxury of growing…
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Whipped Feta and Asparagus Tart with Poached Eggs

This Asparagus tart with whipped feta and poached eggs makes an easy Sunday Brunch. With warm weather comes fresh produce. I always look forward to spring produce, specifically, asparagus. Recently, I revamped my tomato tart recipe. Redoing that recipe, made me want to make another tart using the lovely asparagus I bought.…
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This Fish Taco Recipe Puts the Rest to Shame

This is the best fish taco you will ever eat! It was a warm, sunny, summer day.  The air was salty from the ocean breeze.  The foam from my pale ale tickled my lips, and the sound of smooth jazz graced my ears.  My lunch was served; I ordered the…
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Starbuck’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Starbuck’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is SO GOOD, and now you can make it at home! PSL season is here, and the NEW Starbuck’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is perfect for the transition into fall. Frankly, I’m more of a salted caramel girl, but that’s a recipe for later (so…
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Fennel Crusted Pork Loin with Fig Balsamic Glaze

This fennel crusted pork loin with fig balsamic glaze is very easy to make… This fennel crusted pork loin is flavorful, juicy, and made in about 30 minutes. Fennel bulb has a bright licorice-like flavor; however, don’t let that turn you off. I’m not a fan of licorice, but fennel…
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Slow Cooker Banh Mi Inspired Pulled Pork Sandwiches

These Banh Mi pulled pork sandwiches are inspired by Vietnamese flavors made right in your slow cooker. You’ll love these Banh Mi pulled pork sandwiches because it’s… flavorful made right in your slow cooker easy both sweet and savory The making of these slow cooker banh mi inspired pulled pork sandwiches……