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[not your momma’s] sloppy joes

I have to start this post with a disclaimer. My mom’s sloppy joes are really, really good. In fact, the  foundation of this recipe (brown sugar + ketchup) is what she always used. It was just such a catchy title… (sorry, Mom). That being said, I have had some seriously gross sloppy joes. To this

23 Jun 2014
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oven fries

FYI, these aren’t your average baked french fries. I found this delicious recipe in college when I was looking for an easy way to replace those mediocre bags of frozen french fries you get at the grocery store. I know it’s going to take some faith to step outside the frozen french fry comfort zone,

17 Jun 2014
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maple mustard [life-changing, mind-blowing, man-pleasing] chicken

This post has been a long time coming. I tried this recipe a while ago, drawn in by the title of the recipe, “Man-Pleasing Chicken.” Turns out this chicken is not only man-pleasing; it is man-, woman-, and child-pleasing (I would hate to be exclusive). It’s actually hard to give this recipe a proper title, but

16 Jun 2014
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curry orzo & chicken salad pitas

I get the privilege of hanging out with one of my very best friends, Carly, for the next 5 weeks. One of the perks is that she is an amazing cook – and I have been reaping the benefits. The other day she made us some chicken salad pitas that were TO DIE FOR. The

06 Jun 2014
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perfect popcorn

Popcorn is literally (and I mean literally) one of my favorite foods in the whole world. I’m one of those people who takes the popcorn bag home from the theater rather than waste a single precious piece of popcorn. I’ve always really loved homemade popcorn as well, but it usually required some kind of bulky,

29 May 2014
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carmelitas

This recipe is simply a no brainer. Easy [check]. Scrumptious [check]. Aesthetically pleasing [check]. Foolproof [check]. If you’re looking for an easy way to impress your dinner party guests, handsome next-door neighbor, or your visiting-from-out-of-town relatives, look no further. 5 from 1 reviews carmelitas   Save Print Cook time 30 mins Total time 30 mins

26 May 2014
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salted caramel cupcakes

 Okay, so I know salted caramel is super trendy right now – and with good reason. I know for me, personally, I just can’t get enough of it. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like things too sweet (I know I’m mostly alone in this) – so I like to find the combination of

13 May 2014
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deviled eggs: three ways

 One of my favorite Easter-time foods has always been deviled eggs – my grandma’s recipe, of course. (It’s normal to eat 10-15 in one sitting, right?) However, with the help of Pinterest, other peoples’ creative ideas, and binging on Chopped episodes, I have discovered a whole new world of deviled eggs. Apparently, deviled eggs can

17 Apr 2014
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perfect hard-boiled eggs [the EASY way]

 I’ve searched the Internet so many times for a simple way to get perfect hard-boiled eggs. I’ve read a lot of articles that included several complicated steps and dishes, and I thought, “Surely, there’s a better way.” I’m not going to lie, I never attempted any of the complicated methods. My grandma taught me how

17 Apr 2014
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whole grain peach-banana muffins

It’s about time this special ingredient debuted on my blog. That’s right. It’s banana time. This post is dedicated to my blog’s title, as well as my lifelong obligatory nickname. After all, bananas are the fruit of life. (That statement may or may not be true, but it sounds cool.) 5 from 1 reviews whole grain

12 Apr 2014
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