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sausage & corn chowder

sausage & corn chowder

Cold weather is well upon us, and not being used to East-Coast cold, I am trying to find every which way to warm myself up – wool socks, warm scarves, hot chocolate – but I’ve found that nothing quite warms me up like a delicious, warm, chunky soup. I kind of hashed this recipe together on

06 Dec 2014

banana brownies

We’ve all been there. We have high ambitions of eating the full bunch of bananas before they turn mushy, but it just doesn’t happen. Sometimes there’s one banana left. Sometimes there’s more. And, being the responsible-minded citizens we are, we just can’t bear the thought of actually wasting any of these precious bananas. The normal solution is

17 Aug 2014

salsa verde

Every type of salsa is important: green salsa, red salsa, salsa dancing… but it’s difficult when you don’t have a legit Mexican restaurant close by to provide your fix (the West Coast spoiled me for too many years). Luckily, one of my other favorite food bloggers, Homesick Texan, is in a similar situation & helped me

09 Jul 2014

[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

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

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

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

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


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

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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