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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

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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