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grandma’s chicken noodle soup [with HOMEMADE noodles]

There’s nothing like good ol’ homemade chicken noodle soup on a cold fall day. The homemade noodles in this recipe are my grandma’s recipe… and they are what really bring this soup home. They are also surprisingly easy to make! [Scroll to bottom for complete recipe.] I have the recipe in my grandma’s handwriting… doesn’t

20 Sep 2012
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cheddar bacon ranch dip

Okay, so this is the easiest, most addicting dip ever. The recipe is courtesy of the Plain Chicken blog (I’ve tried a few recipes from this blog, and have never been disappointed). She called it “crack,” and it proved to be so at girl’s night. Beware… you won’t be able to stop eating this once

14 Sep 2012
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creamy tomato basil soup

Okay, this is the BEST tomato soup I have ever had – and that includes Zupa’s, Paradise Bakery, etc. It is just REALLY delicious, and it is actually a SUPER easy recipe.   Start with the onions – dice them well!   Sautee the onions until they are translucent.   The sherry is optional… but

27 Aug 2012
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hummus

 I don’t know about you, but I love me some delicious hummus. However, I feel it’s kind of hit-and-miss with store-bought hummus – so I decided it was about time to make my own. It was actually super easy… especially if you have a nice food processor (which I decided I need to invest in). Ingredients:

01 Jul 2012
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chicken & veggie omelet

Ingredients: 4 mushrooms, thinly sliced 4 broccoli florets, chopped 1/4 c cooked chicken, shredded 1 T red pepper, chopped 1 T green pepper, chopped 3 green onions, chopped 1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese 2 eggs 2 T milk 1 1/2 t butter salt & pepper, to taste Directions: Sauté the mushrooms, broccoli, cooked chicken, red

01 May 2012
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salted caramel chocolate shortbread bars

So… I made these for Christmas because I wanted to kill two birds with one stone. We always make fudge, we always make caramels, we never make shortbread… but shortbread is delicious… so why not? Ingredients: Shortbread Layer (make first): 2 c. flour 2 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup butter, room temperature

26 Dec 2011
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Photo of pumpkin bread baked in a bundt pan

grandma’s pumpkin bread

Growing up, I LOVED going over to Grandma’s. It meant I could snuggle up with her and Grandpa, watch as much TV as I wanted (she had Nickelodeon AND the Disney Channel), and of course chow down on some kind of delicious home-baked good. My favorite days were when I would come in, smell the sweet scent

06 Nov 2011
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black bean, corn, & avocado salsa

This recipe is almost… embarrassingly easy. I get so many requests for the recipe, though, so I decided it would be a great addition to my blog. You will need: 3 ripe avocados 1 red onion 3-4 tomatoes juice of 4 limes 1 bunch of cilantro 4 ears of fresh corn (or 1 can of

02 Oct 2011
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lasagna [not the frozen kind]

So, two weeks ago I got the chance to go to an Italian cooking class. It was pretty much a dream come true… I mean, I love cooking, and I love Italian food… I was in heaven. We learned how to make REAL Italian lasagna from Jessie (check out her Facebook page for more info.

06 Aug 2011
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tres leches

Okay, it’s time for the greatest blog post of all time. It’s tres leches time. I have received rave reviews many a time for this recipe (thanks, Martha Stewart… not that she gave me a rave review… but she gave me the recipe). I had one guy tell me, “The only thing I don’t like

27 Jun 2011
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