Roasted Garlic Butter Burgers #FarmToJar

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Right about 6:45 the sun is setting over a green field prepped and ready for seeding, illuminating the world with it’s golden rays. At about 7:20 those same golden bursts of light make their way through the singletrack mountain bike trail painting the world in a calm hue that you can’t help but notice. And at 8:45, when we are home and the dinner routine starts, we will stand out back and take a moment with the dogs to look up at the moon in a perfectly crisp spring sky. It’s in these simple moments that I realize that I have […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Taco Salad

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With the sun creeping up earlier and earlier I find that I naturally get up earlier and earlier. But waking up before the sun – so not my thing. This weekend was our first race of the season (and by our I mean his because I’m a big pansy and didn’t want to race previously adventured territory). The race started at 8:30, you should be there an hour before to get your info and get ready. The race was an hour and some odd amounts of minutes away. If you are doing the quick math – we are talking leaving at 6. Which […]

Chewy Chocolate Goji Berry Granola Bars

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Granola is simple. Stupid simple. And yet time after time, I find myself throwing various boxes into the shopping cart or pre-made bars packed with who knows what. I dig granola on the go. When we are out mountain biking it’s a quick fuel option. And because I’m generally pretty lazy, I figure it makes a half decent breakfast. I can’t help but wonder, since – as I mentioned – it is so darned simple, why I don’t make it more often. That is until I make it. Sure, granola is packed with healthy nuts and stuff, but once you […]

Braised Cola Onions & Sausage

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Most of the time I stare at into the kitchen waiting for a recipe to pop into my head just to find that although the pantry is over stocked, I don’t have a single thing I need on hand. Today’s post was different. I had direction. A group of fantastic bloggers was challenged by Williams-Sonoma and Le Creuset to show off the beautiful color of cookware; Quince. Immediately, warm comforting meals came to mind – about a dozen or so of them for me to narrow it down from. And I picked the one that had a pile of onions […]

Pesto Artichoke Lasagna Rolls

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This time of year I am more than guilty of binging on heavy meals – I mean those carb laden heavy meals that sit in your tummy until lunch the next day. Those guilty kinds of means. The heavy ones that are oh so worth it. (The sweat your tush off at the gym the next day meals) And lasagna has to be one of my favorites. I had to travel a few weekends ago and wanted to leave something hearty and delicious behind for my man and these little lasagna rolls were born. I baked them in personal gratin […]

Super Simple Slow Cooker Taco Soup

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Have you ever just wanted gooey-cheesy-clog-your-arteries kind of food? Of course you have. Why else would you be here? That’s what I wanted when I walked into the kitchen to make this weeks Soup Kitchen Monday creation. Problem was, between recent travel, and the holiday season, I really should have just been eating celery. When I think of taco soup, I think of a hearty packed chili like soup slathered in cheese and swirled with sour cream and ever though I had seen some recipes for just that, I knew I had to cut it back just a bit. Don’t worry, there’s […]

Rustic Bean Soup with Pesto

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Did anyone else see that whirlwind of craziness that just passed through this weekend? I’m pretty sure I have a weeks worth of scrubbing to do before I can even think about bringing out the holiday boxes. Part of me really wishes I could skip the cleaning part and just throw glitter all over everything. To top it off, I decided that traveling to Mixed this next weekend would be just the pre-holiday why-am-I-not-planning-or-checking-lists-twice kind of stress inducer relief I needed. No really, I’m excited to go. The drive through Virginia alone will me me super happy. I hope you all had a much more […]

Peugeot Pepper Mill Giveaway and BBQ Pork Frittata for Two

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The other day I overheard Anne Burrell on Secrets of a Restaurant Chef say that she loves black pepper and pretty much adds it to everything.  Besides the many other reasons I’m convinced she and I would be BFF’s in the kitchen, that one adds a major bonus point. I’m a freak for black pepper. I don’t think any recipe (baking aside) gets plated without black pepper. But here’s the secret. I’m super cheap. I have always just kept the dollar store pepper grinder near by. I can see the shock on your face from here. Don’t judge. But today I get to finally spice up my breakfast […]

Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast

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Do you judge a market by it’s price tags? Do cheaper price tags and bottom dollar prices make a market less clean or not as good as the ones with the flashy price tags and eateries? My favorite market isn’t the most expensive one in town, but because of it’s location the client base is very wide which means I can find almost anything I am looking for on the shelves, and at prices that won’t make me cringe either. It isn’t always spotless, but with the volume of people they get, I can’t complain about the tidiness though I have […]

Pulled Pork Cornbread Waffles

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Last week at Big Summer Pot Luck the topic of jealousy was brought up. How sometimes we cdan see another blog, a more successful person, a cuter house,  or a perfect kitchen and that sometimes we can become jealous of these things. For me, I am jealous of those cute couples that work together in the kitchen. You know the ones that always have the amazing how to photos while one person cooks and the other snaps away. I will never have cute how to pictures featuring me in an apron for two reasons. One, my boyfriend still thinks it’s […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Chicken Fajitas

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It would be both flattering and shocking if you believed that I made from scratch for every meal, and where there are a lot of things I do choose to make from scratch that a younger less experienced me would have scoffed at, I don’t.  So today I am going to share with you some things I keep in my pantry at all times, for those ‘in case of emergency’s nights’. Velveeta. For those of you who have followed me a while, this comes as no surprise. Velveeta is a staple in my boyfriends diet, and where we have come […]

Barbecue Chicken Salad with Homemade Mayo

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If there is one condiment you should try making at home – it’s mayonnaise. I will be the first to admit, condiments are cheap and easy to toss into the cart. Why waste your time making something that you can buy on sale for $0.98? But the thing about mayonnaise is – it’s easy. I mean super easy. And it takes less then 5 minutes to make. Have an extra egg yolk laying around? Bam, you’ve got mayonnaise. For this recipe you will need a variety of chips and a random stray hat.        Stick around, I have another use […]

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Burgers

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It’s amazing how our small corners of the internet begin to become our own little space. That in passing, people that have never met, will spot something and will recognize it as a particular bloggers without even needing to see it on their site. I have spotted pins – and I’m not even talking food – and known who pinned it without checking. There are even times I spot tiny thumbnails on food sites and know who the evil mastermind is. Yeah, we’re just one big happy family.   It should really come as no shock to me that my […]

Waffle Pizzas and Celebrating My 200th Decline

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Two years of ‘blogging’, 532 posts, and today we are classic up the joint with these waffle pizzas and celebrating my 200th decline from Foodgawker! Foodgawker, Tastespotting, Tasteologie and others are sites worth drooling over if you are looking for inspiration or just looking. They update a large selection of new recipe posts daily linking back to original recipes from bloggers like myself. Needless to say, I felt that 200 declined posts was a pretty monumental event in my food blogging career. Grab your party hats and kazoos so we can get party started. Recently Declined:     Now, I am […]

Open Face Tuna Melt for One

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Being from a store where everyone knows your name (*see yesterdays post), it’s easy to forget sometimes, that when you are out in public, we have clients everywhere. While walking through the market, I get random waves and hello’s, sometimes even long conversations about so-ands-so’s kids or pets. Ordering pizza, a customer of mine may be making or delivering it. Have a question about your Mac? I’ve got clients for that too. We have a lot of weekly regulars that we have grown used to chatting with once a week. When I run into them at the mall (cough working […]

Personal Grilled Taco Pizzas

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Today’s story has to be told, to get to tomorrows. After bragging about how much I love my job last week, I feel it is only fare to try to explain to you what being a part of the Captain Blue Hen family can be like. Some of you may be too young to remember a show called Cheers, so go wikipedia it. For the rest of you, you get exactly what I am saying. When you walk into our store, it is an extension of your living room. That level of comfort and friendship. We are the place everyone […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Penne with Sausage and Artichokes

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Guess what I got in the mail today? No, I did not inharent a fortune from my great aunt Edna who was also a Duchess in the old country. I got one of those fancy pictures of my car with an over priced bill attached. I am not ticked that I am writing the District of Columbia an exorbitant ticket, I am ticked because I have yet to get a legitimate ticket. This is the second time a fancy picture of my car has been sent to me. The first – We had adventured down some shady streets on the […]

Prime Rib Omelet

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Hearty Breakfasts and blogging awards! I received The Versatile Blogger award from Mi Vida en un Dulce  and Sweet and Salty, who both always have delicious treats and beautiful desserts featured on their blog.  I have been following Mi Vida en un Dulce for a while but Sweet and Salty are relatively new to me. They are both worth exploring and getting to know. I look forward to upcoming posts from them and more like these panko coconut shrimp…mmm or these Mai Tai cupcakes. Oh yeah. The award also states that I need share 7 things about myself…. No pressure. Dark chocolate always makes […]

Red Velvet Milkshake and Tart Mascara Review

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Let’s get a little sassy today. Not sure what came over me, but this post is full on pink, girly, and packed with flavor. The moment I knew I wanted to make this spunky little milkshakes I was envisioning a great Valentine’s Day post…. Well, obviously missed that opportunity. Boys, turn away, and girls, let’s get girly! Pull out your snappiest pink nail polish, some awesome lip gloss and check out this Tart mascara. The next mascara up in my Sephora box of lash lovin’ was Tart Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. At first I was put off by the overwhelming smell of […]

Asian Salmon Sliders

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As you can tell, I am prepped and ready to do a whole lot of nothing on Easter Sunday. It actually sneaked up on me without me even realizing the big family get together was this weekend. Normally, I love savoring the idea’s of which foods we will be enjoying and dividing up the dishes. This year we had plans to put a new garden in on Sunday… until I realized we already had plans. Last year we celebrated with a week of Easter candy packed awesomeness but as far as this year goes, thank goodness I remembered to post that carrot […]

Quick Dinner Fixins: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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If there has been one thing to steal my heart from the wonderful clouds of smoke from my grill this year, it has been my slow cooker. I have always loved having a magic dinner-ready-when-I-walk-into-a-house-filled-with-tummy-growling-awesomeness tool but this year I really feel in love with it. And why? BBQ nachos waiting for me at 9:30 at night after a long day of work, creamy soups comforting me when I can’t chew, and this cookbook. America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution has been my most used cookbook this year. I am constantly flipping through it tabbing more and more pages. I […]

Thin Mint Trifles

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There is something so awesome about Girl Scout cookies. From childhood memories of selling them myself (though,  I never made it past Brownie) to a secret love for the little buggers, they are awesome. So, when I saw something like 20 boxes in my father’s pantry, I first worried that he was stocking up for doomsday, then ‘borrowed’ a few boxes for creation. We’ve been enjoying sweet desserts with the classic Girl Scout cookies hidden in here and there for weeks. I saw these beautiful Tagalong Peanut Butter Parfaits last year on My Kitchen Addiction and fell in love with the […]

Banana Chocolate Granola

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Have you seen this little video yet? I’m Making Cook’s Illustrated Beef Stew! I saw it on facebook the other day and it left me in stitches. I am a huge fan of the Cook’s Illustrated publications, owning more of their supplemental magazines, recipe collections and every off shoot of the brand that I can find. I enjoy reading the tips, tricks, and methods leading in to why they prepare things the way they do, but say I will never cook my way through all of them would be an understatement (as you can see joked about in the video linked above). The quality […]

Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints

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Oh boy, have I been holding out on you. Pause, now re-read that last sentence with a liiittle more enthusiasm. Because I’m not lying and the moment I saw these Pumpkin Spice Kisses, I just had to have them. (Then I got them home and had to figure out what to make with them). After a little debate, my answer was to plop those suckers down into the middle of a chai flavored thumbprint cookie. Inspired by those delicious chai cupcakes last year, and some of the ingredients from that recent chai pie, I knew these would come together nicely. […]

Grilled Chicken Lemon Alfredo

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Here it is a few days before my step-sister’s bridal shower (which I am in charge of) and as time slips by, I can’t help but think of a comment that was left on my blog… Oh, I love you hon, but really, do you want to know what it’s like having me plan something? I have finally written out my menu and started shopping, and stressing about the deep clean I want to give this place tomorrow, and still have yet to decide 100% on favors. There’s a row of vines in my yard that just decided to up […]

Citrus-Wine Poached Pears

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Wait, did Victoria Secret just call me a slut? If you were driving and saw a license plate that read ” <3 SLT “, what would you think? Well, I for one, would giggle while dangerously trying to snap a picture to text to my friends. Now, imagine discovering that same text on your new bra, spelled out in rhinestones. First of all, if I had noticed the rhinestones before then, I wouldn’t have made the purchase, secondly, WTF. There it is, on the side of my bra, <3 SLT. I even flipped it over to see if I was reading something […]

Ranch Burgers

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The weather seems to have finally broken from unforgiving levels of humidity and turned cool to match my over excited Fall mood. This weekend happened to be one of the best we have had in a long time and we wanted to make the most of it. I’ve got some wicked new mountain biking bruises to prove it. With the turn towards hoodies and boots, this may be the last burger I post for the season – and that’s ok, because it’s going to be hard to top perfection. Ha! Ok, it’s good – but there are far too many […]