Roasted Acorn Squash + Bacon Bruschetta

Roasted Acorn Squash and Bacon Bruschetta | This easy recipe is the perfect make-ahead fall appetizer! Roast squash, bacon, and red onion on a sheet pan. Roasted acorn squash gets whipped with cream cheese and roasted onion, then spread on grilled baguette and topped with crumbled bacon.

I don’t know what happened this year. Usually I am a strictly no-fall-until-October type of person, but this year mid-August rolled around and I was READY. It took all of my self control to make it to September. And now we’re in full fall mode. The current 80-degree weather can’t stop us. I have my […]

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Herb-Marinated Goat Cheese Jar

Herb-Marinated Goat Cheese Jar | Goat cheese is marinated in herb-infused olive oil here for an easy, make-ahead appetizer. Spread on baguette, crostini, or crackers.

I am a big fan of appetizers, especially if they are low-key to make and give you a slightly high-brow result. And bonus points are given for being easy to transport and not taking up precious fridge space! This is a jar of herb-marinated goat cheese and it is good. It’s like the super flavorful […]

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Baba Ganoush

Homemade Baba Ganoush

Eggplants are a food I have historically avoided putting in my mouth. I am not a fan of their slimy texture or bitter taste. Years ago, I tried my hardest to get myself to like eggplant by eating it in the form of eggplant parmesan. Nothing says a last-ditch effort to like a vegetable like […]

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Pepperoni Pinwheels

Pepperoni Pinwheels

Growing up, Bagel Bites were the height of culinary excellence to me. I distinctly remember delicately arranging those frozen pucks on a plate, nuking in strict adherence to the package directions (or, better yet, convincing a sibling to do it), and waiting in pre-teen hunger-fueled anticipation for the microwave to sound. Maybe I would let […]

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Baked Popcorn Chicken

We’re making popcorn chicken IN THE OVEN. Popcorn chicken is one of my favorite forms of chicken. Not only are the tiny, crispy chunks of chicken super cute and fun to eat, they also are a good addition to so many dishes – salads, pastas, rice bowls: Pretty much everything benefits from the addition of […]

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Restaurant-Style Salsa

Homemade Restaurant-Style Salsa

Many a time in my life, I have sat in a Mexican restaurant filling up on chips and salsa long before my meal has arrived. I have even sometimes been the obnoxious person who requests salsa refills after the waiter has stopped offering them and the thought has crossed my mind that this restaurant is for sure losing money on me. But I […]

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Turkey Lettuce Wraps

30 Minute Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps! I love lettuce wraps. LOVE THEM. They’ve got that tacoesque feel when eating (fun, laid-back, also maybe a little upscale), but are filled with gingery, sweet, tangy, crunchy goodness! Lettuce wraps also allow me to get my water chestnut fill without Husband knowing. I could eat water chestnuts straight out of the can. […]

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Creamy Mexican Corn Dip

Be still my Midwestern heart: This dip has corn and sour cream and mayonnaise and LOTS of shredded cheese all in one place! But is this a corn dip with mayo in it or a mayo dip with corn in it? That I will leave for you to decide, dear reader, while I load up […]

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Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Peppermint Bark Popcorn Recipe

Do you love peppermint bark?? Honestly, I find myself forgetting about peppermint bark all of the time because there are just so many good things to eat this time of year. And, as you may have noticed, I tend to have tunnel vision for the more main-event style desserts (like the pies and tarts and […]

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Chorizo Nachos with Mango Pico de Gallo

White Cheddar Chorizo Nachos with Mango Pico De Gallo

Chorizo nachos! These are the best. One of my favorites. A year-round source of feasting and a fiesta on a sheet pan. I don’t know about you, but I could eat a troubling number of nachos. An irresponsible amount of nachos. When thinking about the most laid-back of all foods, I can’t think of a […]

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