Black Bean Tostadas

Black Bean Tacos | An easy, healthy, vegetarian tostada that’s perfect for Meatless Monday and will get you geared up for Taco Tuesday. Smashed black beans and cheese get baked on a corn tortilla, then slathered in sour cream and topped with homemade corn salsa.

Whew! It makes for a whirlwind when the Derby and Cinco de Mayo fall on the same weekend. We had lots of activities and the Derby! Did you watch? It was the most exciting I have ever seen! I’ve decided that we need to have Derby parties in future years and also to always make […]

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Fresh Corn Soup with Avocado Salsa

Fresh Corn Soup with Avocado Salsa

Corn season is getting closer and I can feel it in my midwestern bones. Straight off a freshly grilled cob is my favorite way to eat corn, but I make do with all other forms when ears aren’t available. Frozen and canned get me through every season that’s not corn season. This soup is ultra […]

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

If you can fit your whole dinner on a single sheet pan, you are winning at LIFE. For this sheet pan dinner, marinated strips of chicken and bell pepper and onions get tossed on a sheet pan and charred up in the oven for a totally satisfying fajita! If you’re in a pinch and a […]

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Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

Carnitas! One of my favorite meats. Shredded pork that is crispy and juicy at the same time with all of our favorite Mexican flavors and a heavy dose of porkiness. Carnitas are a fun alternative to our usual taco fillings, and are also pretty simple to make. The pork cooks in the crock pot and […]

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105 Toppings for Your Mac and Cheese

Topping Ideas for a Macaroni and Cheese Bar

I love mac and cheese. I especially like it jazzed-up with toppings. ESPECIALLY if it’s like a build-your-own toppings bar kind of set up. Not only is a mac and cheese bar a good way to make all the people happy, it’s easy to get your whole meal in a bowl. And when you can […]

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Croque Monsieur Casserole

Croque monsieur is your humble ham and cheese sandwich slathered in cheese sauce and baked until hot and golden and bubbly. This is them in casserole form for ease of making ahead and feeding a crowd. These are good for brunches or lunches or dinners. You could even make them happen for breakfasts, if you […]

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Guinness Beef Stew

I’d like to introduce you to my newest obsession: Guinness Beef Stew. It’s like beef bourguignon, but instead of using red wine we’re using Guinness! Which means, YES, this is beef cooked in bacon fat and then braised in dark beer and it will probably ruin all other beef for you. This is a stew […]

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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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Southwest Turkey Skillet

One pan dinners are king around here, both for ease of dinner making and dinner cleaning up. We especially like one pan dinners that require no advanced food prep and get on the table quickly, and this southwest turkey skillet checks all of those boxes! If a sweet potato hash and a turkey chili had […]

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Grilled Cheese with Bacon-Onion Jam

Grilled Cheese with Bacon-Onion Jam

Just when you think grilled cheese is the most perfect food there ever was, somebody goes and puts BACON-ONION JAM in it. I definitely could eat this bacon-onion jam with a spoon. Caramelized onion with crispy bacon cooked down with sugar and balsamic vinegar for the sweet and savory flavors of my dreams! My current […]

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