White Bean Salad

When thinking about summer potluck side dishes, my requirements are as follows: Easy to make ahead Fresh summer flavor galore No heating/cooling required before serving Not super expensive to make on the large scale Here is an ideal summer side dish. It’s an easy salad that is embodying all the summer freshness for me. Log […]

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Quick-Pickled Red Onions

I don’t know why it took me so long to get on the pickled onion train. They’re such a regular part of my diet now that I honestly don’t know what I did before them. My favorite thing about these pickled onions is that they deliver the fresh-crunch that I appreciate so much in a […]

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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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Veggie Cream Cheese

Veggie Cream Cheese | An easy recipe for homemade garden veggie cream cheese! This spread is so simple to make - just combine lots of diced vegetables and cream cheese for a healthy schemer that’s chock full of veggies!

I am convinced that a warm bagel with a thick schmear of cream cheese is one of the greater luxuries in life. I have yet to have a bad cream cheese, but the veggie variety has always been a favorite of mine. I am liking this homemade veggie cream cheese as an easy way to […]

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French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole | An easy, make-ahead French Toast Bake! All the best cinnamon and vanilla flavors of classic French toast in casserole form. Can be baked immediately or left overnight to soak. Bake this up for a low-stress way to make a French toast breakfast or brunch for a crowd!

Here, my love for French toast continues with this easy, make-ahead French toast casserole! I need to tell you that I used to take a strongly anti-French toast casserole stance. What I like most about French toast is its crispy exterior. If you also feel this way about French toast, you should know that French […]

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Foolproof Fruit Salad

Foolproof Fruit Salad | How to make fruit salad with lots of fruit options! An easy and customizable fruit salad recipe that’s perfect for parties and crowds.

Fruit salad is a good thing to have around, but being put in charge of fruit salad for a crowd can be a daunting task. How much do you make? What do you put in it? Can you make it ahead? So if ever you’re in charge of making a fruit salad, this guide has […]

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Instant Pot White Rice

BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ALL ARE DYING TO KNOW HOW THINGS ARE GOING WITH MY INSTANT POT. I’ve made rice. Which I realize has got to be the least impressive Instant Pot food, but I am in no way exaggerating when I say it is THE BEST rice. And is very good for easy meal […]

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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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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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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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