Sesame Hoisin Wings

Sesame Hoisin Wings are easy to make and PERFECT for game day! They’re baked, not fried, but the meat falls right off the bone. I’ve never been into sports, possibly because I’m so clumsy and uncoordinated (seriously, I am unable to connect my foot or hand with a moving ball). However, I’ve always been around guys who love watching games, especially football. My father and brother always watched it when I was growing up. Jeff follows each season religiously. All of them talk to the television

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Cheddar Chive Crackers

These easy cheddar chive crackers are bursting with cheese flavor. They taste like homemade Cheez Its, but without the preservatives and chemicals! Cheddar crackers such as Goldfish and Cheez-Its were all over the place when I was growing up. I can understand why; they’re the type of savory, fun snack that kids love. These days, I prefer to avoid processed snacks for the most part. Luckily, homemade cheese crackers are surprisingly easy to make! Not only do these cheddar chive crackers taste

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Pecans and Cranberries

Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Pecans & Cranberries is a wonderful, light dish that’s healthy, filling and flavorful. Aside from salads, roasting is almost always the best way to enjoy vegetables. It crisps up the exterior and enhances the flavors through caramelization. It’s also a nice “set it and forget it” option if you’re preparing other components of a meal.

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Parmesan Beer Cheese Dip with Crispy Shallots

This Parmesan Beer Cheese Dip with Crispy Shallots from The Beeroness is seriously addicting! Serve is at parties or at your next football game viewing. If you like cooking and/or baking with beer, I’m guessing you may have checked out The Beeroness by now. If not, I highly recommended visiting Jackie’s blog. Her understanding of flavors and how to pair them with beer is next level. She was one of my first serious blog crushes, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know

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Old Bay Deviled Eggs

Old Bay Deviled Eggs are an easy, flavorful appetizer that’s ready in under 30 minutes. They’re low carb & gluten-free! One of the many things that drove me crazy about culinary school was that there was always only one right way to do things. If you deviated from this method, you were wrong and would likely be reprimanded. I first started giving my chefs the side-eye when my Phase I instructor was teaching us how to achieve “perfect hard boiled eggs

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Caramelized Onion Stuffing with Apples and Herbs

This Caramelized Onion Stuffing with Apples and Herbs from Savory Simple is a flavorful Thanksgiving side dish that the whole family will love. Jeff and I like to joke about how horrendous our college and post-college eating habits were. When I mentioned that I was preparing the stuffing for Thanksgiving this year, he was like, “Back in the day, I used to make Stovetop Stuffing for dinner!” and I was like “Me too! With instant mashed potatoes! Carbs with a side of

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Spiced Pumpkin Beer Bread

Spiced Pumpkin Beer Bread is an incredibly easy side dish! No yeast or kneading required. Perfect for Thanksgiving or alongside your favorite fall meals. I never thought this day would come. The manuscript for my cookbook has been turned in, and it will be published by Simon & Schuster sometime next year. It has been a mentally grueling 13 months, which is why this blog turned into a dead zone. And it’s not like I was so busy… I just couldn’t handle

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Grilled Oysters with Chipotle-Tarragon Butter and Gremolata + My Visit to The Melrose Georgetown Hotel and Jardenea

Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Tarragon Butter and Gremolata are a fun and flavorful summer treat! I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of really fun, cool things since I began my food blog but there hasn’t been a ton of travel blogging. It’s an idea I’ve thought about on and off over the years because traveling is my other big obsession after food. If I could afford to travel more often, I definitely would. But it has been difficult since changing career

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Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Basil, Mint and Sage

Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Basil, Mint and Sage is a light and refreshing summer appetizer that’s easy to prepare and perfect for guests! 2013 wasn’t that long ago but in terms of my career it feels like an eternity has passed since then. So much has changed. One thing that remains the same, however, is my love of working with California Strawberries and supporting their work with farmers.

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Summer Ale Beer Bread

This summer ale beer bread has hints of lemon and pepper. No kneading required, ready in under an hour! I’m a total sucker for beer bread, even in the heat of the summer. What can I say? I love carbs. The thing about beer bread is that it’s very fast and easy to prepare, even for beginners. There’s no kneading, no stand mixers, and no yeast aside from what’s already in the beer. Making beer bread is easier than baking muffins.

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