Corn Tortillas

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Corn Tortillas

I am ashamed to say that I had never made corn tortillas until a few months ago. To be honest, corn tortillas are usually fine but I would rather eat flour tortillas; corn tortillas can sometimes be dry and bland. I have typically seen them as just a vehicle for taco filling or as something to be cut and fried into chips. Homemade corn tortillas don’t even feel like the same food. I ate more than a few of them warm from the griddle with just a sprinkle of salt or a splash of salsa.

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Quadruple Chocolate Puppy Chow

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Quadruple Chocolate Puppy Chow

Puppy chow (or muddy buddies) is a pretty awesome dessert made by covering Chex cereal in chocolate, butter, and peanut butter, and then powdered sugar. They are stupidly easy to make and dangerously addictive! The original recipe is delicious, but this version starts with Chocolate Chex instead of plain Chex, has more chocolate (obviously), and cocoa powder mixed in with the powdered sugar. Of course, I also brought back the Dark Chocolate M&Ms for an added crunch.  This isn’t the prettiest dessert ever, but it won’t matter when you realize you have eaten it all before anyone else even gets to see it.

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Grilled Avocado Smoky Chipotle Guacamole

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Grilled Avocado Smoky Chipotle Guacamole

This is a pretty traditional guacamole recipe with a smoky twist. You get that smoky flavor from the slightly charred avocados, smoked paprika, and chipotle pepper. I like regular guacamole, but I LOVE this one. It is the best guacamole I have ever had.  As summer winds down, you can bring this to your last couple of barbeques OR to your first fall football get-togethers!  Read more

Chicken Fajita and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

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Chicken Fajita and Roasted Sweet Potato SaladI’ve made it my goal this summer to create the most flavorful salads I could possibly dream of—to make salad-haters turn over a new leaf (yep, pun dorkily intended).  This salad accomplishes that task perfectly. There is so much flavor here your taste buds just might explode—chicken fajitas with sauteed onions and bell peppers, roasted sweet potato chunks, and dressing made with jalapeño AND blue cheese. This is not the easiest salad you will ever make, but it is so (SO) worth it.  Read more

Chocolate Toffee Coconut Macaroons

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Chocolate Toffee Coconut Macaroons

Coconut macaroons are one of the easiest cookies I’ve ever made (and they just happen to be gluten-free). These are the perfect cookies to make if you have a random bag of flaked coconut sitting in your fridge like I pretty much always do. The buttery caramel flavor from the toffee bits complements the toasty coconut really well. My husband ate all of these in two days. Read more

Biscoff-Filled Browned Butter S’mores Cookies

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Biscoff-Filled Browned Butter S'mores Cookies

I can’t go the whole summer without s’mores. I made a s’more on my gas stove the other day (do you guys do that?) and it was great. However, I found myself with a lot of extra graham crackers and I seem to have a limit on how many stove s’mores I can eat before I get sick of them! One thing I pretty much never get sick of, though, is cookies. With this in mind, I set out to create the most decadent s’mores cookie I could imagine. Obviously this meant adding Biscoff. Read more

Baked Chili Mustard Chicken

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Baked Chili Mustard Chicken

If you don’t like mustard, you should skip this recipe.  Though, I guess since mustard is in the title, you probably don’t need the additional warning. I love the tangy, vinegary taste and happen to have at least three kinds of mustard in my refrigerator at all times. I have been making a variation of this chicken for a couple of years now whenever I am craving a light, flavorful meal. As many of my dinner recipes are, it’s also stupidly easy and you probably have all or most of these ingredients in your kitchen.  Read more

Chili Garlic Roasted Vegetables (aka the BEST roasted veggies)

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Chili-Garlic Roasted Vegetables (aka the BEST roasted veggies)

 Ok. Two things. One: I know these aren’t all veggies as bell peppers are a fruit (!) but let’s just pretend for now that they are veggies because I like saying ‘roasted veggies’. Two: saying these are the best is a little extreme, BUT these were honestly so good that I found myself sneaking “tastes” behind my husband’s back before dinner (yeah, I am ashamed…sorry hubby!) Read more

Chocolate Banana Muffins (gluten-free with dairy-free option)

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins

I don’t like to think of these as gluten-free muffins; I prefer to think of them as muffins that just happen to be gluten-free. If you have ever tried commercially produced gluten-free muffins, cakes, or other bready foods, you might be inclined to skip these muffins. Trust me, don’t! These are the opposite of crumbly, rock-hard, bricks that you sometimes find in gluten-free stores or bakeries. These babies are fluffy, light, and super moist. I am gluten’s #1 fan and even I don’t miss it in these muffins. Read more