Cheese Enchilada Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

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Cheese Enchilada Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a salad but I want something a little bit carb-y with it. Other times I want enchiladas, but don’t necessarily want the beans and rice that come with them. Cheesy, saucy enchiladas are high up there on my list of favorite Mexican foods. I like to tell myself that putting them atop a salad makes them a little bit healthier. This salad is the perfect mix of naughty and nice.

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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