Crockpot Kalua Pork Sliders

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Crockpot Kalua Pork SlidersLet’s talk about sandwiches. What’s your favorite kind?  I’m a big fan of anything super cheesy (grilled cheese sandwiches are high on my list) on a good bread. This sandwich has moved to the top of my list, too.  It has this smoky kalua pork, Monterey jack cheese , an easy BBQ spread, and lots of caramelized onions—all atop a sweet Hawaiian bun.  

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Italian Sausage and Bell Pepper Soup with Rice

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Italian Sausage and Bell Pepper Soup with Rice

It finally feels like fall in southern California.  That means cooler temperatures, rainy days, and soup! With the addition of Italian chicken sausage and a little bit of rice, this soup is warm and comforting but manages to be healthy, too.  It’s the perfect dinner to make after indulging on rich, heavy foods at Thanksgiving (and again and again with leftovers for days afterwards)!

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Pumpkin Pie with Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookie Crust and White Chocolate Cinnamon Drizzle

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Pumpkin Pie with Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookie Crust and White Chocolate Cinnamon Drizzle

It’s time for more pumpkin (thank goodness).  This time it’s pie! This pie is made with a gluten-free oatmeal cookie crust and a heavenly white chocolate cinnamon drizzle. Usually I like about 20 spoonfuls of whipped cream on my pumpkin pie, but I decided that, with this cookie-crusted pie, some drizzled white chocolate might be amazing. It was.  That’s not to say we didn’t have a few slices of this pie with both white chocolate AND 20 spoonfuls of whipped cream… Read more

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 so 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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