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Italian Sausage and Bell Pepper Soup with Rice

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

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

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

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

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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Grilled Avocado Smoky Chipotle Guacamole

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

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

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