appetizers

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries

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When it comes to entertaining, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible.  I discovered long ago that few appetizers beat the simplicity, versatility, and sheer deliciousness of a simple cheese ball paired with Triscuits.  Thus, when the folks over at Martha Stewart asked if I'd be interested in entering a little summer recipe challenge they were [...]

Kid Friendly Pizza Muffins

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After spending this past weekend with my friend Edie, the world's most amazing hostess who literally makes every meal an EVENT, one simple truth was abundantly clear:  I am not a foodie. While Edie truly enjoys spending hours in the kitchen creating culinary masterpieces for her family to savor each evening, my goal is usually to [...]

Easy Asian Chop Salad

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  I don't know about you, but when the weather starts heating up I would do almost anything to avoid having to actually cook!  I want foods that are fresh and easy and can come together in less than ten minutes.  This yummy asian chop salad is the perfect solution to my lazy summer cooking [...]

Easy Beer Bread

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I never met a carbohydrate I didn't love, and oh friends, let me just tell you that the day I discovered I could combine two of my very favorite carbs--beer and bread--in to one delicious (and super easy) recipe was a very happy day indeed. I'm pretty sure the heavens opened up with a bright [...]

Loaded Cream of Potato Soup

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When the weather is cold nothing quite hits the spot like a hearty bowl of hot soup!  This creamy potato version comes together surprisingly fast, but the yummy toppings make it feel extra special.  It is also a great dish to serve to a crowd! Here is what you need: 2 onions6 large carrots6 cloves [...]

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Friends, it is time to face the cold hard facts:  November & December are not kind when it comes to counting calories. One Thanksgiving dinner alone can provide the caloric requirements for a small country, and that's not even counting the pie.  (Mmmmmmmm......pie.....) I hate watching my weight, I really do.  I especially hate that [...]

Triple Crock Pot Dip {3 Great Party Recipes}

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For Christmas last year, my husband gave me a triple slow cooker, thinking it would be great to use at parties.  I was so excited because I've wanted one forever, and yet, as soon as I got it I was completely overwhelmed.  What would I serve in it?  The only really great party recipe I [...]

Deep Fried Cauliflower {with Buffalo Dipping Sauce}

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When my husband first introduced me to these little gems, a long-time Soukup family recipe, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical.    The flour, the egg, the breadcrumbs, the Crisco....they just seemed like SO much work and such a mess for so little payout.  I mean cauliflower?  Really? Until, of course, I [...]

Sweet & Sour Crockpot Meatballs

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Everyone needs a quick and easy "go-to" party or potluck recipe, and this one is mine!  It doesn't matter how many of these little sweet & sour crockpot meatballs I make or how few people I am serving them to, by the end of the party the crockpot is always empty.  The best part is [...]

Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey Lemon & Mint Syrup {Recipe}

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There's no better compliment to a simple brunch or barbecue menu than a delicious fruit salad.  While fruit salad can be as simple as cutting up your favorite types of fruit and placing it in a bowl, adding just a touch of homemade syrup seems to intensify the flavors of the fresh fruit, making it [...]

Taco Bites {Recipe}

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Tacos are always a hit in our house, but my kids are still at the stage where those regular hard taco shells end up becoming a crumbled mess on their plates.  The other day, as it was already 6:30pm and we were all starving, I was scrambling for a FAST (and easy) dinner solution, I [...]

Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw {Recipe}

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I don't know how it works in your house, but around here, as soon as the weather starts to warm up, we start grilling as much as possible!  Our favorite grill fare (by far!) is a good old fashioned cheeseburger (or veggie burger, as the case may be), and to me nothing goes better with [...]

Cream of Cabbage Soup {Recipe}

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It is Worden Farm time for us again which means lots & lots of yummy fresh veggies all season long.  This year I opted for on-farm pickup rather than box delivery.  I love able to choose, and the girls absolutely adore going out to the farm.  It is quite a drive which means we don't [...]

Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Dip {Recipe}

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 I love all things Mediterranean, especially hummus, but I have always been slightly nervous to make my own.  A few of my friends assured me that it was super easy but for some reason it always just seemed so complicated. Well, now that I have made it I can honestly tell you that it is [...]

Pimiento Cheese {Recipe}

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I am not a true Southern gal.  In fact, I was born about as far north as you can get within the continental United States, in the northwest corner of Washington State, only a few miles from the Canadian border.  But I've always dreamed of being a Southerner. As a little girl, I watched Gone [...]

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