Snacks & Starters

Quick & Easy 7-Layer Salad

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  I've always wanted to learn how to make a 7-layer salad.  I remember going to potlucks & church picnics as a kid and always being SO impressed with the pretty layered salads that my own microwave-loving family would never even consider tackling.  I guess that's why I never dared attempt it until now. Well.  Can [...]

Creamed Kale & Spinach Casserole

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After four years of trying, I feel like I'm only just beginning to figure out this whole gardening thing.  If you've been following my progress on Instagram, (hashtag #SoukupGarden), you've already seen that this year's vegetable garden was by far our most successful!  The kale did especially well, which gave me fresh incentive to try a brand new [...]

Deviled Eggs with Bacon

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My husband is not really a recipe guy, but there are a few things that he makes better than anyone else on the planet.  The first is omelets.  The second is grilled cheese sandwiches.  And the third is deviled eggs. He says the secret is in their simplicity--less is more (especially when it comes to [...]

Bloomin’ Olive Bread

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Olives.  Most people either love 'em or hate 'em, and in my family there is definitely nothing but LOVE for the round little green and black treats.  My kids literally cannot get enough of them! During a visit a few months ago, my friend Edie introduced us to the joys of olive bread, something I had never [...]

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 [...]