Category Recipe Files

The Hot Brie Melt Sandwich

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day everyone! I will never fully understand how all of these random holidays came to be. However, anything that celebrates melted cheese + carbs is completely fine with me, and absolutely worth celebrating! We are coming at you with a fun grilled cheese sandwich oozing with deliciously melted brie, vine ripe tomatoes, applewood smoked ham, and fresh basil. To bring some sweet heat, we’ve also added

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pork Belly & Mushrooms

Anyone else love brussel sprouts as much as I do? They get such a bad rap, but I find them to be incredible, super healthy, and ultra delicious when roasted to a caramelized crispness. Despite their health benefits, I couldn’t resist tossing that option out the door and adding in some yummy chunks of pork belly to take this easy-to-make, “one pan” side dish up about ten notches and my cholesterol up

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Stuffed Bourbon Mustard Pork Belly with Tangy Pears

If you’ve never had pork belly before and you’re a serious fan of bacon, then you will instantly fall in love with this tender and extremely flavorful cut of meat! Pork belly is so rich, and let’s be honest, it’s basically uncut bacon anyway so a small slice per person is all you need, which means you’ve got a decadent meal to feed a large crowd. This is indulgence in

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Salted Nutella Nutter Butter Cookies

I’m excited to share this Salted Nutella Nutter Butte cookie recipe with you today as it’s one I’ve been making for a seriously long time! Well, a rendition of these cookies to be exact, but I’m loving the addition of Nutella and fleur de sel so much better that I regret not doing it way back when! All this reminiscent talk requires a small story to explain a little bit about these

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Avocado + Jalapeno Bruschetta

Happy Wednesday, ya’ll! I’m so excited to share this easy-to-make Avocado + Jalapeno Bruschetta with you! This recipe carries a lot of great memories and delicious dinner parties along with it and thanks to my super talented friend, Chelsye, this appetizer never missed a single one of our get-togethers back in our Charleston days. It’s incredibly good and I have a feeling it will quickly become a must-have recipe for you, as well.  It’s

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Honey Harvest Granola

As I’m clumsily wandering through the first month of the new year and my first month as a healthier new me, finding healthy recipes that actually taste good are of top priority! This new conquest has me returning to some old recipes I consistently cooked with when I worked at Red Mountain Spa in St. George, UT. Those were the days and I miss them from time to time. It

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Roasted Winter Squash Salad with Sage-Honey Vinaigrette

I remember growing up and getting so excited when my mom decided to make us all roasted squash for dinner. Her version usually included a lot of butter, a simple halved squash, and honey drizzled all over it… oh and some cinnamon. Cinnamon was always the cherry on the top. It would roast in the oven for what seems like an eternity until the honey and butter had caramelized and

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Thyme & Goat Cheese

It’s actually been a relatively mild week here in Minneapolis, as we gear up for Thanksgiving celebrations this week. When I say mild, I refer to the weather… it’s pretty usual that most Minnesotans often refer to the weather in any or every conversation. I’m not quite sure why, but we seem to have a habit of it. Maybe it’s because the weather is so dang confusing and all over the

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A Hauntingly Elegant Halloween Skull Cake

Who’s ready for a little spooktacular Halloween fun this year? I keep telling myself that one of these years I will get my act together and finally throw an awesome (more sophisticated) Halloween bash for all of my friends. but clearly, that hasn’t happened. However, this year I do have a few excuses. Our friends got married a week and a half ago, YAY!!! We celebrated our 10 year anniversary and in a few

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Dark Chocolate Scones with Salted Butterscotch Caramel

I’ve found myself on a dark chocolate kick lately! I want to try it in everything and indulge in the rich deep flavors and complexity it adds to a dish, and of course to desserts! For some time now, I’ve been spying the Hershey’s “Special Dark” cocoa powder popping up in various recipes, like this one here. After my usual amount of procrastination, I finally decided to go grab a

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