Category Recipe Files

The Best Guacamole EVER!

Happy National Guacamole Day everyone! That’s right, there’s actually a holiday where we celebrate mashed up avocados, haha! But seeing as I REALLY LOVE me some guac, I decided to jump right in on the festivities and make the family my favorite guacamole recipe! In my humble opinion, this is probably the best guacamole ever! Like EVER! However, it’s not traditional by any means. So if that’s what you are in

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Blueberry + Roasted Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches

Okay, so these Blueberry + Roasted Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches are feeling a little behind, especially with how fall-like the weather has been here in Minneapolis. However, I’m not complaining as I LOVE Fall! Then again, maybe this is me inwardly denying the fact that I’m not ready for what comes after fall… the bad word which will remain unmentioned. Therefore I just may be doing whatever I can to

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Oven Roasted Ribs with a Peachy-Bourbon BBQ Sauce

I’m not sure if I can fully accept that summer is coming to a close in no time at all! How did this happen? I have so many things I want to accomplish before the skies open up and blanket us in crisp snowy white ice particles. EEK! Regardless, one thing I know for sure is that we have a four day weekend starting this Friday. LABOR DAY! Therefore, we

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A Very Patriotic Fourth of July Ombre Cake

Get excited! The 4th of July is only moments away! Which means there’s going to be some serious parties and spectacular fireworks to finish off the night! How is this not one of the best holidays of the year, right? Well, we’re setting this one apart with a patriotic Fourth of July Ombre Cake that’s sure to be a spectacular show of its own. A delicate white cake with a hint

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Herbs de Provence Grilled Chicken

Nothing beats a juicy, flavorful grilled chicken. Especially during the warmer months when we are in full-swing for outdoor entertaining and summer barbecues. What makes this Herbs de Provence Grilled Chicken recipe so great, and ideal for entertaining is that most of the prepping can be done well ahead in advance. Grilling chickens in a spatchcock style also make for an interesting show on the grill. Something most people rarely

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Israeli Couscous Salad with Feta and Cucumbers

This Israeli Couscous Salad with Feta and Cucumbers has been on repeat in our household lately. It’s incredibly easy to make, light and refreshing. You can serve it with just about any main entree – chicken, fish, pork and even steak – but I seriously love just eating it alone. It fills you up, mainly because I eat the entire bowl! We usually double the recipe so we can snack on

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Summer Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Mozzarella, and Basil

This summer tomato salad has everything you want in a warm weather, ready for entertaining, easy to prepare summer dish. Vine ripe tomatoes, grilled sweet corn, basil picked right out of the garden only moments before, fresh Ciliegine Mozzarella and paper thin slices of red onion tossed together in a bright and refreshing dressing of extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. It’s simple and uncomplicated, but the flavors

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Coconut and Dark Chocolate Tart with Ginger Caramel (GF)

This Coconut and Dark Chocolate Tart has proven to be a moment of character building for me, haha. Well, not one those moments that make you question everything about yourself, but this recipe has shown me the importance of persistence! There’s a quote by Winston Churchill that says, “I’ve never failed at anything in life. I was simply given another chance or opportunity to get it right.” It’s a quote

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Blood Orange, Thyme, and Fennel Grilled Trout

I think it’s safe to say that spring has officially arrived in all of its glory! I can see the buds starting to come out on the trees and the daffodils springing up from the now-thawed ground. All of that unused energy I stored away, during those winter months stuck inside, has me running around outdoors cleaning up the yard and garden beds.  Mortifyingly it also led me to tear

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Rosemary Pesto Stuffed Pork Loin with Blood Orange Carrots

The other day I was hanging out in the kitchen, chopping up some rosemary and it hit me, I haven’t had rosemary pesto in like, forever. Something about it sounded so good at that moment and before I knew it my mind/stomach started dreaming about all of the yummy things I could do with it. Still coming down after a blueberry + lemon-thyme roulade cake sugar high, I couldn’t let go of

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