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Land O’Lakes Grilled Cheese, Two Ways

I bet if you went out and polled 100 people you’d be hard pressed to find more than a handful that don’t love grilled cheese. It’s something many of us fell in love with as children, and still indulge in from time to time as adults. If you’re like me, your grilled cheese tastes have evolved over time – now a basic white bread grilled cheese sandwich isn’t as exciting as a more gourmet creation, featuring specialty cheeses and exciting add-ins. I don’t make grilled cheeses on a regular basis, but every once in a while I get a hankering for one, and it can’t be satisfied by anything less. (more…)

Lamb Meatball Multigrain Flatbread

**UPDATE: Thanks to all of your votes, I am moving on to round 2 of the Lamb Pro Am competition! I’ll pair up with Chef Dante de Magistris of Restaurant dante , and together we’ll serve my flatbread recipe to Lamb Pro am event attendees on May 19th! If you’re free and in the Boston area, please come and check it out!!! You can get tickets here. **

I think it’s only fair if I get this off my chest up front: I don’t like lamb. That’s probably an awful admission to make when I’m about to tell you all about the 9-pound leg of lamb I battled to create this recipe, or the reason I did it. But it’s the truth – and I always tell you exactly how it is here! (more…)

Deconstructed Sweet Potato Turkey Shepard’s Pie

Is it just me, or is time absolutely FLYING right now? I’m really glad it’s spring and all, but seriously?! SLOW DOWN! When I got engaged, we had a whole year until the wedding, and now it’s only 6 months away – and I feel like I just got engaged yesterday. Perhaps I can blame the fact that I am extremely backed up with blog posts on the hyper-speed of time? Let’s just go with it… (more…)

WORLDFOODS Fusion Taste Team Creations

I’ve got a bit of a different post for you today – a couple of savory dishes! A few months ago, I signed on to become a member of the WORLDFOODS Fusion Taste Team for Massachusetts. WORLDFOODS is hosting a blogger competition across five states, Massachusetts, Michigan, California, Texas, New York and Maryland, and participants were tasked with using WORLDFOODS products to create inventive and delicious dishes. (more…)

Honey Dijon Chicken Tenders

There are so many foods (especially from my childhood) that I have long loved but that evade me in the kitchen. Things like tater tots and chicken tenders are favorites of mine, but things I would never think to make on my own. I don’t know why – especially after making these chicken tenders – because they are so incredibly easy! And the best part is – when you make indulgent foods at home you can control what goes into them, and how healthy or unhealthy they’ll be. (more…)

Hearty Chicken Soup and Pumpkin Cran-Apple Walnut Loaf

When I saw the first cranberries of the season arrive in grocery stores, I got so excited I bought a big container of them, and proceeded to leave them in the refrigerator for weeks. I’d notice them from time to time, and briefly consider what I could do with them, but it wasn’t until the season’s first blizzard a few weeks ago when I was stuck inside all day that I finally forced myself to put them to use. Very uncharacteristically, I found a vegan bread recipe (originally Vegan Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Pecan Bread from Joy the Baker) that sounded incredible – so I decided to give it a try. Admittedly, I added a couple of eggs to bind the bread and keep it from crumbling, but apparently it’s just as good without! (more…)

Quinoa Summer Salad

This will just be a quick post, but I did want to share this recipe because it was really yummy! A couple of weeks back, we were having company over but didn’t have much time to shop for ingredients. We had some quinoa in the cupboard, and I’d (surprisingly) never cooked with it before, so I went in search of some inspiration for a quinoa salad. (more…)

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