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(Outdoor) Kitchen PLAY with Land O’Lakes

Now that we’ve had an official heat wave here on the East Coast, and the AC has been running for days nonstop, it’s safe to say summer has settled in for the season. With the arrival of summer comes the departure of my desire to cook – at least using the oven.  When the thermometer sits solidly at 90+ degrees, I cannot bear to turn on any appliances that could possibly increase that heat. Sometimes cooking indoors is inevitable, but grilling is a great alternative, and you can do a lot on a grill that you’d typically do in an oven.

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Summer Vegetable Gratin

It’s Secret Recipe Club reveal day again! Is it just me, or did the last month (or rather, the last SIX months) fly by in the blink of an eye?! I don’t know where the time goes! But SRC reveal day is always a whole lot of fun, so let’s get to it. I have something wonderful and summery to share today! This month, I was assigned the blog Fabulously Fun Food, written by Melanie. On her site, Melanie offers a wonderful variety of recipes to peruse, everything from breads, appetizers and breakfast dishes, to sides, veggie and meat mains, soups and stews – and of course some tasty sounding desserts (always my favorite). However, I decided to change things up this month and make something savory. In fact, I narrowed my list of possibilities to four recipes that I thought sounded great, and they were ALL savory! Go figure. (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…)


Foccacia with Roasted Vegetables

I’m sure you’ve noticed that typically I make and share things that are sweet. But one typically can’t subsist (permanently, anyway) on just sweets, so believe it or not I do eat foods without sugar! And even more amazing than that, I like to make them too. Since Kevin and I moved in together, we’ve done a fantastic job of cooking with each other nearly every single night, and it’s gotten me so fired up in the kitchen. Cooking for two, and with someone else, is so different than being alone in the kitchen just cooking for yourself. It’s fun and inspiring, and seems about 100% more worthwhile. So last weekend when I was home visiting my family and my mom mentioned making foccacia, I jumped at the idea.

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New obsession: Hasselback Potatoes

This is gonna be a quickie post, but I just had to share my new favorite way to prepare a potato. No doubt you’ve seen hasselback potatoes all over lately, and for good reason — these babies are unbelievable. They’re beautiful to look at, and even more beautiful to eat — like gourmet baked potatoes, but about 100 times better. With wedges of roasted garlic nestled in between slices of golden brown, crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside potato, can it really get any better? (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…)


(Late) Thanksgiving Feast

I know Thanksgiving was a week and a half ago, and I’d be better off posting ginger molasses chews or peppermint bark, but I’m still playing catch-up! I won’t bore you with lots of Thanksgiving stories, but I do have a few recipes I’m dying to share. I even tried my hand at a few savory items on our Thanksgiving menu, and they came out quite well, if I do say so myself 🙂 (more…)


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