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Gas Grill Giveaway

If you saw on Tuesday, Carrian from Sweet Basil is celebrating turning the big 3-0 this week with a week full of giveaways. I’m participating with her again today in another awesome giveaway. (Make sure you check out her site all this week – she’s got giveaways galore going on!!)

I think of all the things she is giving away this week, today’s giveaway is one that I want the most for myself. An awesome Master Forge Outdoor Grill, complete with 5 burners and a rotisserie burner from Lowe’s. The weather is finally warming up, and I’ve got grilling on the mind! This grill would make for the perfect summer of outdoor entertaining!!

See the rafflecopter below to enter to win. And make sure you head over to Carrian’s blog or Facebook page to wish her a happy birthday!!

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Creamy and cheesy, these Scalloped Sweet Potatoes are an easy addition to any holiday table.

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes on Taste and Tell



So – I honestly wasn’t even planning on really blogging any Easter recipes this year. Sometimes I feel like, as a blogger, all I am doing is jumping from one holiday to the next. And I’ve been wanting to just cook whatever I feel like cooking. Without having to follow a theme or have any restrictions.

Well, as it turns out, I must have just wanted to make Easter recipes, because before I knew it, I had several recipes tested and made. Everything from brunch to the Easter ham to bread and dessert (and another dessert coming on Friday!). So I had to round it out with a side dish so that I’ll have your whole meal lined up for you!!
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It’s time for a birthday celebration!!

My friend Carrian from Sweet Basil is turning 30 tomorrow, so she has lined up a whole week of great giveaways!! I’m happy to be participating in 2 of those giveaways – this one today, and another great giveaway on Thursday. But make sure you click over to Carrian’s blog every day this week for a chance to win some amazing prizes!!

Get Cookin Giveaway

Today’s giveaway is the perfect prize package to get anyone into the kitchen. You have a 10-piece Copper Stainless Steel cook set from Anolon, a 5-piece knife set from WUSTHOF, and 4-sided box grater from Microplane. You can’t tell me that you don’t want to win them all!!

Just enter using the Rafflecopter below, and make sure you head over to wish Carrian an happy birthday!

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Individual breakfast casseroles are infused with fresh orange and maple for a breakfast dish that can be made ahead of time. Perfect for special company or a holiday morning!

Orange-Maple French Toast CasserolesThis post has been sponsored by The American Egg Board




Easter talks and festivities are finally in full swing around here. Easter morning will be here before I know it, and as usual, I have lists of things I want to do/try before the holiday comes. It’s more fun every year as my kids are getting older and better able to understand and participate. We will be having lots of fun this year!!

One of our favorite traditions as the kids have gotten older is dying Easter eggs. I always looked forward to it as a kid, and I hope that my kids have great memories of afternoons coloring eggs and Easter egg hunts as they get older.

This year, the American Egg Board is making Easter easier on all of us with everything from tips for the perfect hard boiled egg to all kinds of egg-centered recipes you can serve up on Easter morning or for Easter dinner.
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Creamy and rich, this Lemon Cheesecake has a cookie crust and is topped with a tart lemon curd.

Lemon Cheesecake on Taste and TellPhotos Updated April 2014




Originally posted January 18, 2008 – I have been dying to remake this cheesecake and rephotograph it for years now, and with springtime in full force, I thought this would be the perfect time. It’s just as perfect as I remember, and is in my top 3 favorite cheesecakes. It’s smooth and creamy and full of lemon flavor. It would make a great addition to your Easter table as well!

Don’t let this not so great photo turn you away – this was one of the best cheesecakes I have ever had!! Even looking at it right now is making my mouth water – remembering how good this cheesecake was.

The good thing about choosing cookbooks like The New Best Recipe as the cookbook of the month is that there are both sweet and savory recipes to choose from. And with 1000 recipes to choose from in this cookbook, I had to choose at least one sweet one. When I was browsing through after receiving this book, I came across this recipe for a lemon cheesecake. I couldn’t help but stop and read it – I absolutely adore cheesecake, and have eaten it many times, but I had never tried a lemon cheesecake. And I’ve been on a bit of a lemon kick lately – everything that has looked good to me this past month has been lemon flavored!!
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Hard-boiled eggs are filled with deviled ham for a great Easter version of deviled eggs.

Deviled Ham and Eggs on Taste and Tell



Every once in awhile, I’ll have an idea come into my head that I get super excited about. Something that I don’t think I’ve seen anywhere else. An original.

Only to find out that your idea isn’t quite as original as you thought it was.

A lot of times, when I have an idea, I’ll just go with it. But sometimes, I hit the web and search to see if there is something similar.

A few weeks back, I was brainstorming recipes that I wanted to make to bring to you all for Easter. One of my favorite things to make this time of year are deviled eggs, (a great way to use up those eggs from the Easter egg hunt!!). I was also trying to think up ideas of ways to use up leftover ham, because we always have leftovers. Especially when I make a ham for just my small family.
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