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This Southwestern Chicken and Rice Soup is the answer after a long day. In less than 30 minutes, you can have a big pot of warm, comforting soup filled with tons of southwestern flavor!

Southwestern Chicken and Rice Soup - fast, easy and super flavorful!

We have been having an unusually mild winter here in Salt Lake. Like warm enough that I don’t even get my coat out most days. I started seeing tulips poking out of the ground, and hints of blossoms on the trees.

And then all of a sudden – bam! Cold again. Seriously, mother nature, I really wish you would make up your mind!!

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Brownies taken to the extreme – these Mega Mallow Coconut Brownies have rich, fudgy coconut brownies filled with Mallow Cups and topped with lots of marshmallow and chocolate. Prepare to indulge!

Mega Mallow Coconut Brownies - the ultimate indulgence!

I’m the online marketers dream come true. I am easily influenced with pretty pictures and sale prices.

Take Bath & Body Works for example. I love their candles. I get their emails. Which means I know every single time those darn candles go on sale. Which also means I have more candles than I need. Way more candles than I need.

And it’s no secret that I am a hoarder of cookbooks. It’s not a secret I’ve been able to keep from Amazon, either. So every time I am on Amazon, cookbook suggestions come up. Read the rest of this entry >>

Change up your Friday night pizza with this Blue Cheese and Bacon Pizza. Pizza crust is topped with an easy béchamel sauce, bacon and blue cheese for a gourmet pizza at home.

Blue Cheese and Bacon Pizza on www.tasteandtellblog.com

Originally published April 29, 2010 – since I just posted my favorite pizza dough recipe, I had to bring this pizza recipe up to the front. As a blue cheese and bacon lover, this is definitely one of my favorite pizzas!! If you read the post below, you’ll see that I had been searching for the perfect pizza crust recipe. Well, earlier this week I shared my recipe – I’m glad my search is over! I have also deleted that original pizza dough recipe since I didn’t really like it anyway. ;) This is the perfect pizza for adults or the more adventurous children. It’s a combination that can’t be beat!
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Make your own tots at home! These Sweet Potato Tots are the perfect indulgence – and better for you than the fast food tots! Plus a review of Superfoods at Every Meal.

Sweet Potato Tots with Creamy Ketchup - make your own tots at home!

**I’m giving away a copy of today’s cookbook review – make sure you check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post!**


Ok, this might sound kind of silly, but I think I’m addicted to cooking. And to cookbooks. (Well, if you know me, the cookbook thing is pretty believable…)

I’m leaving for a week long vacation today. And as a self-employed one woman show, a lot goes into getting ready to leave town. The plan was to spend many days making sure to have plenty of recipes done, and then to spend the week before leaving doing everything on the computer. I told my husband to be forewarned that dinners this week were going to be very simple.

It hasn’t even been a week since I’ve really cooked something, but I’m already having withdrawals. All I want to do is cook something fun. Something new. And knowing that it will be another week until I cook is not helping.

I told you I am crazy.

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These vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are packed with flavor – perfect for a Tex-Mex dinner on a budget!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas - a great meatless dinner on a budget!

I have always been fascinated with the “food holidays” for some reason. You know, when they say (whoever they is!) that February 3rd is National Carrot Cake Day or that October 8th is National Fluffernutter Day. I mean, I have no idea who comes up with these, or why even, but I love them. I don’t normally change my menu plan based on these holidays, although that would be pretty fun, wouldn’t it?!? That would mean today’s menu would consist of strawberries (National Strawberry Day February 27) a hot breakfast (February is National Hot Breakfast Month) and pancakes (the last week of February is National Pancake Week.) I’m pretty sure I could work with that!!

Although I don’t alter my menu plan for these food holidays, sometimes things just fall into place.

Like did you know that February is National Sweet Potato Month?

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My all-time favorite homemade pizza dough recipe, this recipe has been tried and tested week after week, making the best homemade pizza. My family now likes homemade pizza better than take-out!

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe - my method for making the BEST pizza dough at home!

I am fairly confident in the kitchen. If I’m making you dinner, or dessert, or some random snack – I won’t always promise that you’ll love it, but most of the time, I am confident enough that you’ll at least enjoy it.

The funny thing is, though – especially because I’m a food blogger – I will often worry when someone else is actually making my recipes. I know – it doesn’t make much sense, does it? But when I’m talking to someone and they say “I’m making your…” or “I made your ____ for dinner last night” my first instinct is to hold my breath and cross my fingers.

Don’t even get me started on the anxiety that comes with publishing a cookbook.

This is why, even though I’ve had this recipe ready to share with you for quite some time now, I have hesitated. Because while it is probably the recipe I’ve made the most in my home, it’s also a little bit unconventional, and that scares me a little bit.

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