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Fish tacos take a tropical turn with these tacos that are topped with a fruity, tropical salsa.

Citrus Fish Tacos on Taste and Tell



Mother nature has been taunting us. The weather was really nice for a couple of weeks. We turned off the heater, opened up the windows. My husband got busy taking care of the lawn. We dreamed of short sleeves and flip flops and nights out on the bbq.
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Angel food cake combines with lemon meringue pie in this impressive dessert.

Lemon Meringue Angel Cake on Taste and Tell



Today is a pretty big day here on Taste and Tell.

Can you believe that 7 years ago today, I posted my very first post here?

7 years.

In the past 7 years, I have moved 3 times, gave birth to 3 children, left 2 jobs and took on blogging as a full time job. My family has been through hard times and good times, this blog has carried us through some of those times.

It’s amazing just how much this blog has become a part of my life.
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Chunks of chicken are wrapped in ham and swiss and covered in a breadcrumb coating for a fun appetizer or family friendly dinner.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Nuggets on Taste and Tell



As a food blogger, it should come as no surprise that I like to cook. (I think we’d have a problem here if that wasn’t the case.) I mean, I’m human and all, and there are some days that the last thing I want to do is go into the kitchen and make dinner. That usually happens on one of the days that is just so busy or the kids are crazy or the house is a mess and I just don’t want to add anything else to my plate. But overall, cooking is my happy place. It’s what I enjoy. And I get satisfaction over sitting down at the dinner table with my family with a home cooked meal on the table.

There are times when I want to just go in and cook. It doesn’t matter what it is, but just the act of cooking is what I want. What I need. And there are other times when the planning and searching and the drooling over photos in cookbooks is what I am looking for.
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Bring some brightness and sunshine to your plate with this sweet fruit side dish that makes you think you are in the tropics.

Tropical Fruit Salad on Taste and Tell





Things you don’t think about before you have children:

That the grocery store you shop at isn’t determined by prices, or product, or distance. You choose the grocery store you go to based on the kind of grocery carts they have.

Let me explain.

Grocery Store #1: I love the store, the checkers are friendly, the produce is fresh. The prices aren’t the lowest, but aren’t the highest, either. But they have these little child-sized grocery carts. I know you are thinking that this is what should make me love this grocery store. But you try getting your shopping done with a 3 year old and a 5 year old trailing behind, pushing their own carts, most of the time running into your ankles and feet. Not to mention trying to keep them out of the way of the other shoppers. And because they have their own carts, they think they can put whatever they want into the cart, which means I’m constantly returning items to the shelves. Not to mention that I’m having to push a regular cart to put the youngest in. Yeah, those trips are not very fun.
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This pound cake is lemon scented and full of chopped pistachios.

Pistachio Lemon Pound Cake on Taste and Tell

This post has been sponsored by Diamond Nuts.




So – The Amazing Race. Who watches??

It has always been one of my favorite reality shows. But man – sometimes I think that it’s not good for my health.

I will usually watch it at night, and I get so caught up in it that it takes me time to cool down before I can even go to bed. You know how I talked about not being a competitive person?? Maybe this is why!! That show seriously stresses me out!

And can I just say that my husband and I would be horrible on this show. You should have seen us driving in New Jersey before we headed home from NYC. Yikes. Even with GPS. (Granted – those roads in New Jersey make no sense whatsoever. At least we weren’t yelling and screaming at each other!!)
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Turn those over-ripe bananas into breakfast with these easy Banana Waffles.

Banana Waffles on Taste and Tell

Photo Updated March 2014




Originally published September 10, 2009 – I can’t seem to get enough of banana recipes lately, so I was reunited with this recipe from the archives. It’s a great way to use up ripe bananas, and a great way to change up your waffle routine. Winning all around!
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