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My Signature Kitchen

I have always been a believer that the kitchen is the heart of the home.

Unfortunately, right now, my kitchen has a hard time being the heart of the home.

You see – we are currently renters. It actually surprised me when we were looking for somewhere to live how small all of the kitchens were. We decided on the house that we are living in now because of the location, but really, it had one of the better kitchens that we had looked at. It opens to the living room, and there was a gas stove (which is a huge plus to me!)

I knew moving into the house that even though the kitchen was open, it was still small. Just how small it was – well, I didn’t really know.

My problem is the functionality of the kitchen. There is very little counter space. Very little. My husband and I can’t be in the kitchen at the same time cooking because there just isn’t enough space. I will often have to put a cutting board over the sink to give me more “counter” space to work with. On the plus side, though – it has taught me the importance of cleaning up after myself!
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Not your ordinary sandwich, this Garlic Roast Beef Sandwich is served on garlic bread with lots of roast beef, sautéed mushrooms and onions, and cheese.

Garlic Roast Beef Sandwich



Happy summer!! The summer solstice has passed, meaning summer is now in full swing. And do you remember a few weeks ago how I said that this is going to be the summer of sandwiches?

Well, I wasn’t lying.
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Next time you find yourself looking for chicken dinner ideas, give these Chicken Chilaquiles a try. They are packed full of flavor and come together even faster if you have shredded chicken on hand!

Chicken Chilaquiles

Photo and Recipe Updated June 2014




Originally posted March 27, 2009 – Since first making this recipe over 5 years ago, it has become a household favorite. And although I didn’t even know how to say chilaquiles back then, I’m sure my kids will grow up knowing exactly what this recipe is all about!! This quick and easy dinner idea is sure to become a favorite for your family, too!

Today’s confession – I don’t even know how to say the title of this recipe. My husband kept asking me what I was making for dinner, and I just kept saying “a chicken dish!” So if anyone can help me out, I’d love to know how to say this!
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Breakfast made easy – these Breakfast Pigs in a Blanket will be a hit with kids and adults!

Breakfast Pigs in a Blanket



My kids love breakfast. I love breakfast as well, but I’m always so tired in the morning. So I’m always on the lookout for easy breakfast ideas, especially breakfast ideas for kids.

My kids also love anything that is hands on. Give them anything they can dip or dunk, and they will be over the moon. So when I came across the idea to make pigs in a blanket for breakfast, I knew it would be something that we all would love!!
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The ultimate baseball meal – tortilla chips are topped with a meaty, hot dog filled chili, then a creamy cheese sauce.

Chili Dog Nachos on Taste and Tell



It finally feels like summer is truly on us. I’m going to be cherishing every minute of our summer this year, as my oldest daughter starts kindergarten this year. Life is changing!! We have a huge bucket list, and it’s time to start checking some things off of that list.

On that list is going to a baseball game. My husband is a big baseball fan, and so going to games is a fun thing that we all like to do as a family. When I was growing up, the town that I lived in was known for a baseball tournament that they had every summer. Teams would come from all over the US, and it was a pretty big deal. So to this day, I love going to baseball games.

And of course, for me, the best part of going to the game is the food. :) And what says baseball more than chili dogs? Chili Dog Nachos!!
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Gooey chocolate is sandwiched between two layers of oatmeal cookies in these decadent bars.

Oatmeal Fudge Bars on Taste and Tell



I don’t know what has come over me. Normally, if I’m craving dessert, I’ll choose something fruity, or caramel, or vanilla. While I like chocolate, for some reason, it’s not usually my first choice.

But lately, I can’t get enough chocolate. Everything from Chocolate Coconut Ice to Banana Brownies to Double Malt Brownies.
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