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The perfect holiday cupcake, these Cranberry Orange Cupcakes are infused with orange zest and fresh cranberries, then topped with a silky cranberry orange buttercream. Make them even more festive by topping them with sugared cranberries.

The perfect holiday cupcake, these Cranberry Orange Cupcakes are infused with orange zest and fresh cranberries, then topped with a silky cranberry orange buttercream.
 
 



I hate to admit this, but I think I am becoming something that I said I’d never be:

A food snob.

Maybe that’s not the right thing to call it – I don’t turn my nose up at people or at foods. I’m always willing to give everything a shot. I don’t eat only gourmet food or insist on only certain brands.

Maybe calling myself a food critic would be more accurate. Let me explain.
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Butternut squash, black beans, and ground beef star in this flavor packed Butternut Squash Chili with Beef.

Butternut Squash Chili with Beef - Butternut squash, black beans, and ground beef star in this flavor packed Butternut Squash Chili with Beef.
 
 


Once upon a time, not very long ago, I wanted to enter a chili contest. I knew that in order to stand out, I needed something a little bit different – not your run of the mill chili.

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A copycat from Starbucks, this Chocolate Cinnamon Bread is a rich chocolate bread with a hint of cinnamon, topped with a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping.


Chocolate Cinnamon Bread - A rich chocolate bread with a hint of cinnamon that is topped with a cinnamon sugar crunchy topping.
 


Originally posted December 19,2007 – I am officially ready for holiday baking!! This next month is going to be filled with all kinds of Christmas goodies, and I’m excited to be bringing a few oldies back to the front as well.

This Chocolate Cinnamon Bread is one of my favorite Christmas treats. I’ve made it pretty much every year since the first time I made it back in 2007. As you can read below in the original post, I used to use regular unsweetened cocoa in place of the Dutch process cocoa that is called for in the original recipe. While it has always worked, the bread would always cave somewhat in the middle. After researching and re-testing this recipe multiple times in the last few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that if you want the bread to work perfectly, you need to use Dutch process cocoa. There is science involved (that I won’t go into because I am not all that great when it comes to science in the first place), but just know that although you will get a delicious bread using regular unsweetened cocoa, if you really want this to be good, use the Dutch process. It was worth sending my husband 2 towns away to the only grocery store I know that carries it by me!!
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My 2014 Cookbook Gift Guide – a list of all of the cookbooks from 2014 that I think would make great gifts for those who love to cook!

2014 Cookbook Gift Guide on Taste and Tell



I have a little bit of a cookbook obsession. Some people collect baseball cards. Or shoes. Or stamps or beanie babies or coins. Me – it’s cookbooks. I won’t even admit to you how many I own.

I had been thinking about doing a 2014 cookbook gift guide for a little while now, because there have been so many great books that have come out this year. And as I thought back over the books that I’ve tried, I was having a really hard time narrowing down my favorites. I just had too much fun cooking from cookbooks this year.

So instead of choosing favorites, I decided to make a little gift guide of the books that I’ve reviewed and loved that were released this year. I think any one of these would make a great gift for anyone you know that loves to spend time in the kitchen. You can click through to the full review of any of these books, along with a recipe that I made from the book. Here they are – in alphabetical order!
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Don’t judge a book by it’s cover – this Butternut Squash and Turkey Casserole may not look like much, but it’s packed with flavor and a delicious way to use up turkey leftovers.

Butternut Squash and Turkey Casserole - Don’t judge a book by it’s cover - this Butternut Squash and Turkey Casserole may not look like much, but it’s packed with flavor and a delicious way to use up turkey leftovers.
 



As a food blogger, I’m always looking for the beautiful food. Because we all know that you eat with your eyes first. I will be the first to admit that I will pass over posting some recipes because they just don’t look good. And there is no garnish out there that will make it look good.

But sometimes, you just have to make it all about the food. (Because seriously – some of the ugliest food out there ends up being the tastiest!!)

This is one of those recipes. I know it doesn’t look like much. Actually, it looks like a big pile of orange mush. But I cannot tell you how much I just want you to make this.
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Chicken thighs are slow cooked in a honey, soy and garlic mixture, then shredded for the best Honey Garlic Chicken Tacos.

Honey Garlic Chicken Tacos - Chicken thighs are slow cooked in a honey, soy and garlic mixture, then shredded for a fun Taco Tuesday.
 



How about another idea for Taco Tuesday?

We are a taco loving family. There is no secret there. And as much as I love your typical ground beef tacos, I think it’s so fun to come up with new and exciting taco recipes. Sometimes, the recipes turn out really well and the family loves them, and sometimes, my family thinks I’m nuts.

Today, though – I am sharing one that I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. I did have a few doubts. But I’m happy to report that these Honey Garlic Chicken Tacos turned out so well. I actually have no idea where the idea to add honey garlic chicken to tacos came from. I think it’s just part of the job. Recipe ideas will come to me at all times, and I find little pieces of paper all over the house with little notes and recipe ideas. Ideas that I had to write down before I forgot them. :)
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