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This hot dog recipe gets a reuben twist by wrapping hot dogs in pastrami then covering them in Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and a homemade Russian dressing.

Pastrami Wrapped Hot Dog Recipe

I’ve been blogging a long time. And I’ve heard a lot of the conversations that go on between food bloggers. There is one that I’ve heard come up several times over the years that goes something like this:

“I just made this amazing recipe that I haven’t posted yet, but then I got online this morning and saw that so-and-so had made something similar! What do I do? Can I still post mine?? I promise I didn’t copy!”

The answer usually comes back from the other bloggers that – of course the recipe should still get posted. It is extremely hard to come up with anything 100% original these days, and there are variations of every recipe out there.

Well, with this hot dog recipe today, I’m copying myself. Or Rachael Ray for the second time, to be exact.
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Creamy white chocolate cheesecake has macadamia nuts throughout, with a homemade caramel sauce poured over the top.

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Macadamia Nuts and Caramel

Let’s talk cheesecake. It is my favorite subject, after all.

I love finding out what someone will choose as their “last” meal. You know – if you were able to choose the last meal before you die, what would it be? Honestly, for the meal, it would totally depend on my mood. Maybe a big steak. Or tacos. Or a fat, juicy hamburger. But dessert? It would be cheesecake. No doubt about it. (But I might throw in a box of donuts for good measure.) :)

Pouring Caramel on White Chocolate Cheesecake
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KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

I think it’s time for another great giveaway!!

When I ask people what their favorite kitchen appliance is, over and over people always answer “my KitchenAid Mixer!”

I have 2 of them and they both get worked out on practically a daily basis. And I think every kitchen needs one.
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These easy meatball skewers are made with frozen meatballs and sweet peppers and then basted with a simple sweet and sour sauce for a fast weeknight meal.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Skewers

Originally posted August 26, 2009 – Have I mentioned that I’ve been grilling a lot lately? :) These meatball skewers are so super simple and a great recipe to turn to when you don’t know what to have for dinner and you don’t want a lot of effort. Frozen meatballs and sweet peppers are threaded onto skewers and then basted with a simple 2-ingredient sweet and sour sauce. I love to keep Ikea frozen meatballs on hand just for recipes like this one!

Can I tell you how happy I am to not have kids old enough to be in school right now?? It seems like this is the busiest time of the year for parents of back-to-schoolers. Or maybe it’s just getting back into the groove of things that makes it all seem so busy and hectic.
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Get the flavors of Korean barbecue in this easy flank steak recipe that is marinated in a sweet soy sauce mixture before grilling for an easy weeknight dinner.

Korean Barbecue Flank Steak Recipe

I have gotten to that point in the summer where when I’m planning my menu for the week, I’m only looking for recipes that take very little prep time and very little energy. I think it’s just the fact that it’s summer – not necessarily the heat – that is making me lazy. Well, maybe not lazy, but I’ve been wanting to get out and do things while we still have summer left instead of spending time at home in the kitchen.

My daughter starts school this year, and even though it’s just half-day kindergarten, I keep feeling like this is our last real chance this year to get out and do things. So I’m trying to take advantage of everything that we want to do.
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Based on the popular sundae served at Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain, this unique sundae has vanilla ice cream, potato chips, peanut butter and caramel.
Mr Potato Head Sundae Recipe from Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain

I’m giving away a copy of this book! Check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

About a month ago, I was at a bookstore, browsing through the cookbook section. I came across a copy of The Soda Fountain and was smitten from the beginning because of the cover. Yep – I totally judge a book by it’s cover. :) I put it on my never ending list of books that I wanted to buy.

But lucky me, not long after, I was offered a copy for review. I couldn’t pass it up – especially since it’s the perfect time of year for a book all about ice cream floats, sundaes, egg creams and more!

The Soda Fountain by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman
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