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A simple pizza sauce packed with tomatoes and carrot puree for extra nutrition.

Vegetable Pizza Sauce on Taste and Tell

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Surprisingly, my kids are pretty good at eating their vegetables. As long as they are kept pretty simple, they will usually eat them. Well, at least 2 of the 3 will.

But like I mentioned the other day, sometimes we get bored with our vegetable routine. I’ll usually have a couple of side dishes with dinner, but sometimes, I’m just not feeling inspired enough, or I can’t figure out a side dish that would go well with the main dish.
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Blue cheese stuffed hamburgers are topped with a homemade chipotle bbq sauce, bacon, tomatoes and lettuce.

Chipotle Honey BBQ Burgers on Taste and Tell



In my never ending quest of organization, I came across this recipe that I actually made last year for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. I realized that I had never shared it with all of you, and this recipe deserves to be shared!!

This is quite the burger. I love making burgers, and actually make them quite often. But this one takes the burger to a whole new level. Not only do you have a delicious, juicy burger, but it’s filled with blue cheese. And then you make a killer Chipotle Honey BBQ Sauce, and then top the whole thing off with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. Really, there is no reason to go out for burgers when you can make this baby at home!!
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Simple and healthy, this Lemon Butter Broccoli makes the perfect side dish.

Lemon Butter Broccoli on Taste and Tell



Originally published February 27, 2009 with Honey Mustard Pork Chops.

I have decided that I need to step up my side dish. I do love side dishes, and we almost always have them. My kids are actually fairly good about eating vegetables, so unless the main dish is packed with veggies, I’ll usually have one or two on their plates. As someone who prides herself in providing a homemade dinner for her family the majority of the week, I hate to admit that our side dishes usually come in the form of frozen vegetables. Heat and serve – that’s my normal side dish routine.

But that’s boring. And I’m not usually a fan of boring food.
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A sweet shortbread crust is topped with a pecan and coconut mixture for a buttery, sweet bar cookie.

Coconut Pecan Bars on Taste and Tell



I am headed to Seattle today, to spend 2 days exploring and eating my way through the city. I am so excited. Seattle is one of my favorite places. It has been years since I have been there, so I cannot wait. And we are bringing the kids along, which should be a fun way to see the city.

I have spent some time researching where we are going to eat (one of my favorite parts of exploring a city!!). My list of places I want to go is about a mile long, and right now, I’m trying to convince my family to scratch doing any “activities” and just spend our time eating. 3 dinners each night? Why not?!? ;)
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10 Favorite Avocado Recipes on Taste and Tell
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Avocados from Mexico. I received compensation for this post, however all opinions stated are my own.




You may have heard about the impending ‘Guacapocalypse” and a shortage of our beloved avocados. Well, never fear! I work with Avocados From Mexico (you may have seen my delicious guacamole post recently – Tropical Guacamole), and I know that there’s no need to worry — you’ll be able to get your guac on!
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Dinner in a flash! Prepared gnocchi is topped with marinara, ricotta and parmesan in this meatless weeknight dinner.

Baked Gnocchi with Ricotta on Taste and Tell



I have been a cookbook addict for years and years now. I started collecting them back before I even really cooked regularly. I even gave myself a challenge several years ago to make sure I cooked and blogged about something from each cookbook that I owned in a year. I (barely) completed it, but I haven’t been as good since then about making sure that I’m actually cooking from my cookbooks.

But I’m on a cookbook kick right now. Where I usually hit up the internet for inspiration, I have been pulling my cookbooks off the shelf again. And it kind of feels good. Reminds me of the good ol’ days. ;) But I think I had forgotten how much I really do enjoy taking a cookbook and sitting on the couch, reading through it, page by page.
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