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Baked apples are topped with a mixture of steel cut oats and coconut in this easy apple crumble. Top it off with homemade whipped cream for an easy dessert that everyone will love.

Easy Apple Crumble with Oatmeal and Coconut - Baked apples are topped with a mixture of steel cut oats and coconut in this easy apple crumble.  Top it off with homemade whipped cream for an easy dessert that everyone will love.

I went through a phase awhile back where I watched Chopped pretty much every night. It was my routine – after the kids went to bed, I’d sit down to work with the tv set to Chopped in the background. I seriously hit a point where I think I had seen every single episode.

I got to a point where I felt like I knew Aaron, Alex, Amanda, Chris, Geoffrey, Maneet, Marc, Marcus and Scott. Yes – in my head, we are all good friends. (Except for the fact that I’d be scared to death to ever serve any of them any food!!)

So when I saw this new cookbook – My Perfect Pantry – from Geoffrey Zakarian, I knew I needed it.
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BBQ Bacon Stuffing Recipe

Are you a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving? Or are you all about trying something new and different?

I think I lie somewhere in the middle. There are some things that must be at the Thanksgiving table. No ifs, ands or buts about it. My mom’s Cranberry Salad. And her mashed potatoes and gravy. And we have this fruit salad that originated on my mom’s side of the family that we call the Goodman Fruit Salad. It’s a must. Let’s not forget about pumpkin pie, as well. Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie.

But there are a few things that while they are a must, I’m always open for something new. Something a little different. Like the turkey. While there must be a turkey, we don’t have a traditional recipe that we use every year. The same goes for stuffing.
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This easy stove-top dinner brings together potato gnocchi with a hearty meat sauce for an easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love.

Gnocchi with Meat Sauce - This easy stove-top dinner brings together potato gnocchi with a hearty meat sauce for an easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love.


I have been blogging for a long time. It’s been an ever evolving thing – blogging today is definitely not the same as it was 7 years ago. Which is great – because if things weren’t changing and improving, it would get pretty boring.

My focus has pretty much remained the same over the past 7+ years, though. I want to inspire people to get into the kitchen. Because not only is cooking at home cheaper than eating out, and better for you than eating out, I think it’s pretty fun. Over 1,975 posts later, I still get excited to get in the kitchen and cook.
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A play on lasagna, this Mock Lasagna is an easy weeknight dinner with ground beef, lots of cheese and crescent rolls – it is a family favorite.

Mock Lasagna Recipe - A play on lasagna, this Mock Lasagna is an easy weeknight dinner with ground beef, lots of cheese and crescent rolls is a family favorite.

Originally posted October 24, 2008 – I was craving some comfort from my childhood the other day, and this was the first dish that came to my mind. I have been eating this for longer than I can remember, and making it for my own family for years. And I know that I’m not the only one – my sisters have continued the tradition and also make this for their families!
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Super simple yet very elegant, this Iceberg Salad with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing can be prepared ahead of time and assembled right before serving. And the homemade blue cheese dressing is one of the best I’ve ever had!

Iceberg Salad with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing - Super simple yet very elegant, this salad can be prepared ahead of time and assembled right before serving.  And the homemade blue cheese dressing is one of the best I’ve ever had!


I don’t usually get much of a chance to watch any “daytime” tv at my house. When the tv is on during the day, it’s usually on cartoons. It’s the joy of having kids. So if anything is on during the day that I want to watch, I have to record it to watch at night after the kids are in bed. So basically that means that I don’t get a chance to watch much daytime tv at all. :)

But in the past few months, I have been setting aside one day a week as a “work” day, where I have a babysitter and I get to sit in front of the computer all day, attempting to get caught up. And since I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to sit in complete silence, I usually have the tv on. I’m an HGTV junkie, so for awhile, that’s what I would always have it on. But in the past month or so, I’ve been switching it over to the Food Network instead.

I’ve been having fun halfway watching those shows. Watching others cook always makes me motivated and excited to get into the kitchen myself.
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Topped with eggs and pancetta, this easy Pizza Carbonara is inspired by the Italian carbonara with eggs, cheese and bacon.

Pizza Carbonara - Topped with eggs and pancetta, this easy Pizza Carbonara is inspired by the Italian carbonara with eggs, cheese and bacon.


It’s fun looking at the progression of cookbooks over the past few years. I have lots of older cookbooks, or at least 10-15 years old, that are truly just cookbooks. No fancy photos, no stories – just books filled with recipes. The newer the cookbook is, it seems, the more photos there seem to be. I think most older cookbooks would get passed over these days, as it seems like people look for the photos first.
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