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Light lemon cookies are made with ricotta and topped with a sweet lemon glaze.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Photo Updated February 2014




Originally published November 21, 2008 – I came across some Meyer lemons at the grocery store, and I couldn’t turn them down. But then I got home, and had a whole bunch of lemons, and needed to figure out what to do with them. Luckily, these cookies are great with regular lemons or Meyer lemons!! These are sweet and tart and delicate and addictively delicious. Try them out next time you have an abundance of lemons!
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Panko crusted fish is fried and served sandwich style with a homemade Wasabi Tartar Sauce.

Panko Crusted Fishwiches with Wasabi Tartar Sauce on Taste and Tell



You would think that having 2 toddlers that love to be held would give me the strongest arms ever. Seriously – those boys love to be held and carried. Sometimes at the same time. That’s got to count for more than a few reps with a 10 pound weight, right??

Well, the other day, I was watching an episode of The Rachael Ray Show, and Jacques Pepin was on and he demonstrated how to make mayonnaise from scratch. He whipped that up like it was no big deal. Just him and a bowl and a whisk.

So when I was looking for a recipe to make for today, and I came across this recipe that uses a homemade mayonnaise as the base for the sauce, I just had to try it.
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Pure comfort food, this Baked Penne has a meaty, creamy sauce and lots and lots of cheese.

Baked Penne on Taste and Tell



As a food blogger, it’s sometimes embarrassing to admit that my kids aren’t the most adventurous eaters. And by that, I mean they are picky.

Well, I shouldn’t include them all – Camden will pretty much eat anything I put in front of him. That kid can eat. In fact – this meal? I think he ate 3 servings. More than I did. More than his dad did. Definitely more than his brother and sister. But I’d say it’s pretty impressive when a 15-month old can out eat his mom and dad.

We still struggle most nights with his big brother. He knows that he either eats what is for dinner, or nothing, and the majority of the time, he eats nothing. I promised myself before I became a mom that I wouldn’t become a short order cook. But there are a few things that he will eat almost every time. Homemade pizza. Meatballs. Sometimes tacos. And pasta.
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Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

It is my last guest post on the Better Homes and Gardens blog, Delish Dish. I’ve had so much fun taking 4 of their recipes and remaking them, and they were all so delicious!!

Today’s recipe is one of my favorites from the month. These meatballs are a little more labor intensive than your typical just dump everything into your slow cooker recipes, but believe me – they are worth it. Plus, it’s a fun way to change up cheeseburger night!!

To get the recipe for these Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Meatball Sandwiches, head over to the Delish Dish blog. And in case you missed any of the other recipes this month, make sure you check out the Slow Cooker Chicken Paprikash, Slow Cooker Queso Verde Dip, and Slow Cooker Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake.

A hybrid brownie/cupcake with chopped Diamond hazelnuts throughout is topped with a luscious chocolate hazelnut buttercream.

Hazelnut Brownie Cupcakes with Hazelnut Buttercream on Taste and Tell

This post has been sponsored by Diamond Nuts.



I often have food cravings. It’s an occupational hazard when you deal with food all day long. But even though I get cravings, they aren’t usually the “I need this right this very minute or I will go crazy” kind of cravings.

But the other day, I wanted brownies. I really wanted brownies.

But I felt like baking, and well – with brownies, it’s just stir and dump and bake. I wanted something more than that.

Enter brownie cupcakes. Ok, so these aren’t a whole lot more than stir and dump and bake, but at least you get to pipe on some pretty frosting.
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An easy recipe for slow cooked, Mexican spiced pork that is shredded and served up in tacos.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pork Roast Tacos on Taste and Tell

Recipe and Photo Updated November 2013



Originally published September 8, 2008 – Tacos are definitely a favorite around here, and these are so easy and good that I had to re-share them. Break out the slow cooker for a great taco that is full of flavor!!

It was Saturday afternoon about a month ago. I hadn’t made it to the grocery store yet, but I was exhausted. I knew I needed to go so that I could make dinner on Sunday night. But I just didn’t think I had it in me to fight the Saturday crowds.

So what did I do? I pulled out one of my cookbooks that I haven’t blogged from, and searched for a recipe where I had all of the ingredients on hand. It was a bit difficult, because my pantry has been quite bare these days. But I did have a pork tenderloin in the freezer and a few veggies in the fridge, so I was happy when I was able to come up with a meal plan that didn’t require any grocery shopping!

Bonus for me that this was also a Crock-Pot recipe. I know a lot of people see their Crock-Pots as something to get out during the winter, but I love to use mine during the summer. It doesn’t heat up the house like using the oven or stove top does, so I actually like mine better in the summer than in the winter!

The pork was put into the Crock-Pot with the required ingredients, and that night we had a hot dinner with very little effort. I had to improvise a bit to turn these into tacos, but it all worked out. I didn’t have any lettuce, so we used cabbage, which I actually really liked because of the great crunch. The tomatoes came from the garden, and I had to cut up some cheese sticks for the cheese. Both my husband and I were surprised how much we actually enjoyed this meal!
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