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Pork roast is marinated overnight in an Asian-inspired sauce, then cooked low and slow until it is fall-apart tender.

Slow Cooker Sesame Pork on Taste and Tell

Things have been crazy around here. I took on a huge project a few months ago, and the due date is this weekend, so I’ve pretty much been working nonstop, into the late hours of the night.

At the beginning of last week, I apologized to my husband and said that we might be eating out a lot more than normal until the project was done. Dinner was not on the top of my priority list.

But surprisingly, I have ended up cooking dinner almost every night. We’ve been taking a night each week to go to a food truck, but besides that, I have found the time to make dinner.
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French bread is stuffed with artichoke hearts, turkey and vegetables and then slathered with an easy basil sauce in this easy Turkey, Artichoke and Basil Sub that’s perfect for a picnic or for dinner.

Turkey Artichoke and Basil Subs on Taste and Tell

Me and basil – we have a love/hate relationship. Well, not when it comes to eating it. There is only love there. But when it comes to growing it.

I’ve had a garden before. And a big, beautiful basil plant that I could never keep up with. But then I moved, and since then, I’ve only tried growing it in pots. I just cannot get my basil to flourish in a pot. It grows tall and skinny, but the leaves are sparse.

Well, recently, I bought one of those basil plants that they sell in the produce department. I needed some basil for a recipe, and the plant was significantly cheaper than buying one of those itty bitty packages. I took my basil plant home and put it on my counter.
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Everyone wants to getaway.  The kids are out of school, temperatures are soaring and nothing could be better than escaping to a fun destination. 
What is on your summer itinerary?  Are you heading to Disneyland, taking a family camping trip, or jetting off to Bora Bora? How about a staycation at a fabulous local resort?  

Where ever you would like to go, this fabulous prize will help get you there! 
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3 simple ingredients make this easy summer treat full of chocolate and coconut flavor!

Chocolate Ice on Taste and Tell

My 3 year old is a chocoholic. Big time chocoholic. Given the chance, I think he’d want chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (And no – I don’t give him his way. :) ) Just a few weeks ago, I was watching him play, and I asked him – “How did you grow up so big? Did you eat all of your vegetables?” And he answered me – “No – I ate some chocolate stuff!”

So life according to a 3-year old – it’s all about the chocolate!!

And since the temperatures are inching up every week, it’s time to start talking about treats to cool us down. Combine a cool down treat with my son’s love of chocolate and you get Chocolate Coconut Ice!!

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Mac and cheese with 3 cheeses – all made on the stovetop for a comforting, kid-friendly meal.

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese on Taste and Tell

Photos and Recipe updated June 2014

Originally posted May 18, 2007 – My kids are mac and cheese addicts, so when I remembered this recipe from the archives, I thought it would be a good one to make for them (and rephotograph at the same time!) I won’t lie – I was afraid they were going to turn their heads because of the sausage, but they all surprised me and loved it!! This is a great easy dinner or lunch idea that got 5 stars from my family!! (*Note – I did change the recipe just a bit from how I made it when I first posted this recipe. I’m sure you’ll love the changes!!)
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Chicken drumsticks are glazed and baked with an easy, sweet hoisin glaze in this recipe for Hoisin Glazed Chicken.

Hoisin Glazed Chicken on Taste and Tell

If you would have asked me 8 years ago if I liked hoisin sauce, I probably would have looked at you with a blank stare on my face. There are many reasons why I am so glad I started blogging many, many years ago, but one of them is that it has brought new ingredients and foods into my life.

I was actually thinking about this just the other day. Wondering how different things would be if I wasn’t a food blogger. Would I still cook different recipes just about every night, or would I stick to a handful of favorites? Would I still have ideas of recipes pop into my head that I would spend try after try perfecting? Or would I stick with recipes from online or cookbooks, not deviating from the instructions? I started blogging not long after I got married, and before I had kids, so this is really all I know. I didn’t cook a lot when I was single (although I did love to – it just is a whole new ballgame when you only have to take care of yourself.)
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