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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Pears, Pecans, and Cranberries

It’s the final countdown before Thanksgiving – do you have your menu dialed in? Feeling extra grateful? Are you PUMPED? This may be an extreme thing to say a.) on a Monday, b.) when the competition for the perfect side dish is THICK, c.) when you make recipes for a living and will probably end …

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Balsamic-Ginger Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Grilled portobello mushrooms marinated in balsamic vinegar and fresh ginger make for a flavor-blasted meatless side dish or appetizer. Use these grilled portobellos to serve guests alongside your favorite main course, or turn them into a grilled portobello burger entrée! As big of a carnivore as I am, I could survive a vegetarian stint with …

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, and Yellow Squash with Pesto and Feta

Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, and Yellow Squash with Pesto and Feta is an easy flavorful healthful side dish perfect for grilling season!  I do believe this is the best thing I’ve grilled all summer. Correction: this is the best meatless thing I’ve grilled all summer… …because just the other day, I grilled bacon. The.End. There …

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How to Make a Legit Charcuterie Board

How to make a crowd-pleasing charcuterie board, complete with cheese and meat selections, wine pairings, and suggestions for incorporating seasonal ingredients to make a winning wine and cheese board any time of year! Appetizers — they’re the new dinner party. I’ve noticed tapas and appetizers (or apps as my friends call them) have become the …

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Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds with Guacamole and Bacon

Roasted sweet potato rounds with guacamole and bacon are the perfect healthy appetizer for serving guests! If you’ve never made sweet potato rounds, you’ll love them! I first posted my Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds with Herbed Ricotta and Walnuts a number of years ago and they were a huge hit! Employing the same concept as …

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Cinnamon and Coconut Sugar Sweet Potato Fries

Cinnamon and coconut sugar sweet potato fries are all you reaaaaally need for dinner. Lemme guess: you’ve been in hot pursuit of the bangarangest oven-baked sweet potato fry to ever walk the land? This is why we’re friends. The crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside sweet potato fry is difficult to master. I’ve had my fair share of burnt-to-a-crisp …

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Easy 3-Ingredient Chicken Wings with Herbs and Honey

Easy 3-ingredient healthy chicken wings with herbs and honey! Make these for game day! Did I ever tell you about the epic Buffalo Wing Binge of 2008? It was before this blog’s time, but there was a substantial stint in my latter days when roughly 60% of what I ate was dripping in buffalo sauce and …

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Sweet Potato Rounds with Herbed Ricotta and Walnuts

Sweet potato rounds roasted with herbed ricotta, walnuts, cranberries, and honey make for baller appetizers (slash dinner). I know what you’re thinking. You want to fold these up like mini tacos and eat them for dinner. “Appetizer, my foot!” you say. To which I respond: get out of my head. These sweet potato rounds go down so seamlessly …

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Baked Brie with Boozy Fig-Candied Pecans

Baked brie with fig spread and pecans is a marvelous appetizer for holiday entertaining! There’s no other way to say this… Melted cheese. Major thing. I’m of the belief that cheese is 200x better when it’s melted. Anyone else with me on the melty cheese front? And mixed with fruity fig spread? Ugh just stop …

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Herb and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Just look at these things. Here’s what we’re going to do: take ALLTHEHERBS, moosh them together with goat cheese, and shove them it in our faces via mushroom canoo. Doesn’t that sound like a care package from heaven? How do you feel about herbs (said like HERbs)? Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, y’all! Just like …

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Bacon Wrapped Roasted Pears with Goat Cheese and Honey

Breakfast is served!   Breakfast of champions right here, sons and sisters!  BK o’ champs. You’ve got your fruit, you’ve got your bacon, you’ve got your honey drizzle, and by Jove, you’ve got your goat cheese!  That figures out to be a well-rounded way to start the day by my calculations! Boom, boom, bangity boom …

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Zucchini Fritters with Herb-Garlic Aioli

This post is sponsored by Hampton Creek. Last call for zucchini!  Have you had your fill yet? Let me just answer that for you: no way, no how. Summer may have one foot out the door, but I’m hanging onto summer produce so long’s it’s at the grocery store. In the words of Johnny Cash, you’ve …

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Asparagus and Avocado Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce

Asparagus and Avocado Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce are like a a really good burrito. But vegetarian…and in spring roll-form. The question isn’t what would you put in a spring roll, it’s what wouldn’t you put in a spring roll?  It’s spring, so let’s triple spring roll these suckers up. Asparagus. T – 10 minutes …

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