Dirty Martini Dip
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by Kristin
1w ago
Someone recently asked me what my favorite liquor was and I literally could not bring myself to name one. (“Name ’em. Name ’em!” #namethatTVshow) Personally, I much prefer the variety and nuances of wine over liquor. My husband though? He’s a gin martini guy through and through, and it’s with him in mind that I created the recipe for this epic Dirty Martini Dip — no liquor required! Dirty Martini meets thick and creamy dip with an irresistible twist in this cocktail-inspired recipe that will keep you coming back for more and more. It’s truly an addicting and interesting recipe to devour. Grab ..read more
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Steak Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
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by Kristin
2w ago
Recently a reader emailed to share they weren’t much of a griller and asked if I had any stovetop steak recipes. I did the finger interlace thing where you flip your hands around and crack your knuckles then wiggled my fingers before I began my reply. That is to say, YES, I do have several pan-seared and pan-roasted steak recipes, and my Steak Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette is one of the very best. This restaurant-quality, hearty steak salad is loaded with dried cherries, crispy shallots, candied pecans, and goat cheese. It’s a luxurious feast that’s exploding with flavor! Stovetop St ..read more
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Gluten Free S’Mores Bars
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by Kristin
1M ago
Hello, lover! Ahem, I mean sweet and sticky, completely irresistible, ooey-gooey Gluten Free S’mores Bars! Think toasty marshmallow and sweet chocolate filling sitting atop a buttery, gluten free graham cracker cookie crust. These summery dessert bars are as outrageously delicious and satisfying as a real s’more — yet completely gluten free, and perfect for sharing. Gluten Free S’more Bars I remember the first summer after going gluten free when I realized that traditional s’mores were a thing of the past. Understanding that the risk for cross contamination is extremely high if everyone’s no ..read more
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How to Cook Ground Beef (Restaurant-Style)
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by Kristin
1M ago
Have you ever cut into a beef enchilada at your go-to Mexican spot, dug into a taco salad from your favorite diner, or bit into a loose-meat sandwich from Maid Rite (tell me you’re from the Midwest without telling me) and thought to yourself: “How do they get the beef so soft and finely-textured?” Because when I brown ground beef in a skillet at home the result is fine, but the beef isn’t extremely tender nor does it have a super fine, almost creamy texture. Anyway, I figured out how to cook ground beef so it turns out like a restaurant’s — boil it!  Browned then Boiled Ground Beef Alth ..read more
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Fruit Salad Recipe for a Crowd
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by Kristin
2M ago
We’re knocking on the door to summer and I for one can’t wait for warm nights spent outdoors with friends and family while fireflies show off to a choir of cicadas (ask me how excited I am for this year’s rare cicada season — screaming!) In addition to whipping up batches of Best Ever Pasta Salad and Judy’s Baked Beans anytime we entertain in the warmer months, I love to have a big fresh fruit salad on hand to round out the meal. A serving bowl of sweet and snappy fruit salad for a crowd is refreshing, light, and healthy. It’s the perfect dish to have on hand for cookouts, parties, baby or br ..read more
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Gluten Free Blueberry Pie Bars
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by Kristin
2M ago
I made you Gluten Free Blueberry Pie Bars to celebrate the arrival of spring and summer’s fresh fruit and berry season, though as I sat down to write this post it began to snow. Iowa keeping us HUMBLE! At any rate, at some point, this wretched snow will melt and then we can confidently dig into these gorgeous, juicy dessert bars that taste like blueberry pie made gluten free — and EASY! Easy Gluten Free Blueberry Pie Bars Whoever has compared something simple or pleasurable to making pie has never made gluten free pie crust. Honestly, I found making pie crust PCD (pre Celiac Diseas ..read more
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Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe
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by Kristin
3M ago
I took the kids to a movie last weekend and had to choose between chocolate or sweet & sour candies in the kids popcorn combo I ordered each of us. #foreveryoung It only took me a moment to confidently answer “sweet and sour“. I’m a chocolate lover through and through, but when given the choice I’m going puckery-sweet, every time. It should come as no surprise then, that one of my very favorite desserts is homemade Lemon Curd. This 5 ingredient lemon dessert recipe as bright, creamy, sweet, tart, and smooth as it looks. I call it “sunshine on a spoon” for obvious reasons! What is Lemon C ..read more
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Beef and Broccoli Recipe
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by Kristin
4M ago
One restaurant all five of us and our various food allergies / issues can eat at is PF Chang’s. But, while the food is safe and delicious, it costs a small fortune, PLUS the nutritionals are ghastly — and who’s ever eaten just a small portion of their mouthwatering order? NOT THIS GAL! Hence why I took it upon myself to whip up this delectable, restaurant-style Beef and Broccoli recipe featuring sizzling beef and steamed broccoli surrounded by the most luscious, savory-sweet sauce. This broccoli beef recipe is a TOTAL UPGRADE! What How to Make It Beef and Broccoli Recipe We love to support l ..read more
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Easy Pinto Beans Recipe
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by Kristin
4M ago
You know you’ve arrived at a stellar pinto bean recipe when your husband requests they become a permanent staple at the family’s weekly taco night. Easy pinto beans recipe, FTW! This thick and creamy side dish is not only incredibly simple, but low fat, gluten free, and vegetarian / vegan too. Creamy Pinto Beans are the perfect pairing with any Tex-Mex-inspired dinner, or served simply with rice and accoutrements (hello, new fave #girldinner!) Easy Pinto Beans Recipe I like to call these beans “un-fried refried beans” because while the texture is creamy like refried beans, they don’t require ..read more
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Chicken Meatballs
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by Kristin
4M ago
Because I always keep it real with you, I’ll share that just prior to my husband taking a bite of his loaded chicken meatball sub for dinner the other night he asked, “why chicken meatballs?” in a way that indicated he was…unsure…of the meal he was about to devour (real Italian Beef Sandwich energy here). Three minutes later he declared it the best meal I’d made in “a very long time“. Unsure as to whether or not I should be slightly offended or thrilled, I went with the latter and here we are. Take it from my husband — easy, baked Chicken Meatballs will be the best meal you’ve made in a very ..read more
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