go bucks! [buckeye brownies]

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Those of you who have followed my blog for a few years already know I’m a weirdo who doesn’t like chocolate. So, you could probably guess that I didn’t take that bite out of the brownie–thanks, mom! Although I didn’t taste these delectable treats, they received rave reviews from everyone that tried one. Considering these are called buckeye brownies, I had to take the opportunity to use an Ohio State backdrop. Go Bucks!!

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the perfect combo. [caramel corn whoopie pies]

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Caramel corn whoopie pies…YUM, right?! My mom found this recipe in Cuisine at Home last year and every time we bring the whoopie pies to a party, they’re a hit. The fluffy, cornbread-esque cookie tastes even more incredible paired with the caramel filling. These are a must-make dessert, I promise!

I’m off to New York tomorrow for work and can’t wait to eat my way through the city. First stop? Shake Shack, of course!

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product review – Appetites. [tamarind glazed beef w. sesame broccoli & snow peas]

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Grocery shopping and cooking just got so much easier with the iPhone and iPad app, Appetites. The company’s publicist asked if I wanted to try the service (free of charge), and I gladly accepted.

Appetites provides tons of delicious recipes on the app. Once you select a recipe and enter your billing information, you select a delivery time and all the ingredients arrive at your door that same day! Pretty convenient, huh? What’s even better is that once you’re ready to cook, the app has step-by-step video instructions for the recipe–it couldn’t get much easier. This tamarind beef I chose to make was full of flavor and delicious paired with the nutty broccoli and snow peas!

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here we go again. [shredded chicken enchiladas w. bell peppers in red chile sauce]

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I apologize to anyone who doesn’t love Mexican food as much as I do, because I can’t stop cooking it lately! When I’m at the grocery store, I always find myself buying cilantro, jalapeños, tortillas, etc., and naturally, my mind goes to Mexican food.

Anyways, these enchiladas were delicious! I typically prefer a tomatillo sauce, but this red sauce was fantastic and I know I’ll be making it again soon.

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sweet & spicy. [homemade peach salsa w. a kick]

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I can’t believe I haven’t made anything with peaches yet! I wanted to make a roasted peach dessert, but decided to make this salsa instead. I’m sure that doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering I’m on a Mexican food-making kick lately. I’m glad I changed my mind, though, as the salsa was incredible! I loved the sweetness of the peaches paired with the spiciness of the Serrano peppers. Serve the salsa with tortilla chips or on top of grilled chicken breasts.

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all hail the king. [grilled fish tacos w. avocado relish, smoky tomato-Greek yogurt crema & red cabbage-citrus slaw]

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Bobby Flay, but after finding this recipe, I’m his number one fan. These tacos are some of the best I’ve ever tasted; they have an incredible complexity of flavors and textures, from the flaky, cinnamon-chile rubbed halibut to the crisp citrus slaw. I’m getting giddy just thinking about eating the leftovers for lunch today!

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