spice it up. [bbq-tequila chicken tostadas topped w. jalapeño-pineapple salsa & spicy bbq sauce]

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This past weekend revolved around food–particularly yesterday. On top of making these delicious and unique tostadas, I made spicy queso dip (with my new cast iron skillet!), and jalapeño margaritas. I’ll post both recipes soon. Back to the tostadas, though. The tostadas were beyond flavorful and spicy! I have a relatively low spice tolerance, so I added extra sour cream to calm the burn. :)

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masterpiece. [buffalo chicken zucchini boats topped w. melted cheddar, goat cheese, bacon & ranch dressing]

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I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner the other night, but knew I wanted something with buffalo chicken. I spotted the zucchini at the grocery store and was inspired to make these zucchini boats, which were everything I dreamed of and more. My brother suggested using potato skins instead of zucchini next time (which I’m all about), so keep your eyes peeled for that post! :)

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frugal. [grilled cheese w. gruyere & swiss, caramelized onions, mushrooms, truffled fried potatoes & tomato]

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IMG_6235I’m extremely frugal, so in my eyes, wasting food is criminal. I always try to cook with ingredients already on hand, and this grilled cheese is a result of that. Using leftovers and items I needed to get rid of, I whipped up this cheesy and delectable grilled cheese. The caramelized onions stole the show, but the truffled fried potatoes came in a strong second. Of course, the gooey Gruyere cheese played its part, too!

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this must be heaven. [über moist banana bread]

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I’ve become a tough critic when it comes to banana bread, but this recipe had me dancing on the ceiling. The bread is by far one of the best I’ve ever tasted–I can’t stop thinking and talking about it. Although more time-consuming than most banana bread recipes, it is way worth the effort. I could and would have eaten the entire loaf myself, but I figured it best to share!

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product review – Chocoley. [fudgy toffee brownies drizzled w. white chocolate & homemade caramel]

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Chocoley–an online provider of high quality chocolate ingredients–contacted me a few weeks ago, asking if I’d be interested in baking a dessert with the company’s gourmet chocolate. I decided to make these decadent and gooey toffee brownies topped with homemade caramel and a white chocolate drizzle. The Chocoley dark chocolate gives the brownies an incredibly rich and delicious flavor. I brought the brownies to my office and they were a huge hit!

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product review & a giveaway! [cheeseburger sliders w. homemade thousand island dressing]

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I was recently approached by Healthy Solutions Spice Blends to try one of the company’s 16 spice blends. The spices are recipe-ready and made to cook with fish, beef, pork and poultry. I used the Ultimate Burger spice blend for my cheeseburger sliders–the delicious spice blend gave the juicy burgers a ton of flavor, which paired wonderfully with the homemade thousand island dressing.

Healthy Solutions Spice Blends is giving away 4 spice blend packets (of your choice) to one lucky winner!!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

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welcoming summer. [pulled bbq chicken sliders topped w. homemade coleslaw & tangy bbq sauce]

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With summer right around the corner, I couldn’t think of a better way to welcome the season than some delicious BBQ food. These pulled BBQ chicken sliders are a twist on the pulled pork sandwich–the chicken is just as flavorful and takes half the amount of time to cook! Pair the sliders with some homemade potato salad (recipe coming soon), and your taste buds will thank you. :)

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