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Jalapeno Popper Burgers + Grilling Prize Pack Giveaway

Jalapeno-Popper Burger-stuffed burger

Oh, how I love a good charcoal-grilled burger! The smoky flavor, seared ground beef, crispy bacon and melted, gooey cheese are summer happiness on a toasted bun. I grill at least once a week all through the summer, and most of the time it’s burgers that I grill. I just love them so much! I […]

South-of-the-Border Stuffed Pepper Bake

South of the Border Stuffed Pepper Bake recipe

I created this South-of-the-Border Stuffed Pepper Bake because I was inspired by some flavorful new sauces Whole Foods had sent me. They sent some snacks too (see below) but the sauces inspired me to create this stuffed pepper casserole. It has layers of stuffed pepper goodness just bursting with south-of-the-border flavor! Start out by cutting the tops […]

Brazilian-Inspired Black Bean Stew + Giveaway

Brazilian_inspired Black Bean Stew

With all of the World Cup excitement, I’ve been getting more and more curious about Brazilian flavors and Brazilian cooking. McCormick’s Flavor Forecast had already put the spotlight on Brazil’s dynamic cuisine and melting pot culture with their “Charmed by Brazil” trend, so when they offered to send me a selection of spices as inspiration […]

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream + #NaturesSleep Giveaway

Simple Joys- ice cream and sleeping in

Two of the best things in life are ice cream and sleeping in, and although I do a heck of a lot more sleeping in than eating ice cream, I love them both! Sometimes I even enjoy them in the same place — ice cream in bed! I love snuggling under the covers while enjoying […]

Pepper Steak Pot Pie #InAFlash + Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven Giveaway

Pepper Steak Pot Pie

Goodness, goodness. I’d forgotten how warm and satisfying a pot pie could be. These pepper steak pot pies sure hit the feel-good spot for me, and I hope they’ll do the same for you. I made these pot pies #InAFlash using the Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven. This ain’t your mama’s toaster oven! There’s no need […]

Asian-style Pan Noodles

Asian pan noodles

I want ALL the noodles! I just love eating noodles in anything and everything, and since Asian noodles are so versatile, I’ve begun cooking with them a heck of a lot. I’m particularly fond of udon noodles, for their thickness, texture and taste. When I bought a brand new GIGANTIC skillet (<— see below) , […]

Tuscan House Italian Pasta Salad

Tuscan House Italian Pasta Salad - recipe

Do you have plans to cook out for Father’s Day this year?  I can practically smell the burgers and steaks grilling already! But I also love the side dishes, and pasta salads are a must have for picnics and summer parties. There’s something really refreshing about a cold salad on a hot day, and this brightly […]

Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake + MilkSplash Giveaway

Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

I started dreaming about this orange creamsicle poke cake when I was drinking a glass of MilkSplash flavored milk. Yes, I’m an adult child who likes flavored milk, because who can resist a flavor like Orange Cream Dream… I mean come on… it’s orange-y, creamy and dreamy. It was an idea full of happiness; I would […]