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homemade hummus

2018 has been the summer of cheeseboard dinners in our house and I love it. As someone who loves grazing, small snacks, and variety, a good appetizer spread is one of my favorite ways to have a meal. Each time the selection is slightly different, and it has been fun to experiment with different combinations,…

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healthy tomato soup

Can we talk about this weather? It is the oddest. Over the weekend the sun was out, the temperature was perfect, and we were walking around in short-sleeves. Tomorrow there is a wintery mix in the forecast. What is this craziness? Some of my northern friends may joke about this, but having lived in North…

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baked brie with mulled wine-soaked fruit

Remember that delicious mulled wine we made last week? We’re repurposing it today for a stunning, but amazingly easy holiday appetizer: baked Brie with mulled wine-soaked fruit. Around the holidays, I find myself running around like crazy, trying to do everything I possibly can with every group under the sun. Next Saturday alone I am…

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thanksgiving leftovers grilled cheese

What do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? In my opinion, the only lunch option on the day after Thanksgiving should be some form of leftovers. For the traditionalists, there is the leftover plate – simply the same plate of food they made the day before, reheated. For those looking for a slight twist on…

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slow roasted sweet potatoes with spiced maple pecans and maple bourbon butter

Fall starts this week! I’m so excited for the cooler weather, the new seasonal foods, the pumpkins everywhere, and warm, comforting meals. These slow roasted sweet potatoes with spiced maple pecans and maple bourbon butter are my new favorite dinner. Or lunch. And, let’s be honest, they make a great breakfast, too. I first tried…

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favorite summer dishes

Summer nights mean longer light, enticing warm weather, and fun outdoor activities. To maximize the time that we can enjoy these slow evenings, we have had a few favorite summer dishes that have rotated through our menus regularly. Having a few go-to recipes that we like makes it easier to meal plan and grocery shop, and…

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goat cheese mac and cheese with peas

This time of the year I’m always on the lookout for a good summer potluck dish. My newest go-to is this deliciously creamy goat cheese mac and cheese with peas. With so many cookouts, picnics, and gatherings in the warm months, it is nice to have a few tasty dishes up my sleeve. As a…

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soft pretzels with hard cider cheese dip

Football season is back and that means football snacks are back. Soft pretzels with hard cider cheese dip are a crowd pleaser, and replacing the traditional beer cheese with hard cider cheese makes the combination even more seasonal. For a while now I have wanted to work on recipes that involve yeast to try to…

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roasted tomato and corn galette with pesto, goat cheese and herbed crust

The farmers’ markets and backyard gardens are so good right now! Almost all of the ingredients for this roasted tomato and corn galette with pesto, goat cheese and herbed crust are straight from the garden (or the farmers’ market, in our case), and are so fresh and delicious! I love fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs…

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waffled sweet potato hash browns with smoked gouda pimento cheese

What do you get when you combine southern, North Carolina roots with fond memories of a study abroad semester in the Netherlands?  Waffled sweet potato hash browns with smoked Gouda pimento cheese, of course.  If you didn’t have brunch plans before, you might want to reconsider. I have mentioned before that North Carolina is the…

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