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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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pistachio pesto grilled cheese

When the weather looks like spring, but doesn’t feel quite warm enough to be spring, pistachio pesto grilled cheese sandwiches are the perfect compromise. Fresh flavors combined with warm comfort food is ideal for a crisp night. Whoever created the grilled cheese deserves generous praise. I mean, toasty, buttery bread, filled with gooey cheese? Yes,…

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sweet potato and beet chips

Sweet potato and beet chips, sweet potato and beet chips – I can’t get enough!  Until a few years ago I had never tried beets.  We never had them at home and I saw them on salad bars but never branched out to try them.  The first encounter I had with the brightly colored vegetable…

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baked brie bites

I hope you all had very merry, wonderful holidays and are enjoying some relaxation as we gear up for the New Years holiday this week! We made so much food last week for all kinds of Christmas celebrations, including these easy and quick baked brie bites. When I was in school, this time between Christmas…

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sweet potato biscuits and leftover thanksgiving sandwiches

Fun fact: Did you know North Carolina is the largest sweet potato producer in the United States? Yup, the sweet potatoes in your Thanksgiving dish might be from the Great North State :) My junior year of college I studied abroad in the Netherlands.  I was there for the fall semester and really noticed the differences…

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homemade almond butter and pecan peanut cinnamon butter

It finally feels like fall outside! September decided to show itself today with cool temperatures, wonderful breezes and bright blue skies full of fluffy white clouds.  I know it is not officially fall yet, according to the calendar and the autumnal equinox, but I am so ready for it to cool down and feel like…

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