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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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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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