February 17, 2017

Mexican Slaw

Mexican Slaw is a light and healthy Tex-Mex twist on traditional coleslaw that is great served as a side dish or as a taco topper!

Mexican Slaw is a light and healthy tex-mex twist on traditional coleslaw that is great served as a side dish or as a taco topper!  #feastndevour

I am a Mexican food fanatic.  You can put a Mexican twist on just about anything and I'd be happy! Coleslaw and Mexican though?  I honestly never really considered that one until I was flipping through one of my cookbooks and saw a Tex-Mex inspired slaw.  I'm not usually one to go for coleslaw in general, but with a Mexican twist?  You bet I want to try it!

Then, I found out that this month's highlighted ingredient in Feast & Devour, a cooking club I'm a part of, was cabbage!  It was kismet.  Mexican Slaw was a go!
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February 13, 2017

What Are You Hungry For?

Learn how you can become a part of Team No Kid Hungry and join the movement that is committed to ensuring every kid in America has access to healthy food so that they can focus on what they are really hungry for, living a full and happy life!


As we make our way through life, we will all eventually come across the opportunity to participate in a project that can make a difference, to be a part of something really good.  When life presents you with the chance to join a group of like-minded people with a common goal that, together, are making a real difference in people's lives, you get this gut feeling, this pull in the center of your being that says, "You should do this. You too can help."

That intuitive feeling came for me a few years back when I decided to take the pledge to support a cause that I am now passionate about.  When I received an invitation to become a No Kid Hungry Blogger, I immediately knew that it was right for me.  Rallying behind this cause allowed me to be a part of a movement that is doing real good and helping real people, but more importantly, real kids.  As a mom and a lover of all things food, this cause spoke to my soul.
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January 24, 2017

Mozzarella Stuffed Pizza Meatloaf Muffins

Mozzarella Stuffed Pizza Meatloaf Muffins are a pizza-fied twist on my family's favorite meatloaf muffin recipe, complete with a cheese stuffed center, cute mini pepperonis, and RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce.  They will be a meal your whole family will love!

Mozzarella Stuffed Pizza Meatloaf Muffins are a pizza-fied twist on my family's favorite meatloaf muffin recipe, complete with cheesy stuffed centers, cute mini pepperonis, and RAGÚ®  Homestyle Sauce.  They will be a hit with your whole family will love! #SimmeredinTradition #Ragu #ad @RaguSauce


Did you grow up in a meatloaf loving family?  Meatloaf is one of those homestyle, comfort food dinners that was made in the homes of pretty much everyone I knew when I was growing up.  And you know what?  Pretty much everyone loved it.

That is until I met my husband.  When we were dating and eventually ended up living together, I took the reins in the kitchen.  Naturally, meatloaf came up in my meal rotation and, to my complete surprise, my man wasn't a fan.  Not a fan of meatloaf?  Like, for real?  How could that be possible?

It totally threw me for a loop and honestly bummed me out a little.  How was I going to go on not ever eating meatloaf again?  I mean, I could make two meals, one for him and one for me, but my momma taught me that you prepare one meal for the family and whoever doesn't like it, doesn't eat.
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January 23, 2017

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies are a 3-ingredient appetizer that's always the first to disappear!  If you're making them for a party, I suggest a double batch.

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies are a 3-ingredient appetizer that's always the first to disappear!  If you're making them for a party, I suggest a double batch.

If you have been looking for the perfect appetizer recipe for when you have parties, look no further!  These bacon wrapped smokies are going to knock your socks off and everyone loves them!

Let me tell you about why they're so awesome.  First, there's the fact that these little bites of deliciousness are a finger food.  Everyone loves little nibbles to pick on at parties, am I right?  Put out a big plate of these sweet, sticky, smoky sausages and watch your guests flock to them.
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January 20, 2017

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Homemade Chocolate Sauce is smooth, velvety, and so incredibly easy to make at home.  It's the stuff dreams are made of!

Homemade Chocolate Sauce is smooth, velvety, and so incredibly easy to make at home.  It's the stuff dreams are made of! #feastndevour

Do you ever make a recipe at home and you are so excited about it that you kick yourself for never making it before?  Y'all, this chocolate sauce is one of those recipes.  Why, oh why, have I never make this delicious concoction before?

Now, let's be clear, chocolate sauce is nothing new.  I mean, we all grew up with a bottle of Hershey's sauce in our hands, squeezing that dark brown goodness into our glass of milk until it as chocolaty as possible or until mom told you that was enough.
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January 19, 2017

Crispy Parmesan Ranch Chicken Nuggets

Crispy Parmesan Ranch Chicken Nuggets are dipped in ranch dressing, coated in a parmesan cheese and panko, and then baked in the oven for just 10 minutes until they are golden brown and extra crispy!



Chicken nuggets are one of those foods that always seems to make my family happy. They can get old if you cook them all the time, though, especially if you're preparing them the same way over and over.

The good thing about that is that there are so, so, soooo many different ways to prepare nuggets.  Every chicken nugget is not created equally, that's for sure!
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January 6, 2017

World's Best Easy Cheesy Bean Dip

This recipe for the World's Best Easy Cheesy Bean Dip is cooked in your crock pot and made with three kinds of cheese, green chilies, and Mexican spices.  Make it for a party and everyone will want the recipe!

This recipe for the World's Best Easy Cheesy Bean Dip is cooked in your crock pot and made with three kinds of cheese, green chilies, and Mexican spices.  Everyone will want the recipe!

A few years back, there was this one time when my husband and I took the kids and went to our friend's house for a bonfire. We get together for bonfires a few times every Fall and we look forward to it every year. It's nothing huge or crazy, just 6 or seven people sitting around a small fire pit while the kids play in the yard.

Well, it was that one time a few years back that really sticks out as my favorite bonfire.  My girlfriend made this amazing bean dip.  Yes, I am admitting that it was my favorite bonfire because of beans.  Naturally, we'll usually make a few snacks to munch on while we sit by the fire and this bean dip she made was so damn tasty, made entirely in the slow cooker, and super cheesy.  It was really magical.
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December 31, 2016

Roasted Cauliflower and Gouda Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Gouda Soup is rich and flavorful, made with oven-roasted cauliflower, simple seasonings, cashew milk, and bold gouda cheese.

Roasted Cauliflower and Gouda Soup is rich and flavorful, made with oven-roasted cauliflower, simple seasoning, cashew milk, and bold gouda cheese.

I'm the cook in our house.  I do virtually all of the cooking and grocery shopping for our family of four and it's a job I love to do!  Once in a blue moon, though, I'll send my husband to the store.  I'll send him with a list of just a few things I need, and then he'll browse around and pick up some groceries that strike his fancy.

Now, I'm a control freak and I like to stock my pantry and fridge with specific brands and products that I love to eat and cook with.  However, letting go of the reins and sending my honey to the store every now and then is a is a good thing for several reasons.
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December 23, 2016

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This easy to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce made from whole cranberries is so bright, fresh, and full of flavor that you will never want to buy cranberry sauce in a can again!

This easy to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce made from whole cranberries is so bright, fresh, and full of flavor that you will never want to buy cranberry sauce in a can again!

Cranberry sauce is a holiday staple that I haven't always enjoyed.  When I was little we always had the jellied cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and I was never a fan.  I always put a slice on my plate because it was pretty, but one or two bites is all you would get out of me.

Fast forward like a million years to now and I am singing a different tune.  I am now a bonafide cranberry sauce lover!  Not the jellied stuff, though.  Oooooooh no. Still not a fan of that.  Now, I make my own whole berry cranberry sauce for the holidays that has just three simple ingredients.  Well, not including water, but that doesn't count.  Just three ingredient, guys!
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