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    Pecan & Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Pecan & Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies also known as “I Want to Marry You Cookies” are as good as they sound. Oatmeal raisin cookies are the butt of a lot of jokes – I make them too. I don’t hate the cookies, but they’re definitely not my favorite. But, these cookies with oats are actually delicious because they have chocolate chips and pecans! I can’t remember the exact source from the recipe I have, but I found this one via Pinterest and while it’s quite possible this is not the one I copied down to make these cookies, it looks close enough! You can click on the link above for…

  • Spicy Peanut Tofu Stirfry
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    Spicy Peanut Tofu Stir Fry

    When I saw this Spicy Peanut Tofu Stir fry recipe I thought it looked so good! And it is. I’ve made it a few times before and when I took these photos I added chicken in. The original recipe is vegetarian, but as I said I added chicken so you can easily add meat or leave it out. I followed the recipe, except for the adding chicken part, so you can click on the link above for the exact measurements and stuff. First, I cut the tofu into large cubes and cut up an onion and baby bella mushrooms. Then, I made the sauce which is made from minced garlic, grated…

  • Italian Pinwheels
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    Italian Pinwheels

    Pinwheels are great for parties and/or when you’re trying to feed a group of people. Since summer is just about here and there always tends to be more social gatherings in the warmer months, I thought I’d share this Italian Pinwheel recipe that I found on Pinterest and have tried a few times in the past. So when I made the pinwheels for these photos, I basically followed the recipe except I didn’t use banana peppers so I used extra roasted red peppers. I also did not use parmesan. The last change I made wasn’t really a change moreso a preference and note – I used whipped cream cheese just…

  • Lemon Thyme Cake
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    Lemon Thyme Loaf Cake

    Hello from Toronto! After my flight getting delayed Friday evening due to crew member issues I finally made it about 2.5 hours later than planned and got to my hotel at 1am!  (My other blog posts this weekend were written and scheduled ahead of time if you’re wondering why I’m just now greeting you from Canada) I’m here just for the holiday weekend to visit family and do some sightseeing since I haven’t really done sightseeing here since I was a kid. The past few times I’ve been here it’s just been to visit family and attend a wedding. So I’m taking advantage of my weekend here with some museums…

  • Ice Cream Cake
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    Ice Cream Cake

    Did you watch the series finale of Game of Thrones last night? I’ll go more in depth with my thoughts next week in a post after the 2 hour documentary, but I was a bit underwhelmed by the finale. And I wanted a happier ending for the Starks. But I’ll go all in to that next week sometime, which also gives anyone who’s behind in watching some time to catch up! Anyway, on to this post – specifically the title of this post. When I say ice cream cake, I really mean cake. Today I’m sharing a chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream in the layers. 5 years ago (I…

  • Short Rib Burgers
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    Short Rib Burgers

    The weather is getting warmer and that means grilling weather. Let’s be serious, I eat things from the grill all year long, but the summer is when it happens a lot more often. But since it is getting to be grill weather, I thought I’d share photos of when I made these short rib burgers last summer. The recipe is from The Kitchen and I used the exact recipe. From grinding my own meat with the short ribs and a food processor down to the DijOli sauce – I followed the recipe. So click on the link above for the exact recipe! The only thing I changed was grilling the burgers…

  • Pasta Melanzane
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    Pasta with Vegetables

    Pasta Melanzane is essentially pasta with eggplant. And while I love pasta and eggplant, my mom and I wanted to add some other vegetables to the dish so that’s why I’ve simply called this “Pasta with Vegetables”. Not very creative, I know, but oh well. The recipe is really easy. I cut up eggplant, zucchini, grape tomatoes, and mushrooms. I put the eggplant in the pan first to start cooking and then added in the zucchini and mushrooms. Once those started to soften a bit, I added in the tomatoes. I cook it down and let the tomatoes start to burst. Meanwhile, I cooked the pasta (al dente because you’re…

  • Sitka Salmon Shares
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    Sitka Salmon Shares + Black Bass Red Curry

    It’s always fun to get some complimentary items due to blogging, but it’s extra fun when it’s food related. Sitka Salmon Shares sent me a complimentary box of seafood! Sitka Salmon Shares sends you fish and seafood straight from the fishermen and it’s all caught in Alaska and in the North Pacific. In fact, the packaging of your fish will tell you who caught it! The way Sitka Salmon Shares works is you buy a share. Meaning, you choose how many months share you want (for example a 4 months salmon share or a 7 months premium seafood share) and each month you will receive a box of seafood! Each piece…

  • Copycat Taco Bell Chicken Quesdailla
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    Copycat Taco Bell Quesadillas

    I love copycat recipes for things I like to eat at restaurants. That includes fast food. I don’t go to Taco Bell often, but when I do I often get their chicken quesadillas. They’re so good! Part of the reason I love them is the sauce, so I was so happy to find a copycat recipe. It’s a good one so I had to share with you all! I used this recipe (here). The changes I made were that I used rotisserie chicken instead of grilling my own and since I was using smaller sized tortillas, I used 2 per quesadilla (sandwiching them) instead of folding them over. I also…

  • Cabbage Roll
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    Cabbage Rolls

    Cabbage isn’t for everyone, but I love it. I’ve had cabbage rolls out at restaurants before, but when I saw an “easy” cabbage roll recipe on Pinterest (the recipe is literally called “Easy Cabbage Rolls”) I had to try it! I followed the recipe almost exactly so click on the link for all the in-depth instructions! The only thing I changed was that I used all pork for the stuffing instead of a pork/beef mix. And I used 1 medium onion instead of 2 small. Other than that, I followed the recipe! First, boil your cabbage leaves for about 2 minutes to make them soft and pliable. Set aside and…