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Warming and Hearty Tex-Mex Beef Chili

This won’t be your traditional Texas style chili, but it will contain all of the same rich and spicy flavors you would expect from such. My Tex-Mex chili follows the techniques and flavor profiles of ...

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Kolaczki for your Christmas Cookie Tray

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means Christmas cookies! This time of year always brings me back to being a little kid, baking cookies with my mom. Every year we make a variety of ...

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A Taste of Tuscany: Duck Ragu

After reading Andrea’s most recent blog, and living vicariously through her epic Cook Like a Tuscan culinary tour, I am super inspired by all things Tuscan right now. Plus, Italian food has a special ...

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Cozy December Delights: Easy Meals for Chilly Nights

As December unfolds in the Midwest, the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland, painting everything in shades of white. The chilly air invites us to seek comfort and warmth, not just from ...

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Roasted Pears for Salads or Just Snacks

Last week was Thanksgiving and amidst all the “favorites” and “must haves” I usually like to slide in a little something fun and different. This year it was a salad with a whole roasted pear half ...

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Holiday Chinese 5 Spice Candied Nuts

When the holiday season approaches, I always get plenty of use out of my home kitchen. One tradition that I hold dear is crafting batches of Chinese 5 Spice Candied Nuts. Whether destined for the ...

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Spice Up Your Kitchen Gadget Collection with a FinaMill

I feel like there are two types of people in the kitchen – those that love gadgets and those that keep kitchen gadgets to a minimum. My kitchen drawers would definitely disclose that I love kitchen ...

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The Anatomy of Pie Crust

My passion for pie started at a very young age. My grandmother Ruby was a pie aficionado - her chocolate pie was hands down the best I ever tasted, somehow intense with chocolate, yet light as a ...

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Fluffy Southern-Style Biscuits

You can never have enough recipes for biscuits, in my opinion. It’s always worth trying out a new batch of delicious flaky pillows of butter-filled dough. As we enter the holiday season, I’ve also ...

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Cinnamon Apple Crisp: The Perfect Fall Dessert

It wouldn’t be fall without an apple dessert! I love a good apple pie (especially The Chopping Block's), but sometimes I don't want to fuss with pie dough. This recipe gives you everything you know ...

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