Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs with Goat Cheese Polenta

Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs with Goat Cheese Polenta

This dish may take several hours but the effort is minimal and the flavor is huge. The beef becomes so tender not only does it fall off the bone but it melts in your mouth. The silky smooth sauce has so much depth of flavor that when it mixes with the polenta it pulls the entire dish together. Your belly and the people you serve it to will thank you.

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Pandan Leaf Chicken

Pandan Leaf Chicken

The Pandan Leaf Chicken is a common Thai appetizer but one I had never heard of before. When my husband and I were in Thailand learning this recipe it put a huge smile on my face, it was the perfect dish to kick off our culinary adventure.

I know this one looks unique and requires a special trip to the Asian market, but I promise you, this dish will not disappoint. The flavors are out of this world. The aroma from the pandan leaf is infused into the chicken along with the marinade and it creates this perfect umami of flavors in your mouth!

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Cinnamon, Sugar, Ginger Pear chips

Cinnamon, Sugar, Ginger Pear chips

Pear Chips for the WIN over sweet snack cravings!
I love pears anyway so it’s no surprise that I gobbled these right up! They are my late night, TV watching snicky-snack when that sweet craving sneaks up on me. Pears are naturally sweet so you don’t have to add much sugar, which is good, because lately I’ve had a wicked sweet tooth. haha!

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Coffee and Chocolate Energy Bites

Coffee and Chocolate Energy Bites

What goes better together than coffee and chocolate? Nothing! Well except maybe chocolate and red wine, LOL! Anyway, I posted on my Instagram stories that I was making these energy bites and the DM’s started flooding in (thank you friends) so as soon as I was finished I wanted to get this recipe on the blog. I made 4 batches and after a few tweaks in the first batch I feel comfortable sharing the recipe. Enjoy!

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Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Looking for a quick, easy, delicious and tart key lime pie recipe? Well, you have come to the right food blog! This recipe only requires a few ingredients, comes together fairly quickly (except for the squeezing of all those little limes, ha!) and has that mouth pucker, eye squinting tartness that every key lime pie needs.

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Last Minute Quick and Easy Appetizers

Last Minute Quick and Easy Appetizers

I love to entertain and I’ve been known to spur of the moment, last minute invite people over without giving much thought to what I’m going to serve or if I even have time to run to the grocery.
So I keep these handy-dandy recipes close by for just such occasions!

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Keto Friendly Zucchini Skins aka Zucchini Boats

Keto Friendly Zucchini Skins aka Zucchini Boats

Why eat potato when you can have Zucchini Skins!

I love it when my husband says ‘What are you making now?’ Then he proceeds to eat it all and ask me to make it again and finishes his thought by adding a ‘hua, that was actually really good.’😜

I’ve been working on a few healthy, Keto friendly recipes for an upcoming cooking class. I think these Zucchini Skins with cheese, bacon and sour cream will make the cut

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Healthy Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Healthy Fruit Smoothie Bowl

It’s a new year and for many of us that means new goals for life and our body. Weather your goal is to loose weight, add muscle, drink less or maybe it’s simply to make better choices, it all starts from the inside out. This smoothie bowl is a great way to start the day and it sets you up for successful eating all day.

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Ginger Lemonade Cocktail

Ginger Lemonade Cocktail

Looking for the perfect party cocktail? Look no farther, this light and refreshing beverage will have everyone saying ‘yumm, ‘I’ll have another please’.

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Cranberry Spritzer

Cranberry Spritzer

Refreshing and goes down easy…maybe too easy. LOL! This is a super fun, quick to make and delicious Christmas Holiday drink, that will keep everyone warm all night.

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Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip

I pulled this one out of the vault. I started making this dip maybe 10 years ago, I had kind of forgotten about it until a friend asked me for the recipe last week. It got me thinking, you know, that was a really popular dessert dip. So I carved a little pumpkin as a serving dish and whipped up a batch.

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CycleBar Brunch Menu

CycleBar Brunch Menu

I love to spin at CycleBar, the cycle star instructors, the atmosphere, the heart-pumping rides and the amenities keep me coming back. Everyone who works there is so kind and genuine you immediately feel welcomed into the studio.

So when they accepted my offer to cater their brunch ride, I was pretty excited. This would be the first time I cooked for complete strangers. I’ve catered plenty of dinner and showers for friends and family but this was the first time I had the courage to put myself out there.

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Bountiful Berry Cobbler

Bountiful Berry Cobbler

Does anyone not like berry cobbler? Not me, I love the stuff! In fact, I’ll take a berry dessert over a chocolate one any day. As far back as I can remember I’ve loved cobbler, there’s just something about it’s that good for the soul.

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Spinach Muffins

Spinach Muffins

These protein rich spinach muffins are helping my husband and me make good breakfast decisions this week. The feta makes a rich flavor, spinach and egg helps keep us full and the thyme gives it a nice fresh taste.

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Apple Galette

Apple Galette

Just in time for fall, ya’ll! This is another one of those desserts that looks all fancy (it is French after all) and gets all the ‘oohhss and ahhhs’ but really it couldn’t get any easier.

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Southern Fried Okra

Southern Fried Okra

Get out a deep pot and the oil because we’re frying up a southern staple, FRIED OKRA!

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Chicken Piccata with Shallot

Chicken Piccata with Shallot

You've got to give this one a try. It sounds and looks fancy but it's really not, it's actually pretty easy. The whole thing (including sides) comes together in about 45-60 min, even less after you've made it a few times.

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Shrimp and Polenta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach

Shrimp and Polenta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach

Sometimes you just need a meal that sticks to ribs but not necessarily to your hips. Now I'm not going to say this recipe will help you lose weight but honestly, if you keep your portion of grits within reason it's really not too bad. There's no cream or butter, just a little goat cheese mixed into the grits with a side of protein and vitamin-rich spinach along with oven roasted tomatoes.

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Mini Egg Muffins - Two Ways

Mini Egg Muffins - Two Ways

Looking for bite size healthy snack to take to a brunch or the office? These little guys are so full of flavor and easy peasy. Plus you can get super creative and develop your own creations.

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Protein Energy Bites

Protein Energy Bites

Back in 2013 and 2014 I made this snack so often (like once a week for months) that I burnt out my taste buds. Time went on and I had forgotten how good these little guys were and how convenient they were to just grab one as I'm running out the door. BUT…I’m bringing them back starting NOW! :)

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