Football Food: Chicken Meatballs in Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Ok, we all know that I mostly watch and encourage others to join in the watching of Football primarily for the snacks.  Like 95% for the snacks.  4% to hang out with friends.  And 1% to appall the husband with my questions – due to my utter lack of football knowledge.  But, lets be clear, I am 0% there for the football. Since 95% of the reason I showed up or opened my home to these football watching people is the food, then it better be pretty darn tasty!  But a lot of football snacks are the same.  Chips. Dip. Guac. Lil smokies. Hoagies. Chicken wings. Ribs. Etc.  I think…

Back-to-School: Chipotle Turkey Sloppy Joes

This back-to-school season, I will be posting new One-Bowl-Wonders recipes.  Recipes in this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in under an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! ….Perfect for back to school! I have been going through a phase… probably later than some.  This period of my life can forever be known as the Chipotle Turkey Sloppy Joe phase.  As I write this post, it is 6am and I still would take one of these big ole sloppy joes! Growing up, we weren’t ever the sloppy joe house.  I still…

Love People Well: Spicy Asian Quick Pickled Veggies or “Quickles”

While I admit that I gravitate towards baked goods, specifically muffins, as evidenced by the first two posts in the Love People Well series (found: here and here), I am spreading my wings and branching out!  Pull your mason jars!  We are making “quickles!!”  The easiest, tastiest, crunchiest spicy Asian-style quick pickled veggies! No one can argue with the easily shareable/giftable nature of cookies, muffins, scones, etc. but does my single-dude contractor friend who saved our house from falling over this week want a batch of muffins?  I’m willing to wager that answer is “no.”  (Although, he’s never been one to turn down anything with chocolate chips, now that I…

Summer Sides and Salads: Chimichurri Peach and Avocado Salad

You guys, its stone fruit season, which means PEACHES, PEACHES, and more PEACHES!  This salad takes advantage of all of the summer flavors: fresh cilantro and lemon juice, spicy peppers, creamy avocados, sweet peaches, and crunchy cucumbers! If you have had the oregano heavy chimichurri with meat (usually steak), this is its fresher lighter cousin. I’m opting for cilantro instead of oregano, tons of spices, and a little heat from a serrano pepper!  I can’t even explain the magical burst of summer this sauce and salad evoke on my tastebuds.  Can’t even. I will be very sad to see stone fruit season come to and end.  And nine out of…

Grilled Spicy Honey Ginger Shrimp

In an alternate universe – one where I am much cooler, braver, and tougher – I would be a fisherman or a farmer.  I grew up in a fishing family so the allure of something so hands on and tangible has always been there.  Also, I have a fiercely brown thumb, so the former seems more plausible than the latter.  Nonetheless, knowing where the food that will feed my family and others comes from is one of the most magical and rewarding careers I can think of.  The idea of working in the dirt all day with my dogs in tow or waking up on a fishing boat to calm…
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