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Brownie Skillet Cookie

Brownie Skillet Cookie is the way to my heart! We don’t need Valentine’s Day as an excuse, but we’ll use it as one.

Raspberry Double Chocolate Muffins

Double chocolate muffins with raspberries is what we’re doing! Because Valentine’s Day is a week away and I vote for all the chocolate we can get. Then again, I always vote for all the chocolate so I’m not sure it’s any different then a normal reaction of mine.

Orzo with Chicken Sausage & Broccoli

I’m in need of a comforting meal today, and I’m hoping this orzo with chicken sausage and broccoli will do the trick.

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Oh man has this week been a complete, unexpected blur. It’s rare that being sick knocks me out, but I was knocked out HARD the last couple of days. So hard that even thinking about writing this post put be back to bed. So we’re keeping this one short! Wings need no explanation especially whenRead more
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Appetizers

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Oh man has this week been a complete, unexpected blur. It’s rare that being sick knocks me out, but I was knocked out HARD the last couple of days. So hard that even thinking about writing this post put be back to bed. So we’re keeping this one short! Wings need no explanation especially whenRead more

Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Anddd, it’s Super Bowl week!

Rib Sliders with Jalapeño Pimento Cheese

We are in full-on holiday mode around here!  Christmas cookie baking, shopping, decorating, more shopping, movie watching – bring it all on. 

Lemon-Herb Olives with Feta

It is officially Thanksgiving week here on the blog!  All week I’ll be bringing recipes that you can serve at your feast, an I thought we’d kick it off with a deliciously easy appetizer. 
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Breakfast

Raspberry Double Chocolate Muffins

Double chocolate muffins with raspberries is what we’re doing! Because Valentine’s Day is a week away and I vote for all the chocolate we can get. Then again, I always vote for all the chocolate so I’m not sure it’s any different then a normal reaction of mine.

Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal

And just like that, it’s Monday again. Not sure how we made it back here so soon, but at least I’ve got this blueberry oatmeal to get me out of bed. 

Eggnog Waffles

It’s Monday. How did we get back here already? 

Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze

It seems like fall is flashing before my eyes. I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October and I’m just now diving into comforting autumnal goodness!
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Cookies

brownie skillet cookie

Brownie Skillet Cookie

Brownie Skillet Cookie is the way to my heart! We don’t need Valentine’s Day as an excuse, but we’ll use it as one.

Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Cookies

The photos and recipe for this post was originally published in December 2015. The photographs, along with the recipe and text of this blog post were updated on December 22, 2017. These cookies, oh these chocolate peppermint pudding cookies! These will forever be a favorite of mine.

Gingersnap Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Important questions to ask four days before Christmas: soft or crispy cookies? Where do you fall? I’ve always been a fan of soft and chewy. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat a cookie that doesn’t melt the second I bite into it, but I prefer a cookie that tastes fresh out of the ovenRead more

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

It’s officially cookie week on ze blog! I’m glad we made it here. We’re kicking it off with chocolate crinkle cookies! In case you haven’t had enough yet, it’s going to be a few days of sugary desserts, pepperminty things, all the chocolate, and some gingersnaps thrown in there too.
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Desserts

brownie skillet cookie

Brownie Skillet Cookie

Brownie Skillet Cookie is the way to my heart! We don’t need Valentine’s Day as an excuse, but we’ll use it as one.

Raspberry Double Chocolate Muffins

Double chocolate muffins with raspberries is what we’re doing! Because Valentine’s Day is a week away and I vote for all the chocolate we can get. Then again, I always vote for all the chocolate so I’m not sure it’s any different then a normal reaction of mine.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

This post was originally published September 2016. The photos and text of this post were updated on January 19, 2018.  Chocolate + Peanut Butter > everything else. Is there a better combination? 

Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Cookies

The photos and recipe for this post was originally published in December 2015. The photographs, along with the recipe and text of this blog post were updated on December 22, 2017. These cookies, oh these chocolate peppermint pudding cookies! These will forever be a favorite of mine.
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Dinner

Orzo with Chicken Sausage & Broccoli

I’m in need of a comforting meal today, and I’m hoping this orzo with chicken sausage and broccoli will do the trick.

Make-Ahead Sweet Potato Bowl

This sweet potato bowl has been the lunch that is getting me through the month of January! I’ve made some variation of it every week and haven’t gotten sick of it yet.

Sweet Potato Chicken Pad Thai

I know, this is not your typical Pad Thai. But hear me out! Because I’m here to tell you that even though we replaced noodles with sweet potato noodles, it is still damn good. 

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Zoodles

I’ve got an easy weeknight dinner for you today! Theme of January: easy, healthy(ish!), stuff that can be prepped ahead, and everything is going to be super tasty (obviously). 
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Drinks

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Trees are up, fireplaces are getting put to use, sidewalks are covered with twinkling stars, Christmas Vacation is being watched on repeat.

Cinnamon Vanilla Latte

 Let’s cozy up this weekend with a homemade latte! It’s true kids, weekend plans change as you creep closer to 30.

Riondo Makes Summer A Bit More Bubbly

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Riondo Prosecco. All opinions are 100% mine. Mimosas in the morning, a little picnic in the afternoon, a celebratory toast, or a nice way to wind down after a long day.

Stone Fruit White Sangria

We obviously need a fun drink to make for tomorrow’s Fourth of July festivities! So let’s throw all the gorgeous stone fruit we can find into a pitcher and top it off with some white wine.
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Holidays

brownie skillet cookie

Brownie Skillet Cookie

Brownie Skillet Cookie is the way to my heart! We don’t need Valentine’s Day as an excuse, but we’ll use it as one.

Raspberry Double Chocolate Muffins

Double chocolate muffins with raspberries is what we’re doing! Because Valentine’s Day is a week away and I vote for all the chocolate we can get. Then again, I always vote for all the chocolate so I’m not sure it’s any different then a normal reaction of mine.

Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Cookies

The photos and recipe for this post was originally published in December 2015. The photographs, along with the recipe and text of this blog post were updated on December 22, 2017. These cookies, oh these chocolate peppermint pudding cookies! These will forever be a favorite of mine.

Gingersnap Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Important questions to ask four days before Christmas: soft or crispy cookies? Where do you fall? I’ve always been a fan of soft and chewy. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat a cookie that doesn’t melt the second I bite into it, but I prefer a cookie that tastes fresh out of the ovenRead more
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Lunches

Orzo with Chicken Sausage & Broccoli

I’m in need of a comforting meal today, and I’m hoping this orzo with chicken sausage and broccoli will do the trick.

Make-Ahead Sweet Potato Bowl

This sweet potato bowl has been the lunch that is getting me through the month of January! I’ve made some variation of it every week and haven’t gotten sick of it yet.

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Wrap

Somehow I’ve managed to catch a horrible cold at the end of May. And being a bit under the weather leaves me little to no energy for small talk. So for the sake of us all (especially you), I’m keeping this one short(ish).

Greek Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Cucumber Dill Yogurt Dressing

Starting fresh this Monday! Even though I stayed up past my bedtime to watch the Grammy’s last night, I’m starting fresh and pretending I’m not a little sleepy this morning.
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Pasta

Orzo with Chicken Sausage & Broccoli

I’m in need of a comforting meal today, and I’m hoping this orzo with chicken sausage and broccoli will do the trick.

Lobster Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Thank you The Fresh Market for sponsoring this post. Visit a store near you to get everything you need for a memorable and delicious holiday! My favorite time of year is officially here! While I never try to jump the gun too early on getting into the Christmas spirit, the second Thanksgiving dinner has beenRead more

Summer Vegetable Risotto

What to do with all those veggies you got from your last trip to the farmer’s market? You make risotto of course!

Tomato Garlic Pasta with Grilled Shrimp

AKA, a heavenly Sunday summer pasta dinner! Sunday pasta is a tradition that is hard to quit even in the hot summer months. Although we don’t do it every week (even in the winter, I’ll admit it), there is nothing better to me than simmering a pasta sauce for hours and hours.
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Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Anddd, it’s Super Bowl week!

Arugula Mushroom Ricotta Pizza

Sooo…pizza night? Perhaps not the “healthiest” of meals – but color! And veggies.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

I’m feeling so disconnected from all of you lately! I know it’s not the case, but it feels like it’s been forever. Can we just have a normal chat sometime again soon? 

Spring Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomato, Prosciutto, Asparagus & Pea Pesto

Pizza Thursday! This ‘za gives us all the spring feels. 
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Poultry

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Zoodles

I’ve got an easy weeknight dinner for you today! Theme of January: easy, healthy(ish!), stuff that can be prepped ahead, and everything is going to be super tasty (obviously). 

Chicken and Rice Soup

Sometimes a big bowl of comfort is what you need to start the week off right. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. Chicken and Rice Soup for us all!

Grilled Chicken with Blueberry Peach Salsa

Add this one to the weekly dinner rotation! Oh, and it’s great for lunch too. But you probably guessed that! 

Coconut Lemon Chicken

Hi friends! Whatcha eating for dinner this week? Let’s add this coconut lemon chicken to the menu!
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Salads

Lobster Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Thank you The Fresh Market for sponsoring this post. Visit a store near you to get everything you need for a memorable and delicious holiday! My favorite time of year is officially here! While I never try to jump the gun too early on getting into the Christmas spirit, the second Thanksgiving dinner has beenRead more

Kale Caesar Salad

How cliché is it that I’m throwing a salad at you right after Thanksgiving? It’s ok, I don’t mind. And I’m guessing a big part of you doesn’t either! 

Apple, Blue Cheese & Toasted Maple Pecan Salad

Salads should never be boring! But they also don’t always have to be elaborate. In this case it’s just some greens, a granny smith apple, cranberries, blue cheese – and most importantly – pecans toasted in maple syrup!

BLT Pasta Salad

[This post is sponsored by Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. All thoughts, opinions, and photographs are my own. Thanks to the brands who continue to support The Secret Ingredient Is.] Summer means it’s time to take our BLTs to the next level! Next level = we turn it into a pasta salad, toss it with aRead more
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Sandwiches

Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

I don’t think I’ll ever get too old for tomato soup and grilled cheese. It’s a combo that is undeniably good, incredibly comforting, and so easy to make.

BBQ Pulled Pork Banh Mi Sandwich

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Curly’s BBQ. Throughout 2017, I’ll be sharing delicious recipes featuring their products. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. I’ve always been a believer that there are few things better in this world than a really good sandwich. Of course, one can – and possibly would –Read more

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Wrap

Somehow I’ve managed to catch a horrible cold at the end of May. And being a bit under the weather leaves me little to no energy for small talk. So for the sake of us all (especially you), I’m keeping this one short(ish).

Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers

Hey, hi! How was the weekend? Did everyone have a good one? I hope so! A well-deserved spring weekend for all.
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Seafood

Lobster Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Thank you The Fresh Market for sponsoring this post. Visit a store near you to get everything you need for a memorable and delicious holiday! My favorite time of year is officially here! While I never try to jump the gun too early on getting into the Christmas spirit, the second Thanksgiving dinner has beenRead more

Soy Ginger Salmon Cauliflower Rice Bowls

I woke up thinking today was Wednesday, so that means this week is going by faster than I expected. LDW flew by in a flash. And I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! 

Tomato Garlic Pasta with Grilled Shrimp

AKA, a heavenly Sunday summer pasta dinner! Sunday pasta is a tradition that is hard to quit even in the hot summer months. Although we don’t do it every week (even in the winter, I’ll admit it), there is nothing better to me than simmering a pasta sauce for hours and hours.

Salmon Panzanella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Let’s see what happens when you combine two of my favorite summery things… I’ll tell you what happens, THIS! This magical salmon panzanella salad.
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Side Dishes

Cornbread Stuffing

Um, I think I found my long lost holiday love.  This cornbread stuffing! it.is.it.

Garlic Green Beans

Day two of Thanksgiving food, and we’re onto my favorites! Side dishes of course.

Stovetop Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Cranberries & Maple Pecans

T-Minus 2 weeks until Thanksgiving!  Let’s get the feast going.

Jalapeño Lime Corn on the Cob

Also known as: a side dish I could eat every single night in summer. Seriously, I could! 
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Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

The photos and recipe for this post was originally published in January 2016. The photographs, along with the recipe and text of this blog post were updated on January 3, 2018. I had a hard time typing 2018 up there! It’s going to take me a while. But, phew we made it. We are officiallyRead more

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Noodle Bowl

We meet again, Tuesday. We meet again. ^Originally had Monday written, but I had zero energy Sunday evening and yesterday morning to publish this post, so Tuesday it is.

Pulled Pork Sliders with Brussels Sprouts & Apple Slaw

Helloooo slow cooker season! You are officially here.

Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos

I really wanted to start this post off with a comment about the beautiful weather we all had over the weekend, but then I realized something… I talk about the weather a lot on the blog (and in general).
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Snacks

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Oh man has this week been a complete, unexpected blur. It’s rare that being sick knocks me out, but I was knocked out HARD the last couple of days. So hard that even thinking about writing this post put be back to bed. So we’re keeping this one short! Wings need no explanation especially whenRead more

Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Anddd, it’s Super Bowl week!

Spinach Artichoke Hummus

Hummus may very well be my favorite thing to snack on. Is it my love for chickpeas? The tahini? The crazy variety of flavors one can come up with?

Overnight Blood Orange Chia Pudding

What was your favorite snack growing up? Were you an after-school Little Debbie’s kid? Cereal? A stack or Oreos or Rainbow Chips Deluxe Cookies?
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Soups

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

The photos and recipe for this post was originally published in January 2016. The photographs, along with the recipe and text of this blog post were updated on January 3, 2018. I had a hard time typing 2018 up there! It’s going to take me a while. But, phew we made it. We are officiallyRead more

Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

I don’t think I’ll ever get too old for tomato soup and grilled cheese. It’s a combo that is undeniably good, incredibly comforting, and so easy to make.

Chicken and Rice Soup

Sometimes a big bowl of comfort is what you need to start the week off right. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. Chicken and Rice Soup for us all!

Quinoa Chili with Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

I’m strongly considering this to be one of the best comfort meals I’ve made in a long time. Well, at least since the last comfort meal I made.
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Summer

Grilled Chicken with Blueberry Peach Salsa

Add this one to the weekly dinner rotation! Oh, and it’s great for lunch too. But you probably guessed that! 

Jalapeño Lime Corn on the Cob

Also known as: a side dish I could eat every single night in summer. Seriously, I could! 

Coconut Milk Fudgsicles

The dog days of summer have officially hit. 90+ days, hair frizzy with humidity, early evening thunderstorms (my absolutely favorite).

Stone Fruit White Sangria

We obviously need a fun drink to make for tomorrow’s Fourth of July festivities! So let’s throw all the gorgeous stone fruit we can find into a pitcher and top it off with some white wine.
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Tacos

Chicken and Veggie Enchiladas

I caved and made my first real fall meal… But in my defense I had all these veggies not being put to good use, so I knew enchiladas had to be done! 

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Sunny weather, refreshing margaritas, and a plate of tacos! How else should we spend the weekend?

Cheesy Chicken Black Bean Dip

Let the games begin! And by games, I’m talking about the main event. The show stopper. The stuff everyone will be talking about for days and days.

Beer-Battered Chicken Tacos with Roasted Poblano Sauce

Hello Thursday! What a crazy, wacky, week it’s been. Two “snow” days earlier this week, and tomorrow is going to be 71 degrees. Tell me how that works!  
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Vegetarian

Make-Ahead Sweet Potato Bowl

This sweet potato bowl has been the lunch that is getting me through the month of January! I’ve made some variation of it every week and haven’t gotten sick of it yet.

Garlic Green Beans

Day two of Thanksgiving food, and we’re onto my favorites! Side dishes of course.

Apple, Blue Cheese & Toasted Maple Pecan Salad

Salads should never be boring! But they also don’t always have to be elaborate. In this case it’s just some greens, a granny smith apple, cranberries, blue cheese – and most importantly – pecans toasted in maple syrup!

Coconut Curry Hummus

I’m bacccck! My how I’ve missed this. And you guys! 
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