Jan 6, 2012

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Mexican Chicken Flautas

Mexican Chicken Flautas

Anyone who has ever been to the restaurant Chili’s knows that they have an awesome bunch of appetizers.  My personal favorite, and one that we get pretty much every time we visit, is the southwestern rolls.  These rolls are a deep-fried decadency served with a cool, tangy avocado ranch sauce.  The southwestern rolls are actually flautas, a traditional Mexican dish.  They’re actually very easy to recreate at home, and it doesn’t take too much preparation.  We made them on the fly one night after a hard...

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Sep 11, 2011

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Ice Cream vs. Frozen Yogurt

Ice Cream vs. Frozen Yogurt

When that sweet tooth starts whispering sweet nothings into your ear, and you get that craving for something cold, sweet and soft, what do you reach for? Do you go with the traditional choice, such as a creamy, rich ice cream with cookies, mints, etc., or do you make the healthier (although not really healthy) choice of sweet frozen yogurt? Personally, I’ve always lived by the philosophy that if you’re going to splurge, you should splurge right. Meaning, if you’re going to spend some extra calories on a sweet...

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Aug 28, 2011

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Feta Stuffed Burgers w/ Caramelized Onions

Feta Stuffed Burgers w/ Caramelized Onions

When I think of a good burger, the words juicy, cheesy, and crunchy come to mind, among other things. Everybody loves a cheesy, gooey burger, right? According to ‘Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives,’ yes, everyone loves a good cheeseburger; putting the cheese inside the burger is even better, though. When you bite into an inside-out burger, it’s like a volcanic eruption of cheese (and other various ingredients, for example, I like to use diced bell peppers) in your mouth, gooey and melted and...

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Aug 21, 2011

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Italian Veggie Soup w/ Chicken *updated*

Italian Veggie Soup w/ Chicken *updated*

There is a certain appeal to cooking one-pot meals, especially on those long days when you want to do nothing more after getting home from work than order take-out and lay on the couch flipping channels until you fall asleep; spending time in the kitchen isn’t usually high on my list on days such as those. Soups usually make great one-pot meals, and they’re one of my favorite things to make due to the simple degree of preparation that they require. I love this soup recipe for several reasons. First,...

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Aug 6, 2011

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Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

I had never heard of shepherd’s pie until I’d seen Sunny Anderson make it on her Food Network show, Cooking for Real; the first time I saw her make it, I needed to try it, it looked SO good.  The idea to me is spectacular, to combine the comfort of mashed potatoes with crunchy vegetables and melted cheese, along with juicy hamburger meat.  The dish is a comfort in and of itself; it requires no side dish or extra frills, just a tall glass of cold milk. This dish, specifically, is an adaptation on...

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Aug 1, 2011

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Chicken Quesadilla Burgers

Chicken Quesadilla Burgers

These burgers are my take on a delicious chicken quesadilla, in a burger package. Essentially, it’s a chicken burger, packed with quesadilla-like ingredients, such as black olives, jalapeño peppers, onions, and topped with homemade spicy guacamole. Yum! The only thing that could make them better are the buns that I used…Hawaiian sweet buns. They’re truly amazing, folks (and addictive!).  The Hawaiian sweet bread comes in buns, rolls, and even bread bowl style; they’re actually sweet, and very delicious. It...

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