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Thin Mints Brownies – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I know, I know….it’s usually the time of the year where I whip up a few batches of Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Buttercream. It’s St.Patrick’s Day after all! But imagine my predicament last night when it not only hit me that St.Patty’s was a mere hours away but I also didn’t have a []

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Milk Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Toffee Brownies

  There are very few American desserts in my opinion that are more iconic than the brownie (yeah-yeah….some would say Apple Pie but that’s just too cliche 🙂 ) Now the texture of a Brownie can truly vary from one person to the next. Some prefer the cake-like approach, whereas I enjoy the dense-chewy brownie. []

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Sichuan Chili Oil – A Kitchen Staple

I know…this seems a random recipe post. But this kitchen staple plays a big part in a recipe I’ll be posting soon in honor of Tết – the Lunar New Year that will arrive on Friday. So you’ll want to DEFINITELY stay tuned! Chili Oil, or in this case Sichuan Chili Oil, is a regular […]

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Fresh Mango Mojitos

Since I posted the last Fam Din wrap up, I’ve received a few requests to share the recipe for our Fresh Mango Mojitos—and I’m happy to oblige! Mojitos are one of my favorite cocktails because it mixes the combinations of lots of tart citrus from the limes and freshness from the mint. But I rarely []

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Summer Squash Blossom Skillet Pizza

I was at the Hillcrest Farmers Market last weekend and beautiful squash blossoms were in almost every produce stall. I was PUMPED!!! I love squash blossoms. They remind me of growing up in Minnesota when my grandparents had a big garden in the backyard and my grandpa tended to his gorgeous dahlias in the front []

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An Endless Fam Din Feast for the Tauruses

It was one of my favorite times of the year — my BIRTH MONTH!!! Birth “month” you ask? Oh yes, I celebrate the entire month. Actually our family is full of May babies….Mom, Dad, SIL and cousie –all Tauruses, which makes a lot of sense. We’re all a tad–how would you put it? Oh right–stubborn. []

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Sparkling Rosé Sangria – Happy National Rosé Day!

With all the craziness going on right now, aren’t you happy to know that at least we have random holidays we can celebrate and temporarily take our minds off of the insanity? Brilliant holidays like the one today. And “what’s today” you may be asking? Oh silly Friend…. It’s National Rosé Day—-as in, Rosé Wine! []

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Grilled Honey-Sesame Chicken Skewers

Easy, Delish and Versatile. Now that’s the name of a cookbook I’d totally buy as I’d hope it would have satisfyingly scrumptious goodies like these Grilled Honey-Sesame Chicken Skewers. These chicken skewers are super quick to prep, takes only a few minutes to cook and I like to serve them in anything from noodle bowls []

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Mini Sourdough Bread Boules

Being the carb monster I am, it’s really no surprise that I’ve come to love baking bread–granted, it wasn’t always the case. But now I find that there’s something about forming something so beautiful and delicious out of a few spare ingredients that most folks have in their cupboards. There’s something ritualistic about the process–and []

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It Ain’t Easy Being A Green Fam Din

Alright, so I’ll be the first to admit that some of our Fam Din themes are a bit more successful than others. When we’re on point, we totally nail it like with our Hawaiian Lu’au, “One Night In Bangkok”, Korean Feast, or the N’awlins Seafood Boil. But some themes are bit tougher than others. Case []

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Easter Brunch Cheat Sheet

Happy Friday Peeps! I know many of you will be gathering on Sunday with loved ones for Easter festivities filled with egg hunts and hopefully–delish eats! But if you’re still struggling on what to serve for brunch-2nd breakfasts-lunch-supper-snacks-dinner, don’t worry—I’m here to help! Here are some fantastic menu ideas that will keep your crew happily []

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2 Birthdays Means 2 Desserts for Family Dinner

Somehow along the journey of our Family Dinners, I decided that even if there’s more than one birthday for the month, each bday babe gets their own dessert. So when it was seester T and Nini’s bday, I found myself baking TWO cakes. Albeit, Nini’s was slightly larger and 15 pounds heavier. I’m royally screwed []

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