Classic Beef and Bean Chili


Can I ask you a question? What does it mean when someone “winterizes” something? Is it just checking to make sure the chimney sweep doesn’t have eagles or hobos stuck in it again? Or is it a quick glance at the windows and doors for any slits where evil ice ghosts might slip through at […]

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Tapas-Style Sauteed Mushrooms


Duuuude, what’s uuuuuuupppppaaaa??? That’s my “never-mind-me-I’ve-just-eaten-a ton-of-mushrooms” voice. SAUTEED mushrooms, you freak! I’m not that kind of girl. You know, sauteed mushrooms are not to be taken lightly. The marriage between the butter, the garlic, the wine…they are an exquisite treasured delicacy among the lands. And in my mind. And mouth. One must not overlook […]

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Tex-Mex Tilapia Tacos


Hi. Yep. It’s November. And hi. Nope. This isn’t an old post. I really am writing about fresh tomatoes and jalapeno peppers from the garden. I really am making fresh salsa, pouring it over my Farrah Fawcett wig in slow motion, in front of a large fan, while wearing an apple red bathing suit. And […]

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Skinny Chicken Nuggets, And MORE.


1) Just admit it. You like chicken nuggets. You dooooo. You like them because they’re bite-sized. You like the crunch it provides your mouth hole. You like the word NUGGET. NUGGET. I like it too. Well, guess what I’ve gone and diddly darn did done with ’em? I allowed them their first cup of coffee. […]

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Smoky Shrimp with Parsnips and Brown Rice


Do you want to know what makes me over-the-top-mega-mama-giddy-pants-central-station? Well, besides raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, and Wilson Phillips on repeat? SMOKED. PAPRIKA. I remember years ago when a friend was describing the difference to me between regular, sweet and smoked and I was all, “whuuuut?” So […]

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Asparagus Salad with Orange and Poppy Seeds


Is it true what they say about poppy seeds? Raise your hand if you know what I’m talking about. BUSTED. If you raised your hand it means you’ve either been in jail or prison or in court or at the police station wearing a black and white striped jumper before, AM I RIGHT? Opium, you […]

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Buffalo Chicken Nachos


All kinds of lessons were learned yesterday here in the Weidner household. Some I’ll happily share with you and some I won’t, because I don’t think the words “toilet” and “shower robe belt” leave the most pleasant mental images on a food blog. Oopsie. I still typed that out, didn’t I? The first lesson I […]

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Thai Beef With Cabbage


I must be craving iron or something, because when I flipped across this beefy recipe out of the newest Cooking Light, my stomach joined forces with my heart and sucker punched me in the face. Oh, and guess what! Yesterday, for the first time ever in my existing life existence, I purchased my very first […]

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Savory Stuffed Crescent Rolls


I think it’s safe to say that with Halloween behind us, we’ve officially entered “The Holiday Season.” Does this terrify anyone else to freaking death? Do you have evites and invites and ewvites (what?) coming out your face already? And you have NO IDEA what to contribute to these events? Hi. Welcome to my post. […]

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