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Pico Guacamole

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 14 comments

Two of my favorite Mexican condiments are combined in this fiesta-ready Pico Guacamole. 

Pico Guacamole

Whenever we go to Chipotle, I have an internal battle over what to order. I love, love, love chips and guac, but I wince whenever I shell out $2 for that teeny, tiny cup of guacamole. I realize that I’m probably cheap (BTW, I prefer the term “fiscally conservative”), but, c’mon! That little cup is never enough to last through my bag of chips, especially when everyone else wants some, too. So what’s a guac-loving girl to do? Make my own green goodness.

I combined two of my favorite Mexican condiments in this Pico Guacamole, and it’s seriously the best thing I’ve made in a while. 

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Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in All, Desserts | 11 comments

This Tres Leches Cake balances the warm flavors of cinnamon and cloves with fresh strawberries and just a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. 

Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries

My daughter is a Cinco de Mayo baby. At 11, she’s grown past the themed party phases of her early years (so long Disney princesses and Fancy Nancy) and moved into more “sophisticated” party ideas (which is code for whatever it takes to get her a cell phone). Oddly, we’ve never done a Cinco de Mayo themed event for her. That might need to change after trying this Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries. 

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Lemony Snap Peas

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in All, Sides and Salads | 10 comments

Snap Peas tossed in a lemon-dijon vinaigrette create a tasty side dish for busy days.

Lemony Snap Peas

It’s Good Friday, and I don’t know about you, but my to-do list is awfully long in preparation for the Easter weekend. I get to host – and absolutely love it – but getting the menu nailed down is sometimes tricky (meaning I finally decided yesterday what the menu would be!). But once I finally decided that we were having Easter dinner instead of brunch, these Lemony Snap Peas were a no-brainer addition to the menu.

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Roasted Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in All, Sides and Salads | 7 comments

Welcome spring produce with a batch of these Roasted Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto! 

Roasted Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto

The cruelty of April weather is always one step forward and two steps back. We’re having one of those “two steps back” weeks right now. I received a bunch of gardening catalogs in the mail the other day, and I was so envious of all the people out there who are digging in the dirt and planting their summer gardens. I can’t wait to have fresh herbs right outside my patio door once again! But since that is still a ways off for us here in Minnesota, I’m resigned to enjoying the produce I do have access to and making the most of it. Spring greens will soon flood the markets, and these Roasted Potatoes with Arugula Pistachio Pesto are a perfect way to kick off pesto season everywhere. 

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 25 comments

Chewy chocolate brownies layered with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and frosted with a chocolate peanut butter ganache. Triple chocolate delight!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

I have a new dessert today to share with you today. It’s so good that you may race to the store just so you can make these for the kids today. (Or yourself. Go ahead, I won’t judge. Promise.)  And frankly, I’m not quite sure why it has taken me so long to put this combination together. It’s no secret that I love have an obsession for chocolate and peanut butter. Really it’s a combination that you can’t go wrong with. Ever. Let me introduce you to my new best friend: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies. You are going to love her. I mean, how can you not?

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