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Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Cream (and an OXO and $100 Visa gift card giveaway!)

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in All, Main Dishes | 16 comments

Easy, flavor-packed Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Cream that can be on the table in 30 minutes.

Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Tacos are a family favorite in our house, and I know that any variation I make on them is usually a pretty easy sell. So when OXO asked us to participate in the #ShrimpShowdown with The Shrimp Council and Eastern Fish Company, I knew immediately that I wanted to share these Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Cream with you. Shrimp, tortillas, corn, cilantro and chipotle cream…all my favorites wrapped up in a flour tortilla. Yes, please!

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Guinness Burger with Irish Cheddar and Bacon

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in All, Main Dishes | 6 comments

Guinness Burger with Irish Cheddar and Bacon

Here in Minnesota, grilling is always in season, even when the weather goes all Polar Vortex on us. During the winter, Pat braves the elements in his warmest outerwear in order to grill our dinner. Now I’m not going to lie; nothing about grilling in winter is pretty. There are times when he has to shovel a path to the grill. And you could argue that the headlamp and occasional balaclava are a bit extreme. But all that effort is totally worth it, especially when the reward is this juicy Guinness Burger with Irish Cheddar and Bacon. 

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Mexican Stuffed Acorn Squash

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in All, Main Dishes | 8 comments

Mexican Stuffed Acorn Squash Who is sick of winter?

I’m pretty sure I heard a virtual chorus of “Meeeeeeeeee!” coming through loud and clear. (Or maybe that was just me yelling very loudly??) Regardless, I second, and third, that sentiment. Thank goodness for the comforting foods of winter (and pictures of warm, sunny locations on Pinterest). Without those things, I’m not sure I’d make it to spring. 

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Grilled Gruyere, Cheddar and Olive Tapenade Sandwich

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in All, Main Dishes | 10 comments

Grilled Gruyere, Cheddar and Olive Tapenade Sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of my favorite cheesy indulgences. I may even go as far as to suggest them for my kids’ lunches on weekends, just so I can eat one myself. After all, I always tell my kids that I’m not a short order cook, and we all eat the same food. Practice what you preach, right?

My kids put ketchup on their grilled cheese sandwiches so I knew this Grilled Gruyere, Cheddar and Olive Tapenade Sandwich would be a hit because of the sun-dried tomatoes in the tapenade.

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Chicken Parmesan

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in All, Main Dishes | 3 comments

Jazz up your Valentine’s Day dinner with a simple and delicious Chicken Parmesan that can be on the table in 30 minutes!

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is always one of my favorites on an Italian menu. Problem is, there are a lot of BAD ones out there. They are either too saucy, have too much batter or have mushy chicken. I know, picky, right? But really tasty Chicken Parmesan is super easy to make at home when you have a good recipe. And it can be on the table in 30 minutes. Have I piqued your interest yet?

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Three Ingredient Pulled Pork Sliders

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in All, Main Dishes | 23 comments

Three Ingredient Pulled Pork Sliders

My husband and I having a running joke in our house about liquid smoke. Have you ever cooked with it? I have been using it for years and love to put it in the Crock Pot and baked beans. He laughs and wonders why I just can’t leave things as they are, but personally I think liquid smoke takes the flavors to the next level. Especially in these Three Ingredient Pulled Pork Sliders. They are easy, party-feeding, crowd pleasers, and – best of all – you make them in the Crock Pot.

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