13 from 2013

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Guys, we have finally finished packing.

HUGE SIGH!

Most of our belongings are now Tetris’d into an 6’3″D x 7′W x 8’4″ storage cube that will be shipped to our new, little apartment in Portland…not only am I excited that we are moving to a new and exciting city, I’m SO HAPPY that we are done packing, because let’s be real…it’s stressful.

So, now that all of that craziness is over, I can take a beat and share my 13 favorite foodstuffs from 2013.

Yay, food!

1. Coconut + Chocolate Chip Cream Scones 2. Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes

3. Maple Brown Derby Ice Pops 4. Honeydew Mint Ice Pops 

5. Oatmeal Brownies (wheat-free!) 6. Apricot Almond Crunch Frozen Yogurt

7. Lady Picnic co-hosted with my girl, Take A Megabite

8. Asian Slaw Steak Salad 9. Blackberry Ginger Smash

10. Chocolate Dipped Coconut + Rum Popsicles 11. Chicken and Waffle Melts

12. Pumpkin Brown Butter Malt Mini Donuts

13. Nutty Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

That’s it! It was pretty dang difficult to choose just 13 favorite bites from 2013, but I managed to do it…tough life, I know. Even though I am still on a cooking hiatus for the next week or so, I am so excited to get to cooking in 2014 in a brand new space and to see what Oregon does to inspire my recipes.

Cheers to all good things this 2014!!

Game Day Eats

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While we aren’t really football watchers around here (Sean’s die-hard for fútbol), we do get down with some game-day fare. I mean, I’m into game days and the Superbowl…if there are snacks and treats galore. Below are just a few recipes that I think would totes be Big Game appropriate.

Roasted Pepper Cheese Dip

QUESO, y’all! It’s a cheesy, spicy, gooey hot tub for chips and other dip-ables. It’s a processed-cheese-free dream.

Beer Battered Pickles

There isn’t much to say here, I mean it’s pickles dipped in beer batter, then deep fried. These are arguably the best-ever snack to accompany a super chilled beer. Photo below by me, recipe on my girl–Megan’s–blog.

Corn Dog Pops

All the goodness of a corn dog, miniaturized on a stick. These pretty much eliminate the awkwardness that is eating a corn dog. Plus, you can have like, half a dozen or more!

Easy + Light Potato Soup

In case you want another option besides the standard chili (I know I’m not kidding anyone here, chili is the business), this potato soup is just a bit lighter, totally filling and warm, and can be topped with all kinds of goodness…just like chili.

Streusel-Topped and Rocky Road Brownies

Brownies from scratch are among the easiest, most satisfying desserts around. They can feed a crowd and adaptations are endless. I love these two brownies–I mean, crunchy streusel or gooey, nutty rocky road. It’s a tough choice, but one could totally make both!

12 Recipes from 2012

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Happy New Year, guys!

2012 is swiftly coming to it’s close and it was definitely full of good times and lots of cooking. These are just 12 personal favorite recipes from 2012.

Cheers! and wishes for all the best in 2013!!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - just perfect // Chocolate Mendiants – felt like a chocolate tempering boss // Espresso + Toasted Almond Semifreddo - kind of like my childhood fave, but better // Hazelnut Pound Cake - pound cake perfection, realized // Butterscotch Fudge Ripple w. Hazelnuts - one of my favorite ice creams…ever // Corn Dog Pops - an old favorite, easier to eat and cute, too // Rose Lemonade - spiked or not, I’m enamored with the floral sweet-tartness // Raspberry Lemonade Ice Pops - tart, berry lemonade, but frozen and the best pink ever // Chicken Tortilla Soup with Charred Corn and Chiles – so dang good and satisfying // Roasted Pepper Cheese Dip - a velveeta-free revelation // Pint-Size Chicken and Waffles – a mini fave, easier to manage…especially great with tabasco honey // Updated Green Bean Casserole - all the things you’d expect, but better.