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15 dutch oven recipes

Cold days with that fresh nip in the air calls out for warm comfort food and that means dusting off those Dutch oven recipes! My Dutch oven (it’s really a French oven because of it’s enamel coating) is an essential part of my kitchen and probably my favorite tool. From flavorful soups to tender fall-off-the-bone braises my Le Creuset French Oven is in full use in the fall and winter months. Combined with the fact that it’s made with durable heavy duty cast iron for even cooking and has a lifetime guarantee, my French oven is practically priceless! giveaway Before


You’ve just finished off a fabulous dinner party — appetizers, dinner, desserts, but the night’s not over yet. Treat your guests to a coffee cocktail to cap off an epic dinner party and leave people talking. Whenever Tim, the husband, and I are out we like to extend the evening as long as possible — it’s not too often we’re alone, you know. To make the night just a tad longer and to cap off our tastebuds, a coffee with a splash of something special seems to end the night on a high note. Our favorite end-of-the-night drink on a date is

I’m going to get right to the point — this is an exciting post! Not just because there are scallops involved, because that alone is greatness; but right here, right now, I am going to share with you one of my most beloved — can’t be without — kitchen tools: my knives. Why is this so incredibly amazing, you ask? Because having the proper knife is really life changing. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert chef or an inexperienced home cook; if you have just one fabulous amazing knife, the doors are open for you to cook practically anything

For the past week, I’ve been locked in my house by an icy witch named Cleon! It’s freezing in Dallas to the likes we’ve never seen. If the cold wasn’t enough to make me crazy, I’ve been without internet access because the lines were down for days. I’m not complaining though, as our house was one of the only ones with power so we were warm, toasty, and had enough food to feed the neighbors. Let’s be honest, having a break from work and a chance to spike my coffee in the morning was welcomed! If you were around to

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With the holidays coming up, turkey season is in full swing! I don’t know how it’s possible, but I’ve been developing turkey recipes for clients since July and I’m not tired of this delicious bird yet! In fact, I’m making it a conscious decision to cook more turkey throughout the rest of the year. Ground, whole, breast, or thigh, the best thing about turkey is that it’s so versatile and beyond flavorful. With all of this turkey making, I’ve discovered the secret to a perfectly roasted turkey…and that is a great roasting pan. Having a heavy duty pan complete with

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If you’ve stuck with me for a while, then you know I have a teeny tiny obsession with autumn. Ok, that’s understating it — it’s a pretty big obsession. Although I love fall, I do not love what comes with it: the colds and viruses. Yes, I’m that mom with a bottle of disinfectant in one hand and hand sanitizer in the other. I wasn’t always this way. I blame it fully on having a child, because it only takes once to witness a finger going straight from a snotty runny nose to a door handle to realize that it’s too


Pasta Salad. Two of my favorite words in the dictionary. I’m a fool for it, really. In my broke college days I would make a huge cold pasta salad with a vinegar oil dressing – loaded with veggies – and eat off of it for a week! So of course, when Dreamfields Pasta asked if I wanted to join in on their 3rd Annual Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Celebration, I said yes and jumped on that like a duck on a junebug!

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The Ultimate Paring Knife

86 | December 11, 2012

Can a simple paring knife be sexy? Normally I would say, no until I found this paring knife from New West Knife Works and let me tell you it’s the sexiest little knife I’ve ever had in my hand. Seriously. Not only gorgeous, the Fusionwood 2.0 Paring Knife is one of the best performing knives I now own. Made with powder metal super steel CPM S35VN combined with their unique blade shape and grinding method, New West Knife Works creates a paring knife unparallelled in performance. Basically… this knife is amazing. I put it to the test the other day by

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Capture the Pasta Contest

31 | November 15, 2012

Not too long ago, I partnered up with Barilla to bring you the Farmers Market Challenge with a nice little giveaway. We also created a tasty dish with Barilla PLUS Pasta and a simple Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce. Today, I’m exited to tell you that Barilla has revamped their packaging and expanded their Blue Box family to include 2 new lines of Better for You products – Veggie & White Fiber!  These new products will feature the new Blue packaging, along with their Whole Grain and Classic Blue Box pastas.  And as before, your favorite PLUS pasta will still be found

EASY roasted tomato basil sauce via Meredith | InSockMonkeySlippers

The end of summer is here and with it comes some of the year’s best produce. Sweet watermelons, juicy peaches, delicious zucchini and vibrant tomatoes are just a few and you will find the highest quality and most ripe ones at your local farmers market. On a mission form Barilla Pasta, the family and I set out one Sunday morning to our local farmers market to find delicious produce to create a recipe with Barilla PLUS Pasta. Not only did we grab us a car load of goodies, left with bellies full of watermelon, but we had a blast meeting


When my daughter Mia was born, I instantly knew I wanted to give her the best that I possibly could. And for being the whole food snob that I am, there was no other thought but to make my own fresh never jarred baby food for her. I researched and spoke with her doctors on a regular basis and came up with some pretty tasty purees that she loved. Not only did she have the basics but a wide arrange of flavors that I believe helped her transition smoothly into finger and toddler foods. Even though she is going on


I’ve been excited about this cookbook release for awhile now and when asked to review it was overjoyed to say the least. If you aren’t aware of Food52 yet, it is an on-line food community created by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, successful cookbook authors and noted women in the food world. They created a place to give “people from all over the world a way to exchange their ideas and to celebrate each other’s talents.” was such a success that Amanda and Merrill created The Food52 Cookbook released recently and published by William Morrow. The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning