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Hatch Chile Ranch Dressing

Hatch chile ranch dressing

Hi. I made hatch chile ranch dressing. And then nearly had to cage-fight my 4-year-old for the last spoonful in the jar. This is probably where most “normals” would back up and explain a back story that makes them sound more normal and less dramatic – and definitely less violent. But I have no back [...]

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My Favorite “Salad Chicken”

My Favorite Salad Chicken: Mojo Brined Grilled Chicken Breast

Since I started training for the half marathons on my calendar later this year, I’ve been (mostly) trying(ish) to keep my nutrition in check. That just means aiming for a better balance of calories, eating 6-10 servings of veggies and fruit a day, and eating more chicken breast at lunch than I have in my [...]

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Grilled Chile-Lime Fish Tacos with Cucumber-Mango Salsa

10 years ago, if you’d told me that I’d move to the far west, cookie-cutter suburbs of Houston and judge most of the restaurants frequent-visit list by the quality of their playground and not necessarily the food, I might have laughed in your face. Probably would have, actually. All those margaritas I made with Mrs [...]

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DIY: Fresh Cherry Sauce for Ice Cream and Yogurt

DIY: Fresh Cherry Sauce

The first time I made it, I called it “Cheater’s Cherries Jubilee.” For a few nights more in a row than I’ll admit on the internet, I pitted ~2 dozen cherries into a small bowl, dropped a piece of orange peel in, and popped it in the microwave for 90 seconds. I scooped the still-warm, [...]

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Spicy Salmon and Grilled Pineapple Wrap

Spicy Salmon and Grilled Pineapple Wrap

I have lost track of the number of pineapples we’ve grilled in the last two months. But that number shot up last week when they were .99 each. Because you know me and how I love to hoard a good produce sale. If you’ve never grilled a pineapple, let me tell you what you’re missing [...]

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My Favorite Summer Sandwich

Grilled Zucchini and Red Onion Sandwich

You can do a lot of amazing things with zucchini. You can bread it and bake it for the faux-fry treatment. And then dip in ranch. Because the answer is always ranch (when it’s not margarita). You can caramelize it in some bacon grease [swoon] and toss it into a peppery, velvety smooth carbonara for [...]

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Simple Ceviche

Simple Ceviche for Cinco de Mayo

You know what beats a weekend bowl of ice-cold ceviche, crunchy tortilla chips, and a frosty-mug margarita by the pool? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. A few years ago, Jason & I dumped our not-even-a-year-old little girl in my aunt’s lap, ran away laughing maniacally, and then spent the better part of the next week sustaining on the [...]

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{giveaway closed} Salmon With Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade & Goat Cheese

Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade and Goat Cheese

When I look at The Four Year Old and tell her that we’re having salmon for dinner, she gets this hopeful look on her face and asks: Cooked salmon? The disappointment is instantaneous when I tell her yes, I will in fact be cooking the salmon first. I was 22 when I had sushi for [...]

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