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Morning Glory Muffins

Loaded with fruits and nuts, these Morning Glory Muffins are a delicious breakfast treat!

Loaded with fruits and nuts, these Morning Glory Muffins are a delicious breakfast treat!We’re all about safety here in our house.  We’ve got smoke detectors in all of the appropriate places, and we’ve got a carbon monoxide detector on each floor.  Ok, maybe I have to disable the smoke detector whenever I cook bacon, but I blame the architect of our house for that.  The air intake for our heating and cooling system is in the kitchen.  Stop and think about that for a moment.  Whenever I cook anything, that air intake sucks all the smells straight in and sends ‘em all over the house.  I’m not complaining about our house smelling like bacon…but apparently our smoke detector thinks that cooked bacon resembles smoke from a fire.  Go figure.Continue Reading »

Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce

This light and fluffy Potato Gnocchi is complemented with a delicious (yet simple!)
Sage Brown Butter Sauce.  Buon appetito!

This light and fluffy Potato Gnocchi is complemented with a delicious (yet simple!) Sage Brown Butter Sauce.  Buon appetito!It’s funny how your tastes in food are influenced.  Obviously, you probably take a strong influence from the foods you ate growing up.  But there’s more to it than that.  (Otherwise, I’d be a strictly meat and potatoes kind of guy!)  I had the opportunity to study in Italy one summer while I was in college, and that trip absolutely influenced my foodie tastes.  I mean, c’mon…it’s Italy.  How can you not be influenced by the amazing food in Italy?Continue Reading »

Taco Pizza

Loaded with your favorite taco toppings, this Taco Pizza is one heck of a tasty way to mix up weekend pizza nights!

Topped with seasoned beef and your favorite taco ingredients, this Taco Pizza is a delicious way to celebrate the arrival of warm(er) weather!So a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took a trip down to Texas to visit family.  My Dad lives in Dallas, and I also have relatives who live in east Texas.  So what exactly am I doing living way up here in upstate New York?  Hmmm…good question.  (Just kidding!)  The trip was great because (1) we got to experience 80+° weather for the first time in, oh, 7 months, but more importantly because (2) we got to catch up with family that we don’t get to see all that often.Continue Reading »

Pretzel Hot Dog Buns

I’ve partnered with Heinz and Collective Bias to create these Pretzel Hot Dog Buns.
Shake up your summer grillin’ routine with these tasty buns!

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Shake up your summer grillin' routine with these tasty Pretzel Hot Dog Buns!Are you a beach person or a mountain person?  For me, I’ve always been a mountain guy.  I suspect it has something to do with the fact that I grew up in Charleston, SC, and we went to the beach almost every weekend.  But the mountains?  The mountains were something different.  I went to summer camp in the North Carolina mountains for several years back in middle school, and then later we took family vacations up to the North Carolina mountains, too.

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