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Roasted Sweet Potato and Citrus Quinoa Salad

February is Heart-Healthy Month.
Celebrate with this tasty Roasted Sweet Potato and Citrus Quinoa Salad!

Chase the winter blues away with this delicious (and healthy!) Roasted Sweet Potato and Citrus Quinoa Salad!My backyard currently looks like some sort of combination between a giant maze and a luge course.  I’m fairly certain our dogs feel like they are training for the Winter Olympics when they go out.  Here in upstate New York, we’ve been hit with wave after wave of snowstorms lately.  That snow doesn’t have anywhere to go but up.  Higher…and higher…and higher.  (I heard that we’ve had more snow here in recent weeks than any time since the early 1980’s.)Continue Reading »

Bacon Cheddar Popovers

Filled with extra-sharp cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon, these Bacon Cheddar Popovers are perfect for a hearty weekend brunch!

Filled with extra-sharp cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon, these Bacon Cheddar Popovers are perfect for a hearty weekend brunch!I’ve mentioned here before that my wife and I try to hit the gym 3-4 mornings a week.  Her company has a gym on site, so we drive down and get a workout in before heading off to our respective jobs.  (Of course, Snowmageddon 2015 has interrupted our workout plans more than once lately.  We tried heading out before the snow plow came through one morning…we made it about 1/4 mile before coming back home.)  Continue Reading »

Blackened Chicken Pasta

Celebrate Mardi Gras with some tasty Cajun food!
This Blackened Chicken Pasta is one of our favorites!

Celebrate Mardi Gras with some delicious Cajun food!  This Blackened Chicken Pasta is one of our favorites!I’ve always loved spending time in the kitchen.  I grew up in a traditional Southern household, which meant there were always sweet treats and freshly baked snacks around.  After graduating from college, I developed a love for cooking and baking for myself.  This partially grew out of necessity since cooking your own meals is typically a lot cheaper than going out to eat.  However, this interest soon turned into a passion, and I began looking for opportunities to cook and bake for friends.  This Blackened Chicken Pasta has been in my recipe box for many years, and it’s definitely one of my favorites!Continue Reading »

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Fried Bowtie Pasta

Skip the chips with this tasty Spinach Artichoke Dip.  Go with fried bowtie pasta instead!

Skip the chips when you make this tasty Spinach Artichoke Dip.  Go with fried bowtie pasta instead!Have you guys heard about Boudreaux and Thibodeaux?  Don’t worry, I didn’t know anything about Boudreaux and Thibodeaux until I moved to Louisiana.  So who are these two guys?  They’re fictional Cajun characters who wander into all sorts of hilarious situations.  As far as I can tell, there is no single author or cartoonist behind Boudreaux and Thibodeaux.  Instead, they exist more in the local folklore of south Louisiana.  Boudreaux and Thibodeaux represent stereotypical Cajuns, and they are usually presented as somewhat less-than-educated.  (I should note that I don’t actually view Cajuns this way…but I do enjoy a good Boudreaux and Thibodeaux joke!)Continue Reading »