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Savory Tart with Sweet Potatoes and Goat Cheese in Honey Wheat Crust

I’ve developed a huge passion for baking the past few years.  Whether it’s making homemade bread, a cake, a pie, or even simple cookies, I’ve fallen in love with baking.  Believe it or not I actually went to culinary school some 17 years ago (dang I’m getting old) to be a pastry chef.  I quickly discovered at the tender age of 18 that I definitely did not have the patience it took to be a pastry chef.  I’m not about to wait all day for a cake to cook and completely cool before icing it. HECK NO!!  So I knew…

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No Knead Bread Recipe with Baked Goat Cheese Tomato Sauce

I’ve been having so much fun lately baking bread.  It’s literally one of the oldest culinary art forms and has really remained the same for centuries.  However, I’ve been doing quite a bit of research around no knead bread and have mostly written it off until now.  I was absolutely blown away by the ease, rising times, crustiness and over all tenderness of this no knead bread recipe that I made.  Now I’m not saying that kneading bread is bad by any stretch, but maybe we’re over thinking it a bit, especially when it comes to simple artisan Italian loaves…

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Fritter Recipe with Quinoa, Chickpeas and Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

I often get stuck in a rut when it comes to serving up quinoa.  More times than not I make a chicken vegetables bowl with, or throw it in a soup.  Don’t get me wrong both methods result in some absolutely delicious recipes, but I was happy when I came up with this Fritter Recipes with Quinoa, Chickpeas and Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, which is a little different than my norm.  Quinoa is just so good for you that I want to cook with it all the time, but again the struggle of moving it around to different recipes can sometimes…

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Homemade Pappardelle Pasta with Puttanesca Sauce Recipe

For all the singles searching for love or long time couples out there, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means it’s time to put in some work.  Even though it’s just another hallmark holiday filled with cards, roses and chocolates there is nothing more important than the food you will eat, for me anyways.  Nothing says I love you like a homemade meal that requires some work, and nothing is more romantic then spending time eating over a delicious meal with some wine.  Sure, you can go out and buy diamonds and necklaces, but when I see people…

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Kale Salad with Apples and Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

You all know it’s that time of year where everyone is setting goals like crazy.  Whether it’s getting in the gym, losing weight or heck even trying to pay off debt, all of us are looking for that reset button, including me!  I didn’t work out on January 1 mostly because our church had a chili cook off and I for sure wasn’t going to miss that one so right out of the gate I didn’t start off too well.  However, the next day I was able to hunker down and get after it while also whipping up and eating…

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Winter Salad Recipe with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds

I know, it’s a winter salad from Chef Billy Parisi that has close to 9,000 ingredients in it.  I realize quite a few of my recipes have a decent number of ingredients in it but man once I’m creating something I being to think, “Well this other thing would go great in here, and then this, and then this, and then this,” until I get completely carried away like in this Winter Salad Recipe with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds.  All I can say is, at least it’s good haha.  That’s my fall back.  However, with a lot of…

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How to make potato rolls with goat cheese and honey butter

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays I often take for granted.  We have so much here in the US, and so many things are readily accessible that we often don’t think about being thankful for the little things.  The past year has been incredibly challenging for me, mostly from a health standpoint.  I’m only 35, but man has 2016 beat me up, chewed me up and spit me out a couple of times.  I’ve had horrible back pain, surgery, been super sick, been deaf in 1 ear for a month, I mean I’m one whipped puppy.  Not-too-mention all the political…

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Homemade Pita Bread Recipe

Man did I have fun this week making this Homemade Pita Bread Recipe.  I’ve never made it before but I am just so intrigued by middle-eastern cuisine, especially from Israel, so I had a blast making this.  First I was so shocked at how simple it was to make, it was literally 5 total ingredients.  THIS is how pita bread should be made, not with 1,000 ingredients from your local grocery store. I grew up eating pita bread quite a lot.  We would use it as sandwich bread all of the time when I was a kid.  My sister and…

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