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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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Lobster Roll Recipe with Mayonnaise on Brioche Buns

Since I’ve been married, I’ve definitely adapted how and what I eat.  In the past, I would just eat these huge meals and graze on them all day, but my wife has taught me to really enjoy eating multiple dishes in 1 sitting.  You would never catch me in a tapas bar pre-marriage because I wanted to eat what I like and that’s it.  Now, however, I love trying 2 to 3 appetizers and 2 to 3 small dinner entrees so I can try as many things as possible.  I can’t even tell you how much of a breakthrough this…

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BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe with Coleslaw and Pickles

One of my absolute favorite times of the year is the first weekend of the men’s college basketball March Madness tournament.  Usually a few of my friends take off that Thursday and Friday and we watch every basketball game of the first round while we slowly go into food comas and slip in and out of naps all day long…  Honestly there is nothing more glorious.  The food situation usually consists of everyone bringing a few things so we can graze from the morning all the way to the night.  While my alma mater won’t make the tourney this year,…

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Bao Bun Tacos with Gochujang Chicken Recipe and Banh Mi Slaw

Man I don’t even know where to begin with this Bao Bun Tacos with Gochujang Chicken Recipe and Banh Mi Slaw…  All I can say is wow for each thing, especially the bao buns, where this is the first time I’ve ever made them.  Yes, they are a labor of love, yes they are worth every minute of work, but what I’m wondering is how on earth so many restaurants can serve bao buns so cheap.  I mean with the amount of time it takes to make these things they should be $10 a piece, not $2 or $3 like…

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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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Avocado Toast Recipe and Different Gourmet Toast Recipes

For the last few years there has been an explosion of different gourmet toast recipes.  However, it seems like at least 50% of them revolve around an Avocado Toast Recipe and from there is expanded into a multitude of different types of toasts.  The latest craze has been sweet potato toasts where the toast is actually a slice of fresh sweet potato, not a dough made with mashed sweet potatoes.  Crazy I know, but we now live in a world of mash-ups where anything goes.  While I think this has drawn a lot of attention to the creative food world,…

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Baked Brie En Croute Recipe and Baked Brie with Cranberries

I have to admit, when I was growing up I couldn’t stand the thought of baked brie.  I thought the brie cheese in the center that was oozing out was delicious, but what on earth is this weird fuzzy layer on the outside protecting all that goodness in the middle?  I know now that the rind of the brie is intended to be eaten, but even to this day it’s a little weird.  It kind of has an earthy mushroomy flavor to it that is just plain odd.  However, when you bake brie with all the goodness that I did…

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Sloppy Joes Tater Tot Nachos Recipe

OMG, Get out of town, shut the front door, this Sloppy Joes Tater Tot Nachos Recipe is INSANE! The only real reason I made this is because I made Weeknight Homemade Sloppy Joes for my good friends over at The Inspired Home and I had a ton of leftovers after every one was good and full.  So I started to think to myself, what should I do with all this leftover goodness?  Then it hit, Sloppy Joes Tater Tot Nachos Recipe!!  BOOM!!  Talk about delicious, whoa!  It’s crazy because in less than 2 weeks I made sloppy joes 3 times.  The other time…

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