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Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos

This post is brought to you in partnership with Mission Foods.

It’s that time of year when our slow cookers are almost always on the kitchen counter. It’s just so easy to make dinner happen, even on the busiest weeknights.

These Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos need to be on your regular rotation this season.

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Chicken and Avocado Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Chicken Avocado Salad

In this recipe, chicken transforms salad from a side dish into a meal by itself.

That leftover chicken in the fridge? Whether it’s poached, baked, or grilled, give it a home in this salad!

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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Give me sausage, eggs, potatoes, and cheese for breakfast, and I know it’ll be a great day ahead.

This tater tot casserole combines all of these items into one delicious breakfast dish. It makes a great dish for a weekend brunch, or add it to your meal plan and eat it for breakfast throughout the week!

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Meal Plan for January Week 3

Meal Plan for January Week 3

This week’s meal plan is all about simple dishes that require little thought and can be easily adapted.

Life is busy, food doesn’t need to be complicated to taste delicious and feed your family.

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9 Great Chili Recipes (Perfect for Game Day!)

The Best chili recipes for your game day meal!

It’s that time of year again, bone chilling weather and NFL playoffs. The perfect time for steamy hot and hearty chili!

Whether you like your chili with beans or without, with turkey, chicken, ground beef or chuck, scorchingly hot or mild, a big bowl of chili is wonderfully satisfying on a cold winter day.

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What’s in Season in January

What's in Season in January

Welcome to our new series on seasonal fruits and vegetables!

When I first started cooking I didn’t understand what was even meant by “seasonal” when it came to food. It wasn’t until I started gardening and shopping at our local farmers markets that it hit home.

Every vegetable and fruit has its season—a season when it is ripe and plentiful, when it tastes the best, and costs the least.

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How to Use Your New Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

Sous Vide French Dip Sandwiches

This post is brought to you in partnership with Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps.

Did you just get a fancy new immersion circulator for cooking sous vide at home? Awesome. Welcome aboard.

I’ve fallen hard for sous vide cooking in the past year. At first, I wasn’t quite sure how it would fit into my everyday cooking – I’m not a restaurant chef, nor do I cook like one!

But the more I experimented, the more I realized that cooking sous vide is in the same category as cooking in a slow cooker or with a pressure cooker: It’s another option in our arsenal as home cooks for getting a good meal on the table with as little fuss – or failure – as possible.

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Pressure Cooker Weeknight Paella with Chicken and Sausage

Pressure Cooker Paella

 I love using my Instant Pot pressure cooker to make an easy, weeknight version of paella. It cooks up quickly and evenly, and there’s no need to tend to a pot or pan on the stove.

The method is very simple—you sauté the vegetables with chicken and sausage, add the rice and liquid, and then cook everything under pressure for just ten minutes. That’s it!

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Easy Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup

This is my mother-in-law’s chicken soup. She is of Mexican descent and her soup is held in high esteem in our household.

As soon as the cold weather arrives, this soup goes into the weekly rotation. We never get tired of having it on the menu!

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No-Knead Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

No-Knead Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

This no-knead pizza dough is laughably easy. Just whisk flour, yeast and salt in a bowl, add water and stir. Let rise, covered, overnight, and make your pizza. That’s it.

My recipe is based on the no-knead bread recipe originally developed by Jim Lahey at the Sullivan Street Bakery in New York City. Here, I’ve added whole wheat flour to up the nutritional value and modified the amounts to make a dough that’s perfectly proportioned for making sheet pan pizza.

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Meal Plan for January Week 2

It’s about this time of year where the impact of daylight savings time and early evening darkness gets the better of me. I try to combat the lack of light with outdoor daytime activities and then lots of warm cozy soups, bright fresh salads, and vegetable dishes for dinner.

These remind me winter won’t last forever and the freezing wind won’t always settle in my bones.

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8 Cozy Winter Soups That Feel Like a Great Big Hug

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Soup is a regular occurrence in my house throughout the winter. A few years ago, I felt into the habit of making soup and a loaf of bread every Monday. My family learned to anticipate it, and we ended up bringing several new soups into the rotation to stand alongside our old standbys.

We can always use new soup recipes in my family!

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Best Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch

Is there anything more comforting than homemade chicken noodle soup? Perfect for cold weather, and especially good if you are fighting off a cold or flu. There are probably as many ways of making chicken noodle soup as there are moms who make it.

The key is homemade stock made from chicken parts or a whole chicken. The iron rich gelatin from the chicken cartilage and bones is good for you, and one of the reasons why homemade chicken stock is so beneficial.

If you don’t already have a cache of homemade chicken stock, the following is a recipe for making the entire soup from scratch, starting with a whole chicken, parted out. Already have chicken stock? This recipe includes instructions for a 30 minute shortcut version as well.

This recipe makes an especially clean tasting soup with a rich, clear broth, and plenty of noodles.

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5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads Everywhere

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads Everywhere Blog Post

A good bottle of red wine, a perfectly cooked steak and a lot of laughter—this is my dad's request for Father's Day gift ideas. In addition, I've found a few other Father's Day gift ideas any food-loving dad would be happy to receive.

Sansaire Sous Vide Machine, $199

Sansaire Sous Vide Machine

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4 Tips for Building the Perfect Mason Jar Salad

4 Tips for Building the Perfect Mason Jar Salad Blog Post

Mason Jar Salad

I'm always looking for healthy lunch ideas that I can make ahead and bring to work. I've gone through the sandwich phase, the soup phase and, of course, the not-so-healthy takeout phase. But lately, I've been on a new kick.

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We ❤ Vegetables—and We Want You To Love Them As Much As We Do!

We ❤ Vegetables—and We Want You To Love Them As Much As We Do! Blog Post

Grilled Summer Vegetables

My no-fuss answer to cooking up the haul from the farmers' market: Toss vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill until crisp-tender. Drizzle with vinaigrette made with minced shallot and plenty of fresh herbs. Pile leftovers on crusty baguette with melted fontina or fresh mozzarella for lunch the next day.

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A Food-Lover's Mother's Day Gift Guide

A Food-Lover's Mother's Day Gift Guide Blog Post

Figuring out what to give my mom for a Mother's Day gift used to be easy. When I lived close to her, I'd always cook up one of her favorites—black-and-white cookies, a roast chicken and risotto, homemade cheese crackers—then grab a card, arrange some flowers and call it a day. But ever since moving 800 miles from home, I find I need to do a little more planning. Since she loves to cook and eat as much as I do, here are a few of my favorite food-related gifts that I think any mom will enjoy.

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Easy Croque-Madame (Ham and Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fried Egg)

Classic Croque Madame Ham and Cheese Sandwich

If you go to France and never learn a word of the language, at the very least you should come home knowing the names of the two most popular cafe sandwiches: Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame.

These are both toasted sandwiches made with ham and cheese – “croque” roughly translates as “crunch” or “crunchy.” The difference between a Croque-Monsieur and a Croque-Madame is that the Madame is served with a fried egg on top. Supposedly the yolk surrounded by the rim of white resembles a woman’s hat!

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Hoppin’ John

Hoppin John

This was the year I fell in love with black eyed peas. (The food. Already loved the band.) They have a wonderful flavor, almost smoky, even without bacon or ham. Earlier this last summer we put them in a salad with feta and spinach. So so good.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken and rice is one of my go-tos for weeknight meals — I love the one-pot convenience.

When I saw that Elise had written a savory, creamy chicken casserole recipe made with mushrooms, sherry, and sour cream, I immediately thought of adapting it to the pressure cooker.

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Southern Style Collard Greens

Southern Style Collard Green

Please welcome Hank Shaw as he shares a Southern favorite, collard greens! ~Elise

I grew up with a healthy affection for sauteed greens: Bright, vibrant, spiked with garlic and red pepper and maybe a little citrus at the end. This was how greens were supposed to be served—alive, vigorous and most of all, emerald green. So you can imagine my shock when I first encountered Southern-style collard greens.

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Easy Homemade Hummus

Best homemade hummus

One of the best reason to keep a few cans of garbanzo beans in the pantry? To make hummus! It’s so easy to make in a food processor, takes all of 5 minutes.

What’s hummus made of? Cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Purée everything, top with some paprika and a swirl of olive oil and voilà, you’re done!

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Meal Plan for December Week 4

December Meal Plan Wk 4

This month, Summer Miller is back and excited to share her family’s meal plans for December. Happy holidays, everyone!

My general philosophy is to eat as healthy as I can, most of the time. For me, this means that not much is actually off limits, but I focus more on eating in moderation.

When planning our meals for the week, I also try to look at the week as whole and then gauge when we can indulge and when it’s better to plan something lighter.

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Cambodian Coconut Shrimp Soup

Coconut Shrimp Soup from Cambodia

Earlier last year, I had the good fortune to travel to Cambodia to visit a friend who lives there. I had a long stay, so had plenty of time to explore Phnom Penh and the surrounding areas – and eat lots of food!

Most people in Phnom Penh buy their food from the markets. I saw both live and freshly killed chickens, fish that were still wriggling, a very pungent fermented fish called prahok, and baskets piled high with all kinds of fresh produce like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, baby (pea) eggplant, banana flowers, morning glory, and water spinach.

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Bloody Mary

How to make the best bloody mary

Welcome to the world’s most amped up tomato juice cocktail–the Bloody Mary.

It’s the ultimate weekend brunch drink. It’s also a famous hangover cure, though the benefits are due mostly to electrolyte replenishment coming from the liquid, salt, and natural sugar in the main ingredients—tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce. The vodka? My guess is drinking more vodka isn’t going to help anyone’s hangover much. Though who knows?

The Bloody Mary is one of my favorite drinks of all time, though usually I limit the vodka to one ounce (I’m a lightweight, don’t judge!), or leave it out all together for a Virgin Mary.

My version of this drink includes the basics that you would expect—tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper—and a few subtle twists.

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Moroccan Pot Roast

Pot Roast with Moroccan Spices

Pot roast is such a comforting, all-American dish; you almost don’t want to mess with it.

Almost.

When you add North African ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, cumin and coriander, along with pomegranate juice (for a little sweetness), you end up with something new, a bit exotic, and altogether fantastic!

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Meal Plan for January Week 1

January Meal Plan Week 1

Welcome to 2018! Our contributor Summer Miller is back to share her meal plans for the month of January. To start us off on the right foot, she has a few thoughts to share on New Year’s resolutions, healthy eating, and what this all means to her.

A few years ago, I found the remnants of a New Year’s Resolution list tucked into the folds of an old notebook stashed in the bottom drawer of an even older desk. The list was written nearly a decade prior, and I realized I’d been trying to lose the same 10 pounds for years.

From that moment on, I changed the way I looked at resolutions. Rather than jotting down a list of goals I’d hope to accomplish, lose 10 lbs., be on Oprah etc., I wrote down a list of words or phrases that represent who I wanted to become.

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10 Best Side Dishes to Serve with a Holiday Roast

Holiday Sides

You’ve got the main event covered—some kind of roasted meat, right?

But what to serve alongside? Well, here are our ten best suggestions to go with lamb, prime rib, glazed ham, or turkey!

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