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Shrimp and Grits

Easy Shrimp and Grits

A Classic Southern Dish

Shrimp and grits is one of those iconic Southern dishes that stir something deep inside those who grew up with them.

Originally from the oceanic South—Georgia, the Low Country coast of the Carolinas and Gulf Coast states all have their versions—this homey bowl of awesome was historically a simple fisherman’s breakfast: Grits, with some bacon and a few shrimp tossed on top.

If you’ve ever eaten it, you can understand why shrimp and grits has burst from the seaside shrimp shanties.

The grits are soft, buttery, and often cheesy, with a savory, bacon-studded sauce surrounding them, and lots and lots of shrimp. Maybe some parsley or green onions for color and crunch.

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Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies

Fudgy Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies

We have a lot of friends on a variety of restrictive diets right now, and as someone who loves to entertain, I wanted to make sure I had a treat that everyone could eat. But first and foremost, it had to be something everyone would actually want to eat.

I began scheming up a super fudgy, no-frills brownie that could be gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free — and still leave us all reaching for more. Mission accomplished.

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Cheddar Broccoli Soup

During the cold winter months, everyone should have at least one great soup recipe that’s not only warming and filling, but that can also be made quickly on any given weeknight.

This simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup checks all the boxes—plus, it’s easy to make in one pot. Bonus!

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Roast Chicken on Angel Hair Pasta

Roasted Chicken on Angel Hair

If you’ve ever watched a rotisserie chicken turning slowly on a spit—my local supermarket has several going at once— then you’ve seen the tray underneath the birds to catch the drippings. Those drippings are gold!

Now, imagine those chickens roasting over a baking dish filled with pasta: All those juices from the bird would drip into the pasta and give it an unbelievably delicious roasty flavor.

This idea of roasting meat on top of other ingredients is actually an ancient technique from when individual families didn’t have their own ovens, and cooks brought pans of meat or poultry and whatever went with it to the local baker to roast in the baker’s big oven. This approach inspired this recipe.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

A classic little treat perfect for a date or as a gift, chocolate covered strawberries are a defined part of romance in America. But don’t stop with simple dipping, dress them up to the nines with white and dark chocolate tuxedos!

Could they be more cute?

Super easy to make too!

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10 Best Side Dishes to Serve With Steak

Crispy Hasselback Potatoes

Steak and potatoes are often paired together for a reason—it’s a delicious and mouthwatering combination. We’ve got you covered where that’s concerned, no worries.

But there’s also this whole world of other side dishes available to you, some of which we think will make you rethink the concept of a traditional steak dinner.

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Meal Plan for February Week 2

February Week 2 Meal Plan

This month, Megan Gordon is here to give us a look at what meal planning looks like for her family! Megan is a writer and recipe developer living in Seattle, WA, the author of Whole Grain Mornings, and mom to a 2-year-old. Please welcome Megan!

If you’re anything like me, you may find yourself falling into a rut of repetitive cooking in the weeks (and even months) after the holiday season.

Right now, I’m burned out from hosting, and I’m feeling uninspired by the cabbage and Brussels sprouts at the store (any fresh fruits and produce are pretty limited here in Seattle). It’s been all too easy to fall back on easy family favorites and stay in our cooking comfort zone.

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this, of course! But I am always trying to get our son to try new foods so he’ll remain interested in new flavors and tastes.

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How to Make Crème Brûlée

How to Make Creme Brulee

At first glance, creme brulee seems simple: It has a short ingredient list and can be made in a few steps.

Beneath the surface, however, there’s a lot happening! Understanding the techniques needed to create creme brulee will help make your next batch a success.

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What’s in Season in February

february fruits and vegetables

Welcome to month 2 of our Monthly Seasonal Produce Guide!

When February arrives we are still in the thick of winter, but with hints of a spring soon to come. You can find almost all of the produce of January, like winter squash, cabbages, and citrus, but with some new additions like leeks, fennel bulbs, and baby arugula.

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Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork

Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork

Five fragrant spices and a honey hoisin sauce give this pulled pork a ton of flavor in every bite. And oh hey, it takes just a little over an hour in the pressure cooker, too!

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Microwave Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

Yes folks, it’s here! The homemade pudding from scratch that takes only a few minutes of your time and without a single scorched pot!

You will either love me or hate me for this. It’s that easy.

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Meal Plan for February Week 1

This month, Megan Gordon is here to give us a look at what meal planning looks like for her family! Megan is a writer and recipe developer living in Seattle, WA, the author of Whole Grain Mornings, and mom to a 2-year-old. Please welcome Megan!

February can feel like one of the longer months in Seattle, where I live. The weather is often wet and cold, and we’re all starting to itch for signs of spring.

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Not Your Grandma’s Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup

Barley is one of those grains that your grandmother probably always had in her pantry. And like many other treasures tucked away on those shelves, barley is chic now and a star ingredient on many trendy restaurant menus.

With this modernized recipe, we’re adding barley to a pot of vegetarian soup along with both dried and fresh mushrooms, and seasoning it with a surprising combination of soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.

The bowls of soup have a satisfying saltiness and an alluring sweetness—it’s an entirely new take on traditional mushroom barley soup.

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Slow Cooker Brats and Beer Cheese Dip

Slow Cooker Brats and Beer Cheese Dip

Being stationed in Germany for six years gave me a deep appreciation for two things: beer and bratwurst (sausages) of all kinds.

This Brats and Beer Cheese Dip was born out of my love for this German fare and for hosting Super Bowl parties. Honestly, I have no clue about how football is played—I just love any reason to have a party.

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Meal Plan for January Week 5

January Week 5 Meal Plan

Welcome to 2018! Our contributor Summer Miller is back to share her meal plans for the month of January. 

January is always a reprieve from the hectic holiday season and the one month where our family is light on sports commitments. Fall soccer has ended, spring soccer has yet to begin, and the cold weather keeps us huddled together playing card games indoors.

It’s a month of renewal as I prepare for the flurry of activities that hit our home from February through July.

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Vietnamese-Style Sticky Chicken Skewers

Vietnamese Sticky Chicken Skewrs

There’s a lot to love here with these sweet, sour, spicy nuggets of chicken on a skewer — barbecued when the weather cooperates, or broiled in the oven when it does not.

They’re real crowd-pleasers (watch out, Super Bowl food competitors, this one’s in the running!), but they’re so good that you’ll want to put them on the menu every week!

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Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Everyone needs one great muffin recipe. This is mine.

These Morning Glory muffins are like carrot cake cupcakes, though not as sweet and at least somewhat more nutritious. They’re mixed with grated carrots and apple, along with raisins, walnuts, and spices.

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Stuffed Delicata Squash with Quinoa and Mushrooms

Stuffed Delicata Squash

I’m a card-carrying member of the Delicata Squash Club. When I see mounds of delicata squash at the market, I make a beeline.

This squash takes so well to roasting — the sweet flesh hardly needs any adornment because it has so much flavor. The skin is also edible, so there’s no need to peel. After roasting, you can cut right through the skin with a fork!

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Meal Plan for January Week 4

I lived as a vegetarian for more than a decade, and then I met my husband, who happens to be a hunter. I slowly tiptoed into the world of eating, and later, preparing meat, but it took a good while to find comfort in cooking foods so unfamiliar to me.

The first time I made a pot roast the thing was tough as leather. I was in my early 30s and, of course, I had invited people over for dinner to share this pot roast. They were gracious about this first attempt, and I went on to cook many roasts, all of which fared better than the first.

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Thousand Island Dressing

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

If the craving for a Reuben sandwich strikes or you need a “secret sauce” for your next burger, you probably have all of the necessary ingredients around to make this quick, creamy and delicious dressing.

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Best Ever Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe

Just hearing the words “sloppy joe” from my mother used to send us kids into a tizzy. There was something wonderfully fun about getting to eat a burger/sandwich that was messy by design.

I first posted this recipe years ago, after making it for my visiting young nephew. Sloppy joes really are a quintessential kid food, aren’t they?

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Perfect Popcorn

perfect popcorn recipe

Making popcorn from scratch can be tricky. Not only do you want as many kernels as possible to pop, but you also want to keep the kernels from burning at the bottom of the pan!

Until my mother showed me her way of making stovetop popcorn, I usually took the easy way out and used (gasp!) microwave popcorn, which by the way, is not that good for you.

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes were one of the first recipes I became obsessed with perfecting.

To me, the ideal chocolate cupcake is moist with a deep chocolate flavor. The recipe also should produce exactly one dozen cupcakes in a standard muffin tin, no more and no less.

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7 Easy Ways to Make Any Soup Better

7 Ways to Make a Better Soup

Soup is soul food, satisfying and warming on a cold day or night. Sometimes, though, you make a pot of soup that’s good and fine, but maybe you wish it were a little bit… better. Maybe you want to take this soup to the next level, and give it something extra to improve the taste, texture, or complexity of flavor.

Here are a few tips to take you beyond the recipe and make all your soups sing.

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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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