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Homemade Smoked Maple Bourbon Smash Cocktail Recipe

A glass of maple bourbon smash served with ice

“Smash” style cocktails include some of the most popular drinks today, like Mojitos and Juleps. Smashes can also be done with other cocktails, which is what we’re going to do! Today we’re doing our take on a maple bourbon smash with the added twist of smoking it. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have a …

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Easy Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

A plate of teriyaki chicken with pineapple slice

Sweet and tangy flavors are a common pairing, especially on meats. When it comes to making chicken, one of my go-to methods for flavoring it is with a pineapple teriyaki sauce. It’s simple to make, adds moisture to the chicken, and allows me to pair quite a few side dishes with it. What is Pineapple …

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Easy Lemon and Roasted Garlic Hummus Recipe

Close photo of hummus topped with olive oil and paprika

Some call them chickpeas some call them garbanzo beans. Either way you reference them, they are a staple of European and near east cuisines. One of the most ubiquitous forms of chickpeas is hummus (also called hommus or houmous).  What is Hummus? Hummus is a Levantine (near east) dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, …

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Easy Banana and Spinach Green Smoothie Recipe

Green smoothie ingredients prepped on a tray

Sometimes you just want something clean, healthy, fast, easy, and refreshing. This green smoothie recipe is just that. Spinach makes it green and citrus and pineapple make it deliciously tropical. Add in some ice and you have a quick healthy pick-me-up perfect for a meal replacement or after-workout treat.  What is a Green Smoothie? A …

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Easy Homemade Spicy Guacamole Recipe

Flat lay image of ingredients needed to make spicy guacamole

What makes food “California style”? If you said avocado, you’re right! California produces about 90% of our nation’s avocados, about 35% of which come right out of San Diego county (my home!). With all that green tasty goodness right in our backyard, we want to celebrate the avocado in its most iconic dish with this …

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Tasty Grilled Peach and Spinach Salad with Feta Recipe

Grilled peach salad served on a wooden bowl

Late summer to early fall is one of my favorite times of the year because it is the peak season for stone fruits. What are stone fruits, you might ask? They are fruits like peaches, nectarines, or plums – basically, most of the delicious fruit from trees with a big seed in the middle. Even …

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Easy Basil Spinach Pesto Recipe

Basil spinach pesto pasta served with tomatoes and parmesan cheese

Today we’re going to take a look at the well-known green sauce pesto. Our basic basil spinach pesto recipe is a no-cook one, as we want to focus in on the freshness of the ingredients. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, a great pesto can uplift any pasta or pizza dish with …

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Easy Beef Bolognese Pasta Sauce Recipe

When it comes to pasta sauce, Bolognese is the king of sauces. The rich, meaty, tomato-y goodness used to top pasta and fill lasagnas has become a keystone part of Italian food here in America.  What is a Bolognese? You may know it as ragu alla Bolognese, you may know it as ragu, or you …

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Easy Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple Slices Recipe

Brown sugar grilled pineapple with a dash of cinnamon

Grilled pineapple has to be one of my favorite desserts of all time. I classify it as a dessert rather than a snack because of the added sugar you coat the pineapple with. If you have ever been to Brazillian Barbeque you should know what I am talking about. Beautifully tangy, sweet, spicy, and juicy …

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How to Make Homemade Red Pepper Pasta Dough

A bowl of cooked pasta

A couple years ago, our best friends gifted us with a pasta maker for Christmas. I had made pasta from scratch before, but until we had our own pasta maker, I didn’t realize how much I actually loved making my own pasta!  After testing all the staple flavors, like roast garlic, spinach, and basil pasta, …

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Thick and Creamy Homemade Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

Strawberry milkshake topped with whipped cream

Nothing beats a thick strawberry milkshake when you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up. What is a Strawberry Milkshake?  A strawberry milkshake is a semi frozen drink made with vanilla ice cream, milk or cream, and strawberries. Ideally, you will want to use fresh strawberries for this, though you can also use frozen strawberries if needed. …

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Easy Homemade Garlic Alfredo Sauce Recipe with Milk

Landscape photo of a beautiful garlic alfredo pasta

It’s hard not to love a homemade garlic Alfredo sauce – it’s a ubiquitous Italian classic. When it comes to having a range of go-to pasta sauce recipes, you absolutely must have a bolognese, pesto, and of course, Alfredo!  For me, just the thought of fettuccine Alfredo conjures up feelings of nostalgia with TV dinners, …

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