German Chocolate Cookies

German Chocolate Cookies

German chocolate cakes remind me of my late father. Growing up we would rarely go out for dinner but when we did he would order German chocolate cake for dessert. My mom wasn’t much of a baker so the only time he could get his fix was eating out. It’s been fourteen years since my dad passed away and not a day goes by without me thinking of him. I love to share memories of my dad with my daughter and I can’t think of a better way to share a memory than with a cookie.

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Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen


Francine Bryson’s Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen is a fun introduction to southern cooking. Each recipe has entertaining and endearing stories about how she was introduced to each recipe. Her first chapter named Redneck Whatnots is for times when guests pop in to say hi. We share the same philosophy of making sure our guests feel at home when then stop by for a visit. For me, it’s always important to make your guests feel welcome and leave with a happy belly. Continue reading

Spicy Baked Beans (in the Instant Pot)

Spicy Baked Beans in the Instant Pot

I don’t usually make blanket declarations of anything being the BEST however, these are the BEST spicy beans I’ve tasted EVER. If you’ve been following my blog the last few months then you know we love our food spicy. Continue reading

Insanely Quick Korean Beef

Korean Beef Wrap with Sriracha

I stumbled upon Damn Delicious‘s Korean Beef Bowl a few years ago when searching for low fuss dinner ideas. It literally takes less than 15 minutes to get dinner on the table (assuming you already have cooked rice and like any good half-Korean I usually do).

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Spicy Crab & Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

Spicy Shrimp & Crab Stuffed Avocado bite
I love avocados and seafood. When you pair them up it is heaven in your mouth. And then you add some heat and you have my absolutely favorite appetizer.

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Chicken with Jalapeno-Bacon Mustard Sauce (in the Instant Pot)

Spicy Chicken with Bacon Jalapeno Mustard Sauce

I barely got the words bacon chicken out of my mouth before my picky husband enthusiastically said “YES!!” Inspired by the Chicken + Bacon at my favorite restaurant, District Kitchen, I wanted to make a chicken dish that is anything but boring for our weeknight dinner without having to eat out.
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Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball (or Dip)

Cookie & Cream Dessert Ball

My friends and I are thrilled to co-host a baby shower for our special friend expecting a little boy early this summer. We decided on a sports-themed baby shower and I signed up for making a football shaped savory cheese ball and a football shaped dessert. I went back and forth on what flavor I should make for the dessert one. I don’t regret choosing cookies & cream, my thighs regret the decision, but not my tummy.

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