Layered Taco Salad Recipe

How do you do Taco Tuesdays when you are doing a gluten and dairy free challenge for the month??? Well, today I am going to show you! Just because you are on a diet doesn’t mean you need to give up flavorful foods or your beloved festive meals. American style tacos (you know… the kind made right from the Ortega box recipe) happen to be a favorite of mine. And yes, the cheese and those flour tortillas are definitely part of that winning combination. However; you can still make a mean salad that gives you the satisfaction of tacos.

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Asian Pork Burgers with Sriracha Ketchup and Grill Season from PC Richard & Son

Let grilling season begin!!! It’s that special time of year where you can smell smoky food sizzling up in people’s backyards, drink clinking on decks, and usually laughter and conversation.  I must say that I have a huge case of food envy every time the scents of grilled food waft into the streets. I personally am not permitted to own a grill in my house complex (HUGE bummer). But, it gives me a great excuse to go visit friends and family. This week I did a little guest cooking experience at my parent’s house to try out their grill and bring you this recipe in partnership with PC Richard and Son.

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Maple Bacon, Mushroom and Potato Baked Egg Skillet

 

Last month’s big snow day gave me the opportunity to break out that cast iron skillet and make an egg skillet that warmed me up on a cold winter’s day.  As soon as I heard that this snow day was a possibility, I hit the grocery store to stock up on some comfort food and some breakfast fixings. I said this in my last skillet recipe post but I’ll say it again, I rarely get to eat a home cooked breakfast. So if there is an opportunity, I am going to seize it. And seize it I did!! My office announced it was closing the night before, so after sleeping in a bit, I drowsily got to the kitchen to kick off my easy skillet meal.

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How to Throw a Dinner Party- Tips, Menu Planning and Personal Touches

 I’m so excited to share today’s post with all of you!!! Last month I threw my first “real” dinner party at our house. I’ve had plenty of planned dinners with family and friends over the years. However; this one was different. This one didn’t just have my cooking involved it also came with invitations, menus, place settings, and some tablescaping. I went all out to really make it a true party setting.

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Easter Cash Giveaway

Hey Everyone!

Happy Spring! I am bringing all of you a fun little cash giveaway to kickstart your summer travel fund! $250 in cash can go a long way when booking flights, hotels or activities! Or use it to restock your grilling stations for some summer cooking. However you put the money to use, you don’t want to miss out so enter now. Good Luck!!!

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Gnocchi with Truffle Arugula Pesto and Spring Vegetables

  • When I decided to join the Gluten Free for 30 day challenge with my gym, I didn’t do a great job at looking at my calendar ahead. With Saint Patrick’s Day (Goodbye Beer ….), a weekend excursion to Washington D.C. and my first big dinner party at our house planned, I had my work cut out for me. But, I survived the month and managed to stay on track.

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“REAL” Good Food on Montford-Charlotte, NC

 

My Charlotte journeys continue to grow as the months pass on! Last month I had my fourth visit in the past six months to the Queen City. I spent three days bouncing around for work activities, visiting my best friend, and of course continuing my food adventures. I have to share a quick story that gave me a laugh while on my visit. I spent some time with a work colleague who lives in Charlotte and has for thirteen years. As we began to discuss my love for food she started to list off some of the popular bars and restaurants in the area. I let her in on the secret that I had gone to almost everything on her list. She explained with shock that she had lived there for over a decade and had yet to go to most of them.  The conversation continued with me giving her recommendations on which hot spots to get to and which seemed a bit overrated.

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Dairy Free Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats

Breakfast, Recipes | March 21, 2017 | By

I recently got a really big craving for oatmeal. These hankerings aren’t a frequent occurrence for me. I am more of an egg person in the morning. But, sometimes the only way to relieve a craving is to give into it. With about a dozen overnight oats pictures on my Instagram feed every morning, I’m shocked I’m not indulging every day.

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Manasota Key, Florida- Lemon Bay Tours

Florida, The Dish | March 14, 2017 | By

Weekend getaways to Florida in the middle of winter are always welcomed! I love to try and get a mid-winter vacation in to sneak away from the cold and get some Vitamin D. However; this year there was a major factor standing in my way, Zika virus. Before you get all “whoa congrats on the pregnancy”  “I had no clue?!” Well that’s because I am not pregnant. However; not understanding the lasting effects the virus can have, my husband and I made a conscience decision not to put ourselves in harm’s way. We actually went as far as to cancel our New Year’s Eve trip to Miami and the Florida Keys. My grandparents live on the West coast straddled between Tampa and Fort Meyers. They made it abundantly clear that no signs of Zika had been identified near them. When a flash sale from Allegiant Airlines (a new airline to Trenton-Mercer Airport) popped up promising $75 round trip flights to Tampa, we couldn’t pass it up.

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Beer Battered Fish and Chips Recipe

Top of the morning to you all! Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and I am celebrating this American Irish holiday on the blog today. For the past three years I have shared out my unique recipe for Corned Beef Stuffed Cabbage. It’s still a great option for your St. Patty’s Day festivities however; I thought it was time to add another option to your menus.

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