• Margarita Guacamole
    This Guac is Magic! First, can I tell you how hard it is for me to share this recipe?!  My secret weapon at potlucks, this guac edges out my Taylor Tots as most frequently made party app.  It should probably be called “Magic Margarita Guacamole” because I never liked guacamole before I started making my own.  But really, what’s not
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  • Magic Dust
    Magic Dust seasoning is primarily used for Taylor Tots, but I always have a batch ready to go in case a recipe needs a little Tayloring. It’s a versatile mix of sweet, salty, spicy, and smoky. It makes for great candied bacon, roasted Brussels sprouts, or sautéed green beans, but it’s also perfect on chicken and pork
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  • Candied Bacon Cornbread
    Everything is better with bacon, including cornbread! Like guacamole, I never particularly liked cornbread until I started making my own.  I think it’s a textural thing.  As I started to taste various types of cornbread, I realized I definitely prefer sweeter recipes over the more savory ones, but few versions were anything I
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  • Where has the time gone?!
    It’s hard to believe it’s been well over a year since my last addition to this site.  I guarantee you it’s not because I haven’t been cooking!!  Life has been a little busy.  In short, I got engaged and then married to the love of my life.  Just four short months after “I do”, we decided to move
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  • Morning Sunrise
    Sunday brunch has become a bit of a tradition for me and my love, at least on those occasional Sundays that we haven’t managed to over-schedule ourselves.  And I’ll admit, we usually enjoy partaking in one or two brunch-appropriate cocktails as a way to celebrate a rare, relaxing Sunday.  I should also mention that
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  • Island Escape Sangria
    Is there anything better in the summer than enjoying a nice chilled glass of sangria…you know, other than enjoying the wine-soaked fruit at brunch the next morning! 😉  Sangria is playful, classic, and oh so pretty!  It begs to be savored among friends over conversations of fabulous summer travel plans and exotic sandy beaches. 
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  • Indian Summer Cocktail
    I love trying out new cocktails – especially ones that match the season.  A friend of mine hosted a brunch this weekend (did you see my tots?!), which gave me the perfect excuse to make a nice, light summer punch.  Yes, I know it’s not technically summer yet, but have you been to Tucson at the end of May?!  The day of the
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  • Taylor Tots
    Late last year I was looking for a new appetizer recipe for a party we were having.  I found one for bacon-wrapped tater tots (insert drool here).  It was obviously an instant must try, and perhaps just as obvious was the fact that I had to “Taylor” it with a few special touches of my own.  The result: “Taylor
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  • Chicken, Avocado, and Spinach Salad
    Last night was gym night, which meant we wanted an extra healthful dinner – you know, so we didn’t undo all the hard work we just put in!  What came out of the kitchen was a delightful mix of fresh, colorful veggies, lean protein, herbs, citrus, and “good” fats.  And after leaving all my energy at the gym, it
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  • Almond and Panko-crusted Chicken Breast
    Another Sunday dinner!  We splurged quite a bit yesterday at a potluck and then a little bit more at the movies (hello, hot buttered popcorn and Reese’s Pieces!)  So the goal tonight was to make a tasty, but healthful dinner.  It was a total bonus that the meal was also easy to put together with ingredients I already had in the
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