Appetizers & Sides

  • 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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  • 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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  • Lemon-Herb Rice Pilaf
    Mike and I picked up an Aroma rice cooker last year that has some great features.  One of them, “quick cook”, allows you to saute veggies with the rice – this is a great way to add some extra flavor and zing to your rice dish.  Of course the stove-top method would work, too, but if you’ve ever cooked in
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  • Black Magic Beans
    This a great, healthful side dish for any Mexican-themed meal.  They would also be a great addition to a vegetarian burrito or quesadilla! Black Magic Beans   Save Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 15 mins   Pair these with your favorite Mexican-themed meal (like my tasty tequila-marinated chicken
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