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12 Dinner Ideas for When It’s Too Hot To Cook

We are in the thick of August folks, and that means HOT evenings are upon us. You know, the kind when the first thing you want to do after work is sip on an ice cold brew or super chilled glass of vino. Oh, and the idea of turning on the oven or using the stovetop? Sounds like hell. So grab that cocktail and take comfort in a nice cool meal that's sure to satisfy. See the full roundup...

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Rethink the Traditional Restaurant Date Night and Try this Instead

Have a hot date or Anniversary celebration coming up? Instead of the usual fancy restaurant dinner for two; go the less conventional route. It's A Sparkly Life and Lisa Renault Photographie are showcasing just how cozy and romantic...

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8 Easy Summer Weeknight Meals for Two

One of the best parts of my day is cooking a meal with my husband. It's a daily event that's sooo much more than just preparing dinner—it's laughing at his silly antics, talking about our day, planning our next dream vacation, indulging in some...

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Entertaining with Abby: BBQ Short Rib Pizza

This is the kind of pizza that grown-ups love, kids go crazy for and is 100% guaranteed to get devoured in about 10 seconds flat. A.K.A. it's a total recipe slam-dunk. And so easy. Meet the BBQ Short Rib Pizza with Potatoes and Smoked Gouda. Not only is it delicious and comfort food at its finest, but it is perfect for prepping ahead of time and popping in the oven when guests arrive.

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12 Steps To Mastering the Perfect Weekly Meal Plan

We've all had the days where 5pm rolls around and the question arises: "What are we going to eat for dinner tonight?" The fridge is empty and the belly rumbles set in, inducing further panic. And then you find yourself in the grocery store at 5:45pm, iPhone in hand searching for the perfect recipe. Say goodbye to those moments of stress and say hello to the ultimate meal planning guide that will make...

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23 Dinners to Make in Under 23 Minutes

You like how we threw that extra 3 minutes in? It's just a security blanket because come dinner time, we just know some little thing (usually a little person) is going to throw us and we'll need those 180 seconds to recover. But for all of you out there that are looking to up your dinner game but don't have the time or patience to slave over the stove? This is for you. Click here for all of our recipes! Need a...

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The Weekly Meal Planning Guide that Will Change Your Life

We've all had the days where 5pm rolls around and the question arises: "What are we going to eat for dinner tonight?" The fridge is empty and the belly rumbles set in, inducing further panic. And then you find yourself in the grocery store at 5:45pm, iPhone in hand searching for the perfect recipe. Say goodbye to those moments of stress and say hello to the ultimate meal planning guide that will make...

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Our Current Soupe du Jour Faves

Soup is the ideal meal. It’s quick and easy (even for a novice cook), it’s crock pot friendly (read: only one pot to clean), it’s easy to make your own variations based on what’s sitting pretty in your fridge and it’s total comfort food perfect for these frigid winter months. Which is exactly why we have a current rotation of faves happening in the collective...

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The Perfect Winter Pasta Recipe

Winter is my favorite season for eating. Yes the summer is overflowing with fresh vegetables, but the winter if filled to the brim with recipes that warm you up from the outside in (and make you thankful for bulky sweaters). I've been looking for a too-good-to-be-true winter pasta recipe for some time now, and it looks like my search is officially over thanks to The Woks Of Life! From ...

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The Ultimate Winter Dinner Party Menu

When the winter temps dip below freezing, I seek anything that can be preceded by the adjective, cozy. Fireside evenings, chunky throws and especially comfort foods. And I don't change up that attitude one bit when friends come for dinner. In fact, I amp up the comfort food factor. From melt-in-your-mouth bites to...

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The Coziest Recipes for Cold Weather

The flavors of fall are hard to resist. For many areas, it’s the last of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. In the Midwest, it’s time to bring on comfort foods like Sweet Potato Casserole and warm Beer Bread. I’ve compiled my favorite fall recipes for every occasion. Dive into the slideshow for the dish on these cold weather favorites xoxo Julie Blanner...

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Green Chile Macaroni & Cheese

Jessica from A Happy Food Dance said it best when she wrote, "Nothing beats gooey, cheesy comfort food this time of year." I mean, who doesn't love mac & cheese? It may technically have been created with children in mind, but you never grow too old for this savory treat. And this Green Chile Macaroni & Cheese from Jessica is sure to...

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National Lobster Day: Lobster 101

Well lovelies, Summer is right around the corner! And that means its time to dig into some delicious seafood. Luckily for us, National Lobster Day is the perfect excuse to brush off that old pot and treat ourselves to this Summer favorite! Luckily for us, Real Simple is here to remind us of the do's and don't of eating this notoriously tricky dish! Lookin' for more...

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Pear Ravioli

After the bustle of the holidays, I look forward to cozy made-from-scratch meals at home that are slightly lighter & fresh. Making homemade pasta is just one of the many things I love to do during the cold winter months. It requires nothing but staple ingredients, a rolling pin & a few minutes of time. The little effort invested yields incredible texture, flavor & that made-from-scratch satisfaction. I will admit, I have a pasta roller attachment to expedite the process, but...

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Kale, Mushroom and Brown Rice Bake

Eating healthy is for sure on my New Year's agenda but I'm a lover of comfort food through and through so finding recipes that are both hearty and wholesome are key. Thus this kale, mushroom and brown rice bake crafted by Pamela Salzman with photography by Ragan Brooks is making it to the top of my must cook immediately list. It...

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Butternut Squash, Sausage and Sage Lasagna

Now that you got to know me a little better on our Behind the Blog  feature, I figured it was time to let you in on one of my favorite recipes. As I mentioned, I love to serve pasta when I have a crowd coming over and this butternut squash recipe is a total go-to. It's gorgeous, it's comfort food, it cooks while you are getting ready and it will leave your guests feeling like...

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10 Soups to Add to Your Cold Weather Line-up

I am a soup girl through and through. From chowdah, as they say in Boston, to stew and simple classics, these one pot meals are in constant rotation at home. So to ring in the season of soup, we've rounded up some tasty, heart recipes to get you through the cold winter months with a full belly and a happy heart.

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What to Cook Tonight: 10 Delicious Weeknight Meals

Allow me to introduce you to the coolest concept around. Hailing from Australia, Sophie Thompson and her father have teamed up to help tackle everyone's biggest dilemma: What To Cook Tonight. At just 99 cents per recipe, they take all the guess work out of the process, and the results are kind of amazing. And to...

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Labor Day Food on a Stick

We all know the standard Labor Day culprits. Hamburgers, hot dogs, maybe a potato salad or two. Delicious, sure. But Pinterest worthy? Meh. So we're having some fun with our food this holiday weekend by stick-ifying our favorite Summer classics. Making the littlest guests feel right at home and gifting our guests with one smile after another because let's face it, everything tastes better on a stick!

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Gazpacho with Shrimp

Inspired by our recent trip to Spain, I created this summery gazpacho. With tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers readily available at every farm stand, it's the perfect late-summer meal. It comes together in minutes. Adding leftover shrimp infuses protein and bulk to your lunch. Serve it with crusty bread and you'll have a great family dinner or a fancy party appetizer! For more, head on over to...

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