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The Mac and Cheese Recipe You’ve Been Waiting For

As much as I consider myself a foodie—and I love trying new and exotic foods—there’s something pretty wonderful about a simple and delicious mac and cheese recipe. Mac and cheese is perpetually popular with my kids, but it’s also one of my own favorite comfort foods. At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than a bowl of cheesy goodness. This Five Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese recipe is a huge favorite at our house and gets rave reviews every time I make it!

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Eyes on the Pies

Ripe, juicy summer fruit is bursting from grocery and farmers’ markets these days. Time for me to grab my rolling pin and reach for the pie recipes! The window of opportunity to make desserts from perfectly ripe berries or peaches is brief but glorious, and I’m asking just one thing of you: Take advantage of the bounty while it lasts and make a pie. Any kind! Blueberry pie, double-berry pies, fruit-stuffed hand pies…they’re all amazing. And with the right recipes (*cough* like the ones I picked below *cough*), they can be ridiculously easy to make too.

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Super-Simple DIY Green Salsa

At our house, we eat salsa on just about everything: scrambled eggs, tacos, burritos, enchiladas… We even love it on grilled chicken breasts or fish! My kids like mild red salsa, but I’ve always been a green salsa girl. I love that it’s tangy, and I like it with some heat to it. This Homemade Tomatillo Salsa is full of delicious flavor from roasted garlic, tomatillos and Anaheim peppers, and gets its delicious smoky flavor from roasting the vegetables in the oven. I had never made tomatillo salsa before, and I was surprised by how simple and easy it is!

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Shower Power Recipes: “Naked” Cakes

Summer’s here, so it’s time to get naked…cakes, that is! Traditional layer cakes are going frosting-free, and the result is an almost un-BARE-ably awesome dessert for all warm-weather occasions: wedding showers, baby showers, grad parties—you name it, I’ll be creating naked cakes.

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1 Easy Tip to Start the New Year Off Right

With the holiday season over, it’s time to focus on healthy habits. One of the best habits to start (or recommit to) is packing a lunch instead of eating out. Even if you’re at home during the day, planning your lunchtime foods will ensure you eat a smart, well-portioned meal that tastes great. Finding some easy recipes and setting aside a little preparation time is all it takes to plan out those better choices. Continue reading

The 6 Cauliflower Recipes I Can’t Live Without

You might’ve noticed that cauliflower is having a moment right now—and am I the only one who wants that moment to go on forever? I can’t be. Not when there are SO many uses for this cruciferous little marvel. When it comes to throwing meals together, cauliflower is a perfect blank slate: It absorbs flavors, stands in for starches and mashes like an absolute dream. In the world of easy dinner recipes, cauliflower is king.

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Cream Cheese Gets Saucy!

Ever meet someone who didn’t like cream cheese sauce? Me neither. (If you do, run away! Life is too short for that kind of negativity.) Sauces made with cream cheese are luscious. Velvety. Versatile. And if you’re a cooking newbie, you couldn’t ask for an easier starter sauce. Adding just a couple ingredients to the cream cheese base, from tomato sauce to chipotle peppers, can create an entirely different, ridiculously delicious new flavor—perfect for coating pasta or drizzling over seafood. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Continue reading

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