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Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe | Beef It’s What’s For Dinner

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. When the Beef Checkoff asked me about my favorite easy beefy weeknight meal, it was a no brainer... I first shared this […]

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How To Bake Bacon In The Oven

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I'm always amazed at how many of my friends don't realize that you can bake bacon in the oven... And it dawned on me tonight while I was baking a batch that if they don't know, chances are a good portion of you may not be aware of how to bake bacon either! And it […]

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How to Toast Nuts in The Microwave

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It's no secret that the so-called "secret ingredient" in many of my favorite recipes is toasted nuts. While my preferred method of toasting them is via the oven, there are times when I just need a small handful, say for a tasty salad at lunch -- like this Wendy's knock-off apple pecan chicken salad. When […]

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How To Make Sourdough Starter

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One of my 2011 resolutions is to start making more of our family's grocery staples from scratch -- granola, yogurt, pancake mix, etc... and of course bread. I have an awesome Zojirushi breadmaker, but I'm guilty of not using it nearly enough. That's all about to change, and I'm starting with sourdough bread. Since sourdough […]

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How To Make French Press Coffee

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I. love. coffee... the darker and bolder the better -- and with a little cream and sugar, please and thank you. Most days I'm perfectly happy to make it a cup at a time using either my Keurig or my Tassimo. Yes, I have both, plus a Cuisinart drip brewer. Do you think maybe I […]

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How to Toast Nuts in the Oven {And Why}

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I've got a little secret to share with you today. Well, it's not really a secret, but it's a super easy way to take any recipe that calls for nuts to the next level... Are you ready?!?! Toast. your. nuts. Yes, it really is that simple. Every Christmas I get rave reviews on my chocolate […]

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