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Vegan food inspiration! Homemade Peanut Butter. Once you make peanut butter at home, it will be very difficult to get excited about storebought peanut butter ever again.

Homemade Peanut Butter

Not that eating peanut butter of any kind would ever be a chore because I love it so, but homemade peanut butter is a delicacy. And a nearly effortless delicacy at that. Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix. Hmmm, ranch seasoning. Tangy, versatile, and goes with everything. I could eat cardboard if you slathered it in enough ranch. So the other day I tootled into my kitchen to make my version of Baked Ranch Crackers, the perfect snack for anyone wanting a handful of something savory, and I happened to flip over the packet of ranch seasoning mix and took a peek at the ingredients list.

Let's see here....Sodium, sodium, and whoa that's a lot of sodium...Monosodium Gluta-what? Is that MSG? How To Make Nacho Cheese Sauce. One more fake food comes off my list of guilty pleasures.

How To Make Nacho Cheese Sauce

I’m a sucker for nachos with cheese sauce. I’ve had the “cheese” sauce in jars and in cans. Have you ever read the ingredients in those things? Some of them don’t list a single dairy ingredient. That’s so nasty. Buffalo “Chicken”-Vegetarian Style. One of the things I love the most about having a food blog is the sense of fearlessness it often brings me when it comes to trying new twists on vegetarian recipes.

Buffalo “Chicken”-Vegetarian Style.

Take this one, for example. Yes, I totally miss “real” hot wings, especially during football season. Yes, I miss making things with buffalo sauce because it’s just so delicious. But, in an effort to decrease my intake of all things processed (and yes, I know there are some buffalo sauces out there that are riddled with preservatives and additives…I actually tried a new one from Whole Foods this time..Bella’s…and I recommend it), I didn’t want to go the route of “fake chicken” (READ: frozen, heavily-breaded, tasteless chunks of soy……) OH SO PRETTY the SKINNY: eat THIS: CAKE BATTER DIP. So we've seen this recipe all over the internet and figured we'd give it a try.


I was feeling all nostalgic about my Dunkaroos days and Casey thought the recipe sounded amazing. And it totally helped that it wasn't very many Points. We made two versions- a regular version and a gluten free version (because Casey requires a gluten free diet). Dip mushrooms in egg first then roll in breadcrumbs and parm cheese. Bake on sprayed foil lined pan…..dip in ranch… delish!!! Maple Almond Scone Bites with Vanilla Glaze. The following content was Provided by "We're Not Penny Pinching, We're Benji Pinching!

Maple Almond Scone Bites with Vanilla Glaze

" The perfect combination of maple syrup and almonds in a light flaky scone with fresh vanilla bean glaze. These delicious morsels are reminiscent of the considerably more expensive Starbucks Maple Almond Scones. Enjoy an entire batch of 24 for the price of a single Starbucks scone! Individual Seven-Layer Dips. We keep it pretty minimal when it comes to toys for our kids on Christmas but yet somehow I feel like there’s STUFF everywhere!

Individual Seven-Layer Dips

Anyone else feel this way? We’re swimming in Legos over here and just when I think I’ve cleaned up the last of them, I’ll step on one or one of my boys will drop their ships and Lego pieces go flying everywhere. I think my husband spent 6 straight hours on Christmas helping them build Legos. Seven layer dip is one of my favorites. But after a few people have dipped (hopefully not double-dipped), it starts to look like mush.

Homemade Jello Fruit Snacks Recipe. I think some of the first words out of my son's mouth were "fruit snacks! " My son easily goes through a box of fruit snacks a week.... or more (don't worry, I brush his teeth religiously). He can't get enough of them! Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch. If french fries and onion rings ever got married and had a baby, I think it would be something like this…a potato ring.

Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

You have a light and crispy outer coating with a soft potato and caramelized onion center…why? Because we can I guess, who knows…but it’s kind of fun, right?! Broccoli parmesan fritters. Last week, it was pointed out to me that among the 750 recipes in the archives, there is but a single recipe that utilizes broccoli.

broccoli parmesan fritters

Just one! (It’s a great one, though.) For comparison, there are 11 recipes that use cauliflower and 26 with mushrooms. Authentic Pretzels. Fried Dough Mozzarella Bites. These weren't as crazy amazing(cramazing?) As they look and sound, but they were still very good. They definitely need a few tweaks though to become a perfect recipe. The main issue which I knew might be a problem from the start is that the cheese explodes out of the dough well before the dough is finished cooking. Strawberry & Chocolate Nachos. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: sometimes the best creations are the ones you don’t set out to create!

Strawberry & Chocolate Nachos

This might be my new favorite thing. It’s the perfect easy, throw-together, family style dessert for summer. I did a local tv segment this week and made my Baked Cinnamon Chips and Fruit Salsa. Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites. Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites On Fridays, I teach cooking classes to two kids in our neighborhood.

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

They are pretty knowledgeable-so my job is easy:) I think it is fantastic that they want to learn how to cook at such a young age-they are in the 3rd and 4th grade. Since we don’t have any kiddos yet, I am glad I get to work with these kids. Easy Soft Pretzels. Active time: 30-45 min; Total time: 2 hr 15- 2hr 30 min (a bit longer if making extra toppings) Ingredients: 1 tsp instant yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water for proofing 10 cups for boiling 1 teaspoon for egg wash 1 tablespoon of sugar 2 teaspoons of salt 4 1/2 cups All Purpose, non-bleached flour 2/3 of a cup of baking soda 4 tablespoons of butter 1 egg Kosher salt for topping Topping Options: Savory 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Puppy Chow Recipe. I LOVE LOVE LOVE when some of the most yummiest treats are also the most easiest to make.

Ten years ago my friend Nancy gave each woman in our small group a beautifully packaged container of Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies. This was the first time I had ever had this “crazy good” treat. From the first bite I was hooked but also intrigued by what it was made of. When she told me how she made it I couldn’t believe it because it was such an easy recipe yet the combination of all the ingredients produced such a wonderful taste.