Zesty Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos, and a Little Edible Magic

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Have you ever thought about just how “magical” cooking really is? Just consider: cooking is taking a number of items in their unprepared—or raw—state, combining them in unique ways (with healthy sprinklings of love, of course); and then putting them through a process of change that makes them completely different. And if done successfully, what you've preapred is utterly delicious. As a personal chef and recipe developer, purchasing bags and bags of fresh produce and other culinary items is par for the course; and I've more ... {more please!}

Grilled Summer Veggie Dip, Boldly Going Where No Dip Has Gone Before

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My hubby and I are both dip-a-holics. We love cool, creamy dips; hot and cheesy dips; hummus-style dips and everything else in between that we can plunge a little toast-round, cracker, chip or fresh veggie spear into. And with summer's garden bounty here tempting us to think outside the box when it comes to using all that it has to offer us, we're craving bold, smoky flavors inspired by grilling, coupled with eye-popping colors and cool, creamy textures that can be whirled together into some glorious ... {more please!}

“Winging It” with Some Coca-Cola Hot Wings, Korean BBQ-Style

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My husband and I have both been known to go a little gaga over Korean BBQ. It has that perfectly tastebud-mesmerizing combination of flavors that, once we start eating it, we can't seem to get enough of; with that toasty and nutty warmth of sesame oil, the mild heat of freshly cracked black pepper, the slightly lemony and spicy kick from fresh ginger, the warm pungency from garlic, the sweetness of brown sugar, or my favorite, Coca-Cola, and the “umami-ness” (is that a word?) of dark ... {more please!}

Cheesy & Garlicky Crispy-Fried Tofu Stix, Sprinkled Liberally With The Seasoning Of TLC

Cheesy & Garlicky Crispy-Fried Tofu Stix, Sprinkled Liberally With The Seasoning Of TLC post image

It's no secret that human beings benefit greatly from healthy and frequent doses of tender, loving care— frankly, we were created to thrive on the stuff. And it's no surprise that all of the beauty, and all of those good qualities that have been placed within us at the point of our beginnings, are more easily elicited out of us when those responsible for raising us up sprinkle us—season us—with liberal amounts of love, kindness, mercy and gentle guidance; it is a sort of “marinade” that ... {more please!}

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Dip, And Letting My Cravings Do The Cooking

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Dip, And Letting My Cravings Do The Cooking post image

I had a couple of different recipe ideas to choose from this week, and ended up going back and forth several times as I tried to decide which one would win the coveted position for this particular recipe post. Well, as you can see, my snacking side got the better of me, as I've been desperately craving another hot and cheesy dip lately, one that I can slather all over some nice, rustic and spicy tortilla chips of some kind. This morning when I made my ... {more please!}

A Cozy After-School Special: Pepperoni & Cheese “Calzonies”, Made With The Help Of Little Fingers

A Cozy After-School Special: Pepperoni & Cheese “Calzonies”, Made With The Help Of Little Fingers post image

Hands down, I would have to say that some of my fondest memories of a fun time cooking in my kitchen are those that include my son, in his younger years, helping me out in some way. Whether I gave him the simple yet important task of simultaneously stirring and keeping an eye on the contents of a pot or pan while those ingredients caramelized or sauteed; whether I asked him to add a pinch or two of a few different seasonings or spices of his ... {more please!}

A Cozy After-School Snack: Broccoli & Cheddar-Parmesan Dip Makes For The Tastiest Broccoli Ever

A Cozy After-School Snack: Broccoli & Cheddar-Parmesan Dip Makes For The Tastiest Broccoli Ever post image

I have to confess right off the bat that broccoli is one of those veggies — those pesky little “green thingies” — that my son has actually never turned his nose up at, luckily for me. Oh, he'd turned his nose up at plenty throughout his younger years, don't get me wrong; but for some reason, broccoli has always been one veg amongst a very small handful of others that I could safely rely on to fairly easily count towards the daily veggie quota. For me, ... {more please!}

A Cozy After-School Special: Crispy Parmesan-Cauliflower “Poppers”, The Perfect Veggie To Pop

A Cozy After-School Special: Crispy Parmesan-Cauliflower “Poppers”, The Perfect Veggie To Pop post image

If you're anything like me, you've had to use your share of pleading or deal-making to get your kids to eat their veggies. Sure, some kids are natural-born lovers of vegetables, but they seem to be in the minority. Most of the time, we parents try to entice that appetite for vegetables to appear with promises of dessert afterwards; or by explaining that the veggies will be “sad” if they're left out and not eaten; or that only the amount of bites equal to the age ... {more please!}

A Cozy Appetizer: Double Crunch, Sweet Maui Onion Rings, Definitely Worth Crying Over

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You see, I've had this hankering for some hot, crispy onion rings for quite some time now, and I think it's about time I do something about it. It's been far too long since I've picked up a glistening, freshly-fried little onion ring and took that first break-through-the-center bite; that bite that exposes a soft, sweet onion-y middle. No more fantasizing, no more dreaming; no more putting off the inevitable comforting goodness that freshly prepared onion rings can provide. I'm through with thinking that at some ... {more please!}

A Cozy Appetizer: Stuffed Mini Portobellos, Happily Stuffed To The Gills With Both Savory & Sweet

A Cozy Appetizer: Stuffed Mini Portobellos, Happily Stuffed To The Gills With Both Savory & Sweet post image

Where a perfect balance of savory and sweet is found, there delicious complexity resides, and magic can be tasted. After all, how would one know the joy of something sweet on the tongue without ever having experienced the depth of something savory, or vice versa? What could either one be compared against if it wasn't for its opposite? It seems to me that blandness would dominate without the opposite yet equally necessary natures of both sweet and savory, as individually, they each bring only one side ... {more please!}