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Mini Apple Crostatas (Maryland Style)

January 31, 2020 by Nicole Collins I feel like we’ve been cooking with a lot of Old Bay lately. Is anyone mad about that? You shouldn’t be. Because, Old Bay is AMAZING! Here’s the thing about Old Bay. It’s not all aggressive spice. In fact, when used in moderation, Old Bay has a really great “hmmm…what is that?” quality about it. There are so many different spices that go into Old Bay that shine through in different ways when paired with different foods. In Maryland, when I say we put Old Bay on everything, I mean we put Old Bay on EVERYTHING. Seafood, pasta, sweet, savory…Old Bay, Old Bay, Old Bay! Yes, Old Bay is a seafood seasoning. But, we need to think beyond the seafood. And, that’s ex

Crab Dip Stuffed Potato Cups

January 26, 2020 by Nicole Collins Do you guys have any places in your life that’s a hidden gem? You know, like a hole in the wall restaurant. Or, the best least likely place to buy clothes. Or, an underrated market. I do. The Soda Pop Shop. I may have told you guys about this place before, but it’s basically a hole in the wall quick mart that sells the best seafood around. It’s a little known secret in mine and surrounding neighborhoods. And, I’m telling you, I thank my lucky stars all the time that I live less than 5 mins away from it. I’m sure I’ve also told you that I’m a future Floridian. As much as I rock my Maryland pride, it’s just way too cold for me here. And, let’s not talk about

Chesapeake Ramen

January 23, 2020 by Nicole Collins Guess what! I found something else to Marylandify! Marylandify, (verb) - to impose the customary practices of the state and people of Maryland on a person, place, or thing. That’s my official definition. If anyone knows who to contact so I can get this very important word added to the dictionary, let me know. Because I feel like if a made up word like “fabulosity” can be added to the dictionary, so can “Marylandify”. Maybe I’ll start a petition. That’s a good place to start, right? You’re going to want to sign it as soon as you see what we’re making today! We’re doing an Asian/Maryland fusion soupy kind of recipe today. Just trust me. These may not seem li

Middle Eastern Bruschetta

January 20, 2020 by Nicole Collins I'm usually behind the eight ball, but I've finally caught up on one of the latest trends. Restaurant delivery services. I know that ordering in is not a new concept at all. But, I've never been one for food delivery service. In fact, I've never been one to pay for anything that I can just do myself. Every penny counts, right? Even with all of these new services that allow you to think beyond the grease pit deli and order basically anything your heart could desire, it's just never something that I've been willing to fork out an extra few dollars to have. Until just recently, that is. A couple of weeks ago, I had dinner with the bestie and her fam; and her d

Roasted Garlic Whipped Feta

January 17, 2020 by Nicole Collins You might be a grown up if you have a favorite cheese. Then I'm DEFINITELY a grown up, because I can spout out my favorite cheese without a second of hesitation. FETA. My name is Nicole, and I'm obsessed with feta cheese. I almost always have feta in my fridge. There's just so much you can do with it! You can put it in salads. You can put it in eggs. You can put it in sauces. You can grab a chunk and eat it straight. But one of my favorite things to do with it is to slice a thin piece off of a block and rest it on top of baguette that's been brushed with lots of olive oil and toasted in the oven. Oh my goodness golly wow! Now, feta is not for the weak. It's

Cajun Shrimp and Avocado Pinwheels

January 14, 2020 by Nicole Collins We're hosting a guest today! Today, we're being fed by my dear friend and coworker, Kathy! Kathy is totally my food buddy at work. She's always talking about cooking the most amazing things. And, she's such a great cook! I basically turn into an obsessed fool over whatever food she makes for a work party (or just because), and I'm definitely not alone. Some people were just born to feed people, and Kathy is one of those people. She's up all hours of the day and night cooking for her loved ones every day, and she absolutely loves it. When we have a potluck for work, she'll sign up to bring one thing but usually end up bringing us 3 or 4 delicious things. Foo

2 Ingredient Dough Onion Bagels

January 11, 2020 by Nicole Collins Allow me to introduce you to my latest obsession. 2 ingredient dough. Have you guys seen this magical creation floating around the internet? If not, you're missing out. But, that's what I'm here for, right? Two ingredient dough is equal parts plain greek yogurt and self rising flour. That's it! And in just two ingredients, you can have bagel dough, pizza dough, pretzel dough, cinnamon roll dough...it's absolute magic! And science. I'm sure there's some science in there too. Thank you yeasty probiotics in yogurt. There are so many different theories about this simple dough too. Some recipes prefer full fat greek yogurt over non fat. Some recipes want you to

Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa Salad

January 6, 2020 by Nicole Collins I feel like brussels sprouts are making a comeback. You guys know how I feel about brussels. I love them! Cooked, raw, roasted, pan fried...I don't care how we make them. I just love them. And recently, I feel like I've been seeing brussels sprouts EVERYWHERE. So, I do this thing. It may be a little strange. But, I love reading restaurant menus. I know. I just love getting ideas and inspiration from all of the great local places around me. So, in addition to figuring out the next place I want to eat, I like to see the unique food pairings that chefs come up with. Anyways, I've been seeing brussels sprouts on menus all over the darn place. And, I love it! I f

Fish Taco Bowl

January 4, 2020 by Nicole Collins It's a new year! And if I'm being really honest, I feel like I'm completely missing it. The past few days have been kinda “meh” for me. I think I still haven't fully recovered from losing little Charlie on New Year's Eve last year. And, my baby Bella has not been feeling well or acting herself since Monday. I was having some major anxiety and having deja vu thinking about the possibility that she might pass on New Year's too. It just hasn't felt like much of a time to celebrate, for me. And, little Bella and I have a vet visit this morning; so keep her in your thoughts and prayers! Anyways, that's why I've been a little MIA this week, and that's why I totall

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