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Compound Butter 4 Ways- Part 2!

September 16, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Do you ever have revelations while you're staring into the fridge? I mean, I know we all stare into the fridge with the door wide open wasting all of the electricity waiting for something inside to tell us what to eat. But, I had this moment while I was staring into the fridge the other day when I reflected on how I could never live a life without dairy. The thought came out of nowhere. Though admittedly, I was reaching around the milk and the cream to get to the butter so that I could dip my bread straight into the tub. So... Then, while I was eating my bread and butter, I had a brief moment of worry about the amount of butter, cre

Spinach, Chickpea, and Egg Skillet

September 14, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe It’s just another Meatless Monday. How’s everyone feeling today? I was thinking about this the other day, but I’m really starting to enjoy this meatless eating thing. How about you guys? It certainly helps that dairy and eggs are still on the table. I definitely don’t think I’d survive the #MeatlessMonday movement without them. And, I don’t think that’s cheating, do you? I mean the point is to go meatless, not vegan. In exchange for meat, I’m definitely finding myself eating a lot more legumes these days. And, I’m so into it! For the most part, they’re shelf stable, they’re really cheap, and they’re kind of a blank canvas. So, we can

Creamy Shrimp Crostini

September 12, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Some foods are worth making a mess for. Today’s recipe is one of those foods. You know what I’m talking about. There are just some bites in this world that are totally worth being covered from fingers to face in some kind of mess. Usually the culprit is a sauce of some sort. Sometimes, it’s chocolate related. Regardless, even the most cleanliness loving person will sacrifice everything they believe in to enjoy the full experience of eating something messy. As a Maryland girl, steamed crabs fall at the tippity top of that list. Crabs are not necessarily a “face covered in goop” kind of experience. But, it’s your hands that get covered

House Salad Crostini

September 9, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe I’m feeling a little backwards today. Upside down. Inside out. Flipped all around. Not for any particular reason other than today’s recipe has a reverse situation vibe going on. And, I’m cool with it. Sometimes, it’s ok to break the rules! …says the goodie goodie that is a rule follower to the core. Today’s recipe was actually inspired by a member of the online supper club group that I’m in. She posted a picture a few weeks ago of a raw veggie mix on top of a bagel with cream cheese, and she called it something along the lines of a salad bagel. And of course, that got my wheels turnin’ and burnin’. I thought about how we could turn thi

Antipasto Salad

September 6, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe I want to celebrate all the parents out there today. YOU GUYS ARE ROCKSTARS. I know living in the day and age of a global pandemic is challenging for everyone, but I can't imagine being a working parent right now. I seriously don't know how you guys are doing it. Even more so, I don't know how you superheroes are balancing working full time while trying to educate your kids. Or not working because you have to educate your kids while still trying to make sure your families are financially stable. Or having to worry about your kids even more than you already do while your kids physically do go back to school during this completely unce

Shrimp and Creamy Corn Grits

September 4, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe You guys ever think you really hate something only to find out later that you absolutely love it? For me, grits falls on that list. I used to think grits were disgusting. But, that was only because my one and only encounter with grits was not a good one. The very first time I ever had grits was in a restaurant in New Orleans. And the were soooo gross. They were gloopy and flavorless and a huge let down. So, I just assumed that since I was in the south and the south knows their grits, that I just didn’t like grits. And, I accepted that. I’ll try a lot of foods, but if I don’t like it, I don’t like it. The end. It never even crossed my m

Old Bay Shrimp Fajitas

September 2, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe I’ve been on a shrimp kick lately. Who am I kidding? I’m always on a shrimp kick. Shrimp is definitely on the list of top 4 foods that keep me alive. I’m sure I’ve said that to you before. Bonus points to anyone that knows what other 3 foods fall on that list. I guess I should say that I’ve been on even more of a shrimp kick than normal lately. I bought four pounds of frozen shrimp at the grocery store last week. FOUR POUNDS. And, let’s just say that I’m going to need to restock sooner than you may think. What can I say? I love seafood! And, shrimp is the easiest and most accessible for me. I can buy it frozen at a really great price,

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