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Baked Shrimp Po' Boys with Old Bay Remoulade

October 17, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe We're bringing back a favorite today! I know I've talked about this before, but my recipes are like my children. I love them all the same. I wouldn't share them with you if I didn't. But if we're all being honest, we inevitably have favorites. We can't help it. It's just human nature to gravitate a little more towards someone or something. So do I have favorite favorite recipes? Yup, I sure do. And, I'm sure you guys could figure out which ones they are. Because, we see altered versions of the same things over and over when something is my favorite. For example, my Basil Chive Vinaigrette. How many times did we use that this summer? We

Salted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 15, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe I'm having a party. A party for two. Inviting nobody. Nobody but you. You guys remember that Shania Twain song? I have to rewrite the chorus a little bit today to say that I'm having a party for one, though. Because it's 2020, and this year is crap. But no matter how much poopoo this year continues to throw at us, we're throwing a party today. Because, today is my birthday! That's right. Another trip around the sun. Officially closer to 40 than 30. The big 36. WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN? Didn't I just celebrate my 25th birthday? Where have the last 10 years gone? But, you're only as old as you feel, right? And today, I feel like the age where

Chesapeake Poutine

October 13, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe We're shaking things up today! And, we have a lot to talk about today, so I think we're going to skip story time and get right to it. Plus, I'm kinda starting to run out of stories. Having had no real life experiences in 7 months will do that, I guess. I'm sure you guys don't want to hear that the most exciting thing that happens during the day for me these days is changing from my daytime pjs to my nighttime pjs. Anywho... You guys know I love a good fusion meal. And, I feel like it's been a hot minute since we've had one around here. So, today is the day. Today, we're making Chesapeake Poutine! Let's talk about poutine for a minute. P

Creamy Taco Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken

October 9, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe I have a real question today. Why does slow cooker season happen during the fall and winter? As soon as the temps start to drop, everyone dusts off the slow cooker; and it becomes the appliance of the season. But why? Why wouldn't summer be slow cooker season? Wouldn't it make more sense to cook in an appliance that doesn't radiate any heat during the months where we can't stand to turn on the oven? I don't know why after all these years that this question has started to bother me, but I really don't understand. Is it because the slow cooker typically cooks “comfort food”? Is it because we can cook on the grill during the summer? I reall

Garlic Honey Butter Shrimp and Truffle Cheddar Grits

October 7, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Food cravings are such a strange phenomenon. It's crazy how the thought of tasting something can overwhelm you so much that you can't stop thinking about it. The power of food, right? I think I heard somewhere once that a lot of our cravings are just impulses. And, if you think about something that you're craving for more than 3 minutes, then it's a real craving. Otherwise, most of the time our “cravings” are fleeting and will pass if we don't indulge right away. Someone might need to fact check me on that though. It's very possible that's completely made up. I had a really strange craving recently. I had a strong, obsessive, 2 week long

Brothy Beans with Shiitake Garlic Broth

October 5, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe Brothy beans! You ever heard of them? I hadn't either. But brothy beans are a fan favorite in my local supper club group. So, after seeing post after post after post about brothy beans, I decided I needed to try it for myself. And, I'm so glad that I did. The supper club group that I belong to used to be part online recipe sharing/part in person dinner parties. But, COVID has totally changed the dynamic of the group. And honestly, I think it's for the better. When I joined the group last summer, there were a mere 200 members. Just in the past few months, the group has grown to over 7 thousand members! And what's neat about the group is t

Bacon and Beer Mac and Cheese

October 1, 2020 by Nicole Collins Jump to Print Recipe We are getting deep into comfort food season, folks. Though, who are we kidding? It's been comfort food season since the moment COVID decided to rear it's ugly head. I've actually been holding on to today's recipe for a hot minute. I've been waiting for that perfect moment to share it. And, the time has finally come. You see, I tested this recipe deep in the middle of the summer. I'm usually unable to eat pasta during the summertime. It's just so heavy. The only acceptable pasta is my Shrimp and Mac Salad. But, that's not considered pasta if you ask me. That's considered heaven in your mouth. But since all bets are off in 2020, I've been

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