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Back-to-School “Sushi” Rollups

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Back-to-School “Sushi” Rollups

Let's be honest, nothing can take the sting out of the summer ending. As parents, we can’t make waking up early and going to school sound more appealing than rolling out of bed around lunch time and leisurely making your way to the pool.

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Grilled Cheese All Over Town

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Grilled Cheese All Over Town

I ate many a PB&J in my youth, but my favorite sandwich was a grilled cheese. It was warm and gooey, and not something I could take to school. It was special. My mom made them for me. My mom’s best friend made them for me. My aunt made them for me. I ate them all over Fort Wayne, Indiana, and I ranked them.

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Teddy Bear Toast with Salted Vanilla Cashew Butter

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Teddy Bear Toast with Salted Vanilla Cashew Butter

It’s back to school season! So today I’m back with a kid-friendly, super adorable toast-inspired recipe that’s easy to put together and even easier to enjoy. I’ve been seeing photos of these teddy bear toasts recipes where people use fresh fruit to replicate the face of a bear. I fell in love with the idea so I decided to make it here! For this recipe, I used homemade cashew butter, but you can use any variety of nut butter or sweet spread (perhaps even cookie butter like the one I made last year). These Teddy Bear Toasts are cute, simple, and easy to assemble. Get the kids involved! I also found that adding raisins and a drizzle of maple syrup works beautifully here as well. Mornings never tasted so good. 

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Stuff on Toast: A Culinary Salute to the Armed Forces

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Stuff on Toast: A Culinary Salute to the Armed Forces

I’m back with another delicious and super easy toast recipe! With Memorial Day and the 4th of July, summer is the perfect time to salute the armed forces. I come from a long line of family members who have served in the American military, stretching way back to my great-grandfather. When brainstorming recipe ideas for this Toastimonial, my father suggested doing “Stuff on Toast” (better known as “S&%@ on Toast” or “SOS” from members of the service), a popular dish served when he was in the Air Force. Father explained that it is a classic country gravy with chipped corn beef over warm buttered toast.

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Roasted Red Peppers and Goat Cheese

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Roasted Red Peppers and Goat Cheese

My particular kitchen vibe is best described as “assembling ingredients.” Rarely does what I do cross over into “cooking” territory. I argue, however, that what I do requires a different set of skills than cooking. In order to assemble ingredients in a satisfying way, one has to have a taste for what ingredients will go well together. Usually, I steal from restaurants. This situation is no exception.

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Grilled Cheese

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Grilled Cheese

Honestly, there's not much left that can be said about the grilled cheese (or cheese toasty, if you're from Indiana). It's basically the world's most perfect food. The perfection comes from its extreme simplicity. Literally, if you follow the blueprint, you will always end up with something delicious. Butter any type of bread + add any cheese + make melty/toasty. American on white bread, or cave-aged cheddar on fresh sourdough; the blueprint works every time! There are few things on Earth that are this easy, with results so sublime.

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese

I work from home, and for the most part, it’s everything you’re imagining: laptop in bed, pajamas at 3:00 p.m., talking to my cats about their hopes and dreams. But what they don’t tell you about working from home is that you are responsible for lunch every single day. There aren’t any monthly team Chipotle lunches or impromptu midday margaritas with co-workers. It’s just me and the kitchen every single workday.

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Breaded Falafel

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Breaded Falafel

As far as portable foods go, falafel often ranks at the top of most lists and for good reason. It is healthy, full of amazing spices, and surprisingly easy to prepare. Not to mention, it is somehow simultaneously both light and satisfyingly filling. What's not to love?

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French Onion Soup

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French Onion Soup

There are few things in life more comforting than a good bowl of soup. This is especially true when we are rapidly approaching full on hibernation season. This dish is even more comforting when the soup is topped with melty cheese, and chocked full of savory onions and rich herb soaked stock.

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Grilled Tomato Bruschetta

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Grilled Tomato Bruschetta

In need of a summer/autumn inspired appetizer for your next BBQ, tailgate, or bonfire? This grilled tomato bruschetta has got you covered. The beautiful charred grilled tomatoes are chopped up, mixed together with red onion, fresh basil, and vinegars, before being topped on some Aunt Millie’s Honey White bread and served immediately. Delicious!

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Simple Cheese Strata

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Simple Cheese Strata

Despite having so many activities of obvious precedence, we still have to eat. This is when having a few, foolproof, ready-to-go meals become a necessity. However, as any seasoned veteran of summer time unpredictability knows, you have to be able to adapt. You never know who will be sitting at the table

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Three Cheese Beer Cheese Spread on Toast

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Three Cheese Beer Cheese Spread on Toast

St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, but this savory beer cheese spread can be your next party’s show stopper no matter the occasion or dictated color of outerwear (green just isn’t my color). Are you in need of an easy but delicious game day dip? Requiring an impressive spread to serve at your next cocktail party? Or just want something smoky and cheesy to bite into shamelessly as a midnight snack (no judgment, we’re all friends here). If so, then this spread on toast recipe is for you

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