Corn Dogs, State Fair

Spicy Caramelized Onion Dip & Dressed Corn Dogs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. Food is not just an energy source. It is often a trigger, inexplicably intertwined with moments in time. Fresh out of the oven cinnamon rolls and I’m a 5-year-old in my aunt’s kitchen trying to sneak a bite. When I walk through the door of a coffee house and catch a whiff of the inescapable aroma, my heart swoons as I’m immediately transported to the first date with my husband. Crispy corn dogs on a stick and I flash back …

Tai Pei, Fried Rice, Frozen Meals

Tai Pei Fried Rice for the Win!

This post was sponsored by Tai Pei, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Every so often, I like to take a recipe breather and introduce you to an innovative pre-made food product instead. I do this because I am a realist. I know you’re busy. Unless you’re Ina Garten or Martha Stewart (circa 1980), it’s impossible to make every meal from scratch. Seriously, who has time for that?! Even me, a professional food writer, stylist, and recipe developer often opts for pre-made, easy meals. Between my work, my toddler, and every day life, home cooked food is …

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Portofino Tuna Casserole

This post was sponsored by Bella Portofino as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. There is nothing better than a heaping plate of comfort food on a blistery cold winter’s day. Piping hot tomato soup and grilled cheese as wind howls. Baked potato with all the fixings on a rainy day. Or a plate filled with heart-warming tuna casserole as the snow falls softly to the ground. I’ve teamed up with Bella Portofino to bring you today’s modern take on a classic recipe that is perfect for sharing with …

mincemeat, pie, bourbon, mincemeat pie

Mincemeat Almond Pie with Bourbon Glaze

Tis the season for pie! And since I am personally obsessed with all things British, I am going to subject you to a traditional English recipe once again. But fear not, for as always I have added a unique twist to the classic recipe. Because who likes messing with a good thing? I do! With the help of MI-DEL Pie Crusts, I have created a scrumptious pie recipe to add to the holiday bake list: Mincemeat Almond Pie with Bourbon Glaze. Who wants a slice? For red-blooded Americans a pie with ‘meat’ in the title might sound a bit unappetizing. …

christmas, sandwich, pork patty sliders, sliders

Christmas Pork Patty Sliders

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc.. All opinions are entirely my own. There is a meal that gets neglected every year on Christmas day… lunch. Think about it. With the unwrapping of presents, breakfast is often a decadent smorgasbord of homemade cinnamon buns and sizzling bacon slices. Then, the day’s festivities are topped off with a dinner feast of ham, roasted vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, and pie. But what about lunch?! It is the most overlooked and underrated part of the day. Well, let’s adopt this little sad food baby and give it a …

Thanksgiving, turkey, gifts, gift guide

Thanksgiving Day Secrets: Turkey Recipe + Fun Finds

This is a big moment in our relationship. I am about to impart to you my secret family Thanksgiving Day turkey recipe. This is a recipe that I have not strayed from for over 10 years and there is a reason… it’s amazing. Well, that’s a lie. About 5 years ago, I made wine-braised pheasant for the holiday and I just about had a mutiny on my hands. My Thanksgiving turkey recipe is that good that it filled my own loving family with inconsolable rage when I didn’t make it. Remember that with such power comes great responsibility. I am …

chicken nuggets, tyson, dinner

The Case for Chicken Nuggets

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. We interrupt your regularly scheduled recipe program for an important message. Specially marked Tyson® Chicken products are raised with no antibiotics ever! *Parents around the world squeal in joy!* Yes, if you are the parent of a toddler, like myself, then you know that they are solely fueled on a diet of chicken nuggets and mommy tears. Why won’t they eat anything else?! No joke, there are days that my daughter will literally go without food. She straight up holds …

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Candied Bacon Dippers with Heluva Good! Dip

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! as part of an Ambassador Program and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Assuming you do not have a hurricane crashing your Labor Day plans, this weekend is prime time to throw one last summer BBQ. I suggest going all out for this final warm-weathered hoorah. Burgers, pork loin, hot dogs, steak, and, of course, bacon. Wait, did I only list meats? Dang right, I did. There are a plethora of grilling options for you to contemplate, but I will offer up one fantastically decadent appetizer idea: Candied Bacon Dippers …