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Freezer Meals for the Instant Pot

So I guess you could say that nesting has finally taken over… The past two weekends I’ve spent cooking and preparing endless freezer meals for post-baby life. Like so much so, my husband had to have an intervention. Thankfully he has faith in my ability to cook post-baby, even if I am skeptical. Either way, we are set with at least two weeks or more of meals in the freezer. Some of the meals are ready to bake or heat…

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The Secrets to Kale Salads + Kale Berry Salad with Granola Recipe

If you are anything like me, you don’t necessarily like to buy into the fads and trends of the times. Fads and trends come and go sometimes quicker than we can blink an eye. Kale has seemed like such a fad food, albeit I know it is healthy for you. But I feel like we keep finding kale in places that it doesn’t belong. Either way, I was hesitant to jump on the kale train but I found a couple…

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Chicken Ortega Casserole

One of my favorite meals is any meal I grew up eating. That feeling of nostalgia as you take that first bite, it takes you back to when you were a kid. I always spent summers at my Grandma Nonny’s house. I can remember cooking and baking with her, playing cards in bed, sitting on the porch and looking out on the lake below. Some of my best childhood memories took place with my Nonny and some of my favorite…

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Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloins have become one of my new favorite things to cook, especially for a weeknight meal. They are quick to cook and still pack a ton of flavor. I have always enjoyed stuffing pork tenderloins, but haven’t spent a ton of time just cooking them to slice and enjoy.  I decided to cook these pork tenderloins on our Green Mountain pellet grill, which by the way, I absolutely adore. The Butcher Man, my dad, gifted us the grill as…

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Potluck Pasta Salad

Last week, I got the phone call.. Someone in our community had passed away and it was our turn to show love in food and service.  Serving at events like funerals in the basement of our local church always gives me a renewed sense of faith in our small towns. I don’t know about where you live, but in small town America, we show love in food. There are many salads and bars that are brought to nourish the hearts of…

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Pulled Pork Nachos with Chipotle Slaw and Pineapple Salsa

When we were in Hawaii, we enjoyed some amazing nachos that were plum full of pulled pork, great homemade bbq sauce, a pineapple pico style salsa, and some coleslaw to top it off. We split a plate amongst friends with some beers and then ended up having to order another plate because they were just THAT good. I have been wanting to recreate them ever since we got back, but I just haven’t.  Last week I had some pulled pork…

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Farmer Approved Farming Recipes

Farmer Approved Tractor Meals

Doesn’t matter what season it is whether it be spring planting or fall harvest, it always feels like it goes from zero to hundred in the blink of an eye. Every year I tell myself I am going to be more prepared and have things on hand to help feed an ever-busy, can barely stop to eat farmer and agronomist. Some years I do and some years I don’t. The years I don’t I am left unprepared and unsure of what…

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Instant Pot Carnitas

I have shared my intense love/obsession with authentic and traditional tasting Mexican food on this blog over and over again. I could honestly eat Mexican food 3 times a week and be happy as a clam! Being that I no longer live in the mecca of good Mexican food, I have to figure out ways to recreate my own.  Carnitas are hands down one of my favorite items I will order off of any good Mexican food menu. I have…

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Mexican Lasagna Casserole

It is a pretty regular occurrence that whenever my dad and I talk, we spent quite a bit of time talking about what we are cooking or what we have cooked. I have fond memories of sitting at our snack bar as a kid and watching him cook. I honestly believed growing up that my dad was like magic, he could build, cook, and create anything from scratch. And he regularly did. And to this day, I get a lot of inspiration…

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Pork Belly Bao Buns

Bao buns have become the latest craze in the Americanized Asian food world. Delicate little buns steamed until fluffy and served with a variety of toppings. Think the Asian version of a taco!  We first tried these delicious buns while in California eating at our new favorite ramen house. And immediately I knew we needed to recreate them. Of course, I used one of the most savory of cuts of meat, pork belly! I paired the savory pork belly with…

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