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For Christmas, the Mr blessed me with the Instant Pot I was coveting for months! Instant Pot recently collaborated with The Pioneer Woman on a special design Multi-Cooker Instant Pot and it is gorgeous! I was so excited until I started hearing people who have them say things about how hard it was to figure…

What’s the Quesadill-io?

When I was a little girl, I always loved ordering the quesadilla off the appetizer menu whenever we went to Tex-Mex restaurants. You cant beat crispy tortillas stuffed with cheeeeese. I’ve upgraded since then, but the basics still remain. The real magic of this recipe is that everything is cooked in bacon grease! These Green…

Salsa for a SeƱora

A certain zesty girlfriend of mine recently had a birthday and that girl loves her some fruit salsa. Anytime I run across a yummy looking recipe for fruit salsa; I tag it for later when we have a girls night in, when I’m bringing her a treat, or when (in this case) she has a…

Happy Birthday to the Mr

Since I’ve known him, the Mr’s favorite dessert has been yellow cake with chocolate icing. Something so simple and yet I’ve attempted to complicate it with various incarnations most years. One year, I even made the cake using all hazelnut meal in the place of flour to make it “healthier.” It was… “mealy” to say…

Weird Science

Downtown Arlington (Texas) is currently enjoying what one might call a renaissance of sorts. No longer solely relegated to the lower-class, the city has in recent years been investing in it’s downtown aiming to bring it back to its former glory. It’s even adopted the slogan as “America’s Dream City” to evoke the feelings and…

I’m All Shuka Up

It was breakfast(ish) for dinner last at the Smith Haus. Shakshuka is a dish that originated in North Africa and has been winding it’s way westward across menus Stateside. The basic idea is that eggs are poached (instead of fried) in a skillet in a fragrant tomato sauce. It’s served bubbling hot right out of…

Pie-Ay-Uh

About a month ago I was making Risotto Milanese which calls for saffron (if you missed that post, you can read about it here). Saffron is infamously pricey, but I found a great deal on it at World Market here! Since I got such a great deal, I bought two and have been looking for…

Oh Snap!

A few years ago, the Mr and I went on a church married couples retreat with some of our friends to Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri.  Every evening, a staff member would bring a fresh gingersnap cookie (called Pepparkakor) to our cabin.  It’s an old Swedish custom to place the cookie in the palm…

Good Luck!

Why exactly do we eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day? It is thought to represent prosperity coming in the new year since they swell when cooked. I’ll take that! I haven’t actively observed this tradition in the past, but this year I decided to make Laura Bush’s recipe for New Year’s Day Black-Eyed…