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S’mores Lasagna for One

Don’t worry about sharing with this s’mores lasagna for one. Made with layers of graham cracker, chocolate sweetened Greek yogurt, and graham crackers.

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Happy National S’mores Day! Today is yet another fun food holiday that landed on a Sunday which means this dangerous little guy comes to you in single serving size.

The idea for this came from my chocolate peanut butter cup lasagna which was a huge hit. This s’mores version is a tiny bit healthier being made with Greek yogurt that has been sweetened slightly with cocoa powder and powdered sugar. The rest isn’t quite as healthy with marshmallow creme, graham crackers, mini marshmallows and a chocolate drizzle.

If made for a crowd this would great presented in a tall clear glass, better defining the layers. But since I know you’re just going to eat this while standing over the kitchen counter there’s no need to get all fancy.

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Three years ago: Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich with Au Jus
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30+ No-Bake Desserts

Don’t turn on the oven! Here is a list of over 30 no-bake desserts for those hot summer days.

30+ No-Bake Desserts

It’s hot outside and the last thing you want to do is counter the activity of your central air conditioning my turning on your oven. But that doesn’t mean you have to go without dessert as I have assembled a list of over 30 desserts that won’t turn your home into a sweat-box. Many are chilled desserts which are perfect for hot summer days.

What are your favorite no-bake desserts?

One year ago: Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars

Two years ago: Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Burgers

Three years ago: Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins
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Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon, Peach, & Basil Burgers

Be adventurous with this goat cheese stuffed burger topped with not only bacon but basil, peach chutney and even peach slices. You’ll be surprised how good it tastes!

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Well that was quick. Just yesterday I mentioned that any day now someone will snatch me up for a job. Sure enough shortly after applying to a couple jobs yesterday morning I got a phone call from one asking to set up an in-person interview. An hour later I had a confirmation e-mail for an interview on August 18th! I should foretell things more often on this blog – it’s magical. I did just apply to two more perfect-for-me jobs O:-).

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To celebrate this crazy turn of events lets have some fun with our food by combining meat and fruit into one crazy-awesome burger. This burger starts off decently normal with a little pepper mixed into the meat and bacon for topping but then you stuff some goat cheese in the patty and add peach chutney, peach slices, and basil on top. Sounds weird but tastes delicious. If you are skeptical assemble it with everything but the peach slices, but put them on the side to try. I bet they will end up on that burger if you give them a chance.

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One year ago: Veggie Cups with Green Goddess Dip & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Two years ago: Cinnabon Roll Rice Krispies Treats
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Blueberry-Cherry Buckle

The end of summer brings blueberries and cherries, which pair together in this blueberry-cherry buckle with a crumble topping. Served with fresh whipped cream!

Blueberry-Cherry Buckle

When I was first trying to figure out how/where to store all my furniture and excess stuff upon leaving Memphis to live with my parents while continuing my job search I did not imagine I would need storage for more than 3 months, or at least I hoped I would not. Here I am 6 months later thinking that maybe I should have taken my uncle’s advice to sell most of my stuff. It would have put money in my pocket and saved money on storage, but over the years I have slowly accumulated big-person furniture and really didn’t want to sell furniture I really liked just to buy more again later. After 6 months of paying for storage however, it would have made more sense to do so. Especially since as summer creeps to and end I am remembering that most of my fall and all of my winter attire is in storage. But surely someone will realize how awesome I am and snatch me up before I need to worry about buying a new wardrobe.

In the meantime, let’s soak up the summer. The best thing about summer is all the fantastic fruits which are in season. It started out with the berries but later in the summer, such as now, we get things like cherries and peaches which are only good this time of year. You will find me in a corner making myself sick eating those fruits as fast as I can get my hands on them. After picking 9 pounds of blueberries my dad and  I were on a mission to find the best ways to use them (besides going straight into my gullet). After picking sweet cherries the deal was sealed as my dad pulled out this recipe for a blueberry-cherry buckle. Don’t forget the fresh whipped cream!

One year ago: Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars

Two years ago: Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Burgers

Three years ago: Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins
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Turkey and Kale Panini & Stonewall Kitchen Giveaway

This turkey, pepperjack, and kale panini perfected with the addition of maple bacon aioli. Spread it on just about anything and you won’t be sorry.

Turkey and Kale Panini

August is National panini month. Paninis are just fancy grilled cheeses and I happen to love all forms of grilled cheese. This particular version was dreamed up when I received a jar of Stonewall Kitchen’s maple bacon aioli. Bacon makes everything better and the sweetness of the maple seemed perfect for turkey. Then I slapped on a little heat with pepperjack cheese and some healthy stuff in the form of kale. Yea it was good, so much so that I also spread it on top of a steak.

Steak with Maple Bacon Aioli

But I don’t want to be a tease so I am giving away a jar of the aioli to try out for yourself. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the bottom of this post. If you need more motivation,  on their website they also had a recipe for hot spinach and artichoke dip with this aioli in it - that has got to be tasty. Get a jar, make it and this sandwich, and then serve it together. And then continue to spread the aioli on everything in sight.

One year ago: Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale

Three years ago: “I Can’t Believe It’s Healthier” Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

These chewy cookies are for all the chocolate and peanut butter lovers out there, with a double dose of peanut butter in the dough and the peanut butter chips.

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Today is a repeat food holiday – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. It first occurred on May 15th and apparently has more than one day in the year. But I was skeptical of the food calendar which I follow and upon googling it seems as though the one on May 15th is actually just “chocolate chip day”. Guess today is the real chocolate chip day, but regardless of which date is the “official” holiday you don’t need an excuse to enjoy some chocolate chips by themselves or even in a cookie. Or in this case peanut butter chips encased by chocolate-peanut butter cookie dough. And yes this is yet another successful creation based on my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies which means they too will rock the socks off of your taste buds, if in fact they wore socks.

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One year ago: Single Serving Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

Three years ago: Eggplant Veggie Burgers
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Bourbon Pecan Pie for One

Everything you love about pecan pie now in a single serving size. This bourbon pecan pie for one is easy to prepare, complete with a mini pie crust recipe.

Grab Some Nuts

Today everyone’s nuts are on display for Grab Some Nuts Day! A group of bloggers got together to play with their nuts in celebration of this awesomely silly holiday, creating nutty recipes featuring tanned nuts, salty nuts, nut butters and nut balls. So grab some nuts and get ready to show them off.

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I’m not sure when my love of nuts began but I naively proclaimed it during my high school AP English class. The assignment was to write a letter in the form of a poem (we were learning the different styles at the time) and as usual our teacher was anonymously reading them in front of the class. One student wrote a letter to a candy bar company protesting all the nuts they put in their products – at which point I gasped and exclaimed “but I love nuts!” As I am sure you can imagine, the 17/18 year-olds in my class stifled their laughter as I suddenly became aware of what I had said and felt the blood rushing to my face, but thankfully our teacher continued reading and I was spared.

For my contribution to Grab Some Nuts Day I got my nuts drunk and gooey in a single serving bourbon pecan pie because it’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it (and because today is Single Serving Sunday as well).

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Be sure to visit all the other Nutty Participants for Grab Some Nuts Day:

Guess that if you are what you eat, we’re all nuts.

Three years ago: Deviled Strawberries
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20 No-Cook Summer Recipes

Beat the summer heat with these 20 no-cook breakfast, snack and entree recipes. No oven or stove-top required.

20 No-Cook Summer Recipes

July and August tend to be the hottest summer months which means turning on your oven or even cooking on your stove-top is undesirable. For such occasions I have compiled a list of 20 recipes that require no oven or stove-top for breakfast, entrees and even snacks. What are come of your favorite no-cook recipes for hot summer days?

Next week I will be sharing some of the favorite no-bake desserts!

One year ago: Individual Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon & Jalapeno

Three years ago: Sourdough Starter
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No-Churn Chocolate Almond Ice Cream & Giveaway

No ice cream maker is needed to make this creamy chocolate ice cream with roasted salted almonds. Less work and all the flavor!

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With ice cream month coming to a close today I thought it was appropriate to not only post an ice cream recipe but also host a giveaway for some delicious pure almond and chocolate extracts. Use the rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post and follow the prompts to enter! But first, this ice cream.

Growing up in Rochester, NY meant that my family loved Abbott’s frozen custard. While locations have started to spread outside of upstate NY, unfortunately they have not made it this far south yet. Since my dad’s favorite flavor is their chocolate almond I decided to try my hand at making my own. I even took it so far as to make a no-churn, no-cook, egg-free version. The basic no-churn recipe starts with 2 cups of heavy cream, whipped, and a can of sweetened condensed milk. From there I added cocoa powder, roasted salted almonds, and almond and chocolate extract. It may not be frozen custard but my dad was very pleased with the results - super creamy and chock-full of almonds, just the way he likes it.

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Two years ago: Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese, Corn, and Bacon Waffles
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Spicy Honey Mustard Hard Pretzels

Hard pretzels seasoned with spicy mustard and honey make a great snack for any occasion. Add a little extra heat if you are feeling bold!

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Periodically throughout my job search I find myself contemplating the idea of going back to school for something. I say “something” because that’s where my train of thought loses its rationality. I cannot imagine any other venue in which I would want to pursue a career. Before grad school I had actually considered Pharmacy school or even a dual PharmD/PhD. Since graduating I have thought of going back for the PharmD but there’s no enthusiasm there. Then there was the idea getting a masters degree to be a PA or Med Tech because I find TONS of job postings for those positions, but again just doesn’t get my motor going. The bright side of this thought process is that it means I am already looking in the right field of work for me (and those 7 years of grad school were not pointless), I just have to find the job. But finding the job has not proven to be an easy task, therefore causing these thoughts of going back to school. Oh the cyclic nature of this story.

Going along with the theme of recurrences I made yet another version of seasoned hard pretzels. They are so easy to make and difficult to resist. This one was inspired by the expansive supply of El Diablo spicy mustards I received for July’s Burger Month. I also added a little bit of honey to give these some sweet heat. Surprisingly my dad enjoyed them which means they were not overly spicy (or maybe he’s growing more tolerant of spicy foods since I’ve been around), so depending on what kind of mustard you use and how spicy you prefer the pretzels you may want to add some cayenne pepper powder.

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One year ago: Bananas Foster Mini Cheesecakes

Two years ago: Spaghetti Squash with White Cheddar Cheese Sauce
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