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{slow cooker} hawaiian kalua pig

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Aloha, Friends! My darling friend Ann, over at Sumptuous Spoonfuls Blog, made Kalua Pig for a recent Luau she attended (among other Hawaiian delicacies.) I just love her blog and photos. She’s such a talented lady, and definitely one of my Facebook “besties.” Hi, Ann! *waves. Authentic Kalua Pig is cooked in an imu, which…

simply delicious strawberry cake {or don’t follow stupid cake instructions when you know they’re wrong}

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My little grandgirl Chloe requested all things strawberry for her 4th birthday party. I decided only the best would do, and went online to look for an amazing strawberry cake recipe with strawberry frosting. Paula Deen’s recipe is highly praised by almost everyone who’s made it. And it’s pretty much exactly the same no matter…

hawaiian cheese ball {the big kahuna}

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This cheese ball is completely creamy, bacony, pineapply and delicious! If you don’t like coconut, you can coat it with chopped Macadamia nuts instead. It’s great either way! We enjoyed our cheese ball with Food Should Taste Good’s Sweet Potato Chips. They’re slightly sweet and are an awesome vehicle for scooping up the amazing cheese.…

{just like panera’s} creamy tomato soup

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A couple weeks ago, Gracie and I enjoyed an afternoon on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. We perused the shelves of Barnes & Noble, bought some books, and had lunch at Panera. I had the Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich (ohmygosh! that tomato basil bread is to die for!) and chips, and Grace had half of a turkey…

homemade candy bars

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This recipe is loosely adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s recipe for healthy candy bars that I discovered in her awesome book, It’s All Good. Her original recipe calls for 1/2 cup shredded coconut in addition to the rest of the ingredients, and I opted to omit it. She adds coconut oil to the chocolate topping, and…

taquitos

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So, as you already know from my 9 kazillion taco recipe posts, I am a taco fanatic. I am always looking for new, interesting fillings and new ways to prepare them. Taquitos are my new obsession. They’re tacos, but they’re also crunchy finger food. It’s fun to make up a bunch of different salsas and…

maui sunrise smoothie

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My hubby woke up to one of these beautiful smoothies for his healthy Father’s Day breakfast yesterday. I had one too, and let me tell ya, it was awesome! Pretty too, huh? Feel free to add a dollop of greek yogurt and/or a scoop of your favorite protein powder to this if you need the…

fluffy french bread stuffing

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One of my daughter Gracie’s favorite foods is stuffing. She doesn’t care what time of year it is. I’m pretty sure she could eat it every day. Here’s a versatile, easy stuffing/dressing recipe that you can make as a side dish for virtually any meal. I always feel like something’s missing if I don’t have…

grandma’s cucumber salad

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“He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sun beams out of cucumbers which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.” ~Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels My grandma has been making this awesome summer salad for as long as I can remember.…

cream cheese egg salad

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For some reason we bought 3 dozen eggs the last time we went to the grocery store. I have no idea how it happened, but even with all the cooking and baking I do, there is no WAY I can use up 3 dozen eggs unless I make egg salad. And I do adore egg…