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Simple and tasty dinner recipes for any night of the week.

13 Clever Things to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet

Let’s take a minute and talk about the beauty that is the cast iron skillet.

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It can be used to make dinner, desserts, dips and so much more. Cleaning is a breeze, and really, the more you use it, the nicer it is to you. It really is a staple in any kitchen and is the best way for cooking bacon, chicken and even biscuits!

But that’s not all you can do…here are 13 clever things to make in your cast iron skillet!

13 Clever Things to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet

Pecan Apple Dutch Baby

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Country Egg Skillet

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Veggie Pot Pie

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Chocolate Cinnamon Skillet Brownie

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Monster Skillet Cookie

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Apple Pie Skillet Cobbler

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Skillet Drop Biscuits

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Curry Bread with Cheesy Dip

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Strawberry Nectarine Skillet Crisp

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Skillet Cookie

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Garlic Lover’s Pizza

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Refried Bean Dip

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta

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11 Cauliflower Recipes You’re Gonna Love

My love of cauliflower is a recent development…I actually spent the first 20 years or so of my life never having tasted it. I know, I know…BLAME MY PARENTS! 😉

In the last few years, I’ve actually come to love cauliflower and all the amazing things you can do with it. I’ve had it in mac n’ cheese, as a mashed potato substitute, and just roasted with garlic and salt (YOU GUYS IT’S SO GOOD).

In an effort to eat healthier and cut out unnecessary carbs, I’ve been looking for more cauliflower recipes…and I thought I’d share a few of my faves! From spicy snacks to amazing pasta dishes, here are 11 cauliflower recipes you’re gonna love!

11 Cauliflower Recipes You’re Gonna Love

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  1. Cauliflower Pasta with Tahini Sauce
  2. Cauliflower Rice
  3. Cauliflower Potato Salad
  4. Cauliflower Bread
  5. Baked Cauliflower Bites
  6. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
  7. Cauliflower Tacos
  8. Spicy Roasted Cauliflower
  9. Low Carb Cauliflower Hummus
  10. Cauliflower Tater Tots
  11. Cheesy Cauliflower Fritters

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12 Easy and Delicious Family Dinners

Dinner with the fam is about to get a whole lot easier…

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With these 12 easy and delicious dinner recipes, you can have food on the table and be done cooking in time to catch up on your favorite TV shows. These crowd-pleasers are also great for dinner parties and potlucks.

12 Easy and Delicious Family Dinners

Super Tender Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef

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Creamy Tuscan Shrimp Linguine

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The Best Baked Pineapple Chicken

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Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mushroom Cream Sauce

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Beefy Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

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Pan-Seared Salmon with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

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Egg Roll in a Bowl

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Chinese Glazed Roast Pork

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Vegetable Soup

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Chicken Cacciatore

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Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle and Ricotta

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Crispy Baked Ranch Chicken

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8 Dinner and Dessert Pairings

On any given weekday, about 90% of my drive home from work is trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

It’s near impossible to find the time to make a tasty home-cooked meal, let alone a dessert to match. However, these tasty dinner and dessert pairings are sure to be crowd-pleasers no matter what the occasion.

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Whether you’re planning a family dinner on Sunday or just a casual meal on Wednesday, these dinner and dessert pairings will give you a new appreciation for food and flavor!

8 Dinner and Dessert Pairings

A delicious Red Wine Braised Short Rib dinner is made even better when followed by a Brownie Truffle with Cream and Raspberry Jam. Red wine is what connects these two together…so make sure you have plenty for drinking with dessert once dinner is done!

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Everyone is going to love this Roasted Garlic and Tomato Fettuccine, but anything made with garlic comes at a stinky price! Combat garlic breathe with a slice of tasty Classic Apple Pie. Apples help combat stinky breathe, especially of the garlic variety!

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If you’re looking for something a little healthier, try this Chipotle Chicken Salad. It’s a great summer go-to and a quick dinner for weeknight planning. Finish your meal off with a slice of Lemon Pudding Bundt Cake, perfect for giving you a taste of something sweet without the guilt.

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This all-American meal of Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken deserves a sweet surrender to another classic, Peach Shortcake. Best of all, the dessert is gluten free!

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A splash of honey helps combine this tasty dinner and dessert combo. Delicious Honey Mustard Broiled Salmon is finished with a helping (or two!) of Peach Toasts with Honey-Whipped Ricotta. This is a tasty summer meal that’s great for company.

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These Cheesy Spinach Lasagna Rolls make a great family dinner. They cook up quickly and are a fun alternative to traditional lasagna. Finish things off with another Italian classic, Berry-Misu!

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Take a trip to India with this tasty Mixed Vegetable Curry (you can even add meat if you want). Then cool it down with a sweet Strawberry Lassi Smoothie, great if your dinner was a little on the spicy side.

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Drizzle your Flat Iron Steak with a tasty basil aioli. Great for putting on tacos or just serving as is, this steak is a crowd-pleasing dinner no matter what the occasion. Ironically, strawberries compliment basil quite nicely, making these Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches the perfect finish to this meal.

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Blackened Cod with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

While fish can often be a bit pricey here in the Midwest, it surely makes an easy and quick mid-week meal. With a few spices and some standard veggies, you can dress up a fresh cod filet in no time, having dinner on the table in a little over an hour!

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Blackened Cod with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh cod filets
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 russet potatoes, sliced
  • 6 multicolored carrots, peeled

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Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, Italian seasoning, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
  2. Drizzle cod filets with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Rub spice mix on all sides of fish. Place in plastic bag or container and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place sliced potatoes in bowl. Drizzle with 3-4 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Arrange in one layer on cookie sheet. If desired, sprinkle with chili powder for a little extra flavor. Bake in 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until potatoes start to brown. Turn over and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Drizzle peeled carrots with remaining olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in oven during last 15 minutes of potatoes cooking. If you like your carrots a little more well-done, leave them in the oven until they’re done to your liking.
  6. Place marinated fish on foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in 450 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes, until flesh begins to flake. Serve with a fresh squeeze of lime, if desired.

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Hygge Week: Danish Curried Meatballs

Happy Hygge Week!

It’s time to get cozy…time to forget about the fact that it’s Monday and to just find your happy place.  It’s time to dig out your woolen socks, wrap yourself in that thick-knit blanket you bought on Etsy when those were a thing, and sip a hot cup of tea, coffee, milk chocolate or cider as you read or listen to your favorite jazz record.  It’s time to hygge.

I first heard about hygge on NPR when the author of The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking, was interviewed after the word “hygge” was named the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2016.  He spent about 10 minutes trying to explain how to say “hygge” (it’s pronounced HOO-gah), then went into explaining the idea behind this Danish lifestyle.

Roughly translated to mean “cozy”, hygge is a lifestyle concept.  It’s about making your atmosphere cozy, about building in elements of togetherness, savoring simple pleasures, and encouraging yourself to embrace relaxation.

Think about the ultimate cozy afternoon…a storm brewing outside…a big blanket on your feet…a fire raging while you read your favorite murder mystery book…this is all hygge…and it’s amazing.

After hearing about hygge on NPR, I stored it away in my brain and meant to come back to it, but honestly totally and completely forgot about it…that is until one of my dear friends suggested I read this book called, The Little Book of Hygge and write about it on The Hobbee Hive…and here we are!  Thanks, Bridget!! ❤

My husband read The Little Book of Hygge first and was instantly hooked.  I read it after him and also fell in love with this lifestyle.  We immediately began incorporating hygge into our life…being more present at home, cooking delicious meals together while listening to jazz music, even removing the TV from our living room to encourage more discussion and togetherness with friends and family.

Hygge has become such an important part of our lives that I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!  I wanted to wait until the fall/winter to make it easier to embrace hygge, as it is harder (but not impossible) to be hygge in the warmer months.

And there’s no better way to experience a full hygge experience than with a rich, delicious, stick-to-your-ribs comfort meal!

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Pulled right from The Little Book of Hygge, this meatballs recipe is so delicious and will make your home smell AMAZING.  Turn on some Sarah Vaughn and let yourself embrace the night with this tasty and comforting hygge recipe!

Danish Curried Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 finely chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4½ lbs. ground pork
  • 4 cups beef stock

For Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 heaping tablespoons mild yellow curry powder
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 large chopped leek
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Place the breadcrumbs or flour with the egg, onions, garlic, salt and pepper in a big bowl and mix well. Add the pork, mix it again and leave in the fridge for one hour.

Using a spoon, form the mixture into the meatballs. Boil a pan of water, add the beef stock and the meatballs and let it simmer for five to ten minutes (depending on the size of the meatballs). Remove the meatballs from the liquid, but retain it.

Melt the butter in a pot, add the curry powder and let it brown for a couple of minutes.

Add the chopped onion and leek and let them, too, brown for a couple of minutes. Add flour, and mix well. Then add some of the cooking liquid, little by little, stirring until the sauce thickens. Add the cream and the meatballs and simmer for about 12 minutes.

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Garnish with parsley and serve with rice, noodles, or garlic mashed potatoes, like I did!

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12 Cozy Slow Cooker Recipes

When the wild fall winds blow and the rain pelts your window, there’s nothing better than sinking into your couch with a hot bowl of something tasty from the slow cooker.  I love using the slow cooker in the fall.  When I get home at 5:00 pm and it’s already pitch black outside, there’s absolutely no part of me that wants to cook dinner…so having dinner cook as I work throughout the day is the perfect solution!

This is a collection of some of my favorite slow cooker recipes.  Great for fall and winter, these slow cooker recipes are sure to become seasonal staples you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again!

12 Cozy Slow Cooker Recipes

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  1. Slow Cooker Steak Diane
  2. Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken
  3. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
  4. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
  5. Slow Cooker Apple Rhubarb Crisp
  6. Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy
  7. Slow Cooker 5-Cheese Macaroni
  8. Slow Cooker Ramen Bowl
  9. Slow Cooker Lasagna
  10. Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
  11. Slow Cooker Thai Beef Stew
  12. Slow Cooker Homemade Apple Cider

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