Supermarket Saturday: Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste

One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years is how much the quality of ingredients affect a finished dish. High quality ingredients create tastier food and elevate dishes from good to great with no extra effort. Nielsen Massey’s Vanilla Bean Paste is like vanilla extract with a touch of magic.  It has …

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Marinara Makeover

Nothing beats homemade marinara.  BUT, pasta nights in my house tend to be the days we are short on time or when I'm not really in the mood to cook (yep, it happens).  That means, homemade marinara is NOT. HAPPENING.  And while jarred marinara alone is fine, I'm here to light a fire under (I …

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Cooking Tool Thursday: Scanpan

Arguably the most important kitchen tool, besides a good knife, are your pans.  There are SO many brands, sizes and types available that even a seasoned cook can get overwhelmed shopping for a new pan.  And while sometimes stainless steel or cast iron are the best type of pan for certain jobs (i.e. searing meat …

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Side Note: Technical difficulties & Amazon Associates

Hello again!  First and foremost,  I would like to apologize to anyone who experienced issues with random links embedded in my post today. As I mentioned last week, I am new to the blogging world and will probably experience some issues (namely technical) as I get things rolling. The links are now fixed so please feel …

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Wild Card Wednesday: Salt

Table salt. Kosher salt. Sea salt. What's the difference and why should you care? I recently came across this post from one of my favorite food blogs, Tasting Table.  I couldn't explain it better. Check it out! BUT, there is one thing missing...nutrition facts. That's where I come in :). I think it's really important …

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Cooking Tip Tuesday: How to become a better cook (Step 1)

This is so TRUE.  Every day I become a better cook.  Like everyone, I make mistakes but I learn from those mistakes, move on and do it better next time.  In this 3-step series, "How to become a better cook", I'm sharing with YOU 3 of the most important tips I've learned over the years …

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