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An Okie Girl’s Take on Homemade Spicy Peanut Sauce

True con­fes­sions: My refrig­er­a­tor is a messy, messy beast. I have 9 types of mus­tard ((that is a whole oth­er sto­ry)), at least 7 jars of pick­les ((spicy pick­les are my fave!!)), ketchup, mayo, sev­er­al sal­sas, sriracha, wing sauce, olives, pas­ta sauce, some ran­dom left­overs, cook­ie dough, jams, soy sauce, eggs, cream, milk — well, you get the pic­ture. I cringe at the thought of shar­ing an unfil­tered pho­to. But, I sim­ply opened the doors, resist­ed the urge to repair the mess & told the fridge to smile and say “cheese” — haha, cheese!! Pre­pare to be “fridge flashed” ((eek))!! Con­tin­ue read­ing

Toasted Walnut & Garden-Fresh Sweet Basil Pesto ((Homemade))

It has been a tough sea­son for the gar­den! I had one squash to har­vest ((boo to the squash bugs)), a few beets, pithy radish­es galore, not one bean and the toma­toes have begrudg­ing­ly pro­duced — if that is even pos­si­ble. But a few things have been out­stand­ing — and I am not refer­ring to the weeds.

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Creme Brûlée Bars

While meal plan­ning for our year­ly fam­i­ly vacay at the lake, I began day­dream­ing about dessert pos­si­bil­i­ties. I knew right off the bat I would be mak­ing these Cheese­cake-filled Choco­late Chip Cook­ie Bars ((and they were SO good)). But I was torn over the next dessert — Table Rock in July needs Con­tin­ue read­ing

French Onion Dip ((the real deal folks))

I am a dip glut­ton. Wow — that sounds hor­rid. What I mean is, I love, love, love dip!! But it has to be real­ly good. And when it is REALLY good, I have a hard time walk­ing away. Being a self pro­claimed “dip glut­ton” means I know a real­ly good dip when I taste one. And this, my friends, is a GOOD dip.

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Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Chick­en Tor­tilla Soup can offi­cial­ly go down as one of my favorite meals ever! I have always been par­tial to this soup on restau­rant menus & one of my very favorites has always been Chili’s ver­sion of this recipe.

Many years ago I found a make alike recipe that helped me “crack the code” on how to make this yum­my soup. For some strange rea­son, this soup I love so much got put on the fig­u­ra­tive “back burn­er”.

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Homemade Oven-Roasted Restaurant Style Salsa ((This is as GOOD as it gets!))

This could total­ly be one of “those” recipes. You know, one of the recipes that is kept secret — locked up and nev­er shared in it’s entire­ty?? Good for you — I am bad at keep­ing a good thing secret! In addi­tion to being the most per­fect sal­sa tast­ing sal­sa, it is just so very easy to make. You must try this at home! Con­tin­ue read­ing

Speedy Chili-Mac aka Mexican Goulash ((just like Grandma’s))

One of my favorite ways to stretch our gro­cery bud­get is to make my own beans. Not canned, not frozen — but dried beans. If you have been fol­low­ing me over the last year, you know all about my love for dried beans! I also love bulk cook­ing meat & mak­ing my own sea­son­ing blends. This recipe com­bines so much of my cook­ing point of view — which makes me super excit­ed to share this recipe with you!  Con­tin­ue read­ing

7-Minute DIY Salsa

One of my favorite things to make in the kitchen is home­made restau­rant style sal­sa. It is so quick, ultra sim­ple and crazy good. Just a few ingre­di­ents & a whirl in the blender stand between you and one of the best things about Mex­i­can food! No more under sea­soned, over­ly spicy, too chunky, salt over­loaded, gag­gy gar­lic or onion extreme. When you DIY it, you make it just the way YOU like it. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Becoming a Pasta Maker ((Napa part 4))

I must say, the idea of a head chef and restau­rant own­er per­son­al­ly train­ing me in the art and sci­ence of pas­ta mak­ing seemed very exciting…until the morn­ing came to be taught. I was ner­vous — like first day at a new school ner­vous. I need­ed my BF to be tag­ging along, or my hub­by — or let’s be hon­est, even the idea of bring­ing my 8-year-old was start­ing to become very appeal­ing. But it was just me. I walked into the restau­rant and decid­ed it was time to begin act­ing like I wasn’t ner­vous, I slipped on the white chef’s jack­et and intro­duced myself. With my intro­duc­tion, I quick­ly deflat­ed any notions he may have had about me. “I know noth­ing, I have nev­er made pas­ta — I don’t even have a pas­ta mak­er.” I said with a short laugh and a smile.

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When all else fails…make PLAY DOUGH!!

Some days are diamonds…some days, well… some days call for mak­ing play dough! Today was actu­al­ly a great day — the kid­dos were pleas­ant­ly kind to each oth­er and were very coop­er­a­tive in get­ting their school­work done. Even with a nice pace to our day & every­thing going my way, it was inter­est­ing to see what hap­pened to the mood of my herd when I pre­sent­ed them with some fresh­ly made, deli­cious smelling, home­made play dough.

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