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Guinness Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting & Candied Bacon

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Happy St. Pattys Day!  Coming from a girl who isn’t even a little bit Irish, but has a great love for the beautiful country of Ireland and all it’s amazing people!  Everyday I cannot believe it’s been 3 years already out of Ballymaloe Cookery School… how time flies!

These cupcakes are not only delicious, but a little nod to my favorite beer… Guinness!  Cupcakes and beer, you can’t go wrong! Sláinte!

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Loaded Hassleback Sweet Potatoes

Loaded hassle back sweet potatoes

Always in second place to the potato in most people’s eyes, sweet potatoes actually are packed with nutrients and contains serval amazing health benefits.  In my opinion, the sweet potatoes flavor actually brings much more to each dish instead of just being a canvas for toppings.

Perfect as a meal in itself or as a side to a nice roast, I really enjoy these Hasselback sweet potatoes for their simplicity and ease.

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Culinary Fight Club- Chicago

Culinary Fight Club

Recently selected as an “Official Qualifying Event” for the World Food Championships, Culinary Fight Club is no walk in the park! The Windy City Chili Chitown event held at Morgan Manufacturing was a competition that brought fire and smoke, literally!

What is Culinary Fight Club? Culinary Fight Club hosts live cooking competitions, which they call TasteBudChallenges, that are currently in Chicago and Atlanta, but rapidly growing nationally.  No two events are the same. The teams of cooks race to choose 15 ingredients in 45 seconds from the pantry of food provided. Once the ingredients are collected, each team has 60 minutes to construct a dish that depicts their take on the monthly theme. These Chefs and cooks of all levels around the area compete for a “Golden Ticket,” to advance to the Super Bowl of “food sport” events, the World Food Championships! Once the timer hit 60 minutes, the audience members and judges sample and vote on a winning dish.

The most amazing part about this concept is that the Culinary Fight Club is partnered with Fight2Feed, which 20% of proceeds are donated.  This is an organization that partners with top restaurants and food trucks to provide service and support to hungry men, women and children. Read more

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