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Sriracha Honey Shrimp Tacos

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Nothing is better than a dinner that takes less than 25 minutes to make and eat!  You’ll honestly probably spend more time peeling the shrimp than it actually takes to make this recipe.  Not only simple to make, but the combination of these fresh flavors create a hearty but healthy meal.

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Chorizo Jalapeño Poppers

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Every time I open a restaurant menu and to see jalapeno poppers under the appetizers, it’s like the remainder of the menu is a blur. It’s not even an option, I have to order the addicting spicy bites! This past weekend in Chicago, I fought over the last of Old Crow Smokehouses amazing bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers! They sparked the idea of me making jalapeno poppers of my own. Instead of using a bacon, that it most commonly used, I decided to go with a Mexican chorizo. The deep smoky and spicy flavor of the chorizo could not be a better match with the cream cheese and fresh jalapeno.

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

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When it comes to my sweets I can honestly say healthy isn’t really in my vocabulary. Even though I will admit there are several amazing vegan and gluten free bakers floating around the internet, I like to keep my sweets traditional.

I was inspired to make this Lemon Blueberry bundt cake because of a bundt cake pan I recently received from my grandma, that looks like its been baked in for about one hundred years. I wanted to do something with light and refreshing flavors, so what better than lemon and blueberry. Read more

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