Crispy Breakfast Potatoes

With some time and practice you can have crispy diner style potatoes at home. Duck fat has a higher smoke point and allows for the potatoes to cook hotter and increases the browning.

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Ultimate Granola

This is less of a complete recipe and more of an excellent foundation to build a granola with all of your favorite ingredients. Combinations and add-ins are endless, you may find yourself sneaking some before bed as a treat, seriously.

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Seared Brussel Sprouts

It wasn’t until I tried some roasted brussel sprouts and bacon at a local restaurant that they started to get on radar for a new vegetable to add to my diet. We have made this quite a few times and I am always quite pleased with the results.

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Baked Beans

Baked beans are a relatively new addition to my menu, but I found this recipe and it has way more flavor than the cans or any restaurant ones I have tried.

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Yeast Pretzels

Everyone loves a fresh soft pretzel, the possibilities are endless for mix-ins, dips and toppings. These smell amazing and are up there with the best pretzels I have ever had.

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Pork Belly Bacon

Bacon is a hero on its own, or add it to a number of meals to take it up to the next level. This is a great way to save some money and have some delicious treats in the fridge/freezer.

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Breakfast Granola Tart

Our family eats a lot of granola and yogurt, this was a simple recipe to make eating and serving it a little more exciting.

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Pomme Rosti – Hash browns

The bags of frozen hash browns never turned out well for me. This recipe takes a little time, but produces the best hash browns I have had to date.

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Glazed Sweet Potatoes

My glazed carrots recipe is one of the more popular recipes on the blog so I looked at adding some more options. These glazed sweet potatoes are much easier and reheat well the next day.

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Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs

Surprisingly enough, we struggled to get consistent results when making hard boiled eggs. Using this steam method has made this a foolproof recipe.

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Pie Crust (Pate Brisee)

Nothing beats homemade pie crust and with the help of a food processor it is actually pretty easy. With a 14 cup processor or smaller, you may want to split this into 2 batches.

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Simple No-Knead Bread

This amazing bread, requires no special tools or ingredients and very little effort. The only thing it does take, is a considerable amount of non-active time.

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Broccoli Casserole

Another quick side dish for holidays and gatherings, another one of my favorites from my mother-in-law. If I am not careful, I end up eating the whole pan.

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Crispy Braised Red Potatoes

These potatoes are crispy on the bottom and super soft and tender in the middle. Quickly, toss these in the skillet while you prepare other items and have an excellent side ready in no time.

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Sous Vide Corn on the Cob

The extra effort for this unconventional cooking method is rewarded with a crisp buttery taste that can’t be replicated any other way.

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Kolaches

These beautifully golden pillows of breakfast goodness can be filled with anything from sweet to savory. Traditionally, Kolaches are not stuffed and served with a fruit preserve on top – but there are no rules in the kitchen.

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Fruit Roll-Up Leather

Sometimes you get a little crazy and decide to make something that takes more effort than just buying at the store. This is one of those times, however knowing what is in your snack and the extra flavor can maybe make up for it.

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Thai Salad with Peanut Sauce

After visiting a local Thai restaurant, I am on a pursuit to recreate the salad they offer with entrees. This one is a little different, but I like it quite a bit and isn’t as sweet.

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Mashed Potatoes

A classic simple side dish that pairs with many main courses, mashed potatoes are a cheap addition to add to your menu.

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Glazed Carrots

Go ahead and file this one under the last carrot recipe you will ever need. If you have had Glazed Carrots at some fancy place, then you know how tasty these are. Don’t like carrots? Try these and you will.

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Fried Morel Mushrooms

These scary looking mushrooms are covered in little honeycomb pockets to trap all of the butter and flavors. These will be unlike any other mushroom you are used to eating from the grocery store.

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Pepperoni Garlic Knots

These doughy knots cooked in the cast iron skillet, end up being like a deep dish pizza appetizer with individual pieces each wrapped in flavor.

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Made famous by Chipotle, this super simple rice is a hit with the family. We make our own burrito bowls, quick nachos or add as a side with steak tacos.

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Grilled Cilantro & Lime Sweet Potatoes

We eat a pounds of sweet potatoes every week, and when it is nice out it is great to fire up the grill. This combines the things we love most, plus cilantro.

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Marshmallow Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

This may be the easiest and most delicious fruit dip I will ever post. Let the kids make it as a great starter recipe.

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Fruit Tart

Sometimes it is worth it to make everything at home and spend the extra time in the kitchen, this is one of them. You can easily scale this recipe to make additional tarts for a few days later.

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Hasselback Potatoes

This is a great dish for having guests over for a casual setting, a whole potato is too much for snacking, but these thin slices work for all appetites. Tell the kids they are potato chips and a watch them disappear.

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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Anytime my son asks for anything that includes peanut butter and apples is going to be an easy win for him. This is about as healthy as cookies come, add your favorite toppings to make it more or less healthy.

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Caramelized Apple Tart

Desserts that include apples are probably my favorite. This recipe can be knocked out quickly and looks fancy.

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Cinnamon & Sugar Churro Pies

I brought these hand pies to work for a pitch-in and got quite a few compliments. They look fancy, but require very little skill or attention which is the best recipe for a work pitch-in.

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Crispy Roasted Sweet Potato Spiral

I made these unconventional Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving and hope to keep them in a regular rotation. If not only for taste, but for presentation.

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Macaroni & Cheese

Warning, this isn’t a mac and cheese made for children. This will take much longer than the stuff from the box, but the taste is much better and there are some good techniques to practice.

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Loaded Smashed Potato Skillet

My wife loves potatoes more than any other food. She even named her cat Tater. This recipe is often requested and I can’t blame her.

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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

Another quick game night inspired appetizer, but we have also found that kids love it too!

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Quinoa and Black Beans

One of our favorite dishes that features Quinoa. This dish also reheats pretty well and makes for a healthy addition to the lunchbox.

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