Berry Yummy: Blueberry Swirl Muffins

Blueberry Muffins are literally the best. (Especially those Costco ones, like gimme… Seriously.) But when regular Blueberry Muffins aren’t just gonna cut it, I present to you: Blueberry Swirl Muffins! *applause* Why thank you. So how is a Blueberry Muffin and a Blueberry Swirl Muffin any different? you may ask. Well, basically instead of placing whole blueberries into muffin batter, you reduce the blueberries down into a sticky sauce and swirl it into the batter. Sure, it’s a little more work, but it looks super pretty and it’s super tasty! Wanna know how to make ’em? Keep on reading…

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A Hawaiian Vacation Staple: Tropical French Toast Bake

Every year I spend one week on one of the many beautiful islands of Hawaii, and every year I make this Tropical French Toast bake! French toast bakes are so versatile and a snap to whip up. This makes it the perfect brunch dish to make on vacation since it requires few ingredients that can be purchased nearly anywhere, and can also be customized to suit your tastes or to suit what’s available in your region. Making this Tropical French Toast Bake always gets me in the Hawaiian mood, but of course each time I make it is slightly different due to what’s available! You can completely customize this recipe, of course, and can make it for any occasion, anytime, anywhere!

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Spicy & Sweet: Chicken Tenders with Mango Curry Sauce

I love fried chicken tenders. Last time I made chicken tenders, I went big and bold with my Chocolate Fried Chicken. This time, the fried chicken is normal, but the sauce it’s served with is out of this world fantastical! It is spicy and sweet, a jazzed up mango chutney with such an interesting flavor profile. The orange juice adds extra acidity to the store bought mango chutney, the soy sauce adds salt, the jerk seasoning adds spice and depth of flavor, the gochujang adds a spicy, funky flavor, and the lime adds acidity and brightness. This sauce is so amazing that you’ll be glad it makes more than you can dip your chicken tenders in. I mean, it truly is perfect for any application.

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Slightly Sour, Slightly Sweet: Kumquat Cardamom Pineapple Bread

Kumquat. What a funny word. And a what a funny fruit it is. If you have never seen a kumquat, (well if you finish reading this post, you will) it looks like a miniature orange. What does it taste like? Like a miniature orange! But unlike an orange, you eat the kumquats rind (or skin, or whatever you call it). Kumquats have a really interesting balance of sour and sweet that gives it a very interesting flavor profile. With this deliciously sweet and sour quick bread, I combined these deliciously different kumquats with cardamom and pineapple! This makes for a deliciously moist, sweet, sour, earthy, and spicy bread. And to top it all off (literally) there is the most beautiful bright yellow-orange, delicious sweet and tangy glaze. This recipe too easy and delicious to resist, so let’s get baking!

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A Childhood Favorite, Supersized: Giant Ice Cream Sandwich

We all know and love those individually wrapped, single-serving, ice cream sandwiches. You know, those rectangular vanilla ice cream slabs sandwiched with a thin chocolate cake? The perfect combination of vanilla and chocolate is what really made these warm-weathered treats such a staple. But as we grow older, we want to innovate, we want to improve, we want to supersize everything! And that is exactly what I have done: I have taken the ordinary ice cream sandwich and elevated it to extraordinary! With three different flavors of ice cream and such a giant size, it is sure to impress both kids and adults alike!

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Updated Veggies: Buffalo Cauliflower

Let’s be real here. Vegetarian meat substitution products that claim to taste like the real thing really suck. Companies just can’t seem to make these frozen foods any good. And buffalo chicken wings? Best thing ever! But for those vegetarians or people watching their meat consumption, those spicy, saucy, finger-lickin’ good buffalo chicken wings have to be resisted. And that is one reason why this Buffalo Cauliflower is absolutely amazing! It tastes just as scrumptious as buffalo chicken wings, but is completely meat free! They are tender yet crunchy, smooth yet spicy. They are completely addictive and a healthier option to those tempting buffalo chicken wings!

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Chocolate Rebel: Chocolate Fried Chicken

Chocolate isn’t just for dessert anymore. Chocolate can add depth of flavor, a hint of bitterness, and an extra somethin’-somethin’ to any savory dish when applied correctly. So why not combine two of the most extraordinary foods into one? This, ladies and gentlemen, is a match made in Heaven. Say “hello” to Chocolate and Fried Chicken’s baby, and don’t plan on saying “bye” anytime soon!

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