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Balsamic Blueberry Salad | alidaskitchen.com #SundaySupper

Balsamic Blueberry Salad #SundaySupper

Balsamic Blueberry Salad combines peppery arugula, tangy feta cheese, sweet blueberries and other fresh vegetables, tossed with a light balsamic vinaigrette. Perfect for a simple summer meal, potlucks or any time!

Balsamic Blueberry Salad | alidaskitchen.com #SundaySupper

 

We picked up 10 pounds of blueberries during our most recent visit to the farmer’s market and have been enjoying delicious blueberries by the fistful.  While I have been busy making pancakes, baking cakes and other goodies, we have also been enjoying this Balsamic Blueberry Salad recipe. It is a fresh, flavorful summertime favorite that everyone loves….

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Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas | alidaskitchen.com

Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas #SundaySupper

Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas are stuffed with black beans, corn, spinach, made with three cups of cheese and covered in an easy-to-make homemade enchilada sauce. {vegetarian, gluten free}

Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas | alidaskitchen.com

This recipe for Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas has been a family favorite for years. From the traditional combination of black beans and corn to the deliciously surprising addition of spinach to the three full cups of shredded cheese that everybody loves, this recipe is always a crowd pleaser. Even better is that it can be made ahead and leftovers reheat well….

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Unwind with Chobani Flips! | alidaskitchen.com

Unwind with Chobani Flip Greek Yogurt!

Unwind with Chobani Flips! | alidaskitchen.com

After a busy day on-the-go, making sure my kids get to where they need to be, getting my 10,000 steps for the day and everything else in between, I am ready to unwind.  After the kids are in bed, if I have not hit my step goal for the day, I walk around the neighborhood…without my phone!  While it is hard to unplug, the quiet time during that walk is a great time to focus on other things than Facebook or email. …

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Peach Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Peach Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Peach Buttermilk Bundt Cake has a delicious cinnamon swirl running through the middle of a cream cheese, buttermilk cake studded with peaches throughout.  Thank you to CansGetYouCooking.com through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

Peach Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

This peaches and cream-inspired Peach Buttermilk Bundt Cake recipe is made by combining my favorite elements from two cake recipes – this Blueberry Buttermilk cake and this Poppy Seed cake.  Nothing beats buttermilk in baked goods, which becomes even more delicious when it is combined with cream cheese and vanilla. The cinnamon sugar swirl makes any cake absolutely irresistible, especially when combined with diced peaches.

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Taco Pasta Salad | alidaskitchen.com

Taco Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

Taco Pasta Salad is a protein-packed salad filled with lean ground beef and lots of vegetables.

Taco Pasta Salad | alidaskitchen.com

 

This Taco Pasta Salad has become one of our favorite lunches. It can easily be prepared ahead of time to be enjoyed throughout the week. The tender, flavorful beef is combined with all the vegetables and a little pasta (topped with cheese, if desired). The result is a healthy, protein-packed meal that is easy to make!…

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad | alidaskitchen.com

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad

An easy recipe for Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad made in minutes using lean boneless, skinless chicken breast and your favorite vegetables! Perfect for a weeknight, or any time you want a delicious, flavorful meal made simple! Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad | alidaskitchen.com
During the week, dinnertime is a busy time.  Once Adam gets home from school, we all want to play outside on the playground, go to a park, do Legos, in other words, pretty much do anything except stand in the kitchen to make a elaborate dinner.  There will be plenty of time for elaborate dinners in later years… I want to spend time with my kids now!  So when it comes to quick and easy meal ideas that require very little preparation, I am all over it!  This Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad recipe can be made in about 15 minutes (or less) using ingredients I have on hand at all times.  No muss, no fuss, no running to the store.  Just a simple, delicious dinner is served!

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Spinach Mushroom Skillet Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com

Spinach Mushroom Skillet Lasagna

Spinach Mushroom Skillet Lasagna is a deliciously cheesy, vegetarian lasagna made quick and easy for a weeknight…or any time!  {vegetarian}

Spinach Mushroom Skillet Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com

Pasta night is always a hit in our household, and the cheesier the better.  Lasagna is one of my favorite cheesy pasta meals, but for a weeknight (or really any night with two little ones under foot), lasagna is just not happening.  Or so I thought.  Enter >this Weeknight Skillet Lasagna recipe which has all the tasty goodness of lasagna, only it is quick and easy made right in a skillet!  Lasagna made in under 30 minutes is definitely doable!

Using that original recipe as a base, I transformed it into a vegetarian version ~ Spinach Mushroom Skillet Lasagna!…

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Sugar Cookie Fruit Tarts | alidaskitchen.com

Sugar Cookie Fruit Tarts #SundaySupper

Sugar Cookie Fruit Tarts are an elegant yet simplified version of a fruit tart made with a sugar cookie base. Perfect for Mother’s Day, to celebrate National Moscato Day or any time!

Sugar Cookie Fruit Tarts | alidaskitchen.com

Sugar Cookie Fruit Tarts are an easier version of a classic favorite dessert –fruit tarts.  In lieu of a traditional pastry shell, a sugar cookie (or cookie cup) forms the base of the Sugar Cookie Fruit Tart. Spread on top of the sugar cookie is a sweetened cream cheese mixture. Then simply decorate with your favorite fruits.  Sugar Cookie Fruit Tarts are so easy and so delicious!…

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Pizza Grilled Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Pizza Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

Pizza Grilled Cheese combines two classic favorites into a tasty sandwich, with a side of pizza sauce for dipping!

Pizza Grilled Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

It just so happens that April is National Grilled Cheese month.  An entire month devoted to one of the greatest food inventions ever…the grilled cheese sandwich!  Whether it is a classic from your childhood or something a bit more gourmet, grilled cheese sandwiches bring people together in a way like no other food.  Well, no other foods except perhaps pizza. People are passionate about their grilled cheeses as well as their pizzas.  So it is only natural to put the two together and make a Pizza Grilled Cheese sandwich!…

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Coconut Oil M&M Cookie Bars | alidaskitchen.com #MyDataMyWay #shop

Coconut Oil M&M Cookie Bars

disclosure-#mydatamyway #collectivebias #shop Coconut Oil M&M Cookie Bars are a chewy, brown sugar cookie bar made with coconut oil and filled with lots of M&Ms…in other words, the best dessert ever! #MyDataMyWay via #CollectiveBias thanks to Walmart Family Mobile!

M&M Cookie Bars | alidaskitchen.com #MyDataMyWay  #shop

A while ago I declared these Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies to be the best chocolate chip cookies ever.  Since I’m often asked to bring desserts to potlucks or parties, those cookies (or depending on time, these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars) are some of my go-tos.  Both are simple, classic and everybody loves them.  I especially love the flavor from the coconut oil in the cookies but also love the ease of baking the cookie bars. So why not combine the two (and toss in some M&Ms for good measure) to make Coconut Oil M&M Cookie Bars!

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus | alidaskitchen.com

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is a delicious and healthy dip (or spread) that is so easy to make at home. {vegan, gluten free}  Thank you to CansGetYouCooking.com through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus | alidaskitchen.com

This Roasted Red Pepper Hummus recipe can be made in minutes using common pantry ingredients. Not only does it taste fresh and delicious, but it is also a great recipe to get the kids involved. My kids love to pour in the ingredients and (of course) power the food processor. (Mama, can I pulse it just one more time pleeeeeeease?)…

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Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com

Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

An easy recipe for Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes made with whole wheat flour, vanilla soymilk and studded with fresh blueberries throughout.

Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com

I always have Vanilla Silk® Soymilk on hand for my favorite smoothies or oatmeal…my usual breakfast foods.  The vanilla flavor from soymilk makes them taste extra special, and I love that the Silk Soymilk is a good source of protein, low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol.  Because Vanilla Silk Soymilk has been such a delicious swap in my other favorite breakfast foods, I decided to treat my family by using it in place of the usual dairy milk in a new pancake recipes – Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes!…

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Avocado Cream | alidaskitchen.com

Avocado Cream


Avocado Cream is an easy recipe made with avocado, Greek yogurt and simple flavorings. Packed with protein and healthy fats, this simple condiment will become your new favorite topping for toast, tacos, burgers and more! {gluten free}

Avocado Cream | alidaskitchen.com

Back in my college days, one of my favorite go-to meals was a Boca Burger.  My girlfriends and I would share a box, and we each had our own way of eating them.  Some would top them with barbecue sauce, some used cheese.  My favorite topping was salsa.  Served with a salad, our Boca Burger meals were healthy, easy and super tasty!…

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Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake is an easy meatless breakfast casserole filled with broccoli, cheddar, eggs and shredded hash brown potatoes! {gluten free, make ahead}

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake | alidaskitchen.com

With the many celebratory and holiday brunches on the horizon, quick and easy crowd-pleasing recipes are a must.  Overnight casseroles, such as baked French toast or egg bakes, are always popular.  This Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is one of our favorite brunch recipes!  It is easy to make and satisfies the sweet portion of our menu. To satisfy the savory side, I have been experimenting with different varieties of meatless egg bake recipes to come up with a savory breakfast casserole the whole family will love. Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake has become a favorite that will be featured regularly throughout this busy brunch season and beyond.

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Grandma's Lemon Bars | alidaskitchen.com

Grandma’s Lemon Bars #SundaySupper

This is my Grandma’s Lemon Bars recipe – a classic made simple, delicious and melt-in-your mouth good!

Grandma's Lemon Bars | alidaskitchen.com

 

As a child, whenever we went to visit my grandparents, my grandma always had a spread of several dozens of different varieties of homemade goodies.  If it were for a special holiday, like Christmas, there were even more varieties.  Her treat platters were impressive to say the least!  Each item was unique, a labor of love, and absolutely delicious….

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Stovetop Spinach Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese #WeekdaySupper

 Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese is an easy mac ‘n cheese from scratch made on the lighter side with the healthy addition of spinach and without any butter.  {can be gluten free)

Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

This Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese is one of my favorite go-to recipes for quick and easy weeknight meals.  The kids love pasta and cheese, I love that it is made on the lighter side (without any butter) and takes less than 20 minutes to make.  …

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

For a quick and healthy breakfast, this easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe is thick, creamy and delicious! {gluten free}  

Strawberry Banana Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

This Strawberry Banana Smoothie has been my little taste of sunshine this winter.   Bursting with juicy fresh strawberries, bananas and a protein boost from Greek yogurt, it is easy to make and always delicious!   The strawberry and banana combination is always a favorite and when whipped into a smoothie, becomes perfect for busy mornings, any time on-the-go or for an afternoon snack pick-me-up!…

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake is an easy Italian-inspired casserole that the whole family will love, featuring Greek yogurt, chicken breast, and lots of cheese!

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake | alidaskitchen.com

This Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake was made inspired by the “Chopped at Home” challenge with Sargento® cheese.  For the challenge, at-home cooks are asked to get creative in the kitchen with your best dish, that must include the following ingredients: …

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Mexican Quinoa Skillet | alidaskitchen.com

Mexican Quinoa Skillet

Mexican Quinoa Skillet is an easy, one-pot meal using common pantry ingredients, made in less than 30 minutes.  {vegan, gluten free}  Thank you to CansGetYouCooking.com through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

Mexican Quinoa Skillet | alidaskitchen.com

Move over frozen pizza, pasta and take-out!  We have a new easy weeknight dinner solution that is delicious, quick to make and healthy too. This Mexican Quinoa Skillet has become my new go-to dinner for busy nights,…or lunches or any time really, because it’s just so good and my kids love it!…

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Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crystal Farms Cheese for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins are a lighter buttermilk cornbread muffin made delicious with the additions of cheddar cheese and garlic. Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

When in doubt, add cheese.  This so true when it comes to many recipes, like baked chicken, quinoa bites, even scrambled eggs.  We always keep of plenty of cheese on hand.  No matter the variety, cheese just makes everything extra delicious!  So when my family was craving cornbread (Rosemary Cornbread to be specific) and our rosemary plant happens to be currently buried under snow outside on the deck,…it was time to come up with something new.  After using the Rosemary Cornbread recipe as a starting point, and of course adding cheese and other tasty goodness, I present to you an easy recipe for Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins!…

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Uncrustables French Toast | alidaskitchen.com

Uncrustables French Toast

Uncrustables French Toast turns the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich into a tasty breakfast treat!  Plus find out how to enter for a 5-day/4-night Disney Parks vacation package for four, courtesy of Smucker’s® Uncrustables®!  Thank you to Smucker’s Uncrustables, through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network, for sponsoring this post.

Uncrustables French Toast | alidaskitchen.com

We are big fans of breakfast for dinner!  Waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, it’s all good.  As I was inspired by learning about the exciting Disney Parks vacation package giveaway from Smucker’s® Uncrustables®, I thought it would be fun to create a recipe using those tasty peanut butter and jelly Uncrustables sandwiches!  I had everything on hand to transform those little PB&Js into another family favorite breakfast for dinner…Uncrustables French Toast!…

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Frosted Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes: chocolate cake filled with chocolate chip cheesecake topped with chocolate frosting and a chocolate candy square. Decadent, delicious and easy! | alidaskitchen.com

Frosted Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes


These Frosted Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes are made with chocolate cake, chocolate chip cheesecake, chocolate frosting and topped with chocolate candy. They are decadent, delicious and easy to make!

Frosted Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes: chocolate cake filled with chocolate chip cheesecake topped with chocolate frosting and a chocolate candy square. Decadent, delicious and easy! | alidaskitchen.com

These Frosted Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes are the ultimate dessert to celebrate Valentine’s Day or any occasion where you want something a little extra special.  These cupcakes have it all – chocolate cake, chocolate chip cheesecake, chocolate frosting and chocolate candy. And while they may appear semi-complicated, these cupcakes are actually very easy to make….

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Mocha Fudge | alidaskitchen.com

Mocha Fudge #SundaySupper

Mocha Fudge is a simple, delicious chocolate fudge recipe made in less than 10 minutes using only 3 ingredients!

Mocha Fudge | alidaskitchen.com

Before I tell you about this Mocha Fudge recipe, I have to tell you about the first Valentine’s Day that Mike and I celebrated together.  I had the day off of work, so I planned to make a special dinner.  Artichoke Crostini, filet mignon with a red wine sauce, salad with homemade vinaigrette and chocolate mousse were on the menu.  I had the entire day to shop, cook and get everything ready.  Easy right?  Well, I should also mention that it happened to be my first time making all of the recipes (except for the vinaigrette, which is an original)….

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Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins

An easy recipe for Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins made with buttermilk, brown sugar, cinnamon and crushed pineapple.

Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Mornings just got more tasty thanks to these Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins!  This is a simple muffin recipe featuring oats and buttermilk, which are always sure to make baked goods delicious. Made with real chunks of pineapple and pineapple juice, these muffins have a wonderful, light pineapple flavor.  Combine pineapple with brown sugar and cinnamon, and the result is a wonderful breakfast treat.  Even better, these muffins take about 10 minutes to mix together and then bake to tasty breakfast perfection!

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Pizza Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

Pizza Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Pizza Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy mini pizza muffins made with quinoa and your favorite pizza toppings.  Perfect for a healthy appetizer, snack or light dinner! {gluten free}

Pizza Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

One of my most requested party recipes are quinoa bites.  From the Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites to the Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites, quinoa bites are always a fan favorite!  They make great finger food appetizers, which is especially perfect this time of year for game day parties.  While I am not necessarily a football fan, I am a football party food fan!  So in preparation for the big game, I thought it would be fun to channel one of my favorite game day foods (pizza) into a fun little bit-sized treat that is a little healthier ~ Pizza Quinoa Bites!…

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Spinach Pesto Pasta | alidaskitchen.com

Spinach Pesto Pasta #WeekdaySupper

Spinach Pesto Pasta is an easy vegetable and cheese pesto pasta recipe made lighter using Greek yogurt. {nut free, can be gluten free}

Spinach Pesto Pasta | alidaskitchen.com

This Spinach Pesto Pasta recipe was inspired by two of our favorite dinners – this Roasted Red Pepper Pasta and Broccoli Pea Pesto Pasta.  I make one of these recipes at least once a week, at the request of my kids.  They are all quick and easy, perfect for a weeknight.  Besides, with all of the vegetables and Greek yogurt, who am I to say no when they ask for such an easy, healthy dinner!  …

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Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake #SundaySupper

This easy recipe for Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake makes a delicious lemony cake that can be enjoyed for breakfast or served with ice cream for a light dessert.

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

The theme for Sunday Supper this week is Hometown Foods, hosted by Coleen of The Redhead Baker. As I was coming up with my hometown recipe, I had visions of recipes for Juicy Lucys, wild rice or a healthier tater tot casserole dancing in my head.  But as I was doing this recipe during my morning commute, I drove past a large sign that inspired me……

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Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake #SundaySupper

For a cheesy, healthy casserole that is easy to make, this Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake is sure to become a family favorite! {gluten free, kid friendly}

Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake | alidaskitchen.com

After making Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake last summer, I have been looking forward to making more quinoa casserole recipes. While I am excited to share many of them with you soon, this Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake recipe is one of my kids’ favorite meals. They get so excited,  you would think I’m serving cookies for dinner!   But alas, it’s just a deliciously cheesy, tomato-ey chicken quinoa casserole that is so simple, delicious and healthy too!  …

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Easy Skillet Granola | alidaskitchen.com

Easy Skillet Granola

This recipe for Easy Skillet Granola is a delicious way to start the day…and takes minutes to make!  It is also vegan and can be nut free and gluten free.

Easy Skillet Granola | alidaskitchen.com

As much as we love granola, it is not something that we buy very often.  It is challenging to find granola made without nuts, and with nut allergies at home…well it just makes sense to find something else.  I actually never realized how easy it is to make granola at home until making this Easy Skillet Granola recipe!…

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Top 14 Recipes of 2014 on Alida's Kitchen | alidaskitchen.com

Top 14 Recipes of 2014 on Alida’s Kitchen!

Top 14 Recipes of 2014: A collection of the 14 most popular recipes of 2014 featured on Alida’s Kitchen!

Top 14 Recipes of 2014 on Alida's Kitchen | alidaskitchen.com

Today I am sharing my favorite post of the year…reader favorites!  I have gone back to calculate the 14 most popular recipes on Alida’s Kitchen from 2014 according to YOU! I learn so much about readers based on reviewing your favorite recipes. As you will notice, what I have learned is that Alida’s Kitchen readers enjoy easy, family friendly recipes with a healthy twist…which is exactly my mission for the blog.  So for that, and for another incredible year, I thank you!!!  I have exciting plans for 2015 and am so grateful for the opportunity to share the recipes we love with you!

And now…presenting the Top 14 Recipes of 2014:

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