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Homemade BBQ sauces add zing to your next cookout

The first time I can remember the tangy taste of BBQ sauce was when my uncle would spread BBQ sauce on grilled hot dogs. Sure, the sauce was Kraft, but I was hooked.  I’ll often skip the ketchup, even on french fries, and use barbecue sauce. Over the years I’ve tried a bunch of store…

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Ultimate list of bake from scratch cakes

I was afraid of baking for years.  I think early on I had a few failed attempts at baking from scratch that I just threw up my hands and figured this was just one of those things I’m never going to learn. It took a Sunday morning desire for muffins during COVID that made me…

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Instacart vs. Peapod : Which is better?

Last year I tried online grocery shopping for the first time. It was in the early days of the pandemic and like a lot of people I was trying to avoid leaving the house as much as possible. I have a very specific process for grocery shopping so I was a little wary. After a…

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skip the hot wings try these healthy finger foods

Skip the hot wings try these healthy finger foods

Ladies and gentleman, I have a problem.  I’ve probably eaten over 1000 spicy chicken wings in my lifetime. I just can’t help myself. If there is a party and wings are present, I’m diving in.  I don’t think I can topple El Wingador in a wing eating contest but I’m giving him a run for…

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Easy finger foods for your Cinco de Mayo party

When you throw a Cinco de Mayo party you’re going to want some great finger foods. You can find a round up of some of my favorite Mexican themed appetizers to make for your next party below. Fun fact — I just learned researching this piece that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Celebrating…

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How to cook bacon in the oven

We’ve all heard the phrase “everything’s better with bacon” well, in our house of six, it really should be “everything’s better with more bacon!” Sunday breakfast we’re pretty much cooking an entire pound of bacon. Cooking a few strips at a time on my cast iron skillet just isn’t how I want to spend my…

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Vegetarian Finger foods for your Easter Brunch

Vegetarian finger foods for Easter brunch

Last Christmas my wife learned of my secret love of ham. If there is a ham on a counter it’s a good bet I’m slicing off a piece every time I walk past it. We’re now planning our Easter brunch and I’m pushing hard for more ham. While I am quite satisfied with a ham-forward…

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6 Warning Signs You’re Overspending on Groceries

How many times have you been in this situation. You realize you need to make something for dinner, have nothing in the house and decide to make a quick trip to the grocery store. An hour and $179 later, you’re scratching your head trying to figure out where the money went. We’ve all been there…

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Vegetarian finger foods: meatless appetizers that even carnivores will drool over

Looking back, it’s no surprise that my daughter Alexa is a vegetarian. Even as a toddler, she wasn’t interested in eating the standard little-kid fare of chicken nuggets and hot dogs. By the time she hit middle school, she stopped eating meat altogether. We’re used to accommodating Alexa for regular meals, but we’ve had to…

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Chinese Takeout Dishes to Make at Home

I’ve been cooking for about 30 years. I’m pretty comfortable with cooking any “American” dish and my family heritage means it’s essential for me to know how to make great Italian comfort foods. I decided over the last year to branch out a little and try my hand at other styles of cooking. So, with…

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