Back in May, when I catered my first wedding, I made a dish that I had never made before. It was one that the bride requested — and I was really unsure of how it was going to taste, but I did it anyway — and it is now one of my most requested items at any picnic or event — My copycat recipe of Hooter’s Deep Fried Pickles.

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My daughter is an animal lover. She has been since she was about a year old. When she was 5, she discovered the beauty of the hummingbird and how to make your own hummingbird food.

My mom used to keep feeders around all the time and they would sit out on her back porch and watch them flitter and fly around, going from one to the next. She always said when she got older, she was going to do the same thing. Now — at 16, she has her own feeders, makes her own food for them, and sits and takes amazing photos of them eating and flying around.

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One of my new favorite foods is lettuce wraps. It started when my daughter and I went to a Thai restaurant and I had them. From the first bite I fell head over heels in love with them. Since then — I have recreated many different flavors of lettuce wraps. We have had Asian, BBQ Pork, Tacos, and now, I can add Mexican Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps to that list as well.

This, you see, is grilling season — and what better way to celebrate it than with my favorite Mexican dish. I topped these with delicious Red Gold Tomatoes, which added a serious punch of flavor.

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The first time I ever tasted Creme Brulee, I knew it was a dessert I would crave anytime I went somewhere fancy. The unmistakable crunch and tap-tap of the crust as you dig into the creamy pudding. . . it is SHEER heaven. Today, I get to share the recipe with you — straight from The Hundred Foot Journey. This movie has the foodie in me excited to hit the theaters soon!

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A few weeks ago I was at the grocery store and picked up a loaf of Italian bread to have with dinner. I laid it on the counter over my all my bread when I got home, but somehow I forgot it was there. I found it a few days ago, and saw that it was pretty stale, but did not want to throw it out. I decided to slice it up and make Easy Homemade Croutons.

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During the summertime, when everyone is at home ALL THE TIME, my grocery budget can go out the window, especially around the 1st and the 15th of the month. When weekends like the one that just past hit, I head to my arsenal of recipes to create some budget friendly meals, so that we can get back on track and back on our normal spending routine. That was how I came across this delicious new recipe I created for BBQ Chicken Nachos with Avocado Ranch Dressing.

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This weekend was a whirlwind of food  — lots of food and fireworks. We had everything you could think of on the grill, and then some. The family drove about an hour away to a wholesale Fireworks distributor and bought a million fireworks, so we had a blast (no pun intended) and a much needed few days off.

One of the things that we made this past weekend of course, was some of my favorite perfect summer salads. They go great with my picnic recipes (which can be found in this post here). Since salads are some of my favorite, I have included several of my most popular recipes all in one place.

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I received a copy of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery in exchange for this review. All opinions listed are 100% my own.

I am trying SO hard to learn to eat better. For me, that means cutting out sugar, bad stuff, and I thought I was going to have to cut sweets from my menu as well. Then I was introduced to Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery and realized that I can eat sweets and not feel like I am neglecting my passion for sweet foods.

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The Fourth of July is THIS weekend. We have family coming down and I am super pumped about all the yummy food that will be coming across my dining room table. We plan on spending a lot of time outdoors too, so I have went back through all my recipes and found my top 5 favorite treats that make perfect picnic and Fourth of July foods. So without further ado — here are 5 Picnic Recipes You Can’t Live Without.

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This french onion soup recipe is inspired by DreamWorks Pictures’ upcoming movie The Hundred-Foot Journey. This recipe is provided by Disney/DreamWorks Pictures, but opinions are all my own.

I will be honest. I have never eaten French Onion Soup. However, every single recipe I see makes it look so mouthwatering, so I am definitely going to plan on eating some soon. In the meantime, check out this version of this soup from the new Disney/Dreamworks film Hundred Foot Journey.

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