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    An Appetizer Dinner on New Year’s Eve

    Having just made a big sit down meal the day before, I opted for all appetizers on New Year’s Eve. Turned out to be a pretty good decision. Some of these recipes were pretty involved, but making them all together actually saved a lot of time with so many shared ingredients (corn, onion, green onion, all the seasonings for the pork, etc.). I marinated both pork butts the night before, had my mom roast them while I was at work, and then was able to throw it all together between 4:30 and 6:30. My mom also helped with some of the chopping and prep work – and then most importantly,…

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    Black Bean Hummus

    Yesterday afternoon was spent working on baby shower prep – one of my favorite things to do! I was joined by two ladies who are co-hosting the shower with me, so of course, we had to have snacks.  Both of them are gluten-free, and one of them is a vegan, so some of my typical go-to’s were out.  I settled on black bean hummus with tortilla chips and either it was really good or we were really hungry because we ate just about the whole thing. This is an easy and tasty recipe that can be thrown together in less than 10 minutes.  Hope you enjoy! Black Bean Hummus 1…

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    Goat Cheese and Herb Stuffed Mushrooms

    I love goat cheese.  Like, love it.  Will eat anything with it.  I’ve started buying it in bulk at Costco so that whenever I get the urge, I can cook with it.  Well I got the urge last night and decided to make use of some mushrooms and herbs I had around to create this yummy appetizer.  No Pinterest inspiration here – I tried to channel my inner chef and come up with something tasty all on my own!  And it was my personal chef (Blake) approved. Hope y’all enjoy! Goat Cheese and Herb Stuffed Mushrooms 15 to 20 mushrooms, stems removed (I used a mix of baby portobello and…