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Death By Chocolate Layer Cake

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Herb Crusted Pork Chops

Herb Crusted Pork Chops
These are pretty much my version of homemade Shake and Bake pork chops in grown up form. I would seriously get excited for shake and bake night growing up. There is something oddly exciting about shaking things up in a gallon zip top bag. Who knew? Well that’s unless you got too into it and the bag burst and then you were on clean up duty. Sigh. Maybe I was the only one?

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Mango Chili Lime Ice Cream

Mango Lime Chili Ice Cream 2Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Real Seal.

Sweet. Spicy. Tart. No need to pick one, nope. You’re going to get all of that in every spoonful. If you like mangoes you’re going to love this supped up mango ice cream. Just like every summer in our house, our ice cream maker bowl stays in our freezer. We like it to be ready when we are to mix up a batch of frozen fabulousness. Which is quite often if the number of ice cream recipes posted on our little site is any indication. Go ahead and search ice cream or gelato here on our little neck of the interwebs, right up there at the top in the search box. See it? We’ve got something for everyone. I’m pretty sure we could open up an ice cream beach caddy but eh who has time for that.

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Blistered Shishito Peppers

Blistered Shishito Peppers

Oh Shishito! I first had a taste of these babies in Austin a few years back at a seriously swoon worthy restaurant called Swift’s Attic. I’ve been dreaming of these peppers forever. They’ve been alluding me in my markets here ever since until now. This year when I was grabbing my garden plants there they were with a spotlight on them and the angels were singing, OH SHISHITO! I bought 4 plants and they’re now producing like my tomatoes should be. I’m not going to complain because hello shishito peppers. Once you have a taste you’ll understand my obsession with these little green goddesses of goodness.

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Creative Ways to Use Fresh Herbs

Fresh Herbs
I’m sad to report that my garden tomato plants aren’t doing so hot this year. I think all the rain we’ve had is the culprit. While I’m extremely sad about the state of tomatoes in the bell’alimento household, the silver lining is my fresh herbs are going CRAZY. I have more fresh herbs than I can use. I’ve been garnishing ALL the things and I’ve made more bouquet garni’s than I can shake a rosemary sprig at. I’m thinking if I have this problem (if you can call it that) then maybe YOU do too! Because sharing is caring, I’ve put together a few of my favorite things to do with all those herbs.

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Grilled Shrimp Pasta Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Grilled Shrimp Pasta Salad
I’ve always been one to love a good challenge. Heck, coming up with dinner every night can be a challenge. You know those nights when it’s you against the refrigerator and pantry. Opening the doors, staring inside and saying what in the world am I going to put together to feed all these people that live with me? Those are the times creativity comes into play. I’m putting that creativity to good use with today’s recipe challenge.  “To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Dreamfield’s Pastapalooza summer promotion, we are calling upon bloggers to compete in five “Market Basket” challenges throughout the summer. Bloggers will be challenged to use the ingredients in the Market Baskets (plus up to 2 more of their choice) to create original pasta salad, side dish or summer entrée recipes. Fans and friends will vote for their favorite recipe from each Market Basket category, with the winning blogger receiving a $1,000 donation to their local food bank/pantry; a $200 donation will go to the food bank of choice of the remaining bloggers. One randomly drawn fan/participant who voted will win a family pack of Dreamfields + a $1,000 donation to their local food bank/pantry.”

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