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Saucy, Smokey Meatloaf on the Grill – Barbecue with Attitude

Grilled smoked meatloaf? Yes! We’re raising the bar on this well-known comfort food to a new level of deliciousness by taking it outside to barbecue and smoking it flavorfully with cherry wood on the grill! You’ll find that there’s nothing quite like our Saucy, Smokey Meatloaf Barbecue with Attitude. This recipe post covers all the steps to create a perfectly cooked, seared, juicy, smokey grilled meatloaf that doesn’t fall apart!

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How to Make Guilt-Free Sweet & Sour Grilled Kielbasa Kabobs

Satisfy your weeknight grill craving with this easy Guilt-Free Sweet & Sour Grilled Kielbasa Kabobs recipe. Super tasty and fun to eat. Serve them with a side of rice or on their own for a healthy, figure-friendly, whole dish, easy-to-clean-up meal you won’t regret!

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How to Make Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Dream Bars

Perfect sweetness and tartness in every bite! Today we’re tempting your tastebuds with these Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Dream Bars bursting with seasonal freshness. They’re like a lemon bar, but there’s no lemon, only tart and tangy rhubarb surrounded by a sweet custard filling on top of a buttery shortbread cookie crust. We’re showing you how to bake them up for a springtime treat filled with mouth-watering dessert goodness you’re sure to remember.

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Make Them Fun! – If you have a shaped muffin tin, why not try it out? The muffin tin method for making tater tots leaves lots of room for being creative in the kitchen. We L♥VE using our heart-shaped mini muffin tin to make the tots extra filled with love. Let your creativity flow; there may be even more tin shapes that would work well too!
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How to Make Easy, Cheesy, Homemade Baked Tater Tots

Say goodbye to frozen tater tots forever with our easy cheesy recipe for homemade tater tots from scratch. Perfectly shaped and baked in a mini muffin tin, they become super crispy on the outside with creamy potato insides boasting loads of flavor from bacon, cheddar cheese, and chives!

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Beef Pot Roast with Homestyle Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Nothing says “I Love You” more than a home-cooked meal. And what could be better than hearty, filling, beef, and veggies mingling for hours to make the most tantalizing roasted smells and great eats coming from the kitchen? So we invite you to warm up this Valentine’s Day or any chilly day needing a little love from your kitchen with our classic oven-braised Beef Pot Roast with Homestyle Garlic Mashed Potatoes. It’s an easy-to-make comfort food dinner that’s simple enough for even the most novice cook and delivers impressive loving results every time!

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Homestyle Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip Mix

This simple and satisfying Homestyle Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip Mix recipe is at the top of our must-have in the kitchen list. A go-to for so many recipes, perfect for dressing a salad, making a veggie dip, chip dipping, cracker, baguette spread, or as a cooling sauce for spicy chicken wings. You can even experiment with extra additions like pureed avocado or chipotle chilies to create unique flavors that compliment whatever you’re cooking.

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Ham Roll-Ups a.k.a. Minnesota Sushi, Okra Dokies, or Traditional… closeup dark background
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Ham Roll-Ups, a.k.a. Minnesota Sushi, Okra Dokies, or Traditional…

Ham Roll-Ups a Delicious Snack, Lunchbox Treat, Appetizer, or Game-Day Party Finger-Food! Whether you’re looking for creative ideas for appetizers, parties, snacks, or to beat lunchbox boredom, these ham roll-ups are a delicious salty, addictive, low-carb, small bite treat that adults and kids both will love!

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Butternut Squash & Mushroom with Chicken (or Turkey)
Pot Pies

You’ll love this Butternut Squash & Mushroom Chicken (or Turkey) Pot Pie with its flakey puff pastry crust. This yummy, comforting dish is the best pot pie recipe from scratch. It takes a short 15 minutes to prep and finishes cooking up in the oven, so you don’t have too much to do, and the side benefits are that your house will smell amazing!

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Easy Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs

A fake-out for Take-out! Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs, loaded with fresh garlic, ginger, and scallions, then baked for a quick 15-minutes to seal in all that moisture and flavor. This recipe makes excellent savory sticky and sweet meatballs that can pull double-duty – in a nod to one of my once favorite take-out guilty pleasures.

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The Best Easy and Healthy Ham Salad Spread Recipe

A simple long-time ham appetizer and ham sandwich spread known by many names. Some call it Deviled Ham Spread, Ham Salad, Southern Ham Spread, Ground Ham Salad, or Funeral Spread, as my grandpa dubbed it, but then as Shakesphere said, “What’s in a name?”*

What matters most is what it is, not what it’s called. And whatever you may call it, you should make this Ham Salad Sandwich Spread anytime you have any leftover ham!

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Bowl of homemade tomato juice on a plate with crackers and an egg salad sandwich with a pan of soup in the background
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How to Make Homemade Tomato Soup from Tomato Juice

This recipe is kind of special to my dear hubby and me because of fond memories of cooking with his mother. So, I asked him to help me write this post to tell his story about learning to cook while making this delicious homemade creamy tomato soup made from tomato juice, baking soda, a little butter, some milk, and a little salt and pepper.

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Egg salad spread on toast with baby lettuce and microgreens, served on a plate with grape tomatoes.
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Classic American Egg Salad

All you need is hard-boiled eggs and 10 minutes to make this Classic American Egg Salad recipe. Perfect for sandwiches, lettuce wraps, or eating on a bed of lettuce, stuffing into pitas and tomatoes, and piling on top of crackers. It’s a home-style recipe for uncomplicated food at it’s finest, and it’s an excellent use for any extra hard-boiled eggs you might find yourself having after Easter.

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Mascarpone & Pepper Penne Pasta

Taking inspiration from Peperonata (an Italian stewed sauce of Sweet Bell Peppers with Olive Oil, Onion, Garlic, and Tomatoes), we’ve skipped the tomatoes and concentrated on summery yellow and red bell peppers for this recipe, then stirred in mascarpone cheese and baby spinach to serve over penne pasta for a budget-friendly vegetarian meal full of saucy comforting flavor!

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Buffalo Shrimp Po’Boy - two six-inch halves in a basket
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Buffalo Shrimp Po’Boy

Knock your socks off with this Buffalo Shrimp Po Boy! Plump, crispy pan-fried shrimp piled on top a French-style baguette, topped with a jazzed up Blazin’ remoulade dressing flavored with creamy mayo, Dijon mustard, capers, and garlic to create a delicious po’boy that’ll make you think you’re dining in the French Quarter!

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Apple & Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Take advantage of the abundance of acorn squash available this time of year with affordable, nutritious Apple & Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash. Loaded with flavor, simple to make, fantastic for making ahead, definitely freezable, and a meal that transports and reheats beautifully – and it’s just the right food for sharing with an elderly neighbor or housebound family member too!

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Lake-Harvested Wild Rice, Cranberry, and Kale Pilaf
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Lake-Harvested Wild Rice, Cranberry & Kale Pilaf

With its nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture, wild rice is an excellent complement to just about any protein dish. It is not actual rice but rather the seed of an aquatic grass that grows wild in the northern Great Lakes area of the United States.

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