Pull-Apart Pretzel Skillet with Beer Cheese Dip

Today I was planning on posting a different recipe, but I’m feeling very German at the moment so pretzels and beer were a must.

Pull-Apart Pretzel Skillet with Beer Cheese Dip.  This skillet is great for a party or game day!

By “feeling very German”, I mean that my whole house is now obsessed with DuoLingo (if you want to learn a language, look it up, it’s free and I’ve been using it for years now!), and I just discovered a kick-butt German music artist that I have been listening to non-stop for the past week.

Non-stop.  I’m listening to him right now, in fact.

Do you ever get like that when you discover a new song/band?  I will literally play the same song 10 times in a row if I have my headphones in.  Tell me I’m not alone.


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Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce

I go to barbecues and shovel pasta salad in my mouth like it’s going out of style.  Seriously, I load up with enough dressing-doused noodles to make my paper plate sag down in the middle, and then I go back for seconds.  And thirds.  I love the stuff.

Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Dressing.  This rice salad is seriously addictive and always a huge hit at potlucks!  Pasta salad is so overrated.  Rice salad?  I want it for every meal. | blog.hostthetoast.com

For obvious reasons, pasta salad has been one of my favorite things to bring to potluck-style events, and it always goes fast.  But you know what’s even more of a crowd-pleaser? Rice salad.  Yup, rice salad, like this Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce.


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Mango Chile Glazed Shrimp

After an hour of blow-drying and flat-ironing, I’ve got Medusa-head going on within 30 seconds of walking outside.  I can feel that August is just around the corner– that glorious month of hair-ruining humidity.

Mango Chile Glazed Shrimp.  Sweet, spicy, and grilled to perfection, these shrimp will be a new summer favorite! | blog.hostthetoast.com
Yes, August, when we finally come to terms with the fact that we never prepared for swimsuit season.  Even well into swimsuit season, we kept saying, “Oh, I’ll start exercising and eating healthy tomorrow!”  (There’s always next year… and frozen margaritas and obnoxious amounts of BBQ should never be passed up.)

Or maybe that’s just me.


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Three Cheese Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

I’m sad to say that there was a point in my life when I hated Mac n’ Cheese.

Three Cheese Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese.  So rich, so creamy, and so extremely cheesy!  Just throw the ingredients in the slow cooker (even the uncooked pasta) and in just a few hours you have some of the tastiest mac out there! | blog.hostthetoast.com

Doesn’t that make you sad for my childhood?  Oh, the wasted years!

For much of my life, I didn’t realize that there was anything else out there other than the watery, powder-made instant cheese sauce from a box.  No thank you!

Then I discovered the joys of baked Macaroni and Cheese at a barbecue a few years back, and then I realized that, of course, you can make Mac ‘n’ Cheese with real cheese on the stove top.

And I thought to myself, “What a wonderful world.”


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Mom’s Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

Today is a great day.  Partially because it’s Friday (wooo!), but MOSTLY because today is the day that I finally get to share with you one of my favorite recipes ever.  It’s simple, it’s low-carb and low-calorie (only 250 calories per serving),  and I got the recipe from my mama so you know it’s gotta be good.

Mom's Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers- If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life, this would be it.  Delicious, easy and inexpensive to make, delicious, low calorie, low carb, and did I mention DELICIOUS?!  | blog.hostthetoast.com

And by good, I mean a-maaaay-zing.

When I was growing up, my mom didn’t cook many different things.  My dad was picky and I was even pickier so dinner was kind of boring and monotonous.  That is, except for when my mom made her Lemon Chicken, which I will also get up on this blog someday because oh man I’m drooling at the thought and I can’t even finish my sentence.

Anyway, then I went to college. Apparently, my mom decided that now that I was gone, she would start making all of this insanely mouth-watering food and then she and my brother would laugh maniacally at the dinner table about how I was missing out and surviving on Ramen noodles in my dorm.

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