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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Blackened Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cilantro Sauce

I come from a family of avid taco lovers.  We eat tacos of some sort at least twice a week (in fact, we had tacos last night), and every single week, when I ask my brother what I should make for the blog, he tells me to make tacos.

Blackened Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cilantro Sauce.  These were some of the BEST tacos I've ever had!  This recipe uses tilapia, but you can also try it with salmon, catfish, or whatever your heart desires! You can't go wrong with this recipe. | blog.hostthetoast.com

 

The only thing that rivals my family’s love of tacos is their love of fish of any kind.  I’m the odd (wo)man out there, though, because fish usually just ain’t my thang.  I’ll eat sushi, I’ll eat mollusks, and I really do love crustaceans, but I’m very, very picky with fish.

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Fried Pickle Poppers

As a “northerner”, there are a lot of foods that I feel it took me far too long to discover.  I’ve fallen in love with BBQ brisket, pecan pie, collard greens, fried green tomatoes, and chicken fried steak all within the past few years.

Fried Pickle Poppers.  These cheese-stuffed fried pickles are way easier to make than the typical deep-fried pickle chips, and they're even tastier!  Also, Chipotle Mayo Dip = delicious| blog.hostthetoast.com

There’s no denying that there’s some delicious dishes to be had down south, but one really surprised me as a New Jersey native:  Fried Pickles.

Fried Pickles sounded gross to me when I first heard about them, but in the spirit of trying anything once (especially anything fried), I gave them a try in North Carolina a few years back.  Oh my.

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