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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Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Parm Meatballs

At all times, I have at least 3 varieties of mozzarella in my fridge.  Bocconcini, shredded, sliced, mozzarella di bufala… it’s all got its place in my heart and in my meals (especially since I learned how to make my own fresh mozzarella).  I could –and would– eat mozzarella in everything, but I try to save it for dishes where it will really shine.

You know, like Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Parm Meatballs.

Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Parm Meatballs!  All the flavors of chicken parmesan in a fun-to-eat bite!  Click through to see a picture of the mozzarella-y inside and get the recipe!  | blog.hostthetoast.com

I bought ciliegine (bite sized mozzarella balls) a week or so ago, thinking I would use them in a recipe that never wound up happening.  I don’t believe in wasting food, so I had to come up with something quick when I realized that my precious (think Gollum from the Lord of the Rings– I’m serious about my cheese) mozzarella would probably be going bad if I didn’t use it up soon.

The horror.  I couldn’t allow it.

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