Quinoa Bites with Southwestern Spiced Dip

The Super Bowl is almost upon us.

I have to be honest, I’ve never had a vested interest in who wins. Ever. Going to live games is fantastic, I love that. Especially when you get caught up in a 20 minute wave.

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But when it comes to watching games on TV, it’s just not my thing. For me, football season is exciting for another reason.

The parties. Continue reading

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Carrot Cake with Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting

Want to know why people love carrot cake?

Cream cheese frosting.

Let’s be honest with ourselves now. Carrot cake is a great idea. A cake that gets its moist texture from vegetables? Genius! But would you eat it without cream cheese frosting?

Would you really? Continue reading

Cheesy Pasta Bake for a Good Cause!

I work for a nonprofit called YouthLink. We provide a wide range of resources to homeless youth ages 16-23, one of which is an on-site food shelf to help them stretch a pay check, or use as a commodity to help get them a safe place to sleep for the night.

Now, our food shelf is an amazing resource for our youth, but if you’ve never had a kitchen of your own, you may look at a can of diced tomatoes, a bag of beans, and some chicken stock and wonder what the heck you can make with it all.

To promote our food shelf and all the wonderful dishes you can create with the goodies inside, one member of our amazingly creative staff decided to have a staff food shelf cook-off. The rules? All the ingredients had to either come from the food shelf, or cost less than $5. Continue reading