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  • Lobster Mac and Cheese

    Lobster Mac and Cheese

    Macaroni and cheese is the quintessential comfort food. Piping hot pasta smothered in rich, gooey cheese sauce makes for the perfect meal or side dish just about any day of the week. While its continued popularity owes a lot to the convenience of a certain prepackaged variety found in a blue box, you might be surprised at how easy and rewarding it can be to make your own mac and cheese from scratch. Give our decadent Lobster Mac and Cheese recipe a try and prepare to ditch the cheese powder forever.

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  • Healthy Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

    Easy Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

    Snow is starting to fall here in West Michigan. As winter looms, it can be tempting to go into a state of hibernation—shutting yourself away in your warm, cozy house and taking comfort in a variety of rich, not-so-great-for-you foods. What if we told you there’s a way to enjoy a hearty classic pasta dish with a fraction of the carbs and calories? If that sounds too good to be true, you need to try our healthy spaghetti squash Bolognese recipe.

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  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

    Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

    Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Few culinary combinations seem to soothe the soul quite as much. Take a bite of the chewy, gooey sandwich and a sip of soup (or even better, dunk the sandwich in the soup), and you’ll be instantly transported back to childhood. While this dynamic duo is a great go-to comfort food year-round, it seems to taste especially good once the temperature outside starts to drop. With fall in full swing, it seemed like the perfect time to share our recipe for the perfect homemade grilled cheese and tomato soup.

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  • Spicy Three Bean and Beef Chili

    Three Bean Chili

    Fall weather brings not only a change of the seasons here in Michigan; it also brings a change in the food scene. The bright, crisp, vibrant flavors and colors of summer begin to fade as we turn to bold spices, heavier meals and comfort foods such as mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, soups, and stews to help us get through the ever-shorter days. But one of our favorite ways to add a little warmth (in more ways than one) to any fall day is with a nice hot bowl of chili.

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  • Asparagus and Lobster Mushroom Risotto

    Asparagus and Lobster Mushroom Risotto

    We’re here to clear risotto’s name. Somehow this simple, unassuming little dish has gained a bit of notoriety as being difficult to cook. Many people are afraid to even attempt risotto at home for fear that they will somehow ruin it. The truth is that with a little love and attention, risotto couldn’t be easier. It even plays well with others, as you can mix in just about any sort of meat or veggies and end up with a delicious meal. We like to combine the creaminess of risotto with the crunch of roasted asparagus and the rich chewiness of lobster mushrooms.

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  • Rosemary Chicken Tenders and Savory Waffles

    How to Make Eclairs

    Chicken and waffles may sound like an odd pairing. Until you try it, that is. The combination of crispy, juicy, salty fried chicken and fluffy, chewy, waffles (with plenty of syrup) is pure magic. The ultimate sweet-and-savory dish, chicken and waffles can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anytime in between. Born of the soul-food tradition in Harlem, this unassuming combination has seen a bit of a renaissance as of late, with hip kitchens across the country putting their own spin on it. We have our own take, in the form of this recipe for rosemary chicken tenders with savory waffles. But first, a bit of history.

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  • Spicy Grilled Blueberry Chicken

    Blueberry Chipotle Grilled Chicken

    Blueberries and chicken: two great tastes that taste great together! Okay, so that may not be your immediate reaction when you think about this combination. Most of us tend to only think of blueberries in sweet dishes such as pies, muffins, pancakes, and so on. But if you’ve never considered using the subtly sweet, slightly tart flavor of blueberries to complement a savory dish, you are missing out on a whole world of culinary possibilities. Fortunately, this grilled chicken with spicy blueberry glaze is the perfect recipe to set you on the right path.

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  • Carne Asada Tacos

    Carne Asada Steak Tacos

    Tacos. In the past few years, this simple dish has been elevated from street food to hipster heaven. Everyone seems to have a favorite taqueria, usually some secret little hole-in-the-wall that looks unassuming but is serving up amazing food. With summer grilling season in full swing, now might be the perfect time to become your own favorite taco-slinger by whipping up some carne asada tacos at home. It’s easier than you might think and more delicious than you could imagine.

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  • Vegetable Salad with Orange Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing

    Salad with Orange Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing

    It has been a beautiful start to summer here in Michigan. The sun has been shining brightly, and white fluffy clouds fill the blue skies. As the temperatures outside have risen, many of us have started looking for ways to eat fresh, healthy foods without turning on the oven and increasing the temperatures inside our homes. We’re here to save the day with our Vegetable Salad with Orange Champagne Dressing. It’s light, easy to prepare, and is the perfect way to get your vegetables in while beating the heat.

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  • Easy Caprese Salad

    Easy Caprese Salad

    Everyone is striving to eat healthier these days, and one great way to do that is to focus on seasonally-fresh ingredients. For many people, this might conjure up images of spending hours working over a hot stove or eating food that is good for you but lacks in the flavor department. Enter Caprese salad. Known as Insalata Caprese in its native Italy, this perfect summer dish may sound extravagant and fussy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Grab some ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil, and you’ll have almost everything you need. A drizzle of olive oil, and perhaps a splash of Balsamic vinegar adds a sophisticated finish to this simple salad.

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