Smoked Paprika & Orange Pork Meatballs with Garlic Tomato Sauce

This was last night's dinner. It was also my lunch yesterday since I had to make and test it, first.

Rough life, I know.

Smoked paprika will forever be one of my favorite flavors, and a few years ago I took a class with a sausage maker who told me that his favorite flavor combo was smoked paprika and orange. I tried it. I loved it, and I'm now forever looking for ways to use it (this roast pork loin is another fave).

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Salted Honey Caramel Popcorn

A quick warning. If you've never made caramel corn before, you're about to realize just how ridiculously easy it is to make at home. I mean you literally just stir a few things in a pot, add popcorn, let cool and eat.

That's it!

Which can be a problem if you fall in love with this salty-sweet Salted Honey Caramel Popcorn recipe. Made with butter, brown sugar, real honey and sea salt, this is such an incredible treat for those of you who like salty with your sweet.

I kept it really basic and simple here (and easy--so so easy!), but you can really have fun with this. Add a bit of sriracha or hot sauce instead of vanilla or swap in a different extract, add some cinnamon for a cinnamon caramel, or use a floral honey for a sophisticated swap. Adding roasted salted peanuts or almonds would be so good too, or maybe even some toasted coconut?

So many fun things you can do with this.

Enjoy!


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Garlic Knot Popcorn (Garlic Parmesan & Herb Popcorn)

Kicked-up popcorn is one of my favorite easy snacks for parties, movie-watching, and even gifts! It's so simple to turn a batch of plain, freshly popped popcorn into a super fun and impressive snack with just a few easy additions.

This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite childhood snacks--garlic knots! I grew up eating the pizza parlor fave of twisted dough rolled around in chopped garlic, butter, olive oil, parmesan and fresh herbs. This popcorn mixture features all the same flavor and ingredients (except the dough) in a fun and totally addictive treat.

Like always, feel free to personalize this one! Add chili flakes for more heat, chop in fresh parsley or rosemary, or skip the cheese if you're not a fan. Seriously no wrong way with this quick snack.

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Sexy Conversation Heart Cookies (NSFW)

Fair warning: if you're squeamish about sex or not into a few "dirty" words or one of my parents (haha), you might want to skip this post. 

It's probably not the most appropriate thing to have open at work either unless you work at some super cool kind of place. 

OK. Disclaimer over--now we can play!

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Chocolate Ice Cream with Italian Cherries

I know that ice cream doesn't seem like the most obvious dessert during winter (because...brrrr), but I love it. There's just something super lovely and satisfying about digging into a dish of ice cream regardless of what the weather is doing outside.

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Easy Red Wine-Braised Brisket

This easy braised brisket recipe is a favorite in my house. I make it regularly, especially during the winter months when having the oven on for a few hours is particularly comforting.

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Smokey Football Cheese Ball with Pecan Bacon Crust

Real talk--my interest in football is pretty much limited to the kind of food that one would eat at a football game (or game day party)...and the occasional super hot football player (um...like this guy).

And you know what? I'm totally cool with that.

But something that I DO love is any excuse to entertain, and the Super Bowl is one such occasion.

Hence this football cheese ball!

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Mini Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Cumin Sour Cream

These adorable mini two-bite tacos are the perfect appetizer to serve at a party (gameday or otherwise!).

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