May 2013

Italian Chicken Hoagies with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Kate posted an easy no-cook dinner earlier this week as she was preparing to head out of town to start her summer travels.  Part of those travels include a visit all the way up here to Idaho to visit ME!  I’m so excited, and my kids can’t wait to see their Southern buddies.  When I’ve mentioned her upcoming visit to other people, often their first comment is, “Wow you guys must be planning on making the best food together!”  Um, …

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Greek Pasta Salad

My kids and I are gearing up for a trip out west (my husband is devastated that he’s saving his time off for later this summer and is therefore missing out on 6:00 am flights, seemingly endless hours on the road, and bonding with my parents’ dogchildren) and since the chances of my husband cooking raw chicken or using up my stash of fresh veggies that aren’t carrots or corn, I’m trying to empty out my fridge. One of my …

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Memorial Day

My first grader came home from school a few weeks ago with this little assignment tucked away with the papers in his back pack: For those of you who don’t have the magical gift of interpretation: “When I grow up I want to be in the Army. I want to protect the nation.  I think I will be a great soldier in the Army.  I would love to protect America.” This little boy has a patriotic soul.  He’s 7 years …

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Cream Cheese-Stuffed Pineapple Upside-Down Overnight French Toast

Is May pretty much the craziest month for everyone else or is it just me?! If I had not been a twitterpated idiot 12 years ago when I was engaged, I nevereverever would have chosen to get married in May because I would have thought about practical things like end-of-the-year parties and celebrations, graduations, dance recitals, and the series finale of The Office. But alas, here we are, squeezing in a grocery store bouquet of flowers and a quick peck on …

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Smoke Vault Giveaway!

Note: This giveaway is now over. Winner:  Congrats to #546 Aubrey, who said there’s not much else in the world that makes her husband happier than smoked meat!  (Girl, check your email!) Enjoy that smoker!  For the rest of you, don’t forget- you can use the discount code OBB15 for 15% all your purchases at outdoorcooking.com through 6/22! Does anyone else have a hard time shopping for the men in their lives??  I tell my husband all the time that …

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Grown-Up English Muffin Pizzas

  So last week, my husband was in Europe for work, which is really fun for about the first three days when I can watch things like Teen Mom without feeling him silently judging me and I can sprawl out over the whole bed. Then I start getting slightly neurotic and scared I’m going to choke on food while I’m all alone and my children will be left stranded at the bus stop and then (shockingly) I don’t die and I …

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How To: Plant a Vegetable Garden

Before I started this cooking gig and my husband entered the medical field, we were college students studying soil compositions in chem labs, memorizing hundreds of latin terms for plant ID class, and learning how to propagate rare plant species.  We met because we were both finishing up undergraduate degrees in horticulture science and had almost all of our classes together one semester.  People who know us now, and the fields we’re in, think it’s super random that we studied …

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Slow Cooker Refried Beans

So we have quite a few bean recipes on Our Best Bites–I mean, we’re not the beaniest blog out there, but I’ve come a long way from the newlywed looking at beans in the bean aisle, thinking I should buy them because they were dirt cheap but wondering what in the heck I would ever do with them. But one thing we haven’t had (until now) is refried beans, or even any pinto beans at all. And part of it is …

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The Our Best Bites Mobile App is here!

Now your favorite recipes from OBB are with you wherever you go! Whether you’re in the grocery store and need to check the ingredients list or you’re cooking in a friend’s kitchen, the free, universal Our Best Bites mobile app has our entire collection of recipes quickly and easily accessible.   It’s available on all Apple devices and you can find it in your itunes store by searching “Our Best Bites.” (Please note: we are well aware that those using other …

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Coconut-Lime Sugar Scrub {Plus Printable!}

First of all, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the kind comments on yesterday’s post.   (If you missed it, you can read it here).  It’s always a little bit nerve-wracking when we post something out of the norm around here, especially when it’s of a personal nature, and we always cross our fingers and hope it’s well received, and in the way we intended.  I curled up with my laptop tonight and read every single …

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