Top Recipes of 2017

As the year draws to the end, I thought it would be fun to look back at my top five favorite recipes of 2017.

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Pecan Pie Bites

Once November rolls around my mind immediately turns to the holidays. I love Thanksgiving. Getting together with friends and family for a delicious home-cooked meal is such a wonderful way to end the season. This year I’m hosting a “Friendsgiving” for my housemates at college. It’s a potluck dinner so each of us are in charge of bringing a dish to the celebration. My contribution? The perfect fall dessert – these delicious pecan pie bites.

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Coffee Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream

Okay, raise your hand if cupcakes are your favorite sweet treat. Me too! I love cupcakes and in general, I prefer them to their cake counterparts. Even when I use the exact same recipe, cupcakes beat cake every time. When I first experimented with this recipe a few years ago, I realized I had a winner on my hands. The first batch didn’t even last a day in my house and my family was begging me to make more. Since then it has become a favorite amongst my friends and family. My best friend even requests I make her cupcakes instead of buying her a birthday present. The cupcakes produced from this recipe are wonderfully rich and decadent making them the perfect guilty pleasure.

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White Bean Chili

Chili is one of my favorite dishes. There is just something so satisfying about sitting down with a big bowl of chili and some cornbread. Which is why it is such a disappointment to me that my school makes such poor chili. Good chili should have some kick to it, something that makes you feel warm inside. My mom makes the absolute best chili, but when she isn’t around I have to improvise. This recipe is full of flavor with the perfect amount of heat. The base of this recipe is the ground pork. Ground pork tends to be cheaper than ground beef so by using ground pork instead you save a bit of money while still ensuring the dish has plenty of flavor. Continue reading “White Bean Chili”

Homemade Pork Meatballs

I came up with this recipe one night when I had a giant craving for meatballs. I tend to be a pasta purist, just pasta and marinara sauce– boring, I know. But that night I had a hankering for meatballs and I knew I had ground pork in the fridge so I figured why not give it a shot? Going off the knowledge I’d gleaned from hours of Food Network marathons and Chopped episodes I managed to throw together a pretty tasty bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. I jotted down what I’d done and got to dining. A few weeks later I gave the recipe another go and found even without a craving the meatballs hit the spot nicely. Now I am proud to present the recipe to you.

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15 Ingredient Meal Plan for One

Hi Guys! Recently I’ve been really into meal planning as I spent the first part of my summer living on my own. It was an eye-opening experience for me in terms of how much food costs and what it takes to eat well by myself. I’ve been cooking at home for years but I’ve never had to worry about budgeting food costs or worries about wasting food. If this sounds like you, I’ve got a 15 ingredient meal plan that will easily feed one person. Now the 15 ingredients do not include kitchen staples like olive oil, butter, or salt and pepper. As for the recipes, I’ve pulled together some basic recipes I make at home as well as some excellent recipes from around the web.

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