Beer Battered Onion Rings with Shake Shack Dipping Sauce

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Shake Shack has been a favorite ours since 2007 when we were both living in NYC.

While there are a number of reasons they stand above the rest, their special sauce is a famous staple. Many recipe blogs have shared their versions and through much trial and error, we have created what we think is the best version!

Of course we didn’t forget about the onion rings. With only 4 ingredients , these circles of deep fried perfection are so much easier to make than you think! Did we mention they are beer battered?

Winter Charcuterie Board

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I’m not going to lie, I’ve been known to make a mean charcuterie board. While Alec creates 90% of the recipes we share, this is the one thing I am going to take 100% credit for. Mayyyybe it has something to do with the fact that I don’t have to actually cook anything and it’s really all about the styling (and of course the cheese).

Charcuterie boards are the staple to any gathering year round. My favorite part about them is that the possibilities are endless!

Recipe: Shakshuka

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Shakshuka has quickly become a Saturday brunch staple in our house. Often times I find myself falling asleep on Friday nights thinking “YES, tomorrow is Shakshuka day!” Trust me, it’s that good.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Shakshuka is a dish made with poached eggs in a spicy tomato base that was popularized in the Middle East and North Africa. It is perfect for any meal and super quick and easy to whip up.

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Recipe: Homemade Soft Pretzels

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STANLEY WAKE UP! IT'S PRETZEL DAY! Pardon our Office reference but we are always excited to celebrate National Pretzel Day! 

 Growing up in Philadelphia, soft pretzels were a must at any gathering or celebration. Nowadays, tons restaurants have caught on and are adding these fan favorites to the menu.  Whether served with spicy mustard or warm cheese dip, soft pretzels are always the answer. 

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Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Nachos

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Growing up in the Philly suburbs, Sunday's were for the birds. The Philadelphia Eagles that is! So what better way to root on team green in the SUPERBOWL than to make a massive mound of Philly Cheesesteak Nachos!

Loaded with steak, peppers, onions, and melty cheese this will be the only game day recipe you need! 

LET'S GO BIRDS!

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Recipe: Toasted Ravioli

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Toasted Ravioli is a dish that was made famous in St. Louis.  As a STL native, this is one of Alec's favorite treats! Every time we visit we aren't in town 24 hours before devouring a batch. 

These squares of perfection are typically made using meat filled ravioli. Despite it's name, "toasted" raviolis are actually breaded and deep fried  :) For this recipe we used mini meat filled ravioli to create the perfect party appetizer. 

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Recipe: Veggie Loaded Turkey Chili

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While the weather in the Bay Area has been pretty perfect (per usual), we are both East Coast natives so we still have a couple cold weather traditions that we just can't give up. One of our favorite things to do in the winter is to cook up a big batch of homemade chili!

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Recipe: Oatmeal M&M Christmas Cookies

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December 4th is National Cookie Day!!! While we will be baking and sharing cookies recipes all month, today we decided to share one of our go-to favorites. 

We find that many christmas cookies take a lot of time and patience from the decorating and stencils to the special holiday ingredients. This recipe however is EASY PEASEY, which is honestly what makes it our go to! Also, wait until you taste them! :) 

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Recipe: Chocolate Christmas Bark

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December is finally here - our favorite time of year! We are excited to kick off the holiday season with some sweet crowd pleasing cheer.

Trust us when we say this bark is so easy to make but so hard to resist. Perfect for holiday parties or to give as a gift. Are we rhyming?? What perfect timing!  HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON Y'ALL! 

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Recipe: Shrimp Etouffee

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You can make any weeknight dinner feel like a special occasion with Creole Style Shrimp Étouffée. We love this dish because it is so hearty and perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of kick. 

Étouffée is a french word meaning "smothered".  To make it, you literally smother the veggies and shrimp (or shellfish of your choice), with the rich creamy sauce

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Recipe: The Sweet Green Smoothie

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With the Holiday's right around the corner (crazy right?!), we know we will soon be stuffing our faces with delicious sweet treats.  From Halloween candy, and Thanksgiving pies to never ending Christmas cookies, we are both extremely guilty of giving in to our sweet tooth cravings. So to get ahead of the inevitable, we are creating healthy options to hopefully satisfy some of those cravings.  

 This Sweet Green Smoothie is addicting! It has quickly become a breakfast staple for me. Lately our apartment has turned into a smoothie shop, we have been testing out all kinds of combos which we are very excited to share. 

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Recipe: Light Egg Salad

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When it comes to egg salad in our house, we agree to disagree. Alec may have a slight fear of mayo. 

I always find that egg salad is one of those recipes that can be really fun to mix and match ingredients (avocado and bacon being a favorite).  However I am excited to share this classic egg salad because it is not only light but so easy to throw together for a perfect weekday lunch or weekend picnic! 

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Recipe: Kani Salad

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Growing up, my dad and I had a slightobsession with Japanese food (and still do).  We've never said no to a sushi night! From top rated restaurants like Nobu in NY to hole in the wall, all-you-can-eat hidden gems, we've tried it all!  

While I know it is not authentic Japanese food, I am not ashamed to admit that Kani Salad is one of my favorite Japanese restaurant appetizer.  Made with only a few ingredients, this salad could not be easier to throw together!  

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Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie Bowl

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Smoothie Bowls are a guilt-free pleasure! Fast, easy, healthy,  delicious, and filling, what's not to love? Plus, the possibilities are endless. You can mix and match your favorite smoothie ingredients to create a new bowl every day! 

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Recipe: Restaurant Style Chicken Pad Thai

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Back in the day I lived in the East Village of NYC right next to the smallest hole in the wall Thai restaurant that made some of the best Pad Thai I've ever had. It was so addicting that I would order it at least once a week.  I never even attempted to make it at home because I didn't think anything would ever compare. UNTIL NOW!

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