Berry Crumble Bars

Homemade Berry Bars with Streusel Topping

Homemade Berry Bars with Streusel Topping

 

Diets are totally overrated, y’all. It’s summer. Time for me to get that bikini body back, ya know? Well…. about that. I’m a strong believer that balance is what makes success. Have some spinach (on a pizza). Whole grain brown rice (fried, obv). Steamed broccoli… covered in cheese sauce. See– balanced.

 

During my balancing act, a bake-off competition was announced at my work with the required ‘secret’ ingredient of…. [À LA CUISINE!] — Berries.

 

Berry Crumble Bars were the result.

 

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Sweet Potato Crusted Mini Quiche

Baked Sweet Potato Fry Crusted Mini Quiche

 

It may completely shock some of you that I get lazy at times… I know. It’s hard to image that someone that named their blog something with the word ‘fatty’ in it would ever do such a thing. The benefit of this is that sometimes you end up figuring out some really, really tasty tricks as a result.

 

Sweet Potato Crusted Mini Quiche was the delicious result of my laziness this past weekend. A bag of my favorite frozen fries, some fresh fillings, and the absolute shortest bit of attention possible is all that was needed to create these masterpieces.

 

 

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Cajun Fried Okra

Cajun Fried Okra

Fresh Okra

Cajun Okra = Perfect Side!

 

Okra, okra, okra, okraaaaa! I think if I were to go to prison for some food crime (like hating rhubarb, probably), fried okra would be part of my last meal. Growing up, I preferred this stuff over McD’s fries any day. Turns out, nothing has really changed with regard to that.

 

Since we are all adults here, I decided to twist things up a bit with some added kick–

Cajun Fried Okra it is.

 

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Everything Bagel Focaccia Bread

Everything Bagel Focaccia Bread

 

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ll know how insanely obsessed with the classic favorite Everything Bagel [ahhhhh *angels sing*] that I currently am. Something about that garlic, onion, poppy, sesame, salt blend that just hits the spot.

 

I decided to bump things up a bit and see what else would taste amazing with this magical blend on top–  Everything Bagel Focaccia Bread was the result. And it. was. perfect.

 

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Goat Cheese Berry Basil Toast

Goat Cheese Berry Basil Sourdough Toast

 

I’ve been addicted to everything goat cheese lately. From the way it looks right now, I don’t see any slowing down. I’ve put it on everything from tacos to pizza. For a super quick snack, here is a recent favorite that can be thrown together in minutes–

 

Goat Cheese Berry Basil Toast.

 

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Mango Slaw Shrimp Tacos

Mango Slaw Shrimp Tacos

 

Tacos. Need I say more? Not really. Since I started making these, I have become absolutely addicted to fresh mango. We’re throwing together a spicy, sweet, sultry citrus slaw to set off what has become my new go-to taco. That’s saying something, y’all.

 

Mango Slaw Shrimp Tacos — Keep reading for the skinny on these phat tacos.

 

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Frozen Peach Basil Daiquiri

Frozen Peach Basil Daiquiri

 

Spring is in the air. You know what that means– Fresh herbs, great market produce, festivals full of unique food items from every fruit you could imagine. Soon enough, one of my all-time favorite will be dropping from their trees– Peaches!

 

My take on the best way to use up some of those frozen peaches and bring in the new season with a boozy bang.

 

Sweet and citrus peach packed daiquiris with a touch of lime and the sharp success of basil — Frozen Peach Basil Daiquiris.

 

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Drunken Pecan Crème Caramel

Drunken Pecan Crème Caramel

 

Crème brûlée, pots de crème, flan, crème caramel. They’re all just perfect. Slightly sweetened, soft-baked cream base, some with the addition of a sugar crunch, some with a warm caramel blanket. Here’s our favorite take–

 

Drunken Pecan Crème Caramel— Artisan pecan liqueur, vanilla-bean cream base with a thin layer of darkened homemade caramel hosting a crunchy pecan brittle crown.

 

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