One of my favorite parts about cooking is gathering inspiration from different sources and then bringing them together into one, big recipe creating party.

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Normally, salads can have the tendency to be predictable, maybe even a bit boring. But if I’m going to sell my husband on the idea that a salad for dinner once a week so we can become part of #meatlessmonday, the salad needs to be hearty and full of flavor.

Wish me luck.

I’d say this kale salad recipe is the perfect example of recent inspiration to hit me over the head when the first bite hit my tongue, meets the jogging of my ever-failing memory thanks to my ever-persistent seasonal cravings and my extreme talents of blog bookmarking and cookbook post-it note tagging.

I have mad skills that way.

So where’s all this inspiration stemming from?

Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Chickpeas and Tahini Dressing on foodiecrush.com

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Friday Faves

by heidi on October 3, 2014

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Happy Friday and let’s share some wine and cheese. You are making them part of your weekend, right?

I’m planning on it, since I spent a day this week photographing sumptious food for Deer Valley Resort in Park City for their new restaurant Brass Tag. Stuff like pretzels, brick oven shrimp skillets and the cheese board above (with homemade Elderberry jam they forage for right on the mountain).  It was nearly too much deliciousness for one person to handle, but I persevered. I’m really excited that his year, not only do I get to take photos of some of Utah’s best food at the resort, but I’ll also be blogging for them this winter. I’ll be sharing a bit here and there on FoodieCrush so stay hungry.

This weekend I’ll be hitting the ski swaps, clearing out all of my green tomatoes (what should I make??) and hauling out the Halloween decorations. It’s going to get spooky up in here.

If you missed my post on Food Blogging Power Couples, read about them here.

Let’s make the jump into this week’s Friday Faves…

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Easy White Bean Chicken Chili on foodiecrush.com

I bet you know somebody like this. You can pick them out the first time you meet them. They’re that person who can remember the good and the bad of each and every event that has happened in their life.

They’re that friend who always remembers and retells that story (over and over) about that one time you all went to that one party and you met that one guy who said that one thing and made you all laugh really, really, really hard and it made that one girl pee her pants.

You remember don’t you?

No I don’t. And I’m okay with that.

The older I get, I’m beginning to believe that in some ways, having a terrible long-term memory makes me a lucky person.

Easy White Bean Chicken Chili on foodiecrush.com

Dynamic Duos: Food Blogger Power Couples, Part 1

by Hayley Putnam on October 1, 2014

Food Blogger Power Couples Part 1 on foodiecrush.com

We love learning about culinary power couples, and after featuring food blogger stalwarts Sonja and Alex (A Couple Cooksand Maria and Josh (Two Peas & Their Pod), we couldn’t help but dig around for some more. These dynamic duos have helped pave the way for additional fresh talent, proving the couple that cooks (or blogs, or food styles, or photographs) together stays together.

Today’s post is the first of a two-part series. Circle back again next Wednesday to see the rest of the gang. 

And take this as truth, blogging isn’t just for one anymore. These couples prove, the more in the kitchen, the merrier!   

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Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Almond Streusel

by heidi on September 30, 2014

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Almond Streusel

Things around here have floated back into a familiar groove.

Smudge is back in school so sleeping in is saved for the weekends and random mommy daughter excursions during the day have come to a halt. The one thing that stays constant is my little girl’s request for an after school snack as soon as her backpack hits the floor. I wish she’d learn to pick that up. But then, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

We have our routine when she walks in the door. I tell her to wash her hands. She heads straight for the kitchen in search of sustenance.

This sweet after school treat is a mash-up of two food bloggers’ recipes I’ve had the luck to taste for myself straight from their sugar laced ovens.

The result? I think you can tell for yourself by Smudge’s reaction below.

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Almond Streusel

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