So here’s a question for you. When you were a kid, why did savory foods always get segregated from one another and how come it never was—and still isn’t—the case with sweets?

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Remember when you didn’t like your food to touch each other? How the lunch room divided trays were a godsend to just about any and every elementary age child?

Don’t let my gravy come a lick within the carrots!

Ew, I can’t eat my potatoes because they had a confrontation with the mustard!

But when it comes to sweets, it seems that the more sweet we can load into a single recipe, the more enticing it is.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Hence, Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. And if that isn’t a mouthful, just try eating one.

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Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata

by heidi on March 3, 2014

Simple yet elegant, this Crab Spaghetti is pure comfort food with a high brow touch—because who doesn’t find comfort in twirling pasta around the big old clumps of sweetly lush lump crab.

Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata

If there’s one thing you want to eat in it’s lumpiest form, it’s crab. Take my word for it.

Crab can sometimes feel a little intimidating to make. How do you cook it? How do you crack it? And doesn’t it take forever to get that meat out of those prickly sharp shells?

But in reality, whether it’s steamed in it’s long, lanky king crabby legs dripping with butter (this recipe is hands down the easiest way to fix it) or rolled into bite size appetizer bites like this, it’s incredibly easy to prepare.

Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata

Fear not, this Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata jumps from pan to plate in about a half an hour. And I have just the tip to make it as painless as possible to make cure your crabby cravings.

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Friday Faves of February

by heidi on February 28, 2014

Happy Friday peeps.

Friday Faves 02-28-2014

I wish you could smell these flowers in person. Stargazer lilies beat roses every time. They’re my all-time favorite and are titilating my nostrils as I write this. 

When was the last time your nostrils were titilated? Get on that, would you?

This week’s faves are short and sweet because my Smudge is feeling a bit amiss and needs some snuggle time with her mama.

There’s nothing like a sick baby to make a mama girl feel needed.

But she wasn’t too sick to ask that we give you this…

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

by heidi on February 27, 2014

If you’re on Pinterest there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen the meaty version of this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Soup floating around. And there’s a perfectly good reason for that.

Because it’s so dang good!

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

I’m kind of into this whole food with a twist thing, and it seems like the masses are too. Where you take a traditional recipe and put it in an unexpectedly unique delivery system that makes people scratch their heads and say, “Hurmph. I never thought of that.”

Dessert in jars instead of a bowl, hand pies instead of slices, and chicken pot pie as a pizza? Heck to the yeah.

So when I once again stumbled across my friend Brenda’s meaty version of Lasagna Soup (recipe here) and who I’m pretty sure introduced the blogosphere to this Italian-style phenomenon—and FINALLY, gave us another reason to love lasagna noodles—I got all inspired to give Lasagna Soup a whirl.

But this time around, change was a coming.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

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Today’s 30 Oscar Worthy Recipes post comes to us from our resident movie fanatic / FoodieCrush contributor / queen of the Academy, Hayley Teater, who every year schemes over Academy Award fétes with the same passion that Southern belles plot and plan their dream wedding. On with the show…

30 Oscar Worthy Recipes and an Academy Awards Hosting Guide

While many people were getting wrapped up in Super Bowl Sunday mania, I was busy scheming over the menu for our annual Academy Awards dinner. It may be un-American of me to say it, but I just can’t seem to get myself pumped up over the Super Bowl. The Academy Awards on the other hand? That’s my Super Bowl.

Ever since I can remember I’ve been obsessed with movies. I’d find one I liked and watch it over and over again and was equally fascinated with celebrities and everything having to do with them—particularly awards shows, and even more particularly, the Academy Awards.

I’d stay up as late as I was allowed on a school night to see them, as we’d camp out across the living room floor with a blanket and some dinner. I’d  watch, mesmerized, and savor every red carpet interview and every sentimental, teary-eyed speech.

About seven years ago, my family started having special Oscars dinners, with a menu centered around puns on the Best Picture nominees (like “Into the Wild Salmon,” with “Crashed Potatoes,” or “The Wrestler’s Mussels, ” and a “Winter’s Bone-in Pork Chop” with “The King’s Peach Compote”).

Still today, we have just as much fun planning the menu as we do watching the awards. And of course, plotting the party…

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