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Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

This Gnocchi made from scratch, sautéed with a little butter and sage is pure comfort food! Come learn how to roll gnocchi with a simple gnocchi video tutorial and try this super simple recipe for gnocchi Written by: Erica Kastner of Buttered Side Up Before you scan this recipe and think to yourself, Eh, that’s …

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Shrimp Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Shrimp Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms is a super easy, scrumptious appetizer that’s sure to impress your guests. It’s funny how much your taste in food can change. As a kid, I abhorred anything containing mushrooms. Cream of mushroom soup was one of the most dreaded suppers. I would sit at the table for ages after Mom …

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with a Salty Pretzel Crust

Written by: ERICA KASTNER of Buttered Side Up Just reading the name of this recipe, I knew it was going to be something good; I didn’t expect it to be this good, though. Soft and melty, a little bit crunchy and salty. These are the best chocolate chip cookie bars I’ve ever eaten. I kind of flubbed up …

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Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese with Jam

Written by: ERICA KASTNER of Buttered Side Up Let’s talk about how amazing these ingredients are, shall we? Crispy, salty bacon; soft Brie that melts if you so much as look at it; your favorite jam; rustic bread. All of these ingredients work together to make a memorable sandwich. This sandwich is all about crispy and …

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No-Churn Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Written by: ERICA KASTNER of Buttered Side Up Okay, so I can get excited over homemade ice cream; like, really excited. It’s so easy to whip up, especially when you use a recipe that doesn’t require standing over a hot stove, waiting for the custard to coat the back of a spoon. And that means you don’t …

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Pretty Half Updo Tutorial with Video and Step-by-Step Instructions

Searching for the perfect romantic hairstyle for your night out this Valentine’s Day? Here is a simple but lovely way to fix your hair for any special occasion. My husband really likes this style and always compliments me when I wear my hair this way. If you prefer a sleeker, more elegant style, you can …

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Outfit of the Day: Classics

Written by: ERICA KASTNER of Simple Days Shirt \\ Forever 21 | Pants \\ Banana Republic (thrifted) similar | Shoes \\ American Eagle (thrifted) similar | Earrings \\ Thrifted | Necklace \\ Thrifted Every girl should have a few classic pieces in her wardrobe that she can reach for again and again. A pair of well-fitting jeans and a good quality knit shirt are certainly essentials. And you don’t even …

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Smashed Potatoes with Parmesan Gremolata

Smashed Potatoes with Parmesan Gremolata are a great winter side dish. Potatoes are a wonderful accompaniment to so many meals. Because of their simplicity, they compliment a wide variety of main dishes: steak, chicken, soup, etc. And they are incredibly easy to cook and serve;  just adding salt, pepper and butter makes them delicious. This …

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