How To Keep Kids Lunches Fun And Wholesome


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Snack Pack. All opinions are 100% mine.

The kids are back in school and we’re all looking for ways to pack them a wholesome, nutritious lunch that will satisfy their usually voracious appetites.  Of course it would be ideal if those lunches were all organic, free range, grass fed and other buzzword approved, all while made from scratch by your own loving hands, but there’s something most of the advocates of that particular methodology don’t stop to consider.… Read the rest

Smoothies for Everyone – 32 Smoothie Recipes From Your Favorite Food Bloggers

Smoothies for Everyone 32 Recipes from Your Favorite Food Bloggers

(Formerly 10 Juices and Smoothies to Boost Your Energy)

There are times when you just need to boost your energy. You’re worn out, tired, jet lagged or maybe like too many of us, you just didn’t get enough sleep last night. For whatever reason, you need a jolt to the system, but you’d prefer that it didn’t come from a can or a shot-glass sized bottle. … Read the rest

How To Earn Extra Money From Your Content And Love Every Minute


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IZEA for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

**I’m going to put on my blogger hat for a minute rather than my chef’s hat. Bear with me.

Bloggers work very hard to make sure that the most important people in the world, their readers, get high-quality content, great entertainment, or maybe just a good laugh.… Read the rest

Quick & Easy Cheesy Potato Soup with Ham & Broccoli

cheesy potato soup with ham and broccoli

This post brought to you by Sargento. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Cooking by the seat of our pants.

When it’s cold outside, the best solution is to have something warm, satisfying and a bit decadent inside. There’s no better way to fight the chill of winter and forget about the snow shovel for a few minutes than to sit down to a piping hot bowl of thick, rich creamy soup.… Read the rest

Every Day Smothered Turkey Burgers (No Buns Required)


This post brought to you by Butterball Every Day. All opinions are 100% mine.

Weeknight dinners can be challenging. You want to make something good for your family and yourself, but with all of the things you’ve got packed into your schedule, it can be difficult to find the time or inspiration to make something different. Every now and then it’s OK to take a little help from the freezer and cut your prep time, and that’s just what these turkey burgers do.… Read the rest

Frito Pie Dogs (AKA Texas Corn Dogs) – Southwest Love on a Bun

Frito pie hot dogs

Perhaps it should have been enough that I originally introduced you to the Frito Pie. Maybe I should have stopped at the Frito Pie Burger. But I couldn’t help myself. I had to take this Texas original and move it to an even more All-American stage, the hot dog. So Y’all, I introduce to you, direct from deep in the heart of Texas, the seriously wonderful, totally addictive and completely over the top Frito Pie Dog.… Read the rest

Southern White Gravy, Just like Mom Used to Make

Southern White Gravy Just Like Mom Used to Make

White gravy is a staple in every Southern household. Everybody claims that their Mom or their Grandma makes the best gravy in the world. (They’re all correct, by the way. Every one of them.). This is how my mother and my grandmother made their white gravy, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s some of the best around.

This post isn’t a random thing.… Read the rest

Southern Style Biscuits – Down Home Comfort Food


If you’re talking about Southern food and the discussion doesn’t move to biscuits, you’ve missed the point somewhere. Sure, we love our greens and our grits, but biscuits are an all-day-every-day food in the South. Biscuits are for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re great with a smear of jam, a little butter and honey and, of course, slathered in rich, creamy Southern gravy.… Read the rest

Chicken Fajita Salad

Chicken Fajita Salad

When the good people from FoodBuzz and Fresh Express contacted me to ask if I’d like the opportunity to develop a salad recipe using Fresh Express products; And for a chance to win a paid trip to the FoodBuzz Blogger Festival, I couldn’t hit reply on my email fast enough.  Not only was it a chance to to save a good chunk of change if I win, but there was a savings in my grocery bill as well.… Read the rest

A Salad For Elle – A Light Dinner and Memories of a Dear Friend


Today Facebook handed the food blogging community a piece of crushing news. We all saw the words printed that nobody ever wants to see concerning a friend, confidant, mentor and contemporary. This is what we saw:

To say that my plans for the day fell apart at that moment would be the understatement of the decade. I just sat, stunned, reading through the outpouring of sympathies and well-wishes on every social media channel.… Read the rest

Lemon Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

As a not so spicy compliment to my Asian Inspired wings, I offer up my wife’s lemon garlic chicken wings recipe.  We came up with this recipe in the hopes that it would pick up on some of the flavors of Greek chicken, or at least Mediterranean cuisine, and I don’t think we were too far off. (There should have been honey in here somewhere, but it was close) 

To carry the Mediterranean feel a bit further, we paired it with some leftover tzatziki we had in the fridge from a few days earlier. … Read the rest

Chicken Enchilada Casserole


Sometimes it’s not about putting a stylish or fancy dinner on the table. Rather, it’s about cooking something that’s comforting, delicious, filling, and quick. A dish that the family will dive into with gusto and with no worries of leftovers. In these situations it doesn’t hurt if the meal is something inexpensive at the same time. My wife’s famous chicken enchilada casserole is all these things and more.… Read the rest

Better Than Sex Red Velvet Cupcakes


We’re here today to destroy your new year’s resolutions, shatter your dreams for a health-conscious weekend and, most likely make you forget all about any diet you’ve stuck to lately.  We have no remorse. We don’t feel repentant. The title says it all. These red velvet cupcakes are enough to shatter the strongest resolve. We didn’t call them Better Than Sex Red Velvet Cupcakes for nothing, and we’re sure you’ll agree once you’ve given them a try.… Read the rest

Rich and Hearty Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe – and a look at Carton Smart


This post brought to you by Carton Smart. All opinions are 100% mine.

Winter is deep upon us, and whether you’re looking for decadent holiday meals or healthy, yet satisfying New Years dishes, you’re going to want something that warms your heart and helps to ward off the cold. This recipe for Rich and Hearty Pumpkin Soup fits the bill on all fronts.… Read the rest

Thai Peanut Turkey and Noodles – A Leftover Turkey Recipe Revolution


Each year cooks across the Americas struggle with the same question, “What am I going to do with all this leftover turkey?” I have an idea. Why not take that turkey on a trip around the world, drop it of in Thailand and make that proud poultry exotic and exciting again? Yeah. That’s what this recipe does.

The inspiration for this dish was a recipe with a similar name that appeared in the Pillsbury circular Fast and Fresh Pasta: 20-minute stovetop dishes plus easy casseroles.… Read the rest

Shells and Cheese with Chorizo, Avocado and Lime – Plus, a MELT cookbook giveaway


My definition of a great cookbook is not based on the fact that it’s full of great recipes. It’s also not based on whether those recipe work as written: they should work as written. If they don’t, the book is a wall-thumper. My definition of a great cookbook is the ability of the author to inspire us through the recipes presented in the book.… Read the rest

Pumpkin Spice Cookies


Ah the sweet aroma of pumpkin kissed with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg drifting through the house. It smells like fall and winter, doesn’t it? It does here, and these pillowy cake-like pumpkin spice cookies capture all the flavors of the fall’s favorite ingredient, the pumpkin. It’s almost like having a portable pumpkin pie at your fingertips.

If you’re a pumpkin fan, you’re going to be in heaven after your first taste of these delectable treats.… Read the rest

Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich Cookies Recipe #WillWriteForCookies #NaNoWriMo


Yesterday I asked what could possibly be better than a peanut butter cookie with a hint of chocolate. The answer is this: A peanut butter sandwich cookie with just a hint of chocolate and filled with the same stuff you find inside a peanut butter cup. Yep, those peanut butter cups. These are too good to be believed.

This is my third installment of #WillWriteForCookies, a campaign in support of everyone participating in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.… Read the rest

Chewy Chocolate Kissed Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe #WillWriteForCookies


If you’re looking for the perfect peanut butter fix, we have it for you today. I’m going to go as far as to say that these are the best peanut butter cookies that I’ve ever eaten, and folks, I’ve eaten a LOT of peanut butter cookies in my life.

These little morsels are silky, smooth and airy with just the right amount of chew.… Read the rest