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Sticky Caramel Apples

September marks the beginning of autumn, one of our favorite seasons. Each autumn, we head out to orchards on the weekends and fill our baskets full of nature’s fruit. It’s refreshing to be out in the crisp, fall mountain air. Could there be a more perfect autumn ritual? We decided to do something fun with some [...]

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Leesburg’s Melt Reviewed

Burgers, burgers, burgers. They’re everywhere. These days you find some rendition of a gourmet burger joint in every town. We’ve been to our fair share of these burger bars and each one has its own unique take on the American classic sandwich. Some are definitely better than others, so let’s talk about one we truly [...]

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It’s a boy!

Hello everyone; sorry it’s been awhile. As you may recall in our big accouncement post, we’re expecting our first child! We recently found out that we’re having a boy and felt like sharing: We’re totally stoked about everything and we’re looking forward to the next chapter of our lives being filled with baseball, trucks and all things little [...]

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Strawberry Tartlets

We love these cute little tartlets and they literally take no effort to make. These are the perfect bite-sized snack and our easy peasy recipe will have you popping these adorable tarts in your mouth quicker than it takes to bake cookies. Ingredients: 1 box refrigerated pie dough, 2 rounds 1/2 cup of fresh strawberry jam [...]

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Fried Green Beans with Strawberry Dipping Sauce

These crispy bites have been popping up in restaurants over the past couple of years. We had always shrugged them off, but since they are our sister-in-law’s favorite, we decided to give them a try. After just one bite, we fell in love with these deep fried green beans; talk about delicious! And the dipping sauce [...]

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Brown Buttered Sugar Snap Peas with Pine Nuts

Yay, its June, the start of summer! Everything is finally green and the colors of summer are starting to pop. We are so very ready for the summer season and summer foods. We love this time of year because it’s the start of the farmers markets in our area. Our favorite Sunday morning activity is outdoors – walking around and checking out the offerings from our local farms.

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CookingShorts’ BIG Announcement

We’ve been a little quiet on the blogging front lately and want to share why. The start of 2014 has been full of exciting changes for us. With that being said we have a very important announcement to make. That’s right, we have a bun in the oven! Or, rather a turkey since our Baby [...]

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Strawberry Picking

The sweet smell of honeysuckle has been in the air and do you know what that means? Yep, that’s right, summer is here! It’s the time to gather your family and friends and head out to the fields to pick juicy, sweet strawberries. What could be better than spending a summer afternoon outdoors, picking your own [...]

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Fresh Strawberry Jam

Once you’ve had homemade jam, there’s no going back. And why would you? Homemade jam is easy to make and tastes 100% better than the processed stuff from the store. It’s also a great way to use up any fruit that is almost ready for trash day. Plus, if you aren’t ready to use it, [...]

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Maple French Toast Sticks

Planning a breakfast or brunch? These maple french toast sticks are a must for your brunch menu. The prep is easy and the oven will do all of the work. If you like to get your children involved with cooking, let them help dip the sticks into the maple coating.

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Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour

In college, Cinco de Mayo was the perfect excuse to party. Now that we’re older, we have a different appreciation for this holiday – the amazing food that goes along with the celebration of the Mexican heritage. This Cinco de Mayo, celebrate the flavors that the Mexican culture has brought to America by hosting an [...]

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Our Top 6 Tasty Salads

Check out our top 6 salads that are perfect to serve up during spring and summer. These simple and easy to prepare salads are packed with antioxidants, which will help you stay detoxed and in shape all summer long.

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Easter Brunch

Spring has sprung and Easter is nearly here. Are you planning this year’s Easter Brunch? CookingShorts can help! Check out this easy-to-make Easter menu. These four simple recipes include tips to help get your Easter meal on the table. Family want to help out? Ask them to bring rolls/bread, appetizers and wine! Easter Menu – [...]

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Coconut Macaroons

Coconut macaroons are incredibly irresistible! You have sweet coconut with a slightly crunchy outside and a chewy middle. I’ve (Tinsley) been known to eat my weight in macaroons in one sitting. :P These macaroons are the perfect homemade treat for Easter. They’re also perfect after a long Monday — Macaroon Monday!

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Spring Carrot Ribbon Salad

This spring time salad is the perfect complement to your weeknight chicken repertoire. This playful but stylish recipe makes for a beautiful presentation. We love the pops of color that the carrots and red onions add to the salad.

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