36 Hour Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate chip cookies will forever have a place in my heart as one of the first things I ever “baked.” Nothing would make me happier than buying break-and-bake chocolate chip cookies with little peanut butter cups in them, throwing 11/12 onto a baking sheet (I’ll let you figure out what happened to the 12th), and under-baking them by about 2 minutes. I’d have a perfect dessert ready in less than 20 minutes, hot and gooey and met with praise and excitement from everyone around the house. Making those cookies was what made me realize I love baking – the ability to make people so happy with a combination of butter, chocolate, and love was, and continues to be, my favorite feeling.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Salmon with Corn and Poblano Succotash

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As a long-time vegetarian, cooking meat of any kind is definitely something I still don’t feel totally 100% comfortable with. Don’t get me wrong – I love pretty much every kind of meat, and am constantly bookmarking, Pinning, and otherwise saving meat-based recipes. I totally understand the homey appeal of a roasted chicken, the ease of throwing some steak on the grill for a quick dinner. But when it comes down to it, I’m just not that pumped about removing the skin from a piece of fish or getting all up close and personal with some raw chicken. I do it, because I love the end result, but there’s definitely that ew-gross-squeam factor there.

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Banana Chocolate-Chip Pancakes

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I’m a big believer in Sunday Funday, whether that means a mimosa or two over a leisurely brunch with friends, watching football all day over a giant bowl of guac, or just simply taking a few hours to watch all that trashy TV on your DVR without, you know, feeling guilty about it. Lately, our Sundays have been seemingly filled with errands/to-do’s/things that make it feel like NOT the weekend. And now that I don’t have Game of Thrones to look forward to on Sunday nights anymore (I’m a nerd, I know) I’ve been craving that little fun-day back in my Sunday. Enter: banana chocolate-chip pancakes.

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Breakfast Pizza

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Growing up, one of my favorite meals was breakfast for dinner, or as us super-cool kids called it, “b for d.” All my mom (or dad!) would have to do is scramble up some eggs, whip up some toast, and we’d be the happiest campers in the world. B for d still remains a staple in our weekly dinner rotation, and I absolutely love the idea of jazzing it up a little bit. Enter: breakfast pizza. This is a super fancy-pants b for d. It’s also a combination of so many things I love: pizza, crispy bacon, cheesy goodness, and runny eggs.

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