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    Diary of a Non-Cook: Fiesta Ranch Dip

    What’s the trade-off for a quick dip recipe? It may come out looking like throw up! No biggie, right?! Good thing it tasted okay. I honestly don’t think there’s anyway to make it presentable or to make it NOT look like throw-up in a bowl, no matter how nice your dish is… The end of last week was really focused on L’s bday party on Saturday, pretty much everything else was an afterthought, until that the party was done. Then we decided to head to Tahoe for more birthday adventures for L, Lil, and Mom…even though that plan was somewhat foiled on Sunday. That all being said, we needed a…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: Sloppy Joes

    Do you judge Sloppy Joe’s as much as I do? I kinda think of them as trashy food, not in the trash, but trashy people food. Yes, that’s shallow. Yes, I did grow up eating them from time to time. Please don’t ask where this notion came from, because I don’t have an adequate answer. From what I can remember, my Mom would make these from time to time. However, she’d wing hers. She’d throw anything in there to season it, literally whatever we had in the fridge. I swear she’d even use the Taco Bell packets for some added flavor. No judgement, just what I grew up on. She…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: 7 Layer Dip (for MOM)

    Curating is the name of the game. Trader Joes is my arsenal! Each family party we volunteer to bring something. I generally get an appetizer, re: easy. I’m okay with that and everyone also gets a nice surprise when I arrive. This year, I was specifically asked to bring chips and dip. I hate beans, but I know most people don’t. Thus, making 7 Layer Dip a fan favorite. In all honesty, I knew I wouldn’t have to do too much heavy lifting (re: cooking) with this option too! Putting it off until the last minute, I headed to TJs at 9:30AM on Mothers Day. It was a mad house,…

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    Diary of A Non-Cook: Biscuits & Gravy

    Pioneer Woman, I see you. Image via Food Network Well, really, Pinterest saw you first, then I followed soon there after. Have you heard of her? Is she like Paula Deen? Does she thrive off butter? Why is her name so old school? These are some of the random thoughts I had when I originally heard about her. I’ve perused through her cookbook and recipes, but I never thought to commit to one. Let’s start from the beginning. A month or two ago I was at Costco and tried a sample, it was delicious. It was a biscuit. I didn’t think anything of it, until I was looking for eggs…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: Applesauce Muffins

    I guess, it should really say Non-Baker! Growing up, I enjoyed baking during the long, boring days of summer…before I had access to a car. I was obsessed with baking peanut butter cookies. It was my go-to when I was bored. My current state of baking consists of buying the pre-made, pre-sliced dough at the store. Breaking it apart and putting it on a cookie sheet and WA LA! Cookies in 10 minutes or less. It’s always fun for the Wench and I to see if one or both of us will bear cookie dough when we hang out. Pin During some random Pinning excursion, I came across the ever…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: Easy Chicken Sour Cream Enchiladas

    Sour Cream, don’t judge me! The checker at Safeway sure did. It didn’t help that he was Mexican and a self-prescribed cook of his household. He saw the ingredients and said, “oooh, enchiladas!” To which I replied yes, but made the fatal mistake of telling him I was making “Easy Chicken Sour Cream Enchiladas,” to which he gave me a pretty gnarly look and laughed. He then questioned baking sour cream and told me, “good luck with that!” What a nice fella! What he doesn’t know is that I’m just a girl trying to get better in the kitchen. I still follow recipes to a ‘T’ and I’m okay with…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: Lasgne

    Why is it spelled like that? I always thought it was lasagna, no? Well, my co-worker/cube mate was telling me that she made a lasagna for family that was visiting over the holidays. That, coupled with the Bestest bringing over a delicious homemade lasagna a couple weeks back, I was on a mission to try to make one. The Lil makes one frequently, which was also a little inspiration. Since my co-worker and I chat all day, Monday through Friday, we talk about a lot of stuff – family, kids, cars, work, life, anything really. We sit about 15 feet apart from one another. Since she just made her’s and…