Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Pasta Bowl Recipe

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Pasta Bowl Recipe

We’re throwing out our traditional pasta bowls and making one out of giant baked portobello mushrooms. Because bread bowls are SO 2002. These are a fun spin on stuffed Portobello mushroom caps. But this time we stuffed the inside of a portobello mushroom with a nice scoop of pasta and then we covered it in cheese!

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Krabi Thailand Travel Guide

Krabi Thailand Travel Guide

The coastal town of Krabi was one of our three stops in Thailand with Chang Beer, and our journey could not have been more fun!  Krabi is on the west coast of Southern Thailand, and is an extremely beautiful beach, diving, island hopping, and rock climbing tourism destination. Read about the best things to eat, what to do, and where to stay in Krabi, Thailand!

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Pepperoni Casserole – Ragu Recipe Remake

Pepperoni Casserole – Ragu Recipe Remake

In celebration of Ragu’s 80th anniversary, we were tasked with recreating a classic recipe from Ragu’s retro cookbook. We decided that we wanted to take the same ingredients and modernize the presentation. We gained some inspiration from the classic French dish, Ratatouille. The only ingredient substitution we made was to swap out the green beans for yellow squash. The dish uses mini ramekins to create individualized portions. They are seriously adorable and remind us of bacon-topped flowers. The pepperoni layered between the veggies makes this dish reminiscent of a pizza, but it feels much fancier. Make these ahead of your dinner party for a fun, individual side dish or meal!

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White Wine Sangria with Lemon and Pear

White Wine Sangria with Lemon and Pear

When we asked Gavin’s mom what else we could bring to our Easter luncheon and she requested Sangria, it was time to get creative with what we had available in the kitchen. Since we discovered we were reaching a shortage of red wine, we grabbed a bottle of white and looked for whatever fruit we had in the fruit bowl. This low calorie sangria is light, refreshing, and full of citrus flavor.

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Asparagus and English Pea Pasta with Pancetta & Shrimp

Asparagus and English Pea Pasta with Pancetta & Shrimp

We decided to create a new pasta recipe that was something different than the same ‘ol spaghetti and meatballs. We started with some springtime greens. Asparagus is at peak season as well as peas. Cooking seasonally helps you to bring in additional flavor in a healthy way. These two veggies added a brightness to this dish to contract against the salty pancetta. You can never go wrong with a touch of bacon in ANY recipe, right?!?

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Carrot Ginger Curry Soup with Turmeric

Carrot Ginger Curry Soup with Turmeric

It’s officially spring! We are looking forward to longer days, fresh veggies, and new recipes. As April approaches, we set out to come up with an easy spring recipe, something that you could make as an Easter recipe to serve at your family table. Nothing seemed better fitting than making a carrot soup recipe. We kicked up the flavor a bit and brought in a slight Asian twist with this Carrot Ginger Curry Soup with Turmeric. It is loaded with health benefits and is a super easy lunch idea to make ahead for the week. We just stored the soup in individual mason jars and (ta-da!) we had a number of tasty grab-and-go lunches prepared that cost basically nothing.

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Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Greek Dressing

Easy Greek Pasta Salad with Homemade Greek Dressing

We have officially moved into our new home! One of the things we need to get used to (among other things) is packing our lunches. Our old apartment was across the street from both of our offices, which made it so easy to swing home for lunch! For our first week in our new home, we opted to make a pasta salad, the easiest lunch to grab once it is prepped.  Additionally, if you’ve ever made homemade pasta salad you’d know that it’s way better 2-3 days later. This recipe uses kalamata olive flavored pasta for an even bigger flavor kick!

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Frito Pie State Fair Corn Dog Recipe

Frito Pie State Fair Corn Dog Recipe

It wasn't until we moved to Austin, Texas that we learned about Frito Pie. Upon first thought, it seems like some salty-sweet dessert. In reality, it's not even a pie. Our first Frito Pie was served up at a Texas Longhorns tailgate. A bag of snack size corn chips was sliced open, topped with Texas chili, jalapeños, cheese, and onions. This is our spin on a Frito Pie Corn Dog!

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Best Restaurants in Austin for Valentines Day

Best Restaurants in Austin for Valentines Day

Ahhh... Valentine's Day. Some people love it, some people hate it. Most people likely think it is our favorite holiday. I was reminded yesterday as my flight landed after a business trip as Gavin waited for me at the bottom of the escalator with flowers in hand (as he always does), that little gestures of love should happen all throughout the year. We compiled our top 5 Valentines Day dinner recommendations for a segment on Studio 512 for you, but these could be used for a fantastic romantic evening, any day of the year. 

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Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Kaa Gai) Recipe: Our Chiang Mai Cooking School Experience

Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Kaa Gai) Recipe: Our Chiang Mai Cooking School Experience

While in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we had the opportunity to attend the Chiang Mai Thai Farm Cooking School situated on an organic farm. We started by touring the local market. Tables upon tables were lined with fresh produce from local farms, huge buckets of so many types of rice, homemade curry pastes, and street food being cooked up hot and fresh. Check ut how to make this traditional (ans scrumptious Thai soup)!

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21 Day Fix Recipe: Greek Couscous Salad

21 Day Fix Recipe: Greek Couscous Salad

When it comes to salads, a simple lettuce and balsamic salad will not do! We will be starving in no time and not satisfied. Our favorite salads include pasta salad, potato salad, and all the other salads that are calorie laden. That is why we came up with this couscous salad recipe that is approved on the 21 day fix plan: a salad that doesn’t suck! It is an easy way to trick yourself into eating healthy veggies, it includes protein and it is seriously satisfying. If you are looking for a vegetarian 21 day fix recipe, just omit the chicken! Whether you are trying to eat healthy or not, we can bet you’ll like this as a lunch or as a side dish!

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Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

There is something retro about cafes, just like there is something retro about pineapple upside down cake. Maybe it is the maraschino cherries?!? Regardless, Karen has memories of her Grandma Reinsberg making this dessert when she was just a little girl, so we thought this pineapple upside down pancake recipe would be a fun twist, as everyone of all ages will enjoy this unique breakfast. 

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Chocolate covered peanut butter ritz cookies

Chocolate covered peanut butter ritz cookies

We have a theory that there are two types of people in the world: salty and sweet. No, we are not talking about attitudes here. We were talking about “dessert people”. When we go out to restaurants, Gavin is always the one to ask for dessert. Karen on the other hand, would opt to eat some savory buffalo wings instead. The type of dessert that Karen loves, is the kind that comes with SALT. Sea salt caramels, chocolate covered pretzels, if it’s salty, Karen is into it, just like these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies.

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Zuppa Toscana Soup

Zuppa Toscana Soup

Everyone in Austin, Texas is freaking out right now. “Did you see how cold it is going to be today?!? A low of 31 degrees is BELOW FREEZING.” Although this makes Karen (a girl born and raised in Minnesota and who spent half her life figure skating in brisk arenas) chuckle, it still serves as a perfect time to snuggle up with our favorite soup: Zuppa Toscana.

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How to Make Friends: BumbleBFF

How to Make Friends: BumbleBFF

Both Karen and I are Austin transplants (just like 90% of Austin now-a-days) and know the feeling of needing a way to meet new friends.  Sometimes as an adult, you might find yourself searching for how to meet people in a new city. Bumble is an amazing local Austin start-up, and they recently launched BumbleBFF so you can meet new friends or contacts in your area. In order to expand the positive impact of BumbleBFF, I partnered up with them to throw an event geared to get guys out of their own way and to make new friends; let’s be honest guys are much more stubborn when it comes to making new buddies.

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The Ultimate Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

Couple in the Kitchen's 12 Days of Foodie Giftmas! The ultimate holiday gift guide and the best gifts for foodies.Can you believe it's already the holidays! If you have a foodie in your life, use this holiday gift guide for some creative gift ideas, ranging from stocking stuffers, to party host gifts, to vino lovers, to penny savers, and beyond. If YOU’RE the foodie, feel free to share this list or Pin it to “drop a hint”!

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The best things to eat and experience in Galveston, Texas

The best things to eat and experience in Galveston, Texas

If you opt to take a cruise on your vacation, extend your trip by spending a day of two in your port city. Our Carnival Cruise left from Galveston, Texas, which could not have been an easier port city. Just three hours from our home in Austin, Texas, we woke up early to head into port one day ahead of time. Check out the best things to eat and experience during a quick stay in Galveston.

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Slow Cooker Coca Cola Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Coca Cola Pulled Pork

There is something about the holiday season that always causes us to pull out the slow cooker. Maybe it is because we love to have the house smell like a home cooked meal for hours; maybe it is because it is easier to feed a crowd by breaking out your crockpot. Either way, we were excited to do some slow cooking when having family over for dinner the other day. This recipe was sweet, savory, and the perfect way to feed a crowd.

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Coca Cola Steak Marinade

Coca Cola Steak Marinade

Making a marinade is super weird. You mix a bunch of stuff together, add meat and hope for the best. We were planning on making this marinade the night before family was coming over to celebrate Gavin’s birthday. Well, that night was also our friend’s engagement party, which turned into us getting home buzzed up at midnight. Karen set her alarm bright and early, woke up in a haze and started creating the marinade. We’re surprised that she even remembered to write down the recipe, and were SHOCKED when tasted the finish product and it… was… awesome.

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