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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Quick and Easy Pizza Dip Recipe

Quick and Easy Pizza Dip Recipe

Technically this Pizza Dip is an appetizer, but that is not to say that we didn’t demolish this whole dish for lunch the other day!  Pizza is one of the most universal foods of all time and that is what makes this dish so much fun! You can customize this appetizer with all the pizza toppings of your choice! Since it only has a few ingredients, this is also a really easy dish to quickly put together at a party and serve bubbling hot.

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Coca Cola Cherry Milkshake

Coca Cola Cherry Milkshake

We are so honored to partner with Eater and Coca Cola to come up with some unique recipes using Coke!  For our first recipe, we created a fantastic new upgrade to the classic coke float.  It was a hot summer day and we were craving a milk shake, but like Rob Burgundy milk was a bad choice.  We wanted something lighter than milk, so we upgraded our shake with coke with real black cherries.  The mixture of Coca Cola, black cherries, and vanilla ice cream was a perfect combo for a late night dessert or a poolside treat. 

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Leftover Turkey Mini Pot Pies

Leftover Turkey Mini Pot Pies

Thanksgiving is amazing because it is a holiday to reflect on your blessings with your loved ones. The day after Thanksgiving is amazing because… LEFTOVERS! These turkey pot pies are our favorite recipe to make every holiday. It is the perfect way to use up holiday leftovers, and they are so adorable!

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"Better than P.F. Changs" Lettuce Wrap Recipe

"Better than P.F. Changs" Lettuce Wrap Recipe

There is a lot going on in Austin in the fall! All the food and drinks at Longhorn Football tailgate parties and the Austin City Limits music festival has us feeling stuffed like a turkey and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! To balance it all out, we have been making our favorite low-cal, low-carb recipe almost every week. This lettuce wrap recipe will blow your mind. In fact, we ate at P.F. Changs while on a layover a few weeks ago and were FLOORED by how much tastier (and healthier!) our recipe was. Enjoy this as an appetizer or have it as entrée!

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Key Lime Pie Smoothie Recipe

Key Lime Pie Smoothie Recipe

We’ve really been into the dessert-themed protein shakes lately. Just a week ago, we posted our recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake using OLLY’s new protein powder. It was super tasty, guilt-free, and had us craving for more dessert-inspired smoothies.

Pie is basically one of the best foods ever, so why not find an excuse for eating pie for breakfast, right or after the gym?!? The good news? This key lime pie protein shake has a tiny sliver of calories compared to a slice of pie, yet it is packed with all the refreshing and creamy key lime flavor.

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Mini Layered Pumpkin Pies

Mini Layered Pumpkin Pies

Everything is cuter when it is mini: puppies, houses, and those adorably small (yet usually impractical) Tabasco bottles that room service provides. The same goes for desserts. This mini layered pie recipe is perfect for entertaining because you don’t have to spend time holed up in the kitchen cutting, scooping, and serving the pie. Plus, your family won’t argue over who got the biggest slice.

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

It is officially Autumn! You wouldn’t really guess it in Austin right now, as this week still topped out at a sweltering 97 degrees! It’s too hot here to jump on the PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) trend, so instead we are whipping out one of our favorite fall protein shake recipes.

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Louisville Travel Guide

Louisville Travel Guide

Kentucky. The land of bourbon, mint juleps, and “the most exciting two minutes in sports”.  We give you the scoop on what to do, where to eat, and where to stay. Here is our guide on the perfect getaway to experience Louisville, Kentucky.
 

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Hot honey and Sriracha Salmon Recipe

Hot honey and Sriracha Salmon Recipe

We heard that Hot Honey is a new culinary trend. After the Jacobsen’s Salt Company sent us a sample to try, it took us a while to figure out how we wanted to incorporate it into a recipe. Around the same time, we discovered a new fish company, The Seaforth Fish Company, who ships the freshest wild-caught salmon and halibut straight from the waters of Alaska. You can feel good about this sustainable fish company and their products are so fresh, healthy, and delicious!

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S'mores Pancakes - Breakfast in bed series with Cocoon by Sealy

S'mores Pancakes - Breakfast in bed series with Cocoon by Sealy

Nothing is better than breakfast in bed on a lazy morning, except maybe dessert in bed. This s’mores pancakes recipe gives you a taste of both.
We have been sleeping on a terrible mattress and bed frame for far too long. We thought that focusing on a breakfast in bed series would give us the motivation for a bed makeover. 

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Sous Vide Steak Sandwich

Sous Vide Steak Sandwich

You know when you eat a super delicious meal at a fine dining restaurant? What if you could make this at home with the same ease of using a crockpot? That is why we recommend that everyone gets an at-home sous vide!

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Chinese Five Spice Chicken

Chinese Five Spice Chicken

Some people dread going to the grocery store. Well we LOVE it! We even like to make a date out of it by exploring a new ethnic grocery store together. We discover new foods to cook with and even get a good giggle at some very “unique” ingredients. When we visit the local Asian market we always buy loads and loads of dumplings to steam as well as a bunch of unique spices to play with. You don’t even need to head to a specialty store in order to get Chinese Five Spice and this is the star of our recipe.

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Spicy Pickle Martini Recipe

Spicy Pickle Martini Recipe

We are really diggin’ Hat Creek Provisions pickles these days! What sets them apart from other pickles, is they don’t use vinegar to preserve the cukes, they ferment them. This means the pickles are crisp, flavorful, and the brine is full of probiotics and electrolytes. This got us thinking, since electrolytes help with hangovers, why not make a “hair of the dog” martini?

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Churro Popcorn

Churro Popcorn

Let’s be real, churros are one of the best desserts ever created. Are they a doughnut? Sort of…Fried and rolled in sugar, they serve the best of both worlds: sweet and savory.

Popcorn can be so #basic and we wanted to amp up our date nights at home by creating a churro popcorn recipe. This stuff is addicting (everyone in Gavin’s office= will agree)! It feels a bit like a cross between puppy chow (or muddies buddies depending on what you call it) and a cinnamon roll. Prepping this dish, literally takes under 5 minutes

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