What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Memorial weekend with your families and loved ones.  My husband was out of town for the entire week and holiday weekend…off on a “guys trip” to the Indy 500.  I was a little nervous to have him gone for so long, mostly because he is an awesome helper and partner around the house.

And, I just like to have him around.  ;-)

But, Doodle was a perfect kiddo while Daddy was away, and we had some great bonding time together.  We did a few things that we wouldn’t normally do when Daddy was home: like eat ice cream for dinner and stay up past bedtime playing outside.  To be honest, I was a little sad when our Doodle and mommy-only time came to an end.

Oh, and if you haven’t entered yet, there are still a few days left for the Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway.

On to the FEATURES!

This week’s top viewed post were these Watermelon Margarita Cupcakes from Cooking with Curls. How perfect are these for a summer treat?

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A little fact about me: I love key lime desserts. I also love cheesecake. So yeah, this Key Lime Coconut Cheesecake Mousse from The Brunette Baker needs to happen at my house soon.

KEY LIME

And oh my…considering I just made a Cheesy Chicken Doritos Casserole, I’m in love with the idea of these Homemade Doritos from Heather’s French Press.

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We’re always on the lookout for make your own Chinese take-out, and any version that has “skinny” in the title, is right up my alley! This Skinny Orange Chicken from Tastes Better From Scratch sounds amazing!

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And, I think after eating a “skinny” dinner, I should get a huge slice of this Peanut Butter Snickers Cheesecake Brownie Pie from Inside BruCrew Life. I mean…just look at it!

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Thank you all so much for coming back each week to make this party a great success!  I love seeing all of your great creations, and it’s such an awesome way for me to find new blogs to stalk read.

Are you ready to share what you’ve been up to this week?  After sharing, please take a moment to visit some other links–we all love comments!

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XO, Ashley



Sweet ‘n Tangy BBQ Smokies

Maybe we’re just boring around my house, but entertaining foods here almost always include little BBQ smokies.

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That might also be because I live with a 5-year old, but it is what it is. Fortunately, you can at least purchase turkey smokies now, so I don’t feel quite so guilty snacking on them.

This sweet ‘n tangy BBQ version is so fun and easy.  Guess what the main ingredient is?

Musselman’s Apple Butter.

Maybe you already knew that you could use apple butter in BBQ sauce, but I’d never tried it.  Quite honestly, I’ve really only ever used apple butter to smear on toast and biscuits.  This has sort of opened up a whole new world for me.

Historically, I’ve thought of apple butter as a fall flavor…but not any more!  You can use this BBQ sauce to brush on your chicken or pork during the last few minutes of grilling.  Stir it into cooked ground beef for BBQ sloppy joes, or heat with little smokies or meatballs for a quick appetizer.  You can even add it in with your baked beans for a kicked-up flavor.

Sweet n’ Tangy BBQ Smokies

Sweet n’ Tangy BBQ Smokies

Ingredients

  • 1 package little smokies
  • 1 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for at least an hour before using. You may keep covered and refrigerated for a couple of weeks.
  2. To make smokies, place smokies in a small crock pot and cover with sauce, to taste. You won't need all of the sauce, so use the rest for basting while grilling, or add it to cooked ground beef for kicked-up sloppy joes.

recipe from Musselman's

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/sweet-n-tangy-bbq-smokies/

I’m keeping apple butter on hand this summer for an easy way to jazz up my grilling and entertaining dishes.  And good news – Musselman’s wants to give one of you an Apple Butter gift pack, too.

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XO, Ashley

Musselman’s Apple Butter provided me with apple butter in order to facilitate my post. However, all opinions are 100% my own. You can read my advertising and disclosure policy here.

Chocolate Chunk Muffins

We love chocolate chunk muffins on the weekend. Or on a Monday, whatever.

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The cool thing about these is that I made them with Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk greek yogurt. Um? Heaven.

I went for a loooooooog time before I made the switch to greek yogurt. I’m not sure why. I guess I was comfy in my yogurt eating ways, and I’m basically a creature of habit. Now? I can’t stop with Chobani. And folks, they’re not paying me to say this.

Seriously, I get my container out of the refrigerator and Doodle swipes it right out of my hands, spoon and all.  Wrestling with your 5-year old over a carton of yogurt seems a little embarrassing.  But we do love it around here.

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Don’t believe that I can’t stop eating/cooking with/baking with yogurt? I even put it in my dinner last week.

I’ve used in muffins and cakes and breads.

 I highly recommend it.

These chocolate chunk muffins use Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk greek yogurt - perfect for a quick and easy breakfast on the go!  #recipes #muffins #chocolate

Make sure to read the recipe instructions all the way through before beginning these muffins. Sally’s best-ever muffin tip directs you to begin baking your muffins at 425 degrees – baking for just 5 minutes. Then, lower your oven temperature to 375 degrees for the remainder of your baking time.

I used the same tip in my bakery-style banana muffins with awesome results.

Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 c Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Greek Yogurt
  • 2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, Chobani, oil, eggs and vanilla. Add dry mixture to Chobani mixture and stir until nearly combined. If desired, gently fold in 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Evenly divide batter among muffins cup--fill them all the way to the top!
  4. Sprinkle tops of muffins with coarse sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes at 425, and then reduce your oven temperature to 375. Bake for an additional 10 to 12 minutes, or until the center of the muffins resist light pressure.

recipe adapted from Chobani

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/chocolate-chunk-muffins/

XO, Ashley

What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

To Oklahoma and the city of Moore, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.  We’re no strangers to tornadoes here in Kansas, but the devastation there is simply heartbreaking.  If you’re wondering how you can help, there is a great list of resources here.

To the person whole stole our credit card number yesterday and tried to purchase a bunch of prepaid T-Mobile cards: I’m giving you a big thumbs-down.

And to those of you using WordPress and the Comment Reply Notification plug-in: have any of you had difficulties getting it to send your replies?  When I first started using this plug-in before Christmas, it worked just fine.  But then it.just.stopped.  Even my tech consultant can’t figure it out and I am at my wits end.  I’ve been giving it the stink-eye for nearly the last five months and still…just nothing.

Okay…let’s get onto the features!

This week’s top viewed post was Nieman Marcus Brownies from I Dig Pinterest and I Did It Too.  Don’t they look fab?  And easy, too!

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And um?  This Coffee Heath Bar Crunch Cake from Confessions of a Baking Queen pretty much combines everything I love in one cake!

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Basically, adding Oreos to a recipe guarantees I want to eat.it.all. Like this Quick and Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Pie from Living Well Spending Less.  YUM.

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Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up here, I chomping at the bit to break out our ice cream maker.  First on my list to try this season?  These S‘mores Sundaes with Homemade Marshmallow Ice Cream from Dress This Nest.

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You know my love of Mexican-inspired dishes.  I’m kind of drooling over this Fiery South-of-the-Border Mac and Cheese from A Bright and Beautiful Life.

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Thank you all so much for coming back each week to make this party a great success!  I love seeing all of your great creations, and it’s such an awesome way for me to find new blogs to stalk read.

Are you ready to share what you’ve been up to this week?  After sharing, please take a moment to visit some other links–we all love comments!

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XO, Ashley



Cheesy Chicken Doritos Casserole

The thing about food blogging, I’ve realized, is that it may give people the wrong impression about how we live our lives in my house.

This cheesy chicken Doritos casserole comes together fast and easy, and will please even the pickiest of eaters! #recipe #dinner #Mexican

Our meals aren’t plated up fancy when we sit down to eat dinners during weeknights.  Or on the weekends, if you want the real truth.

We’re eating on mismatched plates, with the dinner table covered in kindergarten worksheets, newsletters, crayons, and board games.

And while I love making meals entirely from scratch, our lives just don’t allow it most days.  Instead, our dinners look more like this chicken cheesy Doritos casserole more nights than not.  Quite frankly, this kind of easy meal is what I can entice my kiddo to eat – and I’m all for that.

I got this recipe from a coworker years ago, and while I’ve modified it some to suit the tastes of my family, I’m sure you’ve seen versions of it all over the internet.  That’s because it’s basically the bomb.

If I didn’t live with a 5-year old, I’d totally add a small can of diced jalapeños in.  Or maybe some chipotle peppers in adobo, since the Tall Boy and I really like our foods spicy.  And, if you’re opposed to canned cream of chicken soup, you can always make your own.

Just a side-note: if you’ve never tried substituting greek yogurt for sour cream, you should give it a go in this recipe!  I used Chobani 2% plain Greek yogurt, and my sour cream eating fiend of a husband couldn’t tell the difference.

This cheesy chicken Doritos casserole comes together fast and easy, and will please even the pickiest of eaters! #recipe #dinner #Mexican

I know this isn’t that pretty to look at, but it sure tasted good.

:-)


Cheesy Chicken Doritos Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Doritos Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 bag nacho cheese Doritos
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie)
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Chobani 2% plain yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • salsa, diced olives, jalapenos, cilantro, cooked rice and additional Greek yogurt, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, Rotel, soup, milk, yogurt, taco seasoning, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  3. Crush a couple of handfuls of Doritos (about 2 cups) and sprinkle evenly in the bottom of a greased 8x8 baking dish. Layer with half of the chicken mixture. Repeat layers, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
  4. Cover with foil, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve with additional toppings and over rice, if desired.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/cheesy-chicken-doritos-casserole/

XO, Ashley


Chocolate Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies

These Chocolate Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies got me a “thumbs-up” around my house over the weekend.

These muddy buddies are completely addictive and so easy to make! #recipe #dessert #chocolate

I live with a pretty tough dessert crowd. The Tall Boy doesn’t like desserts at all, and Doodle only likes to eat frosting off of brownies like these. Writing a food blog means I make lots of goodies – and I think its become so expected that I have some sort of dessert item sitting on the counter at any given time, that no one really gets that excited when I make some new sweet.

But really, who can resist muddy buddies?  You can see that Doodle had a very difficult time keeping his hand out of the bowl during my photo shoot.  If we’re being honest, I did, too.

These muddy buddies are completely addictive and so easy to make! #recipe #dessert #chocolate

The thing I love most about muddy buddies is that you can change ‘em up to make almost any flavor combination that you want.  Since I’m into salted caramel right now, that’s the path I chose when I decided we needed a snackable treat around the house over the weekend.

Another thing I love about muddy buddies?  They take only about 10 minutes to make.

What I hate about muddy buddies?  I can’t.stop.eating.them.

These muddy buddies are completely addictive and so easy to make! #recipe #dessert #chocolate


Chocolate Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies

Chocolate Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies

Ingredients

  • 7 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 bag (8.5 ounces) Dove Promises Sea Salt Caramel and Dark Chocolate candies
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Place cereal pieces in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Unwrap chocolate candies and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add butter to saucepan, and melt over low heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Once the chocolate is completely melted, remove from heat and pour it over your cereal, folding gently to evenly coat. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to coat cereal pieces, stirring and folding until all pieces are covered.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/chocolate-salted-caramel-muddy-buddies/

XO, Ashley


Cookies and Cream Fudge Brownies

Cookies and Cream Fudge Brownies = chocolate cookie gooey heaven.

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I’ve made these cookies and cream fudge brownies twice in the last week. And for good reason.

They are really that good.  Plus, Doodle asked me to.  I can’t say no to that cute kid.

The first time, I made ‘em just for fun…I was craving a rich, dense, fudgy brownie, and I had a bag of Hershey’s Cookies and Cream Candy Drops that needed to be put to good use.

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After Doodle ate one of these, he immediately asked if I would make a batch for him to take to school to share with his friends.  Because he has a summer birthday, his teacher allowed him to bring in treats this month for an honorary birthday celebration and I’d been brainstorming what homemade treat to send.

Problem solved.

The best part?  These brownies come together in one bowl, and don’t even require a mixer!  This is the perfect recipe for lazy bakers like me.

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Quite honestly, these brownies are decedent enough on their own – they are truly the best brownie I’ve ever eaten.  And many other bloggers and bakers agree.  This base recipe comes from Alice Medrich’s book Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate.  Whatever else you do in life, I beg you:

make these.

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After I baked the brownies, I made an Oreo buttercream to smear on top of them.  This buttercream is a slight variation to the one I learned while taking a Wilton cake decorating class years ago – the Wilton recipe uses Crisco, which I replaced here with butter.

Full disclaimer: these brownies are very rich and very sweet – but since I made them for a 5-year old who prefers to eat frosting with a spoon, he didn’t mind.

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Cookies and Cream Fudge Brownies

one 8x8 pan; about 9 generous brownies

Cookies and Cream Fudge Brownies

Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 large eggs, cold
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • approximately 3/4 cup Hershey's Cookies and Cream Candy Drops
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unlsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons whipping cream
  • 5-6 Oreo cookies, crumbled finely (I used the food processor)
  • 5-6 additional Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped, for garnish (optional, but recommended)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line an 8x8 pan with foil or parchment, leaving an overhang on two sides. Spray with cooking spray and set pan aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, salt, and heat on high power, about 30 seconds. Stop to stir, and heat for an additional 30 seconds, checking after 15 seconds. The batter will be almost gritty or sand-like in appearance - that's okay!
  3. Add the vanilla and eggs, stirring vigorously until the batter is well blended. It should look thick and shiny. Stir in the flour, mixing until it is well-incorporated and the batter is smooth, with either a wooden spoon or a whisk. Gently fold in the the Hershey's candy pieces, and then pour the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake brownies for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick emerges just slightly moist when removed from the center. Do NOT bake for longer than 30 minutes, even if you're tempted. The brownies will firm up as they cool, I promise! I baked mine for 28 minutes, then allowed them to cool on the kitchen counter for 1 hour before frosting.
  5. I stored these in the refrigerator, since I generally like my brownies a tad chilled.
  6. For the frosting:
  7. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together your sugar and butter on low speed. Mix until well blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for another 5 minutes.
  8. Add the vanilla and heavy cream and beat on medium speed for another minute. You may add more cream, depending on your desired consistency. Add in your cookie crumbles and mix until just combined.
  9. Spread on top of your brownies, and top with additional Oreo pieces, if desired.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/cookies-and-cream-fudge-brownies/

XO, Ashley

What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

So, we have eight school days left here, and then the madness of summer begins: basketball camp, karate camp(s), t-ball games, swimming lessons, and “Fun Factory” days…what ever happened to the “lazy days” of summer?  Also: can I sign up for some of this instead of work, laundry, and grocery shopping?

Do any of you have super awesome summer plans?  Or maybe just relaxing summer plans?  We’re tossing around the idea of driving to Silver Dollar City for a short family-friendly vacation in either July or August, which (1) could be really fun; or (2) could be miserable in the heat of the summer.

Before we get to the party, I still have two giveaways going on right now: one for a Kitchen Aid Mixer and a basket of surprise goodies, and another for a Samsung NX1000 camera/$50 Amazon gift card.  So make sure you’re all signed up to enter.  I’d LOVE for one of you to win!  Also, I’m posting over at Somewhat Simple tonight, so it would be kind of awesome if you stopped over and said hello.

This week’s top view post were these Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes from A Kitchen Addiction.  Wowzers, pancakes and cookies all in one?  Sign me up, please.

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Ooooh, this Firecracker Chicken from Life With the Crust Cut Off sounds amazing. I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up chicken around my house, and this? Needs to happen soon.

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I’m also kind of in love with these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies from The Brunette Baker.  Plus, they’re gluten-free!

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These Cheesy Bacon Bites from The Tasty Fork contain two of my favorite ingredients: cheese and bacon. You can’t go wrong! Unless you don’t like bacon; in which case, what?

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Aaaaand, since I’m a total dip fanatic, I’m pretty much drooling over this Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread from Crumbs and Chaos.  Must. Make. Today.

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Thank you all so much for coming back each week to make this party a great success!  I love seeing all of your great creations, and it’s such an awesome way for me to find new blogs to stalk read.

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XO, Ashley



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This giveaway is for not one, or two but

THREE WINNERS!

Two of you will win a $50 Amazon gift card and One of you will win this fantastic camera!

We are especially excited about THIS camera (the Samsung NX1000) because of how amazing it is AND it’s pink…(which is a HUGE bonus)! This little goodie is the perfect marriage between convenience and quality. The biggest thing that will instantly improve anyone’s photography is the lens, and this little beauty takes interchangeable lenses. Yet, it’s still small enough to fit in the front pocket of your purse (or diaper bag!). We love it so much and are excited to give it to one of you lucky readers!

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The Magic of My Recipe Magic

Let’s talk recipe sharing for a minute.

My Recipe Magic

I mean, this is a food blog and all.  And if you want to know the truth, the entire reason I started a blog was to catalog the recipes I’d tried and that my family really liked.  No more recipe cards, random scraps of paper shoved down in the bottom of my purse (am I the only one who does this??) or wondering which of my dozens of cookbooks contained the recipe I was looking for.

Blogging is pretty slick.  Food blogging is definitely awesome.  And My Recipe Magic?  It’s where any lover of  food needs to be.

Have you noticed this little guy sitting above the recipe card in some of my recent posts?

Click him. Go ahead. Then come back here and keep reading.

Did you see what happened?  Yep, you clicked right on over to the My Recipe Magic site, developed by the awesome gals behind Six Sisters’ Stuff.  They started this site as a way for recipe lovers, food bloggers and foodies to share recipes, create custom cookbooks, menus, shopping lists, see nutrition values, earn extra income, and get more traffic to their site.

Is that awesome or what?  I’ll be adding the Chef Giovanni icon above the recipe card in my posts, so if you’re interested in looking at the recipe nutrition, all you have to do is click.

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As a food blogger, My Recipe Magic has been an invaluable way for me to market my site and increase my traffic.  By linking my recipes there, it creates backlinks to my site, increasing my SEO. It drives traffic back to my site by having people click over to view the directions to my recipe. It helps people find me that may have never found me before – this blogging world is a big, big place!

Plus, I can actually make money by sharing my recipes there.  I’m not going to lie: that’s pretty cool. The more your recipe is liked, shared, and viewed the more money you make. But even better than that, it’s an awesome place for me to connect and network with some of the best bloggers in this recipe sharing community.

A brand-new feature on My Recipe Magic is Reward Points.  The more you use My Recipe Magic by sharing, liking, and submitting recipes, you earn points that can be redeemed for online gift cards and entries for giveaways.  You can earn up to 1,000 points a day, and each week the site has a new prizes and a giveaway to choose from.

Some of you are probably saying, “Ashley, I’m not a food blogger.  Why should I use My Recipe Magic?”

Well, here’s why:

Why use My Recipe Magic

Clearly, I could go on and on about the benefits of using My Recipe Magic – for bloggers and food lovers alike.

To get started using My Recipe Magic you need to sign up as a chef. Once you create an account you’re ready to start uploading your recipes!  Adding a recipe is really easy.  All you do is fill out the recipe form on the website, upload a picture  and click submit.  Easy-peasy!

Their recipe loving people verify each recipe so there are no duplicates on the site.  Once your recipe is published to the site, you will receive an e-mail letting you know it’s there.  To view all of your recipes click on “My Recipes”. Head over to your dashboard to view your recipes, your page views, how much money you earned, and your analytics!

Click here for a PDF on how to use My Recipe Magic in depth.

What are you waiting for?  Go get started today!

XO, Ashley