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Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners, Desserts and some fat pants, if you please

My after work “sit on my ass” time has been filled up quite nicely now that I’ve been privied to the divinity and wonder that is the internet pirating of TV shows. It makes me feel like such a rebel. And if the mystical forces behind the interweb think that they will keep me from Season 3 of Downton Abbey – they’ve clearly they don’t know the level of obsession that has been so unceremoniously shoved upon them.


It all leads me to the fact that this week (and the day light savings switcharoo) has been rendered utterly and completely unproductive in all manners of cooking. I’m also going to blame it on the Bake Sale for Beka that I claim I am still recovering from… those were two very taxing days… But all for a good cause ($1,705 worth of a cause right to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America) and my appearance last weekend on my local PBS station KCTS9’s Cooks on the Side show.

Watch Apple Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese on PBS. See more from KCTS 9 Cooks.

The point is – there is plenty of fabulousness all around the interwebs – whether it be pirated episodes of Downton or well, my other favorite pastime – Food. And there are some wickedly talented people that I adore who make me drool and are the bane of my skinny jeans existence.

Chocolate Stout and Bacon Skillet Brownies – The Beeroness

Show stoppa’, sho’ sho’ STOPPA’!! That’s it, my job here is done.

Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Parmesan Gratin – Running to the Kitchen

Ben will be happy I pimped something HEALTHY! With CHEESE! This is a win on so many levels. As always Gina sings the siren call for the healthy girl inside me somewhere. Even if that healthy girl is buried down deep.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins – My Baking Addiction

Nope, I’m not burned out on pumpkin yet. And cream cheese is my life blood. ‘Nuff said.

Best. Sloppy. Joe’s. EVER. – Perry’s Plate

Hand me a snokel, I’m diving in! Natalie always knows the way to my heart.

Pepperoni Bake Casserole – Ali of Gimme Some Oven

Ring, ring!! My childhood is calling and you bet I’m pickin’ it up!! Or chowing it down? Whatever, this is living.

Clementine Breakfast Cake – Jessica of The Novice Chef Blog

It’s cake. It’s Breakfast. It’s Legit. And this girl knows her way around the sweet stuff – like these, too. Get it!

Creamy BBQ Chicken Pizza – Bev Cooks

Peeeee -Ttssszaaaahhhhhh! Get your hands off, this is MINE.

Mixed Bean Chili – Kathryn of London Bakes

It’s time for cozy foods – and this foots the bill in every way.

Cheesy Roasted Garlic Chip Dip – Laurie of Simply Scratch

Stand back, I’m going in – and you probably won’t be wanting me talking to you for a while. But oh, so WORTH IT.

Brussels Sprout Breakfast Hash – How Sweet Eats

Eggs, vegge, breakfast and a whole lotta, DUH!!

{Don’t Forget} There is still much fun to be had getting ready for the holidays, and here to help you with your planning in things other than JUST the Thanksgiving dinner – check out my Pinterest Boards dedicated to all things FOOTBALL FOOD! Touchdowwnnnn!!! Sorry, couldn’t help myself there.

Last but not least – if you thought jam was only for toast, you are so adorably wrong – cause it makes a lovely Sweet and Spicy Golden Plum Dip to go with Baked Coconut Shrimp! Enter on the previous link to win a 3-pack of Bonne Maman jams while you’re at it, in all their gingham lidded glory.

Op Opp Oppa Gingham Style! Sorry about that too. And since I’ve sent you to Pinterest so many times before, I’d love your vote (even after getting Gangnam Style stuck in your head…don’t deny it) for said Sweet and Spicy Golden Plum Dip with Baked Coconut Shrimp! Click the link here and simply “LIKE” the photo. It’d mean ever so much.



17 Responses to “Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners, Desserts and some fat pants, if you please”

  1. #
    Karla G — November 9, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    I too am guilty of pirating shows, and let me tell you, season 3 of Downton Abbey has been awesome! I can’t wait for the Christmas special!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 9, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    I just love food… *sigh*

    Thanks for sharing the love friend! 🙂

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    Natalie — November 9, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    I love how you’re so public and nonchalant about pirating DA. I feel like closing my blinds when I watch it and talking in code online. Have you watched 5 yet??

    Great round-up, too! Thx for including my sloppy joe’s!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 9, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    I wouldn’t be able to exist without piracy! How do you think I watched 6 seasons of dexter in a month?

    Awesome round up of recipes btw! I especially love Jessica’s clementine cake!

  5. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 9, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    I want to eat my screen now, thanks!

  6. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 9, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Well gorshky! Thank you!

  7. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — November 9, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    Great segment!! Nice job and love the roasted sweet potatoes!

  8. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — November 9, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Yay! Thanks for including me 🙂 Now, I’m going to go watch your segment

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    Carlas Confections — November 9, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    Love this round-up Megan! These all look like amazing recipes, and you did so GREAT on tv 🙂

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    Kathryn — November 9, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    You are too cute on TV – such a natural!

    PS thank you for the link love 🙂

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — November 9, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    Wait…are you saying season 3 is out there? I must know the pirating secrets! I’m always scared I’m going to get some sort of weird virus on my computer when I go to *those* sites. But for DA, I’ll take my chances.
    ps- you’re a freakin natural on camera
    pps- thanks for the gratin love 🙂

  12. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — November 10, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Love the video, super cute! You have a great TV personality.

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    Anna — November 10, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    Yeah, I’d brake the law too for D.A any day! 🙂 ( Slightly forgetting that I fell asleep 30 mins before the 2nd episode aired last night.. )
    And that cheesy garlic dip makes me want to eat chips right now even though it’s 7 am over here..

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    Linda | The Urban Mrs — November 11, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Great job, Megan. You look wonderful on TV! Cheers to you!

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    Cordie Ligget — April 22, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Breeding research conducted by Syngenta in the Netherlands focusing on compounds known as glucosinolates found in Brussels sprouts has resulted in reduced bitterness and in improved health attributes. These improvements in reducing unpleasant taste through scientific breeding advances have been credited with spurring a “renaissance” and growth in production and consumption of Brussels sprouts hybrids..

    Good day


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