the best guacamole ever. (period.)

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a foolproof, restaurant-worthy method to making the best guacamole at home, every single time.  this guacamole recipe will soon become a staple recipe in your house.  don’t be surprised when all your friends start requesting it whenever you see them!  there are a few guiding principles in my life: there is no such thing as too many pairs of pretty shoes. celebrations call for some bubbly (even if the only thing you’re celebrating is the…

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three ingredient weeknight palomas with izze sparkling grapefruit

weeknight palomas with three simple ingredients, perfect for when you need a cocktail without frills or fuss. these weeknight palomas are perfect for whenever you'd like to have some girlfriends over on a whim for some laughs (+ chips & guac, of course). plus…cinco de mayo is right around the corner…#justsayin! | cinco de mayo recipe, cocktail recipe, girls night idea, girls night cocktail, paloma recipe, easy cocktail, tequila |

weeknight palomas with three simple ingredients, perfect for when you need a cocktail without any frills or fuss thanks to the beautiful grapefruit flavor of izze sparkling grapefruit!  these weeknight palomas are perfect for whenever you’d like to have some girlfriends over on a whim for some laughs (+ chips & guac, of course). plus…cinco de mayo is right around the corner…#justsayin! you know those weeks when it’s tuesday but it feels like it should be…

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croque monsieur paninis

croque monsieur paninis are an easy & delicious lunch or brunch meal. a seriously simple, yet seriously elegant way to use up easter ham leftovers or to entertain a couple of girlfriends for a casual weekend lunch (just don't forget the rosé!) | croque monsieur, sandwich, french recipe, girls night, easy recipe, easter, easy entertaining |

these croque monsieur paninis have everything there is to love about croque monsieur PLUS everything there is to love about paninis:  creamy béchamel, salty ham, melty & gooey swiss cheese & good, chewy french sourdough grilled & pressed to golden perfection.  a seriously simple, yet seriously elegant way to use up easter leftovers or entertain a couple of girlfriends for a weekend lunch (just don’t forget the rosé!).  can we talk about guilty pleasures for a…

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buffalo chicken sliders

buffalo chicken sliders make the perfect game day snack & the best part is that they come together in 20 minutes from start to finish & feed a crowd of up to 12 people…it doesn’t get easier than that! | game day recipe, easy entertaining, buffalo chicken recipe, sliders recipe |

hawaiian sweet rolls stuffed full of spicy buffalo chicken, topped with tangy feta (or bleu cheese, if you prefer!) & thinly sliced roasted red peppers & baked until warm & crusty, these buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect game day snack!  the best part is that these buffalo chicken sliders coming together in 20 minutes from start to finish & feed a crowd of up to 12 people…it doesn’t get easier than that! so let’s…

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25 make-ahead meals for an easy & healthy week

25 more make-ahead meals via playswellwithbutter | with just a little planning in advance & a little organization over the weekend, you can set yourself up with a week’s worth of delicious meals that will come together faster than you could order pizza or pick up chipotle.

it’s no secret that i’m a huge fan of meal prep sunday & make-ahead meals.  with just a little planning in advance & a little organization over the weekend, you can set yourself up with a week’s worth of delicious meals that will come together faster than you could order pizza or pick up chipotle.  check out these 25 ideas for make-ahead meals that will help you make it through your busy week! well, i…

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spicy white chili with pulled chicken & beer

white chili via playswellwithbutter | packed with flavor from a carefully built base of onions, chili peppers, & warm spices, this white chili is braised with beer, loaded with pulled roasted chicken breast, & thickened with masa harina. oh, & if that didn't win you over, spoonfuls of white chili make for the perfect vessel for guacamole. #boom.

white chili is the perfect warm & comforting meal for a chilly fall day.  packed with flavor from a carefully built base of onions, chili peppers, & warm spices, this white chili is braised with beer, loaded with pulled roasted chicken breast, & thickened with masa harina.  oh, & if that didn’t win you over, spoonfuls of white chili make for the perfect vessel for guacamole.  #boom.   i told you a while back that september is my all-time…

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best-ever weeknight eggplant lasagna

best ever eggplant lasagna via playswellwithbutter | with its layers of hearty bolognese, creamy ricotta, melty mozzarella, & grilled eggplant, eggplant lasagna the perfect make-ahead dish for a busy weeknight. with less than one lasagna noodle per serving enjoy all the best flavors of lasagna with none of the guilt.

with its layers of hearty bolognese, creamy ricotta, melty mozzarella, & grilled eggplant, eggplant lasagna the perfect make-ahead dish for a busy weeknight.  with less than one lasagna noodle per serving enjoy all the best flavors of lasagna with none of the guilt.  so…i totally have a confession to make.  when i told you a few weeks back about all why september is the best month ever, i left out one very, very important reason: …

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pasta bolognese with bucatini

pasta bolognese with bucatini via playswellwithbutter | classic italian comfort food lightened up as a "fauxlognese" by using ground turkey & tons of veggies without compromising any of the flavor! bring an authentic taste of italy into your home with zero guilt!

bolognese, a traditional meat sauce hailing from the bologna region of northern italy, is quintessential italian comfort food.  both rustic & elegant at the same time, it is so, so easy to make at home, requiring nothing more than a high-quality flavorful meat, pantry staples, aromatics, vino & some tlc.  i lighten up my bolognese up as a “fauxlognese” by using ground turkey & amping up the veggies with extra carrots & onions.  served with…

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caprese turkey burgers with pesto, fresh mozzarella & heirloom tomato

caprese turkey burgers with pesto, fresh mozzarella & heirloom tomato via playswellwithbutter

caprese turkey burgers are the perfect ode to summer.  ground turkey is mixed with farmer’s market kale pesto & grilled to perfection, topped with gooey fresh mozzarella & a beautifully ripened slice of heirloom tomato, these crowd-pleasing caprese turkey burgers definitely need to make their way into your labor day weekend itinerary.  so.  not only do i have a freakish obsession for september, i totally have a thing for holiday weekends. i know what you’re…

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grilled fries with fresh herbs & lemon pesto aioli

grilled fries with fresh herbs & lemon pesto aioli via playswellwithbutter.com

crispy grilled fries tossed in an abundance of fresh herbs & served with a made from scratch lemon pesto aioli.  there is no better or easier snack to watch  a football game with this season, especially since you most likely have all of the necessary ingredients your pantry already & both the grilled fries & the aioli come together in under 15 minutes total.  score! guys.  tomorrow, it is SEPTEMBER!!! september is my all-time favorite month…

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