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How to Make the Perfect West Virginia Slaw Dog

Here in West Virginia summer means one thing...HOT DOGS! Yes, we mountaineers take our hot dogs very seriously.  That's why I am partnering up with Lighthouse using Lighthouse Coleslaw Dressing to show you how you can create the PERFECT West Virginia Slaw Dog that is famous around these parts!

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Instant Pot Zucchini Pasta Parmesan Recipe

For about a year now SO MANY of you have been asking for Instant Pot Recipes.  The problem was I didn't have an Instant Pot.  Well, over the Memorial Day holiday, I came across a great sale and Studhubs finally relented and got me one!  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't extremely excited.  I immediately started experimenting with it, learning how to use it, etc.  It is a bit of a learning curve, but I'm happy to share with you my first Instant Pot recipe for Instant Pot Zucchini Pasta Parmesan Recipe.

This quick and easy meal is of the dump-n-go variety, but it's a great way to utilize all the delicious summer zucchini without heating up the entire house!  Oh, and if you don't have an Instant Pot, don't worry, I'll also include crockpot directions as well.  I know you are going to love this one so...

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Sausage Peppers and Onions in a Quick Tomato Sauce Recipe

School is out for most of us and summer is in full swing!  During this time all I want to do is be outside, and the LAST thing I want is to be slaving away over a hot stove in the kitchen.  That's why I LOVE meals like this Sausage Peppers and Onions in a Quick Tomato Sauce.

Whether it's a hot summer day or a busy weeknight, this is one of mine and Studhubs FAVORITE go-to quick and easy meals.  I know you are going to love it too so...

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Bleu Cheese Stuffed Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms Recipe

Monday was National Burger Day, and I had a block of gorgeous bleu cheese that we purchased from a local cheese shop.  That could only mean one thing.  I HAD to make my Bleu Cheese Stuffed Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms that I posted back in 2014. When I brought up the ORIGINAL POST I noticed that it needed A LOT of love not to mention I have updated the recipe quite a bit.  So I am reposting the updated version here.  I know you're gonna love it so ENJOY!  

When the sun is shining and the warm breezes are blowing, you don't want to be trapped indoors!
Many of us, during this season, are heading into the great outdoors and firing up our grills! 
Studhubs and I are no different, and when I think about grilling, one of the first things I think about is a nice, thick, juicy burger. 

However, five months of your basic burger can get a little dull.  BUT, it doesn't have to!  Like anything else a great burger is only limited to your imagination!  You need only go to the fridge or open up the pantry and dozens of variations are at your fingertips! 

Here is one such burger that was birthed out of using what we had on hand! 
It is juicy, and full of flavor, and you are going to love it!

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Simple Hillbilly Sangria Recipe

**This recipe is for an alcoholic beverage.  
Do not drink if you are under the legal drinking age, and as always DRINK RESPONSIBLY.**

I don't know what its like where you live, but here in West Virginia summer is in full swing. It has been HOT, but I'm not gonna lie, I've been loving every minute of it!  After a LONG winter, one of my favorite things to do in the summer is to sit on the porch with a bunch of friends, gossiping  our lives away, sipping on my Hillbilly Sangria.

What is Hillbilly Sangria you ask?   Well, traditionally sangria is made with a couple different alcohols and some sort of fancy simple syrup, BUT because we aren't huge drinkers around here that's just a little over-the-top for us. So I came up with a really simple recipe that I affectionally refer to as Hillbilly Sangria because here in West Virginia the best recipes are birthed out of our resourcefulness.  It's refreshing and delicious and I know you're gonna love it so...

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Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe with Tortellini

Y'all it's my favorite time of year, BBQ SEASON! Nothing gets my heart pumping like firing up the grill, lighting up the smoker, and creating some outdoor cooking goodness.  Burgers, chicken, ribs, you name it, I love it all.  The thing I don't love, however, is trying to come up with sides to bring to said BBQ's when invited.  You know what I'm talking about, the sign-up list goes around for the church picnic and you instantly go into panic mode because WHAT ON EARTH CAN I POSSIBLY BRING THAT CAN COMPETE WITH SALLY MAY'S FUNERAL POTATOES!?!  And if that's not you WHO ARE YOU and WHAT'S YOUR RECIPE because I need it in my life!  All kidding aside, this time I'm going into the BBQ season with a game plan and that game plan is my Mexican Pasta Salad with Tortellini

The finished plate of Mexican Pasta Salad with Tortellini, on a white plate, with the title above it.

Packed full of hearty vegetables, zesty spices, and a tortellini surprise, this Mexican Pasta Salad is about to breath new life into your pasta salad game!  I can't wait to share it with you so...

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How to Make Sausage Gravy Recipe

Though today's recipe is not the most extravagant I have ever posted, it may very well be the most important.  It's the recipe that would eventually lead to me starting The Kitchen Wife.  The recipe that changed everything, Sausage Gravy.

A blue plate with a biscuit on it smothered in the sausage gravy.

Let me set the stage for you.  It's May in the year 2000, and I've been married approximately 48 hours.  It's the first morning of our honeymoon in a cabin located deep in the mountains of West Virginia. My brand new husband has asked me to make his very favorite breakfast for him, sausage gravy and biscuits.  Long story short, it was a disaster and I was so embarrassed.  This is when I realized that coming from a family of great cooks doesn't mean you can cook, and it was in this moment I decided that I would spend a lifetime learning how to cook. This way I would never have to experience this humiliation again. So here we are, 18 years later, and I'm making this recipe for you on my RECIPE BLOG (what!?!), where I teach people how to make the food we love, in a way that anyone can be successful at!

So it is my privilege to share with you my very special recipe for Sausage Gravy!  I know you're going to love it so...

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