30 reasons to postpone your diet.

In scrolling through the links on my FOOD BLISS page, a few things have become clear.

  1. Cholula should be a professional beggar.
  2. I spend a LOT of time in the kitchen.
  3. I have an insane amount of food photos (and not all of them are good).

I clicked through to the recipes I’ve shared, giggling at my kitchen disasters and beaming at my culinary triumphs. I was reminded about quite a few delectable meals that I haven’t made in a while. I’m not a chef, so many of these recipes are from cookbooks and fellow bloggers. I put together thirty of my favorite dishes for you- from appetizers to desserts, and everything in between! Remember these?

Shrimp Summer Rolls

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Juicy Lamb Sliders with Dill Yogurt Dressing

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Honey-Ginger Lemonade with Rosemary (and Bourbon!)

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Charred Corn and Black Bean Salad

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Veggie Lasagna Rolls

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New England Clam Chowdahh

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S’mores Ice Cream

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Cinnamon Pecan Granola

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Basil Jalapeño Blackberry Jam

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Spring Risotto

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Asian Hot Wings

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Tandoori-style Chicken (and World’s Best Curry Chicken Salad)

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Buttery Lemon Berry Cake

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French Onion Soup Sandwiches

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Pork Chile Verde

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Chicken and Bacon Enchi-Ritos

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Ginger Mint Raspberry Prosecco Coolers


Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars

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Bourbon Bacon Jam

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Ahi Tuna Wonton Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

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Fig-Pig Pizza with Egg

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Christmas Morning Sticky Buns

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Spicy Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps

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Chocolate Tofu Pie

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Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos with Spicy Slaw

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Asian Chicken Noodle Bowl

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Amber’s “Secret Recipe” Key Lime Pie

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Spicy Chicken Posole (with Tortilla Soup Variation)


Curried Potato Shrimp Chowder

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And one for the princess… Cheesy Bacon Doggie Biscuits

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YUM. Now that your mouth is watering (I know mine is), take a peek at the rest of the list of recipes. There are over 100 links to blissful bites! As always, please share your favorite recipes with me- I’d love to make them in my kitchen!

And now, I think I need to go find a snack…

Email your recipe to amber@theusualbliss.com.


  1. I love your passion for cooking and Choula is a great begger too:) I find it hard to photograph food and you do a great job in that it makes me hungry and wanting a bowl of soup, a lamb burger or a sweet treat. Happy Week!

    1. I have shelves of cookbooks, read fab food blogs, and explore Pinterest when I’m seeking inspiration in the kitchen. Some things I throw together myself, but you’ll see the credits for the recipe source on the posts. Yummy stuff!!

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