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What a week! So if you didn’t read my previous blog post I will catch you up on the week’s festivities.  After being swept away by the Kendrick Lamar Grammy performance I decided to restructure my content and recipe development this week to pay homage to his song “The Blacker The Berry”.  As a result blackberries took the spotlight this week and boy did they shine in these four new recipes.

Yaaasss to kitchen hacks! The secret ingredient helping us avoid a potentially messy batter situation is Pillsbury Grands Biscuits. These things are magical. I roll the biscuits out with a  rolling pin, stuff blackberry filling between two biscuits, pinch the edges closed and cook in a waffle iron. The biscuits make perfect waffles, with crispy outside and soft pillowy inside.

[RECIPE: No Batter BlackberryStuffed Waffles]

Brussels sprouts have made a culinary resurgence in the last few years. You can’t go to a restaurant with out seeing brussels sprouts on the menu.  So I jumped on the bandwagon too. I love a good crispy brussels sprout and this recipe shows you how to achieve perfect char and crunch at home. Not to mention, the blackberry reduction is a sweet compliment just takes the dish to another level.

[RECIPE: Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Blackberry Reduction]

Blackberry Kefir SmoothieBlackberry Kefir Smoothie

I was recently introduced to kefir, which is a yogurt like probiotic drink that offers superior health benefits. What’s even better is that the beneficial yeast and bacteria in kefir make it digestible for the lactose intolerant.  When added with blackberries, mint and banana you get the perfect start to any day.

[RECIPE: Blackberry Kefir Smoothie]

I’m a huge fan of tacos; they are probably the one food type that I east most often out of anything else. I love coming up with new taco combinations, so using tacos for this challenge was right up my alley. For this occasion, I used Aidells Spicy Mango with Jalapeno sausage and topped it with bright blackberry and cucumber salsa.

[RECIPE: Spicy Mango Chicken Sausage Tacos with Blackberry and Cucumber Salsa]
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