Brussels Sprouts Prosciutto and Fried Shallot Pizza

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Homemade pizza is one of my favorite dinner party picks. I usually make the dough, provide the sauce and cheese, and ask each guest to bring their favorite toppings. When I was on the Frisbee team at Hopkins, essentially all of our team dinners involved pizza. I recently had a reunion with four of my favorite Frisbee girls, and to keep up with tradition, we made homemade pizza.

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Sweet Potato Tots

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I love to eat food with my hands-too bad it’s not always a socially acceptable practice. When I’m at home, by myself, I love to eat waffles with my hands, tearing off large chunks and dipping them into syrup. I’ve also been known to double fist hefty slices of pecan pie, and, if I had it my way, would always eat sushi sans chop sticks (partly due to my inability to use this utensil). These sweet potato tots are perfect for me-they essentially require the use of hands. Better yet, I’ve never seen anyone use a fork to eat their tater tots. There’s something about picking up one of these nuggets that just makes me smile. They’re slightly firm on the outside and have the perfect amount of give on the inside. They’re plump nuggets of happiness, especially when dunked in either Sriracha or pesto mayo.

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Chunky Maple Peanut Butter

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Peanut butter is possible my favorite food (my go-to sandwich is peanut butter-banana-fluff on cinnamon raisin Ezekial bread). It can dress up the plainest of foods: rice cakes or celery (with plenty of ants of course), enhance foods that already taste good: these peanut butter steak tacos are awesome, or partner with foods that would otherwise be lonely: what is jelly, chocolate, or apple without a heavy slather of peanut butter?

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