Slow Cooker Korean Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Korean Sloppy Joes. This summer-friendly dish is just as easy as it is delicious. | hostthetoast.com

My obsession with fusion food started when I was still living in New Brunswick, taste-testing my way through the town one drunk-friendly food truck or mini restaurant at a time.  Out of all of the food NB had to offer, it was a Korean BBQ fusion restaurant that stole my heart and wooed my tastebuds.

Why? Because they had tacos stuffed with Korean BBQ. For indecisive people like me, such fusion foods are the holy grail of non-choosing. You mean I can have all of the stuff I want in one convenient and delicious package? I’m sold.

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Coconut Milk Ice Cream with Mango Swirl

Coconut Milk Ice Cream with Mango Swirl. This ice cream uses coconut milk for a super creamy, super flavorful, super refreshing ice cream that is vegan and dairy-free. Whether you eat dairy or not, you're going to love it! It's easily in my Top 5 favorite ice cream flavors! | hostthetoast.com

I can now honestly tell you that a dairy-free ice cream is in my top 5 list of all-time favorites. What? Dairy free ice cream? Yes, that’s exactly what I said. And it’s freakin’ amazing.

You know that Lincoln commercial with Matthew McConaughey where he channels his True Detective character’s dark and brooding introspection and lets you know, “I didn’t do it to be cool, I didn’t do it to make a statement, I just liked it”? Yeah, that’s how I feel about this coincidentally vegan ice cream. I’m happy that it conveniently fits a broad range of dietary needs, but I just made it because it’s absolutely delicious and you should too, regardless of your stance on eating eggs and milk and all of that. So long as you like coconut, you’re good to go, my friend. You’ll be glad you did.

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BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese

BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese.  Wisconsin cheddar + smoked gouda + BBQ sauce + smoky jalapenos and onions = the flavors of a summer backyard cookout in one deliciously cheesy dish. Not to mention, it's a great way to use up leftover chicken! | hostthetoast.com

This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Cheese Board, whose noble cause involves getting you to eat more delicious cheese. That, I can get behind.

Today, I want to tell you about something that holds a very big, very special place in my heart. No, it’s not James (sorry, babe). No, it’s not Netflix (sorry, other babe). It’s cheese. The babe-est of all the babes. The true wooer of women across the world. And men. And especially food bloggers who find the energy to write their posts through the endless raiding of their refrigerator’s deli drawer.

I couldn’t even guess how many ounces of cheese I’ve eaten today, guys, and that’s probably for the best.

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Indian Spiced Rice & Lentil Salad

Indian Spiced Rice & Lentil Salad. Forget the same old pasta salad for your next potluck. This flavorful rice salad is going to be a hit. Plenty of fresh ingredients keep it bright, while garlic, jalapeno, ginger, and spices give it depth that everyone's going to love. | hostthetoast.com

Last year, I discovered that rice salad was an amazingly wonderful thing. It’s replaced pasta salad as my favorite binge-on-at-barbecues-until-the-shame-kicks-in dish. Actually, being perfectly honest, shame doesn’t even stop me most of the time. I will eat rice salad until I can’t physically get up to get more. You think I’m exaggerating, don’t you?

It all started with Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Dressing. I made it, I loved it, and I had to have it in my regular rotation ever since. But somewhere along the line, I started to wonder about trying out different flavors and going in a new direction. I have hashed over ideas for almost every cultural combination you could imagine, but there was one that I literally dreamed about up until the day I made it happen. Which was it? Indian Spiced Rice & Lentil Salad.

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