Hickory Peach Ice Cream with Candied Bacon

Hickory Peach Ice Cream with Candied Bacon! The combination may seem strange but it tastes AMAZING. Try it once and you'll be hooked! | hostthetoast.com

That’s right, Hickory. Peach. Candied Bacon. Ice Cream.

There are two possibilities right now: Either you are like, “Wow! That sounds amazing, and I need to drop everything I’m doing and get this ice cream in my life as soon as humanly possible,” (in which case you’re 110% correct), or you are thinking the opposite, in which case, you are not alone. My mom and brother both also thought that, before I forced them to try the ice cream and they saw the light of all that is good in the world.

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Tandoori Chicken Naan Pizza

Tandoori Chicken Naan Pizzas. These grilled pizzas feature juicy tandoori chicken, mango, mozzarella, mint, cilantro, and yogurt. Premade naan make a great base for a delicious pizza dinner with Indian flair. | hostthetoast.com

Worried about making pizza dough from scratch? Keep calm and carry naan.

These are not your typical pizzas– instead of tomato sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella, we’re using tandoori chicken, mango, red onion, mint, cilantro, and yogurt… oh, and mozzarella, because in the end, you just can’t nix the mozz.

Do you know what happens when you slather a pizza with those ingredients? BAM POW BOOM on your tastebuds. That’s really the only way to put it.

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Thai Chicken Fajitas

Thai Chicken Fajitas. A delicious marinade and Thai basil gives a new twist to the TexMex favorite. | hostthetoast.com

So this is what happens when you decide to go Frankenstein on your favorite flavors. Someone put it in my head that I was on a fusion kick about a month ago, and now my brain refuses to go anywhere else. Luckily, my tastebuds appreciate this track of recipe experimentation, especially when there’s Thai Chicken Fajitas on the menu.

This dish was born out of a very out-of-character decision to clean out my refrigerator before everything went bad… or, equally likely, overflowed on a warpath of neglected food fury and buried me alive. I had everything so stacked up that my fridge looked like the very tense last seconds of a Jenga game.

We’re talking over 15 limes tucked into corners, enough tortillas to feed all of Mexico City, at least 20 jars of barely-used condiments, and so much Thai basil that you’d think I had just taken out some sort of herb cartel.  Say my name. Eisenberg.
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Thai Guacamole

Thai Guacamole. This spin on guac will bring you from the south of the border to southeast Asia! You'll love this fusion dip. | hostthetoast.com

In an effort to incorporate guacamole into as many of my meals as possible, I decided to get my fusion on.

Thai dishes feature a lot of similar flavors as Mexican, surprisingly, making them great candidates for combination. Cilantro, hot peppers, green onion, garlic, cumin, and lime are just a few examples of shared ingredients, and wouldn’t you know it, they’re all ingredients that I typically use in my guac.

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Jalapeño Queso Blanco Creamed Spinach

Jalapeño Queso Blanco Creamed Spinach. Whether you serve it as a dip or a side dish you're going to fall in love with this Mexican-inspired recipe. | hostthetoast.com

First things first: does this really count as creamed spinach? How much cheese does one have to add until you leave creamed spinach territory and it becomes something else entirely? I really don’t know. I’m not an expert on that southern side dish, but one thing I know for sure is that this is absolutely delicious, so call it what you will but make sure you eat it. All of it.

It shouldn’t be hard because I, for one, lose all self-control when I make a batch of Jalapeño Queso Blanco Creamed Spinach. It’s mostly green so we’ll just write it off as being healthy. Nope! No. Do not try to convince me otherwise.

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