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Hi! I'm Michelle, a Kansas City based recipe developer and food photographer.


Hi, it's me! (waving with my fork) ๐Ÿ‘‹

I'm Michelle, the blogger behind Blackberry Babe (@blackberrycooks) 

I took it easy on social media last year, so some of you are new here and I have yet to introduce myself! 

I've been developing and photographing recipes for the last 8 years. For the last 3 years, it's been my full time job, and yes, I LOVE it. 

I started learning to cook as a way to unwind at the end of the work day. I know cooking is stressful for some, but for me, it felt so good to chop, sautรฉ and experiment with food after a day of sitting at a computer. 

I cook a LOT (we're talking 2-3 dishwasher loads a day), and you'll see most of my new recipes land on my site, 

When I'm not in the kitchen, you can find me taking yoga, reading in my hammock, and shooting hoops or playing Fortnite with my son (got to keep him humble)! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm married to my high school sweetheart, Craig, who works in education and our little family of three (plus pets) is super tight knit. 

We love to travel (it's mountains or beach for me), and spend time on our party pontoon with friends during the summer! 

Last year, I really tracked how much time I spent (wasted?) on social media. It was super good for me mentally, and surprisingly, it was good for my business because I was focused on my bread and butter (my website).

But, I really missed chatting with those of you I've gotten to know over the years! ๐Ÿ‘ฏ

So, I'll be here a *little* more in 2023. #balance 

Happy cooking! 
<3 Michelle
This Baked Mac and Cheese with Panko serves a crowd! Perfect for your fall potlucks or holiday tables. ๐Ÿ’› ๐ŸŽƒ

Find the recipe link in my stories, or search "Baked Mac and Cheese" at! 

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๐Ÿ— This Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad? Total game changer. ๐Ÿ™Œ

I know what you might be thinking - โ€œUgh, not another bland chicken saladโ€? But trust me, this ainโ€™t a regular recipe! ๐Ÿšซ

Imagine juicy chicken bits, mixed with those crunchy pecans and sweet-tart cranberries. But the real magic? That dressing. A bit of honey for sweetness, a splash of champagne vinegar for that โ€œOoh, whatโ€™s that?โ€ factor, and a few other things to elevate the taste. ๐Ÿ˜‹

It's easy, it's yum, and honestly, it's the kinda dish you wanna brag about at brunch or sneak from the fridge at midnight. So, give it a go and enjoy the good stuff! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Get the full Recipe ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ‘‰ Click the link in the Bio/Stories
๐Ÿ‘‰ OR search "Blackberry Babe Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad" on Google

#chickensalad #saladlover #saladsofinstagram #fallsalad #blackberrybabe

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๐Ÿง… You know those dishes that just unexpectedly win you over? This Caramelized Pearl Onion Couscous is one of them. ๐Ÿ˜

I remember the first time I decided to pair caramelized pearl onions with couscous. It was one of those "I hope this works out" moments. And let me tell you, it was a game-changer. I realized that sometimes, the most straightforward ingredients when paired thoughtfully, can create magic. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‹

What I love most about this recipe, besides its taste, is its versatility. Need a quick weeknight side dish that pairs well with just about any protein? This couscous has got you covered. Hosting a dinner party and want to impress your guests without a complicated recipe? Again, this dish is your answer. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Plus, the beauty of this dish - it easy to improvise. Whether you stick to the original or make it your own, I promise this Caramelized Pearl Onion Couscous will be a delightful surprise. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ

Get the full Recipe ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ‘‰ Click the link in the Bio/Stories
๐Ÿ‘‰ OR search "Blackberry Babe Pearl Onion Couscous" on Google

#pearlonions #couscous #saladlover #foodbloggerofinstagram #blackberrybabe

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๐ŸŒฝ Esquites, or as some like to call it, the off-the-cob version of elotes, is hands down the Mexican street food MVP. And if you're looking for the ultimate Esquites recipe, I've got your back! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Imagine a bowl filled with charred corn, combined with creamy avocado chunks, juicy tomatoes, and just the right amount of cheese. Then, drizzle that goodness with a zesty lime dressing that ties all the flavors together. Mmm! ๐Ÿคค

Whether you're enjoying it solo, alongside your fave main, or spooning it atop a tasty taco, this Esquites recipe will def impress. Not just because of its flavor bomb status, but also because it's the perfect sharing dish. ๐Ÿ˜

So, try it and let the fiesta begin! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŒฎ

Get the full Recipe ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ‘‰ Click the link in the Bio/Stories
๐Ÿ‘‰ OR search "Blackberry Babe Esquites recipe" on Google

#esquites #mexicanfoods #mexicanfoodlover #cornlover #cornsalad #mexicanflavors #foodiesofinstagram #foodiesinternationalchat #foodbloggersofinstagram #foodblogfeed #globaleats #eatnorthamerica #foodbloggerlife #teamhappyfoodies #blackberrycooks #blackberrybabe
๐ŸŒŸ If you've ever thought, "Hmm, what can be a show-stopper other than pumpkin pie this fall?"... well, I've got news for ya! ๐Ÿฅง

Here's Maple Blueberry Crisp! Yep, it's as delightful as it sounds. This dish is brimming with the richness of sweet blueberries, the heavenly aroma of maple, and just a hint of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to give you all the cozy fall feels! ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ”ฅ

But the real magic? The crumbly oats, nuts, and spices topping! Oh, itโ€™s like having a crunchy bite of autumn with every spoonful. And when served warm with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, itโ€™s pure bliss! ๐Ÿ˜

And guess what? Itโ€™s vegan-friendly! Itโ€™s the kind of dessert that gets all the โ€œoohsโ€ and โ€œaahsโ€ and has everyone reaching for seconds, whether they are vegan or not! ๐Ÿ’™

This Maple Blueberry Crisp is bound to make your home smell like a dessert paradise and will have everyone hovering around the kitchen. ๐Ÿก

Whether youโ€™re serving it at a Sunday brunch or placing it proudly on your Thanksgiving dessert table, itโ€™s going to earn you the title of the Dessert Wizard, for sure! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Get the full Recipe ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ‘‰ Click the link in the Bio/Stories
๐Ÿ‘‰ OR search "Blackberry Babe Maple Blueberry Crisp" on Google

#mapleblueberry #blueberrylove #blueberry #fallbaking #falldesserts #fallflavors #foodiesofinstagram #foodiesinternationalchat #foodbloggersofinstagram #foodblogfeed #globaleats #eatnorthamerica #foodbloggerlife #teamhappyfoodies #blackberrycooks #blackberrybabe
๐Ÿฅง Ever had that moment where you want a dessert that's unique, comforting, and screams fall vibes? Enter - The Best Creamy Cinnamon Pie! โœจ

For everyone who ever sneaked a teaspoon of cinnamon into their coffee or loved those cinnamon-sugar toasts as kids, this pie is like a trip down memory lane, but way better. ๐Ÿ‚

That filling? Oh, boy. It's like diving into a warm, creamy pool of cinnamon bliss. The cream cheese is the secret superstar here, it takes the custard to another level of creamy dreaminess. And guess what? You donโ€™t need a shopping spree for this one. A quick trip to your pantry and you're set! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Once it's all baked and golden, let it cool and then the fun begins. Some go with a dusting of powdered sugar. I'm all in for a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and maybe a cherry on top. And if youโ€™re feeling extra indulgent? A scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. ๐Ÿฆ

Whether you're hosting a dinner or want something sweet and unique for dessert, this Cinnamon Pie has got you covered. Give it a whirl, it's a cinnamon dream come true! ๐Ÿ˜

Get the full Recipe ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ‘‰ Click the link in the Bio/Stories
๐Ÿ‘‰ OR search "Blackberry Babe Creamy Cinnamon Pie" on Google

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