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Lemon Vanilla Madeleines

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines

  Backstory: I have spent a small fortune on the delicious petite French cake 3-packs at Starbuck’s. When they’re not in view near the register, I always ask the salesperson if they would mind checking the back, please. I’ve even gone so far as to ask if there is a [...]

January 5, 2015 × 2 comments

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Ginger Coconut Oven S’mores

Ginger Coconut Oven S’mores

Not only can classic s’mores be made indoors in the oven (!), but the flavor can updated by varying the types of crackers and chocolates used Ingredients: Ginger crackers (I used Annas Ginger Swedish Thins, available at Fresh Market and Whole Foods) Coconut dark chocolate (I used Theo’s) Marshmallows Set oven to [...]

December 15, 2014 × 2 comments

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Quick Tip: Add Cilantro and Parsley to Smoothies!

Quick Tip: Add Cilantro and Parsley to Smoothies!

Quick Tip: Blend fresh cilantro and parsley – I usually add about 1/3 cup of each, stems and all – into green smoothies to increase the nutrient content and add heavy metal chelation properties. The above paragraph is a short excerpt from the cilantro/parsley section of The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder. [...]

December 9, 2014 × 0 comments

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Sandwiches: Turkey, Spinach, & Gruyere and Ham & Gruyere

Sandwiches: Turkey, Spinach, & Gruyere and Ham & Gruyere

This recipe, another one adapted from Sweet Paul Eat & Make, makes the most moist, chewy-ooey-gooey, delicious sandwiches! Turkey, spinach, and Gruyere for me… …and a traditional Croque Monsieur for the hub :-) Ingredients: makes 2 sandwiches 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 cup milk, warmed Salt and pepper 4 slices challah [...]

December 2, 2014 × 4 comments

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Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

This recipe (culled from this one) is for one of those decadent, Little Luxury-worthy dishes that look and taste like a million times more effort went into them than is actually required to create them Ingredients: makes 4 servings 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded flat  About 10 crimini (baby [...]

November 26, 2014 × 4 comments

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Bacon, Arugula, and Heirloom Tomato Sandwich

Bacon, Arugula, and Heirloom Tomato Sandwich

Buttermilk Kitchen, one of my favorite local breakfast spots (Alon’s is the other one ), offered bacon, arugula, heirloom tomato, and house-made cheese sandwiches as a special recently. They were SO good that I had to try my hand at making them at home. I did not have any house-made [...]

November 12, 2014 × 0 comments

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Green Smoothie: Super Greens, Pear, Banana, Grape

Green Smoothie: Super Greens, Pear, Banana, Grape

Ingredients: makes 1 large smoothie 1 cup seedless green grapes 1 pear, chopped 1 banana (essential to tame the bite of the arugula: I left it out once and did NOT like the result) 1  1/2 – 2 cups super greens 1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey (optional) Add ingredients to blender [...]

November 3, 2014 × 4 comments

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Goat Cheese and Dill Omelette

Goat Cheese and Dill Omelette

I’ve made – and loved! – scrambled eggs with leftover dill before, but it wasn’t until I came across the Herb and Goat Cheese Omelet* recipe in Sweet Paul Eat & Make that it ever occurred to me to throw the dill into an omelette*! Ingredients: makes 1 how-you-like-it omelette [...]

October 27, 2014 × 0 comments

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2 Ways to Make Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

2 Ways to Make Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

Special to my friend Ms. S for clueing me in to the yummy goodness that is the combination of sweet potato + black beans! Below are two veggie-laden ways to make sweet potato and black bean quesadillas. Simply layer the ingredients on your choice of tortilla – I used corn [...]

September 5, 2014 × 3 comments

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Three Things: Cookbooks

Three Things: Cookbooks

I’ve mentioned before that Ina Garten’s cookbooks are among my very favorites, and thanks to months of scouring Amazon, discount bookstores, Costco, and the like, I’ve almost completed my collection of the Barefoot Contessa series. Garten’s emphasis on simple, just plain GOOD food made with quality ingredients really appeals to [...]

August 26, 2014 × 0 comments

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Whole Wheat Couscous with Mint and Peas

Whole Wheat Couscous with Mint and Peas

This delicious side dish, adapted from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, is super-simple, quick and easy to make, and the flavors taste SO good together! I served it with salmon cakes, and I think it would work just as well with roasted chicken. Ingredients: makes apr. 4 – 6 side dish servings [...]

July 15, 2014 × 0 comments

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Smoothie: Sweet Banana Berry

Smoothie: Sweet Banana Berry

Ingredients: makes 2 good sized smoothies 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup apple juice 1 container vanilla Greek yogurt (about 6 oz) 2 bananas 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries (although any berry or berry mix would probably work great) 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons honey Blend, and enjoy

June 26, 2014 × 2 comments