Garlic and Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas

February 7, 2013
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Roasted chickpeas are my new go to snack food. They are packed with protein and really fulfill the chip craving that comes over me from time to time. They are so versatile you can flavor them with almost anything. Today I went with garlic and parmesan. They make the perfect finger food, and a great […]

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Morning Glory Muffins

January 24, 2013
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We are big muffin eaters here. My kids just love muffins, they think they are special. So closely related to the cupcake as to be considered a treat. I love muffins because you can make up a batch in about 30 minutes, and stuff them with all kinds of great healthy ingredients. We also send muffins to […]

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Coconut Bliss Cookies {gluten free}

January 13, 2013
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I have had a breakthrough in the kitchen today. I finally made a gluten free cookie that I love. I mean truly love. Not just, it’ll do since it’s sweet and tastes like chocolate, but really love! The secret ingredient is coconut flour, which gives the cookies a light and fluffy, almost cake-like texture. No subtle grainy texture that […]

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Jalapeno Poppers in Wonton Cups

January 4, 2013
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I am having a love affair with stuffing wonton cups. Don’t tell hubby. I am new to the idea, although I have had numerous recipes tempting me on my Pinterest board. One of these days I am going to try wonton lasagna. It just sounds so fun.  I also have a secret addiction to jalapeno […]

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Getting Ready for the Party 2 {4 days}

December 12, 2012

Today is 3 days until the big day. The night before last, I put some sweetened condensed milk into the slow cooker to make dulce de leche for one of my Macarons. Yesterday I cleaned the house, and baked the “green” macarons. I also did a little spot shopping for some harder to find items. […]

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Getting Ready for the Party {5 days}

December 10, 2012

Every year we host a Solstice party, which is our holiday party on or around the winter solstice. This year we are actually a week early, as we are traveling back to Chicago to spend the holidays with my family, and we technically leave on the solstice. (I sure hope those Mayans were wrong…) Planning […]

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Winter Pesto

December 8, 2012

Basil isn’t as fresh an plentiful this time of year, but it’s no matter to me. I really prefer this arugula based pesto any time of year. Arugula is packed with nutrients that basil just can hold a candle to. It might actually be my favorite food. It’s on my top 5 list for sure. This pesto […]

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Strawberry Earth Cake

December 5, 2012

My firstborn turned 6 over Thanksgiving which is bittersweet. He is definitely not a baby anymore. Q actually really never was a baby. I always joked that he was born a toddler, full of attitude and getting into trouble around every corner. At 5 he was practicing his teenager, and really became proficient. Now he thinks he knows […]

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~Fast and Fabulous~Lemon Coconut Greens

November 20, 2012

Here is a quick, delicious, and healthy dinner that you can have on the table in 30 minutes or less. It combines two of my favorite flavors. Lemon and coconut. Basmati rice cooked in coconut milk gives the aromatic treat a wonderful depth, lemon zest and the remaining coconut milk braise greens to delicious perfection. […]

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The Ultimate Gluten Free Blondie

November 13, 2012

I have a lot of friends that are going gluten free these days, so I’ve been experimenting with some allergy friendly desserts. If I am honest, I have to admit I prefer gluten full desserts for the most part. My beloved Macarons are naturally gluten free. That said, I finally found a gluten free baking mix that […]

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

November 6, 2012

One upon a time, I ate these delicious muffins with my morning coffee. Muffins that only graced the pastry case in the fall. Then this horrible thing happened. Calorie counts were listed next to the foods in the pastry case, and my beloved muffins came it at just under 500 calories- so I never at […]

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Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

October 31, 2012

I am slightly obsessed with Pumpkin, which I guess is good timing since it is in season. I think part of the problem is I gave up coffee, which means no more pumpkin spice latte. (which besides being expensive is full of artificial flavoring and really against my food rules completely, that said I miss them terribly.) […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Cake

October 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to me! It was my birthday last weekend and this is the cake that Q and I decided to bake. It’s a very moist and rich chocolate cake, with peanut butter cream cheese frosting and filling, and topped with a layer of caramel ganache. If it sounds over the top decadent- it is! I adored […]

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Maple Roasted Pumpkin with Brussels Sprouts

October 15, 2012

Fall is in the air, it’s turned cold here and as if to mark the occasion the first Brussels sprouts appeared at the market sitting beautifully right next to the pumpkin display.  I am embarrassed to admit, that my kids didn’t think you could eat pumpkin. At least that is what they told me. I was wondering where […]

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Celery Root and Baby Broccoli Soup

October 12, 2012

Celery soup- I know, it sounds weird. When I told Stephen what was for dinner he might have cocked his head askew. You see, he does not like celery. Me? I love celery. I really do. That said, this soup is made primarily from celery root, which has a very mild flavor. I am a HUGE fan […]

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