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Cranberry Orange Irish Soda Bread

Cranberry Orange Irish Soda Bread

Posted on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

You know, I feel a little guilty about this (shock – I’m a mom who feels guilty), but quite possibly my favorite part of the day is naptime.

I feel guilty because, you know, my favorite times should be while I’m basking in the glow of a toddler hug, or oohing and mmm-ing over a wedge of plastic pizza, or reading Rainbow Fish and answering important compound questions like “What’s fishy doing?! What’s shark doing?? What’s the water doing?!”

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Artichoke Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese

Artichoke Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Welcome to pure unadulterated cheesiness. Pure unadulterated deliciousness. Pure unadulterated awesomeness. I’m realizing I actually have no idea what “adulterated” means. I hope it doesn’t mean gross, because now I’m committed.

Here, my friends, I offer you an Artichoke Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese. Pure unadulterated, um, lunch.

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Baileys & Coffee Blondies

Baileys & Coffee Blondies

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Happy Endings

Our 2-year-old has a new habit lately, and I worry it’s something she learned directly from her parents.

“Daisy! No eat the house!”

“Daisy! No hit the CARS!”

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How To Make Almond Butter

How To Make Almond Butter

Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Foundations

It’s a pretty sure bet that just about anything I post here is something I’m currently obsessing over. And almond butter is absolutely no exception. I am ob-sessed. I’ve also been making my own almond milk and almond coffee creamer (stay tuned for that recipe). But almond butter, oh my lanta. So many flavors, so many possibilities. I’ve got a couple of variations (vanilla! espresso!) up my sleeve, but I thought I’d start at the very beginning.

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Cheesy Baked Tortellini with Optional Ground Beef

Cheesy Baked Tortellini with Optional Ground Beef

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Ahh, comfort food. How I love you so. Even better when you’re easy. Wait, that sounded a little … lewd. Or maybe I’m the only one who is mentally 12 years of age and went there.

Let’s start again. Hey! Have I got a great recipe for you today! It’s total comfort food (hellooo pasta) and it’s easy (like, super simple to make).

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80 Vanilla Recipes That Are Far From Plain Vanilla

80 Vanilla Recipes That Are Far From Plain Vanilla

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Round-Ups

So, I’m guessing right about now you might be a bit, shall we say, chocolated out? And red velveted, and sugar cookied, and candy hearted? I can relate.

The days after Valentine’s Day are a time to regroup, refocus, recommit … oh, who am I kidding.

But it IS probably a time when chocolate doesn’t sound quite as good as it did, say, last week.  Right? And so I thought this would be a perfect time to bring you a round-up focusing on one of the most wonderful ingredients of all time.

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Chickpea & Rice Soup

Chickpea & Rice Soup

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

‘Tis the season … for colds and flu, that is. Our house is recovering from a doozy of a bug right now, and I got the worst of it. It’s been a full week, and my appetite is still all but nonexistent.

Strange how foods from childhood creep back into your consciousness when you’re sick. For me, one of the only foods I’ve been able to think about for the past week (without wanting to hurl) is Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. Briny, salty, comforting.

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Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup

Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I had a different recipe planned for today, but it was going to involve some work this weekend … and an evil little stomach bug had different plans for me. But you don’t want to know anything more about that.

I was actually going to save this Thai Green Curry Lentil Soup for March. Even though it’s not really all that green, with its green lentils and green curry, I thought it would still be perfect for the holiday that’s all about green – St. Patrick’s Day. But I’ve been eager to share it with you for awhile now, so this ended up being a great excuse.

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Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie

Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in Beverages

I’ve got a definite thing for smoothies lately, and a definite definite thing for coconut smoothies. I mean, coconut is good in just about anything, but when I add it to a smoothie in any form – milk, water, flakes, toasted flakes – I feel like I’m drinking a milkshake.

A smoothie that’s pretty healthy overall, but still feels indulgent? Win. And I’ve got a definite definite DEFINITE thing for this Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie.

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Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in One Dish Two Ways

Ever since I made a huge batch of these refried bean and cheese burritos, wrapped them in foil, and threw them in the freezer, coming up with lunches has been a breeze.

I can only spare five minutes to wolf something down? Go to the freezer. Grab a burrito. No leftovers for my guy to take to work the next day? Grab a burrito. Simply craving a ridiculously delicious lunch? Grab a burrito.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 in Happy Endings

Yeah, so I had to pack up these chocolate oatmeal cream pies and get them out of the house almost the instant they were put together.

Don’t misunderstand – I taste-tested them. Thoroughly. I mean, it’s my job, right?! My kid and my guy tested them repeatedly as well. And then, later, my guy’s coworkers. They were a hit. Especially with me. Which is why they needed to be out of my clutches as soon as humanly possible.

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