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Tomato Pesto Tarts with Optional Prosciutto

Tomato Pesto Tarts with Optional Prosciutto

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

This is the time of year when I start obsessing over red and green foods. After all, you can’t serve yellow and brown for Christmas! (Okay, fine, you actually can – and I usually do – but if the food coordinates with the holiday, well, it pleases me).

I sound like a total freak, don’t I?

Well, with these Tomato Pesto Tarts, I can let my freak flag fly proudly, because they’re unabashedly red and green – oh so perfect for the holiday.

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Iced Raspberry Green Tea Limeade

Iced Raspberry Green Tea Limeade

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in Beverages

One more summer recipe. One more. I mean, it’s not over until it’s over, right? And it’s not over until September 21, according to my calendar.

(Please ignore all of this next week when I post my first pumpkin recipe of the year.)

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Iced Brown Sugar Zucchini Cookies

Iced Brown Sugar Zucchini Cookies

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 in Happy Endings

Note to the couple who bought our house and the swarm of people in and out a few weeks ago in relation to that: Those cookies sitting on the kitchen counter? The ones with the suspicious green flecks baked into them? Those cookies were not funny cookies! That was just zucchini. Really!

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Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Beverages

My blueberry bush finally has blueberries! I planted it three years ago, and nothing … nothing … and then this year: bam! Blueberries! So exciting. Except … well, crap. I’m moving. Naturally. And the blueberry bush has to stay.

But. But! Our new house? A dozen, maybe more, mature raspberry plants line one of the fences in the backyard. 20 feet, maybe more, of pure happy raspberry bliss. So, you know what? I’m good with this trade. And there will be plenty of room for blueberry bushes, too. Lots of them.

And then I will make Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothies all summer long. (And raspberry ones too!)

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Broccoli Raisin Salad Your Way (with Optional Bacon & Sunflower Seeds)

Broccoli Raisin Salad Your Way (with Optional Bacon & Sunflower Seeds)

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I try not to be a high-maintenance vegetarian. You know, the kind of vegetarian who demands loudly that things be made their way, all the time, no matter who else is eating?

Not that I’ve ever met that kind of vegetarian. In fact, such a vegetarian might not even exist. But in my fertile and dramatic little mind, they do. And I don’t ever want to be one.

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50 Sensational Summer Sangria Recipes

50 Sensational Summer Sangria Recipes

Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 in Round-Ups

Agggghhhhhhhhhh.

Life is crazy right now. Buying/selling/moving/uprooting – why oh why did we sign on for this! The craziness is giving me insomnia, making me pull my hair out, influencing me to use exclamation points when I should be using question marks.

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Cheddar Zucchini, Tomato, & Onion Gratin

Cheddar Zucchini, Tomato, & Onion Gratin

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I grew up on this dish. Every summer, my mom would head out to the garden and bring in a huge zucchini and a couple of perfectly ripe tomatoes. She’d slice them up and throw them in a baking dish with some sweet onion, and then she’d top it all with a good amount of grated cheddar. Then she’d bake it until the veggies were tender, the cheddar oozey, the family happy.

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Orange Spice Iced Coffee

Orange Spice Iced Coffee

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in Beverages

I really, really wanted to save this recipe for fall. But dangit, I am excited about it now! So excited, I want to all-cap this from the rooftops and use copious amounts of exclamation points.

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Happy Endings

I’m not going to say “you’ll never know it’s there!” because clearly, if you look at the cookie, well, you’ll see it’s there. If you eat it in the dark or blindfolded, though, it’s true. You might not know it’s there.

My veggie-averse (sigh) toddler doesn’t know it’s there. Or she doesn’t care. She loves, loves, loves these cookies.

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Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate Mocha

Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate Mocha

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Beverages

My first foray into coffee anything was many, many years ago. Okay, well before that, as a kid, I took a sip of my Gran’s black coffee and thought I was going to hurl. How could something that smelled so great taste so vile?

But then at around age 17 or so, I discovered iced mochas.

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Sweet Corn Guacamole

Sweet Corn Guacamole

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.

My guy and I have gone crazy with checking our phones for Redfin updates. We receive an alert whenever a new home with our criteria has appeared on the real estate market. No matter what we’re doing, mid-bite at dinner, wherever, it’s become perfectly acceptable to shove one’s phone in the other’s face with an “mmmph!” and a potential new house to look at.

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Vodka Watermelon Sparkler

Vodka Watermelon Sparkler

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Beverages

Imagine refreshing watermelon and lime, carbonation dancing on your tongue, the vodka that will make you go just a little bit warm. Go ahead, take a big swig.
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47 No-Cook Summer Dinners (with 8 Bonus No-Bake Desserts!)

47 No-Cook Summer Dinners (with 8 Bonus No-Bake Desserts!)

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 in Round-Ups

Here we are at this intersection of circumstances that together indicate, strongly, that I am just not going to be cooking much this summer.

It’s summer, and warm weather has finally settled in. We’re super short on time, especially because we’re busy prepping our house to show to prospective buyers. And let me tell you, I am just plain done cleaning and re-cleaning and re-re-cleaning the kitchen to perfection only to mess it up again every time I cook up another meal.

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Red, White, & Blue Quinoa Berry Salad

Red, White, & Blue Quinoa Berry Salad

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Quinoa has an almost neutral flavor, so it just soaks up all the deliciousness of the easy honey-lime dressing, which complements the bright bursts of berries perfectly. I went with blueberries, strawberries, and red currants, but just about any fresh fruit combo will do wonderfully.
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