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Roasted Red Pepper, Sunflower and Walnut Pesto

Roasted Red Pepper, Sunflower and Walnut Pesto

| February 21, 2012 | 13 Comments

The kids and I have been establishing new routines this year. We’ve shed the lazy weekends that used to feel so empty and instead started packing Saturday and Sunday tight with grocery shopping at the good store, cooking, library time, church and family dinner with our extended family. Though I thought the structure of weekend […]

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Spicy Honey Chipotle Squash and Sweet Potatoes over Brown Rice

Spicy Honey Chipotle Squash and Sweet Potatoes over Brown Rice

| February 6, 2012 | 7 Comments

A few weeks ago, I bought some brown basmati rice for a night when my husband was working. Though we’ve never really loved any brown rice in the past, this time the kids and I enjoyed the nutty grain. But when it came time to make rice a few days later for the whole family, […]

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Honey-Tart Cherry Glazed Salmon with Rustic Tart Cherry Salsa

Honey-Tart Cherry Glazed Salmon with Rustic Tart Cherry Salsa

| February 1, 2012 | 13 Comments

Sweet Honey-Tart Cherry Glazed Salmon is serves with a spicy, zesty salsa in this delicious seafood recipe. This recipe was created for my client, the Cherry Marketing Institute, but all opinions are my own. I’m mildly obsessed with superfruits, which are basically the health super heroes of the fruit world. They provide so many valuable […]

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Buffalo Chicken Salad, Simplified

Buffalo Chicken Salad, Simplified

| January 18, 2012 | 7 Comments

When Shawn and I used to eat out (a frequent occurrence in our pre-children days when money was plentiful and bills were not), I would order Buffalo Chicken Salad whenever it was on the menu. I loved the crunch of the fried chicken, the spice of the buffalo wing sauce and the creamy coolness of […]

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Egg and Prosciutto Open-Faced Sandwich with Tapenade

Egg and Prosciutto Open-Faced Sandwich with Tapenade

| January 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

  Last year, Will repeatedly came home from school requesting “eggies” for lunch. Aside from being clearly somehow related to eggs, I had no idea what he was talking about. I tried to have him describe the eggs he wanted, but I was just baffled. Finally, I emailed the mother of the girl who was […]

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Two Cheese Meatball Grilled Cheese

Two Cheese Meatball Grilled Cheese

| January 2, 2012 | 5 Comments

Today was the last day of Christmas break for the kids … the last day for them to play with all their new toys unfettered. Their last day to ride bikes and build Lego houses with each other all day. Their last day to watch cartoons over lunch. So, I thought something warm, toasty and […]

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Cooking with Kids: English Muffin Pizzas

Cooking with Kids: English Muffin Pizzas

| December 12, 2011 | 8 Comments

Sometimes, cooking with kids is all about teaching them measuring, mixing and knife skills. We do this a lot. The kids and I talk about the different measurements we use and measure things out together. They are often the ones to whisk-shift dry ingredients for me or to stir together whatever needs stirring. But cooking […]

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Loaded Caesar Salad (and the Eat. Live. Be. Reboot)

Loaded Caesar Salad (and the Eat. Live. Be. Reboot)

| December 7, 2011 | 6 Comments

Caesar salad is basic. Predictable. Boring, even. I mean, maybe you’ll find some well-seasoned chicken or delicious shrimp on a special Caesar, but generally it’s the same thing: romaine, Caesar dressing and Parmesan, mix well. Oh, and croutons. Repeat. But who says it has to be that way? Who says that Caesar salads can’t be […]

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Seasoned Baked Chicken Nuggets

Seasoned Baked Chicken Nuggets

| November 29, 2011 | 9 Comments

The other night, when I was at Cate‘s house for our Blogger Thanksgiving fest, we were reheating a batch of these Homemade Seasoned Baked Chicken Nuggets that I made for the kids. Cate asked me if they were done right after I’d checked on them, and I said “No, they aren’t humming yet.” It never […]

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Sundried Tomato and Prosciutto Pasta

Sundried Tomato and Prosciutto Pasta

| November 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

When my GPS system successfully directs me to a destination, it says, “You have arrived.” I love it. Beyond the words,  the way it says it is so special — as if I am a debutant being presented to society. It never fails to make me smile. When I went away to college, I thought […]

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