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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 | 8 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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Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnut and Dried Cranberry Salad

Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnut and Dried Cranberry Salad

| October 18, 2011 | 7 Comments

So. I’ve had a couple of butternut squashes in my fridge. They’ve been taunting me. Staring me down. Begging me to do something, anything with them. But I was nervous. It’s been years since I handled and cooked squashes in their whole form. Typically, I take the easy way out and buy squash that’s already […]

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Rich Chocolate Toffee Brownies

Rich Chocolate Toffee Brownies

| September 26, 2011 | 31 Comments

When I first started freelancing, Will was an infant — one who didn’t cry a lot but who was still vocal. Very vocal. Back then, I freelanced mostly for a local newspaper and my work required me to conduct phone interviews often with Will playing in a baby gym or Exersaucer nearby. Sometimes, I took […]

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Prosciutto with Figs and Balsamic Vinegar

Prosciutto with Figs and Balsamic Vinegar

| September 24, 2011 | 5 Comments

When you mention figs, many people hesitate to answer. There’s this pause, a long trying-to-find-the-most-non-offensive-thing-to-say pause. And then, there’s an “Eh … ” Except most often, when you press those same hesitant people, they admit that their exposure to figs has been limited to a certain cookie and other baked goods. They haven’t experienced a […]

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