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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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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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Balsamic Pasta Salad

Balsamic Pasta Salad

| June 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

Rhythm. It’s the stuff that our days are made of. It makes things regular and predictable and gives us a sense of calm, even when chaos threatens. Finding a rhythm when something changes always take a little time. When Will started kindergarten in September, it took a couple of weeks back in to find the […]

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The New Englander Panini with Easy Cranberry Orange Mayo

The New Englander Panini with Easy Cranberry Orange Mayo

| April 22, 2011 | 2 Comments

When I came home New York (and meeting Bobby Flay!) on Monday, I was totally inspired … by sandwiches. I haven’t worked much with sandwiches recently, and I couldn’t wait to work on some new flavors. This sandwich is all about New England. Lettuce from Boston, cheddar from Vermont, cranberries from Cape Cod … Oh, […]

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Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes and Garbanzo Beans Over Rice

Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes and Garbanzo Beans Over Rice

| March 31, 2011 | 13 Comments

This morning, I found out that a friend of mine has cancer. No, wait, that’s Cancer, with a capital ‘C.’ I’ve been processing this all day and am still at a loss for words. I am praying for her health. But my friend’s story isn’t mine to tell. Learning that this wonderful, kind, sweet woman […]

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Lime Black Bean Salad with Shrimp

Lime Black Bean Salad with Shrimp

| March 24, 2011 | 8 Comments

When it comes to citrus, lime is my clear favorite. Yes, I like orange juice and the occasional grapefruit. And yes, lemon is perfect for some dishes. But I save my lovin’ for the lime. Limeaid, lime in guacamole, Lime White Chocolate Cookies — I love it all. So, lime in a dressing? Naturally, when […]

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