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Lenin’s Tomb and a Russian Feast

George and Colleen hosted their monthly book club dinner last week and what a hit the meal was. Colleen spent a solid couple hours shimmying around the kitchen to prepare this, and although I didn’t concoct a single dish, I just had to share the success with everyone. On the Reading List: Lenin’s Tomb, The […]

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Crock Pot Olive Oil Herb Bread {Recipe Redux}

You can bake bread in a crock pot?! You betchya. Little did I know (until this month’s Recipe Redux theme was announced), that crock pot of yours can make all sorts of things – no-casserole style. So toss those cans of “cream of whatever” and get to experimenting with healthier ways to use your c-pot. […]

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Black Bean Polenta Bowl

Polenta is simply ground corn which can be cooked in a number of ways. Boiling dry polenta gives you a delicious and creamy porridge – aka, grits. (For more on grits, check out my post on Shrimp and Grits, with a little history of my beloved corn buds). Likewise, polenta is also sold precooked, refrigerated […]

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Blackberry Pumpkin Muesli

Muesli (pronounced Mew-zly) is a type of breakfast cereal made with uncooked rolled oats (and any other type of grains), dried and fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, and milk. It’s kind of a cross between oatmeal and cold cereal, if that makes sense. If  you don’t like the texture of oatmeal but like everything in […]

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Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Ah squash. Who doesn’t love squash? It’s such a creamy and comforting food, packed with nutrition.  Seasonally, it’s a fall/winter crop and clearly, it was created to fill our bellies and warm our hearts during the blistering cold months of winter. Winter is coming, so stock up on squash and experiment in the kitchen. As […]

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How To Make Croutons

It’s so easy! And homemade croutons taste SO good. Mostly because they’re homemade – all that focused effort and TLC just makes homemade food taste delicious. What to put them on: throw them on salads, toss them in soups. They’re great for adding texture to any dish. You can even throw them in your food […]

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Sweetpotato Tempeh Chili {Recipe Redux}

I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ok, so my last post was also about these cool, […]

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Stuffed Sweetpotato Skins {Recipe Redux}

I received free samples of California Sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ You read it – Sweetpotato. One word. Why? Because they are […]

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Meatless Monday: Ground Tempeh

One night last week I needed something quick and satisfying for dinner…Pasta. There’s something comforting about the traditional spaghetti and red sauce dinner that I crave every now and then. And rather than using ground beef, why not try tempeh? It gives you the same great protein but without all the saturated fat. Tempeh usually […]

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Tahini Sauce

OK – so here’s the Tahini Sauce recipe I promised you. This stuff works magic with those edamame patties I made earlier this week. This stuff couldn’t get any simpler and it’s a healthy alternative to those not-so-healthy white sauces out there. Tahini. Water. Lemon Juice. Garlic. Salt. Parsley.  Pretty easy, right? Let’s do it… […]

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