Feb

23

2015

Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad

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Towards the end of January, I received a copy of Paulette Lambert’s new cookbook, The Wellness Kitchen. Years of hosting a food blog, and working in the food industry in general, have definitely played a role in expanding pant sizes and plumper cheeks. Of course, the food isn’t to blame, but let’s be honest…the life of many food bloggers is often characterized by indulgence. To add a bit of balance to the teeter-tottering scale, the meals I cook for myself are often very plain and regimented. Even I find myself getting bored with some of the healthy, single girl meals that grace the table, so there’s always room for new “fresh, flavorful” dishes, as the book promises. One recipe in particular stood out thanks to a unique spice blend and its use of several of my favorite ingredients.

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Feb

6

2015

Coupled Up Cooking

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How ironic. The perpetual single girl is writing a blog post about great meals to cook as a couple. I really am laughing about it as I type. Although I do not spend my weeknights and weekends cooking with a significant other, I know that it is more fun to cook with someone. And to share a meal with someone! So here are a few recipes that are not only great to make with someone, but also for someone, and of course, to share with that special person.
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Feb

2

2015

Caramelized Butternut Squash Walnut Bread

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It keeps happening. The roasted squash train just won’t stop. There’s been a salad, a savory crumble, and here’s the final one (at least for now)…a sweet quickbread. It is inspired by the usual sweet breads we often make with fruits and vegetables–banana, zucchini, carrot, etc. Puréed squash is a great addition to soups, stews, dips, pies and more, and it’s a more than obvious ingredient to add to breads. You can make your own, or buy it if in a can or frozen. What makes this purée a little different from the rest is that the squash is tossed with a little something sweet, roasted and then blended before it forms the foundation of this bread.

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Jan

26

2015

Savory Squash, Porcini & Bacon Crumble

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There was a lot of squash action happening around these parts during November and December. Just a couple of weeks ago, I posted a roasted squash salad, and in another week or so, there will be a sweet quickbread with roasted, caramelized squash. And now, here’s a savory crumble. With roasted squash. Redundant, maybe, but that does not negate the final recipe one bit! Here’s a perfect side dish with roasted squash that combines porcini mushrooms and bacon all in one bite.

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Jan

19

2015

Bread and Muffin Recipes for Carb Lovers

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We all have weaknesses, and one of mine is bread. I am not the only one who eagerly eyes full restaurant baskets kept warm under soft linens. And the smell of risen yeast in a bakery, whether it be salty or sweet, is enough to cause my heart to beat quickly with anticipation. There’s something about the heartiness of bread–its filling and comforting nature–that also makes it enticing. Bread is more than just the outer layers of a sandwich or the foundation of a crostini. It is an accompaniment that pairs well with salads, soups, stews, and more. Slices or chunks of a loaf can transform into toasted crumbs sprinkled over eggs, French toast with bacon or bread pudding and whipped cream. Versatility is a key feature of an amazing ingredient. Here are a few sweet and savory bread recipes, as well as a few muffins throw in for fun.

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Jan

13

2015

Roasted Squash, Apple, Bacon & Spinach Salad

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Halfway through the first month of the New Year, and here’s the first new post! Not the best way to start out, but that’s how it goes. There have been many delicious meals since November, thanks to the bountiful holidays, but not one has been shared here. Well, here’s the first one that was shared with friends for Thanksgiving dinner. It is a salad that combines a few of my favorite items in one bowl. They were perfect in the fall, and they’re just as great now.
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