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Book Review: One Simple Change by Winnie Abramson {And a Few Healthy Breakfast Ideas}

Friday, July 25th, 2014

One Simple Change

I know a lot of people who think perfectionism is a good thing.

(Perfectionists always seem to be on top of their game…they never have to use the excuse that the dog ate their homework and never wonder whether they’ll be late for an appointment or a deadline because they’re always early.)

But being a perfectionist can also mean being way too hard on yourself, to the point where a small mistake becomes a big deal. And sometimes, if life doesn’t go exactly as planned, it’s a source of undue stress. For example, extra traffic en route to an appointment that makes you 20 minutes late wrecks your day, or a single bite of cake sabotages your whole diet.

I speak from experience when I say that perfectionism is both a blessing and a curse. (more…)

Pina Colada Chicken Recipe {Plus Paleo Eating and a Review of Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed 2 Cookbook}

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Pina Colada Chicken

I remember having a discussion with a friend a few years ago (before paleo was a household word) about the paleo way of eating. She was telling me about a friend of a friend who had converted three months ago and claimed to “feel great and be in the best shape of her life”. (more…)

Probiotic Arnold Palmer Recipe {And a Q&A with Delicious Probiotic Drinks Cookbook Author Julia Mueller}

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Probiotic Arnold Palmer

Probiotic Arnold Palmer

So friends, have you hopped on the kombucha bandwagon yet?

I jumped on so hard I feel like I could be riding shotgun. (more…)

Healthy Quick Chicken Korma Recipe & Review of The Cooking Doctor’s Series of Heart-Healthy Mini Cookbooks

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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What keeps you coming back to a food blog?

The recipes…the blogger’s personality or style…or maybe the pretty pictures?

Probably all of the above. (more…)

Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola Bars Recipe {And a Review of The Yummy Mummy Kitchen Cookbook}

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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Marina (aka Yummy Mummy) has mastered the art of cooking with a few top-quality ingredients in such a way that when combined, their simplicity transforms into something complex and unexpected.

Yummy Mummy recipes are uncomplicated and unpretentious, yet absolutely elegant in their simplicity, making them perfect for both a weeknight meal with the family, as well as a formal dinner for a special occasion. Marina’s cookbook, The Yummy Mummy Kitchen, is one of the prettiest cookbooks I’ve seen in a while and I’m excited to share my thoughts on it with you!

Let’s dive right into the recipes. (more…)

Mangia Children’s Cookbooks Review & Giveaway

Friday, August 16th, 2013

This post is sponsored by Mangia! children’s recipe books.

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Shells Bolognaise – the whole family loved this dish!

We all know cooking with your kids is important for so many reasons…but how many of us actually take the time to really get our kids involved in cooking as often as we’d like to?

There are a million reasons not to: soccer practice, a scouts meeting, the baby is sick, you’d have to run to the grocery store first, or even just the fact that it’s nearing the end of a busy day and you’re beat and take-out is sounding pretty darn good. Even so, despite every reason not to cook with your child there is an even more important reason to do so: it’s one of the most important skills you’ll ever teach them and one of the deepest passions you’ll instill in them. Marilyn Cappellino, author of the children’s book series Mangia! makes it easy. (more…)

Roasted Vegetable Crustless Quiche with Basil & Pine Nuts {Cuisine Nicoise Cookbook Giveaway}

Friday, August 9th, 2013

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There are certain recipes you see that you expect to have certain ingredients just from reading the title.

Like macaroni and cheese. I always expect macaroni, and I always expect cheese…but that’s not necessarily true. Take cauliflower “macaroni” and vegan “cheese”; true it doesn’t taste exactly like the original, but still, it’s macaroni and cheese-ish and delicious anyway.

Or fudge. I hear the word fudge and my mind goes to chocolate. But flavors like cappuccino, cinnamon bun, and peanut butter show that isn’t the case. Chocolate obviously doesn’t have to be included in a fudge-like confection for it to be tasty.

And then there’s quiche. When I think of quiche, I inevitably think of buttery pastry and loads of cheese…a rich dish, made even richer by a splash or two of cream. This quiche took away my preconceived ideas about what quiche is. (more…)

Not Quite Nigella by Lorraine Elliott {Book Review and Author Q&A}

Friday, July 12th, 2013

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For any readers out there who have a passion that they want to share and are debating whether or not to start a blog, I would encourage you to go for it.

Not only is blogging an incredibly rewarding way to share something that’s meaningful to you, but it will open up your world in ways you’ve never dreamed of. While blogging isn’t always glamorous (especially food blogging – think failed recipes and sinks full of dirty dishes, for starters), there are a few perks. Meeting and developing relationships with interesting new people, working with brands you believe in, traveling, publishing a book…and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

One of the bloggers I had the absolute pleasure of getting to know the first year I started blogging was Lorraine Elliott from Not Quite Nigella. (more…)

An Announcement & Review of The Recipe Girl Cookbook

Monday, April 15th, 2013

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I have an exciting announcement today…I’m now a contributor to Recipe Girl’s other food blog, Culinary Covers! Lori has an incredibly talented bunch of contributors over there, and I’m honored to be included. The premise of Culinary Covers is to make and review cover recipes from food magazines and cookbooks to determine whether they are really cover-worthy; because we all know that although some cover recipes look insanely delicious, there are times when they turn out to be not-so-much worth the effort, let alone worthy of the coveted cover spot. It’s such a fun idea!

The first recipe I made for Culinary Covers was from the cover of Lori Lange’s cookbook, The Recipe Girl Cookbook. To give you deeper look into the book, I decided that it would be fun to make a few of the other recipes from Lori’s cookbook as well. So far I’ve made five recipes from her book, and here’s what I thought of them… (more…)

Bloomin’ Indian-Spiced Whole-Roasted Cauliflower {With Indian-Spiced Bloomin’ Sauce}

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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How many of us have a guilty food pleasure? Let me rephrase that: How many of us don’t?

I wholeheartedly admit that one of my favorite guilty pleasures when it comes to food is a blooming onion. Deep fried in a crunchy spiced coating, with tender pieces of onion, which is without a doubt my favorite vegetable (maybe even my favorite food!). Anyone who knows me knows that I order any sandwich “extra, extra onion” because just one “extra” just isn’t enough, lol. Topped off with a spicy little sauce for dipping, a blooming onion is perfection in all its greasy glory.

It’s a good thing treats like that don’t come around often. But I wish they did.

Actually, what I wish is that they did, but in healthier form, which is exactly what Alyssa from Everyday Maven has done with her cauliflower. How is that for brilliance? (more…)

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