Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Dressing

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Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Dressing

The first time I ever dyed my hair was freshman year in college. I’m naturally a dirty blonde (which I have always thought was quite an unfortunate term for hair color), and decided to go a little lighter. It was so ridiculously similar to my natural color, it wasn’t even worth the effort.

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Balsamic-Roasted Broccoli

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I’m always surprised when someone tells me they don’t like broccoli…it’s one of my favorite green veggies! Not to mention, broccoli cooks up super quick, is fabulous in risotto, and goes so well with cheese (or vegan “cheese” sauce!). Plus the florets look like little trees. What’s not to love? When I ask why they don’t like it, the most common response I get is I guess I’m just sick of it…I need new ideas! Well, there’s no way I can hear that and not come to the rescue....

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Ok, I know what you’re thinking.  She overcooked the broccoli and her camera broke…all on the same day.  Or after reading that maybe you thought, wait, what?!  That undistinguishable mush is broccoli?!  I concede both points, it is overcooked and it is broccoli.  But hear me out, there’s a method to my madness, I promise.  (And despite the appearance of these pictures, my camera didn’t break, lol!)...

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On a cold, rainy night, nothing says comfort like a warm blanket and a good movie; of course, along with a good movie comes something to munch on.  Instead of reaching for a bowl of popcorn, I made Crispy Parmesan Broccoli…tastier than popcorn and equally addictive....

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I can’t think of a more comforting food than pizza at the end of a long week…hot from the oven, oozing cheese, with crust that’s crispy outside and soft inside…the whole house filled with the smells of Italy (or your favorite pizza place, close enough, right?)…   I usually make thin-crust pizza, but for some reason I was dying for thick-crust, and this pizza did not disappoint.  I made my own dough (it literally took less than 5 minutes to make – of course, not counting rise time – and it required no kneading!), but if you want you can buy pre-made dough.  You can […]...

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