The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook {Review and Giveaway}

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I want to start off telling you about one of my favorite new cookbooks by saying that this book is not just for sandwich-lovers! Of course sandwich aficionados will be sated beyond words with the huge variety of paninis, but Kathy Strahs, author of the Panini Happy blog and The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, creatively shows just how much a panini press can do beyond making sandwiches. You can make things like Grilled Smashed Potatoes, Spinach-Feta Quinoa Cakes, Grilled Brie with Honey and Toasted Pecans, Grilled Apple Turnovers, and get ready for it – Homemade Ice Cream Cones! I can’t even tell you how excited […]...

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BLEND Holiday Volume 1 is Here! {E-Book Launch + Giveaway}

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The holidays are without a doubt my favorite time of year. Everything about this season feels magical…fall foliage (back home, anyway! There aren’t too many leaves changing colors here in Kuwait, lol), fuzzy blankets, cozy comfort foods for dinner, shopping for Christmas presents, watching festive movies, and of course indulging in holiday flavored drinks. Lattes like Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread, and Peppermint Mocha are just a few of my favs. Like so many of you out there, I want to be able to enjoy these seasonal flavors while still eating clean. I want something that is fabulously delicious and equally nourishing, and above all, I don’t […]...

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Mangia Children’s Cookbooks Review & Giveaway


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

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


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. […]...

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Pina Colada Smoothie {Frozen Treat Week}

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The final treat I’m sharing in honor of Frozen Treat Week is a real doozy. In keeping with the other two healthy treats I’ve shared for this event (3-Minute Easy Cherry-Chocolate Sorbet and Almost-Instant Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Soft Serve), today’s treat is equally healthy. And every bit as delicious. I’m not even kidding when I say that last summer I don’t think I touched a carton of ice cream once because of this smoothie. And that’s not to say that I didn’t crave ice cream....

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Almost-Instant Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Soft Serve {Frozen Treat Week}


By now I’m sure most of you have heard of banana soft serve. (If not, you will absolutely die when you try it.) Also called “yonanas”, banana soft serve is frozen banana blended with whatever flavorings (like vanilla extract, cocoa powder, espresso powder, etc.) or add-ins (like toasted almonds, coconut, chocolate chips, etc.) you like. The best part is that it has the same creamy texture as soft serve ice cream. (The first time I ever saw banana soft serve was on Gena’s brilliant blog, Choosing Raw.) As you can imagine, this delicious treat is incredibly versatile and completely perfect for when you want ice […]...

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3-Minute Easy Cherry-Chocolate Sorbet {Frozen Treat Week}


There are so many things that I make for myself on a near-daily basis that I just don’t think about sharing the recipe for. Silly things. Like this caramelized onion + goat cheese omelet, this cabbage hash + fried eggs, or this pretty little breakfast number. Or an almost-instant, healthy treat (that I promise tastes more indulgent than healthy), like this cherry-chocolate sorbet that can be easily whipped up when a sweet craving strikes....

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Fat Toad Farm’s Caramel {Giveaway}


Armed with a spoon in the kitchen can be a dangerous thing. Heading over to the pantry, there are things like peanut butter and coconut-vanilla syrup. And the fridge can be even more of a hot zone, housing spoon-able treats like pudding, custard, mousse, or jam. Or yogurt treats. And caramel. Always rich caramel, with its beautiful flavor notes....

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