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Penne Pasta with Cheddar Cheese, Avocado and Lime

You guys have probably noticed at the bottom of many of my posts this note: Affiliate links were used in this post, but only to link to items I would be discussing and linking to in any case. Chances are you know what this means, but in case you don’t, basically I earn pennies every time you purchase something at Amazon (all of my affiliate links are to Amazon) after heading there through a link on my site. It comes at no cost to you and I absolutely only use it to link to cookbooks, tools and ingredients I am discussing. [keep reading to whet your appetite]


Kale Salad with Peaches and Blue Cheese

by Laura on August 28, 2014

Massaged Kale Salad with Dates, Candy Onions, Blue Cheese and Peaches

I have a new obsession. And yes, I realized I am waaaaay late to the party on this one. It is not because I think kale is gross or that I would not like kale salads. I ate them cheerfully when they were served to me. But massaging the kale? It just sounded a little weird. [keep reading to whet your appetite]


Low Sugar, Raw Apple Pie Muesli

I am bone deep tired. Which is sad, because I would really have liked to have started the oats for this dish tonight, so I could eat it come morning. I made it a few weeks ago and have been craving it again ever since. And goodness knows it is easy enough! I have no excuse! But hey I sent my daughter over to her friend’s house today at 10:30 am…. for a play date that started at 1:30 pm. Yeah. That kind of day, and that kind of week. [keep reading to whet your appetite]


Whole Wheat Honey Spiced Apple Breakfast Bundtlettes: #BundtBakers

August 21, 2014

Do you react to danger, so to speak, after the danger has passed? Are you calm and collected until it is over, and that is when you break down or otherwise react? That’s me. I got the clean bill of health and “don’t come back” from the oncologist today, and somehow the entire day was […]

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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Zucchini and Almonds: Creative Cookie Exchange

August 19, 2014

We are in sugar shock here right now. Not really, but close. Alex got a bee in her bonnet about the fact that she never got mousse for her birthday (I refer you to our birthday mousse tradition) but I needed to make cookies for Creative Cookie Exchange and then I also needed cake for […]

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Thai Stir Fried Vermicelli with Ground Beef, Pepper and Basil; Review of Thailand the Cookbook

August 15, 2014

Apparently I have been all about the stir fried noodles this month, starting with the noodles in the peanut butter sauce.  They just seem so easy. A friend of mine told me when she had comparable surgery that she was cranky for a long time–well that definitely describes me. Cranky. Ergo, easy is good.

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Stewed Plum Swirled Bundt Cake or Cake of Wine Poached Plums; Review of Roast Lamb in the Olive Grove

August 10, 2014

This cake was delicious, but not at all what the author intended, ergo the two titles, one matching the pictures and one matching the recipe instructions. And honestly, because I am still tired and cranky from the surgery, I suspect the error was mostly mine. But I cannot wait any longer to tell you about […]

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Noodles and Veggies Stir Fried in an Asian Peanut Butter Sauce

August 4, 2014

Proof that the brain is a muscle like any other: since my surgery, i.e., since all these weeks of not really using my brain and just reading guilty pleasure regency romances (yes I admit it!), I have writer’s block. Maybe not big time true writer’s block, the way some long suffering novelist might get, but […]

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Blueberry Delight with Lemon Cream: Using Community Cookbooks

July 30, 2014

Bet you guys thought I forgot all about using those community cookbooks. I might have too, except I had already chosen the next one before I went in for the surgery. I picked it back up these past few days, determined to find a dessert to make. And came up with something truly original

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