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Whole-Grain Bran Muffins

whole grain bran muffins

My current morning routine includes a cup of my absolutely-necessary-and-don’t-even-try-to-reason-with-me-until-I’ve-had-it coffee. And one of these Whole Grain Bran Muffins. I’ll savor one while I linger over “quiet time” to start the day – or eat one en route to an early morning meeting.

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Gougères {Gruyere Cheese Puffs}

Gougere Cheese PUff

 

There are some meals where dinner rolls or a simple baguette just won’t do. You want something impressive – but it would be GREAT if it was also easy. These Gougères are both.

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Drop Sugar Cookies {What Love Tastes Like}

drop sugar cookies

I don’t remember ever being in a hurry when staying with “Grandma Lets Me.” {Nor do I remember who first called her that – though it obviously came from the defense my siblings and I used to explain to our parents why their rules were silly and should be ignored. “But Grandma lets me…!!!”}
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Coconut Cookies

coconut cookies

If you remember the scene in Castaway where Tom Hanks first attempts to open a fresh coconut, you’ll get an idea of how much I went through to bring you these Coconut Cookies! {Don’t worry, the recipe doesn’t require you to do this!}

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Wild Salmon, Orzo & Arugula Pesto en Papillote

salmon orzo arugula pesto en papillote

You’re looking for something impressive – yet simple; healthy – but full of flavor. This Wild Salmon, Orzo & Arugula Pesto en Papillote from Food & Wine magazine just might become your new go-to entree. Continue Reading →

Champagne Chicken & Asparagus

 

champagne chicken asparagus

I was fortunate to grow up in a home where family meal time was not the exception, it was the rule.  {And I mean rule!} I say “fortunate” in hindsight, because I wasn’t always so grateful for the ritual, although now I consider it a huge gift.   Continue Reading →

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

Our friends know that when they come to our house for dinner, they are going to be guinea pigs. While I love having a bunch of tried-and-true recipes, I am always looking to add to my repertoire. And if I have a weak area, it’s dessert. So when I needed ideas for a recent gathering, Husband suggested I try Boston Cream Pie. Continue Reading →

Chocolate-Cayenne Cocktail Cookies

chocolate cayenne cocktail cookiesOK, first of all, these are not for dessert. So you can’t paint me with the “she claims to eat healthy, but she’s posting all these naughty desserts” brush. Hence the phrase “cocktail cookies.”

I don’t have many home-runs my first time “at bat” with a recipe, but this one was out of the park. Continue Reading →

Healthy Chips :: Pears & Sweet Potatoes & Bananas, oh my!

pear chips

How’s that healthy-eating New Year’s Resolution going for you? If you’re like most people who make one, there’s a 29% chance that it’s faded into a distant memory already. I don’t know about you, but the hardest part of trying to eat healthy is finding snacks that don’t “break the bank” calorie or carb-wise.  I crave something with CRUNCH.  Enter Pear Chips – and Sweet Potato Chips, and Kale Chips and yes, Banana Chips. Continue Reading →

Spaghetti Squash w/ Parmesan & Fresh Herbs

spaghetti squash with parmesan and fresh herbs - plated

I can’t say enough about this humble vegetable. I love pasta, but this squash is a delicious {and nutritious} substitute for noodles in a lot of dishes – including spaghetti and meatballs. And, it easily stands alone as a side dish with little more than some sautéed shallots and seasoning. This Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan and Fresh Herbs is a great example.

If you’re trying to cut back on carbs, or if you just want to have some healthy alternatives to your typical side dishes, you won’t find a more versatile vegetable. Continue Reading →