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The Multiple Personalities of Coffee

Do you like your coffee with a shot of Kahlua? Do you take it extra large, put it on the tab? Are you a coffee snob who’ll only drink coffee that’s been French pressed? Coffee lovers come in all shapes and sizes, and with good reason. It can be decadent, it can be straightforward, it can get the job done or provide a lovely afternoon respite. However you take it, let’s agree that coffee is awesome and you should love every […]

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Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Easier said than done, right? We get it. It’s the holidays and desserts are all over your office and there’s nothing better than getting home to the smell of something sweet and savory cooking on the stove. It’s ok to enjoy yourself and have a sweet treat, but don’t let the holidays be your excuse for weight gain! There are strategies you can use to prevent those unwanted pounds from piling on before the New Year. Get started today.  

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Eating Healthy on Independence Day

This 4th of July, don’t let your bikini bod fall by the wayside – pay attention to the food you eat and party the right way with healthy, whole food alternatives to the usual fare. Who said healthy eating wasn’t fun?

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In my opinion, every cook needs to know how to make a basic, yet delicious, creamy mushroom sauce. So here you go! I like to used organic cremini mushrooms and find they give the sauce a great flavor. In addition to the mushrooms, you will need heavy cream, milk, thyme, and garlic. After sautéing the mushrooms and allowing them to simmer in cream for a few minutes, I like to transfer half of the mixture to a Magic Bullet cup […]

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Pudding has become my girls FAVORITE dessert. We are always trying new recipes and creations with different toppings, but I think we all agreed that chocolate was the best. This pudding is definitely rich and decadent. But making memories with my girls while making food is one of my favorite things! Rich Chocolate Blender Pudding Ingredients 12 ounce package chocolate chips 1/3 cup white sugar 3 large eggs 1 c. heavy cream or full fat coconut milk, scalded hot 1 tb. […]

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It took me many years to perfect my favorite quiche recipe, always striving for the best texture and flavors. This is my go-to quiche recipe that turns out perfect every time. Quiche is always a nice addition to the breakfast table, but equally nice when paired with a salad for lunch or dinner. I think of baking a quiche in 3 steps: the crust (if you are making it at home), the egg filling, and the vegetables/meat/fish filling. The crust […]

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Not all waffles need to be sweet. These cheddar waffles go great with chicken and gravy, or with a dollop of sour cream for a delicious savory side dish. You can experiment with other cheeses and herbs by adding them to this basic cheddar waffle recipe. Try adding fresh chives on top! Cheddar Waffle Recipe Ingredients 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 2 tsp baking powder 2 eggs 1 tsp salt Instructions Preheat […]

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I feel like every time my bananas turn brown, I create a new banana bread recipe with different variations. I wanted to try something different besides my typical chocolate chip banana bread. So, I browned some butter which gave the bread a hint of caramel flavor and then added one of my favorite spices. It’s almost like a little piece of the Fall Season in one recipe! Spiced Brown Butter Banana Bread Ingredients 4 ripe bananas mashed 1 cup coconut […]

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Sometimes I can’t make up my mind when it comes to choosing a flavor for chia seed pudding. My solution: make three different flavors and layer them in one cup! This layered chia seed pudding dessert is made with chocolate and vanilla almond milk and raspberry jam. For best results, let the pudding stand in the fridge overnight. The chia seeds magically thicken the almond milk creating a delicious pudding-like texture. Chocolate, Raspberry, Vanilla Chia Pudding Ingredients 1/2 banana 1 […]

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Back in the day, we used to use powder packet dip mixes for parties. Now, we love to make our own dips from scratch. This sour cream-based dip is flavored with curry powder, paprika, garlic, vegetable bouillon and fresh chives. You can serve this curry dip with a tray of vegetables or chips. What about vegetable chips? 🙂 Curry and Chive Dip Recipe Ingredients 1 cup sour cream 1 tbsp curry powder 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp vegetable bouillon 1 […]

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This butternut squash lasagna is a great vegetarian version of this popular layered pasta dish. The layers consist of a creamy, fresh butternut squash purée, a thick white sauce, cheese and lasagna noodles. I always use oven-ready lasagna noodles, which are so much easier since all you have to do is layer them in your baking dish right out of the box. You don’t have to boil them first! Be sure to cover the lasagna with foil for most of […]

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My favorite drink on a cool night is hot cocoa. The other day I had the idea of blending a banana with cocoa powder, milk and cinnamon, and warming it up in a pot. I call it, banana hot cocoa! It came out delicious. I love how the banana adds sweetness naturally to this hot cocoa drink. No extra sugar is needed. It also thickens it up, making it nice and creamy. Serve this drink hot right from the pot, […]

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I love a good egg dish any day of the week, but I don’t think I’ll ever go back to plain eggs again! Roasted veggies in a frittata is a must have, and if you have never made a frittata, have no fear! It is so simple, quick, and tasty! Feel free to add whatever roasted veggies you like, and flavor of cheese. Make it your own! Roasted Asparagus Frittata Ingredients 1 bunch asparagus, roughly chopped 2 tb. butter 4 […]

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