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Buffalo Chicken Pizza, YUM

I have never been into buffalo wings (the tendons and skin and weird part of the chicken freak me out), but I have found a fondness for hot wing sauce. In fact, I think it might be the greatest condiment out there. It is rich in flavor and spicy, but usually not too spicy, and […]

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Ginger Pound Cake

I stay motivated to cook by cooking new dishes as often as possible. When you repeat the same dish over and over, it can become monotonous and not seem as exciting a project. I find that when you make something new, there is always an element of mystery to it that keeps me motivated. Anything […]

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Cook a Coq au Vin Blanc

When the snow is good as it has been, it’s very hard to take time out of your busy ski schedule to cook. So, I like to be efficient and concentrate my cooking efforts into one afternoon. Most people I know who don’t cook don’t cook because they don’t know how to, but time management […]

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Curried Red Lentil Coconut Soup

I am a big fan of the Meatless Mondays concept. This worldwide movement is practiced by people in almost 30 countries and attempts to remove meat from your diet for at least one day (Monday) every week. There are many global and heath benefits to this practice. Cutting out animal products from your diet at […]

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Spicy Sausage and Kale Lasagna

I don’t often like to give long, detailed recipes in this column. I find that when a recipe has a lengthy ingredient list and/or really long instructions, it can be a turn off from wanting to make it. This recipe, while longer and in more steps than many others I offer, is well worth the […]

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Almond Butter Yogurt Fruit Parfait

During the holidays there were a lot of special meals in our family. Starting with Christmas Eve, we served a smoked turkey, garlic green beans, macaroni and cheese, relish and chutney and a Honey Baked ham. Then again on Christmas night, we prepared another spread of beef tenderloin, Boursin cheese and kale mashed potatoes, winter […]

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Italian-ish Black Bean and Kale Soup

Recently, I went to the grocery store without much of a plan. I knew I wanted to make a healthy soup, as we had recently been on vacation and eating more than our normal share of sweets and indulgent food. This unpreparedness can result in one of two results: leaving the store with nothing that […]

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Homemade Snickers

Until recently I purposely didn’t own a candy thermometer. I don’t like to make anything that I have to watch over, measure very precisely and cook technically and perfectly, following a recipe exactly. But, that said, occasionally I am up for a challenge. I sometimes hang out with my friend’s teenager when she is out […]

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Twice-Baked Potatoes with Spinach, Boursin and Smoked Turkey

This time of year, I’d rather not leave the house when I don’t have to. So, it’s time to dig through the cupboards to see what I’ve got and pull together dinner without getting out of my sweatpants! Thankfully, I keep a pretty full pantry and refrigerator. This night, I had a bag of locally […]

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Cioppino Makes Great Birthday Dish

Though I hate making a big deal of my birthday, I love contributing to the fun of others who are up for celebrating. And nothing makes a birthday more special than a special meal. For the recent birthday I was celebrating with a good friend, something special was in order. She was turning her “scary […]

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Sriracha Slaw

I recently visited a spa for a few nights. At Rancho La Puerta the food was fresh from the garden for the most part, full of whole grains such as quinoa and farro, and primarily vegan and fat free. It was a bit of a shock to the system and a rude awakening that I […]

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Indoor S’mores

Summer is not over just yet, but the weather is changing and the amount of dinners outdoors are limited.  So I have created an indoor version of a favorite campfire dessert: the s’more. I don’t make a ton of desserts. Frankly, I am usually too full after dinner to eat it. I do, however, sometimes […]

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Spicy Cilantro Lime Dressing

In the summer, I can’t get enough of salads. Is this statement redundant? I literally eat so many salads I can’t remember how many times I have written about them, but when you get creative with them, there is nothing boring or repetitious about a salad. I remember when we first started dating, and I […]

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Learning to Make Arepas

Earlier this summer, I went to visit my cousin in Denver. Our farmers markets hadn’t started yet, so I was excited to see that Denver had several options to check out. We hit the one closest to her house on a Sunday morning. While the number of produce vendors was slim, the food truck scene […]

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