It’s a Smoothie Day!

  Smoothie days are the best days at our house! This Green Drank is a quick and easy to make. I've had it for breakfast countless times and sometimes even after a small dinner to keep me full, curb my sweet tooth, and to get those last minute veggies and fruit servings in.  This recipe is

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Chickpea Salad.

Sometimes the last thing I want to do before bed is make my lunch. This recipe came together pretty quickly, while I was waiting for dinner to finish simmering one night. It's really a hodge podge of stuff from my fridge and pantry but the flavors seem to come together nicely, making a satisfying, 2

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Carmel Chicken

This recipe is OH SO GOOD. A fantastic find from the past holiday issue of Bon Appétit, I have been saving this recipe for a special occasion, but after holding onto it for months, I decided why wait? Isn't every dinner is a special occasion? Well...it certainly should be. The original recipe calls for chicken thighs and legs,

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Mozzarella & Marinara Egg Bake.

Let me start off by saying, eggs are fantastic. Fried, scrambled, hard-boiled, poached, I'll eat 'em all!  Wanting to shake things up on a slow morning, I decided to whip up a couple of egg bakes. I had been craving them since my trip to Seattle last fall. Brunch at the Fat Hen in Seattle's

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Gluten-Free Cornbread.

It's March! The beginning of a new season, March Madness, National Waffle Day (yes, that's real), and my birthday :) what's not to love about the month?! To ring in the month, I spent the day cooking up a storm - egg bakes, cauliflower chowder, and.....cornbread!  I've never been a huge fan of cornbread, but

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Almond Praline Chocolate Rochers.

Typically I'm pretty good about rationing myself with sweets, but I'm just about eating, breathing, and dreaming chocolate right now. I blame it on Girl Scout cookie season being in full swing. Thin Mints. A box of Thin Mints triggered my demise. Valentine's Day certainly didn't help either. December is typically when I go off the

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Sweet Ginger Salmon.

Seafood has always been welcome on my plate. Some of my favorite childhood dishes consisted of shrimp, salmon, and white fish. I have a great appreciation for fish and shellfish, with salmon being one of my favorites - baked, fried, smoked, or grilled! Packed with nutritional value, the oily fish, in some moderation of course, can be a fantastic part of

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Cauliflower Mash.

Searching for a quick, hearty, AND healthy side dish for dinner? Well, cauliflower mash is it! A lot of people refer to this dish as "mock" mashed potatoes, but I prefer to keep them separate. Both are very satisfying, but also very different in taste, texture, and smell. The first time I made this dish, I

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Ramen at Home.

Before I moved to San Francisco, my idea of ramen consisted of packets of Maruchan Ramen that you can buy for basically pennies. A college staple, these easy-to-make and cheap packets of ramen are riddled with sodium, monosodium glutamate (MSG), preservatives, and countless other mystery ingredients.  The first time I tried real ramen was at Ramen

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Tomato Basil Soup.

Soup is one the top foods I crave. I could eat it for days. Canned soup is a simple way to satisfy cravings, however, homemade soup is the best. This winter, I’ve made tons of soup, from a creamy butternut squash to chili. In the mood to go back to the basics for dinner, I made a

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Chicken Sausage & Rice.

My visiting friends have just left, one off to Tahoe and the other off to Los Angeles, leaving the house much too quiet for me. Over the course of their visit, we made it to Half Moon Bay, Sausalito, Bolinas, and of course, all around San Francisco. Showing them around was a welcome reminder of how stunning the

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Wonton Soup.

The weather in San Francisco has been incredible these past few days...70 degrees in January incredible.... One of my favorite things to eat in warm weather is soup. I know it sounds strange, but I love soup even more during the summer than I do in the winter.  So after a walk home that typically

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Mussels in a White Wine Sauce.

This past week has been a bit of a fantastic blur with a few of my closest friends, Vicky and Susan, in town visiting. Many laughs and smiles were shared over drinks, food, and around fireplaces all over the Bay Area.  Vicky, a wonderful cook and owner of Avocado Pesto and A Couple Travelers, both successful

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Blueberry Thyme Jam, Personalized!

As I've said before, I'm a total sucker for jam. I can't get enough of it. Making jam is so easy, however, preserving can be a little tricky, but is definitely a must for anyone that wants to make jam. Most recipes yield far too much jam to simply jar and keep in the fridge. You'll

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Blueberry Crumb Bars.

This is another great recipe from Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitten - Blueberry Crumb Bars! These deliciously, sweet and simple bars are a crowd pleaser, I promise. A word of advice from Deb, they are definitely easier to cut once chilled. It can get real messy to cut these right after they come out of the oven, or

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Holiday Eats.

December is in full swing! The past couple of weeks have been pretty hectic with holiday parties, Christmas shopping, gift exchanges, tree decorating, and working out to hedge against maybe half of the inevitable pounds gained consuming butter-smeared sweet and savory treats.   Days after returning from Tahoe, where I had a fantastic Thanksgiving with some lovely

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Strawberry Balsamic Jam.

“Happiness is like jam, you can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself”  -Anonymous I adore jam. On toast, crackers, cheese, or even just by the spoonful (I know…). I love how jam is not only delicious by itself, but also a fantastic addition to many recipes, sweet and savory. This year, I’ll

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US Half Marathon.

Another year, another half marathon. I never thought I’d run a half marathon in my life. Never had the urge to at least. Then, out of the blue, I thought why not? Living in San Francisco, I had witnessed numerous races and always loved how friends, family, and even strangers, tirelessly cheered on the runners.

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