Winter

Butter Almond Skillet Cake

August 27, 2012 Breakfast

This recipe is borrowed from one of my favorite food bloggers, Bella Eats. It was introduced as part of her new creative project, Beyond the Flavor, which features the stories behind the meals we eat. It’s an amazing project that I encourage you to check out. As for this cake, it is perfection. Deliciously simple. [...]

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Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Chips

April 23, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

Last week, my husband bought a bag of baked apple chips from Whole Foods. They tasted amazing and the ingredients seemed surprisingly simple. As this blog is all about simple foods, I had to make my own. I caution you that the baking time required for these chips is several hours. It’s not ideal, but [...]

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Citrus Fish Tacos with Grapefruit and Avocado Salsa

February 11, 2012 Dinner

When I lived in Charleston, SC, my friends and I would cruise out to Sullivan’s Island regularly to spend an afternoon on the beach. Nearly every trip consisted of a stop at Poe’s Tavern for fish tacos. We’d grab a table in the sunshine, order up a few beers and some tacos, and watch the [...]

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Mushroom, Leek, and Rosemary Soup

February 6, 2012 Dinner

  Please forgive that there aren’t as many pictures in this post as usual. I made this soup a few weeks ago for “ladies’ night” and got so carried away with chatting and sipping wine that I sort of forgot about my camera. Oops! Initially, I contemplated a mushroom and leek tart, but as the [...]

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Brown Sugar and Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

January 29, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

One of the foods we enjoyed most on our honeymoon was rice pudding. We ate buckets full in Istanbul. It’s one of those desserts that sort of gets forgotten about or skipped over on for more exotic temptations on the menu. Compared with some of the fancier desserts with fussy ingredients, rice pudding can seem [...]

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Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

January 13, 2012 Salads

Grapefruit is currently in season and I couldn’t be happier about it. There’s something warm and bright about citrus in the winter, no? It almost makes you forget about the freezing, icy air outside.  About a week ago,  I got a sudden craving, picked up a bag of juicy, ruby reds and ploughed through them [...]

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Lightened-up Gingerbread

January 11, 2012 Breakfast

I feel as though I’ve been doing a ton of baking lately. Every weekend, I find myself in the kitchen, up to my elbows in flour, egg, and sugar. Don’t even ask about the state of my favorite apron. I’ve been trying little experiments to make goodies without sugar, or gluten- free, or vegan. But [...]

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Mozzarella and Black Olive Minestrone

January 2, 2012 Favorites

Look what I scored. I’m a huge fan of olives- any color, any type. I can’t get enough of that salty, briny goodness. This month, Lindsay Olives is celebrating a “Life Should Taste Good” event with Kitchen PLAY and they’ve asked me to join in the celebration. My job for the big event was to [...]

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White Chocolate and Peppermint Pretzel Crisps

December 18, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

I saw some of these at Whole Foods and decided to make my own at home. Call me Scrooge, but I’m not big on shelling out for easy-to-make snacks like this. I’d rather whip them up in my kitchen.   Plus, this is the perfect treat to make for friends and coworkers this holiday season. [...]

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Vegetarian “Chicken and Dumplings”

December 11, 2011 Dinner

Chicken and dumplings is one of my all-time favorite meals. It was the single biggest obstacle to my becoming a vegetarian. Life without chicken and dumplings just didn’t seem worth living. My mother is a wonderful, albeit reluctant, cook. On very rare occasions she’d make us chicken and dumplings. My heart would soar with excitement [...]

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