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20 Jun recipe: juicing

I am such a fan of green smoothies, and lately I have loved juicing as well.  It is so refreshing to start my day with some fresh fruit and vegetable juice!  Juicing is so good for your body, and it is a great alternative to those processed juices that hardly contain any real juice! My current favorite juice that I can’t...

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27 Nov EASY APPETIZER: FAVORITE ARTISAN CHEESES FOR A HOLIDAY CHEESE PLATE

How many of you will be googling, “easy appetizer” over the course of the next month? I’m sure there will be many! Well, here is my favorite easy appetizer–an artisan cheese plate dotted with texture, color and great cheese. The first step to creating a well-executed cheese plate is choosing a cheese that most people will enjoy....

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15 Nov EASY HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PUREE

When it comes to canned pumpkin, I opt for the organic store brand at Whole Foods because the color is brighter and I feel like the flavor is more fresh than Libbys. But every now and then I decide to put the cans of pumpkin aside and make my baked goods extra special with homemade pumpkin puree. It’s really not...

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31 Oct ICED PUMPKIN COOKIES WITH QUATRES ÉPICES

Okay…it’s a theme this month…quatres épices. You’ve seen it a couple of times already and you are now seeing it again in these iced pumpkin cookies. The pepper element adds a nice kick and makes the cookie memorable! Iced Pumpkin Cookies with Quatres Épices adapted from Martha Stewart; makes about 4 dozen Cookies: 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 1/2...

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23 Oct ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH WITH QUATRES ÉPICES + CRISPY SAGE

Recently, a friend posted a ditty on instagram about delicata squash and its goodness. The very next day I hit the grocery store and found one to start experimenting with that afternoon. After preparing it a couple of different ways, I decided that this was my preferred way to eat it. So delicious and so autumnal. Roasted Delicata Squash with Quatres...

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16 Oct QUATRE ÉPICES

I love a good spice mix and the classic “quatres épices” is at the top of my list. Meaning, “four spices” in French, this traditional spice mix is a lively addition to both sweet and savory dishes–think soup, chocolate or a nice roast. It’s got just the right amount of kick, thanks to the pepper; and the perfect hint of...

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09 Oct HOMEMADE SUGAR PUMPKIN PURÉE

If you want to elevate your pumpkin dessert a little, jump from Libbys to the organic purée at Whole Foods. If you really want to amp things up (at your pumpkin party of course), then take a short period of time and make your own purée. It adds so much flavor and depth–you’ll wonder why you haven’t done...

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21 Sep Goat Cheese Roasted Pepper Crostini

I recently picked up a bunch of bell peppers from our local farmers market. I came home and roasted peppers for sauces, pizza, and this Goat Cheese Roasted Pepper Crostini. The peppers are stunning on top of toasted bread with creamy goat cheese. I also added freshly chopped basil from our herb garden. This easy crostini recipe is perfect...

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11 Sep SPARKLING APPLE GINGER CIDER WITH FRESH SAGE

Last month my husband and I were invited to a Diner en Blanc, and one of my assignments for the pop-up-picnic-in-white was drinks. Craving an apple/sage combination, I put together a non-alcoholic drink in literally 5 minutes–I love the flexibility that drinks allow! Next time, I plan on making a few of these ahead of time–instead of just...

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06 Sep ROASTED FIGS WITH CHÈVRE AND BLACK PEPPER HONEY

Figs are an amazing fruit and I don”t believe I entirely appreciated them until I was well into adulthood. Such a shame, I know. They are not only one of the richest fruits out there, but they are absolutely exquisite in appearance. I never tire of cutting open a fig and appreciating the delicate, perfectly-colored flesh. ...

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