Green Eggs, No Ham {Veggies for Breakfast}

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That Sam I am...that Sam I am... Do you think he would like my green eggs, no ham? Green Eggs, as in scrambled eggs, topped with a savory kale pesto sauce and a few sweet cherry tomato halves thrown in for good measure! I think if Sam I am tried these green eggs, no ham, he would feel delicious all day long. Just like I feel every time I start my morning off with veggies for breakfast. How about you? Are you a veggie eater in the morning? If not, you should try this breakfast... Green Eggs {No Ham} Topped with Cherry … [Read more...]

Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries

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When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? But what about when your garden gives you rosemary? As in lots, and lots, and lots of rosemary? You make Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries. As in a heaping batch of deliciously crispy quinoa studded polenta fries flecked with savory parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary. I first made my own version of these rosemary parmesan polenta fries a few weeks ago, after inspiration from this recipe at Kitchen Vignettes. Since I didn't have any uncooked polenta on hand, I decided to use … [Read more...]

Roasted Potato Salad Nicoise

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This is a story of a love affair between the ever so humble potato and the even humbler more humble green bean.  Alone, they are quite delicious enough in my opinion {unless said green beans come from a can-no thank you}, but marry them with diced red spring onions, kalamata olives, and a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, and golden balsamic vinegar, and they make your mouth sing with pure delight. Yellow Potatoes loaded with nutrients to promote good health.... Gorgeous "Red" Green Beans from Suzies Farm at the Hillcrest Farmers … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: A {Healthier} Peanut Butter Cup

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Happy Birthday Recipe ReDux.  You are one year old today, and what a healthy and delicious year you have had, thanks to your fabulous founders Regan and Serena and Deanna! To celebrate this month's theme, "Small Bites", I'm pairing two of my {almost daily} favorites, dark chocolate and peanut butter, with just a few other ingredients, to make a peanut butter cup, that is no less delicious than the original, but a "tad bit" on the healthier side. In this case "healthier" meaning, higher in protein, fiber, healthy fats {monounsaturates and … [Read more...]

#icecreamlove: Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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Remember this post from the other day? Where I promised you a {Part Two} surprise??? Well I wasn't sure I could make raw maple cinnamon oatmeal raisin maple pecan cookie dough any better than it already was. But, you know what? I did. And if you like ice cream, and you like oatmeal raisin cookies, you will LOVE this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Ice Cream. There's really not much to say about this creamy, oatmeal raisin cookie studded dish of deliciousness other than this... You.MUST.make.it. Trust me. Here's the … [Read more...]

{Not Rocket Science} PBJ Smoothie

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I had a craving for PBJ today.  Not the sandwich type, smooshed between two slices of bread, but, rather, the ice cold smoothie type, poured in to a glass and sipped with a straw, or spooned in to one's mouth depending upon the desired level of thickness. So I decided to make one, but I debated sharing it with you, because, really, making a PBJ smoothie isn't rocket science... One thing led to another, and this got me thinking about my father, a nuclear physicist, who wears a t-shirt that says "I really am a rocket scientist" Yes.  He … [Read more...]

#pastalove: Baked Enchilada Pasta

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So... What are you celebrating today? Are you donning a sombrero, a serape, and searching for your last shaker of salt? Are you cheering the ponies on to victory? Or, are you chowing down on a big bowl of delicious pasta??? Me? I'm doing all three :-) Happy Cinco de Mayo/Kentucky Derby/#Pastalove! In honor of this months pasta love fest, and Cinco de Mayo, I created a baked enchilada pasta dish that's partly based off of this recipe for enchiladas negras I whipped up last weekend for a party at our house. And, for the Kentucky Derby … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Leek and Potato Soup with Spring Pea Shoots

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Spring has sprung, and tasty veggies are sprouting up everywhere.  We're talking leeks, scallions, garlic scapes, pea shoots, and ramps.  Oh, and lets not forget my beloved asparagus, and childhood favorite, rhubarb {at least in my mom's delicious pie!} Thanks to Katie at Healthy Bites, this month's Recipe ReDux theme is "The First Shoots of Spring." With all these gorgeous green spring veggies at my disposal, it was hard to choose one to cook with, but I finally settled upon making a dish with one that I hadn't eaten in a very, very long … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Springtime Asparagus Quiche & a Sneak Peek at NZ!

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Phone booth in gorgeous Arrowtown, New Zealand Kia ora. I am happy to be back home after a fabulous 2 weeks in New Zealand! I have a fun post planned in the next few days to share my photos and travel adventures with you, but, a girl's gotta eat {maybe a little less than usual this week after eating my way through New Zealand :-)}, so here's my weekly menu plan, plus a couple of sneak peek photos. Cheers! Spicy RD Weekly Menu Plan April 16-22 DAY ONE Springtime Asparagus Quiche Roasted cherry tomatoes. {Slice cherry tomatoes … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Chinese Aubergine and Bell Pepper Pizza with Cheddar and Fresh Herbs

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What do you do when you receive a package of creamy reduced fat Cabot cheese in the mail, and you are given the opportunity to create a recipe for the Recipe ReDux Contest sponsored by Cabot, using said cheese, plus a "new to you" vegetable, grain, or fruit you have never tried before? You panic. Yes, that's what you do. Not because you can't figure out a fabulously cheesy dish to make. No. As a self-proclaimed cheese lover, I can think of a zillion hundred and one ways to eat it. It's just finding a "new to me" grain, veggie, … [Read more...]

Kitchen Homework, Quinoa Casserole, and My Weekly Menu Plan

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This recipe comes to you courtesy of Lauren Slayton of Foodtrainers. You see, last month, Lauren assigned her readers a little kitchen homework which you can read about here. And, because I have so much time on my hands a strange desire to do homework, I diligently entered this on to my "To Do" list, in order to hold myself accountable. Accountability is a good thing :-) Actually there were two assignments: Use a neglected orphaned kitchen appliance. Cook 1-2 recipes from a cookbook you haven't used or haven't used in a … [Read more...]

Lemony Kale, Pasta, and Pistachio Salad

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I'm convinced this world is made up of mixers and non-mixers. Me.  I'm a mixer. And if I weren't a mixer, I never would have come up with this light and refreshing combo of kale, pasta, and pistachio nuts dressed in a lemony vinaigrette. It all started last week, when I was set to make this lovely Kale Salad with Pistachio Nuts from Deanna at Teaspoon Communications that I had pinned on to my "Healthy Recipes to Make" board. The plan was to serve it with a simple pasta-gluten-free pasta tossed in olive oil, minced garlic, salt and … [Read more...]

Food Bloggers Virtual New Year’s Eve and My 12 Favorite Recipes from 2011!

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Happy New Year's Eve my friends! {Or, for those of you reading this in 2012, Happy New Years!!!} What better way to celebrate the new year, than with a party??? {A huge thank you to Lora from Cake Duchess, and Sanjeeta from LiteBite for hosting this virtual party...to Junia from Mis Pensamientos for coordinating the partiers...and to Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet for her lovely and festive logo design!} So what will we be serving at this party you may be asking??? Why a bit of champagne the bubbly, of course, and for those of you … [Read more...]

Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake {Original and Gluten-Free} for #NellysBigDay

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I'm so excited to be celebrating a special occasion with you all today, and I hope you will join myself and all the other fun and fabulous bloggers in celebrating #NellysBigDay today with a virtual Bridal Shower for my lovely blogging and Twitter friend,  Marnely Rodriguez of Cooking With Books. Here's how it all started... “And …I said YESSSSS!” It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @nella22. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M”,as she sweetly … [Read more...]

#cookielove: Miss Hull’s German Spice Cookies

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Welcome to #cookielove! I'm so happy to be one of the hosts again for this month's #love bloghop. And lucky you, in honor of the holiday season, this month's theme is #coookielove! For those of you who have already started my December Fitness Challenge, surely you deserve a cookie {or two} for all your hard work! And, for those of you not doing the challenge... It's the holiday season and I simply CAN'T deny you a cookie, but promise me, pretty please, that you'll try and get some good workout sessions in this holiday season.  … [Read more...]