strawberry-mango smoothie

The smoothie — a super healthy drink, right? Not so fast. Smoothies, especially the ones you can order at many nationwide chains, aren’t really that great for you. They’re filled with tons of additives, including sugars and “juice blends” that aren’t really all-natural, and calories, despite being marketed as healthy, fruit-filled drinks. I’m not saying […]

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ice, ice, baby

If you’re looking for quick and easy ice cream recipes, buy (or borrow) this book. Seriously! Before I borrowed “No-Churn Ice Cream” by Leslie Bilderback from the library, I’d experimented with coffee, caramel fudge ripple and blackberry no-churn ice creams. The coffee turned out amazing; the others were a major letdown. Until this book, I […]

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have it your way

If you like quick, versatile recipes that make dinner a cinch after a long day at work, then this might be the one for you. I love it because you can swap out proteins and add in tons of additional fresh veggies like bell peppers. So check it out: shrimp pad Thai recipe by Food & […]

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pure and simple

You may have noticed a bit of a trend in my savory food — a lack or de-emphasis on vegetables. It’s not that I hate them; I do, however, find them … well secondary to my cravings for meat. But I am trying to change that. And lucky me, the food writer at my newspaper was […]

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bang!

I like these dishes because they’re super light but also flavor-packed.  Panko-parm cauliflower recipe by Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen.  Skinny bang bang shrimp recipe by Recipe Diaries. 

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the simple things

These Asian steak kebabs and corn on the cob are pure simplicity.  Recipe by Julie’s Eats & Treats here. 

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meringue mashup

Much of my professional and personal life includes hours on end scrolling through and reading stories online. You’d think I’d see tons of items that interest me, but it’s rare something captures my attention enough for me to click through it for a read. It’s even more rare that I find something that really inspires […]

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you mousse try this

Science says much about how the mind works, like how the most creative people tend to stay up late. And that’s me. Often I find myself struggling to sleep as idea after idea flows through my mind when I lay down. And that’s how this recipe came to me. Well, not this recipe exactly — […]

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ready to roll

There are only a handful of foods I can remember experiencing for the first time as a child. Some memories are in the kitchen with my mom; others linger on the taste of something new. To this day, one of my strongest food memories takes me back to middle school, when I practically lived at church between […]

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do the mashed potato

There’s nothing better than comfort food after a shitty day. For me, that sometimes means Chinese takeout or brownies. When the stress and emotions hit this week, I began craving steak and potatoes. I’m not likely to rock your world with my steak — although it’s damn good seared in a cast iron skillet full of butter […]

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a crabtivating snack

I hate cream cheese. There, I said it. But before you get your social media pitch forks out, let me qualify my first statement. Like all other cheeses, I cannot eat it uncooked. Why? Not sure. Maybe it is a chemical change in taste and texture after cooking. Even then, I find an excess of […]

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we go together like …

I’m never one to turn down a good deal. And that includes food. You’ve already seen the photo, so you know where this is going. Scallops. Honestly, I cannot resist. I love scallops, and I don’t even live near an ocean so I’ve only had fresh ones a couple of times. Still, they beckon me. […]

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caught up in the cauliflower craze

There’s no denying: Cauliflower is having its moment. Cauliflower rice. Cauliflower grits. Cauliflower steak. Fried cauliflower. Mashed cauliflower. Roasted cauliflower. For many, it’s a low-carb substitute. Me, I just love its versatility; that it’s healthier is a bonus. Cauliflower can be “meaty” substitution to a protein, a flavorful side, or a replacement for certain starches […]

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churn, churn, churn — not!

  Ask almost any of my family or friends about their favorite dessert and they’ll cite ice cream as the top contender. Not me, though. I’ve always gone for brownies or cake first. But lately — and I am convinced it’s undue influence of my sister and niece — I’ve been craving ice cream. In fact, I’ve […]

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bowled over

Never go shopping with an 8-year-old. Despite being warned that we planned only to buy items for her class’ Valentine’s Day party, my niece immediately began identifying one thing after another she hoped my sister would add to our Hobby Lobby basket. But I’m to blame for the brownie bowls. As we wandered the store, a […]

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