{recipe redux} Italian Carrot Salad

April 22, 2014
Italian Carrot Salad

This month’s recipe redux post is honoring treasured cookware. I could not think of a better item to showcase than my mom’s famous white serving bowl. This simple white bowl is not much to write home about; if you saw it on my table you wouldn’t think anything of it. But this nondescript bowl is […]

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{recipe} Black Bean Pasta With Olives & Cauliflower

April 9, 2014
black bean pasta with olives and cauliflower 1

I found this black bean spaghetti at Costco. Surprisingly, it’s organic, gluten-free and pretty much clean eats. There are only 2 ingredients: black beans and water. Can’t get much cleaner than that, right? How does it taste? I was thinking that, too. So much so I never thought I would actually make this pasta. I have […]

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{recipe} Green Papaya and Carrot Salad

April 4, 2014
Green Papaya and Carrot Salad

Have you ever had green papaya? If you’ve ever eaten at a Thai restaurant, you probably have. Green papaya is actually just unripened papaya. It has a super mild, almost tasteless flavor that becomes sweet and crispy once it’s massaged with dressing. Ryan and I made this Thai-inspired salad at our Detox Kitchen cooking class last […]

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Sweet Apricot & Almond Granola

March 27, 2014
Apricot and Almond Granola

I’ve never made granola before. Not sure why, I just never thought I would like it. I had no idea I was totally missing out. I made this apricot granola as a request from the hubby, who was mesmerized by Bobby Flay whipping some up on The Food Network. He only recorded the last 5 […]

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Apricot Orange Energy Bars

March 24, 2014
Apricot Orange Energy Bars

This weekend I did some snack prep! Much more fun than dinner prep, right? I had some dried apricots that needed using and settled on these apricoty, orangey pecan and almond bars with a sinful orange icing. I’m eating one right now with some tea, and it’s quite the perfect breakfast. Not too sweet, not too […]

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Creamy Potato & Corn Chowder

March 8, 2014

Disclosure: I received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. When you think of potato and corn chowder, what do […]

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Pistachio, Dates and Smoked Salmon Plate

February 1, 2014
pistachio pairing

Disclosure: By posting this pairing I am entering a contest sponsored by Pistachio Health Institute and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Ever wonder what goes well with in-shell pistachios? I have, and I know the answer. I’ve been in the kitchen playing with pistachios! Why? […]

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{recipe} Salmon Lettuce Wraps with Pistachio Cream

January 30, 2014
salmon lettuce wraps with pistachio cream

I’m entering a pistachio pairing contest this weekend so I’ve been experimenting using pistachios with different foods the past week. This salmon lettuce wrap with pistachio cream is not part of the contest, but it came out so delicious I just had to share. Pistachios are a common snack in our house and a bag […]

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