Quick Homemade Pickled Red Onions

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A while ago, I won $250 worth of gift cards to Amazon from work.  Jackpot, right?!  Essentially that means I had $250 to spend on anything in the entire world but when I actually decided to do some online browsing, I got completely overwhelmed and had no clue where to start.

You see, when I decide to just casually “browse” around Amazon, I start looking at some nail polish and somehow end up reading reviews of car scrapers.  After multiple hours of not making any real progress, I resolved to focus in on items for my kitchen that I’ve been wanting for a long time, one of them being a box of mason jars!!! I found a 12-pack right away, got them in the mail a few days later and have already made a number of really fun recipes using these glass jars.

Favorite thing that I’ve made in them so far: Homemade Pickled Red Onions!  The quick way. Continue Reading

Salted Caramelized Apple French Toast

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner I have a couple things on my mind and I’m guessing you’re thinking about the same things.  Of course, there are going to be celebrations that will most likely involve food, so a beautiful menu is a must.  Also, regardless of how humble and selfless our Mom intends […]

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Dark Sweet Cherry + Banana Smoothie

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It is finally getting warm enough here in Minnesota that the thought of drinking something cold doesn’t completely send shivers up and down our pale bodies.  My vitamix has been primarily used for pureed soups and warm sauces for the past 6 months and you know what?  I think it’s about time that we test […]

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BBQ Pulled Chicken-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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So it’s become abundantly clear that this partnership with Ship and Dip is going to be one of the tastiest projects I have ever done.  I’m only on the second month and I already experience Pavlovian-style salivation when that little brown box arrives at my doorstep. Whereas last month I sat, researched and brainstormed for […]

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Healthy Jalapeno Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

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I like chicken and I like salad.  Naturally, I like chicken salad and so do a lot of people that I know!  This lunchtime favorite is often associated with great taste and convenience, but most recipes lack that nutritional punch that I like my work-week lunches to “pack”. As someone who always wants the best […]

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A New Season + A New Partnership

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Ahhhhhhh Spring has finally arrived up here in Minneapolis and 30-degree weather has never felt so amazing!  I am starting off this new season with a ton of energy, a new(ish) job that I love and so many exciting things in the pipeline.  I haven’t been writing for a couple of months and it’s been […]

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Homemade Almond Spiced Latte

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Ohhhhhh my lord it is so cold here in Minnesota. I’m pretty sure we are going on a couple of consecutive weeks of below-zero temperatures with no sign of it stopping soon. Tomorrow the weather forecast boasts a sexy -25 degrees; schools are closed, businesses are closing. I am actually kind of scared. Late last […]

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Garlic, Tomato + Shitaake Egg Skillet

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Ahhhhhhh cooking on the weekends.   Part of what I love most about Saturday mornings is that I get to slowly wander into the kitchen, yawn, take a look at the ingredients I have in the fridge and then make an amazing egg creation from whatever looks inspiring at the moment.  This past weekend, I […]

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Cranberry + Pomegranate Salad with Toasted Almonds

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This week I came into work one morning and one of my wonderful coworkers said “Hey, I was at the grocery store this morning and I was thinking of you. I thought you might like this.”  He handed me a pomegranate. However simple this gesture might seem, it was most thoughtful thing someone did for […]

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Maple-Roasted Rainbow Carrots

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If you go to the right grocery store, you might just be lucky enough to find a few bags of these gorgeous, organic little rainbow carrots.  They’re not super common and you’re going to have to look closely, but just trust me, it is worth a bit of a hunt. I’ve made these Maple-Roasted Rainbow […]

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Crunchy Raw Broccoli + Cashew Salad

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Wait… what’s that crunch I hear?  That beautiful sound that is so undeniably indicative of fresh food?  Well in this case, it’s broccoli.  Raw broccoli, to be exact and it’s almost gone because I have eaten my weight in this beautiful salad in the past 24 hours.  Sorry I’m not sorry that I have a […]

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Favorite Thanksgiving Photos

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The holidays are a time when there are so many beautiful things happening in the kitchen that I absolutely HAD to have my camera out this past weekend, at least for a little while.  Fresh, raw vegetables. Steamy food. Rustic pies.  Crispy turkey skin… Oh my gosh!  I feel like every three photos I snapped, […]

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Leftover Turkey Detox Salad

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So hopefully you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday and ate absolutely whatever you wanted, because I sure did.  My dinner plate was full of all of the classics; turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberries, brussel sprouts, roasted carrots… you get the point.  Our holiday focused on family, food and football and there were plenty of […]

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Pureed Butternut Squash & Leek Soup

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Wait, what?! You can make soup that looks like this in a blender? Hell yeah you can. It’s called pureeing and it’s a technique for making soup that I am so ridiculously fond of… I can’t even stand it. We all know that the health benefits of  homemade soup are off the charts.  Instead of […]

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Fall Walk in my Neighborhood

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Do you ever wander around your neighborhood with no agenda other than just getting to know the area a bit better?  Do you ever feel like you are rarely ever home and even when you get home, it’s usually dark outside?  Every couple of weeks I like to go on a little romantic selfie-date with […]

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