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 out its ability to handle frozen solids.

Time for smoothies!!! And this Dark Sweet Cherry + Banana Smoothie was JUST what I needed to get completely in the mood for summer.Continue Reading

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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Caramelized Onion + Avocado Quesadilla

Hmmm what to make for lunch on a rainy afternoon while snuggling on the couch and watching college football?  Answer: too many good options to choose.  This is the kind of lunch that I am partial to right now, though.  It’s warm, crispy, colorful and full of fresh veggies.  It’s a Caramelized Onion + Avocado […]

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Fall House-Warming Brunch (Females only!)

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When someone moves into a new living space, I cannot emphasize how important it is to honor the transition to the fullest extent.  House warming parties are clearly the obvious way to do so, but there are a number of directions you can take with this type of an event.  What’s most important is to […]

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