Layered Vegetable Spanish Tortilla

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There are countless reasons to celebrate right about now. When I look out the window in the morning I see green instead of brown, gray and white. The windows are open, the air is warm and the open-toed shoes are out of storage. After the winter we’ve had, I would take a sunny day with temps above 60 as a reason to celebrate. But this year I get a lot more than warm weather to make for special meals. Easter and Passover share the week with the Twinkle Twin’s second birthday, so it’s a big week of partying around here. … Continue reading

Dinnertime Survival Guide Giveaway

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It’s time for another giveaway! Yet again the lovely people at Cooking Light sent me a copy of their newest book: Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide by Blogger, Mom and Dietician Sally Kuzemchak. They also sent an extra copy for me to give to one of y’all! What a great book too. With Little Guy getting pickier by the day and the Twinkle Twins starting to explore their likes and dislikes every meal is a minefield at my house. The book is packed full of recipes to help me from becoming a short-order cook. There are healthy takes on family … Continue reading

60 Second Hot Fudge for Two (or Four)

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I have such a dedicated sweet tooth that I cannot keep anything sweet in the house. Cookies, cakes, pies, and ice cream disappear far too quickly. I have managed to train myself to stay away from the chocolate chips, but other than that any little scrap of chocolate that is less than 70% dark will not last. It’s not unusual for me to crave hot fudge. Warm, sweet, chocolatey, gooey and rich; hot fudge hits all the buttons. However, if I took the time and effort to make a large batch of it, I’d have to eat every last drop … Continue reading

The Pancake Kid (Chocolate Chip Muffins)

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This week’s post is a little different. A few weeks ago I responded to a Facebook post from my neighbor and friend. She was looking for a good, and somewhat healthy recipe for chocolate chip muffins for her son, who we are calling P.K. in this post. P.K. has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and eats almost nothing. For him to want to eat anything other than pancakes and Ensure is a miracle, so when she told me he wanted these muffins, I grabbed my mixer and got to work. Little Guy and P.K. are good friends and love to play … Continue reading

Lean Mushroom Steakhouse Burger with Blue Cheese Coleslaw

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Remember when you were a child and laughed all the time, a hard laugh where milk shot out your nose and your french fries flew across the room? It’s pretty normal for kids, isn’t it? What about us grown-ups? Why don’t we get to laugh that hard? Why don’t we breakout in a fit of giggles so hard we get hiccups? I’m a pretty happy person, and I’m lucky enough to be married to a man that makes me laugh all the time, but I haven’t had a really great laugh in so long that I couldn’t tell you what … Continue reading

Cooking Light Global Kitchen Giveaway

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As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Cooking Light magazine. I am a member of their blogger community and make their recipes at home on a regular basis. I love their healthy take on classics as well as the vast array of ethnic recipes adapted for easy at-home preparation. Their newest cookbook is a real standout. Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World’s Most Delicious Food Made Easy is jam-packed with amazing recipes. The book is written by David Joachim, the New York Times bestselling author and writer of more than 40 cookbooks. I don’t gush over things people … Continue reading

Whole Wheat Coco Bread

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Traditional coco bread is a wonderful creation. It’s a rich, thick bread or sandwich roll usually served stuffed with Caribbean favorites like Jamaican beef patties or jerk meats. It’s crusty on the outside and uber-soft and starchy on the inside. It has the texture of a dense challah and a slightly-sweet rich flavor that makes you instantly want to make french toast. It’s a blast of white flour in a really good way. We discovered coco bread on our recent trip to Turks and Caicos when we ate (multiple times) at Chinson’s Grill Shack. This photo of Chinson’s Grill Shack … Continue reading

Let’s Move Celebrates 4 Years

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On seeing my house for the first time, my Mother’s first reaction was that she was glad it had a circle. The circle; a the loop made by walking from the living room down the 1st floor hallway, through the kitchen and dining room and back to the living room; was very important if we wanted to raise our children in this home. I admit it was one attribute missing from my must-have list. A garage, a big yard, a nice kitchen, storage space and updated bathrooms were all on the list, but a circle was no where to be … Continue reading

Coconut Chicken (or Fish) with Warm Mango Rum Chutney

Coconut Chicken with Warm Mango Rum Chutney

This is the story of me and a big-ole fish I decided I could scale, fillet and skin while vacationing in Turks & Caicos, British West Indies. It was a grouper of unknown type and weighed about five pounds; I called him Mr. Grouper. Mr. Grouper spent that morning swimming around in the waters around Providenciales – until he was caught by a local fisherman and sold to the local fish plant which turned around and sold him to me. I had my choice, $7/pound as is, or $18/pound filleted. Well, five pounds is not big for a grouper, but … Continue reading

Chocolate Covered Cherry Marzipan

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These little gems started with my love for marzipan. As a child my father would return from business trips to Austria with small boxes of Mozartkugel for me. This was the beginning of a lifelong addiction to the sweet nut paste. In Italy I drooled for much much too long over the confectionery shop windows full of marzipan fruits, then carefully munched away at a perfect cluster of marzipan cherries. Since then, I’ve thought about those marzipan cherries frequently. I’ve often wished there was a way to make those little marzipan dream balls at home, and hmmmm, maybe even cherry … Continue reading

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