Rustic Bean Soup with Pesto

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Did anyone else see that whirlwind of craziness that just passed through this weekend? I’m pretty sure I have a weeks worth of scrubbing to do before I can even think about bringing out the holiday boxes. Part of me really wishes I could skip the cleaning part and just throw glitter all over everything. To top it off, I decided that traveling to Mixed this next weekend would be just the pre-holiday why-am-I-not-planning-or-checking-lists-twice kind of stress inducer relief I needed. No really, I’m excited to go. The drive through Virginia alone will me me super happy. I hope you all had a much more […]

Tilapia with Black Bean and Avocado Relish

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It’s all about moderation. At least I think so. At which point I should take the time to mention that I am not a nutritionist. A friend of mine is taking great steps in to  getting himself back into shape and is trying to work on his diet. He got caught in the routine of working long hours and the convince of pre-made, pre-packaged foods fit into his schedule just fine. But that lifestyle can catch up with you and he has decided to stand up and make a change. I really admire his choice to change, but I acknowledge that it’s a hard fight. […]

Grilled Chicken with Wild Rice Salad

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The phone just rang. It was the kettle calling to call the pot black. See, I’m the first one to whine and complain when I see Christmas Pins or pumpkins lining the aisles in July. I want to enjoy summer, the whole length of it, without feeling rushed into the holiday season. But what I didn’t know what that there was a tiny silent alarm in the back of my head that is triggered immediately after my birthday. Suddenly there’s an ominous black cloud threatening that I may not be able to share all of my awesome grill recipes with you before […]

Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts

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There is a way early morning smells that I can’t put into words. It’s clean and damp, fresh and alive. It’s a smell that you only get when its too early for heavy eyelids to be outside and moving about. I smelled it for the first time in a long time the other morning and was brought back to my childhood and fishing trips. Before the sun rises, the boat was hooked to the back of the truck and I was tucked into my seat getting ready for a day on the water with my father (who must have been […]

Fajita Stew

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Did any of you tune in for the new show on Discovery channel, Doomsday Preppers about the people who live their lives prepping for world destruction and the business that capitalizes on their fears by selling them ‘bunkers’? Cuz I did. Wow. Our world is pretty screwed up at the moment, there is a lot going on all over the place. There are countless things to be afraid of, and that’s what this show is about. Not one type of fear, but all – from war to electromagnetic pulses from the sun that will send all of our satellites pluming into our atmosphere. I’m […]

Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sides

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There’s a few things in life I am grateful for since this is the week of Thanksgiving we should probably talk about them. I can think of three things in particular brought up the top of my head, my two small crock-pot and in my one large one. There’s not much you can’t take on in a kitchen with three crock-pots running on high. So, the other day when Pillsbury sent me an e-mail saying they could streamline some Thanksgiving recipes by making them in the crock-pot I rewrote this week’s menu of posts, and ran to the grocery store. […]

Black Bean Brownies – They Can’t All be Winners

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They can’t all be winners, right? As far as recipes go, this one was a failure for me. And frankly, it would be unrealistic to assume everything that comes out of my kitchen is covered in awesomesauce. Truth be told, it’s not. I spend time picking apart even the dishes I get the most compliments on. Jotting down my thoughts and notes in cookbooks, on scraps of paper or here on the computer on how to better the recipe the next time around. I burn chicken, experiment with foods that Handsome pushes around his plate trying to make disappear, and […]