Rustic Pear Tart with Saffron Pastry

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  Let’s get real, have a little <3 to <3 shall we? My foodies, friends, and fellow bloggers, this one’s for you. Lately, things just haven’t been the same around here. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was a little down on the whole blog thing and couldn’t figure out why. I am certainly not tired of cooking. I still love snapping pics and getting better with my camera. And I’m always making plans for what to post next. But lately, I’m just not feeling the love. And after looking around and reading some other posts, I don’t […]

Grilled Miso-Ginger Salmon & Doris

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  A few weeks ago, from four rooms away – while blow drying my hair – I heard what sounded like an semi truck parked in front of our house. I went to investigate finding that the over sized truck was actually my refrigerator… Not good. Being female, I couldn’t find a way to express this to my boyfriend without him believing I was exaggerating so the other day I redeemed some points when I got a phone call saying the fridge sounded like it was preparing for taking off and that we were in need of a new one. Ha! So, […]

Carrot Cake Oatmeal with Crystallized Ginger

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I feel obligated to make today’s post as neutral as possible. It is my first time participating in the Improve Challenge and this months ingredients were carrots and ginger. Immediately thoughts of delicate baked goods came to mind. An excuse to finally make carrot cake seemed like perfect timing. But then I remembered others would be participating as well and I was certain I wasn’t the only one craving a slice of cake.  So I opted to try something a little different. I am working on expanding my breakfast menu from eating nothing until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, to actually eating healthy meals. It’s […]

Glazed Cranberry, Lemon & Crystallized Ginger Loaf

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My sister’s big day is almost here. My nails are all pretty, the dresses are hanging, and the rehearsal dinner awaits us tonight. I wish I had some words of wisdom to offer up as her maid of honor. But, I’m the baby sister, this is my first time being a maid of honor annnd simply, I’m not married. But the things I would like to say are Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s not worth it and it’s crazy to go to bed angry at one another over something that doesn’t matter. “You’re right” isn’t one sided. Sometimes you […]

Spicy Cashew Chicken

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I love my big, black, sturdy… wok. Yeah, it rhymes, but I promise I wasn’t going there. Now, get your mind out of the gutter and back to the food. Seriously, my wok has got to be one of the most valuable things in my kitchen. My cherry red Kitchenaid stand mixer is amazing. I will never dispute that, but the things it does, I could do myself (just not as quickly, effectively, or without complaining later about how sore my arms are). My food processor, just as awesome, but I would never tell a new cook they must have one. […]

First Try Pot Stickers

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My “Two New” for this week is a cheat, kind of. I didn’t get to make two new recipes this week because of an overabundance of work – at both my 9-5 and my personal website design services (of which I am not complaining). However, what I did make was tough and it took two people in the kitchen to make. So – ha! That’s how I’m justifying my personal failure this week. Handsome and I made pot stickers last night. I accidentally pulled ground pork the other night to thaw and rather then letting it go to waste, though, […]