From the monthly archives:

July 2010

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

July 28, 2010

It took me a while to warm up to the flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter. This isn’t to say I hated it.  (I’m not really the kind of eater that hates anything, except olives, those I despise.)  It just didn’t have the same magnetic hold on me that it seems to carry with […]






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A Tale of Two Biscotti Recipes

July 26, 2010

When it comes to the world of desserts, biscotti can often get overlooked.  At coffee shops they are often relegated to a big glass jar, rather than sharing center stage in the dessert case with over-sized cookies and fudgy brownies.  I will admit for a long time I didn’t pay them much attention either.  Occasionally […]






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Ruby Sensation Potato Pancakes with Apple-Bacon Chutney

July 23, 2010

It’s amazing to me how many of my current favorite foods and beverages I didn’t discover until adulthood.  Before college I’d never eaten Pad Thai and hadn’t yet discovered my love of tofu.  And if you’d asked me on my First Communion I’d have told you I’d NEVER like wine.  Boy how times – and […]






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Mini Homemade Pop Tarts

July 21, 2010

I tell myself that now we’ve been hitting some blazing hot temperatures in Chicago that I will stop using my oven. I’ll cast pizza and cookies aside for no-bake desserts and crisp salads.  But really, who am I kidding.  I still bake, I just crank up the AC to make it tolerable.  Not good for […]






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Easy Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese Dip

July 20, 2010

I will admit that when it comes to cooking I have a penchant for the challenging and difficult. I welcome long ingredient lists, techniques that push me outside of my comfort zone and marathon bouts of preparation. But then occasionally there are recipes that remind me that food doesn’t have to be complicated to be […]






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Crab and Spinach Manicotti with a Sweet Corn Bechamel

July 16, 2010

I love when sweet corn starts appearing at the farmers’ market because to me it is the quintessential summer food.  I find myself including it in just about everything from my Low Fat Sweet Corn Ice Cream (which I am seriously considering making again with Cashew Caramel Corn as a garnish) to my Cocoa-Kissed Beef & Delicata […]






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Banana & Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt for Dogs

July 15, 2010

Once the weather turns hot and humid it’s hard to resist an opportunity to cool off either at the beach or with a sweet treat.  My dog Oliver is not one to pass up either.  He especially LOVES frozen yogurt for dogs.  (Although I haven’t known him to turn down many treats.)  He adores Yöghund, […]






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Tempura Battered Zucchini Blossoms

July 14, 2010

If you’re anything like me you receive a fair number of e-mail chain letters from time to time, promising you everything from a stake in a Nigerian inheritance to a Best Buy gift card to undying love from the man of your dreams, all from forwarding an email to x number of people in your […]






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Meatless Monday: Farmers’ Market Vegetables, Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta

July 12, 2010

I’ve definitely tell I’ve been watching way too much Next Food Network Star because I find myself wondering what I would be like if I were a contestant.  How would I define my point of view?  What kind of product would I make to represent myself?  It may make me a dork, but I have […]






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