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Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Ganache and Toasted Coconut

I discovered my true nemesis during the development of the recipe….. Making caramel is the devil. This recipe is a combination of several different recipes I’ve encountered throughout the years, however, the original inspiration for the recipe came from a Food and Wine Recipe. I had never really made caramel before and I think I […]

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Skillet Lasagna

Seriously…. This lasagna was tastier than a lot of full-fat versions I’ve had in the past. The best part about this recipe was the SUPER easy assembly.  No boiling noodles.  No meticulously layering cheeses, with meats, with noodles.  No excessively long baking time. She might not be the prettiest girl at the party, but she’s […]

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Healthy Noodles with Peppers and Beef

This healthy Asian-inspired dish was delicious and made enough to keep me eating balanced lunches for practically a week.  I love eating out at restaurants as much as the next person, but when you spend $10+ on lunch everyday, those expenses add up quickly. Of course this is in addition to my already staggering 3-times-a-week […]

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Beef and Mushroom Cobbler

While I was scanning the front page of msnbc.com last week, I came across the “Today” section, which was featuring a recipe from chef Curtis Stone, who showed up on the regular cooking segment that day. Curtis Stone (for those of you are in the dark)  is a smoking-hot, celebrity chef with an adorable Australian […]

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Chicken Chilaquiles Casserole

The quest for wellness in 2013 continues…. So far I’ve followed through of my goals for the new year.  I quit the over priced gym, purchased a treadmill for my home, and even started doing P90X. …..and even still  doing P90X after 2 weeks.  Sometimes I want to slap Tony Horton in the face, especially on […]

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Quick Mushroom Ragu

Mmmmmmm…My stomach growling remembering this dish.   I came home from work one day, feeling defeated, and battling some sort of dreary freezing rain outside.  All I really wanted was COMFORT FOOD, and for me, comfort food is PASTA. (uh, yeah, and maybe bacon too….) A traditional ragu simmers for a long time,  but I […]

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Spinach Puffs

I am in LOVE with these little cheesy, spinach puffs.  Ridiculously tasty and as simple as could be to prepare. These little puffs of heaven could be serve as an appetizer, a side dish, or even could satisfy as a simple vegetarian meal by themselves. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Thaw out one sheet […]

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Mashed Chickpea Spread on Grilled Bread

I have to admit that I’ve been getting a little tired of traditional dips and spreads offered at holiday gatherings this year.  It seems like wherever you go you always see the same-old tired offerings….Some Spinach + Artichoke Dip, maybe some sort of dried out stuffed mushroom, a lackluster cheese platter….I KNOW you know what […]

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Julia’s Cream of Mushroom Soup

If Julia Child were alive today, she would have celebrated her 100th birthday on August 15th this year.  A few years ago, my mom gave me Julia’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” cookbook as a gift. My first glance through the cookbook was daunting, to say the least.  Scary ingredients.  Scary techniques.  Needless to […]

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Penne with Pumpkin, Sage, and Sausage

  Starbucks has returned with the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is how I gauge that it’s time again for cool weather, comfort food.  By November, I’m generally sick of all things pumpkin, but at this time of the year I’m always so optimistic and excited for the never-ending fall recipes I see across the Internet. […]

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