Candied Grapes

Candied Grapes

First off, we had a baby today. I bet you weren’t expecting that, were you? To be honest, neither were we (at least not today). The past few weeks have been busy. Katie has been on modified bed rest, and I’ve been doing everything I can to keep up with things like housework, cooking, and… 

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Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

The remnants of a cold bug still linger in our house. Sniffles here and there, and piles of tissues in our daughters bed. It was a mild cold, but one that spread quickly to everyone. I went years without getting a cold, but that all changed when our kids came along. Chicken noodle soup has… 

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Last time we spoke I shared my recipe for black beans, but I rarely make them without cilantro lime rice. I know, I know, rice and beans. How boring. But these are simple and satisfying recipes, and more importantly REAL LIFE recipes. I could throw you some fancy sounding dish like, “Braised Quail Ribs with… 

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Black Beans

Black Beans

There are two things that never get old around here:  rice and beans. In this post, I’ll be focusing on the latter (view rice recipe here). First, why do we love this combination? For starters, it’s super inexpensive. And when you’re feeding a family of four (very soon to be five), inexpensive is the cat’s… 

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Grilled Pineapple Salad

Grilled Pineapple Salad

Here’s another healthy recipe for those of you following along! We were at our local produce market the other day where we saw some beautiful pineapples. There’s something about a pineapple that makes me happy. Maybe it releases some kind of endorphins into the air? I don’t know! But I could easily put one in… 

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Ham and Apricot Pastry Wheels

Shaved Ham and Apricot Pinwheels

My last experience with puff pastry didn’t go so well, but it taught me a lot about working with puff pastry. I was trying to make a cherry palmier with cream cheese and cherry pie filling. It seemed easy enough. First Mistake Placing warm cream cheese on the puff pastry Puff pastry needs to stay… 

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Moroccan Beef Kabobs

Moroccan Beef Kabobs

My boss is super generous, and for Katie’s and my wedding reception he offered to pay for the catering. We had so much fun getting to try all the different foods! One of the things we ended up choosing was their Moroccan beef kabobs with a cumin yogurt dipping sauce. They were delicious! Although I… 

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Blueberry Glazed Shortcut Donut

Blueberry Glazed Shortcut Donuts

It’s official. I’m never buying another donut from the store again. When I discovered on the internet that you could make donuts out of deep-fried canned biscuits, I was a little skeptical. So skeptical that I had to give it a try. Well, it works. It really works! And they are so delicious! Not only… 

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Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana

Last Sunday was a lazy afternoon. There were welcomed raindrops falling from the sky as we walked out of church. The forecasters had been predicting rain all week, but the clouds just wouldn’t let go of it. I don’t know why, but the thought of playing an episode of Julia Child’s French Chef came to… 

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