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    A little bit healthy: zucchini and whole wheat and coconut oil   and a little bit not: nutella and chocolate chips and sugar   Isn't that what a weekday morning breakfast is made of? A little bit of goodness and a little bit of deliciousness.        Nutella-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins Taken from Baker by Nature   3/4 cup all purpose flour 1 cup whole-wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 teaspoon g...

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These might look just like your regular pancakes.    Well, they aren't! They are miles apart.   Sure they take more time, more dishes, a little more effort.       But these are NOT your momma's pancakes! They are so incredibly light and airy. Sort of crepe-like. They truly do take on the souffle-like texture that is promised.    I could probably eat ten of them.   Top them with your favorite syrup, berries, sprinkles or chocolate. Then dig in and sigh...

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Cold is a relative term, right? It's cold here in Quito these days. And by cold I mean 60 and rainy with little sunshine. It's also cold in Chicago whereby I mean 30 degrees with snow on the ground.    Whether cold is 60 or 30 degrees to you this soup can warm up a cold soul any night of the week.     It's hearty and all comfort with a rich broth, chunks of meat and veggies and that fun, slighly chewy texture of barley.       Beef & Barley Soup Taken from T...

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Gorgeous, right? These are another bar in my undying love of shortbread.    The ratio of ganache to shortbread? Almost 1:1. That can't be a bad thing, right?     I served these at a book club and I could have easily served them in less dainty slices because people just kept going back for MORE. But they are beautiful in these little, laced rectangles and withe their richness it's just perfect for an after dinner note.     Shortbread Bars with Chocolate Ganache Taken...

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There's nothing better than the smell of homemade bread rising or baking in your own kitchen. One of the best parts about living in a temperate climate is that it's never too hot to turn on the oven and it's never too cold to get your bread to rise. That's a totally legitimate reason to make (and eat) a lot of bread, right?   This bread is legitimate because it's made with whole wheat and of course, completely preservative-free. It's dense and filling and pairs well with a savory tomato-bas...

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 You guys know I'm always up for a good cupcake. One with mountains of frosting on top. One that is light and crumby, but not so light that it falls under the weight of that frosting mountain.   This cake holds its own and the butterscotch flavor laced throughout the crumbs is what makes it unique. While it won't replace some of my favorite cupcake flavors ever (vanilla with cookie dough filling, Chocolate Peanut Butter Sour Cream Cupcakes, Toffee Crunch Cupcakes and more!) it was fun ...

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Nothing will ever top my favorite cream scone recipe. No mix-ins, no glazes. Just a classic scone with a dollop of whipped cream and a dot of raspberry jam. Perfection.    But that doesn't mean I never want to try a new scone recipe again.     These white chocolate and mocha scones are a nice twist on a classic scone. Not as flaky, buttery but who can resist that mocha flavor on a lazy Saturday morning?       White Chocolate Mocha Scones Adapted from Inside Bru...

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        Some love shortbread. Some just don't. They wonder who failed at taking the cookies out of the oven before they turned hard and crunchy. I love a soft chocolate chip cookie but I also love shortbread. You should too. But if you don't love it, then you should just sit this one out.     It's all the things a good shortbread should be. Full of flaky butter. Just a bit of chew so as not to be too crumbly.    And this one is full of Christmas flavor. Ad...

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This has been declared the ONLY french toast we should ever make ever again in my house. It's that good. That good.   Crunchy and slightly nutty. Pillowy, eggy bread inside. Total satisfaction.     My lovely husband patiently and methodically crumb-crusted them to perfection while I took a Sunday morning run. When I got home we cooked them and then we ate.   And we raved.   And we scarfed.   And we all wished we had doubled the recipe.        Cor...

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Somehow sandwiches for dinner make me feel guilty. Like they aren't proper nutrition or something.   But they just taste so good.   Maybe this wrap is a little bit of both. Greens and goodness wrapped together, heavier on the protein than on the carbs but still so satisfying.       Honey-Dijon Chicken Quinoa Wraps Taken from The Kitchen Prep   Makes 2 wraps1/2 cup cooked, shredded chicken {or rotisserie chicken, shredded}1/2 cup cooked quinoa1/2 a green apple, slice...

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