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Most days I don't like bananas.  At all.  Most days I'd gladly trade a piece of banana bread for well, anything really.  But then every once in awhile, for about a two week period, banana desserts will just sound delicious.  And so I make one.  And I eat it.  And then the urge goes away and I go back to my chocolate, peanut butter, and berries.           This was a delicious splurge into banana territory that retaind my customary loves of ch...

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Who doesn't like having a plate of jewel-colored food set in front of you?     At about 1pm there is nothing I like better than a plate of vibrant greens contrasted with bright pops of color.  Just like this berry vinaigrette gives you.  It's food for your eyes and good for your body.         It's lightly sweet.  But with a nice cut of acid through it from the balsamic.  Use it on apples, pears, berries, grapes, corn or avocado.  The possibi...

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Brunch planned quickly.     The reality of two kids who want to wake up and have their mom play, play, play! with them.   That's what a breakfast cake this simple is made for.  Two minutes of measuring, two minutes of peeling and chopping, two minutes of stirring and it's in the oven.         And then it comes out hot and juicy, with a slightly spiced scent.  And then you put it on a platter, dust it with a hint of white, and serve it to your guests w...

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I should definitely use my bundt pan more often.  It's pretty and capable and still almost bright, shiny new.  I love bundt cakes because they typically take less hands-on time and less work than a layer cake but come out looking much more elegant than a sheet cake served in a 9x13 pan.    I also think they're great at oozing effortless and informality for a mid-afternoon tea where a big cake would seem over the top.         And that's exactly what this ca...

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This is what I've been eating all summer.  It's my current favorite lunch salad.  And since we don't have  bounty of peaches and blueberries to mark our summer, I'm celebrating the produce I do have!  I make this while Nate slaps two sandwiches on white supermarket bread together and think, "I've definitely got the better end of this deal!"         It's crispy and crunchy, vibrant and fresh.  The broccoli and sunflower seeds make it hearty enough for ...

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Most of the time I'm  doing cooking experimentation.  Trying new ingredient combinations or a new fruit I've never tried before.  And sometimes I'm just trying to get dinner on the table before both kids kill me with hunger-whining.  (That's definitely a thing.)   But every once in awhile something catches my eye and I take a trip back to the basics, just to indulge.         In the case of this crumb cake, it's really quite clear.  Though I have ...

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What's cooking in my kitchen?    Well, nothing really.  I'm too busy and too addicted!    In college I had my go-to splurge items.   You know those items you didn't have in the house growing up or would have been frowned upon?  But as a college student nobody is watching your nutritional intake and so you do what you want.         One frequent splurge?  One piece of ginormo Cinnamon Crumb Cake from Corner Bakery when I worked too l...

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I promise that we don't spend all of our days eating cookies, treats, cakes and decadent breakfasts.  Only with two little kids I've found it quite a challenge to ever get a photograph of anything we eat for dinner as I try to diminish cranky, grumbling stomachs while plating four plates all with different tastes (lots of peas for Canaan, no chicken for Eden, etc.) all while the sun sinks lower and lower.         But the other night we started early as Nate had a huge ch...

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My sister had a birthday recently.  That involved a lot of cupcakes.  A lot.  As in my mom and I need to coordinate our gift giving because 24 cupcakes in a flavor variety is a lot to eat in the three days before you leave for a trip to Holland.   But she kept posting pictures of these cupcakes and even though they were my gift to her I felt like it was maybe no fair that I wasn't eating cupcakes!  And then this revelation came that I didn't need a birthday to make cupca...

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Liquid yum!  Little flecks of vanilla bean in my drink send it to a whole new level.  I wish I had a vanilla bean garden just for such purposes.    It's sweet with just a bit of musk.  And fizzy fun of course.  Serve it at your next book club gathering ... and if you're daring add a splash of vodka to make things a bit more fun!       Strawberry Vanilla Bean Soda Taken from Free People Blog   2c cut strawberries 1c sugar 1c water 1 vanilla bean J...

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