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Good thing I have a once a month book club!     Who else would I try fun and whimsical treats like this out on?  My kids don't appreciate one cookie from the next and they are a little too time intensive to sign up for taking them to some large event.  But book club with seven or eight girls spread out in the living room?  Perfect.       My favorite combination: a sweet dessert with a salty finish.  Make them ahead to save yourself time the day of you...

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Most days any salad I eat is dressed with balsamic.  It's everybody's favorite.  My ranch eating days were over when I turned 20.  I'm just not into that gloppy, heavy feel on a salad.   But every once in awhile I just love a good caesar salad.  Dressed with homemade caesar dressing that is anything but gloppy and dull.  It's think and bright and tangy.  This dressing is all those things and it's delicious.  And adding corn to a classic caesar transforms i...

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During the week I try to make good food choices.  Mostly.  Of course I still always eat dessert.   But on the weekends I let myself live a little more, especially Sunday night.  Sunday night for me is never about a meat and potatoes meal.  It's about a splurge!  A yummy appetizer, a big dessert, a fruity drink.  Maybe all three!  That paired with a few episodes of our current favorite tv show is how I like to spend my last night before the work week starts...

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I'm pretty tired of feeding my kids animal crackers for snacks.  And they're pretty tired of eating animal crackers.  It was time for something new.  Seeing how I steer clear of the chip, candy and cookie aisles and I live in a foreign country where pretzels cost $5 for a small bag I needed some creativity.         Crunchy chickpeas?  It was worth a shot.  Sort of like nuts, which Canaan loves.  Ccertainly healthier than most snack options. ...

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I love Autumn.  I love Autumn activities.  I love Autumn weather.  I love Autumn even when I'm living in a country where there is no Autumn because there is no Winter.     I LOVE Autumn cooking.  And this cute and quick little appetizer is the perfect combination of Autumn flavors and ooey gooey brie.  Love.  Love both.  Love all.       I've made it twice in the span of a month.  You must know I love it.  I just might make try...

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I've been on a dessert dip kick lately.  Regular cookie dough dip, snickerdoodle, chocolate chunk, peanut butter chocolate chip dip.  Yum!  They're just so easy to pull together and as long as there is cream cheese in the fridge, I've got all the ingredients on hand.     So when I saw this recipe for a dip that claimed to taste like Brownie Batter it was only natural that I'd try it out immediately.  And Canaan's birthday seemed the perfect place for it's debut beca...

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Shrimp.  Brie Cheese.  Butter and white wine.  Fresh ciabatta from the french bakery.  A tasty, tasty splurge.         A tasty splurge that comes together in just a few short minutes of chopping, stirring and heating.           Broiled Shrimp with Tomatoes, Basil and Brie Taken from How Sweet Eats serves 2-4 1 pound raw, peeled, deveined shrimp 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 3 tablespoons butter, cut into small chunks 2 garlic cloves...

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Hummus is one of the few proteins that Canaan will eat by the spoonful.  Of course his mouth and stomach are still little so if we left all the hummus eating up to him, we'd end up throwing out old hummus.   So I like to change up the hummus-making routine with new flavors, like the addition of some jalapeno or sun-dried tomato. A Mexican-inspired hummus sounded right up my alley.  Cilantro and lime have me sold almost any day of the week.  It's a nice, bright flavo...

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Hello my lovely plates!  I miss you.  You are sitting neglected, all boxed up in suitcases until you and I find our next home.     That's how long it has been since I made this salad.  And I planned to tell you all about it shortly thereafter.  But those apples, those pitiful, pathetic apples kept coming back to haunt me.  Apples all mealy and overly brown looking.  It wasn't the salad's fault that I had a bad apple!     Peppery and bitter arugul...

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I love cheese.  Almost any cheese.  If you offer me a hunk of plain cheese I'll surely savor it.   But when I involve cheese and other people, it's fun to do something a little different than a wedge of brie on a plate.  I like to offer cheese choices.  Which means that I like to have an arsenal of flavorful, fast, fuss-free cheese recipes.  My spicy and herby manchego bites, my sweet combination of fig preserves, blue cheese and pecans and many more.  (Maybe t...

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