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Pizza dough cooked on highest heat, leftover prosciutto, Trader Joe's balsamic glaze, a wheel of brie and a bit of havarti.    'Nough said. This is what you eat your last week in the US before you go to a world with less than superb charcuterie and cheeses.   Add new comment...

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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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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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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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 We don't only bake desserts around here, though it might seem like it. Sometimes we bake bread too!   (And really we cook an actual meal every night but in a city that gets dark at 6pm year round it's a challenge to every photo-document even the most delicious of these meals.)       This bread is my new, favorite bread. Well, and okay I've only made it once but that's just because pureed strawberries aren't something I have in my fridge every day. But I should.   T...

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These were SO, SO good.  Served on my favorite naan recipe we couldn't have been more satisfied with dinner.  Earthy and spicy and then fresh cucumbers.  I highly, highly recommend you make some kind of flatbread or buy some pita and whip these up tonight!   At our house, two toddlers and two adults scarfed them down with little more said than, "Yummy" from the kids and "These are so good" from the adults.         Spiced Chicken Shawarma Wraps Taken from R...

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This recipe came about after managing to score a package of spinach lasagna noodles at the grocery store.  Some days you just get lucky in Quito!   I didn't want to "waste" them on regular lasagna that is heavy and can't be saved into seeming healthy simply by using green noodles.  So it was time to put to use a recipe that I'd been avoiding for some time.  It was a delicious recipe but one that seemed finicky and like lots of work.  Maybe because last time I made indivi...

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You might not guess this was a very toddler-friendly meal, but in our house it was.  Our kids love beans, which is a good thing because what they don't love is meat.  Except bacon.  And hotdogs.  You know, the types of meat that are more "meat" than meat.   But they slurp-gobbled this right up and Canaan ended up with dessert because I was so, so proud that I didn't have to prod him to eat a single bite of his dinner.  And Eden just kept opening her little beak for ...

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A week ago I thought, "Soon the rain will come, right?"  Well the rain came.  In bucket-fulls.  In 24-hour long rains.  In puddles in my laundry area.  It came.     It's a good thing we think soup is delicious on a rainy night.         Now let me tell you a short story.  One time my parents flew to Suriname for 10 days.  Meanwhile, I got malaria back at home.  Imagine my older sister scared, caring for me, having to pick me up...

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There have been A LOT of cookies in my recent past.  A LOT.  It didn't stop with Christmas.  I just kept going.  And I'm not one of those bakers who bakes without frequent tastings so every once in a while (it doesn't happen often) I get sugared out.  You know that feeling when you're full of cookie dough and yet you still want to eat something to take away the sickly sweet feeling?     This soup was made for that feeling.  Warm, hearty, bursting with flav...

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