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Rainbow Cupcakes with Easter Bunny Toppers

By: Julie R Serves: 18-24 It’s that time of year again! You can’t go anywhere without seeing all those cute little pastel-colored farm animals, but you won’t see me complaining… this means lots of delicious Easter chocolates! Whether you like Cadbury mini eggs, cream eggs, peeps, or any other egg-, bunny-, or chick-shaped delight, this […]

Chocolate Cake Cookies with Strawberry Frosting

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Yields: 28 cookies So you’ve never had cake cookies, right? Well, you’re in for a treat. Cake cookies were originally invented for folks who had a box of cake mix in the pantry and didn’t have the ingredients for homemade cookies. Well in my house, and in […]

Creamy Hot Cocoa

Prep time: 10 minutes Serves: 4 For a food lover/blogger, comfort food is the best thing about winter. Simmering soups, roasting vegetables, and stewing beverages all fill your home with delectable aromas. And then you get to eat them. Doesn’t get any better. Though not a solid food, hot chocolate easily fits in with the […]

French Country Risotto

Prep & Cook time: 40 minutes Serves: 5-6 Risotto is the most delicious thing. Its so creamy and is easily transformed into a light or heavy dish with surprising success. Which means you can basically put whatever you want in it. I sense that Risotto is seen as more of a comfort, cold-weather food, though I disagree. […]

Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Serves: 4 Friends! Today you are in for a treat. Not just because this is one of my best meals, but because you are getting a twofer. Two fabulous recipes in one. And because I’ve been so nice to you {and because its hard to spell}, lets […]

Weeknight Italian Meatballs

This is a great recipe for weeknights – hence the name. It’s quick, can be doubled for larger families, and makes for great lunch leftovers. I usually serve red meat about once or twice per week, and this recipe is on the bi-weekly “red meat” rotation. Pair it will whole wheat pasta and some stir […]

Spiced Nuts

Its my favorite time of year! The Christmas spirit is abounding, and I am about to becoming a baking MACHINE. Today I am sharing my family’s recipe for spiced nuts. I am quite sure that it will carry on for generations. Its a simple, delicious recipe. Any fool could make it, and you’d be a […]

Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup

Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 2 hours If you have never made soup, you are seriously missing out. Let me recite the benefits. It is so much better for you than the can of soup you buy at the store. Real, hearty vegetables. Lean meat. Way less than a heart attack’s worth of salt. […]

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Aioli

Prep time: 10  minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Makes approx. 4 servings In college my roommates and I used to frequent a pub and brewery, which was well known for its delicious sweet potato fries. We gladly paid the extra 2 bucks to get that deliciousness on our plates with any accompanying sandwich. Another local […]

Better than Boxed Rice Pilaf

Prep time 10-12 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Servings: 5 I love rice pilaf. No really – I LOVE it. This became a real predicament when I ditched the “belly” of the grocery store, aka processed foods, in favor of a whole foods lifestyle. For a while I just ate a whole lot of steamed […]