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Baba Ghanoush

Published on April 24, 2014, by in Recipes.

    So. I was lied to. I found a recipe for baba ghanoush called 3 Minute Baba Ghanoush. It took way more than 3 minutes. It was also delicious. Ingredients: 1 roasted eggplant(see below) juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup tahini 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons EVOO fresh ground pepper, to taste So… to get a roasted eggplant, take a small(1-1.5 pounds) eggplant, prick it with a fork a few times, and bake it for 30-40 minutes at 400F. Pre and post-roasted eggplant: Let the eggplant cool, slice long ways and scoop out the innards. This is the part that definitely took longer than 3 minutes. Place the inner scoopings of eggplant and remainder of ingredients in a powerful blender(I have a Vitamix). Start on low and gradually increase speed. Blend on high for about 30 seconds until your baba is incredibly smooth and creamy. Pour

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Bobby Flay’s pizza dough recipe: pizza 2 ways

Published on January 23, 2014, by in Recipes.

As I previously mentioned, Tyler’s pizza making skills inspired me to elevate my pizza making game this past weekend. I hadn’t made pizza in a while and decided to try out a new crust recipe. I ran across Bobby Flay’s recipe and was skeptical. On one hand, it has an average of a 5 start review. Not an easy thing to accomplish. On the other hand, he’s known for his grilling skills. Should I trust a grill guy to give me the best pizza recipe. Well, the answer is “yes”. The adapted recipe’s crust was an incredible texture and had the perfect crispness to it. Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups bread flour(bread flour has a higher gluten content and will give you a much crisper crust) 2 teaspoons sugar 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups water(110 degrees F) 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided Combine the flour,

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Pizza fest weekend update

Published on January 22, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

On Friday night, we went over to Dana and Tyler’s place for some homemade pizza. Tyler makes some delicious pizza. He made an appetizer of cheese pizza that we nibbled on while the spinach, mushroom, and garlic and the pepperoni pizza’s cooked. Dana made a really tasty salad that I couldn’t resist having two helpings of. Tyler made some of the best homemade pizza I have ever eaten. So delicious. I think I ate double the amount of pizza I usually do it one sitting. I think part of his pizza making skills come from the authentic pizza making outfit: Look at one of his beauties: After we started to come out of our food coma, we played a really fun game called Wits and Wagers(?). I think it would be a great family game for the holidays. Saturday, I encouraged Brian to trek out in the snow with me

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The comeback of Thursday Things

Published on December 5, 2013, by in Update.

Where has the Thursday Things series been? Honeymooning and holidaying. It’s back today, but I am toying with the idea of making it the Friday Five and focus on 5 categories each week. What do you guys think? I’m not a big fan of sweet drinks and I know that a red cocktail is a no-no at a party, but I couldn’t resist how festive this cranberry margarita looked. I want one! A perfect finger food to enjoy while sipping that drink? These Nutty blue cranberry rounds. Cheese and nuts are always a winning combination! The dessert at my grandparent’s Christmas dinner was always ice cream. They would usually have 2-3 flavors and I would always go for the peppermint stick. That memory really makes me want to make this: Every year my mom used to make Christmas candies to take to the teachers at his school. I remember her

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LGB’s Mediterranean Dip

Published on October 14, 2013, by in Recipes.

Today, a very special guest post from my good friend Lisa. She made this incredible dip for the festivities this past weekend. I had the best time with so many good friends and family. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend. I’m am one lucky girl! Lisa’s dip was a major hit and everyone wanted to the recipe. So, here it is! Who would have thought a super-easy, fresh and healthy dip would make such a splash?!? This weekend I was lucky enough to help co-host a bridal shower and bachelorette party extravaganza for a great friend, Spatoola blogger and overall food guru Stacey Cougar Lens!!! We spent Saturday morning showering the bride-to-be with lovely gifts and eating a deliciously Stacey themed meal of Iowa pork loin, Super 7 salad, quinoa and wild rice salad, and roasted butternut squash with blue cheese and walnuts topped off with Michelle’s deliciously moist

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Easy pumpkin soup

Published on September 6, 2013, by in Recipes.

The temperatures are starting to drop and my love for all things pumpkin are back in full force. Last weekend I made some pumpkin muffins with a pumpkin pie filling on top that are wonderful(recipe to come soon). With the leftover pumpkin, I decided to make us a pumpkin soup. This soup is thick, warm and delicious and was ready in less than 30 minutes. Ingredients: 1/4 yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic 1 inch of fresh ginger, grated 1 teaspoon curry powder dash of cinnamon 1 cup vegetable broth 1 1/2 cups pure pumpkin 1/2 cup of milk(can use cow, almond, coconut) salt and pepper 1 tablespoon of olive oil or butter pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries(optional) Heat oil over medium heat. When hot, saute onion and garlic until onion is translucent. Stir in fresh ginger. Cook until fragrant, about one minute. Stir in curry powder and cinnamon. Cook

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Tarragon chicken salad sandwiches

Published on July 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

This is an easy and flavorful recipe that I lightened up. Perfect for a quick lunch for unexpected guests or as smaller sandwiches/roll-ups for a party. I lightened up the recipe by substituting plain Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise and Brian didn’t even notice. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon mayonnaise(regular or low-fat) 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest 2 teaspoons tarragon dash of salt and pepper 1/4 cup dried cranberries(I used strawberries) 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice(I used almonds sunflower seeds and cashews) 6 oz of shredded chicken Mix everything except the nuts, dried fruit, and shredded chicken in a bowl. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary. Stir in nuts and dried fruit. Toss with chicken. Let refrigerate for about an hour(if you have the time) to let the flavors mingle. Serve on delicious bread or in pieces of lettuce

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Greek tuna salad

Published on April 6, 2013, by in Recipes.

When I was traveling in December and dreading the unhealthy airport food, I ran across a really cute fresh and healthy restaurant/stand in the Houston airport called Camden Food Co. Right across from an organic pizza place. What? Two decent options right by each other in the airport? I love that it’s not impossible to get good food while traveling anymore. Well, they had a Greek tuna that was so delicious. It was fresh flaked tuna with kalamata, cucumber, diced tomato, feta, herbs and a Greek vinaigrette. I bought a container of that and put in on a bed of fresh mixed greens from their salad bar and topped with a few chickpeas. So delicious. I’ve been thinking about that tuna ever since. So, I had to attempt to recreate it as I don’t know when will be the next time that I am in the George Bush International airport

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Copycat Whole Foods date logs

Published on April 4, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve mentioned before that I love Whole Food’s date logs. So much that I decided recreating them at home would be a good idea. This idea was encouraged when I saw the WF’s worker restocking the bin of them the other day and learned that they don’t make them in-house! What?!?! I had been believing that I was getting date logs fresh out of the kitchen only feet away from where they were sold. Not true. Not true at all. They come from one of their largest distributors. They come in a plastic lined box and are put into the bin by the nice WF workers. I’m not getting my date logs minutes after they are made? But, I have to be! They are so fresh. I mean fresh tasting. After I got over my disbelief, I picked up a 5 pound container of pitted medjool dates at Costco. Feeling

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Oven baked veggie chips: multiple varieties

Published on April 3, 2013, by in Recipes.

A few years ago…okay maybe five years ago I made some homemade vegetable chips. I think I did beet, parsnip, sweet potato and white potato. They were good, a lot of work and just plain easier to buy. Thinking that my thoughts on the subject may have been misremembered, I decided to make some again. Well, it was again, time-consuming without a lot of reward. Here they are anyway. This time I made sweet and white potato, beets and zucchini chips. The zucchini chips were my favorite. I ate them all in one sitting. Don’t judge that last sentence until you see photos of the product. I preheated my oven to 350F. Then I mandolin-ed my little heart out. Slice. Slice. Slice. Then, I tossed the slices with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. I arranged the slices on to cooling racks placed on baking sheets(to help with

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