Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

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If someone asked me if I've ever dieted, I would answer: I drank only juice for 36 hours, then got bored and chewed again, does that count? I ate nothing for a day, does that count? I consumed five bowls of shredded wheat and nothing else one day, does that count? I love food too much to "diet." But every once in a while I like to adopt a new eating lifestyle to cleanse my system, challenge my cooking skills, or just see how my body reacts. I often ...

the tRuth About Kale and Butternut Squash Salad

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For me, kale is a tough cookie. Well, it's a tough green, but you know what I mean. It's a vegetable that took me a long time to warm up to, and one I'm still unsure of today. It's a texture thing for me. I do love my greens, but I don't particularly enjoy the sensation of nomming on green paper. In my book, kale is an ingredient, and not a straight-up food. It can either make a recipe a success or a disaster depending ...

Filling Voids with Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins

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One year ago, my life had a massive void in it. It was a void of all things familiar. I was easing out of an internship and into my first job in the Real World. I had very few friends in the City, and my family lived hundreds of miles away. But because I had a desire to fill that void, I was able to quickly discover what it was I wanted to patch those empty spots with forged ahead in bringing those things into ...

A Saintly Green Smoothie

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You've probably realized by now that I'm a little obsessed with blended beverages. Though I left smoothies by the wayside during the colder months,  the blender made its official spring debut in my kitchen this past week. And with the selection of a new pope yesterday, and the celebration of a saint named Patrick in three days, I give you a very green, very saintly smoothie. I love green smoothies because I feel like a ninja any time I'm able to eat a serving of vegetables ...

The 2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

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I knew joining this massive swap of baked goods was a going to be a lot of fun the day I dropped my three packages of a dozen cookies off at the post office. Upon seeing my three perishable boxes addressed to Addicted to Recipes, Cooker Girl, and A Half Baked Life, the desk attendant asked, "Are you and your girlfriends cookie whores?" Something like it, I guess. I'll admit I am a sucker for a good, homemade cookie, but the best part of this swap is ...

Pumpkin-Almond Butter Cake: Off the Food Pyramid

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Do you ever have one of those days where you just start thinking about the food pyramid and can't stop? I didn't think so, but that's okay because it takes a very...special...person to develop such strange obsessions. Leave the nerding out to me. I've got this. What I was thinking about, though, is how my normal food pyramid does not resemble any kind of recommendation or standard -- not even close. Mostly because the dairy group without fail takes the bottom (and parts of the middle, plus ...

Staying in with Coconut Curried Spaghetti Squash

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During Hurricane Sandy, I was confined to the comfort of my baby apartment for four days. Or, more accurately, I chose to venture no further than the safety of my own neighborhood while gale force winds and torrential rains ruled the streets. My work was closed and the trains were not running, so staying in was a good option. While I typically enjoy being active and out and about, this mini staycation was a rare occurrence of pure bliss, mostly because I had absolutely no reason to feel ...