Obsessed with Buffalo Chicken Soup

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I often find myself going through mini-obsessions in many realms of my life. With music, for example, I tend to find a new band I like and listen to that band on repeat until it's worn out--sometimes months--before considering moving on to something new. I keep a little more variety in my dining habits, but still there are usually one or two things I simply can't get enough of. In this moment, I'm obsessed with anything green tea or matcha flavored, cinnamon, and hot sauce. I've ...

A Mandolin and Homemade Sweet Potato Chip Nachos

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I've never been a fan of a cooking with excessive gadgets. Instead, I prefer to simplify, manipulate, and create equal results with a few essential tools. I lived for almost a year without a hand mixer, and instead mixed things with the brute force of my arm muscles. I don't own a grater, but I do have a mini food processor and an appropriate amount of sharp knives. Tasty food gets cooked; nobody complains. So I surprised myself last week when I found myself setting out ...

Extra Special Brownies

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And then came the morning I woke up and decided the only suitable way to spend my time was to bake the most indulgent brownie I possibly could. Sometimes, we just have mornings like that. So, as one would, I got out of bed and googled, "the most indulgent brownie recipe ever," went to the grocery store, and then baked up something that was indeed quite magical. Indulging every now and then, in my opinion, is necessary for humans to feel human. If we constantly deny ourselves ...

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 ...

Polenta Triangles in 2014

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I've come to love New Year's Day in a way I love no other holiday. Well yes, I do see the merits of adopting an "every day is the start of a New Year" philosophy, and I know I'd be much better off if I made resolutions more often than just in the fleeting moments of December, but there is something uniquely beautiful about January 1. I appreciate having a reason to look back on how much has passed and how I've changed over the ...

A Cheesy Day and a Cheesier Dish: La Tur Pasta

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If you don't already know, I'm a pretty cheesy woman. For one, I'm a Wisconsinite Cheesehead who works full-time at a cheese counter. If that weren't enough, it probably wouldn't take much prying to get one of my family members or friends to tell you I can act like a pretty big cheeseball from time to time. But even for someone like me, there are days that are cheesier than others. Yesterday, as it happened, turned out to be among the cheesier of days. During a ...

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Tacos: A Perfect Composite

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Whenever someone asks me my favorite color, I always struggle a little because I really do love green in all its verdant shades, but I like the contrast of green and purple, or orange and blue much more. In a similar way, these tacos to me are entirely about the composite flavor. I could take or leave each ingredient on its own, but the combination of black beans, sweet potato, a splash of citrus, a kick from chili powder, cilantro, and avocado comes together in ...