Damn Meatballs {Sweet + Sour}

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That's what my parents call them. "The Damn Meatballs." My parents actually aren't the swearing type, they just happened to QUADRUPLE this recipe for a New Year's Eve party they hosted, to serve 150 guests, and forming the meatballs turned in to an all-afternoon affair. "When will we be done making the Damn Meatballs?" But don't be dissuaded - … Keep Reading

Kettle Corn {Fast + Easy + Healthy}

Kettle Corn-7

You can make a healthy version of kettle corn, at home, in your microwave, in less than 3 minutes. There. The secret is out. But backing up a bit, let me start with confessing that I find the smell of microwave popcorn to be quite off-putting. The stuff that comes in the pre-measured, pre-sealed bags - hate it. I blame my first job, where I … Keep Reading

Party Tips: Meatballs + Manicures

Meatballs + Manicures

Sometimes when I have people over for a get-together, I am a mess at "game time." As my first friends are arriving, I am generally not wearing makeup (or shoes), my sink is filled with dishes, and I'm lucky if I haven't thrown two armfuls of clothes in the bottom of my closet to hide them from sight. Something is simmering on the stove - three … Keep Reading

Mini Pretzel Dogs

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These Mini Pretzel Dogs are not healthy. Or easy. But they are so delicious, adorable, and fun to make (and eat) that their shortcomings are way outweighed. I stumbled on a recipe for mini cheesy pretzel dogs when it was next to one of my photos on Foodgawker. What an amazing idea, and the picture was awe-inspiring - I had never made hot … Keep Reading

Treats for Tazewell: Banana + Peanut Bis...

Banana + Peanut Biscotti-6

I have always started my posts with an up-close shot of the highlighted dish, but the star of this show is my puppy, Tazewell, so he gets some face time too. He was a very willing assistant for today's photo shoot. I can't get enough of his face. And he is pretty fond of Banana + Peanut Biscotti. It is so easy to make treats for dogs; I admit I … Keep Reading

Breakfast Brownies

Breakfast Brownies

As featured in the Huffington Post (see #7). Good morning to you, beautiful Breakfast Brownies. What?! you ask with an interrobang ... I thought we focused on healthy food here, with only occasional exceptions. These brownies are, I assure you, healthy. NO butter, NO flour (or other lurking gluten) ... and added protein and nutrients to … Keep Reading

Banana Bread {Caramelized Bananas + Brow...

Banana Bread-10

Banana Bread: a timeless classic. Do you prefer banana bread for breakfast or as a snack? It's filling, either way, and satisfies a sweet tooth. I have made banana bread variations in the past with jazzy accessories like peanut butter ribbons and chocolate chip studs, but here I was looking to just change up this staple with a few moderate … Keep Reading

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Honey-Ginger ...

Ginger Kale Salad-7

It is time to expand the kale salad repertoire. I hope you have tried (and LOVE) this Easy Raw Kale Salad with Garlicky Dressing - I enjoy it about once a week. One of its benefits is the low number of ingredients - ingredients that I tend to always have on hand and ready to go {hence the "easy"}. Although I sometimes struggle with finding the … Keep Reading

Stone Fruit Muffins

Stone Fruit Muffins-3

This is my favorite, easy muffin recipe. I first came across it when looking for a way to use the ripe summer peaches, plums, and nectarines that came with my vegetable and fruit delivery. I use a local company called Washington's Green Grocer; they deliver a gorgeous box of produce weekly to your door on a day that is set for your neighborhood … Keep Reading