the ultimate Thanksgiving leftovers grilled cheese sandwich

The only crime you can commit with Thanksgiving leftovers is to let them go to waste. I am pretty sure the two most common thoughts going through people’s mind the day after Thanksgiving are, “what Christmas album should I play?” and “how can I get away with eating more than my share of the Thanksgiving […]

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corn and zucchini end of summer salad

After a few failed attempts at a zucchini and farro salad I decided to scrap the whole idea and try something completely different. I ditched the farro, added halloumi, basil, corn, and tomato, and basically the only thing that carried over was the zucchini.  I ended up loving this salad so much that the thought […]

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camping food: one pot mac n cheese

I know people who would argue that macaroni and cheese is a love language. Which is basically true since food is a love language and I’m pretty sure very few would disagree with that statement. Sometimes a macaroni and cheese craving will sneak up on you and the only prudent thing to do is to […]

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spring panzanella with asparagus and burrata

One of our goals this spring has been to eat enough asparagus that we won’t miss it when it is no longer in season. And, so far, so good. Normally I’d be horrified to find asparagus-gone-bad in the back of the veggie drawer. However, yesterday I was a bit relieved that the asparagus I discovered […]

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balsamic portobello burgers with roasted garlic goat cheese and caramelized onions

Alternative (aka meatless) burgers are so hip right now. I would know, because I live in Seattle where everyone and their dog are on a special eating plan.  But, I won’t judge you if you won’t judge me, a self-proclaimed almost-vegetarian-except-for-bacon (and sometimes chicken or turkey if it’s humanely pasture raised organic blah blah blah). You […]

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spring quinoa salad

If you are wondering what people in Seattle are talking about these days, it’s the never-ending rain and gloom. This winter and spring seem to be the grayest and grossest that I can remember. I cannot believe May is just around the corner because it feels as if we are stuck in February purgatory. I […]

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Chinese chicken salad

After a vacation do you ever feel that, upon your return, you need to detox the indulgence out of your body and eat only salad for a month? Almost every drive home from the airport for Patrick and I includes a conversation that goes something like this: Me: Are you hungry? Patrick: Are you hungry? […]

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Whole30: chicken, squash, and avocado bowl with lemon tahini dressing

Approximately this time every year I get an intense urge to sell our home and move to one of the following places: San Diego, Phoenix, Austin, or any of the Hawaiian Islands. I literally (channeling my best Chris Traeger voice) just googled “Austin temperature right now” and HELLO 83 degrees! It’s. Just. Not. Fair. It […]

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Whole30: salad in a jar, two ways

Lunch and I have always had a rocky relationship, especially when it comes to packing food to take to work. I have every minute of my morning routine mapped out from the blast of my alarm at 5:30am to 6:15 when I have to leave. Those 45 minutes are for coffee, waking up, more coffee, […]

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Whole30: Thai-inspired chicken and veggies with spicy “peanut” sauce

The best white elephant gift I have ever received made this recipe possible. I am pretty sure the giver of a Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer was thinking to themselves that someone was going to be stuck with an awkward sounding one-purpose kitchen item. HA. Little did they know I was not going to re-gift it or […]

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