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whole grain peach-banana muffins

It’s about time this special ingredient debuted on my blog. That’s right. It’s banana time. This post is dedicated to my blog’s title, as well as my lifelong obligatory nickname. After all, bananas are the fruit of life. (That statement may or may not be true, but it sounds cool.) 5 from 1 reviews whole grain

12 Apr 2014
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[dq copycat] ice cream cake

I’ve never been a fan of the out-of-the-box-mix cake with the store-bought frosting. When I was little and my mom would ask me what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday, I would always want an ice cream cake. And the best was when she would get me my very own custom-designed cake from

11 Apr 2014
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Photo of Grandma's deviled eggs

grandma’s deviled eggs

This is Part I of my Deviled Eggs series… stay tuned for some serious fun (think bacon, curry, hot sauce). However, before I share any non-traditional recipes, I have to share the recipe that is near and dear to my heart. Some people like pickles in their deviled eggs. Some like olives. In my family,

01 Apr 2014
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tzatziki

Greek food and I are really great friends. I remember the first time I tried tzatziki; despite my inability to pronounce it, I found it extremely delightful. And because I’ve since learned to speak its name with confidence, I decided it was about time to learn how to make it. This fresh, cucumber-y spread is

23 Mar 2014
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[st. patrick’s day] mint oreo truffles

 I don’t feel that these bad boys need much of an introduction. If you’ve had Oreo truffles before, you know two things: ONE – they are deceptively easy TWO – they are ridiculously addicting The mint version is no exception. In fact, I thought they were more delicious than the original. (Didn’t think it was

17 Mar 2014
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german chocolate pie

Math. It’s never been my favorite (in fact, I’m pretty sure I suffer from math anxiety). However, there is one mathematically-related holiday that has never disappointed me: pi day. (If you are a normal person who celebrates normal non-math-related-holidays, read more about “pi day” here. And start celebrating now.) This year to celebrate, I’m sharing

15 Mar 2014
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bomb-diggity bacon salsa

The other day I was watching the Food Network (shocker), and saw that my old friend Trisha Yearwood now has a cooking show (coincidentally, she also does Zumba). I already had an appreciation for Trisha, but this knowledge brought it to a whole new level. Turns out she’s a pretty accomplished cook too, and makes

11 Mar 2014
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best chocolate chip cookies ever

So, I know this post features a fairly lofty title, but these cookies turned out perfectly. I’ve been searching for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I know will work – every time. And here it is. If you’re a person who doesn’t like chewy-in-the-middle, melt-in-your-mouth, pee-your-pants-a-little-because-you’re-so-happy cookies, then you probably won’t like these. The

01 Mar 2014
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wild mushroom bisque

One of my absolute favorite places to eat is Zupa’s – especially when I’m in the mood for soup. They have a wonderful selection of soups, but I always tend to order the same thing – their Wild Mushroom Bisque. Sadly, I have moved outside of the radius of any Zupa’s locations… so I had

01 Mar 2014
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pumpkin coconut curry

Okay, two things: I love pumpkin, and I love curry. Every time I go to a Thai restaurant and pumpkin curry is an option, I order it. And it’s always an amazing experience. However, it’s not always an option at every Thai restaurant… so I decided to give it a try myself.      

25 Nov 2012
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