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Chicken & Eggplant with Thai Basil

Chicken & Eggplant with Thai Basil

[Jump to Recipe] I have always been mixed on eggplant. The outside is great but I never was excited by what I had to work with in the middle. I mean it was this bulbous fruit (yes it is indeed a fruit) with a white, not super flavorful, oddly textured interior. When I cooked with it I would remove most of the middle and only worked with an inch around the outside. This seems like such a waste to me…

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Roasted Shishito Peppers

Roasted Shishito Peppers

[Jump to Recipe] Shishito peppers are something seasonal for me and thus are a real treat. I used to get them only through my CSA and would relish those one or two meals we could make with them every summer. This year I found myself with more gardening space and I thought, why not see how successful I could be at planting them? I bought only one plant and it turns out that was a great decision because that plant…

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Faux Sourdough Chocolate Cookies

Faux Sourdough Chocolate Cookies

[Jump to Recipe] Last year for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day I posted this Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. This recipe is great, IF you have sourdough starter lying around. But what do you do, a friend asked me, if you don’t? Can you recreate a similar flavor profile and texture to those cookies without it? Yes you can and the secret is yogurt! Yogurt gives a nice tang to the recipe and, according to Matt and Lentil over on…

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Thursday Thirst: 7-13-2017

Thursday Thirst: 7-13-2017

So here we are, my first ever Thursday Thirst! For more information on how these posts will go, click here! We are right in the middle of summer in Colorado and it has been hot. But that means the garden is really ramping up (I swear the pepper plants have doubled in size over the past week) and I can’t wait for produce soon. The first tomato (an heirloom black krim) is huge and so close to ready! Also today…

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Apricot Jam with Lavender and Vanilla

Apricot Jam with Lavender and Vanilla

[Jump to the recipe by clicking here] I grew up in the middle of what was once an apricot orchard in California. There were, if I can remember correctly, about 6 trees left on my parents property by the time I could appreciate them. They were old, and some years they struggled, but some years they brought forth a plethora of golden fruit. These years of plenty I am sure my mom made many recipes with the apricots, but all…

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Kale & Bacon Omelet Rice

Kale & Bacon Omelet Rice

[Jump to the recipe by clicking here] Fried rice was one of the first dishes I made when I started cooking for myself after college. It is a great way to use up extra vegetables you have hanging around, is really fast and cheap to make, and, unless you over season it, you can’t really mess it up. Now that being said, I didn’t (and still don’t) have a wok or a gas stove so I learned how to cook…

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Funfetti Hot Cross Buns

Funfetti Hot Cross Buns

[Jump to the recipe by clicking here] When I think back to Easter’s past I don’t really remember the food. This isn’t to say that my mom didn’t prepare an amazing meal. I am sure she did. Instead my memories are very kidcentric. I remember the baskets, the chocolate bunnies, looking for the colorful plastic eggs full candy, and especially dying hard boiled eggs. In short, I remember all the bright colors and the fun family activities that revolved around them….

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Miso Polenta with Ramen Toppings

Miso Polenta with Ramen Toppings

[Jump to the recipe by clicking here] Back when I was on the restriction phase of the low fodmap diet I tried making polenta for the first time. This was a challenge to myself to branch out from the rice I was eating multiple times a day. The first polenta I made was simple – water, cornmeal, butter, and parmesan cheese – but it was so easy and so good I was hooked. After eating it a couple times with…

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Low Fodmap Diet – Week 4, 5, & 6 + A Fluffy Almond Cookie Recipe

Low Fodmap Diet – Week 4, 5, & 6 + A Fluffy Almond Cookie Recipe

[Jump to the recipe by clicking here] [Jump to my fodmap diet update by clicking here] I am obsessed with almond flavored baked goods. If I had to pick only one pastry/baked good to eat for the rest of my life it would probably be an almond croissant. But right now I am not eating wheat grains or lactose which means I can’t splurge on one for days like Valentine’s Day where I used to celebrate with fun treats. As a result I decided to come…

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Low Fodmap Diet – Week 2 & 3

Low Fodmap Diet – Week 2 & 3

The picture in the heading was taken from near the top of Flattop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. We went for a snow hike/snowshoe up there two weekends ago. It is so nice to get away to the outdoors when things are stressful especially in these recent political times. Get out and enjoy and support our National Parks and other public lands. They are truly treasures that we must cherish. Hiking all the way up over thousands of feet uses…

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