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Avocado Pesto Zoodles

OH MY ZOODLE.  How am I just getting on this bandwagon?  We got so spoiled with wedding presents I now have every kitchen gadget I have ever dreamed of!! We got a spiralizer and I really don't know if I will ever use another appliance…
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Thanksgiving Side Round Up!

I love thanksgiving.  The reason I love thanksgiving is simple... THE SIDES!   From potatoes to veggies to carbs on carbs on GRAVY!  It's too much. I saw on the news they were calculating how many calories you eat on Thanksgiving.  Now…
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Rosemary Focaccia

Where my carb lovers at?  Where my rosemary lovers at?  Are you here?  Okay great!  I don't know about you but rosemary is one of the herbs that I rarely use, but when I do all I think about is "why don't I use this more often?!"  Well…
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Cranberry Pecan Brussel Sprouts

The brussel sprouts are back!! I don't know if you remember, but I LOVE brussel sprouts.  LOVE!  Roasting them just makes me so happy.  So when Thanksgiving rolls around it is a great excuse to doctor up my usual roasted brussels!  This…
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Twice Baked Yams with Oat Streusel Topping

It's time to broaden our horizons and try out some new Thanksgiving recipes!  I love cooking Thanksgiving dinners for a few reasons.  I really would love to one day be the "mom that makes the best Thanksgiving dinner EVER."  I want to have…
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Roasted Brussel Sprouts w/ Fig Balsamic Dressing

Let's talk about my current obsession with brussel sprouts.  It's been going on for quite a few months now and it's getting pretty intense.  Like the kind of intense where I will roast a pound of them for dinner.  And eat them all.  Possibly…
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Pretzel Rolls

 How great are carbs? I am I right?  Pretzels are my go-to carb.  I have convinced myself they are way healthier than normal bread.  I am aware this is untrue but I will believe what I want!  Anywho... these pretzel rolls will knock your…
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Roasted Root Vegetables with Dijon Vinaigrette

I love the farmers market.  I try to go every Saturday morning even if I don't think I need anything.  The one in Laguna Beach is just about a half mile walk and I always meet the nicest people. Once I had some inspiration I walked down…
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Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

 Over the years I have heard from multiple people that making your own salad dressing is the way to go when dieting.  I like doing it because I know exactly what is in it and I can make it taste just how I want!  I drempt of an orange balsamic…
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Israeli Couscous w/ Apples, Cranberries & Herbs

Let's talk about trying new things.  I try new recipes all the time, but they usually are very similar.  Now it is time to try new THINGS!  New vegetables, new grains, new cultures cuisines and anything else I can think of.  I had never…
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Black Pepper & Blue Cheese Gougeres

Hello friends!  I am still lost in my Smitten Kitchen cookbook.  I want to make EVERYTHING.  Deb (the author) likes to make things with interesting names.  Things that I have never heard of before.  These Gougeres (which I still cannot…
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Roasted Apples with Sweet Potato Stuffing

I have volunteered myself to make thanksgiving dinner for my family.  I am very excited to take on the task, but really want to perfect my menu ahead of time.  Last year I made a sweet potato (but they were actually Yams) stufffing.  …