Barley Mango Salad with Avocado Yogurt Dressing

Barley mango salad with avocado yogurt dressing

This barley mango salad is a hearty yet refreshing and spring-like meal.  I’m wishing winter away with this salad. Seriously, I’ve had enough. As if the 3 feet of piled up snow outside weren’t bad enough, I had to shovel that much off our front walkway just so our new couch could be delivered today…

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Fig & Orange Oat Bread

Fig & orange oat bread

This hearty soda bread is filled with fresh figs and orange zest. It makes for a delicious addition to breakfast or a great snack! A few weeks ago I went to a taping of The Chew. From the absolute last row of the studio, we watched them make grilled cheeses, burgers and milkshakes without getting…

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Raw walnut & pecan tartlets: 2 ways

Raw walnut & pecan tartlets: 2 ways

Tartlet. Funny word, isn’t it? I just want to keep saying it over and over and over… Ok, we’ll get to those. Story time first. Saturday we went out to dinner with my parents. No special occasion, just a much needed night out of the house for me with an equally as much needed bottle…

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Honey vanilla chestnut spread

I didn’t eat a roasted chestnut until I was 20. It took living in another country and walking past a food cart that sold them everyday for 2 months before I finally caved. I have no idea how or why I resisted their intoxicating winter smell that permeated the entire block for so long because…

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Spiced rosemary maple cider nuts

The idea (and I say that only because I think I’ve had maybe 2 in my whole adult life even though I reallllly want to have them every weekend) of dinner parties sounds great. You spend all your time coming up with some awesomely delicious main dish, a cast of supporting sides and some homemade…

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