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Fresh Seven-Layer Dip
Traditional recipes

Fresh Seven-Layer Dip

Meet the seven-layer dip of my dreams, which is actually… five layers. Let me explain. I’ve encountered quite a few Tex-Mex seven-layer dips at parties and potlucks. They’re fun and festive, and I can’t resist swooping in with tortilla chips. They feature some of my favorite ingredients: beans, guacamole, salsa and tomatoes.

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End of Summer Stuffed Vegetables

Oklahoma weather never abides by the calendar and while it may be fall, the season for summer squash isn’t over yet. I’ve already decorated my apartment with miniature pumpkins in eager anticipation, but it’s 90 degrees outside and I’m going to eat zucchini and bell peppers while I still can!I couldn’t resist these cute globe zucchinis when I spotted them at the farmer’s market.
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Quick Molasses Bread // Notes on Baking with Natural Sweeteners

I’m always on the hunt for great whole grain, naturally sweetened baked good recipes and I’m happy to share another with you today. Well technically, it’s really more like three quick bread recipes in one, because the resulting loaves taste so different depending on which sweetener you use! I came across Joy’s recipe for quick molasses bread on a cold night this winter.
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Maple Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been on the hunt for the perfect whole wheat cookies for over a year now. A girl can only eat so many cookies, though, so it has been a long and slow process that paused during a crazy hot summer. In my attempt to narrow down the possibilities, I searched around for the highest authorities on chocolate chip cookies and sampled the most promising cookie recipes I could find.
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An Announcement

April fools! I didn’t cut off my hair (I would never!). Today is my last day!Starting tomorrow, I will enjoy a two week staycation, then start working from home. I can’t wait to hang out with Cookie all day, cook lunch in my own kitchen, listen to music as loud as I want, and work in my PJ’s. Not to mention my “commute” from my bed to my desk is about 25 feet, as opposed to a 45 minute drive.
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Midwest Marvel: Kansas City, MO

Well, before I start my spiel about how amazing Kansas City is, I’d like to explain my absence this week. After a fantastic, stress-free and restful weekend exploring Kansas City with Jordan and Dane, I awoke on Monday with what I’d like to call a sudden-onset sinus infection. I spent a couple of totally un-glamorous evenings in bed, sniffling and snuggling with Cookie (my dog), Harry Potter (the movies), and a roll of toilet paper (for my nose!
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Cleveland Chefs and Farms

Last month, I had the privilege of touring Cleveland and visiting some of the city’s finest dining establishments and sustainable local farms. I had never been to Cleveland before and had very little preconceptions about the city, although I must admit that the Drew Carey Show’s theme song played in my head every time I thought of Cleveland (Cleveland rocks!
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Peach Mojito

To conclude peach week, I considered making peach bellinis or peach sangria, but the idea of fresh mint and sweet peaches proved irresistible. So here’s another spin on a classic mojito: a peach mojito!This week has worn me out. I’ll be glad to get some rest and spend time with my friend once he gets back to town.
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Summer Snapshots

Lately I’ve been talking a lot about food on this blog and not much else. To change that, today I thought I’d share a little about my summer so far. I’d love to hear about yours, too.Record high temperatures aside, it’s been lovely. Last year, I was working six days a week, which left little time for typical summer activities.
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Asian Raw Kale Salad with Red Pepper Dressing

I’ve been bursting to share this recipe with you all, but haven’t found the right words to describe this salad. So many come to mind: beautiful, vibrant, fresh, flavorful. Not to mention that it’s raw, vegan, packed with phytonutrients and about as healthy as it gets. None of those words or phrases do this salad justice.
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Blueberry Maple Tea Cake

Have you ever heard that the phrase “cellar door” is the most beautiful-sounding phrase in the entire English language? I would like to petition that “jammy pockets” take its place. Jammy pockets, as in, “this maple-scented blueberry tea cake is full of jammy pockets.” Jammy pockets make the world a better place.
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Huevos Rancheros with Avocado Salsa Verde

Would you look at that? I’m eating fried eggs now. That only took 27 years. In other inconsequential personal news, I’ve coaxed my African violet into blooming again. Apparently it likes to be watered every seven days. Go figure!Maybe it’s silly or childish, but I often catch myself craving recognition for these tiny everyday accomplishments.
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Happy Birthday, Dad!

I have the best Dad in the whole world. The best!Never miss a new recipeSubscribe to our email newsletter! As a thank you, we& 39;ll give you our welcome guide with 5 printable dinner recipes. (It& 39;s all free.)Reader InteractionsCommentsSo gorgeous! I love this photo!! Dad’s are seriously the best :)xoJeanwww.
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Decorating for Christmas

This December, I did my best to create a festive holiday mood in my apartment without going overboard. My objectives were to use what I already had, avoid buying things that I would need to store, and to be as environmentally friendly as possible. A Christmas tree was out of the question (where would I put it?
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Blueberry Lemon Scones

I’ve been on a Greek yogurt kick lately, and I’ve been intrigued by the idea of baking with yogurt after the smashing success of these blueberry muffins. Yogurt is fantastic in baked goods; it imparts a light, moist texture and flavor and is so much better for you than fattening alternatives like butter, sour cream or cream cheese.
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Kansas City, Round Two

Last weekend, I scampered off to Kansas City after my three-year-long relationship with my boyfriend came to a close. My friend Jordan kindly offered me her guest room for a four-day, much-needed respite. We shopped the Plaza and lunched in Westport, wandered through exhibits in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nelson-Atkins, and lounged at Jordan and her husband’s cute and cozy home in Waldo.
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Holiday Gift Guide

Although it may be seventy degrees outside, my calendar indicates that the holidays are just around the corner. I’ve been wishing for an excuse to share some of my favorite things, so I decided to round them up into a holiday gift guide. Almost all of the items are under $30 and would make great stocking stuffers.
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Mac & Cheese with Roasted Broccoli

Behold! My first attempt at making homemade macaroni and cheese was just as quick and tasty as Erin promised. I used whole wheat pasta shells and reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, so it didn’t knock me into a creamy carb coma afterward.I also tried roasting broccoli for the first time—yum! The combination of cheesy pasta and crisp, oven-baked broccoli has become my new favorite weeknight comfort meal.
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Double Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

I’m mad at these muffins. Mad because they took me three tries to get just right yesterday. Mad because the third variation turned out so well that I filled my belly with muffins before I went to bed last night. Fortunately, they’re composed of yogurt (instead of sour cream) and white whole wheat flour (instead of all-purpose flour), so they are more redeeming than your average muffins.
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Herbed Quinoa and Pomegranate Salad

I was totally overwhelmed by the abundance of fresh food in Israel. Every time we sat down to the table, our generous hosts covered every available square inch with dishes to try. I, of course, couldn’t let one pass me by, so I always left the table feeling thoroughly stuffed and seriously spoiled.In those stomach-clutching moments, I day-dreamed about going home to a simple quinoa salad and a glass of wine.
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Your 10 Favorite Recipes from 2014

Can you believe it? I can’t. 2014 went by like the blink of an eye. It was my first year as a full-time blogger (dream job!) and I worked my tail off all year to make this work. That’s how I’d characterize the past year—work, work and more work. I’m entering my twenty-ninth year still reeling from the end of a recent relationship and I feel like something big is missing.
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