Make Your Own Chai Concentrate with #JivaOrganics Cardamom {#Review}

If you have a well stocked spice closet, you’ll know how expensive ground cardamom can be. Only saffron and vanilla beans are more expensive by weight. Unless you use it regularly (like weekly) the ground cardamom is likely to lose its potency before it’s consumed. The solution is to buy the pods which last longer [...]

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Real Food Fridays #48

We have a very special giveaway today.  Our very own co-host Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo has published a COOKBOOK!!!  You can find it on Amazon OR you can enter to WIN an e-version. Recipes that are easy, out-of-this-world delicious, and paleo-friendly? Absolutely! Written by popular blogger Heather Resler of Cook It Up Paleo,  Grain-Free [...]

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Crepes with Lemon Ricotta Cream

Ever since I made the eggplant and mushroom crepes the other week, Rick and I have been talking about making dessert crepes. I’m a sucker for lemon, and we had ricotta in the fridge. It seems natural our first dessert crepes were filled with lemon ricotta cream. The only difference in the savory and sweet crepe batters [...]

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Moroccan Spiced Chicken with Summer Squash and Olives

Let’s face it, chicken can be pretty boring at times. We were getting into a rut of chicken seasoned Greek or Italian style then grilled and served with a salad. We needed to wake up our palates a little bit and Moroccan Spiced Chicken with Summer Squash and Olives fit the bill. I have an [...]

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Meatless Mondays: Veggie Sandwiches

Welcome back to the latest Meatless Monday! I’ve teamed up with blogging friends Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Mary from Mary’s Kitchen to bring you a month long party! Today I wanted to share a few veggie sandwiches we’ve been cranking out in the Flexitarian Kitchen on the panini press. Starting from the left there’s [...]

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Gin Marinated Olives {Recipe ReDux}

Sometimes the best part of a dinner party is the eating that takes place before the meal! When we entertain, we like to offer a variety of savory items like chorizo, cheese, bread and these gin marinated olives to our guests to nibble on. Our friend Kevin introduced us to gin marinated olives. He’d repackage large [...]

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Why I Decided to Hire a Personal Trainer

On my last trip to the doctor’s office both my blood pressure and weight were up. I was appalled. Not only had I gained back the weight I’d lost last summer, I’d added to it. Even worse, on my visit summary I read “the patient [me] is mildly obese.” I couldn’t believe it. Photo credit [...]

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Real Food Fridays #47

Welcome to Real Food Fridays #47! What a beautiful week this has been! After a few thunderstorms rolled through we’ve been blessed with low humidity and cooler temperatures. The combination means being outdoors is even more pleasant than usual! I’ve been spending some time cleaning out my little herb garden. I have really enjoyed being [...]

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Eggplant and Mushroom Crepes

I cannot believe I’ve waited so long to make crepes! They’re incredibly easy and make everything more elegant.  Today I’m going to share how to make Eggplant and Mushroom Crepes. It started out with an eggplant that needed to be used. I dithered about it. Did I want to roast it or fry it up [...]

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Beet and Sweet Potato Gratin

Beet and Sweet Potato Gratin was the last in a series of beet dishes made from the beets given to me by my brother. The color contrast between the beets and the sweet potatoes makes for a brilliant presentation (any Virginia Tech fans out there?). A gratin is essentially a casserole that’s cooked in the [...]

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