The Casual Veggie {Cookbook Announcement}

Fresh Vegetables, web file-19

I was a strange child — in so many, many ways — but in part because vegetables were one of my favorite things to eat. I distinctly remember my friends shooting glaring looks my way as I helped myself to seconds on steamed broccoli, or ravenously chowed down on huge bowls of salad. One of […]

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Sweet & Spicy Apricot Glazed Grilled Pork Chops

Apricot Glazed Grilled Pork Chops, web-1

“Labor day” isn’t really accurate for describing how we spent our weekend. “Lazy day” is more like it. In fact, living in a college town, labor day weekend for us means locking ourselves indoors to avoid getting trampled by the back-to-school mob. Stock up on food and water, lock your doors, the students are coming! […]

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Jalapeno Peach Jam, web-5

Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Peach Jam

Moving to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches… millions of peaches, peaches for free. Millions of peaches, peaches for me! If I lived in the south, you can bet my house would have a peach tree. I’d be making peach pie, peach scones, peach cobbler, and yes, peach jam all summer long. And if we […]

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The Oregon Coast, July 2015

If old growth forests, sunsets, and waves crashing against rocks aren’t your thing, look away now. I never thought I’d be someone who was able to take two vacations in one year, but here I am, going back to one of the most beautiful places on earth for the second time in just a few […]

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Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad

There’s been a common theme in my house recently, of meals that require no heat to make. No roasting, sauteing, boiling, frying… nothing. The less heat, and less work required, the better. Which means tubs of ice cream are my best friend, but also, vegetables, because balance. Too hot to cook + lazy = noshing on […]

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Zucchini Carrot Apple Bread,  web-5

Zucchini Carrot Apple Bread

I don’t know whose idea it was to put zucchini in bread, or carrots in cake, but whoever it was, I’d like to thank them. From the bottom of my heart stomach, thank you.  Honestly, it’s pure genius. Besides making super moist and delicious baked goods, the veggies make it easy to convince yourself that […]

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Chocolate Date Energy Bite Truffles, web-14

Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites {Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free}

Energy bites… healthy chocolate truffles… better-than-Larabars-date-nut-balls… delicious… It doesn’t really matter what you call them, because these are all of the above, and then some. They’re like candy, if candy were loaded with healthy fats and proteins, and sweetened only by dates, and made you feel AWESOME after you’d had a couple. Or six. (And […]

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English Pea Soup with Lemon Creme Fraiche

When I hear the words pea soup, two things come to my mind: split pea soup, and baby food. This isn’t to say all split pea soups (or all baby foods) are bad, but let’s just say I’m not a huge fan. This soup, thankfully, is neither of those things. Far from it — it’s light, bright, […]

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Aniversary: II

“You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known- and even that is an understatement.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald Yesterday marked our second anniversary. Two years of marriage, and four years of friendship, with the best friend I could ever hope to have. On a daily basis I am struck by […]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, web-12

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

I’ve had a bit of a lull in the kitchen, lately. Every once and a while I fall into one of these slumps where the motivation to cook just isn’t there, and I can’t quite figure out why. It’s frustrating, especially in the Spring when fresh produce is just beginning to show up, and a […]

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