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  • This drink is literally a mash up of tart citrus, sweet strawberries, crisp cucumber, refreshing gin, and a slight hint of tangy balsamic. Delicious!
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Strawberry Balsamic Gin Smash

You know those days when you just need a drink? This is the perfect drink for those days. The impetus for making this drink didn’t actually come from one of “those days.” I actually had the day off (local holiday – hooray!), and was reading Bon Appetit on the beach (I know, rough life), when … Continue reading

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Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

Jerk. Chicken. That’s right. Jerk chicken. Now, I haven’t been to Jamaica (yet!), but my boyfriend lived there for a year – and became quite the connoisseur of jerk chicken – and he says this recipe is pretty darn tasty. Not quite the real thing (unfortunately, I couldn’t let it smoke over a fire for … Continue reading

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Healthy Chicken Salad

Chicken salad gets a healthy upgrade with arugula, grapes, cucumber, and a healthy Greek yogurt dressing. Nope, no mayo in sight. Don’t worry though, this salad packs so much flavor, you won’t even miss it. I prefer to use red grapes in a salad like this, but green grapes would work just fine.   Special … Continue reading

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Bacon and Corn Potato Salad

I think every 4th of July celebration calls for at least one potato salad to be present on the buffet table (we had two!) This was what I made for our BBQ last Wednesday, and I thought I’d share my recipe with you. Oh, and did I mention it has bacon in it? No? Well, … Continue reading

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Creamy Pasta and Broccoli

Hmm, what to make for dinner? This was certainly a perplexing question the other day. I happened to have on hand a very large head of broccoli, a few cans of cannellini beans in the pantry, some curly pasta, and onions. But what to make with it? And then it hit me. I could use … Continue reading

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Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

It’s now officially summer. Hooray! And nothing says summer quite like watermelon. Even better if it’s paired with fresh mint and feta cheese. Watermelon sounds especially refreshing, since it’s extremely hot here – and just about everywhere else right now! I’m not sure what it is about these three distinct flavors, but they just seem … Continue reading

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Roasted Corn and Red Pepper Hummus

“Chickpeas whipped beyond recognition.” That’s what my boyfriend calls hummus. Let’s just say he’s not a fan (I think it’s a texture thing). Anyways, I love me some hummus, even if it is just chickpeas whipped beyond recognition. It’s a tasty, healthy dip that can be eaten with just about anything – what’s not to … Continue reading

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Orzo and Green Vegetables Salad

Sometimes you just have to eat your green vegetables. And what a better way than with orzo and goat cheese!? I combined several great nutrient-packed veggies into this easy-to-make and delicious to boot pasta salad. After draining the pasta, I tossed the orzo with olive oil while it was cooling. I don’t normally recommend doing … Continue reading

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Radish & Gorgonzola Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Dressing

Avocado is my all-time favorite food. I could probably eat at least three a day, but alas, I must restrain myself. I found a recipe for avocado buttermilk dressing in Real Simple a few weeks ago, and thought I’d give it a try with this healthy, tasty springtime salad of radishes, walnuts, and Gorgonzola cheese. … Continue reading

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Tomato & Cucumber Panzanella

Panzanella: it all starts with a loaf of bread. Could be French bread, or a nice baguette. I used a very yummy-looking (and tasting) fresh loaf of whole grain bread. Panzanella originates in Florence, and traditionally is made of stale bread that is soaked. This a delicious way to use up leftover bread loaves from … Continue reading