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Best Breadsticks

Best Breadsticks

The other day I was at my friend’s house. She was telling me about how excited she was to try a recipe for Olive Garden breadsticks when I made a confession. “I don’t get why everybody loves Olive Garden breadsticks so much.” This was of course met by a look of surprise and horror that I’m sure you just matched as you stare at your computer screen. It’s true, I am not a huge fan of those Olive Garden breadsticks….

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Silly Lunch

Silly Lunch

I’ve never been a huge fan of lunch. I can easily rotate through three or four quick dishes for breakfast and I take a certain delight in planning delicious dinners, but lunch is just that inconvenient-meal-in-the-middle-of-the-day. When I was in grade school I generally brought a lunch from home, but I made things complicated by refusing to eat sandwiches. My poor mother nearly went crazy trying to come up with ideas of what she could pack that I might actually…

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Use the Heat

Use the Heat

We’ve already had some record highs here in CO and the forecast isn’t making us feel much better about things. It’s unpleasant and kind of scary with all the fires we already have, but I’m doing my best to find at least something good in this whole situation. Not only do my clothes dry faster than they would in the dryer, but I’ve found some awesome ideas for channeling the sun’s power to cook. I’ve pinned a few DIY solar…

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I’m starting to think

I’m starting to think

we don’t eat like most people.  I just finished a bowl of  leftover Vidalia Onion Soup with Wild Rice topped with Blue Cheese Croutons for lunch. I’ve unintentionally turned my daughter into a social experiment. It seems like every time I take her out in public I dress her in blue or green. People get excited when they see the car seat and exclaim, “Oh, such a cute little . . . ” Their eyes flit back and forth from…

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Is real food really more expensive?

Is real food really more expensive?

There’s this common perception that real, healthy food like fresh fruits and vegetables are way overpriced compared to the unhealthy highly processed fake foods out there. Well, to lay the smack down on that the USDA just published a study showing the opposite is true. Listen to this: It turns out that when you drop the flawed metric of measuring the price of food as $/calorie and switch to something like $/serving, things turn out a lot better for real…

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Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Well this post definitely isn’t about healthy food. With Cooper’s birthday coming up I’ve been thinking a lot about cake and the associations they create. Growing up I always chose the same cake for my birthday: cheesecake. My parents make a mean cheesecake. They’ve become quite skilled at this dish since they make at least twenty different kinds every year for the running camp they put on. (They coach the cross-country team at my old high school.) For over four…

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Tofu

Tofu

Tofu has never really sounded (or looked) good to me. I gave it a try once a few years back, but the dish was mediocre and I figured it proved that tofu was indeed gross. Then we went to Tokyo Joe’s the other day and Noel ordered tofu in his rice bowl. I prepared myself to be repulsed when we performed our typical ritual of sampling each others’ food, but was pleasantly surprised. When prepared well tofu is actually pretty…

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Upcycled Swag Bags

Upcycled Swag Bags

I love free stuff, I think we all do. If you’re like us, you love it so much that you often aren’t discerning about what that stuff is and you find yourself pushing people out of your way to catch fleece ponchos at basketball games or visiting every table at an expo just to make sure you don’t miss something good. In the heat of it swag seems awesome, but once at home you realize that much of it is…

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On Becoming Food Snobs

On Becoming Food Snobs

I have a confession. I never liked American cheese. I usually didn’t like the hamburger that it came on either. Honestly I never really liked many of the things kids were supposed to love. I always thought there was something wrong with me. I know for a fact that I drove my parents crazy with my picky eating. (Sorry about that Mom.) Nevertheless, I was the typical male college student by the time I left home. I couldn’t cook to…

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Dye Job – Natural and Otherwise

Dye Job – Natural and Otherwise

No this post is not about dying my hair. Trust me, that’s never going to happen. I’m not big on food dyes. I try to avoid them in the things I buy and have only used my my little vials of food coloring once in the past two years.  (When I unsuccessfully tried to make cute cupcakes to impress the pre-teen girls I taught at church, which was silly on so many levels.) With Easter coming up I’ve tossed around…

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