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Chinese New Year: Dumpling Recipes and Entertaining Tips

Chinese New Year begins today and it’s easier than you think to celebrate at home! Dumplings are one of the traditional dishes always served at a Chinese New Year feast (along with long noodles, the longer they are supposedly the longer you’ll live!) and they are simple to prepare. If you don’t have a steamer basket, try using your vegetable steamer, if you don’t have cabbage leaves, try using parchment paper so the […]
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Chicken Marsala – And Reinvented Chicken Marsala Panini

Chicken Marsala with Pan Roasted Fingerling Potatoes 4 chicken breast, trimmed, sliced horizontally and then pounded thin with a mallet (tip, place a towel under the cutting board, and plastic wrap over the chicken) 1 small package baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced quarter inch thin 12 shitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced 1/2 cup flour 1 cup chicken stock 1 cup marsala wine salt and pepper to taste 1 unsalted butter several tbsp. […]
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Sheet Pan Mediterranean Roasted Carrots and Acorn Squash

Carrots and Acorn Squash are even more flavorful when roasted along with these warm Mediterranean and classic Middle Eastern spices. I tossed them in coriander and cumin, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted them on a sheet pan to make the most incredible healthy side dish. Try this for a weeknight dinner along with chicken, on top of a salad or puree the leftovers into a hearty soup (recipe coming soon!). 1 lb tri colored carrots, […]
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Healthy Tips for Keeping your Fitness Resolution

Staying on track of your health and fitness goals isn’t as simple as just working out a couple days a week.  I think losing weight and keeping it off is 20% fitness and 80% nutrition so keeping healthy snacks on hand is crucial for staying energized and feeling full all day long.  Here are some of the things I keep on track and why they help me.
  • 32oz Nalgene Water Bottle: Of all the new plastic water bottles Ive tried, my classic Nalgene
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Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole

I know Green Bean Casserole is a classic side dish for any holiday meal. But I’m giving the traditional recipe a face lift. As much as I like it, the sodium laden can of cream of mushroom soup leaves me feeling heavy and blah. So I’m skipping the cream all together, but keeping it indulgent by adding bacon and of course those crunchy fried onions on top. Give it a try and let me know what you think! [ingredients} Lightened Up Green Bean  […]
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3 New Mashes to switch up your Potato Game

No one loves Mashed Potatoes more than my son, my 5-year-old can scoop it out of the serving dish, directly into his mouth any time of day! But I like to mix things up, especially for the holidays when I’m always looking for ways to reinvent the classics we love. Here are three new versions to give a try, mashed Cauliflower, Sweet Potato and Rutabaga. Let me know if you give them a try and which one is your favorite. And I’m always looking […]
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How to Thaw and Cook a Turkey

You can thaw a turkey, and cook it, all in the same day! (And it will taste delicious, I promise!) Here is the step-by-step. 1 12-15 pound turkey 1 stick of unsalted butter ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup dried Herbes de Provence ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley handful of fresh thyme, destemmed 1 stem of rosemary, destemmed and chopped 2 lemons twine handful of whole fresh herbs like sage, rosemary or thyme generous Kosher salt and pepper Directions: […]
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Pine Cone Cheese Ball – A New Holiday App

Turn a classic holiday appetizer, the cheese ball, into an even more festive dish, by shaping it into a pine coke and adding smoked almonds. Here is the recipe below, would love to hear if you try it this holiday season! Smoked Almond Pine Cone Cheese Ball 8oz. cream cheese 5oz. Roka Blue Cheese 5oz. Cheddar Pub Cheese 1 shallot, diced very fine 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 package smoked, salted almonds, whole Directions: Mix all the ingredients, except […]
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