Cherry-Berry Frozen Mojitos

April 27, 2013
Cherry-Berry Frozen Mojitos

Today was the nicest day we’ve had in a while — clear skies, high of 70, lots of sun, and no wind. It was a day meant to be spent outside. So, instead of lounging around our condo being lazy like we usually do on Saturdays, Dan and I decided to revive our balcony garden. Admittedly, neither of us is really that good with plants yet. Especially me — I managed to kill three cacti in my office last year. And Dan, who actually comes from a family of good gardeners, never really took an interest in plants before. So when we started our balcony garden last spring, there was definitely a bit of a learning curve. But it was fun, and we were so...

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No-Churn Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

April 22, 2013
No-Churn Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

For my birthday this year, I decided I wanted to be low key. I figured since I’ve already started selectively forgetting how old I am, it’s probably silly to make a big deal about my “special day” with the usual group dinner party/bar-hopping extravaganza. So instead, Dan and I celebrated my 27th a few days early with junk food and wine at a local vineyard with some friends, and a deliciously messy lunch with my parents at a no-plates, no-utensils, everything-tastes-better-when-you-eat-with-your-hands seafood joint the next day. So tasty. And, so much fun! And, for my birthday treat, I made ice cream! Honest to goodness, creamy-smooth ice cream with thick swirls of tangy blueberry sauce, made without churning. Dan wants to know why I wasted...

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GF Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 17, 2013
GF Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings this week, it’s been a little hard to understand how some people can be so awful. For four years, Marathon Day was something my friends and I all looked forward to every spring – a welcome reprieve from classes, a reason to be out and about in the sun, and an excuse to goof off and day-drink with friends. We cheered for classmates running the race in those same spots, we shopped in most of those stores on Boylston, and ate meals at many of the restaurants along that street.  All I can say is, thank god none of our friends and family were hurt. My heart goes out to all the people in Boston and...

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

April 13, 2013
Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

I always used to think I was an adventurous eater, but lately I’ve realized that my dining habits are really boring. I literally eat the same things every day. Yogurt for breakfast, hummus & avocado sandwiches for lunch, fruit and nuts for a mid morning/afternoon snack, and whatever’s leftover in the fridge for dinner. When  we go out, it’s the same story — I’ll eye the raw oysters and steak tartare with raw egg, but ultimately settle on the grilled salmon or some kind of salad. Like I said…bo-ring. Luckily, Dan is the same way (even worse than me, really). I guess we just like what we like, you know? And you know what we really like? Mushrooms. And spinach & artichoke dip. So when...

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Buttermilk Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce

April 8, 2013
Buttermilk Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce

Happy Monday, everybody! What did y’all do this weekend? Dan and I were shockingly social and productive — instead of lounging around in our PJs and playing video games all day, we actually went out and did stuff. We ran errands, got long overdue haircuts, discovered a great new seafood place within walking distance of our condo, went hiking (and got just a little lost in the middle of a Civil War battlefield), and even squeezed in some fun with friends at our favorite vineyard. Phew. It was definitely an action packed weekend. Amazing how much motivation a little sunshine and warm weather can inspire in two couch potatoes, isn’t it? If you need more proof of our weather-inspired motivation and productivity, this breakfast spread...

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Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza Cups

March 27, 2013
Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza Cups

So guys…have you been infected with the madness that is college basketball? Dan and I – not so much. Basketball wasn’t really a big thing at our school (or any other sport, really) so neither of us has a horse in the race. As a result, Dan is much more excited about spring training, and I’m mainly just waiting for March to end so that it actually starts feeling like spring around here. If I were a college basketball fan though, I would definitely use the games as an excuse to make loads of game day eats. Crispy wings dripping with sauce, nachos loaded with cheese, and tender, juicy sliders…mmm mmm mmmmm. Junk food is definitely the best part of watching sports, am I...

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Bacon Cheese Fries

March 26, 2013
Bacon Cheese Fries

Guys, am I crazy or is it supposed to be spring already? You know…longer days, more sunshine, budding flowers, chirping birds…warmer weather? Yes? So why the hell is it snowing! Why is there slush on the ground! Where are my frickin’ spring flowers! TELL ME. Obviously, I’m a little upset about the weather. And, obviously the only way to deal with snow in almost-April is to get huffy and make bacon cheese fries for dinner. I am a firm believer that there is no problem a pile of crispy fries smothered in melted cheese and crunchy bacon bits can’t solve. And guys? These fries were fabulous. I served them piping hot with three different dipping sauces, and between all the gooey cheese, the salty/crunchy bacon,...

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Strawberry Banana Daiquiris

March 21, 2013
Strawberry Banana Daiquiris

Dan can tell you that I’ve gone a little smoothie crazy lately. Those green smoothies from last weekend were the first smoothies I’ve had in ages, and guys? Smoothies are delicious! And, if you sneak in some leafy greens and high protein yogurt, they’re pretty good for you too! I’m a fan. So much of a fan, in fact, that I’ve made myself a smoothie practically every day this week. Smoothies for breakfast, smoothies for dinner…suffice to say, Dan thinks I’ve gone smoothie crazy. You know what’s kind of like a smoothie? A daiquiri. Honestly, the only difference between these strawberry banana daiquiris and the classic strawberry-banana smoothie is the rum (and, technically…the yogurt). Otherwise, it’s got all the same delicious, healthy ingredients. So,...

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Green Smoothies

March 17, 2013
Green Smoothies

Happy St. Paddy’s Day, everyone! What are you guys doing to celebrate? Dan and I got a head start on celebrations last night and went to another couple’s house for Cocktail Night. The plan was for each couple to choose one type of liquor to be the basis of our cocktails, and then we’d all pick a different recipe to try. What did we make? I have no idea. My cocktail contribution was something called a Fuzzy Rita (Crown Royal, peach schnapps, lime juice, and orange juice), but I don’t remember the names of the other drinks. I can tell you, however, that they were all delicious. Delicious, and lethal. After four or five drinks last night, I was definitely feeling a little less...

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Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Egg Crepes

March 9, 2013
Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Egg Crepes

The problem with being addicted to Food Network is that it makes me want to eat all kinds of things I can’t have (because it’s midnight and I don’t have deep fried bacon in the house), and definitely should not have (seriously…don’t let me eat fried bacon). Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives is the worst. Every time I see Guy chomping into something greasy, gooey, porky, or crackly (i.e., every other scene), my mouth starts watering and I immediately become consumed with the urge to eat everything. Cuz, you know…if I can’t have the fried chicken biscuit Guy is shoveling into his mouth, I’m just gonna munch on everything in my pantry/fridge until I convince my tastebuds/stomach/brain that I am eating fried chicken biscuits. Self delusion...

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