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Cranberry and Orange Scented Almond Snowball Cookies

My name is Donna and I have a fear of baking.  There.  I said it.  It feels good to get...

Fusilli with Roasted Cauliflower, Garlicky Breadcrumbs, Herbs and Pecorino

Roasted cauliflower with garlicky breadcrumbs.  Parsley, thyme, rosemary.  Italian cheese.  Can you almost taste how delicious these flavors will be...

Roasted Acorn Squash {lightly dusted with brown sugar & butter}

It’s so warm here in NJ that it literally feels like summer.  But, that hasn’t stopped our family from being...

My New Jersey + An Elegant but Simple Butternut Squash & Spiced Lentil Salad

If you saw my post from last week, thanks for sticking with me through my ranting and raving.  I’m passionate...

Chili-Roasted Sweet Potato and Pearl Couscous Salad

When I’m creating a new recipe, I have a few criteria that I like to meet before I’m actually happy...

Tomato and White Bean Soup with Rosemary Croutons

The cool weather is coming and soup season will soon be here!  I love soup for so many reasons. It’s...

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I truly didn’t think, with all the hustle and bustle, that I was going to be able to fit in another post before Christmas.  But, here I am! If you’re entertaining in the next few weeks, then you’re probably looking for some last minute appetizer ideas to wow your guests!  This Fig and Gorgonzola Crostini will certainly do the trick, and it’s so quick and easy.  I give you two ways to make these crostini, because I know sometimes its…

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My name is Donna and I have a fear of baking.  There.  I said it.  It feels good to get it off my chest. Before having a family I’d have these dreamy visions of baking Christmas cookies with my children.  We’d all be laughing and listening to Christmas songs while we created little gingerbread cookies and sipped hot cocoa…cue the record player scratch!!!!  Now that I’ve had children and we’ve actually baked Christmas cookies, the reality of it all is…

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In just a few days we’ll all be inundated with red, green, silver and gold but for now I’m all about the orange and brown.  I’m one of those who doesn’t like to think much about Christmas before Thanksgiving, or at least until I see Santa on his sleigh at the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade! Ok…I will admit, I may listen to a Christmas song or two, or three, while cooking the turkey, but that’s it!  Let’s give each holiday it’s…

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Roasted cauliflower with garlicky breadcrumbs.  Parsley, thyme, rosemary.  Italian cheese.  Can you almost taste how delicious these flavors will be in your mouth? After a week in Costa Rica devouring daily doses of huevos rancheros, guacamole and margaritas, I was really craving a home cooked meal…especially pasta.  Don’t get me wrong, the food was outstanding.  Freshly caught seafood, tropical fruits and the freshest corn tortillas you can imagine were all delicious, but I seem to have a limit as to…

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A few weeks ago, I spent the day touring Twin Ponds Farm in Howell, NJ.  Before then, I’ve never toured a working farm.  To actually walk through one is a feast for the five senses.  The aroma of the herbs, the bright vibrant colors, the rich brown earth… I was in heaven.  Connecting with nature is the best way to achieve a healthy lifestyle.  Once you make that connection, you realize food grown fresh and naturally is what the body…

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