Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce – Come for the Peanut Butter. Stay for the Satay.

Peanut butter is like that friend who always shows up. You know, the type of friend who you can go without seeing for months, and when you finally do get together, its like not a moment has passed. You don’t have to apologize that life has gotten busy and you haven’t called. And like that…

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Easy Roasted Veggie Pasta – Get Ready for a New Go-To Meal

Does anyone else get the Sunday Scaries? My husband loves his job and claims he does not get them, but I sure do. Staring in the face of five days of me vs. the home team – a toddler, a baby, and a wild dog- feels a little daunting. I love being a stay-at-home mom, but on Sunday night, I…

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Honey Banana Bread – Turn Trash into Treasure for your Honey

It makes me sick to think of all the food I’ve thrown away recently as I try to get my toddler more excited about food: Half of a piece of toast with crunchy peanut butter, one chicken meatball, a handful of green beans, two Brussels sprouts, and three mandarin oranges just in the last two…

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Chocolate Truffles – A Sweet Yet Sad Association 

Many people associate chocolate truffles with something sweet and romantic. My association is a bit different. Six years ago I was on a flight from Zurich to Boston and was sitting next to a lovely older woman who passed away mid-flight. I never got her name, but we had chatted for a bit over People…

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Chocolate Cherry Valentine’s Cake – Too Good to Share with your Valentine

I made this Valentine’s Day cake to share with people that I love. My husband had a piece (he doesn’t have a sweet tooth), a friend had a piece (he was only visiting for a few hours), and my toddler had two mini pieces (he ate all of his dinner two days in a row!). But…

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Game Day Mac and Cheese Puff – I’m Just Here for the Snacks

I’d like to start by saying that I have no idea why this dish is called a “puff.” There’s nothing “puffy” about it. In fact it is so non-puffy that it is almost burly. Not that burly men can’t be puffy – don’t go putting words in my mouth. But this is a hearty and delicious…

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Peanut Butter Cookies – For the PB to your Jelly

Everyone seems to have differing opinions about Valentine’s Day. Maybe you love it, maybe you hate it, and maybe you think its just a day commercialized to increase card and candy sales during an otherwise seasonally depressing time of year. This year we’ve obviously spent a lot of time thinking about Granny, and I can’t…

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Winter Salad – A Salad for Sweater Weather or a Beach Bod

In New England, it seems like we complain about the cold from November until June. We take a month off, and then complain about the heat from July until September. I acknowledge the inconvenience of winter–the driving, the ice dams, the shoveling, etc. For me, the pressure to hurry up and enjoy the limited days of…

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Broiled Sandwiches – A Sandwich for Everyone on Your Team

Does anyone else live with a football crazed, Patriots/Tom Brady super-fan who loves Super Bowl snacks, but is also trying to be health conscious? I can’t be the only one…ok maybe the part about being a Patriots super fan isn’t universal, but the rest might just ring true. As Tom Brady and the gang draw…

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Sour Cream and Chive Rolls – The Scent is Worth a Thousand Words

Whenever I smell chlorine, I am transported back to swimming lessons at the YMCA. I feel the anxiety that I felt in the locker room on my way to the pool, terrified I might catch a glimpse of one of those people who don’t care for privacy, or slip in the weirdly warm water that…

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