Sweet Potato Fries, BBQ Cheddar Chicken, & Avocado Dipping Sauce

I usually make enough food every night for leftovers the next day, but I only had 1 sweet potato and we have tons of food in the fridge, so this is what we ended up with! The creamy avocado dip was perfect with the crispy sweet potato fries, and the chicken ended up soft and nicely seasoned. After I completely failed at falafels, Michael had a grill night in which he made amazing mahi and sweet corn, and I repeated my Perfect Pizza recipe, this was a great meal to share- you get four recipes to make up for my failure at posting one a day! Continue reading “Sweet Potato Fries, BBQ Cheddar Chicken, & Avocado Dipping Sauce”

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Monster Cookie Bars

I got the base for this Monster Cookie Bar recipe from a coworker and adjusted it slightly. I liked how quickly they came together and how chewy they ended up being, so I had to share! They’re very gooey when they’re warm but set up nicely in a few hours. Hope you get to spend time with loved ones on this special weekend! Continue reading “Monster Cookie Bars”

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Cookies That Nourish: Blueberry Chocolate Oat Cookies with Flax

Michael and I try to eat fairly healthy. These blueberry cookies were a result of that attempt. We moved to Wisconsin last year, and apparently all the delicious cheese is blamed for raising people’s cholesterol. I think it’s more likely the deep-fried, smothered-in-gravy, food that’s absent of fresh vegetables, but what do I know?
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Espresso Cupcakes


I’ve become pretty addicted to (good) coffee. I can never drink it in excess since the caffeine will make me jittery, but I drink a cup every morning now. That made me want to go back and take another look at this recipe, which never got the love it deserves from me.

I re-made them and focused on getting a good coffee flavor with plenty of chocolate notes. After reading about bacteria for my Food Fermentation class, this was a welcome distraction! I now have 11 credits for my Masters done, with 19 to go. And then, who knows, why not get a PhD?
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Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Do you ever find yourself kind of WANTING baked goodies, but no real energy to make them? Thanks a lot, winter.

One of my resolutions this year was to blog monthly. Some months I can get so many recipes created and others, I feel completely buried in work and school that I just can’t find the time or energy to bake. The gloomy winter days make me sleepy, and a recent change at work has me a little stressed.
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Perfect Cookies: Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip

I just got my eyes lasered on Wednesday, but I made these on Thursday. If my bleary eyes can do it, so can you!
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Laser surgery is super traumatic. I wasn’t expecting to be so stressed out. They made it sound like 40 seconds of being uncomfortable, but it was more like 10 minutes of someone messing with your eyes while you try not to hit them and run away. My stress meter was maxed out by the time they were done, and my eyes were on fire. The numbing drops weren’t very effective. I had a coworker who had it done 16 years ago, when they gave people Valium before doing it…basically, the good ol’ days!
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Perfect Cookies: No Bake Cookies

nb-cookOkay, yes, there a million recipes of this out there and they all look the same. But this one turns out soft, fudgy, not sticky, and is completely perfect in every way. And they’re even better the next day!

I had to run to the grocery store before making these tonight. Worth the effort! They’re full of fairly healthy ingredients, so don’t worry when you end up eating them in excess….
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