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Italian Goat Cheese & Zucchini Dip

I was nervous to serve this dip to friends this weekend. I like to try a recipe out a couple of times at home before I’m ready to share it with the world (or just four other people). I provided disclaimer after disclaimer for the spread to my sweet friends. Once this gooey, Italian-inspired veggie […]

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Mini Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach & Feta

I am pretty surprised myself that I’m proudly posting a recipe for meatloaf. What a frumpy food! I associate meatloaf with flavorless, dense, brown, sad clumps of meat stuffed with artificially-sweetened ketchup and some misery. That’s my dramatic way of saying that I don’t really like meatloaf. My first, and most intelligent, issue with it […]

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{Crock Pot} Skinny Thai Peanut Chicken

If you aren’t using PB2 in everything yet, you’re late to the party. Consider this your official invitation. PB2 is all natural powdered peanut butter with 80% of the calories removed. They’re just…gone. I love cooking with PB2 in sweet and savory dishes, in oatmeal, cookies, smoothies, you name it.  This recipe is a lightened-up […]

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Italian Sausage & Eggplant Roll

I take recipe naming very seriously. I think I took the chapter in Freakonomics entitled “A Roshanda By Any Other Name” to the extreme to heart. In the aforementioned chapter, the authors of Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, analyze the long-term impact that the simple act of naming a baby has on the child’s future. […]

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Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Lentil Chili

The holidays are over, the tree and decorations have all been tidied up until next year, and we are just settling in for the rest of winter. We’ve been a bit relaxed over here in the Sparkle Kitchen lately. Especially Ketch:  Quiet nights in demand unpretentious dinner. We are already slacking from our first month […]

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Zucchini, pumpkin & roasted chicken salad {and some Christmas cheer!}

The holiday season makes everyone feel like a kid again. Christmas growing up meant a real Christmas tree, usually from our land, loads of homemade decorations accumulated over the years, and of course delicious food. This is my first Christmas as a homeowner and also my first married Christmas. So the pressure has really been on […]

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Chicken and Chorizo Skillet with Roasted Cauliflower and Zucchini

I was going to post a leftover turkey dish today, but I just can’t type the word “turkey” anymore. I’m sick of the stuff. Instead, today I have a delicious, turkey-free recipe for a chicken and chorizo skillet with roasted cauliflower and zucchini. The flavor – and the heat – comes largely from a Peri-Peri spice […]

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Classic Chicken Salad {with a hint of Chevre}

Warning: the narrative below is only tangentially related to the chicken salad recipe. If you’re just here for the food, you will definitely might want to scroll down.  Aside: only a lawyer would feel compelled to provide a contents-may-be-boring disclaimer on a food blog. And an aside. In italics.  Begin tangent:  Before I met my […]

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