mops and ketch

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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Quinoa in the Morning: Two Ways!

My new favorite breakfast has been experimenting with quinoa. I’ve made sweet and savory variations over the last few weeks that I’m excited to share. These dishes are easy to make, and they cook for 15 minutes, giving you time to wake up, get breakfast started, and enjoy a cup of tea (or rush around […]

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Chorizo, Corn & Onion Queso Fundido

We had plans for Super Bowl Sunday. We were going to go to a party hosted by an awesome cook who told us that his plans included “all the dips.” All. The. Dips. Oh was I excited. But the weather had different plans. It started snowing early on Sunday and kept up all day long. […]

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Creamy Parsnip & Pumpkin Soup with Thyme-Crusted Proscuitto

A vegetable-based, creamy soup is perfect for frigid winter nights. It’s healthy enough to be respectable (compared to, like, pizza) and more rich and smooth than you’d expect from a humble parsnip soup.  There are three keys to this comforting, flavorful soup:  Coconut milk – unsweetened coconut milk is not a “healthy” substitute for heavy […]

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Honey & Brown Sugar Biscuits

Making biscuits from scratch is so easy. Honestly, it takes less time for me to whip up a batch of homemade biscuits than it does to muster up the courage to pop those terrifying cardboard tubes open. It’s an adult jack-in-the-box, as far as I’m concerned, and I am not a fan! The active prep […]

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White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut & Caramel Cookie Bars

These freezing days have kept me in the holiday baking season a bit too long longer than usual. As I still have hundreds of graham crackers leftover from the wedding and the failed s’mores bar, I decided to go full-on Christmas cookie with this recipe.  I’m not sure what the actual name is for these […]

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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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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 Mozzarella Squares

As the new BeyoncĂ© album came out on Friday the 13th, I assumed that any potential “bad luck” associated with the day would have dissipated at Queen Bey’s command. Alas, it seems that her diva powers don’t extend to the mundane. We co-hosted a great shower/party for one of the most fun couples that we know […]

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