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Shake Up Your Salads with Vinaigrettes

Posted by LindsayR

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Salads often get a bad rap for being pretty boring. I get it, because I often think of salads as boring too, and normally only eat them as a starter when my mom insists on getting one as an appetizer and makes me eat half. I mean, why settle for a bowl of cold lettuce when you can have something a little tastier, like mini sliders or a flatbread?

But the reality is, salads don’t have to be just bowls of bare lettuce. Especially in the summer, there’s plentiful fresh produce available, to add tons of flavor and texture. And you can easily make them filling enough to stand as a meal by adding proteins like chicken, steak, avocado, tuna, shrimp… You can even forgo the lettuce or greens all together and make a grain salad using quinoa or chickpeas as a base! And there’s fruit salads, potato salads, pasta salads…...

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A Maine-iac’s Foodie Paradise

Posted by Elizabeth

Monday, August 4, 2014

I’m back from my week on the beautiful coast of Maine! I drove around the island, went to the beach, explored Portland, dug clams at low tide, climbed massive rocks on the beach, and ate way too much Maine food. Some of you may have followed my foodie saga via Instagram, but for those of you who want a refresher, here’s a play-by-play of everything I indulged in last week…

Maine Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday morning, I woke up to the smell of delicious freshly-baked blueberry muffins. Wild blueberries are the official fruit of Maine, and the state produces 25% of all blueberries in North America, so eating or picking blueberries is a must when you’re there. My great aunt and uncle, who live on the island, are notorious for sneaking onto commercial blueberry fields and taking a few for their own consumption–they just love them so much. The muffin recipe my mother made was my great...

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Icebox Treats with a Twist

Posted by Elizabeth

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I loved Lindsay’s blog post last week, which highlighted her favorite childhood ice cream treats and shared some modern recipes for them. But it got me thinking about other frozen treats to beat the heat, in addition to the traditional ice cream cones and popsicles. So I thumbed through Lauren Chattman’s Icebox Cakes, which is packed with recipes for delicious, unconventional iced desserts. Summer gives us plenty of time to enjoy both traditional and unexpected cool treats, so why not sample both? Here are a few to try:

An entire chapter is dedicated to using familiar snack cakes—like Devil Dogs, Twinkies, and Ring Dings—to make a spectacular frozen dessert. These cakes are diabolically simple because the snack cake bases come already made (unless you want to try your hand at making your own Twinkies!) I love Lauren’s ingenious Black Forest Icebox Cake, which incorporates Yodels into the traditional recipe.

Another recipe that caught...

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Happy National Tequila Day!

Posted by LindsayR

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I don’t usually need an excuse to drink a margarita, especially during the hot months of summer, but lucky for me, July 24th is National Tequila Day– I now have a ready-made reason to go ahead and enjoy one guilt-free!

But of course, tequila is used for more than just margaritas. Though I wouldn’t say no to this Frozen Watermelon-Prickly Pear Margarita, or any margarita for that matter, there has to be other uses for tequila besides these fruity cocktails…

Turns out, tequila has many a surprising use. For anyone who has ever drank maybe slightly more of this blue-agave based drink, you know that you will likely end up passing out, but in moderation, it can lower blood sugar levels and potentially decrease the risk of diabetes. It can also be mixed with agave nectar and lime juice to produce a cold remedy, and experts say that tequila can stimulate appetite...

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