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National Chili Day

Posted by Alexa

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still dealing with bitter cold temperatures up here in New England. You thought it was almost time to leave behind hot comfort foods like hearty soups, creamy mashed potatoes, and gooey mac and cheese? Think again.

Tomorrow is National Chili Day. So if you’re still shivering like we are here in Boston, it’s the perfect day to pull out your slow cooker, pick a recipe, put on a pot of chili, and snuggle under a blanket while it simmers.

If you’ve already made a pot of your favorite chili a dozen times this winter, it might be time to try something new! Here are some unique recipes–for every diet–to get you through until the spring thaw….

Does your favorite chili recipe contain ground beef or ground turkey? Try spicing it up with some Mexican sausage! This Pinto Bean Chili with...

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Chinese Noodle Pancakes with Asparagus

Posted by Ellen

Monday, February 24, 2014

Recently, I’ve noticed a savory pancake trend all across the web. As someone who thought that buckwheat and cornmeal pancakes were an exciting alternative to the traditional plain white-flour original, the idea of biting into a savory pancake for dinner sounded like a palatable spin on one of my old-fashioned favorites. I’ve had breakfast for dinner before, but dinner for breakfast? Savory pancakes can make that happen, and I’d happily eat most of these variations for any breakfast or dinner of the week.

After scrolling through recipes like black bean Tex-Mex-style pancakes, zucchini and goat cheese pancakes, and quinoa pancakes, I have quite the collection of recipes to test out, but one I especially couldn’t wait to make was Vegetarian Planet’s Chinese Noodle Pancakes with Asparagus. This Asian-style pancake is super satisfying with bold tastes and wholesome ingredients like asparagus and spinach. My plate was vegetarian, but this recipe could easily be...

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ChChCh Chia Seeds!

Posted by Issy

Friday, February 21, 2014

source:: someecards.com

How could one forget the catchy Chia Pet song heard during Saturday morning cartoons as a child? Chia Pets, for anyone living under a rock [or under the age of 20], are clay pots shaped like cats, dogs, pigs, and other animals (Tweety Bird even), used to sprout chia. The green leaves would bloom all around the figurines, resembling some sort of grassy “fur”. In the commercial, the at-home gardener would then sprinkle the grown chia over salad greens or even on top of pasta. It looked so delicious and easy in my six-year-old eyes, but, sadly, I never did end up owning one.

As I perused the aisles of a local grocery store a couple of weeks ago, I was completely taken aback when I saw a large bag of chia seeds sitting on the shelf! It shouted out all of the benefits associated with the seeds (a natural antioxidant;...

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Thin Mint Madness

Posted by Alexa

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What to do with leftover thin mints

Happy National Chocolate Mint Day! What a refreshing topic for celebration. And how convenient is it that Chocolate Mint Day falls during Girl Scout Cookie Season? Coincidence? I think not.

In my opinion, Thin Mints are one of life’s greatest pleasures, but I always feel bad about sitting down and eating half of (or all of…) a sleeve in one go. Then it occurred to me that there might be better ways to get my fix: why not start using Thin Mints as an ingredient instead of treating them as a stand-alone dessert?

Fortunately, the Internet is way ahead of me on this one. For example, you can…

Use them as part of a cookie bar. Aren’t these lovely? These “brookies” feature all sorts of tasty dessert items – brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and, of course, Thin Mints. How can you go wrong? [source:: Beyond Frosting]

Pack them into a truffle. Thin Mint cookies are one...

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