Snow Day Prep! Linguine with Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Mushrooms                     

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The whole Northeast is prepping for a gigantic wallop of a snowstorm, so, naturally, Target was a madhouse yesterday. Think holiday-sized crowds grabbing at end caps filled with water and snack foods (Super Bowl fare works well in blizzards, too, FYI), filling baskets with enough flashlights and peanut butter to last well into next week….

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Easy Weeknight Dinners: Black Bean, Corn and Tomato Tacos

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True confession: Our Christmas tree is still up. Make that trees. As much as I realize the time is nigh (past nigh?), I just can’t let the holidays go. Have you ever seen your house look as pretty as it does when it’s filled with twinkle lights? I know it’s about time I pack those…

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Beany’s Goodnight (Funfetti) Cookies!

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Recipe development can be a precarious business, filled with ups and downs, wasted ingredients and way too many dishes to count. Some of us overthink things. Some of us underthink things. And some recipes are just downright flops. (Note to self: There is a such thing as too much cinnamon.) Some people, though, seem to…

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For the Pinteresty time of year: Applesauce spice cake

Applesauce Cake

Like any other self-respecting, seasonally driven Pinterester, I’ve spent the better part of the past month searching the interwebs for fall-filled recipes and holiday décor ideas. There were the pumpkin spice latte copycat recipes, the “12 ways to decorate with gourds” kind of posts and plenty of outfits involving riding boots and scarves. And I…

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Tarts are for dreamers: Blueberry nectarine tarts

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I think most people, buried in the to-do lists of their day-to-day lives, probably have some sort of pipe dream, an “I’ll do this someday when life slows down and the timing is right” sort of thing, that they keep coming back to when day jobs get too busy, overwhelming or stressful, and they just…

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Top 5 strawberry recipes for summer

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We eat strawberries nearly every day of the year in our house because Beany and I can’t get enough of them, but summer strawberries are by far the best of the bunch. They are amazingly juicy, amazingly sweet and amazingly not $5 a quart right now. So strike while those fields are hot! In honor…

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Simple moments: Angel food cake with strawberries and cream

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Days start at about 5 in the morning here, and from then until bedtime, it feels pretty nonstop. There’s breakfast to make, a toddler to entertain, a baby to change and a puppy to feed — all before 7 a.m. I know this isn’t unusual for parents with young kids. Or any kids for that…

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Every grill has its day: Chopped barbecue chicken salad

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When we lived in Missouri, Jared and I had a beast of a grill that took up about a third of the deck space at the back of our small apartment. It sat largely unused for a good five months of the year, but once the weather warmed up enough for Jared to remove his…

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Sundays and sunshine: Lemon donut muffins

Lemon Donut Muffins

I always forget how much I love spring until it comes back again. The weather here has been amazing lately, and we’ve been soaking up some serious outside time (hence my frequent sneezes and ridiculously itchy eyes. Oh, allergies, you rascals!). I’m convinced that few things are better for a kid — particularly a high-energy…

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The world according to Beany: Chocolate banana muffins

Banana Chocolate Muffins

Anyone who lives with a 2-year-old knows that they are incredibly adept at rattling off every last detail they know about any little thing at any given moment of the day. This makes for wonderful bedtime distractions: “Goodnight, Beany.” “Mama, wait! Water! Bunny! Books! My wall! An elephant! It’s dark! More water! Please, Mama! Dada?…

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