Indian Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

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This is the perfect fall soup. I’ve never really been a “soup” person, not because I don’t like it, I honestly just FORGET about it. Plus, I was always intimidated to make soup from scratch.  It seemed like too much work, and ya’ll know that is NOT my style.  Thanks to the New School of Cooking and Chef Jess Hilton, they taught me to quit whining and just try it. So I did, and I now laugh at myself, wondering what...

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Tropical Rainbow Salad


Because I am fortunate enough to be able to cook AND eat with some of the best chef’s in the country on the new series America’s Best Bites airing on Cooking Channel, I naturally get inspiration from the recipes we feature on the show. This recipe was inspired by Chef Daniel Orr’s Radish Salad at FarmBloomington in Bloomington, IN. He used a bunch of vegetables, including radishes, but with a chili vinegar. I realized I never...

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Pumpernickel Pumpkin Sandwiches


 This recipe was featured on ModernMom’s ipad & iphone app! To get in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to play with black bread and a vibrant orange cheese. I took it one step further and found a small cookie cutter in the shape of a pumpkin and decided to have some fun!! Next time you’re packing your kids lunch this fall, surprise them with these mini pumpkin-shaped sandwiches that are sure to be a hit with the lil’ goblins...

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Pasta & Eggs

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I was just getting over a stomach bug and was scared to eat much of anything, but was STARVING.  I looked in my fridge and saw left-over spaghetti with chard and artichokes. That sounded good to my tummy, but I also wanted a dose of protein. Of course I had eggs, and a light bulb went off.  I’d seen eggs on pasta in restaurants before, so why haven’t I tried it at home? I warmed up my leftovers and made one over easy egg (with a...

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps


I fell in love with lettuce wraps back in college when my friend Ashley and I would stop at The Cheesecake Factory in Baltimore a couple times a year when we were driving back home from school. We’d always start with the lettuce wraps, then go on to order and finish two HUGE entrees and then wash it down with cheesecake. Needless to say, my stomach grew during that time and so did my pant size. As I got older, I was introduce to the PF...

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Sensational Shells

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After reading about an Italian restaurant on Yelp, I immediately starting craving…what else…Italian! It was lunch time anyway, so I decided to give into my craving and make some pasta. I already had oatmeal for breakfast, so I didn’t want to carb-it-out too much, but I knew I could get veggies and protein in there somehow. I looked in the fridge…and I had fresh spinach, left over Northern Beans, a tangy mustard...

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