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Recipe: Baked Kale Chips

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So, oil-pulling is so 2014, and kale is so…2013? Not in this household. Instead of going out and spending $8 on ready-made kale chips, we spend about $4 on a bunch of a kale and make our own baked kale chips with this quick recipe. It’s so easy and the flavors are that much better when it’s homemade. It’s as easy as chopping up some kale leaves in a bowl (minus the thick stems and ribbing), and then sprinkling some olive oil and sea salt over it until it glistens. For the next 20 minutes, while the kale gets…

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Roasted Vegetable and Steak Salad by the Food Network Magazine

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The weather is (hopefully) turning, which means  warm weather is coming, which means we’re all wanting to lose those lingering 5 pounds. (Why does it always seem to be five FIVE pounds?!) Anyway, I just got The Food Network’s Bacon Issue, which I definitely perused but had to put down. Instead, I rounded up their 2012 “Light Issue” and found their Roasted Vegetable and Steak Salad, which looked pretty simple to make and takes only about 30 minutes. First, you start with some beautiful, crisp trimmed green beans. Which, when tossed with red onions and some olive oil and whole…

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Product Review: Stonyfield Greek Yogurt

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Yogurt is a staple in our family’s fridge, especially Stonyfield Greek yogurt.  Stonyfield brand yogurts are my brand of choice when food shopping because they are USDA organic, which is something I try to provide for my family: organic dairy products. They completely obsess over everything they put into their organic yogurt, frozen yogurt and smoothies (my girls’ favorite!) There aren’t any toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs We eat yogurt anytime during the day — in fact here is when we eat yogurt: 1. For a quick, healthy breakfast; 2. As a great side-snack in the girls’ school lunch;…

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Easy Pan-Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans Recipe {Real Simple}

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On Sundays, I like to make a home made dinner, something that my full-time working mom was able to do almost every night of the week, but I try for Sundays (well, and maybe a couple other days during the week, too). I have a bunch of pins on my “Main Entrees” Pinterest Board, but this is the pin that I go to all. the. time. It’s Real Simple magazine’s Pan-Roasted Chicken With Lemon-Garlic Green Beans and Potatoes. It is so easy and uses very few and fresh ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. You start with some lemons,…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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I was introduced to pumpkin chocolate chip cookies by a designer when I worked at Banana Republic’s corporate offices six years ago. The cookies were these perfect mounds of cake-like pumpkin chocolate goodness. I must have had 10 cookies that afternoon. Ever since then, every fall, I make a couple dozen to kick off the Thanksgiving baking season. They are always a big hit, especially if you enjoy cake-like cookies. I have lost the designer’s recipe, but have found one on AllRecipes.com that produces the same result. It’s actually called “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies III”. I haven’t explored version I…

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How to Make the Flakiest Pie Crust Ever!

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As soon as the weather got cooler, we took a drive out to Westchester county to the Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm for a morning of apple picking. The folks over at Chevrolet loaned us an apple red Chevy Traverse for our trip to the farm, as well as an apple pie cooking class in Brooklyn! We love the Traverse, since it was also the car we rode on our trip to Hershey Park last year. It was the start of the leaves turning the beautiful bright orange, yellow and red colors. At the time the trees in New York…

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Easy Weeknight Meal: Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Recipe (from Food Network Mag)

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I was not compensated for this post in any way. All opinions expressed are mine. Now that I am home a bit more (I still work out of home, but I have a bit more flexibility), I want to be able to serve home-cooked meals to the family. Of course, me being at home to actually cook a home-cooked meal is tough since I am shuttling the kids from one after-school activity to another. So, when we are going to be home for dinner, I like to use my slow-cooker which is a hand-me-down from my mom. It’s about 25…

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Dinner Party Menu: Spanish Supper (from Food Network Magazine)

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I was not compensated in any way for this post. All opinions expressed are mine. Or of my guests.  We are trying to get back into entertaining and having friends over for an intimate dinner party—with kids. The Hubby and I take turns inviting friends over. He’s in charge of the wine and beer and I’m in charge of the dinner party menu. Last weekend, friends of ours and their two boys trekked over from Brooklyn for some good food and laughs. Below is the dinner party menu that I (thankfully) came from the September Issue of Food Network Magazine.…

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Healthy Kids Snack: Apple and Peanut Butter “Cookies’

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When my girls come off the camp bus at 5 p.m., they are so hungry, but because it is so close to dinner time, I tend to put out healthy kid’s snacks like carrots and humus, grapes, and cherries. Another snack favorite is the very easily made Apple and Peanut Butter “Cookies”: 1) Thinly sliced whole apples 2) Peanut butter frosting (or you can use any nut spread) 3) If it’s not too close to dinner and at snack time, we let our girls put on some sprinkles for a cookie effect. And that’s it! I’d love to add to…

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Easiest Way to Make Bacon

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I’ve been cooking bacon for a long time.  And I’ve always cooked bacon in a skillet with a bunch of bacon slices crowded in a circular pan, while standing over the stove making sure that it doesn’t burn. Several years ago, I watched one of my favorite cooking shoes on the Food Network, Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa, and she showed the easiest way to cook bacon —and it was SO easy, I couldn’t believe I didn’t think of it. And Ina didn’t show how to cook bacon, but really, how to Roast Bacon. I have taken liberties from her original recipe…

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The South Street Seaport Restaurants Are Open

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The South Street Seaport is usually one of the more bustling places this time of year. The salty air, mixed with the warm sun, makes it one of the best places to enjoy spring throughout NYC. Yet the South Street Seaport was hit extremely hard by Hurricane Sandy and it now finds itself pretty devoid of the vibrancy that had made it such a family-favorite for so long. Many places remain unopened due to extensive damages from the super storm with no official timetable for return (including The Gap, J.Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess and Super Dry.) That being said, hope is…

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Baked French Toast with Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread

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On the weekends, I try to make a good old-fashioned breakfast, the kind that my mom used to make with eggs, french toast, bacon, toast – everything. I like having the weekend mornings nice, slow, relaxed and family focused and it’s always better when there’s good food involved. Since our older daughter is on a low-gluten diet, I jiggered Paula Deen’s Baked French Toast with Maple Syrup to include Udi’s Gluten-Free White Sandwich Bread. So below is Paula Deen’s recipe, with my editorial comments and tips in *asterisks and italics. Ingredients 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces) *We…

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