Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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These oatmeal raisin cookies are the best version of the classic- thick, chewy, easy, and full of flavor. But as good as they are, I have to admit that I’ve always reached for a chocolate chip cookie over an oatmeal raisin. A cookie would have to be pretty darn good if it didn’t have chocolate in it. Well, I may have been selling oatmeal cookies short, especially if they are made like this- based with brown sugar, lots of vanilla, and studded with walnuts.

I just love the sweet chewiness from the raisins, the heartiness of the oatmeal, and the slight spice from the cinnamon. I used old-fashioned rolled oats in this recipe. Not only do they hold up better while baking, but I prefer the fuller texture. Enjoy making these cookies and hopefully you’ll become a new oatmeal raisin cookie lover like me (if you weren’t already!). 

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

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Rhubarb on it’s own is very tart and quite stringy, which is why it’s mostly found cooked or baked. When the stalks break down, they leave a wonderful sweet-meets-tart flavor. I’ve used it in muffins, in no-bake cheesecake, even cooked down to a sauce (like applesauce) and served by the bowlful. This time I wanted…

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Couscous with Pine Nuts and Feta

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I never used to keep couscous in the house. Not for any reason in particular, it just wasn’t on my radar (I’ve been having too much quinoa). Now that I am playing around with it, like in this Couscous Salad Recipe, I’m realizing how much a grain can inspire different flavors. I love making a…

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

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I love just about anything with peanut butter in the title. With peanut butter cookies especially, I like them how grandma made ’em– wonderfully soft and chewy, with a tiny bit of crispiness around the edges. These are also packed with creamy peanut butter and rolled oats, just the way a bulky comfort-food cookie is meant…

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Roasted Tomato Almond Dip

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This roasted tomato almond dip is exactly what I want my weekend to look like. I could easily make a meal out of a crusty baguette, cheese, a glass of red wine, and a good hearty dip. In fact, that’s usually my preference by the time the weekend comes around. This dip reminds me of hummus, but…

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Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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Trofie pasta is one of my newly discovered favorite pastas. It’s short and twisty and has a similar texture to gnocchi, but not quite as thick. Trofie is usually used in Italian cooking, especially with pesto, but I was in the mood for a Summer-like salad using cucumber, basil, fresh mozzarella, slow-roasted tomatoes, and of course,…

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Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Cake

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We’re taking advantage of blueberry season while it’s still in full swing! I wasn’t quite sure whether to call this blueberry lemon treat a loaf or a cake. It bakes up like a bread in a loaf pan, but has the sweetness and tenderness of a cake. I decided to think of it as a bread…

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Broiled Lamb Kabobs

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Happy August! Today we have simple Greek yogurt marinated lamb kabobs- made right from the comfort of your broiler. Lamb is one of my favorite proteins and I could eat it for days. I love the flavor and how it pairs so well with fragrant spices like cumin and cayenne. For these kabobs you can use…

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Tzatziki Sauce

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I have grand plans for this Tzatziki Sauce. I love taking something simple like Greek yogurt, blending it together with cucumber, garlic, mint, and dill, and turning it into a spectacular side dish. I make a big batch (this recipe yields about 3 cups) and store it in the fridge to use throughout the week….

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Couscous Salad

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Currants are at their peak season this time of year and I wanted to show off their bright, tangy flavor in a healthy new recipe. I also wanted a hearty salad to go along with my broiled lamb kabobs. I chose couscous because it’s so easy to make, (if you can boil water, then you…

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Orange Almond Muffins

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Today needed a bit of brightening, and seeing that savory muffins are my favorite treat, there was no question what was on the menu. These orange almond muffins took me under 15 minutes to prep and came together so easily. I combined orange and almond 2 ways each here: a 1/4 cup of orange juice…

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Fluffy Old Fashioned Pancakes

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Meet the fluffiest pancakes you’ll ever make. These old fashioned pancakes are fluffy and rich, with a subtle hint of vanilla. I’ll sometimes serve them with a bowl of mixed fruit, or with a generous smear of nutella. And of course the combo of pancakes and maple syrup is one of the best things ever created- so…

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