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Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Fresh Rice Milk

Since I’m on this kick right now with making fresh drinks and food with my Vitamix blender, I decided to try my hand at fresh rice milk.  I love rice milk, but rarely drink it anymore.  I usually opt for buying vanilla soy milk over rice milk at the store, and I don’t get out …

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Sending my husband to the store…I never know what he’ll bring back

  I’m not sure if everyone has this problem, but when I send my husband to the store, I seriously never know what he is going to bring back.  It has gotten to the point where sometimes I write out big long lists with explanations just to try to ensure that he’ll be able to …

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Vitamix vs. Blendtec – Which is really better?

There seems to be a debate going on about which whole food blender is really the best.  In a previous blog post, I talked about how I recently bought a Vitamix blender and I love it so far.  It is doing everything I needed/wanted it to do.  However, when I was doing research on the …

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Sailor Man Green Smoothie

I’ve been hearing a lot about green smoothies over the last few months.  It seems to be one of the new healthy living trends.  Green smoothies are easy to make and apparently taste yummy.  The concept is simple.  You take any fresh greens you like and blend them with fruit.   A green smoothie is a …

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My new Vitamix Blender – Was it worth the price?

On Friday, my new kitchen toy was delivered.  I just bought a Vitamix blender.  Yes, it’s one of those overly priced blenders that they swear will change your lifestyle and make healthy eating easier.  For over a year now, I’ve been watching all the little promos about this blender and wondering why anyone in their …

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Red Velvet Cake Balls – A perfect Valentine’s Day treat

For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make something special for my loved ones.  I am a big fan of red velvet anything and my daughter absolutely loves cake, so I came up with the idea of making red velvet cake balls.  They kind of look like truffles when they’re done.  They are nice and moist …

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Soup for date nite

Last week was our second date nite.  It was cold out, so I decided to make a minestrone soup with fresh bread made from pizza dough.  The soup was hearty, but not too heavy.  I was short on time, so I ended up cooking this at the last minute on the stove.  It took about …

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Super Bowl Sunday

I’m not a big football fan, so for me the super bowl is all about good food, watching commercials, and checking out the half time performance.  While my husband watched football and the little one played with her toys, I was in the kitchen cooking.  I started off the game with chicken taco puffs. Chicken …

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Comfort food for a Saturday night

Yesterday, I took my daughter with me to Bizio’s Fresh Market in Olympia Fields to do a little grocery shopping.  I went there not really knowing what I wanted to buy or what I planned to cook for dinner.  All I knew was I wanted some fresh veggies, fresh herbs, and fresh fruit.  Other than …

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Gooey Butter Cake

For years, I’ve been watching Paula Deen make her gooey butter cake on her cooking shows and hearing about how it’s one of her biggest hits at her restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.  I’ve also seen variations of this recipe on the internet, and recently saw a healthier version made on Bobby Deen’s new cooking show.  …

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