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Blood orange and radicchio salad with pickled kumquats

As much as I can, I try to eat seasonally.  Now I’ll be honest, that doesn’t always happen, but I try and make a conscious effort.  I notice that my body feels better, and responds by naturally craving fruits and vegetables in season.  Luckily, each season provides a bounty of beautiful produce that shines, and winter is no different.

I have so many favorite winter foods, but a few of my favorites are deep earthy greens, like radicchio and bright citrus fruits, like blood oranges.  Here, I tried to create a salad that highlighted both of these, and showcase how flavorful winter’s bounty can be.  This salad is hearty and earthy, while still being fresh and bright.  

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Pickled Kumquats

One of the ways I make eating healthy and delicious easier, is by having some of my favorite ingredients ready at my finger tips.  That means keeping some of my most used items prepared and ready to go in fridge.  For me, that includes pickled vegetables, like these quick and easy pickled kumquats.

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Dark chocolate olive oil cookies

When we were growing up my mom used to make us chocolate chip cookies every day after school.  I know, right?  She was pretty great (and still is pretty awesome).  I’m almost positive the recipe was from the back of the Nestle Toll House chocolate chip bag, but I’m not kidding when I tell you

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Roasted butternut squash soup

This recipe, for butternut squash soup, was from an older post I wrote last spring when I was just starting to put Grace in the Crumbs together.  It was one of my favorite soups then, and it still is now.  However, it wasn’t one of my favorite posts. I remember when I was just starting

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Green Shakshuka

As much as I miss Chicago, and I do, there are certainly things about the east coast that are really growing on me.  In fact, don’t tell JonPaul I said this, but a part of me is starting to really feel at home here on the east coast.  I feel connected with our community, the

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Red lentil dal

During these cold winter months I seem to always be craving comfort food.  There’s just something about a pot simmering away on the stove that makes me oh so happy.  Especially if that warm and hearty something can be sopped up with a great piece of bread.

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Crispy chickpea, kale and farro salad

Making meals for a family of six everyday can sometimes take its toll on me.  It’s a lot.  I think we all feel that way.  One of my good friends and I were laughing the other day about how our kids expect to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner….EVERY DAY!!  Six days a week I guess

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What I’ve learned from having four kids

I could have been a different mom. In fact, I was a different mom. Who I am today as a mother of four children, is very different from who I was with one, two or three. Not just as a mother, but as a person entirely. I can say, without question, that I was not

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