Fall Into the Woods: Trail Mix Recipe

August 31st, 2015

National Eat Outside Day falls on the last day of August. And speaking of fall, autumn is rapidly approaching. If you want to get specific, the fall equinox this year lands on September 23rd at precisely 4:21 a.m.
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Lemonade for Days

August 14th, 2015

Photo source: See Vanessa Craft

Lemonade is proof that magic is real. What other explanation is there for how a sour fruit can be transformed into a sweet concoction (sugar, I know, but let me dream).  While we love the traditional water-sugar-lemons mixture, we decided to delve further into the wonderful world of lemonade. Lemonade is usually associated with summer, but there’s no reason it cannot be enjoyed year-round. We’ve rounded up our favorite lemonade recipes that you can enjoy any season. Kids, now you can keep your lemonade stands open 24/7!
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Happy Birthday Julia Child

August 12th, 2015

Bruce (company president) assisting Julia Child at a special Bristol Farms cooking class back in the early 80s

This Saturday, August 15th, would have been Julia Child’s 103rd birthday.

Any chef worth his/her salt knows who this legendary, remarkable woman is and her profound contribution to the culinary world.

“Always remember: If you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who’s going to know?” – Julia Child

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Double Trouble Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

August 6th, 2015

“Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and caldron bubble.”
Macbeth (or Harry Potter if you’re so inclined)

Now that I’ve planted this earworm in your head, let’s talk about The Great British Bake Off (GBBO). GBBO is a show on BBC One where the UK’s best amateur bakers compete to be dubbed the best amateur baker. Season 6 recently began, and in celebration I present thee with a new recipe that will make you the best baker of your clan.

Seriously, this recipe checks off all the boxes.
Chocolate? √
Minimal clean-up? √
Delicious? √
Healthy? √
Chocolate? √
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Happy Bastille Day, Have a (Healthy) Crêpe!

July 13th, 2015
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Photo source: DCAfter5

July 14 marks La Fête nationale, or more commonly known to us in the United States as Bastille Day!

What is Bastille Day, you might ask? No, it’s not just the day you get to troll Instagram, fuming at all the amazing firework photos posted by your friends abroad. Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, and the storming of the Bastille, on July 14, 1789. This holiday celebrates the unity and culmination of the French people as a nation.
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National Ice Cream Month: Banana “Nice” Cream Recipe

July 6th, 2015
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It’s the quintessential summer staple. Cold. Creamy. Customizable. I’m talking about ice cream. From the humble ice cream truck you chased as a child (or adult, no judgment here) to decadent concoctions from the local parlor, it’s plain to see that ice cream is a crucial component of a happy, healthy life.

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Guacamole and Other Backyard BBQ Dips

July 1st, 2015

 

The word “barbeque” conjures up scenes of summer evening get-togethers. Kids at play, the hum of pleasant chatter occasionally pierced by a boisterous uncle’s laugh, the sizzle of delectable meats and vegetables, faint woodsmoke wafting through the air, carrying tantalizing scents of a glorious meal (and food coma) to come…

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, you’ll want an equally quick backyard BBQ dip to free up more time for celebrating with family and friends. Now, maybe freeing up more time from the kitchen isn’t quite on the same level as when Congress freed our nation from Britain all those years ago…but it’s pretty close.

By the way Britain, no hard feelings. We still love you and your television, royalty, and puddings.

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The History of the Wooden Spoon

June 24th, 2015

“I’m brilliant at cooking my stepmother’s scrambled egg recipe. The secret is to put eggs, butter, milk, and seasoning together in the saucepan, and to keep stirring with a wooden spoon under a low heat until the preferred consistency is reached.”
– Ian McKellen

If imagining Gandalf whipping up a dish of scrambled eggs, armed with not a staff but a wooden spoon, doesn’t make you want to jump into the kitchen, then I don’t know what will.

France stamp

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Say Cheese: How to Make a Cheese Plate

March 17th, 2015

Now I know what you’re thinking: Cheese Plates are easy. Put some cheese on a plate and BOOM! But really, a beautiful cheese plate makes an easy party appetizer or even a simple dinner. I love arranging cheese platters for dinner parties or large gatherings because with a little planning and a teeny bit of work, you’ve got a crowd pleasing appetizer folks can nosh on while you’re still frantically cooking dinner, mopping up spills, and trying to frost a cake…or maybe that’s just my dinner parties.  I always try to over-achieve.

How to make a perfect cheese plate
Here’s how to assemble the perfect cheese plate in 8 easy steps. Believe me, it’s insanely easy.

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Easy Snacks: Pita Chips and Hummus Recipe

March 1st, 2015

Pita Chips and Hummus are snacks I can actually eat every day, all year round, and never get bored. However, I find myself making hummus the most in the summer – I just whip up a big batch on Sunday and bring it to work for snack (in jars with carrot sticks), use instead of mayo on sandwiches, and serve it plated elegantly when guests come over. Making hummus from scratch is super-easy, and I love having a healthy, protein-rich treat I can grab and go whenever I’m hungry.

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