That’s exactly what this meal is, and I love that something so colorful and fresh can come together this quickly and taste so darn good.
I’d made this meal before, and we’d really enjoyed it, so I decided to make it again and actually remember to take pictures (#foodbloggerproblems) so that I could share it with you. As I was getting my ingredients together, I quickly realised that I was in a bit of a pickle.
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This is one of those meals that, ever since I made it, I’ve wished I hadn’t run out of leftovers. It’s that good. I first tried Mujaddara, basically the Middle Eastern version of beans and rice, when I was visiting family in Michigan. Friends owned a wonderful little Lebanese restaurant, and we made sure to grab a meal there every time we were in town. I remember my sister-in-law ordering Mujaddara, and telling me it was her favorite. I thought, “Lentils and rice? OK…” and I ordered some other delicious, meaty, item off the menu. My dinner was perfect, but Kelly offered me a bite of hers, and I realized I should never doubt the power of a simple beans and rice dish.
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Sometimes, you just need a little something sweet, and baking up a little something sweet doesn’t get much easier than these little lemon cookies.
One of my favorite simple cookie recipes is the one for Butter Pecan Toffee Cookies that I shared a long while back. This recipe is quite similar, in that they both use a boxed cake mix as a base. There’s something special about these cake mix cookies! I love how ridiculously easy they are, how deliciously chewy they are, and even better for me, each batch only makes a couple dozen cookies, so I get my fix but we aren’t eating them for days on end. (Or, let’s be honest, I’m not eating them for days on end. I’d be lying if I failed to mention that I had one with my coffee this morning. It’s clearly not a green smoothie kind of day.)
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I think it’s here, folks. For real this time. I think we can (finally) safely say that Spring has arrived and won’t take off again. I know it’s a risky statement, given the crazy weather we’ve had, but I feel good about saying that this time. I really do.
A couple of days ago, I met my beautiful sister-in-law, Karin, for lunch at one of my favorite local spots. The restaurant changes their menu monthly based on what’s seasonally available. It’s very much farm-to-table, homegrown, and delicious. They were featuring a spring pea and mint soup that day, and as the sun was shining (finally!) and the birds chirping, I figured I had to give it a try.
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Have you ever had one of those nights when dinner just completely sneaks up on you? That was last night for me. I’d had a busy day, and was a little drained. The kids were home from school, homework was done, I had a half an hour until my husband would be on his way home, and we needed to eat on the early side of the evening because Avery had to be somewhere. I told myself that I’d sit down for a half an hour and just take a breather.
Just about an hour later…
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I’m pretty sure that when people come into my kitchen, they might look in one corner of it and think I have a problem with hoarding. You see, in one corner of my kitchen, there’s a stack of cooking magazines. It’s a pretty large stack, if I’m being completely honest. Magazines I can’t quite bear to part with yet, but that I also haven’t had the time to dig through. So they sit, in the corner, next to my cookbook cabinet (that hopefully makes my cookbook addiction look less hoarder-esque.)
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Every year after Easter, I run into the same predicament…what to do with all of this leftover ham? This deliciously light and fluffy quiche took care of a bit of it last night. This may be my new go-to quiche base as it baked up so nice and light. My girls, who are admittedly quiche-wary, even gobbled up their slices and openly discussed how much they were enjoying it. What’s up with that? It seems the copious amounts of chocolate eggs and jelly beans put them in a good mood.
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My goodness, this Easter has come up quickly. If you’re feeling as holiday crunched as I am, and you’re hosting dinner, then this is the perfect speedy quick, yet impressive, dish to serve your guests. It’s embarrassingly easy…but nobody needs to know. For some reason, chilled soups seem extra special, and this one was always a favorite of ours when we’d visit Disney World, of all places.
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Looking for a simple St. Patrick’s Day treat to surprise your littlest (and biggest) leprechauns? These ooey-gooey treats are the perfect thing. They are ridiculously simple, taking only five minutes to make, and the result is pretty darn drool worthy. In fact, my family preferred these to the “other” marshmallow-cereal treat we all know and love. (Not that I’d ever turn one of those down, but these are pretty great.)
I started by measuring out ten cups of Lucky Charms cereal into a large bowl.
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Every year at Saint Patrick’s Day, like a lot of you, I make corned beef and cabbage. It’s a dinner we all really enjoy, and despite all of us enjoying it, I find myself only making it once a year. I’m not exactly sure why, but that’s usually how it goes. And my family gets pretty excited when that once-a-year day rolls around! I’ve been making it for years, once a year, and after trying numerous variations on the old stand-by, I’ve decided that this version is my favorite…and the rest of my family agrees.
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