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Jun. 6, 2013 11:17 pm 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2013 11:59 pm
In western civilization, as in any culture, there are milestones that mark the transition from youth into adulthood. I became an adult sometime in the past 10 years, and for my little sister, her trek into adulthood is about to begin as she graduates high school and moves out of my parent’s… MORE
Oct. 27, 2012 11:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 8:18 pm
It's the time of year when spook is in the air and everything wants a little something sweet to whet their appetites until Halloween, and all the candy it brings, is upon us. Adults and children alike celebrate this time of year across the nation. But why wait until the night of Halloween for… MORE
Caramel Corn Treat Bags make a spooky yet tasty, portable treat for kids to munch!
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These Peanut Butter Crunch Balls are addicting!
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These Individual Vanilla Cheesecakes were the star of the party!
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Caramel Corn never tasted so good!
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Apr. 24, 2012 10:23 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012 2:32 pm
I love butter. What's not to love about it, really? It tastes great, whether it's used in a savory application, a sweet application, to bake delicious treats or to add an extra bit of delicious creaminess.  Being a fan of butter, I find myself in a bit of a conundrum. What is my favorite… MORE
Vanilla Buttered Popcorn.
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Steak with garlic butter.
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Apple Pie - crust made with butter!
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Olive Cheese Bread - a delicious mix of cheese, butter, mayo and olives.
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Jan. 11, 2012 11:40 am 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2012 12:29 pm
A new year means it’s time to make some resolutions!This year, I have two healthy resolutions I’m looking forward to keeping.The first is to cut soda back out of my diet. I was soda-free for five years, and last year, for some reason, I picked up the bottle again and started drinking. True, I… MORE
Oct. 8, 2011 8:10 pm 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2011 9:06 am
Tonight I had a few of my friend's over for the Barber Foods Allrecipe Allstar dinner party I was to host this month! I have to admit; I've never hosted a "dinner party" before but I figured it's just like any other party with the addition of dinner :-). I made some Quick Yeast Rolls that… MORE
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Jan. 10, 2011 3:12 pm 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2011 9:47 pm
Today, over at Adventures in Lunch, we have steak cubes over garlic mashed potatoes. Both recipes are posted, and make for one deliciously comforting lunch. I've been in a comfort food kind of mood, I guess. I also made some Brigadeiros, a recipe that can be found right here on… MORE
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Jan. 7, 2011 10:26 am 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2011 11:16 am
As I sit and look at the clouds in the sky I think of the ultimate comfort food: Soup. Soup is anything but boring. So much can be done with it. Today, in the blog Adventures in Lunch, I have posted a delicious Black Bean and Pepper soup. The greatest thing about this soup is that… MORE
Jan. 6, 2011 10:10 am 
Updated: Jan. 7, 2011 9:33 am
Some would think so - and I happen to be one of them!  In today's Adventure in Lunch I combine chorizio, black beans and quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) and make one delicious soup! For any and all who love Chorizo - this soup is for you! And don't be intimidated by the Quinoa, it… MORE
Jan. 5, 2011 11:46 am 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2011 12:45 pm
I'm a HUGE fan of Stroganoff, so when I started my lunch blog, I knew I had to think up more ways of eating it. Today's blog post has the recipe for my favorite stroganoff sandwich. That's right - sandwich! Please check out Adventures in Lunch for more info! MORE
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Jan. 4, 2011 10:14 am 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2013 3:13 pm
This is a great spread to add to any sandwich! This is brought to you by the Adventures in Lunch blog. This recipe yields 1 serving - perfect for a sandwich! 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise ¼ teaspoons Smoky Paprika 1 dash Garlic Salt 1 dash Granulated Garlic (or Garlic Powder) 1… MORE
Smoky Paprika Mayo
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About Me
I'm working towards my Ph.D. and, while not reading, studying, teaching, volunteering, or relaxing (what is that thing again?), I'm cooking! I've been a vegetarian for the past 3 years and I've loved every minute of it. People ask me why all the time, and there are really a whole list of reasons. To break my rationale down, it really falls into these categories: for the environment, for my health, for the economy, and, of course, for the animals.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, but I'm, personally, not a huge fan of baked goods. I love to feed other people, though, and baked goods are fabulous for that reason alone. My slow cooker is one of my best friends. Lately I've been into Indian food - I love a good heaping pile of paneer masala with a pile of rice and some garlic-herb naan.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was not a cook. My grandmother, on the other hand, grew up on a farm and, after living in the city for most of her adulthood while raising my mother and aunts, has returned to the farming lifestyle. She's the one who taught me how to cook traditional American homestead foods from scratch like breads, berry jams, pickles (she especially loves pickled eggs. I can't say I've acquired the taste yet), and pies.
My cooking triumphs
I've been trying to do at least one vegan meal a day, everyday, in addition to being a vegetarian. A lot of the pollution issues, economic issues, and cruelty issues with meat are mirrored in the diary industry so I've been trying to reduce my intake. Any time I can transform a favorite of mine into a vegan dish, I consider it a triumph. I made the most amazing banana-coconut milk muffins the other day. They disappeared in a heartbeat at a beach get-together.
My cooking tragedies
I think the real tragedy is that I often don't have enough time to cook! In addition to not having time to cook as often as I'd like, sometimes it's hard to get great ingredients. I try to go to the local farmer's markets, but, even on the weekends, my work and school can overwhelm my schedule and prevent me from picking up the really tasty veggies.
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