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The Paleo Lifestyle: 101 Named after the Paleolithic Era, the Paleo diet is based on what humans would have eaten and thrived on as hunters and gatherers. It’s been given many names like “the caveman diet” and “the stone-age diet” because Paleo doesn’t include any foods introduced after farming began, like dairy, grains, legumes and [...]

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Sweet Spicy mixed nuts party snack This is the time of year you’ll find me in the kitchen, music on, glass of wine or festive cran-apple juice, cooking up a storm. My heart is in the kitchen, where I explore my creativity and show my love to others through food. For years I’ve been making [...]

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Fresh Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers I don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but if there’s anyone who knows anything about leftovers, it’s me. When my family comes in and tells me there is nothing to eat, I can walk into the same kitchen and cook a meal for eight. For almost 10 years [...]

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Kitchen gifts for every loved one Gift giving has always been fundamentally enjoyable for me, but in practice, I struggle to find the right thing that says I love you, I appreciate you, and I care about you. Over time, I’ve learned that when I can’t give a gift from my kitchen, the next best [...]

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20 Cookbooks To Make My Season Bright There’s nothing like curling up on the couch with a cookbook from your favorite chef, or one that celebrates the history and culture of a cuisine you love. Pinterest is great, but the deeper dive into what influenced a flavor profile, or the nuances that take a dish [...]

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Festive Holiday Fruit Smoothie This Pomegranate Orange Cherry Smoothie feels like self care in a mason jar as I sit here menu planning the week before Thanksgiving. I’ve got errands to run, a grocery list a mile long for all of the upcoming food festivities, a house to prepare for entertaining, and lots of food [...]

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Showstopping Oven-Roasted Thanksgiving Sides It’s no secret that while the turkey holds the spotlight as the iconic symbol of Thanksgiving, the real star of the meal is the sides.  Sides have been elevated to their own level of glory, with special care put into seasoning them just right and sprinkling them with garnishes to impress [...]

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Family Favorite Gravy Recipe I’m famous for my whiskey gravy.  And by famous, I mean my family gives me high marks and there’s barely any left at the end of our Thanksgiving meal. Most of the time I make my gravy with pan drippings, whiskey and a dark roux made from wheat flour and organic [...]

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Easy Blender Cranberry Apple Juice I get a little spark of joy walking into the supermarket this time of year (seriously! JOY! in the supermarket…during the holidays…I know!) when I see stacks upon stacks of bags filled with the berry to beat all others: cranberries. Why is it the berry of my eye? This is [...]

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5 Favorite Vegan Dinners November 1st is World Vegan Day, which kicks off the beginning of a month long celebration of the plant-based lifestyle, from food to products and sustainability initiatives. The number one request I received for The Fresh 20, starting about 2017, was for a vegan meal plan. Our resident chef and I [...]

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