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eggs lunch Recipes Summer vegetarian

GLUTEN-FREE FENNEL TART

I have been a ‘pie girl’ for as long as I can remember; my choice of birthday treat was almost always a cherry pie – except those times when I requested Angel Food cake – primarily because I thought maybe eating Angel Food cake would make me more . . . shall we say, ‘angelic?’ No such luck. The words, ‘sweet’ or ‘angelic’ are never used to describe me and I’m okay with that. I’ve learned to embrace my other qualities . . . I won’t bore you with the details now, but suffice it to say that ‘loving pie’ is at the top of that list.

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desserts Recipes TRAVEL

CHOCOLATE, COCONUT AND CARAMEL HUMMUS PASTRIES

When The Professor and I received an invite to become a ‘Sabra Tastemaker’ I wasn’t quite sure what being a Tastemaker entailed. We were already buying Sabra hummus on a regular basis and in fact, The Professor takes a scoop with some fresh veggies to campus for lunch nearly every day of the week. We’ve also made our own hummus at home using canned chickpeas, tahini, a bit of garlic and a squeeze of lemon – but are The Professor and I ‘tastemaker’ material?

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TRAVEL

LEMON THYME CAKES WITH LEMON VODKA SYRUP

For many years Anne Castle had a dream. What began as a vision took more than two years to complete when Anne left her corporate job and opened The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls.  After 27 years of marriage, Anne divorced her husband and middle-aged, with gray hair, no experience, no money and no credit, her journey was not without struggle. But with sheer determination and the help of daughter Ellen and a local contractor named Terry (who later became Ellen’s husband), Cedar Falls opened its doors in 1987. Each room of the inn pays homage to Anne’s legacy with this message:

‘This is not a Pollyanna-glad-girl story, however, the struggle to withstand backbreaking work, mind-bending discouragement, seemingly countless physical, emotional and financial blocks, is a long tale . . . a story not unlike many great entrepreneurs.’

Anne passed away a short four years later but Ellen and Terry, continue to honor Anne’s vision – and they’ve been doing it quite well for the last 25 years.

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cake desserts Recipes

COCONUT CAKE

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Musical pairing – Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow

I’m going to keep this short and sweet – if you are a lover of all things coconut, I may have just the cake for you. No really, I have spent the last month testing various coconut cake recipes and so far, this has been my favorite!

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Cookies desserts Recipes Reviews

FRIENDS AT THE TABLE & CINNAMON SUGAR COOKIE CRISPS


Musical pairing – Fire and Rain by Dido

We cooked for plenty of family and friends over the Memorial Day weekend; we celebrated not only Memorial Day, but also a graduation of our nephew Taylor and birthday of niece Avery. We threw in a bit of Father’s day as well . . . and we housed overnight guests . . . yep, life is never dull around our house and we wouldn’t have it any other way!  Now planning, shopping and cooking for a large group might be intimidating but I had a couple of tricks up my sleeve . . .