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Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month?  Apparently Ronald Reagan proclaimed July 1984 to be National Ice Cream month and the tradition has continued since then.  I suppose it makes sense that the hottest month of the year goes hand in hand with the coolest treat around, but I hadn’t really heard of National Ice Cream month until I was contacted by Tillamook to see if I was interested in playing with some of their ice cream to create a treat to celebrate this special month.  I certainly don’t need an excuse to consume ice cream in the summer, but it was a lot of fun sampling some new Tillamook Ice Cream flavors and coming up with an ice cream treat to share with my family and with you. Continue reading →

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Radiatori with Tomato-Cream Sauce and Fresh Basil

Radiatori with Tomato-Cream Sauce and Fresh Basil

After my recent post about the huge dietary changes I’ve made, I’m sure you’re rather surprised to see this big plate of pasta.  Yes, I ate some of it.  It was fantastic.

I guess this would be a perfect time to tell you a bit more about my approach to low carb eating.  Yes, I have almost completely cut grains out of my diet for now (and many other things as well).  I plan on eating this way for the rest of my life because I feel better than I ever have.  I haven’t eaten pasta for about three months and for the most part, I really haven’t missed it much.  And that’s because I’ve never had any intention of completely restricting myself from a food that I love so much.  I will sometimes eat pasta, but when I do, it will be with intention.  It will be made with wonderful, fresh ingredients and it will be shared with the ones I love.  Maybe I will only eat a few bites, which is what I did last night, maybe I will eat a bit more.  I just don’t know yet.  But one thing I do know is that it will never be a last-minute meal thrown together from a box, consumed in front of the television.  Never. Continue reading →

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Coconut Shrimp Poppers with Chili Mango Cream

Coconut Shrimp Poppers with Chili Mango Cream

In honor of the Real Women of Philadelphia cooking video competition, I decided to test out a recipe by one of the finalists.  These Coconut Shrimp Poppers with Chili Mango Cream by finalist Carmell Childs sounded so good, I just had to give them a try.  Amazingly, I managed to stop after just one (told you I was serious about my diet), but the rest were devoured in about five minutes by my friend Phil.  They were delicious! Continue reading →

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Honey Almond Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberries

Mini Honey Almond Cheesecakes with Raspberry

I’ve always been known for my mini cheesecakes, but it’s been a while since I’ve created a new flavor.  I’ve been staying away from sweets for a few months now and when I do start adding the occasional dessert back into my life, I plan on avoiding refined sugars as much as possible.  With these cheesecakes, I tried using less-processed, more natural sweeteners like honey and sucanat.  I honestly wasn’t sure how they would turn out. Continue reading →

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon, Cheddar, and Chives

The more I eat this soup, the more I think I should have named it “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Loaded Baked Potato Soup!”  If, like me, you are trying to cut back on your carbohydrate consumption but have occasional cravings for a hearty potato soup, this one will definitely satisfy your needs.

Head over to Pinch My Salt Reviews to find the recipe, step-by-step photos, and information about Paula Deen’s Real Women of Philadelphia contest.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon, Cheddar, and Chives Recipe

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Creamy Peas with Ham and Mint

Creamy Peas with Ham and Mint

This month I’m creating recipes for BlogHer and Kraft featuring Philadelphia Cooking Cream and Cream Cheese.  Head over to Pinch My Salt Reviews for this simple side dish recipe, including step-by-step photos, and learn about Paula Deen’s Real Women of Philadelphia Contest.

Creamy Peas with Ham and Mint Recipe

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Spring Fling: Asparagus Gratin

Asparagus Gratin

Remember Summer Fest?  Well, spring has sprung and I’m once again getting together with a fantastic group of bloggers to celebrate some of the best of spring produce.  We’re calling it Spring Fling!  This week, asparagus is the guest of honor, so make sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post and see what the others have cooked up with this delicious spring veggie.  Click around and join the conversation by sharing your own tips, recipes, or links.

I used to hate asparagus.  After onions, it was the most-loathed vegetable of my childhood.  Unfortunately, my parents loved it, so I remember lots of asparagus stare-downs that sometimes landed me in my room directly after dinner.  On asparagus nights, my mom took pity on me and I was only required to eat two small spears, but even that was a struggle that included lots of whining, possibly a few tears, and most likely some dramatic gagging. Continue reading →

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Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan

Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan

Most baked dips, while usually delicious, aren’t exactly healthy.  I love a nice creamy baked artichoke dip or a warm pinto bean dip covered with melted cheese, but they aren’t something I feel like I can indulge in all the time.

That’s why I’m so happy I discovered this Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan from Faith Durand’s new cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Casseroles.  It satisfies my craving for a decadent warm dip, but is healthy enough to enjoy whenever I want.  The dip is a snap to make and uses pantry staples like canned beans, olive oil, and bread crumbs so it’s easy to throw together for unexpected guests or impromptu gatherings. Continue reading →

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