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The Perfect Bloody Mary (with secret ingredients from my bartender friend)

Miles and I like to drink Bloody Marys at night on  friend’s roof (call us risk-takers)!

This recipe was based on some advice from a friend of mine who is a bartender (thanks Benny). Miles and I made a few and tweaked the recipe so that it what we believe to be a truly perfect Bloody Mary!

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Boozy Chocolate Pie with Greek Yogurt

I love everything that involves greek yogurt, and I love everything that involves chocolate even more.

Well this pie has both!

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Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Soup

It was a chilly day here in So Cal (nothing compared to my East Coaster’s fight with Nemo), and I was in the mood to make a hearty soup. I’ve made curry before from various recipes, so I used what I had stored in my brain’s recipe book to come up with this soup. I think you’ll find it both spicy and sweet, plus it is chocked full of delicious cauliflower (healthy veggie) and chickpeas (filling protein). This is a great soup to make after a day of shoveling!

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Fresh Lemon and herb spaghetti squash

Lemon Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts and Feta

My husband said not to do another post on spaghetti squash (“it’s too soon!”), so I am posting out of rebellion (“I’m an independent woman!”) and because I have leftover spaghetti squash from my recipe for Roasted Veggies and Chicken Sausage Over Spaghetti Squash.  I don’t always love squash. Oftentimes it can taste like a basement (or to Californians, a garage? We don’t have basements), and have little texture. I think you will find this take on spaghetti squash very flavorful and fresh, and a “go-to” recipe for a healthy side.

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Bites with Ranch

Easy Buffalo Chicken Bites with Homemade Ranch

I could really care less about the Superbowl (baseball isn’t really my thing), but I do love the food that accompanies it! And no Superbowl party is complete without buffalo chicken! Making wings can be a pain, and I think that we can all agree that the best part is the flavor on the outside (not the fatty skin and the minimal amount of meat… GROSS). These flavorful little bites of buffalo heaven will satisfy your need for the Red Hot flavor, and are super easy to make!

 

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The Tacos

Slow Cooked Carnitas with Crunchy Cabbage Slaw

Our neighborhood taco night was at our place this week and I made Carnitas with a Crunchy Cabbage Slaw. I inherited my Crock Pot skills from my mother, who uses it for everything (even warming up cans of soup… seriously). You can just throw the whole piece of meat in with some spices and let it do its thing all day while you’re at work! It is the easiest way to cook meat, and it always comes out well as long as you leave it in there long enough.

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Roasted veggies and spaghetti squash

Roasted Veggies and Chicken Sausage Over Spaghetti Squash

I’m channeling my New England roots on this one! There’s just something about roasting veggies that really enhance their veggie-ness, and can even give them a meaty quality in my opinion. Roasted sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, mushrooms and garlic combine in this dish for visually pleasing and belly-pleasing meal. Miles was really skeptical when he was watching me cook this, but actually really liked it! It is perfect for when you get out of the chilly surf (57 degree water temps what!?)

Cheers!

-Mary

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Pizza Night: Pesto Change-O Pizza

Pizza on Friday nights became a tradition when we got married and were living in “The Commune.” (Which is a story for another time. Imagine 6 kids right out of college, with no life-plans, living together in an old farm house, chickens, rabbits and a rogue skunk included). When we moved to California the tradition followed us, and we usually have anywhere from 1 to 20 friends in our kitchen for a slice of the best homemade pizza in San Clemente.

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