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Last week I finished a major recipe development and testing project for Glamour. I feel a little like I’ve made it to the top of a huge (and very tasty) mountain. I have been so busy this past month that I’ve neglected this blog, so to catch up, I’m going to be posting little bits and pieces of things that a.) happened, b.) were baked/cooked/sauteed and c.) dreamed up over the course of the last few weeks. Stay tuned! P.S. These banana cupcakes …



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Happy Halloween! We went out for sushi (random) and came home and passed out little packs of organic gummi bears to the trick-or-treaters (no, I did not consider giving out bags of carrot sticks) while the kids ran around in their costumes (one bumble bee and one turtle) and we munched on these pumpkin seeds that I had roasted earlier after the pumpkin-carving extravaganza. Here’s the easy recipe …



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Tonight I was feeling lazy. Not order-takeout-lazy, but, yes, too-lazy-to-make-a-big-dinner lazy. OK, enough with the laziness. But if you really want to break this down: I wasn’t in the mood to make meat. (I’ll write about my husband’s carnivorous ways in another post.) After last night’s carne assada, yeah, I was feeling so over meat. So, after thumbing through the new issue of Real Food (I’m on their comp list, and I love it! Such a pretty magazine–with lots of gorgeous ideas), I found the perfect meal. A frittata! But not just any frittata. This one was made in a pie pan with a brown rice crust. How cool is that? Recipe to follow…



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I woke up with a wretched cold today, which, after my healthy-eating and hand-washing regimen, makes me feel sort of like a … failure. Ah, well. We all get sick. I couldn’t let the cold get me down because I had a lot of work to do over the weekend. Writing, yes, and a big (and top secret) project for Glamour, which I hope to be able to tell you more about in the weeks/months ahead. I’ll just say that this, er, top-secret project had me doing lots of cooking. And, as fate would have it, one of the items on my list was to make a divine batch of feel-better chicken soup! I also made a swoon-worthy plum cobbler that I wish you could try right now (you’d need a fainting couch–it’s that good). Because the recipes are under wraps, I’ll just share a few photos of my cooking extravaganza, how about that?



We made these tasty (and quasi-healthy!) cookies today. Loved them! I'm too tired (big yawn!) to post the recipe, but you can find it on my Glamour.com blog, here. Only one thing: I added cinnamon, used wheat germ instead of flax (didn't have any) and grated the apples. Oh, I added chocolate chips, too. OK, so yes, I basically changed everything. P.S. They were really good.



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I must confess, the entire time I was making this lovely little stuffed spinach pizza pie, I was singing that song by Dean Martin to myself–you know, the one where he’s crooning “when the moon meets your eye,”–or is it “the sky?”–“like a big pizza pie, that’s amore…” I always butcher song lyrics.

Anyway, fun in the kitchen tonight! My mom (aka “Nana”) was here today, and after I finished writing, I got to do some cooking (my favorite). Ever since I found a friend’s famous stuffed spinach pie recipe in a box, I’ve been dying to make it. It’s so fun because you make it in a cast iron skillet! The recipe, and photos …



This afternoon, I grated up the last of the zucchinis from my in-laws' Pendleton vegetable garden and made this tasty treat. The house smelled so lovely and delicious while it was baking and the best part was watching my husband and 2 year old, Carson, devour it. There's still a slice or two left, and I've hidden it away for a midnight snack.