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Potato Leek Soup-Fancy Yet Simple

Hello everyone! Whether you are planning a fancy dinner party or are making burgers for your kids, this soup can be a great addition to your meal. I love making this when leeks and potatoes show up in my CSA box. It kind of makes me feel like Julia Childs. You can serve this soup hot in winter or cold in summer. Either way, it’s decadent, delicious and even gluten free. Please don’t be intimidated

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Turkish Meatloaf

Hello everyone! I do wish that I could tell you that I created this crazy good meatloaf recipe but I can’t. My sister Maria passed it along from the NY Times and let me tell you, it is fantastic!I used dried herbs and it was still delicious but make sure that you use smaller amounts of dried than fresh. I also didn’t use green peppers because I didn’t have any and don’t like them. Turkish

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Coffee Buzz

Hi everyone! There is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to the health benefits of different items we consume and it can be very frustrating as well as a deterrent to cooking. Why should we bother to invest our time and energy to learn to cook and make homemade meals if even our ingredients are bad for us? Well, here’s some good news! There are few things I like better than to

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Gluten Free Carob Brownies

Hi everyone! These brownies should really be called “community brownies with a touch of deception”. Let me explain the community part: I received an email from the director of our Montclair YMCA, Kimberley Griffiths which contained a bunch of recipes that the Y’s nutritionist recommended. When I read about brownies that incorporated black beans, I had to try it. The problem was that I barely had any cocoa powder left and I couldn’t find my

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Sex, Meatloaf and Rock n’Roll

Hi everyone! I recently met a really cool cookbook author, Gio Bellino, who is a woman after my own heart! She creates frozen seasoning mixtures to add to food for quick and healthy additions to her dishes. She now teaches people how to make them so that they can still make a homemade meal but in a lot less time. She also won me over because she has some great cooking stories about famous rockstars

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Peruvian Quinoa Salad with Mote

There is an incredible Peruvian restaurant in Montclair, NJ called Costanera. I often have their delicious large corn called mote that they prepare with many dishes. I was inspired by them to make a healthy salad with the mote that you can buy dried or canned. Canned is obviously easier but if you cannot find it canned, you can soak overnight and then boil until tender. Alternatively you can use s pressure cooker. Enjoy! Peruvian

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