Creamy Corn and Potato Chowder

August 27, 2015 Chili/Soup/Stew

Purple potatoes. I saw them while browsing around the local farmer’s market yesterday and on the spot decided “That’s what for dinner.” But in exactly what way would they delight my palate? On the drive home I contemplated my options. Roasted alongside pork? Pan-fried with onion? Filling for a frittata? Nope, nothing seem to be […]

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Cold-Brewed Coffee Made Simple

August 22, 2015 Beverages

The coffeemaker broke about a month ago. Considering my recent tumble into a love affair with coffee on ice, this was a potentially devastating event. Discovering cold-brewed coffee saved me. Without it, in fact, I would not have survived to tell this tale. Overly dramatic? Of course. But consider this: I love iced coffee with the […]

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Whole Grain Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

July 26, 2015 Breads/Quick Breads
National Peanut Butter Lover's Day - juggling with julia

Hello all and happy mid-summer! I’m back from two weeks in northern New England – first in coastal Maine, and then lakeside in Western Maine. Super relaxing with bits of fun here and there fit in, usually with one of these peanut butter and jelly muffins in my hand. A hike up Bald Rock Trail […]

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Coffee Roasting with Coffee on the Porch

July 5, 2015 Food tours

I swoon at the smell of freshly brewing coffee. I love to put my face right into a bag of freshly roasted beans and breathe it in. Coffee ice cream, mocha drinks (like my beloved-yet-expensive ‘adult chocolate milk’ at Starbucks), and meat rubs with robust coffee flavors (like my favorite barbecued pork tenderloin recipe) are […]

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Brown Rice and Edamame Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

June 24, 2015 Salads/Sides

Hello, friends, and I apologize for the 6-week hiatus! I will not bore you with the details of the exciting life I lead, which has repeatedly pulled me away from the kitchen (and, therefore, the blog). Suffice it to say that the final weeks of school have me on the run. If you don’t live […]

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Lemony Hummus Dressing on Chopped Salad

May 10, 2015 Salads/Sides

Happy Mother’s Day to all you fantastic mums out there!! I hope you had as wonderful a day as I did, with all the things and people you love. Maybe it was special time with your own mom or other special women in your life. A fun day with your kids — or without your kids 🙂  A delicious meal at […]

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Oatmeal Butternut Pancakes with Browned Buttered Nuts

May 6, 2015 Breakfast/Brunch
oatmeal butternut pancakes - juggling with julia

Oatmeal Butternut Pancakes with Browned Buttered Nuts. Goat cheese and real maple syrup. Such a dreamy, creamy, flavorful way to eat pancakes. For sure, I never would have thought to put all these ingredients together on my own. Who was the genius, then, behind this stack of stupendousness? Maria Speck, that’s who. Maria, a journalist, […]

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Maple Blueberry Overnight Oats (and all about Maple Sugaring)

April 12, 2015 Breakfast/Brunch

Maple Blueberry Overnight Oats – a sweet and easy breakfast treat reminiscent of Swiss muesli — is brought to you thanks to my husband’s new-found interest in the maple syrup industry. After reading up on New England maple sugaring practices, he decided we ought to tour a local operation. Though it’s hard for a lifelong […]

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7 Quick and Healthy Recipes for Busy People

March 29, 2015 Chili/Soup/Stew

If ‘busy’  is a disease, then I’ve got it bad. I try not to overload our lives. (Really, I do.) But it seems that the minute I push one low priority ‘thing’ to the curb, another more obviously important priority shows up at the door. With luggage. I know you get it. We’re ALL busy! […]

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Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread

March 22, 2015 Breads/Quick Breads

So excited to share this easy, yummy Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread recipe with you today! I’ve made it twice in the past week (once with raisins, once without). It’s a fantastic recipe that requires no special talents and appears hard to foul up. That’s the hallmark of a great recipe, if you ask me […]

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