Homemade Raspberry Sauce

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This past week has been consumed by moving (thus my lack of posts).  Marines Move #1, or pre-#1 maybe?  We’ve relocated from Western Mass to VA for Adam’s Officer School.  It is a weird to look around at what used to be considered home when it is full of boxes and as you watch your furniture being taken away.  It reminded me that it is not necessarily about where you live, but who you are with that really matters.

As we’re getting settled here, I will share this raspberry sauce I first made for the Flourless Chocolate Cake. Continue reading


(Chicken and) Vegetable Stuffed Peppers

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Stuffed peppers were one of the first things Adam and I made together.  I found them in a cookbook my mom had given me: “3 in 1 Vegetarian Cookbook“.  I had only “started liking” (a.k.a. tried) bell peppers a few months before this, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I decided that peppers couldn’t be very filling, so I made them as an appetizer and planned something else entirely for the main course.  About 3 bites in, I realized I wouldn’t be eating much of that other dish I had cooked. Continue reading

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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I found this cake on one of those Buzzfeed “30 Recipes with 3 ingredients” or something like that…  I have a bad habit lately of spending my time surfing the internet for recipes, looking through cooking blogs, and bookmarking more recipes than I will ever have time to make.  That article took me to Gimme Some Oven’s 3-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake.  This recipe reminded Adam of a dessert we had on our honeymoon: Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce.  It was his favorite dessert from our whole honeymoon, and probably mine too, but at this point I don’t remember any of the other ones…  We had it at Cafe Pesto, which just so happens to have served his favorite dinner from our honeymoon as well.  So if you are ever on the Big Island in Hawaii, go to Cafe Pesto! You won’t regret it!!
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Mexican Quinoa Salad (with Beef)

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I love quinoa!  It’s so filling and there are so many things you can do with it.  As a vegetarian, you eat a lot of grains, and it is very easy to get sick of pasta and rice all the time.  Quinoa is a great way to mix things up!  Plus quinoa is a superfood – it is very high in protein, it is actually a complete protein and is high in fiber, iron, and magnesium. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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This is my mom’s banana bread recipe.  I had this banana bread on Christmas morning.  Mom sent it to me in college care packages.  It was even part of breakfast on my wedding morning.  Needless to say, we have basically grown up together. Continue reading

Homemade Taco Seasoning

In case you didn’t know, Adam LOVES tacos, or rather taco meat.  He would be a happy camper if taco meat were an option for every meal.  He’d probably be excited to eat whatever was for dinner, but then finish it off with taco meat and blue corn tortilla chips.

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I was so excited to try to make some homemade taco seasoning.  Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back of those seasoning packets?   Continue reading

2-in-1 Vegetable Baked Ziti

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Back in my college days, I lived entirely off of pasta and cheese (well almost entirely), but of course I wouldn’t have the same thing all the time… one week it’d be manicotti, and then stuffed shells, a nice lasagna thrown in here and there, and when I needed a quick dinner, spaghetti with parmesan cheese.  I know, I know… you’re thinking about how creative and delicious that sounds.

 Well, Adam doesn’t like cheese – crazy I know! – so I was forced to use a lot less cheese in my cooking whenever we would eat together.  Since we’ve been married, I’ve used cheese quite sparingly.

My body is very grateful that cheese no longer consumes 50% of my diet, but I still crave a good cheesy pasta every now and then.  I desperately wanted to find a way that both Adam and I could enjoy some cheesy pasta dish.  After a little creative thinking I came up with this solution, which is a lot healthier than most zitis, and, more importantly, satisfies my desire for cheese and Adam’s disgust of it! Continue reading


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