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12 Recipes to Make with Alfredo Sauce

A trip to Olive Garden the other night got me dreaming about alfredo and all the delicious recipes I’ve made with it. Alfredo is a very basic sauce, and maybe that’s what makes it so wonderful. Aren’t the simple things in life always the best? Alfredo sauce is traditionally cream, butter, and parmesan cheese. Loads of […]

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Double Lemon Cupcakes

It may be snowing and bitterly freezing here in CNY, but I’m still going to act like it’s spring with my Double Lemon Cupcakes. I bet if you could taste the springtime sun, it’d taste like bright, fresh lemon. Okay, the sun wouldn’t taste like anything because you’d torch your tongue and face and entire body […]

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Quick Weeknight Meal: Spicy Chick’n, Green Bean & Potato Skillet

This Spicy Chick’n, Green Bean and Potato Skillet hits all the marks a weeknight meal should: painless, fast, and flavorful. Neither Ry or I have been feeling great for the past few days. It’s hard to say exactly what’s plaguing us, but we’re not ourselves. So even though we were both hungry the other night, I knew […]

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The Weekender: Bunnies, Kitties, and New Kicks

I can’t believe it, but I made it through April Fool’s Day without getting pranked. How’d you make out? Don’t worry if you got caught up in all the hoopla this week; you can still catch up on Smart Cookie eats right now: 4- Cheese Scalloped Potatoes Lemon and Garlic Green Beans and Shallots Carrot […]

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

I may not want to touch a carrot with a 10-foot pole on most days, but when you put it in Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting, all logic and reason is out the window. I will eat those cupcakes like it’s my job. Cake is generally a good way to get me to […]

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Lemon Garlic Green Beans and Leeks

It’s rare that I can say this, but these Lemon Garlic Green Beans and Shallots make me want to reach for the veggies just as much as the potatoes or pasta. It’s not that I don’t like vegetables; I enjoy them very much. The problem is that they just don’t compare in my eyes to […]

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4-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

For my first attempt at making scalloped potatoes, I don’t think these 4-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes could’ve come out any better. I was utterly overwhelmed by the mountainous layers of potatoes and cheese. If only I could “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” myself and climb those layers like a cheesy mountain. I’ve got a fear of heights, […]

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23 Easter Dinner & Dessert Recipes

It’s time to complete your Easter menu with 23 Easter Dinner and Dessert Recipes! With a list this delicious, simple, and smart, you’ll happily hop into the kitchen to cook it up. You might even have the Easter Bunny knocking on your door at dinnertime, asking if he can join your family. Easter Dinner Caramelized […]

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Lemon Coconut Macaroons

I found a way to make coconut macaroons even better, and it’s with fresh lemon. My Lemon Coconut Macaroons are pure perfection. They had me banging my head against wall, punishing myself for not having thought of it sooner. The flavor combination makes so much sense, making this a fresh take on a cookie that was […]

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10-Minute Three-Cheese Tomato Basil Dip for Two

When a craving for something cheesy hits, you need an immediate remedy like my 10-Minute Three-Cheese Tomato Basil Dip for Two. Often times, dip recipes mean getting ready to stand over the stove for at least an hour, and making enough to feed an army. But what if you don’t want to wait for a […]

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The Weekender: The Gym, Jumps, & Games

Oh how wonderful it is to see more sunlight every day! Losing an hour of sleep for daylight saving is a pain, but I’m over the shock of it and enjoying leaving work and the gym while it’s still bright out. I’m so very ready for spring and sunshine. Let’s take a look at the […]

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Review: To-Go Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  My boyfriend and I are big fans of Panera Bread, but it’s rare we have the time or the money to go out to eat. I stumbled upon To-Go Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup at the grocery store the other night, and I was curious how it would stack up to the real deal. So […]

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