the best of 2012

daisi - December 30, 2012
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I’ve taken a look back to see what the most popular recipe posts of 2012 were… some are a bit surprising. I had forgotten about some, yeah, my memory is great. Were these some of your favorites as well? {january 2012} Of course January resulted in a healthy breakfast smoothie as everyone was making their resolutions and such. The smoothie is easy and healthy and a …

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chicken burgers with garlic-rosemary mayo

daisi - August 10, 2012

We received Giada’s cookbook as a wedding gift and I finally got to use it last week! I love her show and I knew I’d love her cookbook just as much. The first recipe I tried from the cookbook was Chicken Burgers with Garlic-Rosemary Mayo and it is definitely a repeat recipe. Lucky for you, you don’t have to actually buy the cookbook since the recipe has …

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Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

daisi - August 6, 2012

In these warm (understatement of the year) summer months, I’ve been craving light, refreshing meals. This week cilantro was on my brain. I do love me some Qdoba, so I decided to attempt a healthier-homemade naked burrito bowl at home, complete with cilantro-lime brown rice. Inspired by this Two Peas & Their Pod cilantro-lime rice, I decided to make a healthier version by substituting brown rice for white. The …

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Sunday Birthday Dinner by Jo-Mom

daisi - July 23, 2012

My mom came to visit me yesterday to help me make some cream cheese peppermints for Sam’s brother’s wedding in a couple weeks. While she was here we celebrated my birthday. First she gave me the best gift – custom made camera straps from Phat Straps. AND a massage at Ihloff Salon – major score! Then we made the mints (sharing the recipe this week) …

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best barbecue rib rub

daisi - July 18, 2012

This rib rub comes from a foodie friend of mine, Rory (baby Daisi & Rory seen below) and it is perfection.   Even if you don’t have a grill (I don’t), you can use this rub to make the best barbecue ribs ever. It’s as easy as combining ingredients you likely already have in your spice rack, getting your hands a little dirty rubbing it …

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not your potluck’s pasta salad

daisi - July 2, 2012

I love pasta salad. It’s basically a hodge-podge of anything you have in your fridge or pantry. That’s what I love about this recipe from My Recipes, it’s a unique combination that I would never put together in a “regular” pasta salad. Plus, it doesn’t have any mayo – which I know will make some of you happy! Here’s what you’ll need: 6 ounces uncooked acini …

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menu recap [week 22]

daisi - June 2, 2012
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Now that I’m done planning a wedding, I can start cooking again! To say I’m excited would be an understatement. Our house is finally a LITTLE more organized, still working on getting it completely back to normal, but at least we have a kitchen & dining room table again. Monday: Garlic Spaghetti with Roasted Vegetables On one of my days off, I caught an episode …

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Lamb Tacos with Spicy Tzatziki

daisi - April 25, 2012

The other night I was trying to decide what to make for dinner and “taco night” popped into my brain. I didn’t really want regular tacos with beef, sour cream, cheese, etc. I was craving lamb. For those of you who have never eaten or cooked with lamb, you’re really missing out. It has so much more flavor than beef and it just adds just …

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Meatless Monday: Honey Glazed Carrots

daisi - March 12, 2012

Here’s another side dish for your meatless Monday collection. I used to DREAD cooked carrot day in middle school. I hated everything about them (texture, taste, look) and it’s taken me this long to attempt eating them again. Raw carrots are a completely different story. I made this recipe (adapted from here) hoping I could convert my adult self into a cooked carrot lover. And you …

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Meatless Monday: Stuffed Zucchini

daisi - March 5, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve done a meatless Monday recipe for my friends at Square. I feel bad. I’m such a slacker. But here is one for Square and for you. This recipe originated with this Cooking Light recipe so you know it’ll be good AND healthy. Here’s what you’ll need: 3 (1.3-ounce) slices day-old whole-wheat bread 3-4 medium zucchini 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided …

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