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TEx Mex RiceI am currently obsessed with this Tex-Mex rice dish. J. doesn’t do much Mexican food, so¬†when he’s away, we eat this like crazy. You” find the recipe below but honestly, it’s really just a starter guide. I highly recommend Basmati rice and swear by this Taco Seasoning recipe, but beyond that, you can throw in whatever you want and leave out the bits you don’t like.

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Cherry Ice Cream

Last year my Pops asked if I wanted to take ownership of the Ice Cream Maker of my childhood. Neglected for decades, but immediately familiar and loaded with fuzzy-good memories, I snapped it up. That same week, I made my first batch of ice cream with fresh cherries and it was amazing.

Later, I realized that I hadn’t written down the recipe. Last week, Mum and Pops brought be a big bag of freshly picked cherries and my first thought was of last year’s badass cherry ice cream. And so, with a great big deep breath, I dove in and attempted to recreate the best fresh cherry ice cream ever. Here’s the breakdown:

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Hungry

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This morning's breakfast consisted of a fried egg dusted with smoked paprika and a slice of sourdough toast with real butter. For lunch yesterday, I sliced up a piece of pita bread, brushed it with olive oil, sprinkled on some greek seasoning and baked it into pita chips which I ate with two heaping spoonfulls of roasted-tomato hummus. It amazes me that I can get un- hungry from so little.

My Go-To snacks are wasabi peas and popcorn with brewer's yeast, but I pick up one of those super-sized Hershey's Dark Chocolate bars every month and keep it in the kitchen drawer, eating it one square at a time when I get a craving for the sweet stuff. I'm the last person in the world who ever thought I'd eat like this. Simply. Moderately.

I was a weird little kid when it came to food.

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I'm a big fan of Trader Joes' sauces. I keep a fat stash of them in the cupboard, including my favorite Curry Simmer Sauce, Thai Red Curry Sauce and their Basil Pesto. My favorite use of TJ's Pesto sauce dish consists of blanched asparagus and green beans tossed with a fresh cheese ravioli, but this quickie pesto chicken pasta dish is now a close second. I added fresh basil, toasted pine nuts and Parmesan to mimic the pesto and a pop of grape tomatoes for sweetness.

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Lentils find their way onto so many of those lists of foods we SHOULD be eating but in my house, shoulds are widely ignored. We eat what we crave, and finding ways to make lentils craveable was easier than I ever expected. Over the last year, I've fallen in love with the lowly lentil. From Mujadara (brown lentils, wild rice and caramelized onions) to Moong Dal (yellow lentil soup with carrots and potatoes) to my new favorite Spicy Red Lentil Soup. The pop of fresh herbs and the bite of hot peppers elevate this red lentil soup to a whole new level.

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