Author Archives: Shannon

Holiday Manhattan Anyone?

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I know what you’re thinking. I don’t post for weeks and then bam! Twice in one weekend! What can I say? I am writing this blog for pure enjoyment, and the second it doesn’t feel enjoyable, I step away. I’m a “do my best” type of person. I really don’t like to do things halfway, and fell that writing needs… Read more »

Pumpkin Pie Waffles + Holiday Traditions

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I knew November was going fast, but then I looked at my blog and realized I haven’t posted a recipe since the end of October! I am so backed up. I have recipes and pictures – we have been eating (no worries) – I just need to take the time to get my thoughts together and write them down. This… Read more »

Drunken Apple – An Early Fall Cocktail

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Cozy sweaters, bonfires, falling leaves and the approach of the holiday season. Who doesn’t love Autumn?  It’s a busy time, for me anyway, and in a very good way. For me fall brings many opportunities to gather with family and friends that i didn’t see over the summer. It’s time to celebrate friendships and lots of fall birthdays. My friend… Read more »

Open Faced Egg and Avocado on Multigrain Toast

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Often the best meals are the ones thrown together at the last minute because a friend stopped by, or you are craving something, or in this case, as a healthy reward for a great run. It was cold and windy and I was tired. I woke up in the middle of the night and just couldn’t get back to sleep… Read more »

Grilled Mozzarella, Pesto and Tomato Sandwiches

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If your mouth isn’t watering, I’m doing something wrong! These are definitely not your typical grilled white bread, American cheese sandwiches. Melted, creamy mozzarella cheese, juicy vine ripened tomatoes, and zesty herb infused pesto sandwiched between thick, perfectly grilled Italian bread…heaven! This was lunch recently for my daughter Caitlin and me. We end up spending a lot of time together… Read more »

Casarecce with Roasted Eggplant and Red Onion

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I don’t like to post two pasta dishes back to back, but two things happened that made it necessary to do just that. First, my neighbors came knocking with extra produce from their backyard garden, namely two beautiful, aubergine colored eggplants. (Did you know that in England they call eggplants aubergines?) Second, I was selected as a juror on a… Read more »

Gemelli Pasta with Late Summer Pesto and Grape Tomatoes

It’s been a while since I last posted. When I really thought about it I could blame it on a few things. I was definitely cooking, but mostly recipes that were easy and that I’d posted already. Or, I was away and forgot my camera. I was beginning to feel like it was too much of a job and I… Read more »

Spiced Smashed Chick Peas

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Waves crashing, sun warming, kids laughing…its summer and our days are filled with sun soaked activites and warm nights listening to crickets and chasing fireflies. Who wants to be inside at a kitchen stove! This is one of those super simple, fresh, healthy, throw together recipes that scream summer. I make it all the time – for lunch, for company,… Read more »

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp and Broccoli Bowls

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What I needed was some soy sauce, honey and fresh ginger. What I had was rice wine vinegar, tequila, maple syrup and red pepper flakes. These are my favorite type of meals. The ones you cobble together with a friend with glasses of wine in hand, sleeves rolled up, rumaging for ingredients in cabinets and the fridge. You would think… Read more »