Becoming Vegetarian

One of my good friends, Nicole, recently moved back to America after living abroad on and off for the past few years. (Check out her new blog here!) She expressed an interest in eating less meat because it is processed so differently in different countries, but wondered how to start cutting it out of her diet. So she asked me what kinds of food I usually eat since becoming a vegetarian. Read More

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Sick Day Recipes: Part Two

Sooo, have I mentioned that I’m sick? As I’m typing this, I have to pause every twelve seconds for a violent coughing fit in which I nearly hack up a lung. There has also been a muffled ringing in my ear since I woke up an hour before my alarm this morning, which has made conversations very strange today. So. Much. Fun. It appears things are not quite turning around for me yet.

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Sick Day Recipes: Part One

Being sick is absolutely never fun, but it is even worse to be sick during the summer. The weather is lovely, sunny, and warm. There are still so many things left to do before the cold creeps in, so taking advantage of every second of daylight is crucial. I would much rather soak up the sun, go for a swim, or take an adventure to somewhere new than curl up in bed surrounded by blankets and tissues.

Alas, I came down with a cold about a week and a half ago. Read More

Stuffed Veggie Boats

To celebrate Mother’s Day a few weeks ago, I originally planned to treat my mom and both of my grandmothers to a delicious brunch/late lunch/early dinner. Nonna had just arrived two days prior to spend the summer and early fall with us, and I was supposed to pick up Gram from the airport after another one of her Italian adventures. Since we would all be together, I wanted to celebrate these wonderful women, and my beautiful mother, with something other than material gifts.

Time is a far more precious gift than any box you can wrap up and stick a bow on. I learned fairly early on that it was important to treasure the people in your life for as long as they are there–because you never know just how soon they will be gone. Read More

If I Could Only Eat 3 Sandwiches…

Sandwiches are some of the best food ever. They make the perfect meal. They can be eaten at any time of day. They are portable, if necessary. And there are so many combinations!

They have been around, sandwiches that is, basically forever. Which is really awesome because I would hate to think of a world that exists without sandwiches. Wouldn’t that be miserable? It wasn’t until my pal John Montagu, an aristocrat from the eighteenth century, that the fabulous food got its name though. Read More

Let’s Talk About Coconut Oil

I am a fan of coconut. However, I mostly stayed away from it during college once my roommate found out she had a tree nut allergy. Tree nuts include almost all nuts, except peanuts and black walnuts. While the variations and severity of the allergy vary from person to person, my roommate’s allergy included coconut, so we avoided it whenever possible. Now that our four years of living together are over (for now, at least), I’ve been soaking up the coconut. Literally.  Read More