Happy Halloween!

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  Since I’ll be busy all day, dressing only slightly less frighteningly than my standard get-up, dipping my hand repeatedly into a plastic pumpkin filled with Reese’s, Butterfingers, and Kit Kats, and singing Thriller at decibel only dogs can hear, I thought I’d leave you with a meal that requires very little effort and almost…

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Halloween Cobweb Cupcakes

I haven’t lost my marbles yet. In fact, I’d like to think I know exactly where my marbles and my wits are. I’ve just set them gently aside for the moment, so that I can arrange my headspace with more pressing matters. Namely, Halloween and things that end in -ocolate. Oh and filling things with…

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Healthy Beef and Bean Enchiladas

There is so much to be said about these enchiladas. About their cumin and chili spiced centers. About tender beef and earthy black beans. About the sweetness of crushed tomatoes and the way the tortillas turn soft and slightly flaky when baked, like pastry dough. About gooey melting cheese bubbling across their rolled backs. About…

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Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

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When I set about making Hostess cupcakes from scratch the other day, I came to a few conclusions. 1.) Unconditional love is best displayed by way of chocolate, 2.) Two full decades of my life can now safely be branded by Hostess, and 3.) No matter how many times I plug away at a doctorate…

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Hearty Chicken Stew

I don’t generally like soup. Or maybe soup doesn’t like me. Either way, we’ve never had a relationship, and unless I take into account that soup is one of the most beloved of foods, I am okay with being abnormal. This can also be evidenced by wardrobe from 1985 to…well…2010. Normalcy be damned. You probably…

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Grilled Portobello Burgers with Goat Cheese

I have been thinking about the origins of calorie counting, or, my number-centric approach to eating. About why I needed numbers in the first place to lose 135lbs, before even seeking out Weight Watchers. It was because I needed to learn the basics of nutrition. Because losing weight long term, like learning algebra, doesn’t make…

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Apple Walnut Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

In all my years on the internet, I’ve received three unforgettable emails. Each were typed by my mother. I picture her sitting at the keyboard, perfectly positioned to type as though she were being tested for proficiency. Either full caps or none at all. Her nose turned slightly up at the computer because she can’t…

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Motivation

I lived for years with the looming “Diet starts on Monday” mentality and I recognize how daunting this day can be for others doing the same. The worst parts of this notion are 1) That it induces a Sunday (or perhaps all weekend) binge on every deliciously heavy, sugary treat you can get your mitts…

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Trusting Yourself

Chinese Chicken Salad This post is an oldie, but a goody. Since the Woman’s World article came out, I’ve met a lot of new readers. Many have questions about weight loss, about maintenance, about eating, and satisfaction. The post below is one of my favorites. I love it because when I wrote it, it felt…

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