5 Healthy Foods I Love: Part 6

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read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… 1. Grapeseed Oil I adore grapeseed oil and only discovered such love recently. I began using it when I realized that roasting was my favorite method of preparing vegetables. Having used olive oil for most of my cooking, I realized grapeseed to be better because it has a…

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5 Healthy Foods I Love: Part 5

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read part 1, 2, 3, 4… 1. Short Grain Brown Rice. This is the kind of whole grain that sticks to your ribs. It’s plump , chewy, and delightfully sticky. Now, there’s something nostalgically lovely about lightly buttered white rice- the way my PJ scooped it onto my plate beneath saucy pork spare ribs. But…

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Spicy Garlic and Lime Black Bean Enchiladas

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Everyone loves an enchilada or two. Or three. Sometimes four. Everyone doubly loves a plate of enchiladas with loud, boisterous flavor and straightforward ‘structions. These spicy enchiladas are both: simple to make and wild with cumin and cilantro, garlic and tart lime. I kept them vegetarian because any meat might have muted the sweet and…

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The Best Salsa Fresca

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Salsa Fresca Ingredients: 4 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, very finely diced 1/2  cup red onion, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced 2 tablespoons minced green chiles (from a can)  1 teaspoon sugar 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced Juice of 1 lime 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions: Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl;…

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Slow Cooked Smoky Chipotle Brown Sugar Chicken

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When I slipped into my hostess *dress and threw a Mexican fiesta meets late ‘80s slumber party, this smoky chipotle brown sugar pulled chicken stole the show. I glanced ‘round my dinner table and smiled, my friends licking sticky fingertips while I, well, I licked the chipotle glaze that dripped, saucy and sweet, down my…

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When you have a Mexican fiesta and a slumber party

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The other night two of my best friends joined me for a Mexican fiesta meets late ‘80s slumber party. I couldn’t even dream of a more ‘propriate party union. There was a taco bar and a toe or two painted. Pillow fights and particularly unbecoming pajamas. Catching up and cream pie slices the size of…

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I Owe You a Cupcake

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I’ve written down all your recipe suggestions. I’ll ask Daniel [kindly] to make them all by next week’s end. And I’ll well I’ll make cupcakes in five flavors, just for you. Thanks for being so wonderful