Chewy Cherry Almond Granola Bars

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Chewy Cherry Almond Granola Bars 2 cups old-fashioned oats 1 cup chopped or sliced almonds 1 cup puffed brown rice cereal 1 cup dried cherries, chopped (or a mix of raisins and cherries) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3/4 cup honey 3 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/2…

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On Writing a Book: Editing

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On April 15th I submitted the first draft of my manuscript- 75,000 Microsoft words that expose my crazy in print. Writing that draft was overwhelming. cathartic and satisfying. I put 27 years on paper. All of the vulnerability, the awkwardness of growing upward and growing outward, every last embarrassment, the proud moments, the times I…

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Grilled Chicken in Sun Dried Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

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PrintGrilled Chicken in Sun Dried Tomato Basil Vinaigrette Yield: 6 ServingsCalories per serving: 193Fat per serving: 8g Ingredients4 sun-dried tomato halves (from a jar packed in oil) drained and press of oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 garlic cloves 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground…

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Minted Orzo Salad with Chickpeas and Feta

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This easy orzo salad is one of my all-time favorite side dishes and it’s also one of my most-requested. It requires such minimal effort, but the results are seriously impressive. The mint and feta surprise you and make each bite interesting. You’ll love the way they pair with the bright lemon vinaigrette. Next time you want…

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Mediterranean Chicken and Artichoke Salad

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This is a favorite summertime salad. Bright, fresh, and light, the mix falls between a chicken and a pasta salad, only without the mayo or the pasta. Whenever I make it, I’m reminded how satisfying it is to eat a dish full of so many different tastes: garlic, feta, artichokes, and olives. It’s so easy…

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Eating in Cancun, Tulum, and Isla Mujeres

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Typical breakfast included at many hotels and hostels in Mexico: 2 pieces of white bread toasted with butter and jam, orange juice, and coffee. Called the ‘Sooper Dooper’ at Buho’s restaurant in Isla Mujeres: 2 fried eggs, 2 slices bacon, toast, 2 small hotcakes. Even while traveling, I love to eat a big salad at…

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