Happy Halloween

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As someone with an insatiable sweet tooth and a fierce love of pageantry, Halloween has always been one of my favorite days of the year. The haunted houses. The campy and oft gruesome horror movies. The pumpkin stabbing and carving. It’s all so wonderful, and that’s before we’ve even come to the pillowcases with seams…

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Fall Favorite Recipes

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Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Chicken and Dumplings Slow Cooked Sweet Potato Chili Healthy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Quick Tuna Noodle Casserole   Slow Cooker New England Pot Roast Gooey Three Cheese Lasagna Creamy Chicken and Cornbread Casserole Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork (with or without mango slaw)

Antonio’s and Bruno’s, Amherst, MA

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New York, Chicago, Italy…these are pizza meccas. The very mention of any one of them and I’m overcome with phantom smells of mozzarella bubbling over an intense rose red sauce. Surprising maybe, that Amherst, Massachusetts is such a place for me.  But if anyone knows the pizzerias of my college town, it’s this girl. Most…

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101 Awesome Ways to Use Ordinary Objects

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This hasn’t a tremendous amount to do with health or cooking per se, but I feel compelled to share it. Lists like these…they light up the happy receptors in my brain like only cupcakes can. They’re the kinds of things that your grandma might know, or maybe the kinds of helpful tips you pass on…

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Mini Diet Vacations

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Or, taking breaks during weight loss. Losing weight can be a long and difficult process.  It can take years to lose the excess pounds and adapt to a healthier lifestyle. And even if it’s not all that long, not entirely arduous, it still requires energy that you’d probably rather spend on other things. Often times…

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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As you read this, I’m in my squash phase. I promise that the next recipe I post won’t be of the gourd persuasion. Click here for the recipe from Chef Michael Chiarello on Food Network. Omit the half and half for a lighter version.  

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee at Home

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Coffee is one of the great loves of my life. Growing up, my dad drank it religiously. Black with sugar. One cup, two cups, three cups, alongside the Boston Globe. The few times I stole near-simmering sips with a devil-may-care attitude, I was left gargling a bitter, burnt acid.  Chock full o’Nuts will do that…

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