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roasted chickpeas

18 | February 28, 2012

With a toddler and a beer nerd/ultramarathoner in this house it is imperative that there are healthy yet delicious (extra points if it pairs well with a cocktail) snacks on hand at all times.Crunchy, healthy, and satisfying, these roasted chickpeas do the trick. Inspired from a recipe  for cumin and yeast roasted chickpeas from an issue of Food & Wine, these roasted chickpeas using caned chickpeas are fast and simple to make. Packed with protein, zinc, and folate, these crunchy and delicious roasted chickpeas are not only healthy but seriously addictive. Here are three of our favorite flavor combos: Sriracha, Lime, and

Friday Favorites 2.24.12

friday favorites {2.24.12}

4 | February 24, 2012

1. Les Cuileres by Eva Juliet {it hangs in my kitchen} 2. Gary Clark Jr. {on my iPod} 3. Infinity Scarf from Marine Layer · san francisco {it’s on my neck} 4.Veal Demi Glace from Williams Sonoma {it’s in my soup} 5. in season blood oranges {in everything I cook}

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Healthy Mini Corn Dog Muffins

26 | February 22, 2012

If your child is anything like mine, she loves corn dogs. And if you are anything like me you cringe at the thought of her consuming all of that fat, oil, and who knows what is really in a hot dog. Disclaimer: I’m not going to be a hypocrite. I love a corn dog from the Texas State Fair. Oh. My. Word. Awesomeness on a stick. I mean you have to have one deep fired corn dog a year, right? That’s why I’ve been trying to find a healthier substitute or version of a corn dog that Mia would like.

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welcome back giveaway!

46 | February 20, 2012

Upon my return to blogging this year after a short, what I like to call, slipper sabbatical, I received an e-mail from two of my favorite Etsy shops and long time readers of ISMS. Not only was it an inspiring e-mail of support but if was an offer for a giveaway celebrating the return of In Sock Monkey Slippers. With great gratitude, I present to all of you, old and new readers, two wonderful giveaways (with two separate winners) and a coupon for everyone to Una Bella Vita and Laughing Dog Studio! The giveaway is now closed. The winner of

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rosemary garlic roasted chicken

7 | February 17, 2012

If you haven’t tried roasting a whole chicken before, you are missing out. It’s a very simple recipe that can practically feed a family for at least two to three meals; that is, unless you are a family of 20. If that’s the case, better throw eight chickens or so in the oven. Last year we talked about roasting chickens with this Herbs de Provence version. But to tell you the truth, there are some things I have learned having a toddler. One is ,when you are making a dinner for the entire family, the quicker the better. This rosemary garlic

Shhh. Be still my beating heart. What? I said shhh. The photo explains it all. Soft velvety potatoes with just a little bite. Cooked slowly to absorb the cheesy creamy goodness of it all. Who doesn’t like scalloped potatoes? These little individual portions are intensly delicious with creamy parmesan and fresh thyme. Elegant enough to serve at a dinner party or just for everyday at the family meal. Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes Stacks are our family’s newest obsession. Parmesan Scalloped Potato Stacks makes 12 50 minutes cooking time  2 garlic cloves 1 shallot 2 cups half and half * 1 cup

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If I was on a deserted island living off of coconuts, seaweed, and fish that I caught with my bare hands because I’m awesome like that, I would constantly be dreaming about this meal. I would make little sand castles in shape of porterhouses, sirloins, and filets and sear them on an open flame while the hermit crabs laughed at my insanity. I’m not ashamed to say it, I love love love love beef. I also love cows which makes this marriage of passions as wrong as a the Pope drinking straight Kentucky bourbon from a mason jar. Oh well,

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Martyred saints, chubby cherubs, hearts and lace… it’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate with a rich dark chocolate cake and a beautifully tangy blood orange sauce. This cake is a chocolate lovers dream as the absence of flour lends its way to a moist velvety texture with a crisp crust that pairs perfectly with a uniquely tart red blood orange sauce. Flourless Chocolate Cake with Blood Orange Sauce serves 8 to 12 6 Tbs unsalted butter, plus more for pan 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (70% cocoa) 1/4 tsp instant espresso 1 pinch sea salt 6 large

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Hello. I’m alive. This is either a relief or a huge disappointment to some of you. As most of you pointed out to me through e-mail, twitter, and facebook I have been AWOL form the blog since December and for that I apologize. “What happened?” “Where are you?” “Are you ok?” “Damn it lady I need more food.” “Have you been abducted by Aliens?” “No seriously, where are you?” “It was aliens, wasn’t it?” “I’m a dude I can’t follow recipes, I need more step by step photos. Where did you go.” <- one of my favorites All words from