Coca with Candied Red Peppers


Coca with Candied Red Peppers

“Wait…Mrs. D?” says skeptical 7th grader. “Yes?” responds ever-patient teacher (me).

“Umm…is this spicy? Cause I don’t eat spicy foods.” “No, it’s actually a little sweet. Think of how sweet and savory flavors go together sometimes.” “Okay,” he says cautiously as he takes his first bite. “Oooh, it’s actually good!”

“Yes, it actually is,” I say and smile.

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Spring Salad with Asparagus and Avocado and Dill Dressing


Spring Salad

A funk. That’s right. I’m writing this on Sunday at the end of Spring Break (by the way, woo-hoo!) and that is where I find myself. A bonafide stalled-out, borderline-Negative Nancy, unsure-how-I-feel-about-the-world funk.

Is it the gloomy, wet weather outside? Was it being up twice last night to crying Miss M.? Am I being a spoiled snot who is ungrateful for a week off?

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Thin Mint Brownies with Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting


Thin Mint Brownies

I’m feeling lucky.

No, I’m not talking about the clothing brand, doing a random google search, or describing a recent experience of good fortune at the local casino (I’m not a big gambler, anyway).

I’m talking about a little bit of luck that we can all share right about now: the fabled and celebrated luck of the Irish for St. Patrick’s Day.

So without further adeu…Happy St. Patty’s Day, whether you are Irish or not.

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Greek Stuffed Peppers


Stuffed Peppers

“Now this is good.”

These four little words were uttered upon first bite by esteemed and well-respected food critic, hubby Ryan.

Today’s recipe? The Seriously-Super Martha Stewart-Trumping Stuffed Greek Peppers. Okay, maybe just calling them Greek Stuffed Peppers will suffice. And they might not be as good as Martha’s, but what recipe is?

Before I rant about these peppers, though, a story of triumph…

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Top 5 Cold Fighters


Cold Figh

Old Man Winter has the nasty habit of bringing in frigid temps and, normally, I embrace the ambiance. Snow, cold, a warm fire. You get it. But recently, with the cold came the cold I feel…in my face.

Yes. In my face.

I feel like my head, nose, and throat have been put in a vice. A twisted old rope pulled and twisted tight. A nauseating, shoot-me-now feeling. For the past few days, I have had more of a relationship with a Kleenex box than with my daughter or husband.

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Valentine’s Day Lunch for Two (or You)


 Valentine Lunch


How’s your week going, dearest readers? Excited for a new recipe? A Valentine’s Day special?

If you are anything like my students, you may be giving your shoulders an apathetic or indifferent shrug. At least that is what I got yesterday in class when I opened a discussion about symbols (specifically hearts), meaning, and their expression.

Now try this next question…

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Roasted Cauliflower Cream Soup


Roasted Cauliflower

Confession time…I love the NBC sitcom “The Office.” I may or may not know most dialogue and trivia involving the series. It really is an embarrassment how often I will turn it on and how much I belly up with laughter at Dwight’s ridiculous antics and Michael’s socially inappropriate behavior.

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