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Translating Healthy

My name is Renee but I am better known as the Monkey Queen on my blog Don’t Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys and I had something I wanted to talk about with everyone. Call it an adventure in healthy eating. If we are what we eat, then I may […]

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Summer Fruit Desserts

One of my favorite things about summer, besides being able to wear shorts, is enjoying the bounty of fresh fruit. Inspiration for desserts is never a problem in summer: I just have to go to the farmers’ market and I’m bedazzled by the overflowing baskets of blueberries, peaches, nectarines, cherries, […]

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The Make Ahead Brunch

Brunch is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? Not quite breakfast, not quite lunch, and an excellent excuse to get friends together for an afternoon of relaxed fun. The problem for the host or hostess is often being able to enjoy their own party – so many breakfast foods are best […]

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Roasted Root Vegetables with Brown Butter

It happens every Fall. We collect enough root vegetables to be able to serve several Thanksgiving dinners at our house. The refrigerator’s crisper drawers and bottom shelf overflow with beets, carrots, celery root, and parsnips. We barely have room for lettuce or greens of any variety let alone the three […]

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Top Tips to Improve Your Baking

Photo courtesy Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free If you’re like me, you want your baked goods to look bakery perfect. No exceptions. I don’t always achieve that lofty goal but since taking Fundamentals of Baking in culinary school I have a better understanding of how the ingredients work together – or […]

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Baking with bananas

When it comes to baking, bananas are one of my favorite ingredients. They are delicious and versatile but bananas are not just simply good: they are actually good for us! A banana has more or less like 100 calories per piece. They are very satiating and easy to digest when […]

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Soups For The Soul

As a child I remember how much I used to hate soups. As much as I love them as a grown up. A nice bowl of soup can warm your body and comfort your soul in a cold winter’s night, and in the middle of a hot, cruel summer, a […]

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Chai (Indian Tea)

A year and half ago, I was traveling in India. It was a cold January morning in Delhi, and my cousin and I had managed to snag a room in a beautiful guesthouse on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. As usual, we’d spent most of the night catching up with […]

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Springerle cookies

If you take a look at my profile you will see I was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) I came to Spain when I was 9 and always lived here, except for an Italian parenthesis that left an important background of feelings and memories in my heart… And in my tummy […]

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Torta caprese: a tale and a recipe

  Capri, a summer day around 1920.Carmine Di Fiore woke up a little concerned that morning. The faces of those three men who ordered a chocolate cake the day before were frightening. At least that’s what he thought when he was told who they were: They worked for Al Capone, […]

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10 Simple Ways to Bake Healthier

Photo of BlueberryTiramisu from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free. Eating healthier is the latest buzz. And it’s not just because summer is here and we all want to look great in a bathing suit. With Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution sweeping worldwide and America’s increasing obesity problems, it’s clear that there is […]