Dessert

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Chilled Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

Chilled Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

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Having been married only a year ago, most of the items in my kitchen are relatively new. After our wedding back in 2012, it was out with the old and in with the new. We purged our kitchen of all the old pots, pans, plates and appliances and replaced them with something shiny and new. It wasn’t until recently that I began adding treasured family heirlooms to my kitchen collection – including...

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Coconut Nutella Mocha

Coconut Nutella Mocha

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What could be better than homemade Nutella mixed into a frothy coconut milk mocha? I’m pretty sure nothing. This rich and decadent warm beverage could easily be an after dinner dessert! Or just an afternoon treat to help keep warm during this frigid snowy Chicago winter. Along with the delicious flavor, this warm winter beverage also offers a little nutritional boost!...

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Gluten-Free Sweet Treats

Gluten-Free Sweet Treats

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You won’t be missing refined sugar and flour with these twelve decadent gluten-free desserts! Make one of these tasty recipes for you and your sweetie this Valentine’s Day!   Chocolate Date Caramel Walnut Tart by Gourmande in the Kitchen – This tart includes an almond sea salt crust with a date and walnut filling and is topped with silky raw chocolate...

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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts

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Yesterday was the November Chicago Food Swap at The Chopping Block! I wanted to bring something unique, healthy, festive and trendy to the swap and thus, these Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts were born! But before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at all the action during the swap! The Chopping Block was the PERFECT location for the swap – plenty of room, lots of counter...

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Food Tour of Wicker Park and Bucktown

Food Tour of Wicker Park and Bucktown

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Hello Chicago! Today I wanted to share with you an amazing experience I had this weekend at the Chicago Food Planet Food Tour of Wicker Park/Bucktown! I found out about the tour through Vimbly and have been anticipating the event all month! I had such a great time tasting my way through the neighborhood and wanted to share every moment of it with you! Disclaimer: the foods eaten in this post...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble

Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble

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Nothing says summer like strawberries and rhubarb! I made a special trip to the Green City farmers market in Lincoln Park this morning for some fresh summer goodies! I came home with strawberries as sweet as candy, local melrose sweet peppers, juicy red currants, and of course a bundle of rhubarb. This Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble is the perfect summer dessert for an all-American...

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Candied Citrus Peel

Candied Citrus Peel

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Winter is the season for citrus. In efforts to ward off the common cold, we all turn to citrus fruits loaded with vitamin C. But don’t be so quick to throw away the peel after you are done eating an orange or squeezing a lemon or lime into your favorite recipe. Use the peel in this fun candy recipe to make a sweet winter treat! This guilt-free candy won’t spoil your New Year’s...

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Healthy Rice Crispy Treats

Healthy Rice Crispy Treats

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Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you love. With the right substitutions you can make your favorite treats and eat them without feeling guilty. This healthy version of rice crispy treats is one that everyone in your family will love! This recipe is adapted from The Kind Diet. Here’s what you’ll need: Ingredients: 1 box brown rice crisps cereal (I used...

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Healthy Holiday Cookies

Healthy Holiday Cookies

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Happy Christmas Eve! Whether you are baking cookies for a holiday cookie exchange, for family and friends, or to put out tonight for Santa Claus, a healthy cookie recipe can go along way. Instead of sabotaging your healthy diet with cookies high in calories, fat and sugar choose from one of these 5 healthy recipes to make this holiday! 1. Banana-Oat Cookies Click here for the recipe! 2....

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Healthy Gingerbread House

Healthy Gingerbread House

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The tradition of building gingerbread house with the kids doesn’t have to be tossed by the wayside just because you want to eat healthy this holiday season. Here are some great tips on how to make a healthy gingerbread house that you can nibble on guilt-free during Christmas! Gingerbread – Graham crackers are commonly used in place of gingerbread as a healthier and easier option....

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Down-Size Holiday Baking

Down-Size Holiday Baking

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When baking holiday treats this season but calories by cutting portion sizes. Try any of these ideas next time you’re in the kitchen baking Slice pies and cakes into 10-12 pieces instead of the usual 6-8.  Cut brownies and bars into bite-sized pieces before arranging them on a platter for guests.   Bake smaller cookies; you can even freeze half of the dough to bake...

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Christmas Snickerdoodle Cookies

Christmas Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Two days ago we talked about Healthy Holiday Baking Substitutions. One of the suggested substitutions was to use a “flax egg” instead of a real egg. Here is an example of a delicious holiday cookie recipe that does just that. This recipe also uses Earth Balance instead of butter, but butter can be used nevertheless. Ingredients 1/2 Tbsp ground flax seed 1 1/2 Tbsp warm water 1/4...