Happy New Years Friends!

I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to 2011. I’ve got some pretty major life changes happening, I’ve made some great goals for myself that I’m excited about accomplishing and I just have a really good feeling about this new year!

I really wanted to share a champagne recipe with you all but when I got home last night we didn’t have any! We received so many bottles of champagne after our engagement that I thought we definitely had some but alas, no such luck. So I had a little wine to give you all a virtual cheers!

I also ate some pickled herring to bring good luck! (This is the first time I’ve really kind of liked it but I was a little nervous…) Do you eat special foods on New Years Eve or Day to bring good luck?

Enjoy your New Years Eve festivities, what are your plans? We are expecting a really bad snow storm so I secretly (or not so secretly) hope we get snowed in, otherwise we’ll be heading to a friend’s party!

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picky lunches

I am admittedly picky about my lunch selections. I like them to be: Preferably vegan or vegetarian Full of vegetables But not frozen vegetables as they are never as good heated, cooled and then microwaved Heatable in a microwave Preferably warm in the winter, not in the summer Must be full of protein and good

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lamb ragù

This is the kind of meal that will make the men in your life very, very happy. I can’t necessarily guarantee diamonds or a vacation to Fiji but if your men eat meat, it’s certainly worth a try! It involves a lot of meat, that unmistakable slow-cooked flavor and I mentioned meat, right? Making this

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welcome back

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (or long weekend if you don’t celebrate!) I had an amazing weekend with family and soon-to-be family. I ate a lot of delicious food (think scallop chowder, pork roll breakfast sandwiches, beef tenderloin and home made eggnog) and enjoyed every minute of it! Please tell me you

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in my cupboard: black bean pasta

Last week I shared a recipe with you for black bean pasta with chorizo & peppers. Turns out this black bean pasta gem that I picked up on a weekend when I was visiting my parents is pretty hard to track down, but a lot of you were interested in where you could find it.

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holiday health: enjoying the holidays

This post is part of the Healthbuzz December series, Holiday Health, by Foodbuzz. So far most of my Holiday Health articles have been about what to do if you Ate too Much, Simplifying for Stress Free Holidays, the Pre-Holiday Party Lunch, how to order Holiday Coffee Drinks and so on. I was originally going to

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an early christmas

Growing up, we never were home for Christmas. We spent it in Milwaukee or Minnesota and often had our own little family celebration a week or two before the real Christmas. Even though it wasn’t on the actual day, I loved our tradition of having our own little Christmas, every single year. We always read

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