Caprese Tower with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese Tower with Balsamic Reduction

Am I the only one who thinks food should look good? 

Yeah, I know – what kind of question is that, anyway?  Of course I’m not the only one.  I’m sure you wouldn’t be reading a food blog if you didn’t like the way food looks in pictures and you want to make appealing food, too!  But even when you’re at home by yourself, not trying to impress anyone with your culinary masterpieces… don’t you still prefer to eat something that looks good?

Sure, you’ll never get a bowl of plain cereal to look much different than, well, a bowl of cereal, but that’s beside the point.  Even when I’m by myself, as long as I have enough light to see – and I haven’t had a power outage in a long time, thank goodness – I love making my food colorful and tasty-looking.

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{Al-Fresco} Smoked Salmon-Arugula Rollups

{Al-Fresco} Smoked Salmon-Arugula Rollups

More wraps, salmon, and picnic food!  Harvest Picnic CalzoneMeaty {Veggie} Sloppy JoesVegan Asian Lettuce WrapsSmoked Salmon & Butternut Salad

Do you hear that?

Birds singing, breeze blowing, kids laughing, people sneezing their brains out…

It must be spring.

Indeed it is!  Here in Southern Arizona, especially, this is the time to find living things out and about.  It’s hard to want to be outside on a windy, cold day in winter – and a flat out safety hazard any time in summer. 

But late April, that’s a wonderful time to be outdoors.  In fact, almost anywhere you go in the U.S. at this time of year has a potential for nice weather.  

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Easiest Salad Dressing (+ Nutrition Booster!)

Easiest Salad Dressing (+ Nutrition Booster!)

Ain't nobody got time for that!
A phrase often applied to healthy eating on the daily.  
And not without reason, I might add.  Always eating, as recommended by many health gurus,  the freshest possible food with the most nutritional value, paired with other foods that boost the nutrition of whatever "superfood" you've gotten your hands on this time (and prepared in an at least semi-appetizing manner) can be... a chore, at times.
I mean, sure, there's always frozen food... or prepackaged food... or the occasional health-food-on-the-go... but that's not always the tastiest or most cost-effective of ways to do it, is it?  Like... have you ever eaten a salad from a fast-food joint?  C'mon, we can SO do better!
Well then, what are we left with?  To streamline our refrigerators and force healthy to be friends with easy!

 

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100% Homemade Salmon Salad Sandwich

100% Homemade Salmon Salad Sandwich

 

The recipe du jour is basically the anthem of domesticity.  The epitome of what it means to be homemade.  The very essence of casual comfort food.

Okay, quite possibly, I am exaggerating.   You don’t need to listen to me declaim about the recipe’s epicness – especially when it does such a good job of being simple and straightforward.  The only thing that’s really different about this unassuming meal is that you can make it all yourself.  

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