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August 20, 2014
by Erin Clarke
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Blueberry Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits

I’ve decided that the fastest way to endear myself to others is to become a Blueberry Goat Cheese Drop Biscuit.

Blueberry Goat Cheese Drop BiscuitsMinus the whole issue of people eating me, being a Blueberry Goat Cheese Drop Biscuit would assure me an invite to every swanky club and secret wine book club. I could score reservations at Girl and the Goat (will it ever happen?) and backstage passes to Beyonce’s next concert (crush!). Drop biscuits are so darn lovable, even the most intimidating of bouncers or strident of hostesses could not resist their flakey, buttery, melt-in-your mouth softness.

In addition to their cloud-like texture and endless versatility, drop biscuits are so darling, they don’t even need to you press and stamp them into rounds. Simply mix, scoop, and bake. This Blueberry Goat Cheese Drop Biscuit recipe is one bowl, no fuss, and all reward. I aspire to be this low maintenance.

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August 18, 2014
by Erin Clarke
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Skillet Tomato Casserole with White Beans and Parmesan Croutons

Croutons epitomize my every at-bat in middle school softball: high potential, terrible execution. While my athleticism has only declined, I am happy to report that croutons have been redeemed by Skillet Tomato Casserole with White Beans and Parmesan Croutons.

Skillet Tomato Casserole with White Beans and Parmesan CroutonsIn theory, croutons should be one of the best things in life: lightly crunchy bread that adds texture, soaks up flavor, and express delivers them both to my taste buds in carb form. In practice, most are dry little bread rocks that scrape the roof of my mouth and are too solid to spear with a fork. At best, I eat them with my fingers when no one is watching. At worst, a failed fork-to-crouton harpoon session sends one flying out of my Caesar salad and into my neighboring diner’s wine glass. This is no proper way for food to behave.

Croutons, I believe in your potential, and I have found it in Skillet Tomato Casserole with White Beans and Parmesan Croutons. {Continue reading and snag the recipe…}

August 15, 2014
by Erin Clarke
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Roasted Red Pepper Parmesan Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Parmesan Dip is for those nights when what you need for dinner is a salad, but what you want is a giant bowl of bean dip, a bag of chips, and no regrets.

Skinny Roasted Red Pepper Parmesan Dip-Disappears at parties!

Despite my penchant for creating lower-guilt versions of classic dishes, the “light” versions of certain foods cause me immediate skepticism. Chips and dip are two of these. I’d rather have a smaller portion of real-deal chips and dip and feel satisfied, than eat three times the quantity of the flimsy stuff and wonder why all I’m thinking about afterwards is French fries and brownies. {Continue reading and snag the recipe…}

August 13, 2014
by Erin Clarke
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Healthy Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Pizzas

Healthy Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Pizzas want to know: Can you handle the cuteness?

Healthy Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Pizzas. Rice cakes spread with peanut butter "sauce" and topped with fresh fruit. Kids love this after school snack!I would apologize for these little healthy peanut butter pizza snacks—I got a tiiiiiiny bit carried away with the fruit art—but they are too addictive for regrets. You are looking at Healthy Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Pizzas #4, #7-10, #13, and #15. I lost all self control during the photoshoot and all of the missing numbers disappeared into my mouth. I also might have temporarily jammed my camera button with peanut butter. Worth it.

I’m not usually one for ultra cute food (minus these luscious Mini French Silk Cookie Pies, which are so divine, I’d probably eat them off my kitchen floor), but I had so much fun arranging pretty shapes with the fruit slices between bites, I couldn’t help but show off my mad stained-glass fruit skillz.

I’m sorry I just spelled skillz with a “z.” Twice.  {Continue reading and snag the recipe..}

August 11, 2014
by Erin Clarke
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Fizzy Peach Jalapeno Margaritas {+a SodaStation Giveaway!}

Fizzy Peach Jalapeno Margaritas are me, holding onto summer kicking and screaming.

Fizzy Peach Jalapeno Margaritas

The sun is setting earlier, I spy pumpkin on Pinterest, and I can detect the faint sound of a football game in the wind. HOLD IT EVERYONE! I love a slice of apple pie as much as the next sane person, but we still have summer days to relish and Fizzy Peach Jalapeno Margaritas to sip.

Margaritas are my favorite cocktail, and I have high standards: No mixes, fresh lime juice only, and salt that rim. Though a well made classic ‘rita on the rocks will forever be dear to my heart, I love creating new margarita twists to share with friends, which I assume is why I continue to be invited to dinner parties. Of all the recipes I tested this year, Fizzy Peach Jalapeno Margaritas were the winner, and I plan to spend the rest of my summer enjoying them as often as socially acceptable.

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August 8, 2014
by Erin Clarke
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Coconut Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini and I have a complicated relationship. Coconut Zucchini Muffins are my coping mechanism.

Zucchini Coconut Muffins - Healthy zucchini muffins made with coconut oil and whole wheat flour, with toasted coconut on top.With zucchini, July is all romance. It’s been ages since we’ve been together, we can’t get enough of each other, and sappy violin music follows us everywhere we go. I’m in summer produce heaven.

By August, zucchini gets clingy. It moves from occupying a small corner of my crisper to sprawling lawlessly all over the bottom shelf of my refrigerator and out onto the counter. What was once a good thing (the occasional summer veggie burrito or zucchini waffle) deteriorates into total squash mutiny, and I find myself struggling to find creative ways to deplete my supply.

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August 6, 2014
by Erin Clarke
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Sundried Tomato, Artichoke and Hummus Tartines

Sundried Tomato, Artichoke, and Hummus Tartines are an important reminder that, no matter how dire circumstances become, I can still make myself a tasty, healthy lunch in less than 10 minutes.

Sundried Tomato, Artichoke and Hummus Tartines. This is my go-to lunch. Fast, healthy, and absolutely delicious!Tartine is a fancy way of saying “toasted bread with all sorts of yumminess on top.” Tartines are a fixture on French café menus and, as I shared in my What to Eat in Paris post, became one of my favorite lunches during our month-long trip.

Of all the tartines I devoured, my absolute favorite was an artichoke, sundried tomato, and tapenade tartine at the lovely Cuisine de Bar. I enjoyed it so much, Cuisine de Bar was one of the few restaurants we repeated. Today’s hummus tartine is my at-home version of Cuisine de Bar’s recipe. They’re healthy, endlessly adaptable, and alleviating my separation anxiety from France.

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