Spicy & Crispy Chicken Caesar Club, For When I Want My Fast Food Slowed Down A Bit

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Even though as a personal chef and recipe developer I predominantly rely on whole foods and healthful ingredients when preparing meals for my clients and my own family, or when developing recipes to share here on the site, I have a little confession to make: I love the taste of fast food. Now, I'm tempted to call it my “guilty pleasure”, as if there should be some shame associated with that particular little admission; but the thing is, there isn't any. Not one iota. I'm owning ... {more please!}

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Dip, And Letting My Cravings Do The Cooking

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I had a couple of different recipe ideas to choose from this week, and ended up going back and forth several times as I tried to decide which one would win the coveted position for this particular recipe post. Well, as you can see, my snacking side got the better of me, as I've been desperately craving another hot and cheesy dip lately, one that I can slather all over some nice, rustic and spicy tortilla chips of some kind. This morning when I made my ... {more please!}

Sweet, Simple Bonding Over Spicy Albondigas Stew

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I can't help but think about that preciously sweet time of courtship between my husband and I many years back whenever I think of albondigas soup. Just considering it, and imagining that time of my life, automatically curls my lips up into a big, mischievous smile, and fills my heart with an extra little “thump-thump” and a soft haziness, the kind that nudges me on into a warm, lingering daydream or fuzzy reminiscence. It's kind of funny, though not at all surprising, that some of the ... {more please!}

Smoky Flank Steak & Three Cheese Enchiladas, And The Many Delicious Flavors Of Love

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Love is in the air this week, isn't it? At least it should be, what with all of the sweet reminders of Valentine's Day all around us. And though the obvious emphasis for this red-hearted little holiday lies mainly on a romantic type of love, I can't help but consider the concept of “love” in general, and the many delicious varieties—flavors, if you will—of love that there are that color our hearts that deep shade of red and bring joy and meaning into our lives on ... {more please!}

A Romantic Valentine’s Day Compilation (Or, The Way To The Heart Is Through The Tummy)

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Valentine's Day is such a wonderful opportunity to show love for your significant other through the nurturing act of cooking a meal from scratch; it's love through food, and food for love's sake, which is the special little motto we like to live by here. I've put together a tantalizing little list of 12 delicious recipes that contain a playful air of romance and passion, plus a healthy sprinkle of whimsy, to tempt and awaken your senses. For starters... Crispy Fried Heirloom Tomatoes Caprese Style Grilled ... {more please!}

Food Meditation: Ice Cream Sundae For Two

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Welcome to this peaceful little space at our table that we like to call “Food Meditation”. This is a special, contemplative short-film series that my husband and I wish to share with you in hopes that you will pull up a comfy chair and spend a few moments connecting to that beautiful serenity that can so often be found in the most unexpected places; and perhaps, you'll be moved to reflect and meditate upon it. From our souls to yours, please enjoy. Ingrid & Michael (*For ... {more please!}

Saucy Peanut Chicken With Veggies Over Brown Rice Noodles, Deliciously Tangled Up

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The thought of being “all tangled up” in something is an awfully appealing and comforting one to me. “Tangled up” in my husbands love, experiencing his hugs and his kisses, is a joy; “tangled up” in a warm, soft, fleecy blanket after it's just been freshly pulled out of a hot dryer, is sheer coziness; “tangled up” in a meaningful hug with my son just because we both love each other, is a blessing; and “tangled up” in all the big questions of life such as ... {more please!}

Big Game Day Recipe Roundup!

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Whether you're a Seattle Sea Hawks fan, or rooting for the Denver Broncos to take it all the way, chances are that you're about ready to burst with anticipation for the big game this Sunday and all the awesome food that goes along with it. Perhaps you've been scouring the web looking for the perfect, tasty and filling finger foods or simple dishes to offer up to all the hungry people you'll be hosting come game day. Well, look no further, my friend! Here's my little ... {more please!}

Rich & Chocolatey Irish Cream & Coffee Cupcakes, And Celebrating The Cozy Apron’s Second Birthday

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Two years can go by in an blinding flash. When my husband and I embarked upon this “labor of love” that is The Cozy Apron, we had zero expectations; after all, we had no clue as to what it meant to have blog, and how having one can truly change your life when you fall head over heals in love with the process of producing content for it week after week. When we began, all we really hoped to do was share a few recipes here ... {more please!}