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SEPTEMBER | My boys have been back in school for over a week now, but Iโ€™m still clinging to summer & all the late-summer produce, like this sweet corn. Our local farm stands are still overflowing with plenty of locally grown corn & heirloom tomatoes, & we canโ€™t get enough! ๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿ… Iโ€™ve been testing a few recipes featuring #corn and #tomatoes that I hope to share with you very soon, before all the apples & pumpkins take over. I love fall produce as much as the next food blogger, but for now, letโ€™s not rush things. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stay tuned.... ๐Ÿ˜Š . . #eatyourveggies #howisummer #eatlocal #tellnewengland #newnenglandsummer #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #f52farmstand #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #fnegrams #foodphotography #wholesomefamilykitchen

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My boys went back to school today ๐Ÿ˜ข, and I'm already counting down the hours until the long weekend begins. I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summerโ€”or to summer foodsโ€”so I'm planning to take full advantage of the unofficial last weekend of summer. You too? Cool! Need some ideas for what to make this Labor Day weekend? I've got you covered. ๐Ÿ˜Š . Here are some of my favorite wholesome, healthy-ish summer recipes from the blog: . ๐Ÿ‘ Sweet-and-Spicy Grilled Chicken with Peaches (a modern, more wholesome spin on the first meal I made for my then-boyfriend/now-husband, which I coincidentally wrote about a year ago today, on our 20th wedding anniversary ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’–) . ๐Ÿ… Farro Salad with Tomatoes & Mozzarella (a perfect accompaniment to grilled fare and an ideal summer potluck dish) . ๐Ÿ” Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers (for my #vegetarian/#vegan friends) . ๐Ÿ Pasta with Balsamic-Roasted Summer Vegetables, Chickpeas, & Herbs (if it's too hot to turn on your oven, the veggies are just as yummy on the grill) . ๐Ÿ“and for dessert... Strawberry Shortcakes with Yogurt Whipped Cream (in-season local peaches or plums would also be a delicious substitute for the strawberriesโ€”see the recipe's headnotes for some helpful tips) . All these recipes can be found on my blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Summer. . Happy End-of-Summer, friends! Make it a good one! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ’– . . . #howisummer #kidsinthekitchen #superhealthykids #eatyourveggies #realfoodforkids #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole @wholefoodsnh #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #wholesomefamilykitchen

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MONDAY | We are back from our annual beach vacation and sloooowly getting back into some sort of routine, starting with eating ALL the greens. ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿ˜Š (#balance) To help us ease back into our daily salad habit again after a week of eating (mostly) lobster rolls and ice cream ๐Ÿ˜‰, my boys & I are whipping up a batch of our favorite ranch dressing. In case you missed it, itโ€™s the newest recipe posted on my blog; link is in my profile. (Or go to Recipes > Salads.) If you have some particularly salad-averse kiddos (or spouses) in your house, you must try this ranch dressing! Itโ€™s tested & enthusiastically approved by my 2 boys... & also by the 200+ middle-school students whom I taught how to make this wholesome, tangy, creamy dressing. Itโ€™s so much betterโ€”& better for you!โ€”than the bottled stuff. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š . . #stonyfield #greekyogurt #ranchdressing #kidsinthekitchen #kidscook #cookingwithkids #superhealthykids #produceforkids #eatyourveggies #realfoodforkids #schoolgarden #herbs #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #f52salad #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole @wholefoodsnh #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #wholesomefamilykitchen

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If you have ice cream on vacation (an absolute must, right?), and you donโ€™t share a photo of it on Instagram, did you even really go on vacation? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜œ . My go-to ice cream stand order is coffee ice cream, & this one did not disappoint! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹ Whatโ€™s your favorite๐Ÿฆflavor? . . #icecream #howisummer #vacationmode #fnegrams #mynewenglandsummer #mynewengland #tellnewengland #wholesomefamilykitchen

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NEW POST + RECIPE! | This is the ranch dressing that my kids will dip just about anything in and happily eat it: carrot sticks, cucumber slices, chicken, pizza crusts, cardboardโ€ฆ. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is the ranch dressing that even my dairy-averse husband will generously pour on his salads. This is the ranch dressing that my boysโ€™ friends will devour (with copious amounts of veggies) when they come over for playdates. So I thought it was finally time that I share my ranch dressing recipe with you, my Internet friends, because now that itโ€™s been made and tested and approved by 200+ middle-school students (and several teachers), I can officially proclaim it to be The Best Ranch Dressing in All the Land. Or maybe The Best Ranch Dressing to Come out of a Home Kitchen in New Englandโ€ฆ in 2018. Or The Best Ranch Dressing Ever Made in a Middle-School Classroom. ๐Ÿ˜€ The recipe is up on the blog now, along with the story of how I taught an entire 7th-grade class how to make it! ๐Ÿ˜Š . . #stonyfield #greekyogurt #ranchdressing #kidsinthekitchen #kidscook #cookingwithkids #superhealthykids #produceforkids #eatyourveggies #realfoodforkids #schoolgarden #herbs #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole @wholefoodsnh #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats @thecookbookproject #wholesomefamilykitchen

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SPRING GREEN | If you know me well, then you know that spring is my least favorite season. The bugs! The pollen! The allergies! ๐Ÿ˜ซ So I was actually feeling okay with springโ€™s late arrival this year, as I was hoping it would give me a reprieve from my seasonal suffering. Alas, instead Iโ€™ve been dealing with a stubborn bout of sinusitis for almost 4 weeks now. ๐Ÿ˜• After trying every natural remedy I know to no avail, I finally went to see my doctor last week, & I left with a sinus infection diagnosis & a prescription for antibioticsโ€”neither of which Iโ€™ve had in 15 years! Five days into taking my meds, Iโ€™m still not even close to feeling ๐Ÿ’ฏ, but today was the first day I didnโ€™t feel like my eye was going to pop out of my head when I bent over to tie my shoes, so I guess thatโ€™s progress! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŒฑ Iโ€™ve also restarted my daily #greensmoothie habit to try to get as many probiotics & immune-boosting nutrients into my body as I can, to help fight off the infection AND to balance out the negative effects of the antibiotics. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ ๐ŸŒฑ Pictured here is todayโ€™s green smoothie, improvised with what I had on hand (amounts are approximate): โ€ข 1 packed cup each kale & spinach (#powergreens) โ€ข 3/4 cup kefir & 1/2 c. Greek yogurt (probiotics) โ€ข 1/2 c. frozen pineapple (digestive enzymes) โ€ข 1 banana (creaminess) โ€ข 1 heaping tbs. #almondbutter (protein & healthy fat & yumminess ๐Ÿ˜‹) (My 13yo shared half of it with me as an after-school snack & gave it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. ) ๐ŸŒฑ Anyone else dealing with sinusitis/sinus infections &/or allergies? Hit me up with your tips & tricks for coping! ๐Ÿ˜Š . . #vegetarian #drinkyourveggies #drinkyourgreens #eattherainbow #realfoodforkids #tastespotting #thekitchn #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #fnegrams #eatingwelleats #vitamix #wellness #cleaneats #healthysnacks #wholesomefamilykitchen

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[NEW POST + RECIPE!] I've been working on several other projects (food-related and otherwise) that have left me little time for blogging so far this year, but I'm hoping that this new post (& a few others I have in the pipeline to share in the coming weeks) will help make up for the blog silence. โ˜บ๏ธ The recipe for this Baked Goat Cheese (or Feta Cheese for, ahem, kids & husbands who don't like goat cheese ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‰) with Tomato Sauce is from Sonja & Alex Overhiser's (@acouplecooks) new cookbook, #PrettySimpleCooking. I made this dish way back in February, in the middle of our long NH winter, when I participated in their virtual #PrettySimpleDinnerParty, and my boys LOVED it! I think thereโ€™s something about dipping a warm, fresh baguette into the combination of bubbly tomato sauce & melty cheese that reminded them of pizza ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ˜. It was just the thing to warm us up on that cold winter night, & I've made it several times since, not just because my boys keep requesting it, but also because winter has been overstaying its welcome around here. (As I type this, it is actually snowing again. Does anyone else feel like it's January 109th and not April 19th? ๐Ÿ˜‘) Anyway... the recipe is up on my blog now, along with a few thoughts about dinner parties & kids & simple entertaining & gathering around the table with your favorite people. . . #vegetarian #gatheringslikethese #onthetable #eatyourveggies #eattherainbow #snackplatter #snackboard #realfoodforkids #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #fnegrams #eatingwelleats #wholesomefamilykitchen

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THE COOKIES THAT BROKE THE INTERNET | Iโ€™m totally late to the party (as usual ๐Ÿ™„), but after seeing some version of @alisoneromanโ€™s Internet-famous Salted Butter & Chocolate Chunk Shortbread #cookies every day in my feed for months now, I finally had to see for myself what all the hype was about (you know, for research purposes ๐Ÿ˜‰)! Last week, while my boys were on winter break, we spent some time in the kitchen together baking, among other things, these cookies. And Iโ€™m happy to report, they lived up to the hype! I must admit though that when we first tried them, we thought they were pretty good, but maybe not Internet-breaking good. But then we each had another cookie the next day, &, oh my, they were even betterโ€”addictively good, in fact! (Like most shortbread cookies, these definitely improve with time.) . My husband mercifully took half the batch to his office, where they were consumed in record time; his coworkers raved about them, & some were understandably sad when they went back for a 2nd cookie, only to discover there were none left! Because really, how can you go wrong with buttery shortbread, chunks of dark chocolate, a crunchy sugar coating, & a sprinkle of flaky salt (I used a Vanilla Bean salt from @jacobsensaltco ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป)โ€”that sweet/salty contrast is hard to resist! And using salted (vs. unsalted) butter in shortbread cookies was a game changer for me. Will they replace my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe? Probably not, but as a unique, sweet-and-salty shortbread (with chocolateโ€”did I mention the #chocolate?) that keeps (& travels) well, these cookies will be a great addition to my holiday cookie gift boxes, or any other excuse, er, occasion I can imagine. ๐Ÿ˜Š (I also want to try making them with whole-wheat flour &/or espresso powder. ๐Ÿ˜‹) . You can find the recipe for these addictive cookies in Alison Romanโ€˜s Dining In cookbook, or on @bonappetitmagโ€˜s website. But you probably already knew that, because Iโ€™m pretty sure Iโ€™m the last person on the Internet to make these cookies. ๐Ÿ˜‰ . . #diningincookbook #wholesomefamilykitchen #wholesomefamilycookies

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REAL LIFE | As a longtime reader of Sonja & Alexโ€™s blog @acouplecooks, I was thrilled when we connected over social media last year & Sonja asked me if Iโ€™d like to participate in their #PrettySimpleDinnerParty today to celebrate the release of their first cookbook, #PrettySimpleCooking! How could I say no? ๐Ÿ˜Š Our โ€œdinner partyโ€ might look different from what youโ€™d expect though: Planning a dinner party around life with 2 school-age boys isnโ€™t easy! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Throw in a couple of illnesses this week, school-play rehearsals, & basketball games, & well, our dinner party became a quickly thrown-together Mediterranean-themed snack/appetizer โ€œpartyโ€ for the 4 of us, which we miraculously fit in between basketball playoffs this morning and a play tonight! ๐Ÿ˜… . The fact that I was quickly & easily able to make these dishes ahead of time AND my boys LOVED every bite is a testament to how family-friendly Sonja & Alexโ€™s cookbook is! I lit a few candles & set the table with the โ€œgoodโ€ dishes for ambiance, but my boys quickly inhaled every last crumb, while mostly sitting at the kitchen counter. ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‰ . Swipe โฌ…๏ธ to see what we made: Red Pepper Tabbouleh, Layered Mediterranean Hummus Platter (with Baked Pita Chips), and Baked Goat Cheese with Tomato Sauce (but made with Feta cheese, because Iโ€™m the only one in my house who likes goat cheese ๐Ÿ™„). (This last dish was perhaps the biggest hit: My 12yo said I should make it every day! ๐Ÿ˜Š) . Congratulations, @acouplecooks, on your beautiful yet practical cookbook! ๐Ÿ’– I have a feeling it will be getting a lot of use in our kitchen. Iโ€™ve already flagged several more dishes the boys want to make with me (&, as with most other well-loved cookbooks in my collection, this one is already splattered with food! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜…). . . #vegetarian #gatheringslikethese #onthetable #eatyourveggies #eattherainbow #snackplatter #snackboard #realfoodforkids #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #fnegrams #wholesomefamilykitchen

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Last weekend, we celebrated my โ€œbabyโ€ boyโ€™s 8th birthday with a house full of family & friends. He requested a big pot of his favorite chicken meatball soup & a cookies-&-cream cake (more on this soon!), & I rounded things out with this fruit/veggie/hummus/cheese/charcuterie platter. To make sure all of our guests had something to nibble on, I set out a variety of colorful fruits & veggies; some โ€œgrown upโ€ cheeses & crackers (Saint Andrรฉ triple crรจme cheese, sourdough crackers, & spicy salami); & some surefire kid pleasers (mild cheddar & Colby jack cheeses, mini pretzels, & bunny-shaped cheese crackers ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ˜‰). . There were just a few crumbs left at the end of the party, so I think itโ€™s safe to say that it was a big hit with both the kids & the adults. ๐Ÿ˜Š Itโ€™s amazing how many veggies and fruits kids (& their parents) will eat when theyโ€™re presented this way & served with a yummy homemade dip (#hummus, in this case)! And it also helped to balance out the cake & ice cream later! โ˜บ๏ธ . . #gatheringslikethese #onthetable #cheeseplate #cheeseboard #charcuterie #eatyourveggies #kidsparties #kidspartyfood #eattherainbow #snackplatter #snackboard #realfoodforkids #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #wholesomefamilykitchen

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Another snow day here in NH calls for some snow-day baking! โ„๏ธ We just baked a batch of our โ€œhouseโ€ #granolaโ€”Maple Walnut Granola with Olive Oil & Pumpkin Seedsโ€”& my house smells incredible right now! ๐Ÿ˜‹ Hope youโ€™re staying warm & cozy today, my East Coast friends. โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜Š If youโ€™d like to increase the warm & cozy vibes in your house today, bake some of this granola; you wonโ€™t be sorry! You can find the recipe on my blog. [Link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Baked Goods, or search โ€œgranolaโ€.] . . #wholesomebaking #vegan #vegetarian #oliveoil @caoliveranch #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #MarthaBakes #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #thebakefeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #lifeandthyme #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #fnegrams #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #wholesomefamilykitchen

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BEST NINE OF 2017 | Farewell, 2017! This year was challenging & exhausting & just plain hard at times, but it was also delicious. ๐Ÿ˜‹ I'm looking forward to sharing more recipes for wholesome eats (& healthful-ish treats) in 2018! Wishing you a happy & healthy New Year, friends! ๐Ÿฅ‚ Hope it includes time spent in the kitchen & around the table with those you love, and plenty of delicious, nourishing food. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜Š . . #2017bestnine #happynewyear #wholesomebaking #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #MarthaBakes #feedfeed #thebakefeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #lifeandthyme #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #edibleNH #mynewengland #tellnewengland #igersnh #fnegrams #healthyaperture #wholesomefamilykitchen

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[NEW POST + RECIPE! Brown-Butter Shortbread Cookies with Jam or... Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread!] Merry Christmas Eve, friends! If you're on top of things, you probably finished up your holiday baking days (or weeks) ago (I am in awe of you!), & you probably think you don't need another cookie recipe right now. But if you're like me, you're probably still baking (& maybe you just finally finished up a blog post you had been working on during this whole crazy month of December ๐Ÿ™ƒ), so maybe this recipe is exactly what you need! Either way, I hope you will give it a read, & maybe bookmark the recipe to try next Christmas, or even over your winter vacation! Because if you're like most of my friends & family, once you try them, you will want these rich, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies in your life every December, forevermore! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’– . The recipe is on my blog, along with the story behind it & some thoughts on my favorite holiday tradition: baking & sharing cookies! (By the way, I used @stonewallkitchen Holiday Jam in these beauties, & I highly recommend it. #notsponsored #justloveit) . . #holidayfoodgifts #holidaybaking #foodgiftlove #ediblegifts #holidaytreats #christmascookies #cookies #howiholiday #wholesomebaking #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #KingArthurFlour #ImSoMartha #MarthaBakes #feedfeed #thebakefeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #f52cookie #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #lifeandthyme #WholeFoodsFaves #wholesomefamilykitchen #wholesomefamilycookies

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Where are all my frazzled moms (& dads) out there, getting last-minute gifts together for teachers, co-workers, neighbors...? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป Here's how to win at last-minute gifting: Make a batch of my Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix. (It takes mere minutes in the food processor! ๐Ÿ˜Š) Package it in cute food-safe packages. (I got these super cute mini 4-oz. Mason jars at @target & put about 3 or 4 servings of mix in each. You can of course use bigger jars if you're feeling extra generous. ๐Ÿ˜Š) Write or print out the instructions for making the hot chocolate onto a gift tag or whatever you have around. Add a festive candy cane. Tie with some pretty ribbon. Done! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป . The recipe for this rich, decadent hot chocolate mix is on my blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Beverages. (Make a double or triple batch, because you're going to want some for yourself! Pro tip: A shot of espresso in your hot chocolate mug will help power you through wrapping the rest of your gifts! โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽ) . . #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #holidayfoodgifts #foodgiftlove #ediblegifts #christmastreats #howiholiday #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #healthyaperture #tastingtable #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #f52countdown #fnegrams #ImSoMartha #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #WholeFoodsFaves #targetstyle #vegan #vegetarian

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The holiday treat-making is well underway here in my kitchen, and, per tradition & by popular demand, this triple-layer #peppermintbark (made in snowflake candy molds with my favorite @greenandblacks #chocolate) is among the first things to be made! โ„๏ธ๐ŸŽ„ (Recipe adapted from @bonappetitmag via @mollyorangette.) . Although I've made this peppermint bark every year for the past 7 years or so, every couple of years, the middle ganache layer gives me trouble. Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) when nothing seems to work out right for you in the kitchen? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ This year, I had to make the ganache 3x before it came out right (it kept separating ๐Ÿ˜ฉ)! And even the 3rd batch started to separate again, but thankfully I was able to save it by slowly whisking in a little bit of milk. And then, to save time, I had bought a jar of already-crushed (naturally-sweetened & -colored) peppermints to sprinkle on the top, but when I opened it, there was clearly something wrong as the contents smelled like paint! ๐Ÿ˜ณ So I ended up buying (naturally-sweetened & -colored) candy canes instead & crushing them by hand. (Although it didn't save me any time, pulverizing candy canes with a mallet was a surprisingly satisfying stress-reliever!) I'm still not sure why the ganache separates sometimes but other times it comes together perfectly ๐Ÿค” (I'd love to hear from you if you have any advice/tips in this area), but I'm happy to report that this year's peppermint bark is still as delicious as ever & ready for gifting, so have no fear, my peppermint-bark-loving family & friends! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š . . #holidaybaking #holidaytreats #myholidaytradish #howiholiday #foodgifts #foodgiftlove #bareaders #thebakefeed #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #f52grams #ImSoMartha #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed

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Is your body crying out for some greens and lighter fare today after all the feasting yesterday? Or are you eating leftover pie for breakfast? If it's the latter, no judgment here; you enjoy yourself! ๐Ÿ˜Š If it's the former, then this apple-cinnamon #greensmoothie with #greekyogurt might be exactly what you want today. (Add some ginger to further help your digestion along. ๐Ÿ˜Š) Recipe is on the blog; link is in my profile. It's currently at the top of the home page, or go to Recipes > Beverages. . . #thanksgiving #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #healthyaperture #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #eatyourveggies

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Pumpkin bread (and โ˜•๏ธ) for breakfast. Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. Because it's tradition. ๐Ÿ˜Š Happy Thanksgiving, friends! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฆƒโœจ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜Š . (Recipe for whole-wheat pumpkin bread is on my blog. Go to Recipes > Baked Goods.) . . #pumpkin #thanksgiving #pumpkinbread #macysparade #myholidaytradish #wholesomebaking #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #f52grams #f52fallbake #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #edibleNH #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves @farmersmarketfoods #showusyourpumpkin #wholesomefamilykitchen

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Only 4 days until #Thanksgiving! Are you ready? I am far from ready ๐Ÿ˜ฌ, but I'm trying to remedy that tonight by getting organized: writing lists, gathering recipes, finalizing the menu.... One dish that is always on my Thanksgiving table (at least for the last several years) is a big bowl of roasted fall vegetables: butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, & brussels sprouts. I used to make sweet potatoes and green beans for our Thanksgiving veggie sides, but that was a lot of extra work (in addition to the turkey & mashed potatoes & stuffing & all the rest), so now I just toss these veggies all together on a sheet pan with some olive oil & roast them in the oven until they're golden & caramelized & delicious! So much easier-- and everyone loves them! ๐Ÿ˜Š And this dish makes enough to feed a crowd! The recipe is on my blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Side Dishes. . . #edibleNH #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #eatyourveggies #wholesomefamilykitchen #myholidaytradish #vegan #veganrecipes #vegetarianrecipes #thanksgivingrecipes

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After a delay with my subscription renewal order, which led to a futile search of newsstands across southern NH, I finally got my hands on a copy of the November issue of Parents magazine (@parents), thanks to the generosity of a friend back in my hometown in PA! I'm so excited to see one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes featured in its pages! ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks again, @alanachernila, for including me & my Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread recipe in this lovely article about #Thanksgiving recipes, traditions, & the stories behind them! ๐Ÿ’– Be sure to pick up a copy of this issue for the recipe (plus a few more yummy Thanksgiving recipes), or, if you can't find this issue in print, you can find the recipe (and the full story behind it) on my blog. Link is in my profile; go to Recipes > Baked Goods. . . #pumpkin #pumpkinbread #thanksgivingrecipes #wholesomebaking #f52fallbake #wholesomefamilykitchen #myholidaytradish @farmersmarketfoods #showusyourpumpkin

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[NEW BLOG POST + 3 (!) NEW RECIPES!] In case you missed it: In my latest post, I talk about picking (& eating) all the local #apples & feeding growing, always-hungry boys. If you're looking for some wholesome, satisfying after-school (or anytime) snacks for feeding hungry kiddos (& adults), I have a few simple recipes for you featuring my favorite fall fruit. How does an apple crisp #yogurt parfait sound, or an apple-cinnamon green #smoothie? Or a #vegan salted "caramel" dip made with #dates & (my favorite @maranathanutbutters) almond butter? (Clearly, I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to apple season. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ๐Ÿโค๏ธ Recipes are on the blog; link is in my profile.) . . #thisisfall #appleseason #applepicking #loyaltolocalNH #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #healthyaperture #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #f52farmstand #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #almondbutter #greensmoothies #greekyogurt

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"Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits." -- Samuel Butler . It's still prime apple season here in NH, & we're still working our way through the several pounds of #apples we picked at our local apple orchard this month. I've been testing a few new apple recipes in my kitchen this week, & I hope to share them with you soon on the blog. Stay tuned.... ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ . . #edibleNH #loyaltolocalNH #nhmagazine #mynewengland #tellnewengland #igersnh #fnegrams #wholesomefamilykitchen #applepicking #appleseason #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #f52farmstand #TellOn

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[NEW POST + RECIPE!] In my latest blog post, I share a recipe that has been making frequent appearances at our dinner table during these early-fall days. It's an easy-to-make #vegetarian #pasta dish with balsamic-roasted vegetables (zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, red onion, & tomatoes), chickpeas, & fresh herbs. Add some feta cheese or soft goat cheese, or omit the cheese altogether for a vegan-friendly dish. ๐Ÿ˜‹ And because there is always a story behind the food I make for my family, you'll find that here too. In this one, I introduce you to my mom. I think you'll like her; everyone does. ๐Ÿ˜Š (Recipe + story are on the blog; link is in my profile.) . . #wholesomefamilykitchen #eatyourveggies #feedfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #edibleNH #loyaltolocalNH #thenewhealthy #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed

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We celebrated my husband's birthday this week with all of his favorites, by request: a big pan of seafood paella for dinner, followed by these #cupcakes-- #chocolate with cream-cheese filling and vanilla cream-cheese frosting. ๐ŸŽ‰ Not pictured: the 24 mini cupcakes I also made so he could share them with his classmates, er, work colleagues at the office. ๐Ÿ˜ (Sometimes, it feels like I am a mom of 3, not 2, boys. ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‚ Can anyone relate? ๐Ÿ˜€) Honestly though, his work friends have come to expect these cupcakes at least once a year. I've been told they have even arm wrestled for the last cupcake! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚ . . #wholesomebaking #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #marthafood #marthabakes #ImSoMartha #thebakefeed #wholesomefamilykitchen

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On this semi-official last weekend of summer, we are grilling dinner outside & enjoying this #farro #salad with fresh #mozzarella, #tomatoes, & #herbs for what seems like the zillionth time this summer... but this time it's even better with tomatoes & herbs from my garden! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š Hope you're soaking up these last few hours of summer, friends! (Recipe for this farro salad is on the blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Summer.) . . #howisummer #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #goopmake

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[NEW POST + RECIPE!] In my latest post, I'm sharing an updated spin on the very first meal I made--peach chicken--for my then-boyfriend/now-husband, in honor of our 20th (!) wedding anniversary. But the story on the blog is about much more than chicken & peaches. It's an honest look at 20 years of marriage-- the good, the bad, & the beautiful mess that is love & marriage & kids & family & life. Fair warning: It is the longest story I have written for the blog, but it was hard to condense all I wanted to say into a few short paragraphs (believe me, I tried ๐Ÿ˜‰). I hope you'll give it a read, or at least check it out for the food... then stay for the "vintage" photos of our younger days. โ˜บ๏ธ (Recipe + story are on the blog; link is in my profile.) . . #peaches #grillingseason #loveandmarriage #20years #howisummer #newenglandsummer #edibleNH #nhmagazine #mynewengland #fnegrams #feedfeed #savblogawards #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #foods4thought #wholefoodsfaves #lifeandthyme #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #goopmake

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Today's after-school snack: Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to celebrate my boys' first day of school! ๐Ÿช๐ŸŽ‰ One day down; only 179 left to go. ๐Ÿ˜œ (Recipe is on the blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Desserts and Sweet Treats.) . . #vegan #chocolatechipcookies #cookies #backtoschool #wholesomebaking #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams

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One of the challenges of having the boys home all summer and not in school is trying to satiate their incessant hunger! Seriously, they are ALWAYS hungry! I try to keep lots of healthful snacks on hand, including our favorite (tahini-free) hummus. I have been making this almost every week this summer, and no one is tired of it yet. With assorted veggies and/or pita bread/chips for dipping, it's a great way to tame those late-afternoon cries of "I'm sooooo hungry!" Recipe is on the blog; the link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Snacks. . . #hummus #healthysnacks #healthykids #vegan #vegetarian #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams

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In case you missed my mini food tour of Portland, Maine, in my Instagram Story earlier this week, here's a highlight reel of our favorite spots. If you haven't been to this lovely city, be sure to visit it if you get a chance. Sure, the food is great (@bonappetitmag named Portland America's Foodiest Small Town), but my art- and book-loving kiddos also thoroughly enjoyed browsing all of the museums & bookstores in this walkable town. They're already asking when we can go back... & if I can recreate those fries from Duckfat at home! ๐Ÿ˜Š . ๐Ÿฆ‚ @portlandlobstercompany: Kicked off Independence Day weekend with an all-American lobster roll at Portland Lobster Co. One of the perks of living in New England is there is no shortage of lobster rolls in the summer, & I've tried many of them. This one was definitely in my Top 5, maybe even my Top 3. (Bonus points for the accompanying water views & salt-air smell.) . ๐Ÿฉ @holydonutmaine: I'm not the biggest donut fan (that label would go to my youngest sister), but my boys love them, & as a rare treat, I'm totally fine with indulging in one, especially if they're made with wholesome ingredients, like these donuts from Holy Donut. The chocolate sea salt donut was my favorite; the boys enjoyed the maple bacon one, with the Maine blueberry donut a close second. . ๐Ÿฅ @standardbakingco: Not pictured: Buttery, super-flaky croissants (my 7yo is a big croissant fan, & he declared these to be among the best), & tender scones packed with Maine blueberries, all of which were quickly devoured before I was able to snap a photo. . ๐ŸŸ @duckfatmaine: The Belgian fries at Duckfat are incomparable! They are hand cut from Maine potatoes, fried in duck fat, & served with homemade dipping sauces (we got the truffle ketchup & garlic mayo ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป). Their panini & milkshakes are also delicious, but my kids are still talking about the fries! Those fries ruined us-- all other fries from now on will pale in comparison. ๐Ÿ˜‰ . ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ•๐ŸŒฟ Not pictured: the green smoothies and big green salads with ALL the veggies that we've been eating since returning home. #balance

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[NEW POST + RECIPE!] Just in time for the 4th of July holiday, I'm sharing the recipe for my favorite strawberry shortcakes that I've been making every July for at least 12 years now! Here in NH, strawberries are (finally!) at their peak, and this is the perfect dessert to showcase them. If you're looking for a wholesome, yummy dessert that celebrates the Independence Day holiday and/or all things summer, look no further! These strawberry shortcakes are basically summer on a plate. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ [Recipe is on the blog; link in profile.] . . #strawberryshortcake #strawberries #strawberryfieldsforever #edibleNH #loyaltolocalNH #nhmagazine #mynewengland #tellnewengland #wholesomebaking #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #kingarthurflour

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, friends! As per tradition at our house, we are firing up our outdoor grill for the first time this year, and these portobello mushroom burgers are on the menu! Hope we get to enjoy them al fresco before the rain moves in (although, also true to tradition, the pesky black flies and my seasonal allergies have me staying mostly indoors today while my husband cleans off the deck and the grill! โ˜บ๏ธ). Hope the weather and the bug/pollen situation are more tolerable/enjoyable where you are! ๐Ÿ˜€ Cheers to the long weekend! (The recipe for these juicy vegetarian "burgers" are on the blog. Link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Sandwiches.) . . #vegetarian #vegetariangrilling #vegan #vegangrilling #summerfood #mushrooms #vegetarianburger #eatyourveggies #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams

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When I shared the recipe for these maple scones (along with a story about maple-sugaring season) last week, spring was nowhere in sight here in NH. But then, yesterday's temperatures suddenly climbed to well above 80 degrees F, the snow finally melted (mostly), the trees are now starting to bud, and... maple-sugaring season is drawing to a close. But you can still make these whole-wheat maple-oat scones with coffee-maple glaze! I think they'd be a perfect addition to your Easter brunch, or any spring occasion, big or small. ๐Ÿ˜Š The recipe is on my blog; link is in my profile. Happy Spring, friends! ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒฟ . . #maplesugaring #maplesyrup #scones #wholesomebaking #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #603eats #mynewengland #nhmapleweekend #nhmaplesyrup #ediblenh #nhmagazine #mynewengland #tellnewengland

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No blizzard here but @wholesomefamilykitchen #hotcocoa pics is giving me hot cocoa envy so I am treating myself to this. ๐Ÿ˜

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Guys, this is soooo good. Loving my sister's winter veggie bean and farro soup. ๐Ÿ˜Hitting the spot on this chilly Sunday in March. @wholesomefamilykitchen

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[NEW POST + RECIPE!] In honor of my dad's milestone birthday, I gave one of his favorite dishes a modern, more healthful makeover, and the recipe is now up on the blog (link is in my profile). According to my boys, it's even better than the original; I think you'll like it! (And, if you don't know my dad, allow me to introduce him to you. I think you'll like him too. ๐Ÿ˜Š) . . #vegetarianfood #macandcheese #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy

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