Kitchen Hack: Storing Asparagus


Did you ever wonder why asparagus is displayed standing up at the grocery store? It’s not because it looks pretty but it keeps it fresh. The secret is to keep the vegetable cool and damp. Store your asparagus in the fridge standing up in 1-2 inches of water. You can cover it with a plastic […]

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Asian Cashew Zoodles


I found this recipe in the Whole30 cook book and then modified it to make it my own. If you’re not into zoodles, I still recommend making this sauce because it’s amazing. I may or may not have been eating it by the spoonful… I loved it so much that I made it again the […]

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs


2017 is looking good for the Swinton’s! We have a handful of trips to look forward too, including our honeymoon! And because a lot of bathing suits are in our future, I’ve been a little more disciplined in the kitchen; filling our meals with more veggies and cutting back on dairy and processed foods. Since […]

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Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers


Will I ever stop craving childish meals like chicken fingers and grilled cheese? I am pretty sure I’ve hit the age where it’s publicly unacceptable to order chicken fingers at a restaurant without being accompanied by a person under the age of 10. I’ve also hit the age where my body doesn’t appreciate fried foods. […]

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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken


The more I cook, the more I fall in love with my crock-pot. My crock-pot Sunday’s have expanded to Crock-pot Tuesdays, and sometimes even crock-pot Thursdays. Slow cooking is just so simple and the finished product always turns out tasty. I often throw everything in the slow cooker at lunch and come home from work […]

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Vodka Sauce


If you’re looking to sneak in one last bite of deliciousness before you start the New Year diet, try this creamy tomato sauce over pasta. And if any of you are as clueless as my husband then yes it’s true, vodka sauce is really made with real vodka! No wonder why the stuff is so good! […]

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Italian Lemon Knot Cookies


Did you know the Christmas cookie tradition all started in the early 1900s when cookies were baked in different shapes and used for window decorations? My windows would have been filled with half eaten cookies; gingerbreads with no arms and stars with only 4 points! Ha. The Christmas cookie tradition I grew up knowing is […]

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Cucumber Salmon Bites


If you’re responsible for bringing an appetizer to your next holiday party, add these to your list! Erik and I have been in our home for exactly one year and last night we finally hosted our first get together. This was extremely fun for me, not only did I get to cook but I also […]

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Chicken Marsala


When wine is a main ingredient how can you not love the dish? I had plenty of mushrooms in the house so I tossed together an easy, old-school Italian dish, chicken Marsala. I served it over spaghetti and chased it down with a glass of wine… just in case there wasn’talready enough. 🙂 Ingredients: ½ […]

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna


My heart was set on making stuffed shells, I bought all the ingredients and was ready to cook and then Erik shot me down. He reminded me of how terrible we’ve been eating and I couldn’t argue. So what’s the next best thing to pasta? A vegetable that tastes like pasta! And honestly it’s just […]

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