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Creamy White Bean and Sausage Soup Recipe (Dairy-free)

It’s soup season and today I’m sharing a hearty Tuscan Italian White Bean and Sausage Soup recipe loaded with fresh vegetables. This is a magically creamy soup without any dairy which if you know me, well, let’s just say that’s a good thing. I love making dairy-free creamy soups in fall and winter like this …

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Creamy Dairy-Free Butternut Squash + Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Here’s an easy and super quick healthy soup recipe to warm up your winter. It combines cauliflower and butternut squash so you’re getting your potassium and vitamins B6, C and K plus some fiber and folate all in one go. It’s 21 degrees in Chicago. I wanted to make my creamy dairy-free cauliflower soup recipe …

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe with Brussels Sprouts (and no dairy)

This healthy, creamy cauliflower soup recipe is super delicious and takes just 30 minutes to make. It’s full of veggies and dairy-free. Yum This pureed cauliflower soup recipe needs just a handful of ingredients so it’s just my style. It’s made with vegetable stock instead of dairy, then topped with caramelized Brussels sprouts and some …

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Swedish Tea Ring Recipe for Christmas morning breakfast

I’m not really sure how a Swedish Tea Ring recipe became a holiday tradition in a German/Irish/English household but my mom has been making it for Christmas morning breakfast since I was a kid. Swedish Tea Rings tastes sort of like cinnamon rolls but even better. Like many breads, it’s a make-ahead project that you …

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Peanut Butter Cup S’mores Recipe

Peanut butter cup s’mores. Why haven’t I thought of this combination before? I gave it a try when I came across some peanut butter cups while looking for our Hersey’s bars. I halved them but you could do the whole cup, dealer’s choice. Living in a third-floor Chicago condo doesn’t exactly scream campfire, but with …

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Fresh homemade lemonade recipe

Fresh lemonade was my one true and steady pregnancy craving. I started making my own homemade lemonade cribbed from a recipe in a Sesame Street cookbook (officially “Big Bird’s Sunny Days Lemonade Recipe,” ha…) and I realized that making fresh lemonade is (a) really easy, (b) super cheap and (c) so much tastier than any …

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DIY gift ideas for tea lovers, coffee fans and hot cocoa junkies

Tea, coffee and hot cocoa: yes, please! Here are some tea, coffee and hot cocoa-related DIY gift ideas and free tutorials from the Ghost of Crafting Past that are perfect for the tea totalers, coffee lovers and hot cocoa hounds on your gift list. Sew your own fabric tea bags for loose tea {free tutorial} …

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Mini pizzas recipe using cookie cutters and wheat tortillas

Mini pizzas have quickly become a dinnertime staple at our house. They’re just so cute and easy to make, and Elise can help with the recipe. The final mini pizzas are about 2-1/2 in diameter – perfect for kids to handle on their own or for adults to pop in their mouths amuse-bouche-like. I usually …

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Australian Weet-Bix Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

It’s been 10 years now since I lived in Sydney, Australia. Recently we received a gift box (yay!) filled with heaps of Australian beer and food – including my favorite biscuits, Arnott’s shortbreads – as well as a box of Weet-Bix, self-proclaimed “Australia’s favourite cereal.” Never a huge milk and Weet-Bix breakfast fan, I thought …

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Mac and Cheese Recipe – 4th Place in Chicago charity cook-off

This PB&J mac and cheese recipe got 4th place beating in a Chicago charity cooking competition besting not only Stephanie Izard, Top Chef winner, but also Roger Herring, chef and owner of Socca in Chicago. Hip hip yay! —— Peanut butter & jelly mac and cheese. Yeah, that’s right. My totally original recipe for this …

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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Valentine Dessert with Cacoa Nibs

While I’ve never been much of a Valentine’s Day girl, I’ve always been a big fan of coconut and chocolate. I made these special treats by modifying a recipe from an Australian cookbook. Ingredients (for four Valentine’s Day treats): 1 cup coconut 1 egg white (buy pasteurized eggs if you can) 5/8 cup cream (just …

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Seared scallop on parmesan crisps appetizer

I’m a shameless sucker for all things seafood. So when I stumbled upon this recipe in an old cookbook of mine when looking for easy appetizers for guests, I had to give this tasty recipe a try. It’s my favorite type of culinary undertaking: looks difficult and elegant but is actually really easy and quick. …

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Homemade marshmallows recipe

Today we’re going to learn how to make marshmallows using a really easy marshmallow recipe – it’s a yummy DIY gift and you can always make some extras for yourself. Lately I’ve developed a bit of a hot chocolate habit during the mid-afternoon workday at the day job. After spotting a box of “homemade” marshmallows …

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“Summer to Fall” Berry Cider Smoothie

While Monday is the official first day of fall the best thing about Chicago is that summer days usually extend way into September. It’s 80 degrees today and I just spent the afternoon at Wrigley Field with Shane watching the Cubs clinch the NL Central League title. Yay! When my sisters and I were in …

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Tasty marinade recipe for grilling chicken, pork, fish or veggie kabobs

Memorial Day in Chicago means one thing: grilling! Here’s an easy, very tasty and relatively healthy marinade recipe for chicken, pork, fish or veggie kabobs, courtesy of Merriment reader Jen Martensen who created and evolved this recipe that she uses “all the time” (thanks, Jen!). And if you’re not into mustard, try Shane’s famous grilled …

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Rainy Day Green Pea Soup

Here’s one of my favorite it’s-a-rainy-day-and-I-am-low-on-groceries recipe: Green pea soup with toasted baguette slices. It’s a healthy, low fat, non-dairy recipe from Ellie Krieger, one of my favorite Food Network chefs. 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 large onion, sliced (about 1 1/2 cups) 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon (I subbed …

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