Sipping chocolate & chocolate chili ~ Cocoa Bella

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Last night we actually watched the Oscars. The whole thing. Until midnight. That was mostly because my husband knew he had a snow day in the bag for today, and I needed something for my eyeballs to do while I packed up the house. (Yes, we are moving this coming weekend to a different house … Continue reading

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Fighting the Summer Sweet Tooth with a Recipe I’ve Loved All Year

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We somehow ended up with a boatload of bananas this week. Call it an online order gone wrong — or right. It’s a good thing I happen to find bananas extremely handy. I tend to keep a cluster of them in the freezer for smoothies and another on the counter, just waiting for them to … Continue reading

Too many vegetables, too little time

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You know, working from home as a food, etc. journalist can be a conflict of interest. In theory, I have the flexibility to take my time mid-morning at the Wednesday farmers market, perusing, chatting, “researching,” if you will. I have conducted interviews for stories while getting my groceries, but I’ve also gotten carried away and … Continue reading

pink grapefruit & avocado salad

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It’s that time of year. When people show up at the gym for the first time in a year and decide that — yes — doing three cardio weight-lifting classes in a row is a good idea. As an instructor, I tell them — no — that is not a good idea. You need to … Continue reading

Kansas Country Eats — a visit to Sedan

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After two weeks of holiday traveling — almost five days of it on the road from Virginia to Oklahoma to Kansas and back — there were plenty of highlights and, overall, far too much eating. There was a four-day streak of big meals in Oklahoma (we consumed so much butter that we ran out and … Continue reading

Think about PUMPKIN

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At one point today, I had a cup of pumpkin spice rooibos tea in hand, a plate of leftover pumpkin lasagna and a pumpkin butter vintage candle by Woodwick crackling in the corner. It was a magical fall moment, not to mention seeing the sunlit pumpkins at my favorite farmers market this morning. So, needless to say, … Continue reading

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