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Artichoke Asiago Cheese Bread ♥

Today's fun recipe for spring, a savory quick bread studded with artichoke hearts, olives and cubes of asiago cheese. Who else regularly falls down an internet rabbit hole? What, who me ? who you ? It starts so innocently, doesn't it? Just a mindless click of a finger, following a link or a Pin or a Facebook share, never realizing that ten minutes later, we'll look up, wondering, Now, where was I ? Acck. Our screen-filled lives make it so easy to get lost, to focus intently on something of momentarily great but altogether fleeting import. And then again, the rabbit hole can lead to cheese bread! A savory cheese bread, to be exact, plump with artichoke and if you like, olives too. Last week, I asked if favorite recipes should be added to my small collection of artichoke recipes . E-mail subscriber Louise Black wrote back right away, "We have visited Castorville, California (the Artichoke Capital) many times and eaten at the Giant Artichoke Restaurant there. They se

How to Cook Eggs in a Coffee Cup in the Microwave ♥
Happy Birthday, Alex!

Today's easy breakfast recipe: Eggs cooked in a coffee mug in a microwave. Quick and easy and so very adaptable. Yes, mine includes veggies, spinach and red pepper. And for any naysayers? It's surprisingly good! Hey Vegetable Lovers, This recipe is dedicated to my sister's son Alex, my nephew, who turns 21 next week. If you have any quick and easy recipes that a young man should learn how to make, would you leave them in the comments? Links from bloggers welcome! Dear Alex, Forgive me, won't you, Alex, for remembering the sweet time when you and I first bonded? It was Thanksgiving Day and your mom and I were busy in the kitchen, stuffing the turkey, mashing the potatoes, stirring the gravy. Your seven-month self wanted attention! So I spent the day cooking with you in my arms: it wasn't efficient but it's my very favorite Thanksgiving memory. As you've grown older, Alex, your Generous Heart gets bigger and bigger, it's no wonder that at Stevi and To

Winter Tomato Salad ♥ (Quick Pickled Vegetables)

Today's quick, healthy vegetable salad recipe: Wow. An easy, cheap, make-ahead and portable salad? A healthy, low-carb, low-calorie and vegan salad? All that AND absolutely ZERO Weight Watchers points? Like I said, W-O-W. Not just vegan, " Vegan Done Real ". Back in February, we turned ourselves into "snowflakes" and headed for Florida. (Snowflakes? Yes, snowflakes. Snowbirds head south for the winter. Snowflakes head south for a few days.) On the way back north, roadside stands beckoned: the "last" strawberries and the "first" tomatoes, the signs said. Still, I was dubious about the claim of local tomatoes. "Where are the tomatoes from?" I asked gently. "Are they from here?" "No! No!" said the woman with a shake of her head. "The tomatoes are from Immokalee!" ... that would be a town about 300 miles further south. Ha! Imokalee might not meet the "100 mile" standard for local food but in Feb

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joes ♥

Today's easy veg(etari)an recipe for the slow cooker: Sloppy joes made with lentils instead of ground beef. Beautifully seasoned with pantry ingredients. Just a little bit spicy, easy to make it even spicier. Low carb. Weight Watchers 1.5/3 points. Not just vegetarian but vegan and not just vegan, " Vegan Done Real ". ~recipe & photo updated 2014~ ~ more recently updated recipes ~ I l-o-v-e food blogs. If truth be told, I follow hundreds a few posts at a sit-down, really reading, stopping to appreciate the photos, the stories, the curiosity and the expertise, the response of the community and yes, the recipes too. Following my fellow local St. Louis food bloggers is especially cool. I've met many face-to-face so catching the inside bits about special ingredients, shopping finds, neighborhood doings, life changes, it's like the best jigsaw puzzle. Our St. Louis food blogger Facebook page is less puzzle, more dutiful reporting of recent recipes. Most slip

Kale Salad To-Go with Avocado & Apple ♥

Today's kale salad recipe: A salad that's perfect for an on-the-go healthy lifestyle. Make it ahead of time, then carry it along to work or outdoor activities. Low carb. Weight Watchers 1 or 2 point. Not just vegan, " Vegan Done Real ". My name is Alanna "Procrastinator" Kellogg. At least it should be. Last year, a reader (hi, Kathleen Houlihan!) forwarded a favorite recipe for a raw kale salad, one she knew I'd like. But even though the recipe did appeal, muchly! it took me a year, to the day, to make her salad. (Why? No good reason, did I mention that my name is Alanna "Procrastinator" Kellogg?) Back to the salad. When Kathleen googled recipes for massaged kale salads, she wrote, all seemed to use a separate dressing. In this one, she explained, "You squeeze lemon juice on the kale and then massage in avocado, that makes the dressing. Then you can add apple, nuts, etc. and let it all sit overnight to soften. Keeps a couple more days.

Two-Can Ten-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup ♥ Quick Recipe

Today's easy homemade soup recipe: Tomato soup made from scratch in just ten minutes. No "weird" ingredients like canned tomato soup and lower in calories, too. Skip Straight to the Recipe Is Tomato Soup Made from Canned Ingredients "Homemade"? So I suspect that purists won't consider this "homemade" soup. After all, I didn't till the soil to grow the tomatoes and I certainly didn't toil over a hot stove canning summer tomatoes, all to toss together an easy, steaming bowl of tomato soup during the cold and damp of a Midwestern winter. It Depends On the Ingredients. But here's why for me, Two-Can Ten-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup not only qualifies, it rocks. Let's look at the ingredient lists. Diced Tomatoes : Tomatoes.* Tomato Sauce : Tomato Concentrate, Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Dried Bell Pepper.* * Caveat: It took careful examination of several labels to find diced tomatoes and toma

Why I Switched from Weight Watchers to Medifast

No recipe today but instead a story, one of Choice and Hope and Compromise. You'll find the story posted on Kitchen Parade, Why I Switched from Weight Watchers to Medifast . There's a lively discussion there, come join the chatter! A Veggie Venture is home of ' veggie evangelist ' Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables . © Copyright Kitchen Parade 2013