My Week in Groceries: June 27

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Wow! I was blown away by your enthusiastic response to the Foodzie Giveaway. The winners are: 1. #27 Lisabella2. #40 Jennifurla3. #106 Lauren (who said an English muffin and almond butter) Send me an e-mail ( with your name and address and I’ll get your prizes in the mail. I got some great responses on my last grocery haul post, so I decided to do it again. A lot of you mentioned that you are nosy and secretly love to … Read More

Bake Sale to Beat Cancer

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The fabulous Lauren over at Keep It Sweet is hosting a bake sale to beat cancer. I have two dozen of my Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies up for bid today and there are a bunch of other amazing goodies, too! Stop on over to her site and place a bid for a great cause! You can find the link here. Winners of the Foodzie Giveaway will be announced tomorrow morning!Madison

Foodzie Giveaway!

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  Because it’s Monday. And because I have never before been more thankful for the amazing readers of Espresso and Cream. And because I can’t get enough of all the tasty treats there are out there to try…. I’m giving away three Foodzie Tasting Boxes! Last month, as part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I had the opportunity to get a Foodzie box sent to me to sample. Honestly, I think it was one of the funnest things that … Read More

Berry-Cherry Soft Serve

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Write this down. Are you ready for it? If you don’t currently own a food processor, put it down at the top of your list of kitchen items you absolutely need. I promise, it will be the best investment you make for your kitchen, and maybe your health, too. You see, I love ice cream. And if I didn’t have a food processor that enabled me to make healthy, fruit-based soft-serve at home, I would probably eat a lot more … Read More

Family Wedding Shower Weekend

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Joey and I spent last weekend back at home and my mom’s side of the family threw me an absolutely wonderful wedding shower. I’m so blessed to have such talented, creative aunts and cousins, who also happen to be great cooks! Here are a few pictures from the weekend. As usual, when exciting things are going on I’m not very good at remembering to take photos. Madison

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers for One (or more)

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Thank you, truly, for all your sweet comments, Tweets, and e-mails about my meltdown! I’m so blessed to be able to share this little space on the web with you all and Espresso and Cream is a blessing to me even on my less than wonderful days. Lately, I’ve been trying to make an effort to reduce food waste at my house. More often than not, I find myself bringing home new groceries only to throw away produce that didn’t … Read More

Bean and Quinoa Enchiladas

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There are a number of things I could have titled this post. The most appropriate one being “The week my computer decided it was just as tired as I am and quit working.” Or perhaps “That time I walked out of the mall crying, with my mascara running all over my face while I had a wedding meltdown.” Both would be true, but neither very fun to talk about. Thank goodness I had a batch of these in the freezer … Read More

Heathier Recipe 1: Banana Muffins

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  Since I had three very ripe bananas sitting atop my fridge, I decided to jump right in on this request to make banana muffins healthier. Banana bread is one of my favorite breakfast treats and an extremely easy food to make healthier because the ripe bananas naturally provide moisture and sweetness to the recipe. Upon first looking at the original recipe, I noticed a few things. First, it contained sour cream; great for adding moisture and flavor but not … Read More

Unda-Style Avocado Quesadillas

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  Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic response to the ‘healthified’ recipe project! Between your comments and e-mails, I now have a full list of recipes to choose from. My plan is to slowly work through the recipes over the next couple months, but bear with me if I’m a little slow at getting to your recipe or suggestion. Things are a little crazy over here. While I’m 100% over the moon about getting married, I’ve started to … Read More

Send Me Your Family Faves

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Family-favorite recipes. We’ve all got them, some healthier than others. These biscuits, pictured above, were a staple of my childhood. Warm, flakey, buttery, and typically served with a piping hot bowl of beef stew. My mother is a fabulous cook. When I first started seriously reading food magazines in high school, one of my favorite columns was the section in Cooking Light where they take a classic recipe and make it healthier with a few small tweaks and substitutions. Mac … Read More

Belgian Spice Cookies

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  I realize that it makes absolutely no sense for me to be posting a recipe for spice cookies in June. But sometimes thinking, cooking and eating seasonally-appropriate foods is just so daunting. And sometimes you just want a hearty, soft, spice-filled cookie.  Last week during a particularly strong heat wave I had split pea soup from Trader Joe’s, a piece of whole grain baguette and a spice cookie for dinner. It was delicious and I enjoyed it with a … Read More

Vegan Strawberry Streusel Bread

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If I’m completely honest with myself, the reason I’ve avoided vegan baking is because it seems scary and unknown. Butter and eggs I understand. I know that when you add them to recipes they produce soft, rich, fluffy baked goods that make people oooh and ahhh. Vegan baking, on the other hand, is another world full of words like flax eggs, vegan margarine and the likes. So to help you all, and myself, out I stopped by Mama Pea’s site, … Read More