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Chocolate-Covered Fruit

Makes 12 servings When began friends are over and hoping for something delicious to eat, I put out this dessert, which is my version of a fondue party. I love chocolate-covered fruit, especially because dark chocolate has a little bit of “good for you-ness” to it. (That’s a scientific term.) Chocolate with a high percentage […]

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Produce Shopping

You might notice that your trips to the grocery store changing – you’re probably spending a lot more time in the fresh produce section than in the middle of the store, with all the processed food. While you’re chilling near the lettuce heads, let me offer you some hints on how to shop for produce […]

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Pesto Sauce

Makes about 1 cup My favorite way to eat pesto – a green sauce traditionally made with basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and Parmesan- is on pasta, but it’s also delish on veggies. You can drizzle it on broccoli, zucchini, peppers – you name it. (Veggies can be so boring – you gotta amp […]

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Weekly Shopping Trips

Once you have your kitchen stocked with the basics, the only things left to buy are fresh provisions for about a week’s worth of meals. After a few weeks in your new routine, you’ll realize that your list of essentials looks similar from week to week, so shopping will get that much quicker and easier. […]

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Start Shopping

Before you go all Giada, you should stock up on some basic items for your pantry that will help you make a lot of different meals, without a lot of effort. Here is a shopping list for staples: Oils, Vinegars, and Condiments: Oils: canola, extra-virgin olive, coconut Vinegars: balsamic, distilled white, red wine, rice, apple […]