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Holiday Gifts for the Cook

Here are my top picks for fun and unique holiday gifts for cooks or gourmands! Some are highlighted in video, the rest are below with just photos. ~Jaden Holiday Gifts for the Cook   Fork Knife Chopsticks from Uncommon Goods $10.00 Terra Cotta Chicken Roaster from Ten Thousand Villages $49.00 Set of two Timber Roasters from Rustic Roasters $55.00 Kuhn Rikon Colander Scoop $18.00 …

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Kale Salad with Mushroom Omelet

What you’ll learn: A healthy, hearty salad fit for a meal with warm mushroom omelet, crunchy walnuts, salty shavings of parmesan cheese How to transform tough, rough, thick raw kale into soft, buttery lettuce-like texture How to customize salad with different ingredients   I’ve just gotten back from a 48 hour jaunt to Los Angeles to shoot a video for …

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Silhouette Cameo 40% Discount

*I received a Silhouette Cameo for review, but I had actually purchased and paid full price for a machine back in July! Someone is getting a really nice Christmas present next month This summer, I bought myself a new toy – the Silhouette Cameo, a crafty cutting machine for creating delicate design cut-outs from paper and fabric! It was quite …

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Thai Fish Soup

Ever since our trip to City of Hope in Los Angeles and meeting with top scientists developing cancer cures with herbs, I’ve been focusing on wisely choosing foods for my family that heal, not harm. It’s tough some days, especially when we have boys’ activities that go through the late afternoon and evenings. The unhealthy, fast choices are so tempting. …

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Grilled Kimcheese Sandwich

Is this not the most brilliant name for a sandwich?! It’s created by the one and only, Joe Yonan, food guru over at the Washington Post and one of the most happy journalists I’ve ever met (really!) He’s got a new cookbook out, called Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook – it elegantly follows his first book, …

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Hatching Baby Ducks!

Almost exactly a month ago, we ordered 20 fertile duck eggs online and 2 incubators – one for each of the boys’ classrooms. For 27 days, the kids took daily measurements of the eggs (weighing each egg over time), monitored growth through a candler, made sure the eggs were rotated and kept the temperature and humidity in check. Each egg was …

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Mummy Halloweenies

In my 6 1/2 years of food blogging (in Internet years, that’s like 25.2 regular years) I’ve made some darn good friends, even soulmates. One of these gals is known as The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond. Ree and I have been on some crazy adventures together, running barefoot in a Seattle museum, spooning in a Chicago cab, and I even cried …

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Cancer sucks.

  Sometimes, it takes a massive emotional jolt to really start taking care of yourself.  For my assistant, Cheri, it took a sudden, heart-wrenching stage 4 cancer diagnosis for her Dad. He wasn’t feeling well, went to the doctor….and then walked out of the door, shocked with a “death sentence” in hand. This was 5 months ago. For me, a good …