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Cosmic Cocktails | Taurus | Creature Comforts

With the exception of having a green thumb (I’ve killed rosemary, folks, and that’s one of the easiest plants to grow, or so I’ve been told), I am pretty much the quintessential Taurean. Both the good and the not-so-good. Methodical, creative, loyal and proper, I have had my moments of greed, possessiveness, control-freakishness and, above all, […]

My Week With Quinoa

For the past week Todd and I have been trying out recipes from Jessica Harlan & Kelley Sparwasser’s Quinoa Cuisine cookbook. Last night, as we dined on pizzas made with quinoa pizza crusts and red quinoa tamales, we joked that it was like being on a week-long Iron Chef, hold the shark-fin ice cream. Cookbooks that focus […]

Worldly Recipes with a Trader Joe’s touch

Imagine creating a cookbook with the idea of using products from Trader Joe’s Well, that’s exactly what Cherie Mercer Twohy has done.  And while TJ’s is not associated with the project, Twohy has done an admirable job of creating a full slate of international recipes using TJ’s items. Chapters include the expected stuff  like Italian, […]

Cake Pops. What a concept.

I love being a food writer for many reasons; one of them being that people send me things for my “inspection.”  After checking things out, I pass the items on either donating them to charity or giving them to someone I know will make good use of them.  Such is the case with the second […]

Little Pies; Big Tastes

Miniature desserts are all the rage these days, and with good reason. What better way to satisfy a sweet craving with the worry of overindulging? And so when the people at Ulysses Press sent me a copy of  “Mini Pies”,  I was intrigued. Written by Christy Beaver and Morgan Greenseth of Seattle’s Mini Empire Bakery, […]

Cupcake Wars

Have you ever seen this show? Cupcake Wars is a great show on the Food Network Channel that features bakers who battle it out to win $10,000 to further their business. They have to compete to make the best cupcakes in a very restricted time frame. In the final round, two teams battle it out […]

The Great Greek Salad

I love making different types of salads, but being at college and on a budget, it is hard to get all the ingredients for the salads without spending an arm and a leg. But thanks to Monette’s Market in Toledo, Ohio, I now can make this Greek salad and not feel bad about buying everything […]

Valentine’s Day Traditions

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  Today is a very special day where you can show your loved one how much you care! Some people make it a big deal, others don’t. For my boyfriend and I, we usually go out to dinner and give each other gifts. But this year, it was different. We both decided […]

Vegetarian Fast Lasagna Roll Ups

Today’s Paper Plate du Jour is a vegetarian lasagna roll up that is simple to make.  It is a satisfying comfort food without being heavy.  About 16 years ago, I took a class at the gym called “Think Light” which focused on weight loss and real cooking.  This is an adaptation of the recipe from that program.  This week […]

Vegetarian Quick Fix Avocado Honey Mustard Tomato Sandwich

  Welcome to “Paper Plate du Jour!”  I’m new here to Circle of Food and this is my very first blog.  As a culinary student, mother and grow-it-yourself kind of person living in a very rural area of Michigan; I wanted to let people who are new to vegetarian fare or are looking to incorporate more […]