Recipe- Tabouli Salad

My new year’s resolution was not simply to lose weight or to cut this or that out, but rather to eat more healthy whole foods. I’m guilty of eating a protein bar for breakfast and lunch and then a sandwich for supper. Or even worst, falling for every new diet trend that comes along. But now that I have a baby I want to break from that pattern and have a healthy relationship with food. I want to be able cook healthy foods that we can all eat and enjoy as a family. I figured a good place for me to start is salads. I love Tabouli and I love things that I can make in bulk that keep well even more. I mean anyone with a baby knows how hard cooking with a baby is.

If you’ve never heard of Tabouli, it’s a Middle Eastern parsley salad made with a handful of easy to find ingredients. There are many variations on this recipe and this is just how I make mine. This is a recipe that’s easy to customize to your own taste.

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Coconut Cakeballs

Last year at our annual girls’ cookie exchange, a friend made these coconut cakeballs. Not only were they pretty, reminiscent of snowballs, but they were delicious.  So I made it a point to ask for the recipe and add it to my holiday Christmas cookie list for this year. This is pretty much a cakeball but dipped in white chocolate and rolled in coconut flakes. These balls are a whole lot of coconut and deliciousness!

 

If you are looking for a easy cookie recipe these are super easy. Plus, they’re a little more forgiving than regular cakeballs because they get rolled in coconut which hides all the imperfections you get with a chocolate glaze. They’re also perfect for the holiday season because they look like snowballs!

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Good Reads: New Release Cookbooks

 

I love cookbooks. I am one of those people who read and devour every page in a cookbook and many times never cook one recipe from the book and yet will love the book dearly. I did, however, finally have to put my foot down and stop buying so many for no other reason than I’m running out of room in my house. I am proud to say I haven’t bought one cookbook in over a year. I mean it didn’t really take much effort as nothing really caught my attention. Then all of a sudden this month all these wonderful cookbooks came out which I can’t rave enough about.

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Cherry Clafoutis

 My relationship with this blog is akin to that of a good friend whom you don’t see often but don’t miss a beat when you get back together.  I do this blog as a creative outlet. I have no aspirations to turn this into a business, make profit, or even network with others. I just simply do this for fun, and so when life gets too hectic and this little fun thing becomes a source of stress, I step back knowing I can return anytime without missing a beat. Much has changed in my life since my last blog post allowing me to dedicate more time to my little old blog.  

The inspiration for this post came from the grocery store itself.  I was out doing my weekly groceries the when I saw the bags of beautiful cherries. I have wanted to make a clafoutis for a long time and so what better time than this.  Clafoutis-pronounced cla-fou-tee is a French custard-like cake baked with cherries-though you can basically use any fruit. In her book Julia Child calls it a cherry flan.

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Buckeyes

Buckeyes are a little piece of heaven rolled into a ball. I would describe them as mini Reese’s Pieces…in other words absolutely delicious and addictive. I may be biased given Reese’s Pieces are my favorite candy bar, but I’ve had enough people tell me how wonderful these are to know I’m not alone.

As much as I love to cook and bake, I love easy recipes. It’s nice when a recipe doesn’t call for ingredients so exotic you can’t find them at your local grocery store, or it has so many steps you start questioning your own sanity for choosing such a recipe. Buckeyes require minimal ingredients, minimal steps, and no oven.  This translates to my type of recipe.

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