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Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


Snow Day Fun / Quinoa & Beet Pancakes

Quinoa & Beet Pancakes

Those of you that live in New England know that we were hit with a super-awesome blizzard yesterday.  It was super-awesome both because I love snow always, but also because it was forecasted well and meant a snow day for me and Gist.  In honor of the snow day, I busted out my new favorite, Good to the Grain, and whipped up these pretty pink pancakes. Continue reading



Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (or, my new go-to recipe.)

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been reading about Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain for months and I finally got a copy of my very own for Christmas.  The hype surrounding this book has been intense and I was really hoping that the recipes would be even half as good as people as people said they were.  The verdict after making these cookies: the hype is well deserved and the book is worth it just for this recipe alone (but there are also a bunch of other recipes that look equally amazing, so, YAY!)

The idea behind the book is that whole grain flours have more flavor than white flours and the recipes are designed to make the flavor of the various grains shine.  This recipe does that perfectly.  The whole wheat flour adds a rich, nutty flavor to the cookies that contrasts perfectly with the dark chocolate.  Gist and I both agree that these are the best cookies to come out of my kitchen (it doesn’t hurt that they also have the perfect crispy-chewy texture.) Continue reading


Slow-Cooked Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans

Slow-Cooked Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans

I love baked beans. I love them in the winter, when baking them in the oven warms the house, and in the summer, when using the slow cooker makes having them and a cool house a possibility. I love them served over brown bread and I love them at cookouts. They are delicious, but they definitely take planning. Continue reading

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Goat Cheese & Roasted Corn Quesadillas

Goat Cheese & Roasted Corn Quesadillas

This is, no joke, a really quick and easy recipe (in fact, I wouldn’t even call it a recipe it’s so easy.)  It’s also crazy-delicious.  It is so quick, easy, delicious, and easily made from items I have on-hand, that it was the perfect dinner solution last night (and saved us from ordering pizza.)

See, Gist and I had been camping all weekend, and arrived home smelling of campfire, in desperate need of showers, hungry, and totally relaxed (in other words, there was no way I wanted to cook anything complicated.)  Warning – camping bliss detour ahead:

Day 149 - Sunday, May 30th 2010
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