Gaga for Granola

I made granola for the first time a little over a month ago. It was so easy and a lot cheaper than buying it from the store. I think I’m becoming addicted to it. I love the crunch. I love that you can put chocolate chips in it. I love that since it’s considered healthy, I don’t feel guilty when I eat a bit more than my fair share. But don’t you worry. I feel plenty guilty when I dip strips of crispy bacon in some melted chocolate or peanut butter. Hmmm… I wonder how chocolate covered bacon with SPRINKLES would taste. Pretty awesome I bet.

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A Naughty Name? Maybe.

It is unknown what the true origins of Pasta Puttanesca are. Some believe it was named for a dish that the ladies of the night in Naples placed in their windows to lure customers. Puttana is the Italian equivalent of whore. Others believe that it was invented when a restaurant owner was asked by really hungry customers to please make them something. Since he was about to close and didn’t have anything to serve them, he ended up creating this dish.

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Playing Cookie Monster


Thalia Grace, my older daughter, LOVES to eat. And not just the stuff that kids normally love to eat like pizza, French fries and ice cream. She really likes veggies and is no stranger to foods like falafels, pesto pasta, and ma po tofu. It comes as no surprise that she also LOVES to help me cook.

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