Hush Puppy Corn Muffins


When I was much younger, (circa the days of stirrup pants and a side ponytail with a headband) one of my favorite places to go out to eat with my family was Red Lobster. The irony in this is that I didn’t eat seafood, in fact, the thought of eating fish of any kind made (and makes) me gag. So why did I love Red Lobster so much? Aside from …

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Beef & Basil Stir-Fry with Summer Vegetables


Got squash? If you grow a garden or like to visit the farmers market, this recipe for Beef & Basil Stir-Fry with Summer Vegetables is perfect for you! The original recipe for Beef & Basil Stir-Fry with Summer Vegetables is from the Williams Sonoma blog.  I discovered the recipe about a year ago and thought it sounded fabulous. We tried it out and it quickly became one of my favorite …

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Make it: Patriotic Flag Craft


A few weeks ago, I got an email from my mom asking me for some help with putting the words to the Pledge of Allegiance onto an outline of the American flag. Every year towards the end of June, the Lioness chapter in my hometown hosts a free patriotic coloring contest and afternoon of crafts for kids. Making this patriotic flag craft was one of the activities that the kids …

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad - vegan and gluten free. Perfect for summer picnics at the park!

I remember going through a phase a few years ago when I made tabbouleh on a weekly or bi-monthly basis. We just couldn’t get enough of the stuff. I first had tabbouleh back in college. I’ve mentioned before the awesome Global Vegetarian kitchen that was available to us in our dining hall. Growing up in the middle of nowhere my previous experience with global cuisine was Chinese take-out and the …

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Baltimore Herb Festival 2015


It is no secret that I love and look forward to the Baltimore Herb Festival at Leakin Park every year. (You can read about previous trips here, here, and here.) This year the weather was cool and breezy which was perfect for poking around all the vendor tents to see what treasures they had. Some of our favorites: Hillcrest Nursery– super-friendly people selling certified organic herb plants in just about every …

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Growing Chives & Simple Spaghetti with Chives


Have you ever grown chives? I have. More accurately I have “grown” chives. Chives never seemed to do well in my garden and it wasn’t until last year that I learned why. During a chat at the 2014 Baltimore Herb Festival, speakers Andrew Pengelly and Suzanne Bouchard educated the attendees about how some herbs don’t thrive because of the soil they are grown in. What I did not realize is …

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Guilt Free Baked Blueberry Donuts


What is it about donuts that makes them so amazing? In these Guilt Free Baked Blueberry Donuts, it’s the light cloud-like texture that reminds me of angel food cake and the sticky sweet melted bursts of berry throughout. Did I mention that these donuts are only 125 calories per serving and have less than 1 gram of fat? I wouldn’t lie to you. Like I said, they’re amazing! I used …

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May Garden Update


I find it difficult to comprehend that we’re in the midst of May. I don’t think I’ve done a garden update yet this season and there’s already been so much to talk about. It doesn’t look like much, but oh, how the garden has grown over just the past week. Apple blossoms have turned into tiny budding fruits, covered with a delicate fuzz. I’m fascinated by all the fuzzy plants …

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Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Cups


Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Cups are a non-traditional way to serve one of my favorite traditional Mediterranean dishes. I found the recipe for Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma on the NY Times website and decided to use that as the inspiration and main recipe for this dish. Instead of serving the Chicken Shawarma as a platter with rice, pita, and mezze sides like hummus and chopped vegetable salad I’ve decided to combine it …

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Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad


It’s been a while! My apologies for that– things got very busy over here and something had to give for a little bit. Unfortunately, the first thing to be neglected is often the blog. (And the laundry and dusting.) Rest assured I have some things lined up to share with you, starting with this delicious Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad. This Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad is inspired by the coarsely chopped …

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Lemon Garlic Hummus

Lemon Garlic Hummus recipe from Kikiverde Handmade

Today I’m sharing you with a recipe for a bright, creamy Lemon Garlic Hummus that is perfect for dipping. This Lemon Garlic Hummus is the perfect blend of flavors for your everyday snacking hummus and goes will with veggies for dipping as well as alongside Mediterranean dinners as a condiment. My recommendation if you’re going to make hummus at home (and you should, because it’s so easy!) is that you …

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Weekend Update: DC Cherry Blossoms


It has been a rather busy couple of weeks over here. We celebrated Easter and the arrival of actual spring-like weather which means a lot of time spent outdoors. Yesterday, Michael and I woke up at 5 so that we could make the short drive down to Washington DC and view the cherry blossoms in peak bloom. The light at sunrise is just perfect for taking photos and the earlier …

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February & March Book Report


Once upon a time way back in 2007, I had a page here on the blog called Voracious Reader which is a list of books I’ve read throughout the year. It’s still here, it’s just hidden because it’s a mess. I’ve missed updating the page with the books I’ve read, so I decided that this year I’m going to do something a bit different. I’m going to share a post …

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Ham Salad Spread

Classic Ham Salad Spread | Kikiverde Handmade Perfect for spreading on tea sandwiches or as an appetizer dip with crackers & fresh veggies. Great for using up leftover ham after Easter or Christmas!

I’m almost positive that I wrote up this recipe for Ham Salad Spread once before to share on the blog and then lost my nerve. I remember taking photos and worrying, they’re gonna hate this. It tastes delicious, but more importantly, it looks like cat food. Yet here I am, sharing the recipe. Why? Because it’s delicious and simple and not everything can look like it’s straight out of a …

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Weekend Update 3/29/2014


After a gorgeous 70-degree day on Thursday, I thought that perhaps maybe the spring-like weather would decide to stick around. No such luck. Yesterday, as we stepped out of the house to go to the Annual Spring Garden Party at Community Forklift the thermometer read 30 degrees. Luckily, it had warmed up to 32 degrees by the time we arrived. Despite the cold weather, it was a lot of fun. …

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