Artepicure Cooking School and the winner of the Uncle Sam Cereal giveaway!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you all had a day full of love for yourself and those closest to you. Tonight, Steve and I will be celebrating at Wine Tasting Tuesdays at Ten Tables JP. Four courses and four wine pairings for $42. Can’t wait to share with you all the delicious food and wine we indulge in!

Over the weekend, I displayed my love for the art of cooking by attending a Knive Skills cooking class at Artepicure Cooking School hosted by the Massachusetts Dietetic Association. My friend Michelle and I ventured to Somerville together to improve upon our non-existent knive skills.

Enter Artepicure. Owner Mark DesLauriers uses his very own kitchen in his loft apartment to host cooking classes. I could not imagine eating in this charming kitchen on a daily basis!

So many cookbooks!!

I learned so much from this class! Most importantly, I learned how…

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Espresso banana muffins

Do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man? Do you know the muffin man who lives on Drury Lane?

I don’t know about you but I have no idea who this muffin man is nor where in the world Drury Lane is.

I DO know the muffin woman who lives in Brookline and loves all things muffins. That would be moi.

Yes it’s true, I love muffins. Any kind really. Blueberry, cranberry, carrot, cinnamon chip, chocolate chip, and banana nut…

I love muffins almost as much as the lady from Cunningham Muffins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tcR19y7GPM

Because of my eternal love for muffins, I couldn’t resist the recipe for Espresso Banana Muffins I saw in Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson. I also had a stash of five ripe bananas in my freezer that were patiently waiting to be used in a baking recipe. It was time for the…

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Portland, Maine

Last weekend I had a four day weekend. 1.2.3.4 days. It was absolutely lovely. Since I knew I’d have more free time to spare than usual, I asked Steve to join me on a day trip to Portland, Maine. I’d only been to Maine once before in my life when I was 13 and with my family in Bar Harbor. It wasn’t our typical beach vacation, and being the typical teenager I was, I could not appreciate the national parks and beautiful nature that surrounded us.

10 years later, I was ready to give Maine a second chance. I had heard of Portland Maine being a cute port town and as I researched more about it, I discovered all there was to explore. Restaurants featuring local food, shops, microbreweries, bakeries…need I say more?! My good friend from college, Chris, or as we call him, Topher, joined us on this…

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Steve makes portobello mushroom sandwiches

Ever since Steve and I moved in together, he has been trying to make an appearance on my blog. Whether his motives were to showcase his culinary creations or to prove that I am not the only one who cooks in this apartment, either way he has been auditioning to appear on my blog. And ladies and gentlemen, he finally made the cut.

Obviously I exaggerate to an extent, I have not been holding open auditions at our apartment. But he has been wanting to get a little action on Peace, Love, and Food, and I think it’s cute that he wants to get involved in something that means a lot to me.

On Friday night I was in the Jamaica Plain area so I had to stop at City Feed. City Feed is an awesome local grocery that is all about local, organic, sustainable, and fair-trade foods. They have…

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Ringing in the New Year with lentils

With the start of a new year, I thought it would only be fitting to start it off right with a couple of new recipes.

Enter: lentils.

On Sunday, I flipped through Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking book to find a hearty soup recipe.

What I found was a recipe for Chunky Lentil Soup with a description that was impossible to ignore. “As we need more warmth and sustenance in our food, this earthy textured pot of lentils, squash, and tomatoes is a straightforward and unassuming way to fit the bill.”

Warmth and sustenance. I’m sold.

As I flipped through the book, another lentil-containing recipe caught my eye: Beluga lentil crostini with chevre-chive spread.

First of all, I’m a huge goat cheese fan. Secondly, I hate wasting food so I figured If I could use lentils in two recipes for one meal that would be an eco-friendly gesture on my…

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It is funny how easy it is to forget all the meaningful happenings that took place over the past year. As I sit here and reflect on my past year, I remember how much I accomplished this past year and how many significant changes took place. 2010 brought me great things.

I started Peace, Love, and Food and entered into the world of social media. I wrote guest posts for inspiring dietitians’ blogs. 651 people now hear what I have to say via Twitter.  I walked Project Bread’s 20 mile Walk for Hunger. I became involved with the MSDA and their promotions committee. I started my first garden. I embarked on a culinary journey, cooking more and more. I discovered I can eat (and enjoy) onions. I ventured to the west coast for the first time and visited Seattle. I spent a week with my family…

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