Tradition! Tra-dit-ion. Tra-dit-ion!
If any of you are musical theater geeks like myself, you might be singing along with me to the opening number of the classic Fiddler on the Roof. Otherwise, you might be thinking this girl has gone off her Christmas rocker. Whenever I think of tradition, I can’t help but flash back to a younger version of myself dressed as a Russian village person circa 1900 and singing ‘tra-dit-ion!’
Flash forward to the holiday season 2010. My family has a long-lived tradition of making cookies around Christmas time. My grandmother started the tra-dit-ion back in the day by making the following mouth-watering festive cookies:
Classic cut-outs (need I say more)
Peanut butter blossoms (peanut butter sugar cookies with a hershey’s kiss in the middle)
3. Pineapple turnovers (cream cheese dough makes for a pastry like cookie filled with pineapple preserves topped with frosting glaze)
4. Mexican wedding…
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The other week at work, my coworkers were on a Mexican kick. No, I don’t mean they were wearing sombreros or shaking maracas around the clinic. I’m talking food people. Good ol’ Mexican food like quesadillas and fajitas. I was surrounded by the smells of cumin, cayenne pepper and chili powder. Tortillas, beans, and veggies on my mind.
I obviously had no other choice but to succumb to my cravings and take a little trip to Trader Joe’s to get the essentials: black beans, red and green peppers, onion, cheese, whole wheat tortillas, salsa, and a mix of spices that TJ conveniently combined to create a taco seasoning mix.
I sauteed the onions and peppers with a bit of EVOO and garlic and added a little of the taco seasoning (chili powder, paprika, cumin, pepper, sea salt) to the veggies. Once the onion and peppers were tender, I added the…
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The other night I had nothing planned for dinner. The horror! What’s a girl to do? I came home in a ravenous frenzy and flung open the fridge hoping there would be a magical meal waiting for me. No such luck. But I did see leftover quinoa, garbanzo beans, carrots, and spinach.
Now we’re talking. So I chopped up the carrot and washed the spinach. Then I grabbed some garlic to mince. I threw a little olive oil in a pan to heat then added the veggies and garlic. Once the veggies were tender, I added the garbanzo beans and quinoa. Once the ingredients were warmed, I topped it off with a little salt & pepper.
Voila! I had a delicious and healthy meal in front of me! Made in no time. An added bonus – the quinoa and garbanzo beans make it a vegetarian protein-packed dinner! If…
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