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Gluten-Free Blueberry Polenta Pancakes

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Happy Sunday morning to you! We’re enjoying a lazy start to the day and happy tummies, thanks to these scrumptious Gluten-Free Blueberry Polenta Pancakes. I haven’t been making a big deal about it here, but Marvin and I have both … Continue reading

Homemade Gluten-Free Flour Mix

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This gluten-free flour mix was developed by the team at Hollyhock Retreat Center and is featured in their beautiful cookbook, Hollyhock Garden to Table. Note that buckwheat will spoil, so this mix should always be kept in the refrigerator. Substitute … Continue reading

Eggnog Muffins

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Tis’ the season to be jolly… and drink eggnog! Eggnog is a favorite holiday indulgence for me, especially when served with a little Captain Morgan Private Stock rum. Eggnog and rum are the key ingredients in this very easy muffin … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

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Happy Thanksgiving week! Have you planned your menu? Started your shopping? Are you trying anything new this year? We’re sticking to a traditional menu – turkey, cornbread & sausage dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn soufflé, pumpkin pie, and yes – … Continue reading

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Mornin’, Sunshine Smoothie

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Here is a delicious way to start your day! You can use fresh or frozen fruit, but if it’s all fresh, you’ll want to add a few ice cubes to make it nice and slushy. If you’re looking for an … Continue reading

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Rob’s Famous Pancakes

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May is Guest Chef Month at A Passionate Plate! Today’s post and recipe are from my friend, Rob. He rides a motorcycle, changes the oil and washes my MINI Cooper, advises me on the hoppy-ist IPAs and makes a MEAN batch … Continue reading

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Choco-Banana Almond Milk Smoothie

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How cool is it that dark chocolate is good for you?! It’s full of anti-oxidants, hardens your tooth enamel, helps keep your blood sugar levels under control, it’s good for your heart AND your brain…need I go on? My favorite … Continue reading

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Creamy Baked Orzo

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Are you fan of breakfast casseroles? Well then, I’ve got a treat for you today. Bonus: it would also be lovely served with a salad for brunch, lunch OR dinner. Basically, it’s delicious any time of day. Typical breakfast casseroles, … Continue reading

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Vanilla Bean Almond Milk and Va-nana-rama Smoothie

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My friend, Cathy, recently attended a two-day Raw Foods cooking class. I was a bit very skeptical. Why in the world would you spend two days learning to not cook?! Well, let me tell you, she did come home with … Continue reading

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Julia’s Hash Browns

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I love Sunday breakfast! It’s fun to make a big breakfast on Sunday since there is no rush to get out of the house. I even have a Sunday Morning playlist on my iPod for just such an occasion. I … Continue reading

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Shakshuka – שקשוקה شكشوكة

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Thanks to fellow Seattle food blogger, Sarah Randall over at Cook Can Read, I discovered a new recipe yesterday. Shakshuka. Sarah’s post about one of her favorite weeknight dinners was so enticing I just had to try it myself. If … Continue reading

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Ski Weekend Apple Cake

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While Joy has been enjoying the warm sunshine on Maui, I have been enjoying a different kind of sunshine… on my annual girls’ weekend ski trip. This year we are at White Pass near Mount Rainier National Park and the … Continue reading

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Banana Oat Breakfast Bars

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Happy Sunday morning! It’s a big day for us here in Seattle because the Seahawks have made it to the playoffs… Seahawks vs. Redskins, 1:30 PST. Whoo Hooo. What this means at our house is that Marvin is preparing some … Continue reading

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Palmiers

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Today, I’d like to share with you a lovely blog post by our friend, Margretta. She is a teacher and she has a lovely food blog called miseenplace.us. I was feeling really sad today when I read her latest article … Continue reading

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Girls On The Run 5-K and Yeasted Waffles

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We LOVE Girls On The Run and we’re so proud of the 400+ 3rd through 5th graders who completed the Puget Sound Girls On The Run 5-K race yesterday! Girls On The Run is a positive youth development program that … Continue reading

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Emmer Applesauce Coffee Cake

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If you enjoy baking with whole wheat flour, I encourage you to give emmer flour a try. Emmer (also known as farro) is a low-gluten, high protein, ancient grain loaded with nutrients. Emmer flour gives baked goods a sweet, nutty, … Continue reading

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Touch of Grace Biscuits

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Happy Sunday morning! Just look at that lovely pan of Touch of Grace biscuits. Those are not the biscuits you buy in a can (you remember pressing the seam with a spoon and that “P*O*P!” sound the can made, right?!). … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles

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We woke up this morning to the most incredible, crisp, breezy, beautiful, blue-sky Seattle day. Fall is in the air, the sun is shining, and pumpkin season is officially here! In honor of the changing season, I decided to make … Continue reading

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Zucchini Carrot Muffins

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  Tired of making the same old zucchini bread? Here is a moist and tender muffin recipe you might like to try. It’s my version of a Morning Glory muffin, without the raisins and quite a bit more shredded zucchini … Continue reading

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Swiss Chard Onion Quiche

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Swiss chard is the gift that keeps on giving in my garden this year. Back in April when I built my little garden, I bought a couple of packs of starts. The plants took off like wildfire and I have … Continue reading

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Lemon Lavender Scones

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Lemon Lavender Scones. I’ve made these for many years, but never with lemon yogurt… until this morning. Yum! Last week Tillamook sent Joy and me some of their new, naturally sweetened light yogurt to test out.  Turns out, this is a great yogurt … Continue reading

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Tillamook Yogurt Cherry Almond Muffins

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A few weeks ago Joy and I got an email from the nice folks at Tillamook, asking if we’d like to try some of their new, naturally sweetened light yogurt. I love yogurt and tend to buy the non-fat kind as … Continue reading

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Breakfast Tacos

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Feliz Cinco de Mayo!  I got my love for celebrating holidays from my mom, Dorothy.  She had decorations for every holiday you can imagine.  But, even better, she had a special recipe for every holiday.  Spaghetti on Valentine’s Day was … Continue reading

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Italian Breakfast Strata

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Happy weekend!  Is it just me or is it really starting to feel like spring?!  The sun is shining, the birds are singing and I’m feeling a little spring in my step.  It even smells like spring outside.  Do you … Continue reading

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Asparagus Pancetta Tart

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As many of you know, I love easy recipes that look amazing and taste complex. This Asparagus Pancetta Tart is just that. So good in every way. (And the perfect antidote to my 2-hour fava bean salad earlier this week.) … Continue reading

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Orange French Toast with Salted Caramel Syrup

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Hello, Monday! I am officially moved back into my office. Yea! No more working in the cave basement for me! After spending most of Easter Sunday moving furniture, loading the car for a dump run, and working in the yard, our house … Continue reading

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Easter Brunch Egg Nests

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I’ve been away for awhile – sorry!  I wish I had some awesome excuse like:  I was in Panama (nice one, Mary!).  But, alas, I’ve simply been playing Angry Birds Space.  There. I said it.  I’m addicted to a video … Continue reading

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Lucky Sweet Potato Corned Beef Hash

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve got my green t-shirt on along with a pair of shorts and my favorite flip-flops… getting ready to enjoy my last day of vacation in Panama with a walk on the beach and a dip … Continue reading

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Dutch Baby Pancakes

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How did that Perfect Omelette taste this morning?  Did you make it for yourself, or did your someone special serve it to you in bed?  If they didn’t get the hint, or if you just need something a little easier … Continue reading

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The Perfect Omelette

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Is there anything better than sleeping in on a Sunday morning?  Uh, yeah!  Breakfast in bed!  The key to this is keeping it quick and simple.  It’s hard to surprise your sleeping beauty (or beast) if you are clanking around … Continue reading

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Spring Fruit Salad

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It’s starting to happen!  Yummy (local) fruits are making an appearance at the grocery store and farmers’ markets.  Of course, you can usually find strawberries and blueberries from far off places like Chile in the dead of winter, but they … Continue reading

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Churros and Chocolate

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Mem-ories… of the most decadent breakfast I’ve ever had woke me up from a dead sleep on a cloudy, windy, rainy day in Seattle. I was in Sevilla, Spain.  How lucky was I that my high school Spanish class got … Continue reading

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Bacon & Corn Griddle Cakes

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I never say no to bacon. Never. Which is why I just had to try out an idea I saw this week on RecipeGirl.com… Homemade griddle cakes loaded with crisp bacon, corn, and green onion, spiced with a little cayenne … Continue reading

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French Custard Toast (Pain Perdu)

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Love.  Food.  Hmmmmm….sometimes I believe they are one in the same.  That is especially the case with this French Custard Toast (or Pain Perdu).  It is the MOST amazing french toast I’ve ever eaten.  It is citrus-y, and custard-y, and … Continue reading

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Low-Fat Apple Walnut Scones

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I wanted to use apples and walnuts in a recipe one more time this month, since they are both great power foods. I found an apple scone recipe, adapted it slightly and added some chopped walnuts. My ski weekend girlfriends … Continue reading

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Spinach Egg Casserole

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The picture of this Spinach Egg Casserole is unimpressive. Sorry. I almost feel bad about posting it, because it might make you feel like this isn’t worth trying. But, honestly, I did not have a chance to stage a good … Continue reading

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Blueberry Yogurt Parfaits

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When I set these down on the table this morning, my friend, Carolyn, immediately asked for extra granola to add to her yogurt. I was a little offended, but what could I do about it? Apparently there just isn’t enough … Continue reading

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Ski Weekend Power Bars

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  Today is a day I look forward to all year… it’s the start of our annual Girls Weekend Ski Trip. This year we’re staying in the Cascades near Stevens Pass at a 100-year-old historic farmstead – complete with horses … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

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Why not treat yourself to something wonderful, like these delicious and easy to make Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins? The light sour cream keeps them moist and the whole wheat flour and organic blueberries make them a little healthier than your average … Continue reading

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Kale, Banana and Apple Smoothie

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  We were at the store last night and I said to Toby, “I need to get some kale”.  He demanded to know what I needed it for, as if I was going to sneak it into something and not … Continue reading

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Mini Frittatas

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!  Smoothies made with fruits, veggies and protein are my go-to in the morning – more on that later.  It is a rare occasion when I actually take the time to cook something … Continue reading

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Spinach Breakfast Strata

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Over the years I have made dozens of variations of breakfast strata using everything from mushroom soup to ham, sausage, bacon, chiles, onions, artichokes, and peppers. It’s one of those things I can throw together with white bread and whatever … Continue reading

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Holiday Granola

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With Christmas just a few days away, I hope you have most of your shopping done. I am feeling pretty organized because a few years ago we started buying gifts just for the kids in the family – which has … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Scones

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It’s Sunday morning, the Christmas tree is twinkling, Gingerbread Scones are baking in the oven, and Joy Aldrich is coming over to talk with me about collaborating on A Passionate Plate. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this… Joy … Continue reading

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Recipe: Green & Red Huevos Rancheros

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Our friend, Cheri, came over for brunch this morning and I needed to make something quick and simple. Huevos Rancheros was the perfect choice. With the help of two pre-made sauces and seasoned black beans, I moved from the kitchen … Continue reading

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Zucchini, Potato, Tomato & Blue Cheese Frittata

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My fridge didn’t have a lot to offer this morning besides eggs, some blue cheese crumbles and a zucchini. Fortunately, I have a still-producing cherry tomato plant in the back yard, growing next to my “herb garden”-  a pot of … Continue reading

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