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My girl’s bday is tomorrow so I’ve been a mad baker woman because the best gifts are edible and come from the heart (and tummy!) I played around in the kitchen and whipped up several concoctions.

Chris’ favorite dessert: clafoutis anything. This one has blueberries. Lots of them.

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Blueberry coconut muffins for the bday gal.

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Peanut butter choco-chip cookies pre-bake.

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Had to display them on the counter!

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Chris and I ate light and healthy together to give our tummies a bit of a rest.

His and hers gazpacho, whipped to perfection in the K-Tec and topped with a chiffonade of cilantro.

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Nori rolls made with chopped parsnip, sprouts and an almond “cream”…more for me, less for Chris. He was a great sport and tried one though.

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Salad with a thai peanut dressing that’s really made with almond butter (better for my tummy)

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Chris was so good he got some of my yummy fried rice with egg and shoyu. He manned the bbq and grilled some chicken to go with the rice. Bueno!

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I like re-using marinara jars for everything from my daily juices to dressings that I make. Seen here is a thai peanut dressing, now housed in my old marinara sauce bottle. All I need now is a label maker so I remember what bottle holds what sauce 😉

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If you didn’t catch Gran Torino starring Clint Eastwood in theaters, I urge you to rent the DVD. We watched it on Friday night after tucking into sushi and it was AWESOME. I am a huge fan of Clint’s directorial efforts like Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby and this movie did not disappoint. I laughed, I cried, and I highly recommend it. If you enjoy dry grumpy old man humor and don’t get offended easily by racial terms, go get it.

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Last night we had pizza night and watched part of Along Came Polly. We’re meaning to make a point of watching more movies – it’s gotten a little mundane scrolling through our usual pre-recorded lineup of shows. I mean, there’s only so much “Pitchmen” with Billy Mays we can watch haha. We got our favorite pizza dough from Whole Foods because at $2.50 a pop, it’s SO worth it than to make your own from scratch. There are some things I like to make from scratch like my own salad dressings or marinara sauce or ice cream but not pizza dough. I didn’t take a picture of mine (basil pesto topped with chunky veggies and goat cheese) but Chris was good and remembered to snap a photo of his razor-thin pizza (marinara on one side, pesto on the other half. Salami, shallots, herbs and a sprinkling of cheese.) YUM!

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Thanks to a lovely 40% off member discount at Borders, I picked up a new un-cookbook by Ani Phyo: Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. So far, I’ve only tried one recipe (the chilled corn chowder) but it was absolutely delicious and took me under a minute to make (simply blend and enjoy!) That’s one of the great things about raw recipes – it’s perfect for the busy impatient cook who doesn’t like to wait around for something to boil, simmer and cook for hours on end. Sometimes I like my meals quick, easy and convenient and there’s no doubt Ani’s book is going to deliver just that.

The book

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The chilled corn chowder served alongside some rolls made with avocado and bell pepper.

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