Easy Homemade Fudgsicles… with Avocado! (Vegan, Paleo)

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This post probably should have been called “unflattering pictures of my friends eating fudgsicles, but I was worried no one would read it if I called it that.  Or that all the wrong people would read it.  I’m not sure what’s worse. Okay, that was kind of mean.  Here’s a … Continue reading

Weekend Recap & a Tri Training Update

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With our race just three weeks a way (!?), this weekend was pretty much dedicated entirely to training.  Well, training and beer (i.e. carb loading!). Saturday we planned to set out early to beat the heat.  Unfortunately, Courtney’s bike had a flat and the bike shop doesn’t open until 10:00am, … Continue reading

Summer on a Cone: Sweet Corn Ice Cream Swirled with Homemade Blackberry Jam

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So remember how I told you that in my lament over my bestsummerever coming to an end, I impulsively bought an ice cream maker?  Well, I’ve kept my pledge to make at least one frozen dessert each week.  Actually, I’ve made five in the two weeks since I told you that… but … Continue reading

A Very Special Takeout Tuesday: Food For Life

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I can’t believe that the Takeout Tuesday tradition has lasted three years now!   While I haven’t shared one in a while out of fear that you were sick of seeing my takeout and photos of us playing the same game, we’ve consistently gotten together at least every couple of months to … Continue reading

Coconut Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Dijon Dipping Sauce

Ever get a craving for chicken McNuggets?  No?  Mmm, yeah… me either.  Technically speaking it was a craving for honey dipping sauce that actually sparked the making of this recipe.  When I was a kid, my Happy Meal go-tos were a cheeseburger or McNuggets.  Now I find nothing less appealing than … Continue reading

Bringing the Piazza to D.C.: Kahlúa Fudge Swirl

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I was sad to see the Piazza in Keene closed, as that little corner ice cream shop was a huge part of my childhood.  It may sound strange to call an ice cream parlor a huge part of your childhood, but from the time Piazza opened its window in the spring until … Continue reading

Paleo Veggie Noodle Turkey Lasagna

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I’m not so sure what to call this dish.  It was born out of my Hungry Harvest box, that’s for sure.  I guess it’s one part lasagna, one part pastelón, one part veggie casserole… while incorporating turkey chili. Regardless, it’s one part healthy, one part delicious, and a lot of parts … Continue reading

Summertime Sadness and Coconut Chia Seed Popsicles {Paleo, Vegan}

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This summer has gone way too fast, and I don’t like it one bit!  This was supposed to be the.most.epic.summer.of.adventure.ever… and it was!  Between April and June, I went to Atlanta, Nashville, Indianapolis and Savannah, and that doesn’t even include all the trips for work. In June, I celebrated my 30th … Continue reading

Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Cake with Candied Pistachios.

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Zucchini is in season all summer.  You’ll find it fresh at your farmers market’s, at your local grocer, in your CSA.  Luckily, there are innumerable ways to use it.  Sub it for noodles (zoodles!), stuff it like enchiladas, grate it for patties, or throw it in your muffins… but it’s also surprisingly good … Continue reading

Vacation Routines: Silver Lake Meals & Workouts

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Wherever I go, I find a routine that usually involves cooking and always involves exercise.  Camp is no exception.  Meals at Silver Lake are meant to be simple.  A spread that can be prepared for a crowd with minimal amenities and served family style. Often, they don’t even involve a recipe. … Continue reading

Waste Not, Want Not: Pickled Watermelon Rinds

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“She’s eating watermelon rinds?!” You may be thinking I’m taking my “waste not” attitude to a whole new level… but actually, they’re delicious! I’d never heard of pickled watermelon rinds until last week, but when I saw this Huffington Post article on watermelon pickling the same week I planned to … Continue reading

Baking Fails and My Week of Pie (Watermelon Cream Pie)

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In cooking, accidentally adding an extra stick of butter is pretty consistently a delicious mistake.  In baking?  Well, it turns out that’s not the case.  Ridiculous that any hobby should be so precise if you ask me… but let’s take a couple of steps back. Last time we chatted, I talked … Continue reading

Second Annual Bourbon & Pie in July Featuring Tahini Mousse Pie with Halva

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My Saturday involved four parties, three outfit changes and two showers, clearly a sign that the dog days of summer are upon us.  The tastiest party of the day was the second annual Bourbon & Pie in July, hosted by our good friends Holly and Jason.   I go to an average of … Continue reading

Vegan Golden Milk Overnight Oats {featuring turmeric, ginger, cardamom and honey}

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I’ve been on an overnight oats kick lately.  When it’s 90 degrees and humid and your air conditioning unit has decided to completely die, it’s hard to want something warm in the morning. Note to self: chill coffee for tomorrow morning.   There are a thousand ways to make overnight oats, … Continue reading

A Summertime Cocktail Crush: Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz

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It’s the freakin’ weekend kids!  And a long one at that.  The perfect time for cocktails.  One of Courtney and my recent resolutions has been to make cocktails at home more often.  Experimenting with mixology really is a lot of fun, and you can make whatever your heart desires for a fraction … Continue reading

Fighting food waste one box at a time: What I made with the veggies from my first Hungry Harvest box

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If you’ve spent much time in the Messy Kitchen, you know how I feel about food waste.  If you haven’t spent much time here, I’ll give you the gist: I am vehemently opposed. When one in five children right here in the United States don’t have the food they need … Continue reading

Paleo Peaches & Cream Chicken Salad

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I feel I need to confess that when I hear “peaches and cream” the raunchy R&B song from the early 2000’s start’s playing in my head. I need it cause you know that I’m a fiend. Gettin’ freaky in my Bentley limousine. It’s even better when it’s with ice cream. … Continue reading

Savory Oatmeal with Kale, Avocado, Black Beans & Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon

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This savory oatmeal was one of those recipes that I saw and immediately knew I must make.  What I didn’t know is just how much I’d love it.  I’ve only made savory oatmeal once before and honestly, I recall not really caring for it and never making it again.  I’m not too sure … Continue reading

Antipasti Panzanella: A Deconstructed Italian Sandwich

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I can’t decide whether this is more appropriately categorized as an antipasti panzanella or a deconstructed Italian sandwich. “Deconstructed” is all the rage it seems, but it’s a bit misleading.  It implies that I at one point had an intact Italian sammy and deconstructed it to make this dish, which of … Continue reading

30 at 30: a bucket list for my thirtieth year on Earth.

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My 20’s are officially over, and I’m okay with that.  It was a wonderful decade filled with more milestones and memories than I ever could have imagined – and I’m grateful.  But I can honestly say that other than the fact that I’m really not so fond of even numbers, turning … Continue reading

Hello Summer! Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup with Charred Corn {Vegan}

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A lot has happened since we last talked!  I took whirlwind trips to Indianapolis and Omaha, went to the 100th running of the Indy 500, ate some ridiculously good food, got a couple unfortunate sunburns, started biking to work every day, completed the sprint triathlon equivalent that was my “first” goal for … Continue reading

Curried Tahini Carrot Slaw with Smoky Maple Tempeh

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Lately every time I come here I have writers block.  The Messy Kitchen is more than five years old now, which is pretty old in blog years.  I guess it makes sense that regurgitating my adaptations to recipes that pretty much already exist for a small handful of people to … Continue reading

Raw Vegan Key Lime Pie

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The weather in D.C. this spring has been straight up dreary.  I’m sitting here with a space heater blowing on me IN LATE MAY. And I think I could count the truly sunny days we’ve had since March on one hand.  When the sun came through the clouds Friday afternoon, … Continue reading

A Burger Salad You’ll Be Eating All Summer

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A great bun can make a burger, but more often than not it’s just a filler, doing little more than serving as a vehicle to get the burger to your mouth without the use of a fork… and taking up valuable stomach space.   When out for dinner, I’ll sometimes … Continue reading

Oops, it’s Soup! Roasted Red Pepper Tahini Soup with Roasted Tomatoes, Pan Fried Mushrooms and Grilled Chicken

Sometimes things don’t turn out as planned, but they still turn our really, really, really good.  This soup is one of them.  It was actually intended to be a spaghetti squash dish with roasted red pepper sauce.  Courtney couldn’t resist buying a massive spaghetti squash (seriously, this thing was the size of … Continue reading

Paleo Shrimp and Grits {Whole30}

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While sitting on the bank of the Mississippi River eating beignets, I recently texted my husband “I could live here.”  I’m talking about New Orleans of course, and I really do think it’s a place I could call home.  My pants however?  They’d probably not survive long in the Crescent … Continue reading

Bacon Wrapped Guacamole Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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I have a pet peeve that involves bacon.  You’re at the store, and you pick a package up.  You look at it and think, “hey, this bacon looks pretty good – look at all that meat!” But then you get home and open the package, only to find the strips have been carefully … Continue reading

On My First Race Win, and the Importance of Showing Up Rain or Shine

I’ve never thought of myself as a competitive athlete.  In fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever won anything more athletic than a round of mini golf.  Even if you go back to my school days, I’m quite certain I never even came in first in a gym class scrimmage (if I even got … Continue reading

A Taste of Brazil with Chef Bia

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One of the best things about having gained a reputation among friends as a total foodie is when friends want to teach you their specialty,or their family’s specialty.  Why YES I want you to show me how your Italian Grandma made her famous tomato sauce! And the dumplings your mom used to make. … Continue reading

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnamon Buns with Cereal Milk Icing

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When I was a little girl I used to love the Pillsbury cinnamon buns that came in a tube.  I only ever ate them at my Grandparent’s house, but sometimes I would eat two or three with dinner.  I never questioned why we were eating cinnamon rolls with dinner, but I’m pretty … Continue reading

Sweet Potato Crusted Quiche with Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes and Herbed Ricotta

This quiche came out of a failed first attempt at perfection.  Those of you with an older sibling have probably used that line before.  But really, all chefs know that some of the best discoveries come out of misread instructions, innovative replacements for missing ingredients and failed first attempts. One … Continue reading

Why send a thank you card when you can host a thank you brunch?

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When my Grandad passed a week before Christmas, I was set to be on a plane later that evening.  I really wanted Courtney with me and the family, but we didn’t have dog care arranged until the following week. The prospect of him staying behind made me really sad, so he decided to send … Continue reading

Classic Carrot Cake with Tahini Cream Cheese Frosting {Bakeolution}

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Good Friday to you all!  This is perhaps the first day in the history of working adulthood that Courtney has a day off that I don’t. Ah, now I know the sting of getting ready for work while your S.O. sits on the couch in their underwear. Life’s not fair. … Continue reading

Vegan Tempeh Reuben Bowls

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Let’s start with the important part: this dish was one of my favorite things I’ve made in quite a while.  It’s a fairly simple dish, but both the textures and the flavors are layered and complex.  I often cringe when I set a beautifully plated dish down in front of Courtney and he immediately proceeds … Continue reading

Savory Asparagus & Gruyère Bread Pudding

It’s officially spring, but it sure doesn’t feel like it!  We’ve had a cold, rainy couple of days in the District, but sunshine does appear to be on the horizon. This savory asparagus bread pudding is perfect for early spring.  Layered with challah bread and cheese, it’s still heavy enough … Continue reading

Healthy Bangers & Mash {Paleo Optional}

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  We started our morning with Shamrock (protein) Shakes, obviously.  And obviously we will end our day with Corned Beef and Cabbage Rolls, because Tradition (as in, I’ve made it in the past on St. Patrick’s Day rather than it is particularly traditional in Ireland – apparently … Continue reading

A Near Catastrophe and Vegan Fudge Topped Chai Bars

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I had a big scare last night.  I almost had to seriously change my routine. My fitness routine, none-the-less!  (You know how I feel about my routines, especially my fitness routines!) When I got this e-mail informing me that the gym I’ve been going to for six years (and which I *may … Continue reading

Banana & Berry Coconut Flour Paleo Pancakes

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Sundays are a good day for pancakes.  On Saturdays, a protein bar has to do since we are usually hustling off to do a double (spin, chisel) at the gym starting at 9:00am.  But Sundays, we usually take as our rest day leaving time to make a real breakfast.  This morning … Continue reading

Smoky Eggplant Soup with Lamb {Whole30}

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Rarely do you see a recipe and think, “Oooh! I bet that would be awesome if I burnt it!”  Eggplant might be one of the few exceptions. You know that’s the only secret to baba ghanoush?  And I quote, “The trick behind the smokiness?  You pretty much just burn the … Continue reading

Mom & Jo Take N’awlins: Crushing Mom’s First 1/2 Marathon & the New Orleans Culinary Scene

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This weekend Mom and I finally exchanged birthday gifts.  Hers to me: a mother-daughter trip to New Orleans. Mine to her: the Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 Marathon.  We were treated to a beautiful, sunny weekend in the Big Easy and crushed all of what we came to accomplish: the race … Continue reading

(Not)Baked-o-lution Raw Vegan Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

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Having skipped Bake-o-lution last month while doing the Whole30, I was excited to bring something to the counter this time around.  However, I wasn’t quite ready to launch back into pastry flour and cream cheese icing. Instead, I decided it would be fun to see what my colleagues would think of a raw vegan dessert.  While … Continue reading

Roasted Salmon with Herbed Beet Puree and Smoky Kale Chips

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When I set out to select a Valentine’s Day menu, this recipe naturally came to the top of my list.  Having literally just finished a Whole30 the day before Valentine’s Day, I was eager to show off how delicious Whole30 recipes are (this one is 100% compliant!).  Plus, the pink beet puree made it … Continue reading

Cashew Cauliflower Soup with Herbed Popcorn

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I think I originally stumbled upon this recipe while searching for something similar to the popcorn soup served at Rose’s Luxury.  And let me tell you, this is not that soup!  That soup is rich and buttery with big chunks of lobster.  This soup is hearty yet light, and 100% vegan. … Continue reading

Tandoori Chicken with Curried Pineapple Cauliflower Rice {Whole30}

I never was a big fan of white rice to begin with, but I can genuinely say I now prefer the cauliflower version. There are so many ways to spice it up (literally!) and this one has got to be one of my favorite. Curry, raisins, almonds, pineapple… it’s just … Continue reading

Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Covered Raspberry Cream Bars, Won’t You Be My Valentine?

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I have lots to share with you from our Valentine’s Day feast, but I’m a big proponent of starting with dessert.  My Grandad used to tell me that you should eat your favorite thing first, because that’s when your taste buds are freshest. His advice was specifically regarding the top … Continue reading

Whole30 Round 2 Reflections: Admissions, Results, and Next Steps

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I haven’t blogged much about my Whole30 experience this time around, only about the ridiculously delicious recipes I’ve discovered while doing it. But I do have some reflections to share.  The first is that I didn’t find the Whole30 challenge to be much of a challenge this time.  Perhaps it’s … Continue reading