Lemon Bars

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I did my first triathlon when I was 14.  It was a very short race – .25 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 2.5 mile run – and I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I did the swim in a swimsuit and then threw on [...]

Lemon and Roasted Asparagus Risotto-Style Orzo

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Even though I started Saturday morning with a four hour math test, I grade this weekend A+++.  Perfect weather, good coffee, lots of time with Mike and Ellie, a run and brunch with good friends, and a lot of time in the kitchen; that’s pretty tough to beat. We [...]

Warm Potato-Celery Root Salad

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The other day I bought a celery root at the farmer’s market (thanks to That Girl for the inspiration). I spent about 10 days trying to decide what to do with it, but none of the recipes in my cookbook collection really appealed to me. So, I turned to [...]

Crispy/Chewy Lemon Cookies

There are 14 days of school until summer break. 3 of those are half days. And although it feels like it was just yesterday I was accepting the offer for this job, these last few weeks are draaaaaaggging. I have really mixed emotions about summer (which for me is [...]

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

First it was cupcakes, then it was Cheesecake bars. Seeing lemon and blueberry together, and then walking into Trader Joe’s to find they finally have the big packages of blueberries again (and from the USA, not Chile!) made it impossible not to make my own lemon and blueberry recipe. [...]

Creamy Avocado Pasta

I have no shame. It’s my birthday and I’m celebrating it to the max, telling the world that damn it, I’m 27 and HAPPY about it! 26 was an AWESOME year. I know I overuse that word, and my mother the editor will probably send me a list of [...]

Lemon-Tahini Pasta with Spinach

It’s a good thing this was a simple dinner because I had a really busy afternoon. I had a bunch of kids stay in my classroom working on a lab…then I had to go buy Halloween candy at Target…then I came come home and instead of going on a [...]

Lemon-Lime Bars with Gingersnap Crust

The guys who put together the awesome dessert book Baked are completely right when they say “curd is an ugly word for a delicious dessert.” Why is this magical, velvety, citrusy better-than-pudding substance called something that sounds so gross? The guys who put together Baked are also not afraid [...]

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

You know those articles about people who find their dream job and get to spend every day doing what they love? I thought it was all just a bunch of crap, until I got this job. Yes, teaching middle school definitely has its moments, but I honestly feel like [...]

Potato, Lemon, and Thyme Pizza

“This is the best pizza I’ve ever had. Literally. The lemon makes it.” Those were Mike’s exact words on Friday night, which is almost always pizza night at our house. I can’t say for sure whether or not it was the best pizza I’ve ever tasted, but it is [...]

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