lighter lasagna

Lighter Lasagna Bolognese (With No Sacrifice In Flavor!)

I definitely need to start eating healthier. I’ve been having a really hard time in that department lately. So, here’s the thing, my Grandparents have been in town visiting, and when they are here I do tend to eat a little… ok, a lot worse. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t take much to bring me over to the food dark side. It’s not that I dislike vegetables, it’s just that I like sugar, simple carbohydrates, and fats so, so much better.

Prior to my Grandparents visit I had the house cleared of candy, popcorn, chips, muffins, scones, cinnamon breads, and other not so calorie friendly items. In fact, I was even working on significantly reducing my sugar intake. I had been approaching a week (SIX DAYS!) with no sugar at all! I know that sounds paltry but, I struggle a lot with this one and it’s a *pretty big deal* to me.

The same day my grandparents got here, they went to the store, and ever since, there has been a package of muffins, croissants, scones, or cinnamon bread on every single available surface in my kitchen. Ironically, neither of them eat a lot of dessert-dessert, just a lot of bread-y stuff. But they manage to take itty bitty portions, where as I eat the entire giant Costco muffin. (By the way, these pumpkin spice muffins are way tastier then Costco muffins.) Those Costco stock ups are rough on the counter space and the waist, you know? Since they’ve arrived we’ve also ordered Chinese, been out to dinner, and picked up burgers for lunch multiple times. All delish, but all also brutal on the waistline…. 

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country ribs

The Secret To Cooking Perfect Country Ribs (+Bonus Skillet Green Chili & Cheddar Cornbread)

I have a humdinger of a recipe for you today. In fact, I’m going to share the secret to making the perfect country ribs. The secret consists of a surprisingly simple set of techniques that you’re probably quite familiar with; but happens to yield the most moist, juicy, flavorful, fall of the bone tender, country ribs you… 

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How To Sear Meats And Add Big Flavor To Your Dishes

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines sear as:  To burn and damage the surface of (something) with strong and sudden heat.  To cook the surface of (something, such as a piece of meat) quickly with intense heat.   Fortunately, the technique isn’t any more complicated then it’s definition! To sear any meat (or poultry, or fish) all you need to… 

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la bonne vie

Five Places To Gift Shop In Salt Lake City

You might be visiting Salt Lake for business, perhaps you have a convention to attend. Or you might just be there for fun, hitting the slopes! For whatever reason you’re traveling, there is probably someone important back at home you need to bring a gift home for. The Daily Meal shares the scoop on the… 

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co op

Boutique Shopping In Salt Lake City

Modern Family’s Ty Burrell has been very active in Salt Lake, openingBeer Bar and Bar X, arguably the two most popular watering holes in town.  Another of his less known but, just as fun projects, is theChalk Garden Co-op. Partnered with the Barnard family, Burrell helped to bring back this terrific little boutique store in 2012. While… 

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Is Salt Lake Ready To Support Local Wineries?

Industries related to alcohol have been slow to grow in Salt Lake due to restrictive liquor laws, that have primarily been influenced by the Mormon church. However, as the laws have been relaxed, high end restaurants, a bar scene, and companies producing alcohol locally have begun to show up all around the city. Slowly but… 

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