Lentil Soup alla Momma

I’m bustin’ out another family recipe this week. This one is inspired by the call of cold winter evenings and cozy meals from home. My mom made this soup a lot growing up — quick, easy, and oh so comforting. I’ve never made it myself until now. When I asked my mom if she would let me in on her recipe I discovered it’s actually my grandma’s recipe (!!) For me, that makes it even more special. I think that’s what I enjoy so much about food. Besides the fact that I just really like to eat, I enjoy that it’s all been pasted down. All of our recipes and ideas about food came from someone before us — it’s like history. And most of what we learn about food comes from those that feed us — it’s like love. Food is love, ya know. ☮ ✌

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Chocolate + Coffee + Chops

Raise your hand if you ever eat chocolate for dinner … ( meee ! ) Raise your hand if you ever eat chocolate and sometimes coffee for dinner … ( meee ! ) For those of you who are gasping right now can just relax because I came up with a way that makes it all okay. As for the rest of us who have no shame in a little dessert for dinner every now and then here’s something we can enjoy that our moms will approve of :

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Birthday Dinner : for my Nico

I had to go big this year for Nico’s birthday and since last year I made him a serious cake I decided to go the savory route and make him a dinner feast! However, I always get a little nervous feeding my pup anything new (and especially people food) because he has such a sensitive tummy and a handful of food allergies. I’ve done a lot of research on what is and isn’t okay for our furry friends to eat, but when it comes to the interwebs how are you supposed to know what’s really real and what’s just a bunch of bologna?! When it boiled down to it I kept some of the basics in mind (like no onions, garlic, salt, oil, grapes, chocolate etc.) and left the rest up to my gut feeling, which is always 1) I want to feed him something healthy & nutritious, 2) something simple & fresh, 3) something he will like.

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