Recipes by ValleyWriter

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Roasted Chili-Garlic Endive

Roasted Chili-Garlic Endive by ValleyWriter

Normally my biweekly CSA delivery comes with a big head or two of lettuce that we use for our regular lunch salads. This week, I received a little note in my box saying they ran out of lettuce and were giving me curly endive (also known as chicory) instead. It looks pretty much like lettuce, but when I tasted it, I realized it's…

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Lemon Berry Overnight Oatmeal {Gluten-Free}

Lemon Berry Overnight Oatmeal {Gluten-Free} by ValleyWriter

There are a ton of overnight oatmeal recipes out there. The basic recipe involves using oats, milk, chia seeds and some sort of sweet flavoring. I've tried all kinds of versions using things like banana, honey, strawberry jam, fresh blueberries and more. But when I found a jar of lemon curd hiding behind the oats in the cabinet…

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Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce by ValleyWriter

I am kind of obsessed with salty-sweet combinations--salted caramel being the ultimate sweet treat of late for me. So I decided I might as well learn how to make it myself! I found great instructions from Sally's Baking Addiction that use 4 simple ingredients:Sugar, cream, butter and salt. (I used sea salt, specifically -- see my…

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Dark Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread by ValleyWriter

Have you ever had chocolate chips in your banana bread? If not, you're really missing out.The first time I mentioned adding chocolate to banana bread to my husband (then boyfriend), he thought I was nuts and that it sounded gross. But then he tasted his first slice and he saw the light. I don't always add chocolate to my recipe, but…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil by ValleyWriter

Are you into the coconut oil craze? Until recently, I'd heard a lot about coconut oil--especially from the Paleo crowd--but never used it myself. But a few weeks ago my husband when grocery shopping with me (a rarity, and this time it only happened because I couldn't drive for 5 days), he saw some on the shelf and said "hey, let's try…

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Authentic Key Lime Pie

Authentic Key Lime Pie by ValleyWriter

(Did you know key limes turn yellow when they're ripe? True story!)Admittedly, they're very small, so each one doesn't produce a lot of juice. But round up 20 of them (which is very easy to do with our tree this year!) and you've got just enough for a delicious, authentic key lime pie! Wondering why I'm calling it "authentic"? Three…

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Slow Cooker Asian BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Asian BBQ Chicken by ValleyWriter

For as much as I love my slow cooker, you'd think I'd use it more. But tucked away in a cabinet, sometimes I just forget it's there. But with this recipe, I think I'll be bringing it out more often from now on!I was looking for a new way to cook chicken thighs when I stumbled upon this recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking. I tweaked it…

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Coconut Ginger Rice

Coconut Ginger Rice by ValleyWriter

Like many people, we're trying to get back on track with healthier eating in this first month of the new year. I feel like we do pretty well most of the year, but those few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas (well, let's be honest - through New Year's day) turn into a bit of a free-for-all when it comes to goodies.We're not…

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Eating the Seasons: Kale and Sausage Soup

Eating the Seasons: Kale and Sausage Soup by ValleyWriter

In last week's delivery, I got a bunch of kale, a big leek, a few red potatoes, a bunch of carrots, a bunch of radishes and a selection of delicious pears, apples and persimmons. Some of that is regular fare in this household. But the kale and leeks? Not so much. My husband especially is not a big fan of any of either. But I really…

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Cookie Dough Brownies

Cookie Dough Brownies by ValleyWriter

Yes, cookie dough truffles followed by cookie dough brownies... Someone around here might be on a little bit of a kick. It's a very delicious kick, though.These were inspired by this recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker but heavily modified so as not to give us all heart attacks after eating them. I mean, I'm all for butter--but nearly a…

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