Recipes by Cassandra Plank (Page 4)

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Steak Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese

Steak Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese by Cassandra Plank

I made it back to California! Though it was hard to leave my family, I was looking forward to getting back because I love it here. On the way from Indy to Chicago I had a delay so I had to Oprah power walk to my gate (I couldn't run since my bag kept flipping over because my laptop case was throwing off the weight). They had already…

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Grain-Free Maple Butter Brownies

Grain-Free Maple Butter Brownies by Cassandra Plank

Happy New Year! Happy Birthday to this blog (7 years old!), and Happy Birthday to ME!I woke up to the smell of bacon today, so I knew it was going to be an awesome birthday. As much as I love to cook, it's really awesome to wake up to someone else making breakfast. That's one of the nicest things about being home. I feel taken care…

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Ham and Potato Soup

Ham and Potato Soup by Cassandra Plank

2015 has come to a close. A lot of changes have happened this year, and 2016 already seems like it will be a whirlwind (in a good way!).Things that have happened in 2015:Turned 30Taught my first university class as "Dr. Plank"Finished my cross-country move 7 years in the making (Georgia to Texas to California)Published an…

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Spice Roasted Carrot Salad with Arugula, Quinoa, Pumpkin Seeds, and Lime Vinaigrette

Spice Roasted Carrot Salad with Arugula, Quinoa, Pumpkin Seeds, and Lime Vinaigrette by Cassandra Plank

Towards the end of grape harvest I spent a lot of time in Sonoma, which gave me time to eat at one of my favorite gourmet delis, the Dry Creek General Store. I'm still avoiding wheat, so sandwiches were out (however they do offer gluten free bread).…

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Smoky Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Smoky Roasted Red Pepper Dip by Cassandra Plank

Happy Halloween! Halloween is my favorite holiday, so for the potluck party at work today, I went all out on my recipe. This recipe was a throwback to the Halloween parties I had when I was a kid. My mom used a plastic candy pail as a dip bowl so the table would look festive, and I wanted to re-create my own version. I planned to fill…

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Salmon Cake Benedict

Salmon Cake Benedict by Cassandra Plank

When most people think of Las Vegas, ideas of casinos and luxury hotels probably come to mind. However, Vegas also has an amazing array of fantastic restaurants. Though I haven't been there myself, when the folks at got in touch with me asking for my take on a Vegas restaurant recipe, I was extremely inspired once I visited…

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All About Almonds! Three New Recipes

All About Almonds! Three New Recipes by Cassandra Plank

When I learned about the almond project at, it gotme thinking about all the ways I include almonds in my meals and snacks, and I realizedalmonds are on my table all the time!Since I recently relocated to California, one of the world’stop almond producers, I get to see lovely almond trees all the time. However, almonds have…

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Savory Roasted Root Vegetable Hash

Savory Roasted Root Vegetable Hash by Cassandra Plank

I didn't realize it had been since February since I last posted. I've made many changes in my life, mainly taking a new job in California and thus finished my cross-country move that was 7 years in the making. I'd set an intention to move to California for at least a year now, and for the move to finally happen felt miraculous. My…

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Ham and Spinach Crustless Quiche

Ham and Spinach Crustless Quiche by Cassandra Plank

I'm glad to have another recipe to post, because my appetite has been off this week due to a cold and/or allergies and I just didn't feel like cooking anything until this morning. I don't know what I got a hold of, but I've just not been feeling well. I probably haven't had much of an urge to eat because I'm so stuffed up that I'm…

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Roasted Beet and Mandarin Salad

Roasted Beet and Mandarin Salad by Cassandra Plank

Since starting to eat according to a Paleo template July 2011, I have grown an appreciation for several foods that I didn't really care for all that much before. One of those much detested foods was beets! The first time I tasted a beet that didn't totally gross me out was in one of my guilty-ish pleasures, Terra sweets and beets…

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