Mandarin Oriental Miami Miami |

Since the Top 20 format worked so well for our Seattle travel post, we’re going to do it again for Miami, although we are limiting it to 10 this time. Yes, from the rainy Pacific Northwest to the hot and humid beaches of Miami – our blog has some range. After the jump, see if South Beach is still bringing the heat (warning, there’s going to be a lot of Will Smith and Rick Ross references).


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Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce {& a Giveaway!}

Soba noodles are mixed with fresh vegetables and tossed in a sweet and spicy Asian almond butter sauce. So easy to prepare and so full of flavor!

Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce |

Good morning!  Did you have a nice weekend?  I was in town for the first time in 4 weekends, and it was so nice to just relax with TheBetterHalf.  And cook – I made 6 recipes for the blog!  Including this soba noodle salad!

Today I have two ways to make your Monday better…a quick, easy and delicious dinner idea, and a GIVEAWAY!

These Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce are so simple to prepare and sweet/spicy/savory Asian inspired sauce tastes incredible.  The recipe comes from an amazing cookbook, Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture, and you can win a copy!  In fact I have three copies to give away today.  Scroll to the bottom of the post and enter to win!


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Kale Salad with Toasted Breadcrumbs

Kale is tossed in a light lemon vinaigrette and topped with cheese and toasted breadcrumbs, which are the star of the show! This kale salad is simple and delicious!
Kale Salad with Toasted Breadcrumbs |
Ok I know, this seems like the most boring post ever. It’s a kale salad. There are a million recipes out there for kale salads, and you see them on every menu these days. BUT do you know why this is not just any old kale salad??




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Meet Martha Stewart at Macy’s in NYC on 9/23!

Martha Stewart

To all of my NYC friends – what are you doing Sept. 23 at 6pm? Hopefully you are joining me at Macy’s to meet Martha Stewart! Martha will be hosting a special book signing of her fabulous new cookbook, One Pot. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book – it is full of over 120 recipes, all using only one pot! These are just the kinds of recipes I love after a busy day.

Fun Fact: Martha Stewart was my very first celeb sighting when I moved to NYC 7 years ago! I was at a dinner at Scalinatella and she was having dinner at the next table!  I was quite excited about it :) .


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Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies #OXOGoodCookies

I took my favorite perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and filled it with nutella! These Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, made with browned butter, are so decadently delicious!
Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies | #OXOGoodCookies

I took one of my favorite cookie recipes, Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, and stuffed nutella inside!  It doesn’t get much better than that. Well actually, it does…

I am thrilled to partner with OXO today to bring you these delicious cookies, for their #OXOGoodCookies campaign. OXO is donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for this blog post. Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Cookies AND helping support pediatric cancer research?  It really doesn’t get better than that.


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