Red Wine & Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Red Wine & Chocolate Raspberry Tart

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  To me, this means cheese.  I’ve come to believe that cheese is basically the key to a man’s heart.  But you know what?  Women like food, too.  And what food do women swoon over? 

You guessed it.  Wine and chocolate.

And I do mean both together.  If you have both, it’s a magical thing, is it not? 

The other cool thing about combining the two here (plus some raspberries, of course) is that you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dude who isn’t head over heels for it, either.  I mean, it’s so dang amazing that it could probably stop all thought and speech for a few minutes.  

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Red Wine and Blueberry Cake with Blueberry Meringue

Red Wine and Blueberry Cake with Blueberry Meringue

It’s been that kind of a week, my friend.  I haven’t been here for you like you deserve.  It’s likely you’ve been on the edge of your seat just wondering if I finally ended up turning into a pie, or doing something better, like going on a world tour to visit the best cupcake shops and indoor cycling classes ever.  Actually, I’ve been right here, and am still not a pie – despite the old “you are what you eat” adage. 

It’s just been that kind of a week.  And you know what happens at the end of that kind of week?

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Best Ever Chicken Breast Recipe

Best Ever Chicken Breast Recipe

I would like to take a moment to thank chicken.

I know I love a lot of types of foods.  I know I aim to eat a mostly plant-based diet.  But chicken – chicken has really helped me get through some tough times.  I don’t know how I would have made it without you, chicken.

Why chicken?  Well, in the recent past, as you may know, I participated in my first bikini competition.  I shared a lot about my preparation, thoughts, and experience with it in a series of posts, but what I ultimately took away from the whole shebang was a new personal perspective on diet and exercise.

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{Al-Fresco} Smoked Salmon-Arugula Rollups

{Al-Fresco} Smoked Salmon-Arugula Rollups

More wraps, salmon, and picnic food!  Harvest Picnic CalzoneMeaty {Veggie} Sloppy JoesVegan Asian Lettuce WrapsSmoked Salmon & Butternut Salad

Do you hear that?

Birds singing, breeze blowing, kids laughing, people sneezing their brains out…

It must be spring.

Indeed it is!  Here in Southern Arizona, especially, this is the time to find living things out and about.  It’s hard to want to be outside on a windy, cold day in winter – and a flat out safety hazard any time in summer. 

But late April, that’s a wonderful time to be outdoors.  In fact, almost anywhere you go in the U.S. at this time of year has a potential for nice weather.  

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