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January 1. It’s right around the corner. Might as well give in and accept…smoothies. And healthy things, like…a vegetable every now and again. Good thing we have awesome healthy bloggers to remind us that healthy and smoothies can still involve chocolate, even if it is in a protein powder. Erin of Erin’s Inside Job has so much good stuff to get you back on track for the new year, but I must say, this smoothie really intrigued me.

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Chocolate Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 cups of your green of choice (feel free to mix it up)
  • about 10 basil leaves (more or less depending on your love affair with basil)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup (approx) of water**

For the full recipe with instructions, visit Erin’s Inside Job.

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If you’ve been following along with my blog for the first 14 days of December (hi, Mom!), you’ve probably noticed that I’m featuring a lot of Chicagogrammers on here! And rightly so, because they’re a fantastic bunch of creative, amazing people!! Today we have the most special, wonderful-looking cake from Danielle at The Every Kitchen. She’s Registered Dietician, so clearly, this cake is a health food! Take a look at the gorgeous photos below, and don’t forget to click over at the end for the rest of the recipe! This cake looks like a million bucks, but it actually seems pretty simple to put together. Hooray for icebox cakes!

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Gingersnap Icebox Cake with Cranberry Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries, plus more for garnish
  • cheesecloth
  • 3 cups cold heavy cream
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1 large box gingersnaps (like Nabisco)

For the rest of the recipe with full instructions, please visit Danielle over at The Every Kitchen.

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It’s obvious if you’re reading this that you know I’m a very famous food blogger. So famous, in fact, that I’ve been invited (after 6.5 long years of blogging) to be a co-hostess of a very exciting event in Chicago. You should assume that I was invited because of my fame and notoriety, and most definitely not because I’m friends with the organizer.

What is this event, you might ask? Why, let me share the details below:

Cookie Chocolate and Cheer Invitation

Whoa, look at all those actually notable co-hostesses. Big League. Anyhow, YOU should come to Cookies, Chocolate & Cheer at The Freehand Hotel!! Why? Well, perhaps you love cookies, or perhaps, like myself, you love complimentary cocktails. But the easiest (and best) reason of all why you should come – all proceeds benefit Chicago’s Youth Outreach Services, an amazing organization that helps at-risk teens secure a brighter future. $20 for cookie decorating, cocktails AND to help a great local organization? It’s a no-brainer! If you can come, get your tickets now!

Ok, so now that we’ll be seeing each other in short order, perhaps you’d like one of my very favorite cookie recipes. It’s actually a blast from the past on the blog, hailing all the way back to December 2010. Whoa.

These little lemon snow bites are honestly a favorite, one that I don’t always make, but always are delicious. Since I’ve unearthed the recipe, I may as well go ahead and make them again this year! Please note, I had to borrow some images from Munchin Munchies, because although I’ve made these cookies, I’ve never actually taken (decent) pictures!

Little Lemon Snow Bites

Little Lemon Snow Bites

Ingredients

1  17.5ounce package sugar cookie mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1/4 cup crushed lemon drops
2/3 cup lemon curd
2/3 cup frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with foil; set aside.
Prepare the cookie mix according to package directions.  Stir in crushed lemon drops.  If necessary, cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until it is easy to handle.
2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place balls 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet.  Bake in the preheated oven for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned.  Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.
3.  For filling, in a small bowl, stir together lemon curd and whipped topping.  Spoon 1 rounded teaspoon of the filling onto the bottom sides of half of the cookies.  Top with the remaining cookies, bottom sides down.  Press together lightly.  Sprinkle tops of cookies with powdered sugar.  Makes about 24 sandwich cookies.
To store:  Place filled cookies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days of freeze for up to 1 month.

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Let’s be honest. I should consider eating a vegetable other than cheese popcorn sometime soon. Is quinoa a vegetable? In December, it’s close enough for me. Oh, but wait, this quinoa dish from my friend Anne over at ASquared actually does contain a vegetable – squash!! Oh, and pesto, which definitely contains basil, which is a vegetable-lite and pine nuts, which are a…legume, which is just a fancy word for almost a vegetable. Oh, and dried cranberries, the best of all dried fruits. Anyhow, this dish looks extremely satisfying, and kudos to Anne for inventing this bowl of awesome. Hi to you and the fam, Anne!

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Herb-Roasted Squash with Quinoa & Cranberries

Ingredients

  • 2 small squash like acorn, sweet dumpling and/or delicata squash, seeds and membranes scooped out
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced *Anne likes cippolini or Vidalia onions 
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 Tbs. Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup prepared sage pesto *Anne’s recipe is here
  • 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and chopped

For the rest of the recipe with instructions, visit Anne over at ASquared.

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This year has marked a rather big life event for me – well, actually, quite a few big life events, but one of the ones I’m most proud of is the founding of Chicagogrammers with my blog wife, Chrissy. It’s been a labor of love and requires a commitment I haven’t always shown for my blogging career, and for that I’m proud. An immediate and welcome side effect of starting the Instagram account and Facebook group is the addition of new friends and acquaintances in my life. One of these new friends is Ellie, of the absolutely outstanding blog, “I’m Hungry by Nature.”

Ellie cooks up some pretty amazing things (with gorgeous photos!), and on my definite must-try list for the holiday season, she’s got these little Rosemary Shortbreads. With just a hint of sugar in them, they seem like more of a savory cookie, and as Ellie says, the rosemary looks like “classy sprinkles.” Classy rosemary sprinkles – what a wonderful time of the year!

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Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

For the full recipe with instructions, please visit I’m Hungry by Nature.

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OMG, it’s December 1 already. As promised each year (ugh, why do I promise things ever?), I’ll be blogging every day of December, bringing you a recipe that I almost assuredly have never made or will never make, but looks pretty damn awesome! As you all know, I tend to fizzle out around December 2 11, but I will try to keep this thing running. Besides, it makes for lovely Instagram photos, and if you didn’t know already, I’m something of an Instagram star. I mean, definitely a self-proclaimed star, but a star nonetheless.

Let’s start the first day of a Recipe A Day until January with one of my personal favorite combos: booze and ice cream. This recipe is brought to you by none other than my magnificent blog wife, Chrissy, who happens to be an amazing cook, baker and ice cream maker. Oh, and she’s the Co-Founder of Chicagogrammers, which you MOS DEF should be following on Instagram!

Drunken Mint Chip Ice Cream

Anyway…churning ice cream sounds like a pretty awful thing, does it not? That’s why I prefer my ice creams to be no-churn, and I especially prefer it to be no-churned by someone other than me. That’s why I’ll be asking Chrissy to make this for me for a special Christmas treat. Shhh, don’t tell her!

If you’d like to try making this yourself, take a look at the recipe below, and don’t forget to hop on over to The Hungary Buddha Eats the World for the full recipe with instructions! Side note: her post for this ice cream recipe is actually a very touching tribute to her father.

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Drunken Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup mint liquor (I used brancamenta)
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

For the rest of the recipe, visit The Hungary Buddha Eats the World. And do that anyway, because it’s truly a great blog.

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