Kris Bedenian

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Warning: The following quote will not promote weight loss, but this recipe might!

“I’ve never met a problem a proper cupcake couldn’t fix.”
-Sarah Ockler

I’m going nuts over these nut butter cakes in a mug.

It only takes four ingredients, and I wonder where it’s been my entire life…

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“Balance is key in cooking — you want a little acid, a little sweet, a little savory — the flavors should be harmonious.”

— Gail Simmons

A terrific tapenade spread curbs those salty cravings.

I picked up some for the first time at a market years ago. Its salty flavors…

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Photo of a watercolor painting of a tomato by author.
Watercolor painting by author

“When I eat a tomato, I look at it the way anyone else would. But when I paint a tomato, then I see it differently.”

-Henri Matisse

It’s the season for vine-ripened tomatoes. My mom loves when we visit her favorite farm for the best tomatoes in town.

I will…

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“I’m not a vegetarian, I’m a dessertarian!”

- Bill Watterson

Do you love dessert? How about lemons? I hope you do!

I’m always searching for a sweet treat with less sugar and intense flavors. These little gems have become a delicious friend of mine.

I like to roll these lemon…

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“By thinking through the grilling process while still in the kitchen, you can easily gather all of the items that you might need and conveniently carry them to the outdoors area.”

— Barton Seaver

A little prep goes a long way!

First, cut the peppers in half removing seeds and…

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“I could give up chocolate but I’m not a quitter.”

— Unknown author

I have given up sugar from time to time, just to say I could! Although, it’s not something I would want to live without forever!

Regardless, I’m always looking for indulgences on the lighter side with lots…

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Kris Bedenian

Kris Bedenian

I’m a writer who has journaled for 24 years. My battle with breast cancer has given me a new perspective on life. Writing is a way for me to give back.