Kris Bedenian

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“The first time you make something, follow the recipe, then figure out how to tailor it to your own tastes.”

— Ruth Reichl

Have you ever baked an egg?

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray. Set the pan in a 13 by 9-inch…

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“A grandfather makes us laugh, makes us feel safe, and always makes us feel loved.”

— Kate Summers

My grandpa used to take us to pick sweet corn when we were kids. We would help shuck it and watch him cut it off the cob. The whole time we were…

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“I actually love fish and vegetables. I was raised on vegetables! Anything green — spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts — I crave.”

-Eva Longoria

Crustless quiches are very versatile.

These meatless wonders are quick, easy, and economical. Just pick your veggie and cheeses.

Cheesy Spinach or Broccoli Quiche
2 cups spinach (sauteed)…

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“Each salad has a soul; a soul that is fueled by freshness, creativity, and taste.”

-Unknown author

My grandma used to make this cucumber salad every summer.

It begins with both a peeled than thinly sliced cucumber and Vidalia onion. The dressing is creamy with a hint of dill.

Cool…

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“If your face and hands don’t get messy while eating BBQ, you’re doing it all wrong.”

— Unknown

Slow and steady is key when it comes to making the perfect pulled pork.

First, sear the pork roast using high heat with olive oil. Then cover while turning the heat on…

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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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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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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.