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Roman Stracciatella Soup

by Janelle 04.19.2012
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Considered a “peasant food” in Italy, Stracciatella soup has been around for ages and originates from Rome. Stracciatella is simply an Italian version of egg drop soup. In this recipe, I made a few small modifications from the traditional recipes, including adding escarole and orzo to make it a full, albeit light, meal. It’s simple, […]

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Yellow Madness

by Janelle 04.16.2012
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Today I was strolling through Soho and came across 2 fierce yellow items that I just had to share. One, a stunning yellow patent leather handbag from British designer Mulberry, and the second a flowy, ladylike spring dress from Reiss. What these 2 British imports have in common is undeniable style and yes, the color […]

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bites

by Janelle 04.13.2012
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If you are looking for the perfect home-baked, bite-sized, sweet snack, you are in luck with these adorable Chocolate Chip Banana Bites. This is actually a Weight Watchers recipe that I tweaked and modified just a bit. Made in mini muffin pans, these banana bites are low in fat since they do not contain any […]

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Happy Easter!

by Janelle 04.08.2012

Wishing all a very Happy Easter!  I just baked this traditional Italian Easter pie and had to share. With layers of flaky, buttery phyllo surrounding a creamy ricotta center, flavored with fresh orange zest, vanilla and pine nuts. Check out the recipe for this delicious pie here, courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis.

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Boneless Chicken Mole

by Janelle 04.03.2012
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A Mexican favorite, mole sauce is an explosion of vibrant flavors and textures. I have always found the addition of chocolate into this savory recipe fascinating so I had to try it out? I wanted to keep the ingredients as traditional as possible, but use boneless, skinless chicken breasts to keep the fat and calories […]

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No Butter Fluffy Spring Vanilla Cupcakes

by Janelle 03.27.2012
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I wasn’t looking to reinvent the cupcake – after all, it is perfect the way it is. But being cupcake-obsessed and someone who watches her calories, I had to bake something to satisfy both. I had a couple of things in mind when setting out to bake a healthier version of a cupcake today – […]

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NYC: A Trip to Paris on the 6 Train

by Janelle 03.22.2012
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A new Parisian chocolate store opened on the Lower East Side and I had to try it out. In a city full of endless cupcake bakeries and fro-yo shops, it is certainly refreshing to find a place solely devoted to the art of pure chocolate confections. This one comes to us from a true chocolate […]

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Crazy for Colomba! Italy’s Easter Delight

by Janelle 03.19.2012
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When I lived in Lugano, Swizterland, I would always look forward to the delicious pastries served during Eastertime – my favorite was Colomba, a sweet, spongy, eggy Easter bread in the shape of a dove. The cake-like bread is soft, buttery, moist, sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I hadn’t had it since living in Europe, so […]

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Spring Preview: Sensational Summer Sandals

by Janelle 03.13.2012
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Every spring I seek out one perfect pair of splurge-worth sandals for the much-awaited summer season. The criteria? They have to be flat, of course, for all of the endless stomping around NYC’s crowded streets, and of course utterly chic, stylish and spot-on trend. I’ve found my top five picks below to suit every taste […]

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It’s a Raisin Bran Muffin Makeover!

by Janelle 03.06.2012
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If you are looking for a hearty muffin without all the fat (or in this case, ANY fat!), then give these made-over Raisin Bran Muffins a try. Check out the recipe below – I hope you enjoy! 

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