Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

A couple of weeks ago I had a good friend and client ask me if I had yet come out of “First Year hiding”. He explained the strange process a couple experiences when you have baby number one; you disappear socially for about a year. You lose track of everyone you hung out with before …

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Summery Gazpacho Soup

It’s (still) summer even though I’m already doing what hubs calls “forcing fall” – wearing long sleeves, jackets and sweaters before it’s truly cold enough outside to do so. I love beginning of  the fall season, the first time you see your breath in the morning, first frost on the grass, until finally, the smell of …

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Spicy Tuna Roll

Today marks M’s Belly’s two year blog anniversary!  Woot!  When I look back into the post archives and see my first (uninterestingly written and poorly lit) post for mini beef wellingtons, I see I shot some of the photos outside on the condo balcony.  I remember March being simply lovely and in the mid-50’s that year for …

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Buffalo Hot Wings

Even though March is technically over and sadly both Michigan basketball teams lost (sorry Mike Smith), I’m still going forward with a recipe post of my favorite buffalo hot wings!  Wings are perfect fare for watching any type of sport, specifically tomorrow’s Monday night college basketball championship game.  The Hubs taught me you can throw …

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Ricotta Stuffed Figs

I looooooove figs.  LOVE THEM.  Sweet, sticky, with tiny seeds that pop when you bite down, figs are among the richest plant sources of calcium and fiber.  Pair them with fresh ricotta cheese, honey and pistachios and you’ve got a delicious, quick snack, or a pretty appetizer for guests.  This recipe is awesome because minimal …

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Hatch Green Chile Wings

About three weeks ago, the lovely people at The Hatch Chile Store reached out to me all the way from Hatch, New Mexico.  They wanted to know if I would like to cook with their Hatch Green Chile.  An enthusiastic, HECK YES!, was my response.  I think they noticed last Fall’s chutney and enchilasagne posts, both …

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Hummus

People go crazy over my hummus.  The reason?  I’m a stickler for texture, and velvety smooth is definitely the right choice!  I used to not even like hummus (again, it’s textural for me), until that life-changing day The Hubs ordered it while having lunch at Café Rakka in Hendersonville.  Café Rakka’s hummus is so smooth, so creamy, …

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Awesome Roasted Rosemary Holiday Nuts

This is a recipe that is not only easy, but it will also make your house smell like awesome holidays.  Michele, you ask, what do awesome holidays smell like?  THESE NUTS!!!  I’m telling you, this intoxicating scent is better than the roasted pecans in the every mall – mainly because you made them yourself.  Feel …

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Mussels in White Wine Broth

Ok, so ever since our trip to Traverse City a few summers ago, I’ve been craving the mussels from North Peak Brewery.  The North Peak’s mussels were so good we asked for three helpings of bread just to sop up the amazingly flavorful broth at the bottom of the bowl.  At our third request for …

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