Toffee crumble brownie bites

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Have you ever read a brownie recipe and rolled your eyes upon reading, “Wait one hour before cutting?”

I’m sorry, but when I crave brownies, I want them now. (Cue Veruca Salt voice.)

Generally speaking, muffins cool much faster than brownies, so I decided to make three-bite brownies baked in muffin cups. More specifically, I baked them using a six-cup muffin tin and silicone baking cups.

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Let’s be kind to one another

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I can’t think about food today.

I have been wracking my brain trying to think about what to say. I thought, if I write about food when we have major tragedies tearing apart people’s lives, it’ll seem as if I am ignoring it.

The last thing I want to do is come across as uncaring or selfish, when I have been described as an empath.

In short, I actually think and feel just a bit too much. I haven’t been ignoring these tragedies. I have been thinking about what to say.

After waking up and hearing about what happened in Las Vegas, I decided that I needed to say something.

I just don’t know what to say. I am heartbroken. Thoughts and prayers are great, but we need to do more.

Today I am laying low. I am focusing on self-care while thinking about ways I can give back. I open up my comments section to those who wish to discuss ways to help.

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Why I’m walking in the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Walk For Wishes

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In 2000, I wished to meet ‘NSYNC

Click here to donate to my fundraising page!

In 2000 — when I was 14 years old — I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer. Make-A-Wish granted my wish, which was to meet ‘NSYNC. My mother and I were flown from San Jose, CA to Pittsburgh, PA to meet the band at one of their shows.

We not only met the band and watched the concert from a close distance…I received a hug from band member, Joey Fatone.

We were treated like royalty. During the trip, we enjoyed limo rides, plenty of ‘NSYNC-themed gifts and a shopping spree…all courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Make-A-Wish gave me so much joy during the most difficult time of my life. I have been cancer-free since 2003, and want to help Make-A-Wish continue to grant wishes for brave wish children.

Wishes can increase the physical and emotional well-being of wish kids, and create happy, lifelong memories. In fact, wish experiences are as much about the days that follow, as they are about the wish itself – because the impact of a wish can last forever.

The funds I raise will support the Make-A-Wish® mission to grant the wish of every eligible child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

A wish experience can truly change a child’s life, and so can you. Please support me and donate to my page today at Walk For Wishes.

Thank you!

Mastering the Art of “Everything” Vegetable Soup

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This is called using whatever you’ve got.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s pretty common to subscribe to some kind of produce delivery service. For us, it’s Imperfect Produce and Farmstead.

Although these delivery services make healthy eating a lot easier, occasionally we wind up with a bit of surplus near the end of the month.

Even if you don’t use one of these delivery services, you’ve got to admit that this is the season when vegetables shine. Corn, green beans and tomatoes are at their peak in the summer. It’s hard not to overdo it and buy too much when the prices on produce are so low.

In my freezer, I had about a cup of veggies on the verge of freezer burn, and a blob of tomato paste leftover from making pasta sauce so I threw those into this dish as well. Why not clean out the fridge and the freezer?

Other great substitutes or add-ins could be celery, cooked beans, sweet potatoes, or again, whatever you have!

Soup isn’t typically the first thing people crave in summer, but just trust me. This recipe walks the line of being light enough for summer and hearty enough to satisfy. It would pair awesomely with a salad, pasta dish or sandwich. Although my version is vegetarian, it could easily be vegan if you skip the sour cream garnish.

Let’s just be honest — this is the easiest (and most cost effective) way to make sure none of that summer veg goes to waste. Extra points if you save the root ends of your carrot, leek, garlic cloves and shallot in the freezer to make a homemade stock later!

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Chocolate chip cookies…with a twist

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Today when I was zoning out on my drive home from work, I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I ate a chocolate chip cookie.

I knew this was a serious issue. I had to get my fix. I didn’t want some boring, typical chocolate chip cookie. I wanted something a little bit different.

This chocolate chip cookie recipe made me feel just a little bit more “grown up.” The addition of ground cinnamon gave the cookies just the right amount of warmth. Old-fashioned oats added texture.

This recipe is the perfect cure for a case of the blahs. I promise.

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Get $10 off your first Imperfect Produce order!

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I find beauty in all vegetables and fruits. This is why I get excited every Friday morning when I receive my Imperfect Produce box!

America wastes 40% of our food. 20% of America’s produce never makes it off the farm due to small cosmetic imperfections. This is a company I support, because it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Everything tastes just as good as what I find in markets, if not better, and it is equally as nutritious! I have made carrot cake, fajitas, frittatas, sheet pans full of roasted vegetables, stir-fries and numerous other recipes using Imperfect Produce and I can personally vouch: it’s all delicious. Check out their FAQ page if you’d like to find out more.

For the past month, I have been posting photos of my roasted Imperfect vegetables, and decided to share the love: I have decided to post a promo code so that my readers can try a box and receive $10 off!

It’s easy! Just sign up at Imperfect Produce, select which box you’d like to try and customize your box to suit your tastes — my favorite Imperfect items are the carrots and sweet potatoes. They are a fraction of the price I have paid in stores.

At checkout, there will be a box labeled, “Friend’s name.” Input my name as MILKANDMADELEINES and you will be credited $10.

Currently, Imperfect Produce delivers to areas throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Customers can also pick up their produce free of delivery charge from their Emeryville location. Check your zip code to see if they can deliver to your area. Let’s “go ugly!”