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Quinoa and chicken are combined with quinoa, coconut milk, chiles and other veggies in these easy Thai Chicken Wraps that are a great recipe for lunch or an easy dinner.

Quinoa and chicken are combined with quinoa, coconut milk, chiles and other veggies in these easy Thai Chicken Wraps that are a great recipe for lunch or an easy dinner.
 
 


So, how many of you made some lofty New Year’s Resolutions?

I was actually having a conversation about New Year’s resolutions with my sister a couple of days ago, and the statistics behind how many people fail at their resolutions. I think it’s mainly because of 2 thing: one, people don’t make goals that can be measured. And two, they simply over-do it on the goal-making.

I used to be someone that fell into that second category. I’d make 49 goals, and then get overwhelmed and I wouldn’t stick with one of them. Or I’d make them really big, and fail simply because I needed to take smaller steps to get there.
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Filled with vegetables and a good kick of spice, you will never guess that this Cajun Chicken Pasta is actually a lighter meal!!

Filled with vegetables and a good kick of spice, you will never guess that this Cajun Chicken Pasta is actually a lighter meal!!
 
 



Did you know that in 2014, the number one New Year’s Resolution was to lose weight, and #5 was to stay fit and healthy? (source) It’s probably not much of a surprise – getting healthy and eating lighter is on the lips of lots of people right now.

I know I’m thinking about the lighter side of things after spending the last 5 days with my family at a cabin in Northern Utah. Pretty much spending my days doing puzzles and eating. #notevenkidding

I’ve never been fond of “diet” food, though. And I’m always on the search for food that is not only good for you, but something that tastes like it’s not lighter. Something that my family will love.
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Eat like those on Downton Abbey with this silky smooth Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup. During the Edwardian era, this soup would be served whenever there were special guests present.

Eat like those on Downton Abbey with this silky smooth Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup. During the Edwardian era, this soup would be served whenever there were special guests present.
 
 




Well, I told you yesterday that this will be the year of the cookbook, so it’s only fitting that I start it off with a cookbook review, right?? (and another one tomorrow!)

Actually, I received a copy of this cookbook – Edwardian Cooking – from the publisher a few months ago, and I put it on my counter, eagerly awaiting the return of Downton Abbey. I thought it would just make the most sense to talk about this book to celebrate Downton’s return. And then through all of the craziness of the holidays, I nearly forgot to even open this book!!

But – just in time for the premier of Downton Abbey, I am here to share a cookbook with you all about the food from that era.
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My goal to blog about 52 cookbooks in 2015!

Happy New Year!!

Are you a goal maker? Do you take the first of the year to make New Year’s Resolutions?

I love making goals. I’m not so great at New Year’s Resolutions usually (I dream too big and get discouraged when I fall short…), but I do love setting goals.

As I was sitting and thinking over my goals for Taste and Tell in the new year, one thing kept coming to mind. I love cookbooks. Ok, you all know that already, but cookbooks are really what made me fall in love with cooking to start off with. In earlier blog days, I had my Cookbook of the Month project, where I would cook from a different cookbook every month and blog about it. And I loved doing that, and part of me has missed it.
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Looking for a super easy appetizer idea? This Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Dip is only 2 ingredients and can be done in 5 minutes!!

Looking for a super easy appetizer idea?  This Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Dip is only 2 ingredients and can be done in 5 minutes!!
 
 



We have made it. The last day of 2014. Seriously – where did the time go? This year has been good to me. I published my first cookbook. I traveled to some great places. And I got to share lots of great recipes with all of you. I’d call it a success!!

And I’m back with one more recipe and cookbook review to finish off the year.
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This easy, festive, non-alcoholic Holiday Punch Recipe is perfect for any holiday or special occasion. And it makes enough for a crowd!

This easy, festive, non-alcoholic Holiday Punch Recipe is perfect for any holiday or special occasion.  And it makes enough for a crowd!
 
 


As we get ready to say good-bye to 2014, I have a couple more recipes that will help you to ring in the New Year. And they are super simple, which we all know we need during the crazy holidays!!
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