My name is Andrea, and I am excited that you are here. I have a passion for cooking and baking that I want to share with you. I enjoy spending moments in the kitchen creating beautiful, easy, and nutritious recipes for my friends and family. There is nothing better than sharing a meal with the ones you love! I believe life is all about the small moments that happen on a daily basis. The grand exciting moments in our lives are special, such as weddings, births, graduations, etc. But don’t the small things that happen in our lives every day really say something about who we are and who we want to be? The small interactions with the grocer, cooking a meal for your family, these are the things that make up our lives. I did join Cookinary because I am obsessed with the small moments I have in my kitchen while I cook and bake for my friends and family. Making a cake for someone’s birthday and seeing their surprise, baking muffins for a new neighbor and seeing their gratitude, cooking my husband’s favorite meal and seeing his joy…these are the moments I live for. I hope you enjoy browsing through my collection of recipes! Thank you for stopping by my corner of the internet. Hope to talk with you soon!

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  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup of crunchy peanut butter
  • ½ cup of butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips (about half a package)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

There were some television commercials once that showed clumsy people bumping into each other and the result was chocolate in one…

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  • 1½ lbs. fresh green beans, tips removed and cut in half
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, washed and cut in half
  • 1 T. fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 T. fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. sherry vinegar
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. Feta cheese, crumbled

Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes & Feta

This versatile salad combines garden fresh herbs and veggies with the delicious salty flavor of Feta cheese. As an added bonus,…

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  • 1-1/3 cups of shredded and unsweetened coconut, toasted until golden brown
  • 2 cups of unbleached flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter*
  • 1 cup + tablespoon of packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • < 2-1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

The great thing about this recipe is that the coconut taste is very subtle and does not overwhelm the buttery, chocolaty…

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  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, outer layer removed and sliced
  • 3 large leeks, washed and sliced
  • 3 green onions, sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 ¼ pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 3 T. butter, unsalted
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: 3 slices bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled

Chilled Potato and Leek Soup

Most consider vichyssoise to be a classic cold French soup although some believe it was invented in New York City at…

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  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup light dairy sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups shredded cooked chicken breast or turkey breast (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chile peppers, drained or 1 or 2 canned jalapeño chile peppers, rinsed, seeded and finely chopped (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro or ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch-wide strips
  • 1 cup canned black beans or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I lightened up this enchilada recipe with a creamy filling that includes just a small amount of light sour cream, rather…

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  • 1 large head cauliflower, rinsed, tough outer leaves removed
  • 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 green onions, rinsed, roots and dried ends removed
  • 2 t. dried parsley
  • 2-3 T. water
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3-4 c. organic chicken or vegetable stock, divided
  • 4 oz. log goat cheese, cut into chunks

Cauliflower & Goat Cheese Soup

One of the great things about cauliflower is how well it takes on the flavors of other ingredients. In this case,…

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