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Sinful. Gluttonous. Mouthwateringly delicious….

I don’t know exactly how I should sum up these works of cupcake art, but just know they’re one of the best things you’ll ever eat. Read more »

Sophia -Sep 20, 2012, 2:11AM
How do you get the white chocolate to melt at the right consistency?
Kristina -Feb 14, 2012, 11:52AM
Erin, this makes about 18 cupcakes but you will definitely have extra frosting. Katherine, if kept in an airtight container the frosting will last about a week when refrigerated. You can also freeze it for use later if you find you have extra!

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My favorite grocery store is Wholefoods. I love just walking through their prepared foods and gazing at all of the deliciousness. One day I saw these black bean quesadillas there that sparked my imagination. Read more »

Melissa -Mar 02, 2012, 3:40PM
Absolutely delicious! One of the best recipes I have tried in a long time. Makes a great dip as well!
Alissa -Feb 22, 2012, 9:00AM
These look awesome! I started replacing sour cream and cheese with Trader Joe's Cilantro Jalepeno Hummus, and it is TO DIE FOR! Just as creamy as dairy, but much more flavorful!

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The last edition (see the first here and here) of my healthy snack recipes for the New Year with Allison of Allison Eats! This one is a personal favorite of mine. My friends and I cook dinner together a lot. Read more »

andrea lynne rose -Jan 30, 2012, 10:24AM
this all looks so yummy and healthy!
Dawkins Crawford -Jan 29, 2012, 6:41PM
You can also dehydrate them at 115 for 6-8 hours, mmm!

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Last week, Allison and I showed you all how to make homemade babaganoush and pita chips. For our second round in healthy snacks for the New Year, we put together Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. These are a great healthy option, so long as you use a hot sauce that is not butter based (we used Frank’s Red Hot). For those of you who are vegetarian like me, you can easily make this with tofu as well. =) Read more »

Health Tips -Jan 23, 2012, 8:44AM
Nice Recipe. Thnx http://bit.ly/zZtJeA
claire -Jan 23, 2012, 12:47AM
yum!

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Post image for Babaganoush and Homemade Pita Chips with Allison Narofsky

This past weekend I had a fun little cooking blogger meet up with local blogger Allison of Allison Eats! We’re both big lovers of food, but we also like to eat healthy. To kick off the New Year, we decided to put together three healthy snacks for eating healthy in 2012. Read more »

tiffanie -Jan 23, 2012, 2:57AM
i added artichoke hearts. youm youm for the tum tum
tiffanie -Jan 23, 2012, 2:56AM
made it love it.. guiltless treat

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We had a baby shower here at work this week, and I made these crostini as a contribution to the array of sweet treats we had to celebrate. Normally, when I make them at home, they’re delicious. This time around I made them the night before, and then stuck them in the fridge at work until we surprised the mom to be. Read more »

Christina -Jan 09, 2012, 11:22AM
I love figs and honey. Great way to break up the sweetness with the cheese. Yum! I just made a sweet but savory ravioli. Check it out! http://becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com/ Christina
lovemore -Jan 09, 2012, 12:47AM
ahhhhhhh just had to wipe some drool - my god! xxx

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This time in Kitchen Confidential, we bring you Craig – a master chef working in our 543 cafeteria who came to us from Michelin star restaurant, Spruce, in San Francisco. Craig has some awesome culinary training strapped under his belt, and has traveled far and wide to places including Japan to perfect his craft. Read more »

Christina -Jan 02, 2012, 2:53PM
I love how rustic this looks! Yum. I just made some rustic Italian Pizzelle Cookies! Come check them out! http://becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com/ Christina
Taylor -Jan 02, 2012, 1:23PM
I had this amazing chicken quesadilla and arugula salad at the home office...such good food! I want to try this tart! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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New Year’s Eve is a night to celebrate and pull out your finest. Why not go all out with a fancier drink than usual? Need inspiration? Here are three amazing-looking cocktails to bring in the New Year – shown in order of easiest to hardest by way of preparation. Read more »

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Every year I look forward to latkes for Chanukah. In my family, we always ate them for the holiday. I remember one year when my mother was working at a local newspaper and she made an entire array using all types of potatoes for a review. It’s a fond memory of mine, and now that I’ve moved out of my parents’ house I still need them so much that I’ve taken on the task myself. Read more »

Dorothy Blevens -Jan 08, 2012, 9:38AM
These look sooo good. I have been on a diet and couldn't have any this Chanukah. Alright, I did have one, but I wanted a whole lot more! Four more weeks; can't wait to try these!
Christina -Dec 26, 2011, 1:18PM
This looks so tasty. And I love that you made them extra crispy! Check out my eggplant parm I made for the holiday weekend! http://becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com/

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Our awesome little chef, FP Naomi, brought in some delicious homemade granola for us and it’s so tasty I had to ask her for the recipe. It’s perfect for snacking, especially here at our desks at work :) – and, it’s a great gift for the holidays! Read more »

Harriet -Dec 05, 2013, 1:43PM
How long does this last for as a gift?
Hellen -Dec 24, 2011, 7:24AM
thank you so much for the recipe, I will come back with feedback.

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This week’s recipe is an adaptation from one of Julie Morris’s Superfood Cuisine recipes. Read more »

-Dec 19, 2011, 9:13AM
Hey Julia, I didn't rinse the quinoa - just added it straight in.
julia -Dec 18, 2011, 3:18PM
looks fantastic! however, this recipe doesn't mention to rinse the quinoa - which is usually recommended to remove the bitter taste. did you rinse the quinoa or just add it to the almond milk as is?

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At the Free People home offices we have so many amazing things available to us. One that I’m sure many employees will tell you that they’re grateful for, is the amazing food. You can either head over to our dining hall called 543 or stop at the café Jharoka – both of which offer menus that are stocked with gourmet ingredients and creative pairings. The offering includes some of the freshest ideas in the culinary world today: smoked tofu and pear chicken salad with blackberry jam and arugula on a brioche, or, for the non-vegetarians, how about a grilled flank with balsamic mushrooms, horseradish mayonnaise and spring mix on semolina hero? The people behind these masterpieces are talented chefs, baristas, sauciers – they each have a reputable background and an artistry to share.

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Meet Corbin – our 543 drink specialist who’s prepping up his magical Hangover Smoothie. FP Jemma will tell you that he steams the best cappuccino, and he’ll humbly profess that it’s what he loves to do. We talked to him while he got to work at the blender, learning all about his love of drinks and how he uses vitamin B12 to cure our post party pains.

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Where did you work before this? Before this I worked at various coffee shops, always making drinks.

And how long have you been with the company? About a year now

How did you develop this hangover recipe – was it out of necessity? Ha – not so much…I mainly just researched ingredients. It’s about trial and error – getting to know ingredients and what they’re good for. I then combine things with similar benefits to make a power house recipe with a specific benefit, like weight loss or energy.

How does this smoothie help to cure a hangover? Bananas, spinach, and B12 have a lot of potassium which will give you a big kick and make you feel good. The B12 also has great added energy benefits. The Kale is just good for everything – it’s so nutrient-rich.

Where do you get inspiration? Are there any sources you often use for research? I mainly just talk to people, I visit other juice bars, and the internet – I look a lot of things up on the internet…

What’s next? I’m going to be adding supplements to the cleanses more. So far I’ve just been making combinations with the juicer like carrot, ginger, and lemon – no water or anything added. I’m going to start putting in supplements like Spirulina and Echinacea. For the New Year there will be a whole cleansing regiment offered. Employees can pick up a package of 6 juices each day to either use as a liquid diet or to add on top of a healthy eating regimen.

Here’s how to make the hangover smoothie:

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Ingredients (Serves 2)

One handful (approx 1 cup) of Washed Spinach

4 Leaves of Washed Dinosaur Kale

2 Bananas

1 Cup of Soy Milk

4-5 Drops of Liquid B12

¾ Cup of Chopped Ice

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Directions

Put it all in the blender & drink!

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He left us with a bottle of the first batch. It was full of banana-y flavor, and although not hungover, it definitely put some pep in our step.

Michelle -Dec 16, 2011, 2:39PM
Should do half soy milk half coconut water! I drink coconut water for my hangovers because its filled with potassium (more than 1 whole banana!)plus has electrolytes without all the fructose in gatorade...
EV -Dec 16, 2011, 2:12PM
Sounds like the perfect smoothie for this time of year. Love you guys xx

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