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Turkey meatballs are flavored with garlic and oregano, stuffed with feta cheese, and served with a lemon-garlic yogurt sauce.

Feta-Stuffed Greek Turkey Meatballs with Lemon-Garlic Yogurt Sauce

I am very excitedly typing up this post from my very own office!

It may be in the basement…there may be storage boxes piled nearly to the ceiling beside me…and there may only be one tiny, obscured window, but this is the first Sweet Peas & Saffron post I’ve written in a verrry long time while not sitting on the couch or in bed.  I know.  Terrible, right?

I used to have an office, then it became the nursery, and all my stuff was shuffled into the Man Cave.  Then the Man Cave became where things {and plants} went to die.  But seeing that at some date in the {hopefully} near future I will be full-time writing my thesis, I have set up the Man Cave Shared Cave as my new office, complete with a gorrrgeous brand-spanking new iMac.  Seriously.  In.  Love.

I do have to keep reminding myself that it’s for thesis writing…but I can’t help wondering how much easier it will be to edit photos on a 27 inch screen versus my 13-inch Mac Book Pro screen!

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BLACK FOREST BROWNIE BITES

Bite-sized brownies are stuffed with maraschino cherries and topped with whipping cream in these cute Valentines desserts.

Black Forest Brownie Bites: Cherry-Stuffed and Whipping Cream-topped little bites of heaven

Does January 21 feel too early to discuss Valentine’s Day?  Probably, but I’m going there anyways ;)

Valentine’s Day at our house isn’t much of a big deal…we don’t get all spiffed up and go out on a date, or exchange gifts.  Our little tradition is to cook up a nice meal, one which is a bit fancier than normal, and enjoy it together.

Last year, we worked together to cook up this Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Port Sauce.  It took a bit longer than our normal dinner routine, and Kai {4 months at the time} was surprisingly calm and happy, playing in his exersaucer while we were cooking.

But the moment we sat down to enjoy this wonderful meal, ‘waaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!’  Sure enough, we had hit the limits of the food/tiredness continuum and Kai had a complete and utter meltdown.  So I put down my fork, fed Kai, put him to bed, and eventually returned to my cold meal.

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Sweet potatoes, rosemary and chicken are simmered in wine and stock to make this delicious chicken pot pie filling, which is topped with flaky puff pastry.

Drunken Chicken Pot Pies with Rosemary and Sweet Potatoes

The plague has hit our house.  Again!

I should have anticipated that once Kai started going to daycare that he would be exercising his immune system.  And mine.

Since November we’ve had two colds and two bouts of the flu…I was lucky enough {lucky?} to only catch one bout of the flu, but not so lucky this time to avoid the cold.

I am currently yawning furiously to pop my ears while curled up on the couch with a hot cup of tea, and dreaming of warm comfort food of all kinds…such as this pot pie!

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A fresh twist on the kale salad with avocado, corn, and crispy tortilla strips tossed in a tangy honey-lime vinaigrette.

Southwestern Chopped Kale Salad with Crispy Tortilla Strips and a Honey-Lime VinaigretteI don’t know about you, but the last week or so at work, I’ve been seriously dragging.

Maybe it’s the cold I have, maybe it’s just getting back into the swing of things after Christmas holidays.  Maybe it’s the knowledge that we have a lot of winter to get through here before we get to spring.

Whatever it is, I feel like I’m ready for my next holiday, please!  I choose somewhere warm and sunny…where Mariachi music can be heard, and the margaritas are flowing.  Please oh please let me be magically be transported to Mexico!

No?  OK well then I will have to bring Mexico up north.  In the form of a kale salad.

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