Vanilla-Scented Buttercup and Kale Stew with Tahini {My Blogiversary and GIVEAWAY!}

I’ll be the first to say it: Happy Blogiversary to me! It’s been four years since I popped up on the world wide web, and things have certainly changed a lot around here. Looking back on my posts from the first couple of years makes me chuckle a bit. There’s hardly a recipe in site, but a lot of run-on paragraphs proclaiming, “I’m so lucky that my fiancé is not picky and will eat anything I make, here’s a recipe from Cooking Light that I made but I changed thisthisandthis and my fiancé loved it.” There’s a lot of pictures which make beg me to question, “What the heck where we eating?” And notably, there’s a lot less of you.

So what’s changed? First of all, he’s now my husband (despite my meals being far from pretty or precise back then, he really did love them.) Secondly, my blog has become recipe-centric. Not that there’s anything wrong or shameful about simply throwing something together, but it’s not strong enough content to keep readers coming back for more. Adding on to that, I strive to post mostly original recipes. Again, nothing wrong with blogging someone else’s creations, but I’d like my blog to be a source for things you won’t find anywhere else. Third, let’s talk about photos. I’m on my third, maybe fourth camera since I started this blog. And I’ve gone through exponentially many more setups with lamps, light boxes, backdrops, props, etc. I once naively thought that photos didn’t really matter as long as my food and writing were good, which I was pretty sure they were (in retrospect, I feel a bit differently.) But I’ve changed my tune. We are at first a visual society, and if I can’t create a photo beautiful enough to convey the time and effort I’ve spent developing and preparing a meal, there’s a good chance you’ll skim right over it. Still, perusing Tastespotting makes me jealous that I don’t have more access to natural light, a better eye for food styling, and greater knowledge of photography; but at least I’m trying. Finally, there are more people than ever reading Cara’s Cravings. This assures me that my achievements are not all in my head; rather, through this blog, I really have become a more talented cook, artful photographer, and creative writer. Overall, I’m truly a better person.

In honor of my Blogiversary, I decided to go back to the beginning. To take the very first recipe I shared with you and turn it into something much more like what you’d expect to see on Cara’s Cravings, circa 2011. At first I thought I’d simply take that description of a meal and transform it into a recipe with actual ingredient amounts, instructions, and of course, a pretty picture.

But then I got bored. And decided that Moroccan Butternut Squash and Chickpeas just wasn’t enough. If one thing hasn’t changed, it’s that I can’t leave well enough alone. I craved kale. And tahini. And cardamom. All together in the same place. This time, I spent a good chunk of time envisioning the meal. I drafted what I thought the recipe should be, and revised it as I went along making it. And of course, I took pictures.

What I ended up with had notes of African, Middle Eastern, and Indian flavors. With all of that going on, it would probably be a food critics nightmare. Food critics love to label things, and fusion doesn’t always go over so well. But it’s not like I sat down and said, “Hey, Self, how can I purposely throw all these ethnic foods into one pot and have it turn out good?” No. I was simply craving all these things at once and rather than getting bogged down about the fact that they might not “go together” in any traditional or cultural sense, I simply followed my gut (pun intended.) So rather than trying to label this dish as what it isn’t (any of the ethnic foods mentioned above), let’s talk about what it is: a deliciously addicting marriage of some of my favorite flavors. I kid you not, this is one of the tastiest things I have ever made. It’s also a perfect example of my cooking style, because it’s a recipe that shows I never hesitate to think outside the lines and go against the norm. (In fact, as I was planning out the recipe, I even took a poll among some cooks I really trust about whether to use coconut milk or vanilla almond milk, and I went against their unanimous decision. I couldn’t have been more pleased.) And naturally, it’s healthy, wholesome, and well-balanced. In short, it’s the most perfect meal I could have made to celebrate my 4th Blogiversary.

Keep reading for the recipe and the GIVEAWAY!

Vanilla-Scented Buttercup and Kale Stew with Tahini
Printable Recipe

1/2 cup chopped red onion
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 cinnamon sticks
8 cardamom pods
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds diced buttercup squash, about half of a large squash (Hint: roast the other half, mash, and use like you would canned pumpkin.)
6 ounces chopped kale (from 1 medium bunch)
1 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk
2 cups water
1/4 cup tahini
2 tablespoons (15gm) shredded coconut, toasted*
chopped fresh cilantro

Place a dutch oven or large pot over medium-low heat, and spray with cooking spray. Cook the onion until softened and beginning to brown; about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, garam masala, cinnamon sticks, and cardamom. Stir and cook for one minute more.

Add the salt, squash, kale, chickpeas, raisins, almond milk, and water. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium high. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until squash and kale are very tender.

Stir in the tahini and cook, uncovered, over moderately high heat for about 3-4 minutes, until thickened.

Ladle into bowls, and garnish with the toasted coconut and chopped cilantro. 

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 364.2
Total Fat: 13.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 430.6 mg
Total Carbs: 58.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 13.8 g
Protein: 13.3 g

Now for the details you really want – it’s time for a giveaway! 

All of you – whether you read and comment every day or silently check in once in a while – are truly special to me. You are not only my motivation to keep blogging, you are my source of drive to challenge myself and keep getting better. I am personally sponsoring this giveaway as my thanks to you. So thank you, and you, and YOU, for being your fabulous self and for caring about what I do.

In honor of my Fourth Blogiversary, I’m giving away FOUR gifts that can only be described as Cara’s Cravings essentials. Here they are:

1) A KitchenAid Immersion Blender
This has to be one of my most-used appliances. Spicy Squash and Peanut Soup, Fave, Rape, e Cicoria, Protein Waffles, or Pumpkin Protein Cake are just a few much-loved recipes that give this tool its daily workout.

2) Moosewood Restaurant Lowfat Favorites AND a 1-Year Subscription to Bon Appetit Magazine
This Moosewood cookbook was the first vegetarian cookbook I owned, and has greatly influenced my love for eating like a vegetarian even though I’m not one. Bon Appetit is another much-loved recipe source, for both everyday and entertaining recipes. Recipes or adaptations from both have made many appearances on Cara’s Cravings.

3) New Rules of Lifting for Women
Though this is primarily a cooking blog, fitness is a huge part of my life and you might have seen me mention this book here and there. It’s been an integral part of my fitness journey, teaching me that lifting heavy (higher weight, lower reps) is the way to go for fat loss and increased metabolism. I wish more women would hang with the boys and embrace the weight room, and I’m always recommending this book. Even if you don’t follow the lifting program, it’s a great source of information on how our bodies respond to different kinds of exercise and how we use the calories we take in. Finally, it’s inspired the way I cook and eat now, focusing on nutrient-rich, wholesome foods, and lots of protein and good fats.  
4) Trader Joe’s Surprise Goodie Box
This is for the person who loves to be surprised – I’ll head to TJ’s and fill up a basket with $25 worth of my favorite (non-perishable) goodies, package them up and ship them right to you.

I like to think there’s something for everyone here, and I hope you agree! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. That’s it. You can tell me about your favorite Cara’s Cravings recipes, why you like to read my blog, what you’d like to see more of, or you can simply say hello. I’d love for you to Tweet about it, share it with your Facebook friends, or blog about it yourself, but only because you truly want to spread the word about my blog (and give me a little blogiversary gift!) This time, I’m limiting entries to one per person. You have until next Tuesday, March 29th at 11:59 pm. I’ll choose four winners on Wednesday, and contact you each in order to ask you which gift you’d like (so the first winner will get their choice of all four, the second winner has a choice of the three remaining, and so on.) Good luck!

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371 Responses to “Vanilla-Scented Buttercup and Kale Stew with Tahini {My Blogiversary and GIVEAWAY!}”

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    Nisrine M. — March 22, 2011 @ 11:06 am Reply

    Happy blog birthday, Cara!What a nice surprise vanilla is in this stew. It must taste fabulously exotic. The weightlifting book sounds interesting.

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    Ljyoung85 — March 22, 2011 @ 11:14 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! What a generous giveaway. I'm looking forward to many more years of delicious posts!

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    Kate — March 22, 2011 @ 11:21 am Reply

    Thank you for continuing to do what you do. I've never been disappointed in your recipes, and I have greatly enjoyed your blog. Happy Blogiversy!

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    Jenna — March 22, 2011 @ 11:34 am Reply

    i love your blog! it was one of the first i subscribed to in my google reader!

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    Nanifish11 — March 22, 2011 @ 11:52 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! i really enjoy!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — March 22, 2011 @ 11:56 am Reply

    Yay, happy blog anniversary. Fourth? Awesome!!I've tried many of your recipes and have liked every one. The ones that jump out are the haloumi with lemon caper sauce, a Mexican shrimp dish and protein pancakes. Here's to another 4 years of blogging!PS – I'd love gift #2… just because I already have the other ones :)

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — March 22, 2011 @ 11:58 am Reply

    PS – I'm actually hosting a giveaway as well. Check it out if you're interested. http://www.healthyandsane.com/2011/03/playing-with-popchips-recipes-giveaway

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    Amy — March 22, 2011 @ 12:01 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! I absolutely love your blog. It inspires me to try new things and cook healthier!

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    aej — March 22, 2011 @ 12:19 pm Reply

    I've been following for a while but never commented. I've enjoyed seeing the blog evolve into what it is today!

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    Laura — March 22, 2011 @ 12:19 pm Reply

    I just started following your blog about a month ago.I have starred about half of your recipes in my google reader just waiting for the right time to make them! Everything always looks so delicious and your photos are always bright.

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    natalie (the sweets life) — March 22, 2011 @ 12:30 pm Reply

    what a fabulous giveaway–I have that lifting book on reserve at the library right now!this stew looks amazing!

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    Danella — March 22, 2011 @ 12:31 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I absolutely love your blog. I've tried so many of your wonderful recipes and I've never been disappointed. Thanks for all of the work that you do to keep us all inspired!

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    Katie Burkert — March 22, 2011 @ 12:35 pm Reply

    My husband and I started eating healthy/cleaner about a year ago, and your blog has been a major source of information and inspiration! I've recommended it to a bunch of friends who ask how we eat so well. :-) So, Happy Blogaversary! Keep up the great work.

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    Carmen — March 22, 2011 @ 12:37 pm Reply

    Happy Blog Birthday! I love to read your blog because it has great, healthy recipes that don't compromise on taste. I also respect and relate to your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for sharing such great pictures and food with us.

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    Whitney — March 22, 2011 @ 12:41 pm Reply

    I love reading your blog because its so creative and has great healthy recipes! I think my top 2 favorites are the salmon with halloumi and chicken sausage with white beans and chard over pumpkin polenta. I actually made the second one for dinner a couple days ago!

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    cookingwhims — March 22, 2011 @ 12:46 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary, Cara! I'm so glad I discovered your blog and all of your amazing pumpkin recipes! Before reading your blog I never knew pumpkin could be such a versatile and delicious ingredient. Looking forward to what the next 4 years have in store for your blog!

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    Kaite — March 22, 2011 @ 12:46 pm Reply

    I love your site because you use and combine such different ingredients…gets me to experiment outside my normal comfort zone!

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    Molly Parr — March 22, 2011 @ 12:49 pm Reply

    I agree, the Moosewood Low Fat Cookbook is pretty fantastic. No joke, I was just flipping through my copy on Sunday night. The Bon Appetit magazine subscription is the giveaway that I am pining for. In the meantime, I will make this dish. It sounds absolutely terrific.

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    Melissa — March 22, 2011 @ 12:51 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I'm so glad I learned about your blog. I love reading your recipes and your photos are beautiful. You've inspired a few of my meals lately and I've recommended your blog to other people looking for healthy meal ideas. I'd love to see what you put into the Trader Joe's surprise box! I love TJs :) I also love the Moosewood cookbook; my mom has it. I've been to the restaurant in Ithaca and they have great vegetarian options!

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    Vivian — March 22, 2011 @ 1:02 pm Reply

    Love the Passover Prep Series!

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    Branappetit — March 22, 2011 @ 1:08 pm Reply

    Happy 4 years! What a fun thing to be able to look back on :)This soup looks insanely delicious. I love creamy squash soups, and the vanilla is such a fun surprise!

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    Nikki — March 22, 2011 @ 1:14 pm Reply

    Love your blog! I really love your creamy pumpkin penne recipe. I love pumpkin, but you are one person I can think of who might love it more! You also introduced me to pumpkin-cottage cheese mixtures. Yum!

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    Missy — March 22, 2011 @ 1:19 pm Reply

    I loved your series of protein powder recipes – all of them were fabulous! I always love pumpkin/kabocha/butternut anything :)!Happy Blogiversary and thank you for your giveaway! Awesome prizes!

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    Marilyn — March 22, 2011 @ 1:20 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I remember reading your blog when we were all discussing wedding plans! Time is sure flying by!

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    Emily — March 22, 2011 @ 1:21 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary – 4 years is really impressive! I am a big fan of your photography as well as your unique, healthy, often ethnic recipes. Keep up the good work – and thanks for this giveaway (I could really use an immersion blender)!

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    Bree — March 22, 2011 @ 1:29 pm Reply

    Happy Blog Birthday! Of all the blogs I read your's is the most starred in my reader and your recipes are among our favorites. Keep it up!

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 22, 2011 @ 1:33 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary! Love the giveaways!

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    Shawna — March 22, 2011 @ 1:34 pm Reply

    Hi Cara! Congratulations on your Blogaversary and many more to come!!!! :)

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    CasualDish — March 22, 2011 @ 1:36 pm Reply

    Happy Blogivesary! I love all your healthy dishes, you have given me so much inspiration, I really enjoy reading your blog!

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    Jill Z. — March 22, 2011 @ 1:41 pm Reply

    Happy blog birthday :-) Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

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    Chaya — March 22, 2011 @ 1:41 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary.I think it is great for you to give on your anniversary. You've got style.

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    d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo — March 22, 2011 @ 1:41 pm Reply

    I definitely need to get myself a copy of that book – ever since I started lifting I've been looking for good advice to keep my biceps from bulking up like a man while still doing exercises to tone. Happy blogiversary!

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    Cara — March 22, 2011 @ 1:47 pm Reply

    I think I may have started reading your blog solely because we have the same name :)

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    Katie @ HWS — March 22, 2011 @ 1:47 pm Reply

    Happy Blog Anniversary to you!!! I will never forget the first time I tried one of your recipes – pumpkin pasta. The idea of blending cottage cheese into the sauce for creaminess was GENIUS! I was head over heels! :)

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    Kasey — March 22, 2011 @ 1:54 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!

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    Kalynskitchen — March 22, 2011 @ 1:55 pm Reply

    Hi Cara, happy blog birthday to you! I hope you will keep sharing your interesting recipes for many more years. (BTW, no need to enter me in the give-away; just wanted to congratulate you.)

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    Heather S — March 22, 2011 @ 2:00 pm Reply

    Happy Blog Anniversary! I love all your recipes, they're so refreshing and unique!

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    Marcie Sullivan — March 22, 2011 @ 2:01 pm Reply

    I love your site and these prizes look amazing, thanks! Happy Blogiversary!

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    shelby — March 22, 2011 @ 2:05 pm Reply

    I enjoy your blog because you make things that are so creative and different from all of the other cooking/recipe blogs I read. Happy blog birthday!

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    Brie — March 22, 2011 @ 2:10 pm Reply

    Having a great blog for 4 years is quite the accomplishment! Here's to another four years of fun, innovative and tasty recipes and posts!

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    Cate — March 22, 2011 @ 2:12 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I'm LOVING the meatless meals you've been posting… keep them coming!

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    Dawn Hutchins — March 22, 2011 @ 2:17 pm Reply

    Happy Bloggiversary girl! Your blog is one of my most favorites as we have such similar tastes. Keep up the good work!

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    Carrie & brick city love — March 22, 2011 @ 2:17 pm Reply

    Congrats on 4 years!!I make your Black Bean, Mango & Quinoa Salad all the time in during warmer months. It's my go-to party salad for potlucks or home gatherings too. Did make it my own though, as I usually use barley instead of quinoa.

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    Happyhooking — March 22, 2011 @ 2:17 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! I love forwarding your recipes to my husband! Although I enjoy baking here and there I'm not much of a cook but your blog is very inspiring! He is truly the chef in the family and he enjoys your unique combinations (he's not much of a blogger though so I'll comment for him).JoAnne (from work)

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    Colleen — March 22, 2011 @ 2:30 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary! Great giveaway! I love reading all the interesting ways to make "healthy" food delicious!

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    RichardPF — March 22, 2011 @ 2:33 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary, and best wishes for many more. Sorry I did not get to meet you at the Seafood show.

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    Roxan — March 22, 2011 @ 2:43 pm Reply

    First off, happy anniversary! :)Secondly – you do have great photos and I think it's awesome that you're writing your own recipes. I'm not a good enough cook to do that, but hopefully someday I'll be there. I'm still consulting many cookbooks when I cook. Thirdly – I hope I win! I've entered so many giveaways but haven't won anything yet.

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    Amanda — March 22, 2011 @ 2:52 pm Reply

    Happy Blog Birthday!! I love your recipes! My favorite is the pumpkin chili! We make it all the time, your recipes never disappoint!!! Thanks for all the delicious recipes!!!

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    Pamela — March 22, 2011 @ 2:55 pm Reply

    Your blog is lovely, your recipes are creative, and your food is always tasty. I've recommended your blog to SO many friends in the past few months, and they, too, are equally impressed. Happy Blog-iversary! As for your giveaways…here I am! All the gifts sound awesome, how would one choose? Hopefully I'll be #4 and won't have to. :)

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    Kelly Jo — March 22, 2011 @ 3:03 pm Reply

    You had me at soup but a box of goodies from TJ would be so fun!!!Honestly, I think you have a great variety of food posts- I've been following you for some time. Just keep on doin' what you're doin'!!

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    Meredyth H — March 22, 2011 @ 3:07 pm Reply

    Happy 4th Birthday! Just want you to know that I love the blog, love the food, love the photography, and I hope there's a lot more to come! I'm also a fan of mashing together whatever flavors I feel like… most of the time the results are surprisingly delicious. Thanks for all the great recipes!

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    The USA Kiwi — March 22, 2011 @ 3:13 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! The dish looks great!

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    Meena — March 22, 2011 @ 3:14 pm Reply

    Happy Blogivesary! Thanks for all the wonderful flavour mixing! Every recipe I have tried of yours is amazing…even the hubs likes it!

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    Kristin — March 22, 2011 @ 3:17 pm Reply

    I have just discovered your web site, and the recipes have been wonderful! I am excited to wake up each morning and see what new recipes our family can try. Thank you for taking us out of the boring old chicken routine and bringing things that are new and fresh to the table. We are especially excited to try the pumpkin dishes. Great idea, and happy blogiversary!

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    Marcie — March 22, 2011 @ 3:20 pm Reply

    Congrats on your Blogiversary, your recipes are amazing and SO unique!

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    Jennifer — March 22, 2011 @ 3:30 pm Reply

    What I love about your blog…wow where to start, I'll give my top 5reasons:)1. The ingredients you use are unique and fresh2. Spice combinations are phenomenal….it's like we have the same taste buds3. The photos you display are incredible they make every recipe that much more appealing4. I love the display of your blog, it's very user friendly5. You aren't afraid of bold dishes using a variety of meats and produceThank you and love your recipes and tips!!Jen

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    Thekdogs — March 22, 2011 @ 3:31 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary!

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    Fattyfile — March 22, 2011 @ 3:43 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary, Cara! Even though I quit my blog and have stopped reading most others, I still pop in here because I love seeing heart-healthy, creative recipes. I can't wait to make your sweet potato buffalo chicken skins!

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    JQBancroft — March 22, 2011 @ 3:46 pm Reply

    I've loved many of your recipes–but one of my favorite's is your strawberry coconut pancakes. My step-daughter who loves pancakes, adores these and I feel better knowing that while she eats sugary cereals and such for breakfast at her other house, she gets the luxury of pancakes that are more nutritious! Happy Blogiversary, and thanks for your all your points that inspire me when I don't know what to make for dinner!

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    Eav — March 22, 2011 @ 4:02 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary, Cara!

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    Chrysta — March 22, 2011 @ 4:04 pm Reply

    What an amazing giveaway. Really rocks! Thanks so much. Happy Blogiversary too!! I sooooo enjoy reading you site and always look forward to it. Beautiful photos and I always learn something new which I love. Keep on being awesome!

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    Suzy — March 22, 2011 @ 4:10 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary to my favorite go-to food blogger! To many more recipes, fab photos and blogiversaries!!

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    Ellen Benz — March 22, 2011 @ 4:14 pm Reply

    Hi Cara,Every Monday when I do my meal planning for the week, I use an assortment of recipes (from my recipe box, my various cookbooks, epicurious.com) and I so happy to have now added your blog to my recipe sources! I love the fact that there also so many vegetarian creative recipes! Keep them coming…..Ellen

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    Nive — March 22, 2011 @ 4:20 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway….love to win!!!ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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    Kathleen Gardner Pietrovito — March 22, 2011 @ 4:20 pm Reply

    Happy blog birthday, Cara! I'm so proud to say "I knew you when"! Your blog has undergone an amazing transformation. And I looooooove your most recent photos–they are getting better and better!

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    Lindsay — March 22, 2011 @ 4:21 pm Reply

    Congrats on 4 years! What I love most about your blog is how insanely creative you are! So different than how I cook, but that is what I like- it encourages me to try new things. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that you can throw around some serious iron!

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    Brie — March 22, 2011 @ 4:23 pm Reply

    I love that you are an awesome example of ladies lifting heavy and not being wimps!

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    Lizzy — March 22, 2011 @ 4:25 pm Reply

    One of my favorite things about you and your blog is your ability to take complicated ingredients and flavors and make them easy AND delicious. I absolutely adore your blog, and come to your blog first when I'm looking to make something using a specific ingredient. I have so many favorite things I've cooked from you. You are such an inspiration : )If I could win anything, I would want the weighlifting book. Only because I already have the immersion blender, get bon appetite and love TJs!!!

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    Anna M — March 22, 2011 @ 4:28 pm Reply

    Love your blog for inspiring me with new twists on food. Thanks!

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    Sara — March 22, 2011 @ 4:35 pm Reply

    I joined weight watchers back on january 2nd of this year and your blog has been such an amazing resource and inspiration for healthy recipes since I discovered it a few weeks ago. (Seriously – I'm making your Shrimp in Creamy Horseradish for the second week in a row tonight!)I've also discovered a love for weights and working out during the past month and a half and have lost 30 lbs so far! So, thank you for all the inspiration!!

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    DeeGeeRN — March 22, 2011 @ 4:36 pm Reply

    Love your blog & congrats! :)

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    adria — March 22, 2011 @ 4:38 pm Reply

    I found your site through a friend a while ago and find myself drooling over the recipes almost daily (while at work, pretending to be busy…). This one might take the cake…I mean, the title alone had me thinking "I like vanilla. And butternut squash. And kale. And OMG! Tahini!" Anyway, congratulations on your blog success! It's very difficult to do and it's nice that you remember the growth that took place over the years :)

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    Vigibson — March 22, 2011 @ 4:41 pm Reply

    Congratulations on the blogiversary! I've enjoyed reading it so much!! I hope you continue with healthy, yummy recipes that get me in the kitchen cooking. You are so talented.Keep up the great work and inspiring others. I can't believe this giveaway!! I'm really keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed because I want to win so bad! :)

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    Da Beans — March 22, 2011 @ 4:44 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! That is a really exciting and generous giveaway. I'm so excited to have found your blog. I always find wonderful recipes and motivations. Looking forward to what you have to come!

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    Cassie — March 22, 2011 @ 4:48 pm Reply

    Thanks for all the great recipes and happy blogiversary!

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    Prevention RD — March 22, 2011 @ 4:49 pm Reply

    That's what I love about your blog – so outside of the box! I hope to someday develop the skills to have that kitchen swagger and confidence. Until then, I will "cheat" off others as I slowly get braver and braver. I love th TJ's idea — I hope I'm that lucky reader & recipient! Keep up the great work, Cara! You were one of the first blogs I started reading and it has evolved so much! You should be proud!

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    Susan — March 22, 2011 @ 4:51 pm Reply

    I love reading your blog- that trader joes gift basket sounds amazing! Happy blogiversary!

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    Lauracoplon — March 22, 2011 @ 4:53 pm Reply

    I love reading your blog! We like the same kind of food- so I enjoy seeing what you've been up to lately in the kitchen! Happy 4 years!!!

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    Crystal — March 22, 2011 @ 4:53 pm Reply

    HI Cara,I love your blog, and am a bit addicted to it, I must admit! I started at your chocolate avocado brownies, and have recently made your asparagus soup. My 9 month old loved that! I'd make a recipe every day if I could :-) Thanks for sharing!All the best,C

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    Jennifurla — March 22, 2011 @ 5:06 pm Reply

    happy 4 years, I love the style you have. I can envision your blog in my head. Enter me please! I will take one of each! HA

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    Jaime G. — March 22, 2011 @ 5:13 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary! My favorite recipes on your site are the turkey burgers.

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    Deborah in Atlanta — March 22, 2011 @ 5:20 pm Reply

    I subscribe to your blog via e-mail and love it when I see I've received an e-mail from you. I HATE to cook. Simply HATE to do it, and I've found I get interested in at least a few things every once in a while from the updates you send me. So keep 'em comin' baby! dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Margaret — March 22, 2011 @ 5:21 pm Reply

    Happy blog anniversary! Thank you for hosting this great giveaway. I love everything you post! This is a fantastic way to celebrate. :)

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    Toby — March 22, 2011 @ 5:22 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I love reading your recipes :-)

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    Nicole — March 22, 2011 @ 5:23 pm Reply

    Your blog, and you, inspire me!

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    Kelsey — March 22, 2011 @ 5:25 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary, Cara! Your blog has become such a wonderful resource for original and healthy recipes as well as a beautiful site to look out. I love seeing your creativity in action. Keep up the great work!

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    kiramay — March 22, 2011 @ 5:27 pm Reply

    Happy Blog-iversary! Your blog continues to be one of my absolute favorites!

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    Jey — March 22, 2011 @ 5:45 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! 4 years is an incredible amount of time and even though I wasn't here at the beginning, I've seen your blog continue to grow.Here's to (at least!) 4 more years of amazing recipes!

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    Joanne — March 22, 2011 @ 6:03 pm Reply

    CARA!!!! Happy blog birthday my LOVE!!!I think we all look back on our old blog posts with a sense of nostalgia but also a bit sheepishly, because of how far we've come. I have to say, I've always loved your blog. You and I have such similar tastes in food that it's great to know I can always come here when I want to drool. This stew is just beautiful! I love the idea of vanilla in savory dishes…and tahini is always a favorite.

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    Lisa — March 22, 2011 @ 6:15 pm Reply

    Congrats on four years! I love that you post so many original recipes — it's what keeps me coming back.

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    Lisa Rotker — March 22, 2011 @ 6:22 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I enjoy reading your blog because what I cook is so plain and conventional. You are giving me inspiration to try new things and see if I can get my family to do so as well! thanks again! Your effort is certainly worth it!

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    Ariel D. — March 22, 2011 @ 6:26 pm Reply

    I've been faithfully reading your blog for over a year, yet this is my first comment! Happy Blogiversary! I must say that I blame you for breaking my immersion blender; I used it so often making cottage cheese mousse and pasta sauce (best idea ever!) that it eventually fell apart. And I just borrowed the "New Rules of Lifting" from my library, after you mentioned it in the chicken in almong-yogurt sauce post. I absolutely LOVE your creative recipes!

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    Bridget — March 22, 2011 @ 6:32 pm Reply

    I guess this means I shouldn't place my amazon order for New Rules until next week – just in case!

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    Marie — March 22, 2011 @ 7:09 pm Reply

    A friend just recommended your blog on Facebook. I can't wait to check out mirror your stuff.

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    Rachel Marcisin — March 22, 2011 @ 7:20 pm Reply

    Hello!! I love coming to your blog to find healthy recipes! You haven't let me down yet! :D

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    Christie — March 22, 2011 @ 7:27 pm Reply

    Horay Cara! Happy Blogiversary to you! I can't wait to try your slow cooker buffalo chicken sweet potato skins. Thanks for all you do and the wonderful recipes, photos, and the time you put into this blog. Keep up all the great work- we appreciate it!!!!-Christie from http://www.startingtosimmer.blogspot.com

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    becca — March 22, 2011 @ 7:38 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I don't really comment on blogs in general but figured I'd say hi!

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    Christina — March 22, 2011 @ 7:39 pm Reply

    Happy blogaversary! How exciting, 4 years! My that's a good amount of time there. The one thing I always love about your blog are your desserts. Oh man, I drool at my desk (I mean home office?? lol) all the time over them!

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    Yellowfish — March 22, 2011 @ 7:40 pm Reply

    I started reading your blog about a year ago, and always get excited when I see a post pop up in my google-reader, because I love how healthy yet flavorful the recipes are… everything I've made has been delicious!!

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    That Girl — March 22, 2011 @ 7:41 pm Reply

    I can't believe it's been 4 years. I still remember anxiously awaiting your wedding pictures and tearing up once you posted them!

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    janet — March 22, 2011 @ 8:13 pm Reply

    Just when I had used my last butternut squash, you throw me a beautiful, delicious recipe that has me drooling. :) I've made a similar recipe but it was much more toned down – squash, kale, raisins, coconut milk, vanilla, garam masala…. but I am itching to try your burst of flavour fusion. :)

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    Michelle — March 22, 2011 @ 8:22 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I have enjoyed reading how creative you are with your recipes and finding the perfect food combinations! Great giveaway prizes!

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    Hezzi-D — March 22, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Congrats on your 4th blogiversary! That's awesome!26summer at excite dot com

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    Jenn — March 22, 2011 @ 8:39 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! Very exciting.I LOVEEEEEE your pumpkin cheesecake mousse! Actually, all your recipes with pumpkin are amazing.

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    Marie — March 22, 2011 @ 9:15 pm Reply

    A friend of mine recommended your blog on Facebook. It looks like I'll have to do some digging around here. Some of your recipes sound delish!

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    Krystal R. — March 22, 2011 @ 9:17 pm Reply

    Congrats on your 4th Blogiversary! I love your pumpkin turkey chili…it's always a must when pumpkin is in season!!!

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    Brynn Hanson — March 22, 2011 @ 9:33 pm Reply

    A friend referred me to your blog. thank you for having so many GF choices with seasonal vegetables. Happy Blogiversary!

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    molly — March 22, 2011 @ 9:57 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I share your love of pumpkin and have found your blog to be great inspiration for new healthy recipes; thanks!

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    Brenda — March 22, 2011 @ 10:05 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! You inspire me :)

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — March 22, 2011 @ 10:18 pm Reply

    Cara – I've followed you since the very beginning, when we were all wedding planning. You were one of my inspirations for starting my blog in the first place. Happy anniversary to you, and I can't wait to follow along as you keep going! Congrats!

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    Amy Dawn Kirchhoff — March 22, 2011 @ 11:03 pm Reply

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, Cara. I'm a newer but avid follower. My favorite recipe so far is the Black Bean Tortilla Casserole using mild Rotel. And I still need to make the goat cheese chocolate cherry muffins the proper way. :) But I still liked the flavor combo.

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    beantownbaker — March 22, 2011 @ 11:28 pm Reply

    Congrats Cara! You know my favorite recipe from your blog – the pumpkin spice cheesecake brownies. YUM

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    Meghan — March 22, 2011 @ 11:38 pm Reply

    Happpyy blogiversary :)

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    Brandy Parker — March 23, 2011 @ 12:29 am Reply

    I can't wait to make this!

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    Nicole — March 23, 2011 @ 12:46 am Reply

    Oooh.. I'm a sucker for Trader Joes.. the closet one is 90 minutes away :(

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    Jessicaliyazhang — March 23, 2011 @ 12:53 am Reply

    tried the black bean and avocado brownies the other day- they were great! keep the great recipes coming :)

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    SB — March 23, 2011 @ 1:00 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! The recipe looks delicious and the prizes are amazing!

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    Linda Phillips — March 23, 2011 @ 1:00 am Reply

    Congrats on your blogiversary!

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    Yudith — March 23, 2011 @ 1:30 am Reply

    Happy blogiversary Cara, thanks for the giveaway :)

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    Susie — March 23, 2011 @ 1:39 am Reply

    Congrats on your blog turning 4! That is impressive…..I first found your blog through the What's cooking board on the Nest. The giveaway is very generous–great products!!

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    Heather T. — March 23, 2011 @ 1:46 am Reply

    Hi Cara!It has been far too long since I've looked at your blog, and talked with you! Now that I'm settled up here in VT, and looking to add more vegetarian meals to my diet, I will be looking here more often. I still need to make your Black Bean Tortilla casserole, and so many other recipes I've seen! It sounds like life is going well for you and Ben! Hope to catch up at some point!Love & Laughter,Heather (from the knot waaaaaaaaaay back when!)

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    Megan — March 23, 2011 @ 1:48 am Reply

    Congratulations! Your blog has definitely inspired me to try some new things! Thanks for being so passionate about living a healthy lifestyle!

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    Cara Craves... — March 23, 2011 @ 2:01 am Reply

    I love this blog as it always inspires me to think out of the box with my cooking and create things that are unique…i.e. fun flavor combinations.Your meals are so lovely and colourful; mouthwatering to say the least!So thanks!

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    Rebecca — March 23, 2011 @ 2:16 am Reply

    Mazel Tov on your 4th blogiversary! I only discovered your blog a few months ago, but I wish I had found it two years ago when I started eating basically the same way you do. It has been so helpful. As a grad student, I love the quick recipes, but I cant wait to try the rest when I graduate. Your recipes with protein powder have been so helpful! Before, I only used it as an addition to oatmeal. My favorite is the pumpkin protein breakfast cake, though I like it for dessert. I recently made it with a banana and chocolate protein. It tasted exactly like chocolate banana bread! I am looking forward to trying your Passover Prep recipes for this coming Passover! Could you do a post on where you look to get your inspiration for recipes (cookbooks, websites, other blogs, etc…)? Thanks!

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    JuLo — March 23, 2011 @ 3:15 am Reply

    Love that you redid your first recipe! Congrats!

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    Nina — March 23, 2011 @ 4:07 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! Congrats!

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    Carrie — March 23, 2011 @ 5:10 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! Since I'm in Thailand right now, I can't wait until I can try the Thai peanut pumpkin hummus you posted recently.

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    Alex — March 23, 2011 @ 12:10 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I always turn to your blog for great fish recipes. And your Haloumi is a personal favorite.

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    bmk — March 23, 2011 @ 12:20 pm Reply

    Congrats on your blogoversy. The Thai turkey burgers are on of our favorites!

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    Liz — March 23, 2011 @ 12:24 pm Reply

    Four years is quite impressive!!Thanks for all of the fantastic recipes. What a great combination of flavors.

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    branny — March 23, 2011 @ 12:52 pm Reply

    I really want to try that recipe, as you know. The vanilla is so intriguing. Happy blogiversary.

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    Natalie — March 23, 2011 @ 12:57 pm Reply

    Congrats on 4 years! You're an inspiration to us all -thanks for all of the yummy recipes.

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    A Rog — March 23, 2011 @ 12:59 pm Reply

    I bet the vanilla really cuts the bitterness of the kale, what a splendid recipe, congrats on your blogiversary!

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    first Last — March 23, 2011 @ 2:30 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! This is MY kind of giveaway! Love it!

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    Bianca Garcia — March 23, 2011 @ 2:49 pm Reply

    Hi Cara :) Happy blog anniversary! I'd love to win the immersion blender – I've been wanting one for a long time! Love your blog, especially the dessert recipes ;)

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    Kristen Larson — March 23, 2011 @ 3:45 pm Reply

    My favorite recipe so far is the Thai Chicken Flatbread Pizza, your blog has inspired me to cook and experience in the kitchen more! I have even invented my own pasta sauce that my husband and I both love and try to add something new to it every time. Also my husband has been trying to teach me how to lift weights, so that book would be amazing!Also I am keeping that Warriors Hot Cocca for that day when I need a boost. Can't wait.

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    Aimee — March 23, 2011 @ 3:55 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary, Cara! I was just turned onto your blog by fellow Boston bloggers and I am already loving it. Gorgeous pics and yummy recipes…what else can you ask for? Keep it up! :)

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    Katie @ The Well-Fed Newlyweds — March 23, 2011 @ 6:56 pm Reply

    I love your blog for the healthy recipes and unique flavor combinations!

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    Donna — March 23, 2011 @ 7:13 pm Reply

    Happy blog anniversary. Great giveaway. enjoy your day.

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    Hillary Gras — March 23, 2011 @ 7:20 pm Reply

    I LOVE your blog and discovered it through links from Healthy and Sane and Katheats. Your blog has such great, FRESH, flavor combinations that are to die for. Thanks for all that you do!

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    AmyBeth Tucker — March 23, 2011 @ 8:01 pm Reply

    Love your recipes!! Thanks for all the interesting new ideas!! =)

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    andrea spano — March 23, 2011 @ 9:48 pm Reply

    I love your recipes and would love to win a prize in honor of your anniversary!

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    Coleen Loer — March 23, 2011 @ 10:35 pm Reply

    I have many of your recipes bookmarked to try. I finally have time to try some new recipes.

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    Not_thekitchensink — March 24, 2011 @ 12:32 am Reply

    happy blogiversary and here's to many more! one of my favorite recipes of yours is the moroccan hummus (from a while back) which was absolutely fantastic! it was the first time any of us had hummus, so we had no benchmark, but still, it was great :)i'm hoping to make more of your soups, which is why an immersion blender would come in pretty handy! (hint) :D

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    Danielle Simmons — March 24, 2011 @ 2:47 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I'd love to win :)

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    Hvanbrackel — March 24, 2011 @ 2:47 am Reply

    I just recently found your blog through a friend's Facebook post and I have already made some of your recipes. I love your blog!

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    grace — March 24, 2011 @ 7:18 am Reply

    i can't say that i've ever CRAVED kale, but this is an awesome stew. i love the variety of colors, textures, and flavors. nice redo, and congrats on the milestone!

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} — March 24, 2011 @ 3:06 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I look forward to trying some of your delicious creations for passover!

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    Cathy — March 24, 2011 @ 3:07 pm Reply

    congrats on 4 years!

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    Aubreyfick — March 24, 2011 @ 3:08 pm Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! :)aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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    Allison @ foodforhealing.ca — March 24, 2011 @ 3:09 pm Reply

    i couldn't see if it was for canadians as well?I'm give it a whirl anyways, I would love to win a giveaway one day. this looks like such a fun giveaway!Happy Blogiversary!

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    steff (steffsays) — March 24, 2011 @ 3:12 pm Reply

    what a great giveaway! happy blogiversary!!

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    Abramos — March 24, 2011 @ 3:59 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary!!I just love your blog and I use it as a way to get me through my day.

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    Jacqui — March 24, 2011 @ 4:01 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary! That soup looks yummy!

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    Hlnoonan — March 24, 2011 @ 4:52 pm Reply

    Just ordered the New Rules of Lifting. I lift regularly, and would love to see more women in the weights area. I haven't bulked up, and it's much easier than fitting in cardio 3x a week!

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    Anne — March 24, 2011 @ 5:14 pm Reply

    A hand blender seems like an awesome idea! I hate having to clean an entire blender when I want to puree a soup or smoothie. Great idea and happy blog birthday!

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    emily — March 24, 2011 @ 7:09 pm Reply

    happy blogoversary! found my way here a year or so ago from my friend kira at cook, pray, love.

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    Karla — March 24, 2011 @ 7:42 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I hope you have many many more because I love your blog! Love the recipes, but also the way your personality comes through when you write :)

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    fooddreamer — March 24, 2011 @ 7:50 pm Reply

    Happy 4 years to you! One of the first recipes I ever saved was from your blog, but I have to confess, I can't remember which one it was!

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    Shannon — March 24, 2011 @ 8:17 pm Reply

    oh my gosh, 4 years?!?! congrats!! i Love love love this recipe, and how you came to it :) will be giving it a go at some point!

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    Daisy — March 24, 2011 @ 8:54 pm Reply

    Happy 4th Birthday Cara's Cravings. Your soup looks fantastic! You are so thoughtful to offer four fabulous gifts!! yay :)

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    Macaroni and Cheesecake — March 25, 2011 @ 3:05 am Reply

    Love your blog! You make such creative, healthy & delicious recipes! Congratulations on 4 years! :)

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    Natalie — March 25, 2011 @ 6:04 am Reply

    Congrats on four wonderful years! I've been reading your blog for a while now and I remember getting hooked from your pumpkin-swirled cheesecake brownies and Thai peanut turkey burgers. Delish :) This stew sounds great as well, and I'm glad you went with your gut. All the best,Natalieperrysplate@gmail.com

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    Marla {family fresh cooking} — March 25, 2011 @ 12:10 pm Reply

    Cara, happy blogiversary to you! So exciting. This recipe portrays you perfectly. Creative, healthy & alive! Wonderful of you to offer this awesome giveaway to celebrate. Please count me in on the fun.

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    tiff — March 25, 2011 @ 1:16 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary! What a great giveaway. I read your blog because of the WC message board.

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    Jen O'Leary — March 25, 2011 @ 3:05 pm Reply

    Congrats on the Blogiversary! I just discovered your blog recently through Tastespotting and love how you include the nutritional info!

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    Christy — March 25, 2011 @ 3:15 pm Reply

    Happy blog anniversary!!! I just found your blog the other day and am planning to cook this recipe this weekend. Mmmm, vanilla.

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    Sullik53 — March 25, 2011 @ 3:43 pm Reply

    Happy, Happy Blogiversaey Cara!!! I am having your Shrimp in Creamy Horseradish Sauce for dinner tonight. It has become a Friday Favorite around here. I so enjoy your blog and the many new dishes that I have created as a result. Thank you!

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    Runblondie26 — March 25, 2011 @ 4:28 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary! Love your creative and original recipes.

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    Amy Spencer — March 25, 2011 @ 5:00 pm Reply

    This is my first time on your blog but I am now adding it to my blog reader and look forward to trying out some of your delicious sounding recipes! Happy blogiversary!

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    t a — March 25, 2011 @ 5:01 pm Reply

    Happy Blog Birthday!

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    Amy — March 25, 2011 @ 5:12 pm Reply

    Happy Blog-iversary, Cara!!

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    Daisysle — March 25, 2011 @ 5:15 pm Reply

    My most favorite recipe that I have tried from your blog is SPBBB, sweet potato black bean burritos. Which I believe comes from a Moosewood cook book!!

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    Nikki — March 25, 2011 @ 5:36 pm Reply

    I am pretty new to your blog but loving it!!! Happy 4 years :)

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    Sheriberberian — March 25, 2011 @ 5:59 pm Reply

    I've just started following your blog and I'm really looking forward to trying out some of your recipes. Congratulations on 4 years!

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    Lori — March 25, 2011 @ 6:55 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!

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    Lisa @ Cow Spots and Tales — March 25, 2011 @ 6:58 pm Reply

    Congrats on 4 great years!! It is super fun to go back through some of your first posts (I do this too, even though I don't have nearly as much history on the web as you do.)Fantastic giveaway… I would be thrilled with any of these items. :-)

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    Lindsay Tritabaugh — March 25, 2011 @ 7:27 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! Who would have thought to be put vanilla in a stew?! Sounds wonderful. I have read about the NROLW on several different blogs/message boards. I guess it's time I check it out.

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    Allison — March 25, 2011 @ 9:43 pm Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this giveaway!

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    Allan — March 25, 2011 @ 10:10 pm Reply

    I love squash, kale and peanut butter. I love that you provide the nutritional Info for your original creations. Thank you and keep the yumminess coming!

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    Kelli — March 25, 2011 @ 10:56 pm Reply

    Congrats on the blogiversary!

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    Kaley Harrison — March 25, 2011 @ 11:24 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I really enjoy your blog and recipes and love testing them out on my husband. Here is to many more blog posts!

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    Kim — March 26, 2011 @ 3:35 am Reply

    Happy blogiversary! I'm a newbie here, but the couple of recipes I've tried have been phenomenal. Your beet latkes w/ avocado crema are going to drive me to buy up every beet I come in contact with from this day forward. Looking forward to more!

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    Christine — March 26, 2011 @ 2:29 pm Reply

    wow "the new rules of lifting for women" sounds awesome! I would love to read that book!!! Loving the blog :)

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    D. — March 26, 2011 @ 2:53 pm Reply

    Cara,Congrats! Your blog is beautiful. Keep doing what you do! Also, what fabulous giveaways!! I would have such a hard time picking.

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    Webmailaddress2 — March 26, 2011 @ 8:05 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary! I LOVE Trader Joe's!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Lilola — March 26, 2011 @ 11:09 pm Reply

    I stop by periodically, I guess I'm a lurker. Thanx for being there!

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    Allan — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    I love squash, kale and peanut butter. I love that you provide the nutritional Info for your original creations. Thank you and keep the yumminess coming!

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    Macaroni and Cheesecake — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Love your blog! You make such creative, healthy & delicious recipes! Congratulations on 4 years! :)

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    Natalie — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Congrats on 4 years! You're an inspiration to us all -thanks for all of the yummy recipes.

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    JuLo — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Love that you redid your first recipe! Congrats!

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    That Girl — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    I can't believe it's been 4 years. I still remember anxiously awaiting your wedding pictures and tearing up once you posted them!

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    Marie — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    A friend just recommended your blog on Facebook. I can't wait to check out mirror your stuff.

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    DeeGeeRN — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Love your blog & congrats! :)

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    Amy — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! I absolutely love your blog. It inspires me to try new things and cook healthier!

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    Alyce — March 27, 2011 @ 7:03 am Reply

    Hi Cara! Happy blogiversary! As I've mentioned to you before on FB I absolutly love your blog. Everything that I have tried from your blog have been wonderful. It's honestly hard to pick just one recipe. Your blog has given my hubby and I hope that eating healthy isn't boring nor does it taste boring. Thanks again!

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    Bridget — March 27, 2011 @ 12:11 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary Cara!! I think I told you this when we first met, but I found your blog a long time ago from your knot.com profile! Too funny! Even funnier that we were a year apart in high school haha!Here's to many more blog years :)

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    Allison — March 27, 2011 @ 3:09 pm Reply

    Happy bloggiversary! :)

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    Sarah S — March 27, 2011 @ 3:09 pm Reply

    I love your blog! You have beautiful pictures and are always posting recipes I would like to try.

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    kristen — March 27, 2011 @ 5:40 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! I love your creativeness and the flavor combos you use, it's mouth-watering! Keep it up!

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    Kara Dykstra — March 27, 2011 @ 6:59 pm Reply

    I really enjoy your creative and nutritious recipes, and your name! :)

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    mcintosh — March 27, 2011 @ 9:10 pm Reply

    Well honestly I just started reading your blog recently but have continued because of your great recipes and ideas and well…just fun blog (:I'm moving into a new apt. this week with pretty much nothing so any of the prizes would be spectacular but wow…an immersion blender or the TJ's basket would be amazing apt.-warmers.Happy Blogiversary and glad to have found you!

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    KC — March 28, 2011 @ 1:45 am Reply

    Congratulations on a great four years of sharing and learning! I love the "accessibility" of most of your recipes. I know I'll find something that is manageable, fresh and connected to foods I like! Keep up the good work – and thanks for your idea of gift-giving to your readers. That's very generous of you! Keep cooking~

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    Becky — March 28, 2011 @ 2:44 am Reply

    Hi Cara!

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    Laura V. — March 28, 2011 @ 3:09 am Reply

    I made the mexican lasagna the one time with the layer tortilla shells–it was fabulous!!!

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    Lindsay Tjarks — March 28, 2011 @ 4:25 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I just love reading your blog! You have wonderful recipes! Thanks for the great giveaway! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!!!

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    Lindsey — March 28, 2011 @ 4:45 am Reply

    I love your blog!

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    Lindsay — March 28, 2011 @ 4:48 am Reply

    I haven't been a reader for too long, but whenever I read and check in on your blog I find a recipe I KNOW I can make and enjoy. I am a meat eater and I feel like alot of bloggers dont cook or eat meat, so finding a blogger that does makes my stomach very happy! I would love to win the Trader Joe's Goodies as I dont have a Trader Joe's in my area.

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    Mrsmariasousa — March 28, 2011 @ 1:20 pm Reply

    Great giveaways! Wow! Congrats on your blogiversary! I LOVE your recipes and other posts! great work, Cara.

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    Moe — March 28, 2011 @ 2:24 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! Love reading your blog!

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    Katrina K. — March 28, 2011 @ 2:34 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! I've followed you since you started the blog 4 years ago and still love your recipes. Your mexican casserole dish ("Did I say you could have a bite" and wagon wheel pasta are two of our go-to meals.

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    Karyn Bailey Smith — March 28, 2011 @ 2:41 pm Reply

    You have such a great blog… congrats on 4 years!!

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    Carolyn — March 28, 2011 @ 6:07 pm Reply

    I love your blog! So many of your recipes are favorites in our house now!

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    Katie S. — March 28, 2011 @ 7:46 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I love that you post so many original, healthy recipes on your blog. As a fellow fan, I'm also happy that you include so many pumpkin and squash recipes! :)

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    Hezzi-D — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Congrats on your 4th blogiversary! That's awesome!26summer at excite dot com

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    Jenn — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! Very exciting.I LOVEEEEEE your pumpkin cheesecake mousse! Actually, all your recipes with pumpkin are amazing.

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    Marie — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    A friend of mine recommended your blog on Facebook. It looks like I'll have to do some digging around here. Some of your recipes sound delish!

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    Krystal R. — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Congrats on your 4th Blogiversary! I love your pumpkin turkey chili…it's always a must when pumpkin is in season!!!

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    Brynn Hanson — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    A friend referred me to your blog. thank you for having so many GF choices with seasonal vegetables. Happy Blogiversary!

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    molly — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I share your love of pumpkin and have found your blog to be great inspiration for new healthy recipes; thanks!

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    Brenda — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! You inspire me :)

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Cara – I've followed you since the very beginning, when we were all wedding planning. You were one of my inspirations for starting my blog in the first place. Happy anniversary to you, and I can't wait to follow along as you keep going! Congrats!

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    Amy Dawn Kirchhoff — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, Cara. I'm a newer but avid follower. My favorite recipe so far is the Black Bean Tortilla Casserole using mild Rotel. And I still need to make the goat cheese chocolate cherry muffins the proper way. :) But I still liked the flavor combo.

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    beantownbaker — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Congrats Cara! You know my favorite recipe from your blog – the pumpkin spice cheesecake brownies. YUM

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    Meghan — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Happpyy blogiversary :)

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    Brandy Parker — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    I can't wait to make this!

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    Nicole — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Oooh.. I'm a sucker for Trader Joes.. the closet one is 90 minutes away :(

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    Jessicaliyazhang — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    tried the black bean and avocado brownies the other day- they were great! keep the great recipes coming :)

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    SB — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! The recipe looks delicious and the prizes are amazing!

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    SB — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! The recipe looks delicious and the prizes are amazing!

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    Yudith — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Happy blogiversary Cara, thanks for the giveaway :)

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    Susie — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Congrats on your blog turning 4! That is impressive…..I first found your blog through the What's cooking board on the Nest. The giveaway is very generous–great products!!

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    Susie — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Congrats on your blog turning 4! That is impressive…..I first found your blog through the What's cooking board on the Nest. The giveaway is very generous–great products!!

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    Heather T. — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Hi Cara!It has been far too long since I've looked at your blog, and talked with you! Now that I'm settled up here in VT, and looking to add more vegetarian meals to my diet, I will be looking here more often. I still need to make your Black Bean Tortilla casserole, and so many other recipes I've seen! It sounds like life is going well for you and Ben! Hope to catch up at some point!Love & Laughter,Heather (from the knot waaaaaaaaaay back when!)

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    Heather T. — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Hi Cara!It has been far too long since I've looked at your blog, and talked with you! Now that I'm settled up here in VT, and looking to add more vegetarian meals to my diet, I will be looking here more often. I still need to make your Black Bean Tortilla casserole, and so many other recipes I've seen! It sounds like life is going well for you and Ben! Hope to catch up at some point!Love & Laughter,Heather (from the knot waaaaaaaaaay back when!)

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    Megan — March 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    Congratulations! Your blog has definitely inspired me to try some new things! Thanks for being so passionate about living a healthy lifestyle!

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    Linda Phillips — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Congrats on your blogiversary!

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    Cara Craves... — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    I love this blog as it always inspires me to think out of the box with my cooking and create things that are unique…i.e. fun flavor combinations.Your meals are so lovely and colourful; mouthwatering to say the least!So thanks!

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    Alex — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I always turn to your blog for great fish recipes. And your Haloumi is a personal favorite.

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    branny — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    I really want to try that recipe, as you know. The vanilla is so intriguing. Happy blogiversary.

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    A Rog — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    I bet the vanilla really cuts the bitterness of the kale, what a splendid recipe, congrats on your blogiversary!

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    first Last — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! This is MY kind of giveaway! Love it!

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    Bianca Garcia — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Hi Cara :) Happy blog anniversary! I'd love to win the immersion blender – I've been wanting one for a long time! Love your blog, especially the dessert recipes ;)

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    Donna — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Happy blog anniversary. Great giveaway. enjoy your day.

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    AmyBeth Tucker — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Love your recipes!! Thanks for all the interesting new ideas!! =)

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    andrea spano — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    I love your recipes and would love to win a prize in honor of your anniversary!

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    Danielle Simmons — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I'd love to win :)

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I look forward to trying some of your delicious creations for passover!

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    Nina — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! Congrats!

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    Carrie — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! Since I'm in Thailand right now, I can't wait until I can try the Thai peanut pumpkin hummus you posted recently.

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    Kelli — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Congrats on the blogiversary!

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    Lindsay Tritabaugh — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! Who would have thought to be put vanilla in a stew?! Sounds wonderful. I have read about the NROLW on several different blogs/message boards. I guess it's time I check it out.

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    Lori — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!

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    Sheriberberian — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    I've just started following your blog and I'm really looking forward to trying out some of your recipes. Congratulations on 4 years!

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    Amy — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Happy Blog-iversary, Cara!!

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    Runblondie26 — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Happy blogiversary! Love your creative and original recipes.

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    Sullik53 — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Happy, Happy Blogiversaey Cara!!! I am having your Shrimp in Creamy Horseradish Sauce for dinner tonight. It has become a Friday Favorite around here. I so enjoy your blog and the many new dishes that I have created as a result. Thank you!

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    Jen O'Leary — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Congrats on the Blogiversary! I just discovered your blog recently through Tastespotting and love how you include the nutritional info!

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    Allison — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this giveaway!

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    Natalie — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Congrats on four wonderful years! I've been reading your blog for a while now and I remember getting hooked from your pumpkin-swirled cheesecake brownies and Thai peanut turkey burgers. Delish :) This stew sounds great as well, and I'm glad you went with your gut. All the best,Natalieperrysplate@gmail.com

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    fooddreamer — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Happy 4 years to you! One of the first recipes I ever saved was from your blog, but I have to confess, I can't remember which one it was!

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    emily — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    happy blogoversary! found my way here a year or so ago from my friend kira at cook, pray, love.

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    Anne — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    A hand blender seems like an awesome idea! I hate having to clean an entire blender when I want to puree a soup or smoothie. Great idea and happy blog birthday!

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    Jacqui — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Happy blogiversary! That soup looks yummy!

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    steff (steffsays) — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    what a great giveaway! happy blogiversary!!

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    Allison @ foodforhealing.ca — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    i couldn't see if it was for canadians as well?I'm give it a whirl anyways, I would love to win a giveaway one day. this looks like such a fun giveaway!Happy Blogiversary!

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I look forward to trying some of your delicious creations for passover!

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    Hvanbrackel — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    I just recently found your blog through a friend's Facebook post and I have already made some of your recipes. I love your blog!

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    Not_thekitchensink — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    happy blogiversary and here's to many more! one of my favorite recipes of yours is the moroccan hummus (from a while back) which was absolutely fantastic! it was the first time any of us had hummus, so we had no benchmark, but still, it was great :)i'm hoping to make more of your soups, which is why an immersion blender would come in pretty handy! (hint) :D

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    andrea spano — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    I love your recipes and would love to win a prize in honor of your anniversary!

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    Hillary Gras — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    I LOVE your blog and discovered it through links from Healthy and Sane and Katheats. Your blog has such great, FRESH, flavor combinations that are to die for. Thanks for all that you do!

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    Katie @ The Well-Fed Newlyweds — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    I love your blog for the healthy recipes and unique flavor combinations!

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I look forward to trying some of your delicious creations for passover!

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    Jacqui — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy blogiversary! That soup looks yummy!

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    Not_thekitchensink — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    happy blogiversary and here's to many more! one of my favorite recipes of yours is the moroccan hummus (from a while back) which was absolutely fantastic! it was the first time any of us had hummus, so we had no benchmark, but still, it was great :)i'm hoping to make more of your soups, which is why an immersion blender would come in pretty handy! (hint) :D

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    Allison — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this giveaway!

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    Sullik53 — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy, Happy Blogiversaey Cara!!! I am having your Shrimp in Creamy Horseradish Sauce for dinner tonight. It has become a Friday Favorite around here. I so enjoy your blog and the many new dishes that I have created as a result. Thank you!

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    Sheriberberian — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I've just started following your blog and I'm really looking forward to trying out some of your recipes. Congratulations on 4 years!

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    Kelli — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congrats on the blogiversary!

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I look forward to trying some of your delicious creations for passover!

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    AmyBeth Tucker — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Love your recipes!! Thanks for all the interesting new ideas!! =)

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    Donna — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy blog anniversary. Great giveaway. enjoy your day.

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    branny — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I really want to try that recipe, as you know. The vanilla is so intriguing. Happy blogiversary.

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    Cara Craves... — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I love this blog as it always inspires me to think out of the box with my cooking and create things that are unique…i.e. fun flavor combinations.Your meals are so lovely and colourful; mouthwatering to say the least!So thanks!

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    Heather T. — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Hi Cara!It has been far too long since I've looked at your blog, and talked with you! Now that I'm settled up here in VT, and looking to add more vegetarian meals to my diet, I will be looking here more often. I still need to make your Black Bean Tortilla casserole, and so many other recipes I've seen! It sounds like life is going well for you and Ben! Hope to catch up at some point!Love & Laughter,Heather (from the knot waaaaaaaaaay back when!)

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    Yudith — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy blogiversary Cara, thanks for the giveaway :)

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    Jessicaliyazhang — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    tried the black bean and avocado brownies the other day- they were great! keep the great recipes coming :)

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    Brandy Parker — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I can't wait to make this!

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    Amy Dawn Kirchhoff — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, Cara. I'm a newer but avid follower. My favorite recipe so far is the Black Bean Tortilla Casserole using mild Rotel. And I still need to make the goat cheese chocolate cherry muffins the proper way. :) But I still liked the flavor combo.

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    molly — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I share your love of pumpkin and have found your blog to be great inspiration for new healthy recipes; thanks!

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    Marie — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    A friend of mine recommended your blog on Facebook. It looks like I'll have to do some digging around here. Some of your recipes sound delish!

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    Carolyn — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I love your blog! So many of your recipes are favorites in our house now!

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    Katrina K. — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! I've followed you since you started the blog 4 years ago and still love your recipes. Your mexican casserole dish ("Did I say you could have a bite" and wagon wheel pasta are two of our go-to meals.

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    Mrsmariasousa — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Great giveaways! Wow! Congrats on your blogiversary! I LOVE your recipes and other posts! great work, Cara.

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    Lindsay — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I haven't been a reader for too long, but whenever I read and check in on your blog I find a recipe I KNOW I can make and enjoy. I am a meat eater and I feel like alot of bloggers dont cook or eat meat, so finding a blogger that does makes my stomach very happy! I would love to win the Trader Joe's Goodies as I dont have a Trader Joe's in my area.

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    Lindsay Tjarks — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I just love reading your blog! You have wonderful recipes! Thanks for the great giveaway! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!!!

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    Laura V. — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I made the mexican lasagna the one time with the layer tortilla shells–it was fabulous!!!

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    mcintosh — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Well honestly I just started reading your blog recently but have continued because of your great recipes and ideas and well…just fun blog (:I'm moving into a new apt. this week with pretty much nothing so any of the prizes would be spectacular but wow…an immersion blender or the TJ's basket would be amazing apt.-warmers.Happy Blogiversary and glad to have found you!

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    kristen — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! I love your creativeness and the flavor combos you use, it's mouth-watering! Keep it up!

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    Sarah S — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I love your blog! You have beautiful pictures and are always posting recipes I would like to try.

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    Allison — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy bloggiversary! :)

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    Amy — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! I absolutely love your blog. It inspires me to try new things and cook healthier!

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    Macaroni and Cheesecake — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Love your blog! You make such creative, healthy & delicious recipes! Congratulations on 4 years! :)

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    Lilola — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I stop by periodically, I guess I'm a lurker. Thanx for being there!

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    D. — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Cara,Congrats! Your blog is beautiful. Keep doing what you do! Also, what fabulous giveaways!! I would have such a hard time picking.

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    Kelli — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congrats on the blogiversary!

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    Lindsay Tritabaugh — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! Who would have thought to be put vanilla in a stew?! Sounds wonderful. I have read about the NROLW on several different blogs/message boards. I guess it's time I check it out.

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    Nikki — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I am pretty new to your blog but loving it!!! Happy 4 years :)

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    Jen O'Leary — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congrats on the Blogiversary! I just discovered your blog recently through Tastespotting and love how you include the nutritional info!

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    Macaroni and Cheesecake — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Love your blog! You make such creative, healthy & delicious recipes! Congratulations on 4 years! :)

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    Karla — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I hope you have many many more because I love your blog! Love the recipes, but also the way your personality comes through when you write :)

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    Hlnoonan — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Just ordered the New Rules of Lifting. I lift regularly, and would love to see more women in the weights area. I haven't bulked up, and it's much easier than fitting in cardio 3x a week!

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    Allison @ foodforhealing.ca — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    i couldn't see if it was for canadians as well?I'm give it a whirl anyways, I would love to win a giveaway one day. this looks like such a fun giveaway!Happy Blogiversary!

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    Coleen Loer — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I have many of your recipes bookmarked to try. I finally have time to try some new recipes.

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    AmyBeth Tucker — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Love your recipes!! Thanks for all the interesting new ideas!! =)

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    Aimee — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary, Cara! I was just turned onto your blog by fellow Boston bloggers and I am already loving it. Gorgeous pics and yummy recipes…what else can you ask for? Keep it up! :)

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    Bianca Garcia — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Hi Cara :) Happy blog anniversary! I'd love to win the immersion blender – I've been wanting one for a long time! Love your blog, especially the dessert recipes ;)

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    Natalie — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congrats on 4 years! You're an inspiration to us all -thanks for all of the yummy recipes.

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    bmk — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congrats on your blogoversy. The Thai turkey burgers are on of our favorites!

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    Rebecca — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Mazel Tov on your 4th blogiversary! I only discovered your blog a few months ago, but I wish I had found it two years ago when I started eating basically the same way you do. It has been so helpful. As a grad student, I love the quick recipes, but I cant wait to try the rest when I graduate. Your recipes with protein powder have been so helpful! Before, I only used it as an addition to oatmeal. My favorite is the pumpkin protein breakfast cake, though I like it for dessert. I recently made it with a banana and chocolate protein. It tasted exactly like chocolate banana bread! I am looking forward to trying your Passover Prep recipes for this coming Passover! Could you do a post on where you look to get your inspiration for recipes (cookbooks, websites, other blogs, etc…)? Thanks!

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    Megan — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congratulations! Your blog has definitely inspired me to try some new things! Thanks for being so passionate about living a healthy lifestyle!

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    Susie — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congrats on your blog turning 4! That is impressive…..I first found your blog through the What's cooking board on the Nest. The giveaway is very generous–great products!!

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    Yudith — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy blogiversary Cara, thanks for the giveaway :)

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    SB — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! The recipe looks delicious and the prizes are amazing!

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    Meghan — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happpyy blogiversary :)

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    Brenda — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! You inspire me :)

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    Krystal R. — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congrats on your 4th Blogiversary! I love your pumpkin turkey chili…it's always a must when pumpkin is in season!!!

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    Hezzi-D — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Congrats on your 4th blogiversary! That's awesome!26summer at excite dot com

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    janet — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Just when I had used my last butternut squash, you throw me a beautiful, delicious recipe that has me drooling. :) I've made a similar recipe but it was much more toned down – squash, kale, raisins, coconut milk, vanilla, garam masala…. but I am itching to try your burst of flavour fusion. :)

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    becca — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I don't really comment on blogs in general but figured I'd say hi!

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    Rachel Marcisin — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Hello!! I love coming to your blog to find healthy recipes! You haven't let me down yet! :D

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    Ariel D. — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I've been faithfully reading your blog for over a year, yet this is my first comment! Happy Blogiversary! I must say that I blame you for breaking my immersion blender; I used it so often making cottage cheese mousse and pasta sauce (best idea ever!) that it eventually fell apart. And I just borrowed the "New Rules of Lifting" from my library, after you mentioned it in the chicken in almong-yogurt sauce post. I absolutely LOVE your creative recipes!

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    Joanne — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    CARA!!!! Happy blog birthday my LOVE!!!I think we all look back on our old blog posts with a sense of nostalgia but also a bit sheepishly, because of how far we've come. I have to say, I've always loved your blog. You and I have such similar tastes in food that it's great to know I can always come here when I want to drool. This stew is just beautiful! I love the idea of vanilla in savory dishes…and tahini is always a favorite.

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    Kelsey — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy blogiversary, Cara! Your blog has become such a wonderful resource for original and healthy recipes as well as a beautiful site to look out. I love seeing your creativity in action. Keep up the great work!

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    Nicole — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Your blog, and you, inspire me!

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    Toby — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I love reading your recipes :-)

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    Jaime G. — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy blogiversary! My favorite recipes on your site are the turkey burgers.

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    Crystal — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    HI Cara,I love your blog, and am a bit addicted to it, I must admit! I started at your chocolate avocado brownies, and have recently made your asparagus soup. My 9 month old loved that! I'd make a recipe every day if I could :-) Thanks for sharing!All the best,C

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    Susan — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I love reading your blog- that trader joes gift basket sounds amazing! Happy blogiversary!

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    Anna M — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Love your blog for inspiring me with new twists on food. Thanks!

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    Kathleen Gardner Pietrovito — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy blog birthday, Cara! I'm so proud to say "I knew you when"! Your blog has undergone an amazing transformation. And I looooooove your most recent photos–they are getting better and better!

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    Chrysta — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    What an amazing giveaway. Really rocks! Thanks so much. Happy Blogiversary too!! I sooooo enjoy reading you site and always look forward to it. Beautiful photos and I always learn something new which I love. Keep on being awesome!

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    JQBancroft — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I've loved many of your recipes–but one of my favorite's is your strawberry coconut pancakes. My step-daughter who loves pancakes, adores these and I feel better knowing that while she eats sugary cereals and such for breakfast at her other house, she gets the luxury of pancakes that are more nutritious! Happy Blogiversary, and thanks for your all your points that inspire me when I don't know what to make for dinner!

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    Kristin — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I have just discovered your web site, and the recipes have been wonderful! I am excited to wake up each morning and see what new recipes our family can try. Thank you for taking us out of the boring old chicken routine and bringing things that are new and fresh to the table. We are especially excited to try the pumpkin dishes. Great idea, and happy blogiversary!

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    Meredyth H — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy 4th Birthday! Just want you to know that I love the blog, love the food, love the photography, and I hope there's a lot more to come! I'm also a fan of mashing together whatever flavors I feel like… most of the time the results are surprisingly delicious. Thanks for all the great recipes!

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    Pamela — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Your blog is lovely, your recipes are creative, and your food is always tasty. I've recommended your blog to SO many friends in the past few months, and they, too, are equally impressed. Happy Blog-iversary! As for your giveaways…here I am! All the gifts sound awesome, how would one choose? Hopefully I'll be #4 and won't have to. :)

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    RichardPF — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary, and best wishes for many more. Sorry I did not get to meet you at the Seafood show.

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    Dawn Hutchins — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Bloggiversary girl! Your blog is one of my most favorites as we have such similar tastes. Keep up the good work!

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    Cate — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I'm LOVING the meatless meals you've been posting… keep them coming!

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    shelby — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I enjoy your blog because you make things that are so creative and different from all of the other cooking/recipe blogs I read. Happy blog birthday!

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    Katie @ HWS — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blog Anniversary to you!!! I will never forget the first time I tried one of your recipes – pumpkin pasta. The idea of blending cottage cheese into the sauce for creaminess was GENIUS! I was head over heels! :)

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    d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I definitely need to get myself a copy of that book – ever since I started lifting I've been looking for good advice to keep my biceps from bulking up like a man while still doing exercises to tone. Happy blogiversary!

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    CasualDish — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogivesary! I love all your healthy dishes, you have given me so much inspiration, I really enjoy reading your blog!

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    Shawna — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Hi Cara! Congratulations on your Blogaversary and many more to come!!!! :)

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    Marilyn — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I remember reading your blog when we were all discussing wedding plans! Time is sure flying by!

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    Missy — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I loved your series of protein powder recipes – all of them were fabulous! I always love pumpkin/kabocha/butternut anything :)!Happy Blogiversary and thank you for your giveaway! Awesome prizes!

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    Melissa — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I'm so glad I learned about your blog. I love reading your recipes and your photos are beautiful. You've inspired a few of my meals lately and I've recommended your blog to other people looking for healthy meal ideas. I'd love to see what you put into the Trader Joe's surprise box! I love TJs :) I also love the Moosewood cookbook; my mom has it. I've been to the restaurant in Ithaca and they have great vegetarian options!

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    Kaite — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    I love your site because you use and combine such different ingredients…gets me to experiment outside my normal comfort zone!

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    Carmen — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blog Birthday! I love to read your blog because it has great, healthy recipes that don't compromise on taste. I also respect and relate to your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for sharing such great pictures and food with us.

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    Danella — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! I absolutely love your blog. I've tried so many of your wonderful recipes and I've never been disappointed. Thanks for all of the work that you do to keep us all inspired!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Yay, happy blog anniversary. Fourth? Awesome!!I've tried many of your recipes and have liked every one. The ones that jump out are the haloumi with lemon caper sauce, a Mexican shrimp dish and protein pancakes. Here's to another 4 years of blogging!PS – I'd love gift #2… just because I already have the other ones :)

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    Jenna — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    i love your blog! it was one of the first i subscribed to in my google reader!

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    Ljyoung85 — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! What a generous giveaway. I'm looking forward to many more years of delicious posts!

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    Nisrine M. — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Happy blog birthday, Cara!What a nice surprise vanilla is in this stew. It must taste fabulously exotic. The weightlifting book sounds interesting.

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    Cynthia Scarpa — April 5, 2011 @ 2:46 am Reply

    Not sure if it is too late (I saw that you were still taking entries a few days ago on my phone, but haven't been on my comp to post!) I am so happy that you entered the blogging world 4 years ago, because a year and a half ago you inspired me to get more creative in the kitchen, take risks and make smarter substitutions. Thank you for helping me become a healthier and more satisfied woman!

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    Stephanie S — February 28, 2012 @ 11:05 pm Reply

    Cara, Happy Blogiversary!! I’m fairly new to your blog and LOVE it! I literally bought a jar of tahini last weekend and have been looking for some different recipes to use it in (besides hummus). I can’t wait to try this one!! Thanks for all of the time and effort you put into your blog…your truly an inspiration.

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      Cara — February 29, 2012 @ 8:04 am

      Thanks Stephanie, that means a lot to me :) Glad you are enjoying the blog!

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    Yael — January 29, 2014 @ 4:29 pm Reply

    Congrats, Cara! I love reading your blog; I always get good ideas from you, even if I can never manage to follow a recipe to the letter.

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    April — January 29, 2014 @ 7:19 pm Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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