Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream (without an ice cream maker!)

I recently traveled to the Dominican Republic where I ate a lot of mango, absorbed a lot of seawater, got a lot of mosquito bites, and failed at trying to trick people into thinking that I spoke Spanish. One minute I’m asking this kid if he wants help making his toast, the next minute, I’m talking to his mom and the only thing I hear her say is “Soy….” then it’s just gibberish to me. Then I laugh along with her, I think she tells me to have a nice day (I hope), so I tell her likewise.

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Toasted Coconut Waffles

Unlike pancakes, waffles don’t have to be drawn into memes or cartoon characters on a griddle to catch anyone’s attention. Waffles are art all on their own.Waffles are beautiful: crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, with pockets perfect for holding syrup, strawberries, or practically anything. (They’re like the pockets of men’s jeans. I’ve seen guys hold iPads in their pockets. I’m lucky if the pocket on my jeans can hold a chap stick.)

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Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls

Everyone loves Chipotle. At least everyone in the Tri State Area does. If you google things to do in New Jersey, the first thing that comes up is the Jersey Shore-the Atlantic looks beautiful and blue until you step in in and get tangled in kelp-y sludge. There’s also an aquarium with hippos.

So I can see how double scoops of marinated meat and legitimately seasoned food is very exciting over here.

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Gingerbread Muffins (100% whole wheat)

It’s the holiday season! Which means that it’s time to wrap yourself in lights and tinsel, stick some cinnamon scented pinecones up your nose, and live off of candy canes and the holiday spirit! And gingerbread! You can’t forget about gingerbread.

(I would also say that it’s also time to bundle up and waddle around like a penguin but here in New Jersey it’s the middle of December and the average temperature is 60° F. )

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