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French Macarons

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I am not going to lie, the macarons pictured are definitely my 2nd attempt! This French dessert is incredibly easy to prep, but very tricky when it comes to the baking process! The first batch I had made with my roommate, the batter looked beautiful, but cracked in the oven at 325 degrees.

My 2nd try I lowered the heat to 300 degrees while rotating the pan and they came out great, so I will spare you the head ache and two eggs!

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Vegan Thin Mint Bars

Vegan Thin Mint Bars

YES the filling is made with avocado, but you’d never know it!  The flavor of the peppermint extract hides any flavor of avocado, but the light creaminess of the avocado gives these bars a heavenly texture!

Even though these are technically dessert bars, they are packed with protein and superfoods.  Just like the avocado is hidden, so is the “healthy” flavor and nutritional benefits!

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City Press Juice & Bottle- Chicago

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2931 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60657

City Press Juice & Bottle is the dream of founders Anthony and Angela Maicki, recently located to Chicago from Detroit in 2011. This couple believes in the idea of food being medicine. Each of their juices, blends, and foods are created from organic whole foods with raw nutrition. The concept stems from a traditional Roman Café, which encompasses the sense of community, creativity, convenience, yet simplicity. Read more

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