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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    What’s Cooking?

    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Hillbilly Heaven.

We have officially entered the "eating healthy takeout” phase of our move.  You don’t think Qdoba is healthy?  I beg to differ.

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I got my standard “naked” burrito with double veggies, double salsas, a pile of lettuce…

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And a monstrous glob of guacamole.  No complaints here!

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Yum!  We actually got Qdoba our very first night in Charlotte, after driving 9 hours in our cars and moving truck, and then unloading the truck for hours.  It was like a beacon of light at the end of a torturously long move.  Pretty sure I slammed a full burrito that night.

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Yesterday I tried to be responsible by sitting down for a few hours to deal with setting up new utilities, cancelling old utilities, forwarding mail – all that good stuff.  One of the other tasks on my list was scheduling a large trash pickup.  For as long as we lived in Cincinnati, we always lived in a more urban-type neighborhood, where you simply take your trash and trashcans out to the curb, and they disappear every Tuesday morning.

After we moved here to Charlotte, we moved in and then happily piled all our garbage and boxes and things on the curb on our first trash night, only to find that they remained there post-trash-pickup.  Turns out that out here in the ‘burbs, you can only throw away what you can fit in your trashcan.  There are no garbage men here – just a truck with a giant arm that reaches around and picks up trash cans.  If it’s not in the can, you can’t throw it away!

So for an entire year, we’ve been stockpiling old broken stuff in our garage because we were too lazy to figure out how to get rid of any of it.  We considered lighting it all on fire (fun), but our wooded backyard could have made for a potential disaster.  So the very LONG story short here, is that after an entire year of only throwing away a can’s worth of trash at a time, I called yesterday to schedule our large trash pickup.  Imagine my surprise when they told me they would actually be coming around…TODAY!  Lots of scrambling ensued, since I now had about three hours to gather it all, instead of three days as planned.  We worked until it was dark, turning our lovely suburban home into a hillbilly nightmare.

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One of our poor neighbors was outside hedging his perfectly manicured lawn while we were piling old carpets and broken vacuums high to the sky.  Crossing my fingers that they actually take all this stuff, or I might have to revisit that bonfire idea.

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After an intense morning yoga class, moving and carrying boxes all day, and hours of junk removal, I was craving something delicious for a late night snack.  We never really have chocolate or snack stuff in our house though, and even if we did, our pantry is 95% packed.  But I wasn’t giving up.  I headed to the next best place – my freezer…

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Yes, you are correct – that is our wedding cake.  If you’ve read any of our wedding recaps, you already know that we were not exactly the most traditional bride and groom.  So who cares about tradition when it comes to eating the cake, right?  Cakes are for celebration, and I think we have a lot to celebrate right now.

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Plus I just really really wanted cake, and Casey didn’t argue.

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And with that, I’m turning on very loud rap music and heading back to the closet for a few more hours so that I can take a much needed break this afternoon.  THREE more days – aaaaaaahhhh!

An Update and a Guest Post.

Today’s mission:  operation PACK THE CLOSET.

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Seriously, WHERE did all these clothes come from?  I have my work cut out for me!

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This move is starting to make me go craaaaaaaaaaaazy!

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My kitchen is in a pretty sad state right now, and I feel bad that I haven’t been able to show you guys any fun recipes or cooking.  I also feel bad that I am not EATING any fun recipes or cooking!  English muffins and bell peppers are starting to get reaaaally old.

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But even though I haven’t been able to show any fun food in a week or two, you guys are in luck.  The lovely Anne P. was nice enough to offer up a few of HER favorite (VEGAN!) recipes to share with my wonderful readers.  Take it away, Anne!


Hey, The Front Burner readers! My name is Anne and I write the food and fitness blog fANNEtastic food.


In the past two years, I:

  • Quit my cubicle job
  • Moved to Europe to teach English
  • Moved back to the U.S. (after an awesome 9 months teaching in Prague)
  • Completed a year’s worth of prerequisites to go back to school for a big career change

All of this culminated in moving this August from Washington D.C. (so bummed to have JUST missed Emily!) to Chapel Hill, NC to start a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition! If all goes well, in 2.5 years I will be a Registered Dietitian!

On my blog, I share a lot of healthy recipes and quick packable lunches. Since the fall is nearly upon us and work and school are ramping back up for most, I thought I would share some of my favorite quick and easy vegan dinners. Enjoy!

BBQ Chickpeas with Sweet Potatoes & Bok Choy


If you love BBQ, you will LOVE this recipe. It’s quick, easy, and delicious.

Almond Soy Sauce Baked Tofu


Seriously the easiest baked tofu you will ever make – there are only 3 ingredients!

Deconstructed Quinoa Burrito


Like a Mexican party in your mouth!

I hope you guys got some fun new ideas for quick, easy, and delicious dinners! I’m not a vegetarian myself, but I love vegetarian and vegan meals, especially when I’m in a rush – eating healthy really doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or time consuming!

Thanks again to Emily for inviting me to do a guest post and I hope you guys will come check out my blog, fANNEtastic food, for more recipes and quick meal ideas. :)


Many thanks to Anne for bringing some FOOD back to this blog.  :)  I am hungry just looking at that tofu.  I have a few exciting things planned for tomorrow.  Must take time to pamper myself and stay sane in the midst of moving chaos – stay tuned!

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