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Lauren Zembron
Lauren Zembron
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

1. Today is the last day to vote for my recipe in the Nutty About Yogurt contest!

The winner will receive $1,000… but there’s also something in it for you. If you vote, you will be entered into a sweepstakes; 5 random voters will receive a prize pack of products – from both Peanut Butter & Co. and Stonyfield – worth $100! In addition, the first 20,000 people who submit their vote will receive $1.00-off coupons from both companies.

Click over to and vote for my Peanut Butter Banana Baked French Toast with PB Yogurt Sauce.

2. I ordered what I thought were going to be three cute dresses from Victoria’s Secret for our rapidly approaching trip to Barbados… but all of them are being returned. I was super disappointed by both the fabric and fit.

Any suggestions for places to buy affordable sundresses?

3. On Saturday, John and I saw an awesome Bruins game at TD Garden…

… followed by a fantastic meal at one of our favorite Boston restaurants (definitely the best in the North End). I ordered what I always order at Giacomo’s: Pumpkin Tortellini.

I almost never order pasta dishes with cream sauces, but this tortellini is absolutely worth the splurge; plus, the serving size is huge, so you can easily get 2-3 meals out of one plateful.

4. I’m sharing a lightened recipe for a Croque Monsieur (the classic Parisian fork-and-knife béchamel-smothered ham & cheese sandwich) today on The Back Burner.

One of my favorite lunches to order during both of my trips to France, this sandwich is easy to make at home and tastes absolutely divine!

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