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Garlic Tomato Crostini with Ricotta

Garlic Tomato Crostini with Ricotta

| April 25, 2012 | 6 Comments

Poor ricotta cheese. It’s usually made with the leftover whey from making other cheeses but is rarely a destination food unto itself. Really, ricotta cheese is highly underrated and underutilized. Generally left to tango with marinara in baked ziti or spread on lasagna noodles all whipped up with egg and Parmesan or sweetened and piped […]

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Indian-Spiced Tomato Lentil Soup with Basil Yogurt Drizzle

Indian-Spiced Tomato Lentil Soup with Basil Yogurt Drizzle

| February 28, 2012 | 4 Comments

This soup is five years in the making. No, really. I created and tested the initial recipe five years ago, and then it wasn’t published. It needed something to polish it off — something to take it from good to great. That yogurt drizzle?  Totally did it. Let me back up a little bit. Five […]

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Roasted Garlic, Lemon and Walnut Hummus (Eat. Live. Be.)

Roasted Garlic, Lemon and Walnut Hummus (Eat. Live. Be.)

| January 12, 2012 | 10 Comments

Every so often, we’ll be eating dinner at our kitchen table and Will will look up and say “Mommy, you’re a good cooker.” It warms my heart. Most of the time, he loves what I make (of course, there will always be a few duds … and we usually agree on those). A lot of […]

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Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

| November 14, 2011 | 20 Comments

This dip, made in a mere 10 minutes or less, made me want to kiss Mark Bittman in gratitude. Not in a creepy way, but more in an oh-wow-you-just-saved-my-day way. Let me back up. This morning I roasted a whole cauliflower with garlic and rosemary. It filled the house with this wonderful aroma that left […]

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Hot Spinach Artichoke White Bean Dip

Hot Spinach Artichoke White Bean Dip

| November 1, 2011 | 8 Comments

Family birthdays and Sunday dinners are sacred for our extended family. It’s a time when we all get together around the table and share food, laughter and smiles. And some of the best family conversations happen as we linger before dessert, after eating delicious foods. But our dinners (and appetizers too) aren’t without some degree […]

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Shredded Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Shredded Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

| October 6, 2011 | 7 Comments

Leftovers are a challenge in our house. If it’s pasta, you can pretty much guarantee that if there’s anything leftover (and usually there isn’t) then the kids will be all over it. It’s perfect for warming up and packing into Will’s lunchbox. But soup? It’s 50-50. Sometimes that’s great for lunch too but other times […]

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Grilled Quesadillas with Pea Shoots

Grilled Quesadillas with Pea Shoots

| July 19, 2011 | 7 Comments

Every so often, a new ingredient gains popularity and you wonder why no one was cooking with it sooner. That’s how I feel about pea shoots. They have that fresh, just-picked flavor and pleasant cool crunch — similar to bean sprouts. When I saw a package of them in Trader Joe’s I couldn’t wait to […]

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Garlic Scape Marinated Roasted Red Peppers

Garlic Scape Marinated Roasted Red Peppers

| June 22, 2011 | 4 Comments

Grilled slices of Tuscan bread. Thin slices of fresh mozzarella, melted onto it. Garlic scape marinated roasted red peppers. Hang on, I need to wipe away the drool. This open faced sandwich was so good. I ate this for lunch last week, whipping it up in  just a few minutes over the grill. It’s a […]

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Game Day Food: Chili Cheese Dip

Game Day Food: Chili Cheese Dip

| February 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

In search of a perfect dip to add to your game day food repertoire? This Chili Cheese Dip is a quick and easy recipe that everyone loves. The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and whether you are a football fan or not, it’s a perfect time to throw a party and invite a few fun […]

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Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Crostini

Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Crostini

| December 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Intellectually, I know it’s December. The Christmas carols are playing on repeat in the local Macy’s and the front of the grocery store is filled with wreathes, poinsettias and other greenery. The Christmas cards have begin arriving. But all the same, I have this feeling of “Oh my goodness, it’s DECEMBER!” Like how did that […]

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