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Veggie and Bean Rice Bowls with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

Veggie and Bean Rice Bowls with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

| March 15, 2013 | 6 Comments

Dear March, enough with the cold weather. I am so over it. Bring on the warmer temperatures, skin-kissing sun rays and afternoons in the backyard. Seriously, it’s time to let go of the near-freezing temperatures and tuck the bulky coats away once and for all. Please? Whether or not March complies with my request (and […]

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Curried Chickpea and Vegetable Stew

Curried Chickpea and Vegetable Stew

| March 11, 2013 | 7 Comments

Once upon a time, I was a brooding teenage vegetarian who wrote way too much dark poetry. I wrote short stories too, but it was poetry that I would escape to when I needed to process whatever high school drama had me all twisty-turvy. And whilst being a brooding teenage vegetarian, my parents were sweet […]

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Homemade Egg Pasta

Homemade Egg Pasta

| March 6, 2013 | 5 Comments

When I was in high school, I started seriously reading cookbooks — trying to decipher how to cook. My obsession began with vegetarian ones (I was a vegetarian at the time). I collected them, paging through the recipes and imagining the day when I could figure out how to take those words and translate them […]

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Thai Red Curry Roasted Vegetables over Quinoa

Thai Red Curry Roasted Vegetables over Quinoa

| February 22, 2013 | 5 Comments

This Thai Red Curry Roasted Vegetables over Quinoa is one of my favorite dishes. Like ever. Actually, anything with Thai Red Curry Sauce falls into that designation. But making this? Well, it’s not for Shawn and I sort of had to hold my breath seeing if the kids would like it too. See, onions are […]

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Herb and Cheese Crust Hawaiian Pizza

Herb and Cheese Crust Hawaiian Pizza

| February 10, 2013 | 11 Comments

When the snow moved in on Friday, it was fast and furious. One second, I was lamenting that school was pre-emptively canceled and the next the lawn had a full-on dusting of snow. Throughout the day it snowed and snowed, becoming more treacherous by the moment. As dinner neared, it was clear that we weren’t […]

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Cheese and Tomato Pizza with Garlic Bread Crust

Cheese and Tomato Pizza with Garlic Bread Crust

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Paige’s gleeful giggles have a pure melodic quality to them. When they fill the kitchen, it echos across the house — a sweet sound that never fails to make me smile. Hers are quickly joined by Will’s uncontrollable laughter. His laughter is loud and unwieldy and so, so happy. It’s joy, unleashed. We are so […]

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

| January 21, 2013 | 2 Comments

I wish I could gaze into a crystal ball and see the future, perhaps six months from now. I wish I could see that the progress we’ve made means something and our efforts — the talking, the patience, the healing books and the one-footstep-in-front-of-another philosophy — is working and will land our family and community […]

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Salsa con Queso Macaroni and Cheese

Salsa con Queso Macaroni and Cheese

| January 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

This morning, I was reading a cookbook in bed when Will came in and climbed in beside me. Soon, Paige joined us too. They both cuddled up, letting me hug them tight. We laughed and joked and even leafed through some of the cookbook together. Today was a snow day, so there was no school […]

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Salmon Cakes En Croute

Salmon Cakes En Croute

| December 10, 2012 | 6 Comments

One summer weekend a few years ago, I lured a few good friends from New York with the promise of a home cooked dinner and some girl time (as well as seeing my two little ones, who they love). During the course of cooking, I asked them to go pluck some herbs from the herb […]

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Roasted Veggies and Rice Noodles with Poached Egg

Roasted Veggies and Rice Noodles with Poached Egg

| December 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

My world right now is dominated by work and schedules and Christmas trees and baking and Christmas pageants and decorating and gift planning (we’ll get to the buying soon, I hope …) and … ‘Tis the season. Between all this push-pull of responsibilities and seasonal traditions and holiday excitement, I am trying to soak in […]

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