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Mushroom Tomato Flatbread Pizza

Mushroom Tomato Flatbread Pizza

| October 26, 2012 | 7 Comments

I hate talking about the weather. It seems like such a menial thing — like I can’t think of anything else to say. But over the past few days, the weather has been weighing heavily on my mind. I’ve paid a little more attention to forecasts because there’s a storm coming. It’s a big one […]

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Avocado

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Avocado

| October 19, 2012 | 6 Comments

Yesterday I decided it was time for a change of scenery so I headed to the coffee shop to work. Living in a small town that means I am likely to run into at least one person I know. So when I saw one of my daughter’s teachers from last year, I wondered if she’d […]

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The Devil Wears Prada Grilled Cheese

The Devil Wears Prada Grilled Cheese

| September 18, 2012 | 7 Comments

When I fall in love with a movie, I watch it again and again and again, enjoying it more every time. Dirty Dancing, The Wizard of Oz and Annie were among my early favorites. And in more recent years, I have added Under the Tuscan Sun, Sweet Home Alabama and The Devil Wears Prada to […]

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Brie Toast with Truffled Tomato Bruschetta

Brie Toast with Truffled Tomato Bruschetta

| September 4, 2012 | 6 Comments

When my kids returned to school last week, there was a moment where the silence of the house settled around me. Everything was so still. The dogs were sleeping. The kids were gone. And the whole lack-of-noise was unsettling. For that moment at least. After a summer of being surrounded by noise and action, the […]

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

| August 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

Summer might have another month to go, but for us it’s sort of over. School starts this week, and that means a return to early mornings, structured days, packing school lunch and snacks and all that comes along with it. I’m going to miss the more relaxed days of summer … but I am also […]

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Warm Farro with Roasted Artichoke Hearts, Tomatoes and Leeks

Warm Farro with Roasted Artichoke Hearts, Tomatoes and Leeks

| August 19, 2012 | 9 Comments

The art of developing recipes — the imagining, testing, tasting, retesting and writing — is kind of like meditation for me. It’s soothing and familiar. And in developing recipes, I can focus singularly on the dish I am working on. That’s why I love it so. So when I woke up the other day feeling […]

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Cheesy Italian Roast Beef on Garlic Bread

Cheesy Italian Roast Beef on Garlic Bread

| July 5, 2012 | 6 Comments

  Have you been eating outdoors? We often take our lunch down to the beach to enjoy or pile around the backyard picnic table. And picnics? We love those. When I was asked to join the “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event put on by Land O’Lakes and Kitchen PLAY in July, I said yes […]

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Roasted Tomato, Basil and Chickpea Pasta Salad

Roasted Tomato, Basil and Chickpea Pasta Salad

| June 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Once upon a time, I used to wonder why farmers markets didn’t open earlier in the year. Here in Connecticut, many don’t open until late June (though there are a few that open earlier), which seemed cruelly late. Why should we have to wait so long to have access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables? […]

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Berry and Gorgonzola Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Berry and Gorgonzola Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

| June 5, 2012 | 7 Comments

I feel like I am living in a Katy Perry song. Seriously. Last week it was hot — a steamy 96 degrees a week ago — and this week it’s so cold that we’re bundling up with sweatshirts and our fuzzy blankets. You know, the ones we put away weeks ago. And before we know […]

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Red Pepper and Scallion Mini Frittatas

Red Pepper and Scallion Mini Frittatas

| April 16, 2012 | 14 Comments

When I opened the door to let the dogs out early this morning, I was smacked with chilly air. Not winter cold, but brisk enough to send me retreating to the comfort of the couch farthest from my open living room windows. I wrapped my fuzzy green blanket around me and started reading. Against the […]

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