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Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnut and Dried Cranberry Salad

Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnut and Dried Cranberry Salad

| October 18, 2011 | 7 Comments

So. I’ve had a couple of butternut squashes in my fridge. They’ve been taunting me. Staring me down. Begging me to do something, anything with them. But I was nervous. It’s been years since I handled and cooked squashes in their whole form. Typically, I take the easy way out and buy squash that’s already […]

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Rich Chocolate Toffee Brownies

Rich Chocolate Toffee Brownies

| September 26, 2011 | 31 Comments

When I first started freelancing, Will was an infant — one who didn’t cry a lot but who was still vocal. Very vocal. Back then, I freelanced mostly for a local newspaper and my work required me to conduct phone interviews often with Will playing in a baby gym or Exersaucer nearby. Sometimes, I took […]

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Prosciutto with Figs and Balsamic Vinegar

Prosciutto with Figs and Balsamic Vinegar

| September 24, 2011 | 5 Comments

When you mention figs, many people hesitate to answer. There’s this pause, a long trying-to-find-the-most-non-offensive-thing-to-say pause. And then, there’s an “Eh … ” Except most often, when you press those same hesitant people, they admit that their exposure to figs has been limited to a certain cookie and other baked goods. They haven’t experienced a […]

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Balsamic Pasta Salad

Balsamic Pasta Salad

| June 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

Rhythm. It’s the stuff that our days are made of. It makes things regular and predictable and gives us a sense of calm, even when chaos threatens. Finding a rhythm when something changes always take a little time. When Will started kindergarten in September, it took a couple of weeks back in to find the […]

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The New Englander Panini with Easy Cranberry Orange Mayo

The New Englander Panini with Easy Cranberry Orange Mayo

| April 22, 2011 | 2 Comments

When I came home New York (and meeting Bobby Flay!) on Monday, I was totally inspired … by sandwiches. I haven’t worked much with sandwiches recently, and I couldn’t wait to work on some new flavors. This sandwich is all about New England. Lettuce from Boston, cheddar from Vermont, cranberries from Cape Cod … Oh, […]

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Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes and Garbanzo Beans Over Rice

Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes and Garbanzo Beans Over Rice

| March 31, 2011 | 13 Comments

This morning, I found out that a friend of mine has cancer. No, wait, that’s Cancer, with a capital ‘C.’ I’ve been processing this all day and am still at a loss for words. I am praying for her health. But my friend’s story isn’t mine to tell. Learning that this wonderful, kind, sweet woman […]

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Lime Black Bean Salad with Shrimp

Lime Black Bean Salad with Shrimp

| March 24, 2011 | 8 Comments

When it comes to citrus, lime is my clear favorite. Yes, I like orange juice and the occasional grapefruit. And yes, lemon is perfect for some dishes. But I save my lovin’ for the lime. Limeaid, lime in guacamole, Lime White Chocolate Cookies — I love it all. So, lime in a dressing? Naturally, when […]

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Grilled Cheese with Bacon Sandwich

Grilled Cheese with Bacon Sandwich

| February 23, 2011 | 9 Comments

Today’s post was planned, started and scheduled in my planner. The photographs were taken and edited, just awaiting uploading. But then something happened. This morning, Paige pulled out a vintage Barbie cookbook I picked up at a book sale last year. She carried it around the house. And after reading a thick stack of Dr. […]

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Ham, Swiss, Avocado and Spinach Panini

Ham, Swiss, Avocado and Spinach Panini

| January 18, 2011 | 11 Comments

Turns out that the schools “great” system of alerting parents at our school of delays, closings and emergencies is a bit of a pain. I mean, at first glance, it’s great. Instead of having to endure the forever-long list of district closings being read on the radio, they call us. And text. And email. At […]

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Olive Brussels Sprouts with Feta, Roasted Red Peppers and Bacon

Olive Brussels Sprouts with Feta, Roasted Red Peppers and Bacon

| November 8, 2010 | 9 Comments

This morning we awoke to the tsk-tsk sounds of sleet falling outside. My dogs, who adore going outside early in the morning in the spring, summer and fall, quickly went back to bed when they saw it coming down. Clearly, winter is coming (a fact that intellectually makes sense, but practically really doesn’t hit you […]

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