Olive Brussels Sprouts with Feta, Roasted Red Peppers and Bacon

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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Two Fabulous Panini Recipes: Grilled Chicken, Goat Cheese, Tomato and Basil & Turkey, Apple and Cheddar

My kids and I have a love affair with paninis. The toasty pressed sandwiches have so many possibilities for fabulous, delicious fillings: chicken, pesto and tomato; ham, Swiss and honey mustard; roast beef, blue cheese and arugula. The list goes on and on. Well, in researching for my Tablespoon.com column, I discovered that August is…

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Sesame Soy Napa Cabbage Slaw Recipe

When the school packet arrived last week, I got choked up. Parked at the top of our long, winding driveway, I quickly scanned the forms for teacher names while the kids demanded to know if there was mail for them. “One second, guys,” I said. It was the last day of July, a beautiful, spotless…

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Tuna Cakes Recipe

It’s been nearly a decade since I last ate canned tuna (and that was once … the time before that? About five years prior). I don’t eat it. I don’t like it. Usually the smell grosses me out, and honestly I would rather have fresh. But when I recently told you about the Salmon Cakes…

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Cooking with Kids: Make Your Own Couscous

One of the most brilliant gifts of motherhood is watching your kids develop their own personalities, likes and dislikes. I am blessed to mother two strong, brilliant, adventurous kids who don’t think anything is beyond their reach. It’s amazing. If you are a regular reader, you know that both of my kids adore cooking with…

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Cooking with Kids: Black Bean, Avocado and Red Pepper Quesadillas

Things don’t always go the way we want them to. Sure, wouldn’t we all just love everything to go exactly as we plan right down to the nitty gritty details? But then, that would make life predictable … and that’s not good either. So, maybe having things go unpredictably is a good thing after all….

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Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Gorgonzola and Sunflower Seeds Recipe

A few months ago, I read somewhere that basically Brussels sprouts are the new black. While I agree that they are absolutely, positively delectable … I think this highly underrated vegetable has been getting its long-awaited dues for awhile now. People are recognizing how delicious a well-prepared sprout can be, and eaten them up. Literally….

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Spicy Pastrami, Bacon, Swiss Wrap

A local deli makes this massive, delightful sandwich called Amanda’s Big Mouth. It’s pastrami, cheddar, bacon, onions, lettuce, tomato, hot sauce and thousand island dressing (I skip the dressing)—and it’s amazing. It’s the kind of sandwich you eat when you are starving … or when you just want something amazing when you are enjoying a…

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