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Spicy Mango Salsa

Spicy Mango Salsa

| March 25, 2013 | 3 Comments

Sunday nights are usually a time for curling up with my favorite TV dramas (Maris and I love Revenge, and she tells me last night’s show was amazing). Sometimes, I dig into a little plate of crackers and cheese with a glass of wine while watching too. It’s an event, and one that often involves […]

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Cucumber, Carrot and Edamame Salad

Cucumber, Carrot and Edamame Salad

| January 24, 2013 | 4 Comments

There is so much good all around us, if we only take the time to see it. Goodness is bright and beautiful. It fills us up and reminds us that we aren’t alone. That’s such an important thing. Good was in the Christmas cards that arrived, sharing the kindest of well wishes in the aftermath […]

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Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

| July 31, 2012 | 6 Comments

Warm breezes, the sound of waves crashing on the shore, laughter … these are the things our happy summer celebrations are made of. And they are fueled by summer dinners where the chicken is grilled, the corn is freshly peeled and steamed and the salads are chilled. We had a bit of a celebration recently […]

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Lemony Farro Salad with Basil and Tomatoes

Lemony Farro Salad with Basil and Tomatoes

| July 27, 2012 | 3 Comments

If I had to laid blame for my recent obsession with grains, it would lay firmly on the shoulders of the dear Joanne of Eats Well with Others. After several potlucks at the Sweetnicks house, she’s opened my eyes to whole grains. Before trying her salads and side dishes, I’d only delved into the land […]

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Fruited Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash and Lime

Fruited Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash and Lime

| July 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

When I was a child and a teen, I was always in this great big rush to grow up. Adulthood seemed like a magical gateway to fabulousness, and once I reached there everything would be just perfect automatically. I imagined my dreamy life filled with dinner parties and cocktail hours and late nights. I filled […]

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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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Antipasto Baguette Sandwich

Antipasto Baguette Sandwich

| February 14, 2012 | 5 Comments

For a minute there this morning, as my alarm blared, I couldn’t move. Buried beneath my warm blankets, the sleepiness of sheer exhaustion tried to lure me back to sleep, if only for a few minutes. But the violent, loud bleeping was annoying and today wasn’t a day to give in. I had to wish […]

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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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