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Creamy Black Bean, Red Pepper and Corn Salad with Avocado and Cilantro

Creamy Black Bean, Red Pepper and Corn Salad with Avocado and Cilantro

| May 7, 2012 | 6 Comments

The sun. The warm air. The sounds of laughter and roar of the lawn mower. The scent of freshly cut grass. When I sat down earlier to write this blog post, all of these things beckoned me outside. I tried to soldier on but all I found was a sputtering of ho-hum sentences curving around […]

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Crispy Salt and Pepper Oven Fries with Curry Dipping Sauce

Crispy Salt and Pepper Oven Fries with Curry Dipping Sauce

| March 1, 2012 | 3 Comments

My friends can tell when stress is getting to me without asking. Apparently, I recede a little. Chat less. Update my Facebook and Twitter less. A general quieting of my online presence. And they’ve told me on more than one occasion over the last few weeks that they’ve been seeing these things recently. I was […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Onions

Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Onions

| January 23, 2012 | 10 Comments

This dish is uncomplicated. It’s simple — just a few basic ingredients prepared without fuss. It’s a dish that proves that good food doesn’t require a lot of steps, ingredients or time. Really, it doesn’t. Food can be amazing just by preparing it in a different way than you are used to. Tired of boiled? […]

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Herb and Garlic Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Herb and Garlic Baked Sweet Potato Fries

| December 2, 2011 | 7 Comments

Sometimes the hardest thing you have to do is start something. Whether it’s as simple as getting up from the couch or more serious like starting a new exercise regime, the first step can feel absolutely insurmountable. Don’t worry, it’s not really. Still, getting to that first step? So hard. I think that’s why we […]

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Easy Buttery Glazed Carrots

Easy Buttery Glazed Carrots

| November 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Paige, who turns four this weekend, saw me carry these carrots outside this afternoon and trailed behind. I could see her eyes peering at the plate, examining what I had. As I was styling them for the photo, she locked eyes with me and smiled sweetly … and I knew exactly what she wanted — […]

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Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese, Garlic and Pomegranate

Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese, Garlic and Pomegranate

| November 3, 2011 | 6 Comments

There was a point yesterday when I discovered what the power company’s estimate for returning power was: Sunday at 11 p.m. When I read that, I felt my heart sink and all hope dissipate. Even as I watched the number of power outages in my town go down a few percentage points at a time, […]

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Smoked Gouda and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Smoked Gouda and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

| October 25, 2011 | 5 Comments

Comfort food gets an upscale makeover in these rich and creamy Smoked Gouda and Garlic Mashed Potatoes — perfect for Thanksgiving, the holidays or any day. There’s snow in the forecast this week. Snow. As in that dreaded white stuff that drove me to the brink of insanity last winter. So, yes, snow. In October. […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Asiago Cheese For One

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Asiago Cheese For One

| October 20, 2011 | 8 Comments

Today I went to the store with a short list that had maybe six things on it. But I left the store with at least a dozen items. How does that happen? Were the Brussels sprouts really so seductive that I couldn’t leave without them? (Yes.) Did I really need 18 eggs? (Yes.) And cake […]

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Bacon and Kale Fried Rice

Bacon and Kale Fried Rice

| October 11, 2011 | 10 Comments

After Hurricane Irene knocked out our power for days, I had to restock almost everything in our fridge and freezers. It was somewhere between a colossal pain and a tremendous relief to start fresh like that. I hated losing everything, but being able to start from the basics again was nice. Anyway, when it came […]

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Braised Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Parmesan

Braised Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Parmesan

| September 19, 2011 | 2 Comments

There’s been a serious and welcome chill in the air the past few days. It’s allowed the kids and me to crawl into our flannel pajamas and pull on our favorite socks (mine are fuzzy!). These things – these garments – are a lot like comfort food: something that’s both calming and familiar. It’s been […]

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