Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Roasted Vegetable Barley Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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One of the keys to planning a stress-free Thanksgiving lies in the planning aspect. Good planning doesn’t just center around dishes that complement each other — the dishes also should make sense in terms of timing. For instance, if you have one oven (which clearly needs to cook the turkey) and only four burners to…

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Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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