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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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Butter Herb Grilled Summer Veggie Packets

Butter Herb Grilled Summer Veggie Packets

| July 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

While I am still firmly in “Yay! It’s summer!” mode, my kids are already thinking about the upcoming school year and all the fun it will bring. I’m fortunately to have two children who adore both fruits and veggies and going to school. But for me, I am nowhere near ready to even think about […]

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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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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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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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Roasted Vegetable Quinoa

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa

| February 22, 2012 | 11 Comments

I’ve probably said this a million times, but sometimes the simplest preparation — like roasting vegetables with just olive oil, salt and pepper — can yield the most extraordinary results. That’s the case with this Roasted Vegetable Quinoa, a bake that’s sweet, savory and totally craveworthy, which I made for a special dinner over the […]

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Spicy Honey Chipotle Squash and Sweet Potatoes over Brown Rice

Spicy Honey Chipotle Squash and Sweet Potatoes over Brown Rice

| February 6, 2012 | 7 Comments

A few weeks ago, I bought some brown basmati rice for a night when my husband was working. Though we’ve never really loved any brown rice in the past, this time the kids and I enjoyed the nutty grain. But when it came time to make rice a few days later for the whole family, […]

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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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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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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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