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Farro Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers with Ricotta Salata

Farro Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers with Ricotta Salata

| February 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

Last summer, I discovered farro and fell in love. It’s an ancient grain that’s a form of wheat that can be enjoyed hot or cold. But what I don’t love about it is that it takes a bit of planning to make. See, farro typically has to cook for an hour before it’s tender and […]

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Creamy Artichoke Dip with Basil

Creamy Artichoke Dip with Basil

| January 29, 2013 | 3 Comments

Over the weekend (or was it last night?), I suddenly realized that the Super Bowl is this weekend. As in just a few days away. And we don’t even know where we’ll be watching it yet. Oh my. So, by extension, I also don’t know what I am making yet — no Super Bowl recipe […]

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Roasted Veggies and Rice Noodles with Poached Egg

Roasted Veggies and Rice Noodles with Poached Egg

| December 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

My world right now is dominated by work and schedules and Christmas trees and baking and Christmas pageants and decorating and gift planning (we’ll get to the buying soon, I hope …) and … ‘Tis the season. Between all this push-pull of responsibilities and seasonal traditions and holiday excitement, I am trying to soak in […]

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Roasted Carrots with Thyme

Roasted Carrots with Thyme

| November 26, 2012 | 5 Comments

Carrots are … well, just carrots. They’re fine. You can steam them, glaze them, butter them … and they’re okay. Maybe you make them because they are a neutral vegetable that everyone will eat. Maybe they are a must on the holiday table and go well with the turkey or ham or whatever protein you […]

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

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

| November 6, 2012 | 7 Comments

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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Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Avocado

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Avocado

| October 19, 2012 | 6 Comments

Yesterday I decided it was time for a change of scenery so I headed to the coffee shop to work. Living in a small town that means I am likely to run into at least one person I know. So when I saw one of my daughter’s teachers from last year, I wondered if she’d […]

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Easy Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Easy Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

| October 10, 2012 | 3 Comments

Most weekday mornings go something like this: The kids wake up. I wake up — either thanks to the kids, my alarm or Snoopy trying to convince me to let him out. I drag out of bed. Get the kids breakfast (note to self: it might be time to empower them to get their own […]

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Roasted Five Spice Squash Seeds

Roasted Five Spice Squash Seeds

| October 8, 2012 | 2 Comments

These might look a lot like roasted pumpkin seeds. But they aren’t. They’re actually from a spaghetti squash. And they’re just as delicious. Ok. Are you ready for this? This might blow your mind a little … You can roast seeds from any squash for a delicious snack. Seriously. Squash seeds are edible and can […]

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Easy Crispy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

Easy Crispy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

| September 27, 2012 | 6 Comments

Would you believe me if I told you these bars are pretty frugal and also easy to make? I mean minimal fuss. It’s true! Last school year, I got myself addicted to breakfast bars made with whole ingredients like nuts, dried fruits and honey. They’re so easy to grab and with simple ingredients, I could […]

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Brie Toast with Truffled Tomato Bruschetta

Brie Toast with Truffled Tomato Bruschetta

| September 4, 2012 | 6 Comments

When my kids returned to school last week, there was a moment where the silence of the house settled around me. Everything was so still. The dogs were sleeping. The kids were gone. And the whole lack-of-noise was unsettling. For that moment at least. After a summer of being surrounded by noise and action, the […]

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