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Veggie and Bean Rice Bowls with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

Veggie and Bean Rice Bowls with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

| March 15, 2013 | 6 Comments

Dear March, enough with the cold weather. I am so over it. Bring on the warmer temperatures, skin-kissing sun rays and afternoons in the backyard. Seriously, it’s time to let go of the near-freezing temperatures and tuck the bulky coats away once and for all. Please? Whether or not March complies with my request (and […]

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Veggie Overload Quesadillas

Veggie Overload Quesadillas

| March 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

There’s something about a warm, toasty, stuffed quesadilla that just says comfort. With all the melty cheese, the crisp outside and … well, whatever you stuff in it. It’s a definite favorite of mine. And I especially appreciate how simple, fast and easy quesadillas are — even when you get a little fancy with the […]

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Curried Chickpea and Vegetable Stew

Curried Chickpea and Vegetable Stew

| March 11, 2013 | 7 Comments

Once upon a time, I was a brooding teenage vegetarian who wrote way too much dark poetry. I wrote short stories too, but it was poetry that I would escape to when I needed to process whatever high school drama had me all twisty-turvy. And whilst being a brooding teenage vegetarian, my parents were sweet […]

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Homemade Egg Pasta

Homemade Egg Pasta

| March 6, 2013 | 5 Comments

When I was in high school, I started seriously reading cookbooks — trying to decipher how to cook. My obsession began with vegetarian ones (I was a vegetarian at the time). I collected them, paging through the recipes and imagining the day when I could figure out how to take those words and translate them […]

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Thai Red Curry Roasted Vegetables over Quinoa

Thai Red Curry Roasted Vegetables over Quinoa

| February 22, 2013 | 5 Comments

This Thai Red Curry Roasted Vegetables over Quinoa is one of my favorite dishes. Like ever. Actually, anything with Thai Red Curry Sauce falls into that designation. But making this? Well, it’s not for Shawn and I sort of had to hold my breath seeing if the kids would like it too. See, onions are […]

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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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