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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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Tomato Feta Summer Salad

Tomato Feta Summer Salad

| August 24, 2012 | 7 Comments

With the risk of sounding a little tomato obsessed, there is a tomato salad that I just had to share with you. I’ve been making this constantly this summer — it’s my new go-to side dish. But you should also know that it’s crazy simple to make. So simple that I feel a little funny […]

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Warm Farro with Roasted Artichoke Hearts, Tomatoes and Leeks

Warm Farro with Roasted Artichoke Hearts, Tomatoes and Leeks

| August 19, 2012 | 9 Comments

The art of developing recipes — the imagining, testing, tasting, retesting and writing — is kind of like meditation for me. It’s soothing and familiar. And in developing recipes, I can focus singularly on the dish I am working on. That’s why I love it so. So when I woke up the other day feeling […]

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Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

| July 31, 2012 | 6 Comments

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

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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Swiss Chard, Pea Shoot and Mushroom Rice Bowls with Runny Eggs

Swiss Chard, Pea Shoot and Mushroom Rice Bowls with Runny Eggs

| May 31, 2012 | 11 Comments

Forgive me, but could someone please tell me how it’s Thursday already? And the last day of the month? And for that matter, where today went? Cause I am baffled by this all right now. Like seriously? Then again, that’s how I felt yesterday too — sort of, at least. I spent all day freaking […]

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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 | 7 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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