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

roasted vegetable barley salad

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 Five Spice Squash Seeds

five spice roasted squash seeds

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

homemade granola bars

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 with truffled bruschetta

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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Warm Farro with Roasted Artichoke Hearts, Tomatoes and Leeks

farro with tomatoes, artichokes and leeks

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

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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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