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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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Easy Buttery Glazed Carrots

Easy Buttery Glazed Carrots

| November 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Paige, who turns four this weekend, saw me carry these carrots outside this afternoon and trailed behind. I could see her eyes peering at the plate, examining what I had. As I was styling them for the photo, she locked eyes with me and smiled sweetly … and I knew exactly what she wanted — […]

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Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese, Garlic and Pomegranate

Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese, Garlic and Pomegranate

| November 3, 2011 | 6 Comments

There was a point yesterday when I discovered what the power company’s estimate for returning power was: Sunday at 11 p.m. When I read that, I felt my heart sink and all hope dissipate. Even as I watched the number of power outages in my town go down a few percentage points at a time, […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Gnocchi

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Gnocchi

| October 25, 2011 | 10 Comments

Pillow-y gnocchi. Sweet roasted butternut squash. A buttery creamy sage sauce. We’ve been eating variations of this dish for weeks now, but tonight … tonight it was beyond perfect. It was blissful. The thing that made all the difference? Adding a ladle-full of gnocchi water to the sauce, something that I discovered after reading Aviva […]

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Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnut and Dried Cranberry Salad

Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnut and Dried Cranberry Salad

| October 18, 2011 | 7 Comments

So. I’ve had a couple of butternut squashes in my fridge. They’ve been taunting me. Staring me down. Begging me to do something, anything with them. But I was nervous. It’s been years since I handled and cooked squashes in their whole form. Typically, I take the easy way out and buy squash that’s already […]

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Tomato Basil Veggie Rice

Tomato Basil Veggie Rice

| September 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

When I went into the kitchen this afternoon, Paige came running in, dragging a chair behind her. “Mommy, I want to help.” I was there to clean, and told her so. “Then I’ll watch.” And she did, waiting patiently until the counters were wiped clean and the dishes in the sink were washed or transferred […]

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