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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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Autumn Vegetable Chili

Autumn Vegetable Chili

| September 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

Last weekend, I was thinking up new recipes to work on when this idea for a veggie-filled chili came to mind. I’d almost call it a girl’s chili, but I truly hate when people refer to certain dishes as “man food,” so I surely shouldn’t be hypocritical and call this “girl food.” It’s anyone who […]

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Asian Braised Cabbage

Asian Braised Cabbage

| August 18, 2011 | 7 Comments

When I was in elementary and middle school, I was friends with these three sisters who lived across the street from us. Christina, who was closest to my age, was one of my best friends. We were inseparable, playing all sorts of games of pretend and imagination. Sometimes when I would head over to see […]

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Tomato, Peach and Basil Salad

Tomato, Peach and Basil Salad

| August 11, 2011 | 5 Comments

The gravel crunches under the tires as I pull up to the farm where I belong to a CSA program (a CSA is basically a share in a farm’s harvest; I receive a box of veggies and fruit every week in the summer). It’s this grabble-grabble sound that almost sounds like it’s talking to you, […]

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Simple Roasted Radishes

Simple Roasted Radishes

| July 27, 2011 | 3 Comments

When you mention radishes, a lot of people grimace. And really, I can’t blame them. I’m not a big fan of raw radishes myself. They aren’t the natural perfection of a farm-grown tomato in summer or an ear of just picked sweet corn. They’re hard, dirty and often ugly (especially from a farmers market). And […]

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