Spicy Sriracha Honey Roasted Vegetables with Barley

Spicy Sriracha Honey Roasted Vegetables with Barley

Nutty barley combines with sweet and spicy roasted vegetables in this Spicy Sriracha Honey Roasted Vegetables with Barley recipe. This was created for my client Grain Foods Foundation, but all opinions are my own. Thanksgiving is, for many families, all about the food. And can you blame anyone? There is something so wonderfully decadent about creating…

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Very Veggie Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh recipe

Loaded with tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers and more, this Very Veggie Tabbouleh recipe is a quick and easy side dish perfect for spring and summer cook-outs. I vividly remember the first time I tried tabbouleh. I was 18, and had just moved to the city (New York, that is) for college. That semester I was…

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Tomato Basil Fried Polenta with Blue Cheese

Tomato Basil Polenta

Crispy fried polenta cakes are topped with a warm garlicky tomato topping, fresh basil and sharp blue cheese. It’s a celebration of fresh flavors and textures. As I am sitting here, Jewel is singing “Have a Little Faith in Me,” and the kids are outside playing with a shiny gold ball — practically daring the storm…

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Thai Red Curry Roasted Vegetables over Quinoa

Thai Red Curry Roasted Vegetables

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

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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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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Multigrain Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

multigrain chocolate chip cookies

“Cookies? For dessert?!?” “Ooh! They have chocolate!” We don’t have dessert that often. Though I have a huge sweet tooth, I like dessert to be a happy surprise for special days or just because. So when I whipped up cookies while making dinner this weekend, the kids were thrilled. And I was thrilled because they…

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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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Lemony Farro Salad with Basil and Tomatoes

farro salad lead

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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Fruited Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash and Lime

fruited quinoa salad lead

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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