Dinner

White Bean and Kale Soup

March 18, 2013 Dinner

  So it’s still cold out. Not warm at all. I’m freezing. How about some soup? Ingredients: Borrowed from Serious Eats 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving 1 medium onion, finely diced (about 1 cup) 2 medium carrots, finely diced (about 1 cup) 2 ribs celery, finely diced (about 1 cup) 4 [...]

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Black-Eyed Peas and Cornmeal Dumplings

January 21, 2013 Dinner

This is one of my favorite recipes of the new year. It was a lucky find in the way back of last month’s Cooking Light magazine under the heading “Budget Cooking.” This is perfect for me right now because we are pinching our pennies tight this year in hopes of being homeowners sometime this decade. [...]

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burrito

October 22, 2012 Dinner

This weekend has been a non-stop blur of activity. After being away in Montreal (photos coming soon!) for five luxurious days last week, I’m now playing catch up with my real life. Back to cooking, recipe developing, photography, writing, working out, and did I mention my day job? I’m also trying to eat a bit [...]

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Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

October 1, 2012 Dinner

I love roasted vegetables on chilly fall and winter nights. I especially love how easy they are to make. Chop up a medley of favorites, spread on a baking pan and toss into the oven- et voila! You can serve as a side dish with practically anything- fish, pasta, rice, or even crispy fried tofu. [...]

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Lemony Chickpea Pasta

June 4, 2012 Dinner

The night before we left for Saluda, we packed up the car and crammed clothes into suitcases. There was almost no time for dinner. And it was hot outside, so the oven was a no-go. At the last minute, I threw together this light, summer pasta dish made with almonds, breadcrumbs, lemon juice, and chickpeas- [...]

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Crispy Tortilla and Black Bean Salad with Creamy Jalapeno Ranch

April 16, 2012 Dinner

We don’t usually eat ranch dressing in our house. My husband’s taste for a side of ranch with everything (including pizza, fries, and burgers) in college caused a 30 pound weight gain. Once he graduated, he lost the weight and never looked back. Good riddance, ranch dressing! But when visiting my sister in Austin a [...]

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Greek Pita Pizzas

April 5, 2012 Dinner

I can’t believe it has taken me so long to feature this recipe on the blog. This dish was a staple for me back in 2007 when I lived in Charleston with my room mate (J. Anderson, I’m talking about you!). I don’t remember where the recipe came from, but I recall doing the Sonoma [...]

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Lemony Spinach and Ricotta Pasta

March 31, 2012 Dinner

I find that pasta dishes are ideal when you’re not in the mood to cook. I made this the other night after a long, exhausting day at work. It was one of those times when cooking was the very last thing I wanted to do and so, naturally, my sweet (and sometimes clueless) husband inquired [...]

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Creamy Mushroom and Artichoke Soup

March 12, 2012 Dinner

Every year a few days before Christmas, we have a soup dinner with friends of my in-laws, the Masons. It’s one of my favorite new traditions since marrying into my husband’s family. Ms. Mason is an impressive cook. Each year, she prepares a smorgasbord of soups for us to slurp down. And she always whips [...]

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Meatless Monday “Meat” Loaf

March 5, 2012 Dinner

Meatless Monday is a trend that seems to be sweeping the nation. In fact, everyone seems to be eating less meat these days and our nation’s meat consumption has fallen dramatically in the past five years. So, in honor of Meatless Monday, I’ve prepared this “meat” loaf made of lentils and mushrooms. I took inspiration [...]

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