easy dinners

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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Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Tahini Dressing

March 4, 2013 Salads

Yes, you read that heading correctly. This salad is for real and not merely a food fantasy you are having right now. My friend Jessica made this for book club last month (where we read the hilarious Let’s Pretend This Never Happened). It wound up being the focal point of our conversation because we could [...]

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Thai Butternut Soup

February 18, 2013 Soups and Stews

It’s so hard to get soups like this right. I’ve tried zillions of soup recipes that call for exotic, aromatic ingredients, but end up bland and dull. It’s such a tease. Your mouth begins to salivate as you lean in to stir a fiery pot of  what you hope tastes as good as it smells. [...]

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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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Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup with Mustard Croutons

January 14, 2013 Soups and Stews

This is a staple soup in my winter recipe repertoire.  It’s got all the good stuff- broccoli, cheddar, beer and croutons. You can make this dish in 30 minutes and it tastes even better on rainy days. Ingredients: (makes 4 to 6 servings) 1 small onion, diced 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 clove garlic, mashed [...]

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Asparagus Fettuccini Alfredo

December 17, 2012 Pasta

  I was driving home and caught the end of the Splendid Table on the radio. A caller phoned in asking for a recipe for fettuccini alfredo. As soon as I heard the words fettuccini alfredo, my ears perked up and I took note of each ingredient. I made the recipe as soon as I [...]

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Hearty Vegetable Soup

December 5, 2012 Soups and Stews

I could’ve sworn I posted this recipe before. But I went to make a big-old pot last week and couldn’t find the recipe anywhere on the  blog. What an oversight! This is the vegetable soup recipe in our household. It’s simple and classic and so comforting. Pair it with this cornbread recipe and you’ve got [...]

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Indian Spiced Chili

November 13, 2012 Soups and Stews

I’m not sure what to call this dish. It’s basically chili with Indian spices, lentils, and some other touches that make it stand out from your typical southwest chili. I love the lentils in this dish and, of course, naan bread on the side. Ingredients: 1 yellow onion, chopped 14 oz can kidney beans, drained [...]

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Curried Cauliflower Soup with Spiced Croutons

November 2, 2012 Soups and Stews

  As you may know, my husband and I  recently traveled to Montreal (I’ll post pictures eventually, I promise). But what you likely do not know, is that we use vacation as an excuse to watch cable. Very bad cable. The first thing we do after a long day of sight-seeing is climb into bed [...]

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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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