food

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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Vanilla Blueberry Lassi

March 11, 2013 Beverages

  I am a lassi fiend these days. I drink them in the mornings and many evenings for dessert. I love the tartness of the yogurt and the mild sweetness of the blueberries. And they aren’t a total calorie bomb like so many smoothies out there. I got on this lassi kick a few weeks [...]

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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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Browned Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

February 13, 2013 Cookies

  How about some cookies for Valentine’s Day? These white chocolate chip and macadamia have an decadent, nutty browned butter flavor. They are perfect for dunking into hot tea or cold milk. Thanks to Oh! Nuts for supplying the macadamias- amazing! Ingredients: 1 cup butter, browned 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar, [...]

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No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

February 4, 2013 Breakfast

Baking is always a good way to heat your kitchen (or apartment) on freezing cold January days. I made a batch of these inauguration morning which kept me warm all day. This no-yeast recipe is easy to make, much quicker than traditional rolls and has a hearty cake-like texture. Ingredients: Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats [...]

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Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli and Pine Nuts

January 28, 2013 Pasta

This is a great weeknight dish that has everything in one pot. Chewy gnocchi, crunchy pine nuts and crisp broccoli are an amazing texture combination. You’ve got to try this one! Ingredients: From Cooking Light 2 (16-ounce) packages prepared gnocchi 5 cups chopped broccoli florets 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 [...]

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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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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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Grandma’s Mushroom Rice

January 7, 2013 Side Dishes

My Grandma Peggy used to make the most amazing mushroom rice. It’s the sort of unsuspecting dish that doesn’t exactly get a lot of fanfare when you announce you’re making rice for dinner. But when you start cooking, the aroma will creep through every nook of your home and send folks scrambling to the dinner [...]

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