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Recipes that include olive oil

Zucchini Cous Cous

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I wonder if anyone else hates winter as much as I do? I don’t mean to be all negative but winter just kills it for me. Since this is a food blog, I won’t go into details about my skin drying and cracking, the headaches from wind blowing at my head (this is NOT psychological), and my seasonal affective disorder. However, I feel entitled to go off on a rant about how terrible New York produce is in winter. I’m going through tomato withdrawal, daydreaming about cracking open fresh pea pods, and cursing at the boxes labeled “raspberries”. As I stared at the emptiness in the farmer’s market, I thought to myself, that’s enough, I can’t just eat apples and celery root all winter.

forkful of Zucchini Cous Cous

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Broccoli Stem and Cherry Salad

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I know lots of you are throwing out the broccoli stems, just eating the pretty little florets. I also know that you’re not wasting it intentionally, you just don’t see recipes for broccoli stems that often. Who knows what to do with them? Well, let this be a start to new things. Broccoli stems are crisp and crunchy, refreshing, and healthy.

Broccoli Stem and Cherry Salad 3

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Chicken or Turkey Pasta Salad

Friday, November 27, 2009

One of my go-to recipes is a Chicken & Cucumber Pasta Salad that I posted way-way back. I’ve tweaked it and played with it many times, and you can too, though the reason I thought to post it now, is because it’s a great way to use up left-over Thanksgiving Turkey. The Asian flavors make it so drastically different, you won’t even recognize that ceremonial bird.

Chicken and Cucumber Pasta Salad

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Hasselback Yams

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Are you a procrastinator? If you’re reading food blogs the night before Thanksgiving, good chances you are. Or perhaps, you do what I do, which is make a plan weeks in advance, only to start second guessing myself right before I start cooking, or even in the midst of cooking. Ugh, it’s a serious problem.

I already plotted out the Roasted Butternut Squash with Pears and Cranberries, the Pumpkin Lasagna, and the Cloud Topped Pumpkin Loaf. Don’t forget some of last year’s favorites like Bacon, Beets, and Brussels Sprouts, and the Upside Down Cranberry Pumpkin Cake. But after seeing so many wonderfully enticing pictures of Hasselback potatoes all-over the blogosphere (on Things We Make, Sea Salt with Food, Craving Comfort, and Almost Bourdian), I wanted those too.

Hasselback Yams 2

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Winter BLT

Friday, November 13, 2009

Yesterday, I woke up with flu-like symptoms that I really struggled with, but lost. I couldn’t even get up. Lon had already gone to work but my brother came over to walk Ice for me. Thanks Justin! I was so hot, it was causing a headache, but at the same time, I was shivering with chills. I had aches all over. Despite having this recipe for my Winter BLT already written and pictures in the camera, I just couldn’t get up to finish this post. I’m a little e-mail obsessed and I just let most of my e-mails go yesterday. I really can’t remember the last time I felt this incapacitated.

Winter BLT 7

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Smoky Toasty Pumpkin Seeds

Monday, November 9, 2009

Do you ever have one of those days where everything seems to be going wrong? Your hair has enough static to start powering small appliances. You’re already running late and then a phone call comes; it’s the person (and I’m not saying who) that you can’t get off the phone. Your coffee maker is broken. You wrongly decided to weigh yourself this morning and the construction next door is throwing your dust allergies a party.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Alder Smoked Salt

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Cauliflower with Almonds, Cranberries, and Capers

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I bookmarked this Michael Anthony (of Gramercy Tavern) cauliflower recipe on Smitten Kitchen, attracted by how interesting it is. Of course, everything on Smitten Kitchen looks delicious, but this was a recipe Michael Anthony created to convince his wife (when they first met) to like cauliflower. See, Lon does not like cauliflower, though I’ve tried a few times, and this just seemed different enough, perhaps…I finally did bring him over to the fungus side (he did not eat mushrooms for most of his life) so I was feeling pretty confident.

Cauliflower with Almonds, Cranberries, and Capers 3

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Slow Roasted Tomatoes Revisited

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It’s fall now and the tasty tomatoes of summer are saying goodbye. I got ready to start my ritual of slow roasting trays of plum tomatoes and I decided to look back on the post I wrote in October  of last year. I’ve been doing that lately and occasionally updating the photos with a little note about which photos are new. (I’m embarrassed by how bad some of my old shots were.) This time, I was a little taken aback by how little I wrote. Just a year ago, which is really not that long ago, I tried to keep it down to just a few sentences beyond the recipe. I thought that the recipe was all that people really wanted. Boy was I wrong.

Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Thyme 5

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Dungeness Crab with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Monday, October 19, 2009

If you’re wondering where Lon has been, he’s still here. We’re still happily married and he’s still the tech support, web designer, and general problem solver. He hasn’t written much lately because work has been demanding, and one of us has to get paid in money. He’s usually gone before I wake up and he gets home around 8pm, and I’ll have dinner ready on the table. Of course, I understand that he’s tired but I do miss his cooking.

Dungeness Crab 2

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Shrimp Pasta with Sweet Corn, Roasted Tomatoes, and Poblano Cream

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lon and I enjoyed that week in California, from Los Angeles to Napa Valley, so much more than we expected to. Neither of us like driving, but the views were postcard quality, and we broke the drive up into little pieces. Not only does it make the car rides seem short, we got to see and eat through so many little towns. Cambria, sticks out in my mind because it was such an adorable little place that we found by accident. No national chains. No sky scrapers. Knowing that we were tourists, one shop keeper asked, “How ever did you find us?”

Shrimp Pasta with corn, roasted tomatoes, and poblano cream 7

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