Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

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I served this cake on Christmas Eve as one of our desserts because one of our guests was vegan. If you make this recipe using dairy-free or vegan chocolate chips, it’s a vegan delight because it contains no dairy, butter or eggs! The cake is incredibly moist and chocolaty and it was a big hit […]

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Caramelized Shallots

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I make these caramelized shallots for Christmas Eve every year. They’re one of my favorite side dishes. 2 lbs of shallots will serve six. For Christmas Eve dinner, I traditionally make five pounds, much to the consternation of the boys. Peeling the shallots has been their job for the last couple of years. I like […]

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Gingerbread Biscotti

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If you’re a biscotti fan, these are perfect to make for the holidays. Your home is guaranteed to smell wonderful while they’re baking. It’s a perfect winter cookie to make on a freezing cold day like today in NYC. Biscotti are an Italian cookie that is typically dipped into a hot beverage before eating. I […]

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Loiusa's Cake

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I made this cake the other day on a lark. It was described as a cake that could be served for breakfast so I made it for the boys. As is typical with many new things I make, the boys were skeptical that it was loaded with vegetables. I assured them that it wasn’t, but […]

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Less Sweet) Sweet Potato Casserole with Butter Pecan Crumble Topping

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I love sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving, but I find that it’s often more like dessert than a side dish. Don’t get me wrong, when a sweet potato casserole is sweet, it’s certainly delicious, but I wanted to try to make a casserole that was a little healthier. Sweet potatoes have a natural sweetness that […]

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Sprinkle Cookies

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We are in the throes of finals week in our apartment and it has been stressful. Our 9th graders have never had finals before and the thought of needing to know everything that has been taught since September is frightening for them, especially in subjects like biology and history where the minutia can be overwhelming. […]

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Cacio e Pepe Potatoes Anna

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This is one of those situations where I knew the recipe was going to be delicious (it was!), and I knew I wanted it posted on the blog so I could have the recipe on hand so I could make it again, but I also knew we didn’t have time to get set up to […]

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Frozen Coconut Limeade

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I made these on a warm spring afternoon. Our weather in NYC has been crazy recently. We seem to bounce between hot and cool/cold every couple of days. Last week was in the high 90s and this week it’s back to the 60s. I made these on one of the really warm afternoons, and I’ll […]

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Farro and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

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Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli-British chef whose vegetarian recipes are some of my favorites. With a strong focus on fresh, varied flavors, his dishes are always more that the sum of their parts.

If you’re not used to cooking with farro, give it a try, it’s an “old world grain” that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s […]

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Veggie Balls

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Although the photo doesn’t do it justice, this is one of my new favorite recipes. Because my husband and I were the only ones in the family to eat these, and the recipe makes a generous quantity, we ate them for several days in a row and I didn’t get sick of them at all. […]

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