Tomato and Feta White Bean Salad

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It’s summer here in the Northeast and there’s nothing better than a hearty salad that doesn’t involve any cooking, especially one that calls for tomatoes, which are at their peak right now. If you’re a tomato and feta cheese fan, definitely try this. It comes together in no time. The ingredients are simple, but the […]

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Black Bean Salad

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Hello! I know I haven’t posted in ages, but now that school is out for the summer I have more time. The boys all successfully finished their sophomore and freshman years in high school. I’m told that next year, which is junior year for the triplets, is going to be a doozy — apparently lots […]

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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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Veggie Nuggets

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This is another attempt to get my four picky eaters to eat more vegetables. Did I succeed? Nope!

I have made these several times now because I love them. The boys? Not so much. I think they’re crazy. I’m hoping that when they’re off to college, somehow their palates will miraculously improve.

Instead of using three cups […]

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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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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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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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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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This recipe is apparently a take-off on a dish served at P.F. Chang’s, a Chinese restaurant chain. The recipe is easy to throw together and you get a big bang for your buck in terms of flavor. It reminded me of an Asian sloppy Joe (Sloppy Joe’s were one of my favorite school lunches growing […]

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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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Chopped Veggie Salad

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Spring is finally in the air in NYC, and this is a perfect salad for the season. It’s full of lots of fresh, raw vegetables. It reminds me a bit of a cole slaw, in chopped form. The original recipe called for 6 slices of bacon, chopped and stirred into the salad. I left that […]

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