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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Spicy Carrot-Coconut Soup

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During the boys’ winter break, we went to Disney World with family and had a wonderful time. We were a group of 15 in total. We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and ate at their restaurant called Boma – Flavors of Africa twice during our stay. My favorite part of the meal at Boma […]

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Burrata with Lentils and Basil Vinaigrette

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This is one of my all-time favorite vegetarian main dishes. It’s perfect for Fridays in Lent or Meatless Mondays. It doesn’t look like much in the photo, but it’s packed with flavor from the homemade pesto-like sauce, and it’s incredibly satisfying. I haven’t found de puy lentils at any of my grocery stores, so I […]

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Pumpkin Lentil Soup

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This is a nice, comforting soup that’s great for chilly weather. It’s vegetarian and full of healthy ingredients. It’s thickened with a can of pumpkin puree, but doesn’t taste like pumpkin at all. Consider the pumpkin a thickener rather than a flavor-enhancer. As written, the soup is subtly seasoned and has a mild flavor. I […]

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Tomato, Melted Leek and Feta Galette

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This is one of my favorite galette recipes. What is a galette, you ask? According to cookbook author David Leibovitz, “Galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or freeform crusty cakes.” My favorite part of that definition is the word freeform, which screams rustic, meaning it doesn’t […]

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Fresh Corn Salad

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We have the most wonderful neighbors on Shelter Island and this recipe came from one of them. Our neighbor Jessie is famous for her corn salad, which highlights the best of summer’s produce in a very simple but incredibly delicious recipe. This is a perfect recipe for fresh corn season, which is August if you […]

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Shrimp Scampi with Spiralized Zucchini

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We have friends visiting from Atlanta and one of them prefers to avoid gluten, so I have been making some gluten-free dishes. As I mentioned in another post, I have found that Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour is a very good substitute for regular flour. In lieu of flour in some of […]

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