Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Dried Fruit, Toasted Almonds, and Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette

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I think I’m going to have to get a better picture of this dish.  I made it the other night when we had some friends over for dinner.   It’s a terrific combination of flavors and textures.   The avocado is smooth and creamy (if it’s ripe), the nuts are crunchy and the fruit chewy.

Here are my […]

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“Use a Spoon” Chopped Salad

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My brother came down from Boston to participate in the NYC Triathlon on Saturday and we traditionally host a pasta dinner for him and any of his friends that are around. Because we came in from Shelter Island to see the race, my mom volunteered to provide fresh pasta and sauce. All I had to […]

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Orange-Scented Almond and Olive Oil Muffins

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I made these for breakfast one recent morning. The boys inhaled them. I also gave a couple to my dad, and he enjoyed them as well. I thought like they tasted like they came directly from an Italian bakery. I think it might have been the almond flavor that did it. I have to admit […]

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Cinnamon Vanilla Granola

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My sister Gail posted a link on Facebook a couple of days ago that talked about things that you should never buy again because you should be making them at home. Granola was one of them. I’ve been wanting to try to make granola for a while now, but I didn’t get around to trying […]

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Honey Roasted Almonds

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These nuts are a great snack to have around the house during the holidays.   They’re great to serve if friends drop by. They’re also perfect as a hostess gift. Everyone likes spiced nuts! These are both sweet and salty, which is one of my favorite combinations of flavors. Enjoy!

Oh, I […]

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Curried Rice and Quinoa Salad

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In my quest to put healthy food on the table, I decided to make this healthy entree salad for dinner tonight. It was published in the NY Times earlier this week. I succeeded in getting some healthy food to the table, but I didn’t succeed in getting the boys to try it. […]

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Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts

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We had a lot of company over Labor Day weekend and consequently I cooked quite a bit, but mostly tried and true recipes.    The only new recipe I tried was for Union Square Cafe (great restaurant, by the way) bar nuts.   I thought they were really tasty.   I love fresh herbs – especially rosemary – […]

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Tuna Salad with Cranberries

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It’s a rainy day here in NYC;  it seems like it has been raining forever.   I can’t remember a rainier spring.   I was going to say summer because I always think of June being the summer, but since tomorrow is the summer solstice, today is still technically spring.  To top off the rainy day, one […]

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