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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Lemon Fusilli with Arugula

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I know I have said this before, but I love Ina Garten recipes. I think I have every one of her cookbooks, and I have had great success with everything I’ve tried. This pasta dish is no exception.

The recipe indicates that it serves 4 – 5. I’d say it serves 6 – 7. It makes […]

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Broccoli, Cheddar and Wild Rice Casserole

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This winter we’re having in New York is seemingly endless. We’re approaching the end of March, and we’re expecting snow tonight. It’s crazy.

There are many nice things about cold weather, but one of my favorites is a nice, hearty, warm casserole. I made this a couple of days ago when it was quite cold outside. […]

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Broccoli and Pasta Soup

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I know that I have said this before, but sometimes the best recipes are the ones with the most basic ingredients. This is one of those recipes.

Before I got married, my wonderful mother-in-law (whom I really miss) gave me a number of cookbooks, and The Essentials of Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan was one of […]

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Creamy Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

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The weather turned chilly recently, and when it’s cold outside there’s nothing better than a big pot of hot soup. In my book, this soup is classic comfort food. Both creamy and cheesy, and packing a lot of flavor. I love to make soups. They’re surprisingly easy to make and canned soups can’t hold a […]

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Pasta and White Beans with Broccoli Pesto

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I found this recipe in my most recent issue of Everyday Cooking by Martha Stewart.    I was flipping through the magazine the other day looking for dinner inspiration, knowing that I had some tired broccoli sitting in the fridge.  I felt it was my lucky day when I came across this recipe.   I […]

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Five-Treasure Fried Rice

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Recipes from the Fine Cooking magazine or website never let me down. One recipe is better than the next. My niece made this last week and suggested that I try it. A couple of friends came by for dinner last week so I made these risotto cakes and this five-treasure […]

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Very Green Broccoli Soup

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This soup is unbelievable – it’s now one of my top 5 favorite soups.  I served it for dinner last night and it was so good.  When I first looked at the ingredients I said to myself – looks pretty healthy, but may end up being a bit bland. This soup is anything but. The […]

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Broccoli Salad

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I went to the farmer’s market in my neighborhood the other day and they had beautiful heads of broccoli.  I bought one and then searched for something to do with it.  In the past I’ve steamed it, boiled it, roasted it and turned it into soup, but I don’t have a go-to broccoli recipe, so […]

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