Sautéed Edamame Salad

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I love summer vegetable salads like this one where very little cooking is involved, and it’s mostly chopping and assembly. I make lots of these in the summer. They’re SO good when tomatoes and corn are in season. The weather has started to get warm here in NYC and despite the fact that fresh corn […]

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Maple

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I have had my eye on this recipe for a long time. I’m a huge fan of recipes by Yotam Ottolenghi. One tastes more interesting and full of flavor than the next. His combination of herbs and spices may seem a bit strange, but the resulting dishes end up tasting wonderful.

This is a very interesting […]

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts

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Our long Trader Joe’s check out line snakes right through their fresh produce department. And when I say snakes, I mean snakes. I have never shopped in a store before where they need an employee to hold up a big “End of Line” sign. Sometimes the line to get in is around the block. It […]

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Macaroni and Cheese with Black Beans and Chipotle

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This is my new, favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.   I could eat this every day for a week without getting sick of it, and I almost have, considering I made a lot of it and the boys won’t touch it.   It’s great fresh from the stove, and it’s great as a leftover as well.  When […]

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Orzo with Herbs

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This is a great side-dish to make on a weeknight. It’s quick and it’s tasty. I really enjoyed it when I made it the first night, and it was even terrific for lunch the next day. The consistency wasn’t perfect the next day, but I actually enjoyed the flavor a little more. I used the […]

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Colcannon

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Every St. Patrick’s Day, I make a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and boiled cabbage, carrots and potatoes.  This year I followed a Sandra Lee recipe which called for cooking everything in the crock pot in a mixture of water and apple juice.    Actually, I cooked everything but the potatoes in the crock pot.  […]

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Crab Cakes with Sweet Red Pepper Dressing

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I have had a container of lump crab meat kicking around my refrigerator for months now. When I bought it, the expiration date was about a year out. The crab must be vacuum sealed to enable it to be kept for so long. Anyway, I made these crab cakes for dinner the other night. I […]

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Mexican Lasagna

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I really like this recipe, and I’ve made it twice in the last week. It’s easy to throw together – it’s actually the easiest lasagna I’ve ever made – and it’s incredibly good. It’s a perfect weeknight meal for us as we strive to continue to remove meat from our diet.

Today I watched the movie […]

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Jerk Shrimp Mini Pies

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What a treat these little pies are!   We had them for dinner on Sunday night and I wish I had made more.  I do have some extra shrimp in the freezer, so I’ll definitely make these again soon.   The insides have such a great combination of flavors – bacon, shrimp, fresh tomatoes, scallions and lime […]

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Shrimp Toast

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I host Christmas Eve dinner every year and I typically put out a platter of shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, but I wanted to do something different this year so I decided to try shrimp toast. I thought they were delicious – a tiny bit on the greasy side because they’re lightly fried in […]

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