Potato Spinach PiePotato-Spinach Pie
january 21, 2015

Usually I make my own pie crust or use one from the freezer, but this time I took the author's advice and bought one pre-made from the store. It's a good thing I did, since prep for this recipe took a while, leaving about two minutes to roll out the dough and assemble the pie before kid-duty commenced.

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Roast Chicken with CouscousRoast Chicken with Vinaigrette & Couscous
january 19, 2015

Marcus Samuelsson says the herbs in this meal remind him of working in Switzerland, which is a beautiful image. My version of this meal reminds me of California, because it's not very often that I find as many locally produced items in one big bowl as in this one.

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Corn on the CobCorn on the Cob
january 18, 2015

Marcus Samuelsson calls this corn lip-smakin' good, and it is, just like the rib eyes we served it with. The combination of flavored butter, queso fresco and lime juice is perfect. But, once again, I have to ask myself if the end result is really worth all the effort.

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Rib EyeRib Eye
january 18, 2015

In his cookbook these are rib eyes on the bone, but I forgot, and bought them off. In typical Marcus Samulesson style the preparation involves an intricate and multi-stepped blending of culturally diverse ingredients that are delicious together, in new and surprising ways. In this case a coffee-chocolate rub, herbs, lemon juice and grilled garlic, jalapenos and scallions. 

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Peanut Noodles with Slaw

Peanut Noodles with Slaw
january 17, 2015

I have tried for many years to get my children to like noodles with peanut butter sauce. All eight million of the recipes I've used are easy to make and usually taste pretty good, but my kids just won't. This one was no exception, though the sauce tops any other recipe I've made so far.

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Mac & Cheese & GreensMac & Cheese & Greens
january 15, 2015

1 stick of butter, 3 cups of cream, 1 cup whole milk, 1 pound of cheese, 6 slices of bacon, crème fraiche, coconut milk, olive oil, 1 pound of pasta and some collards go into this most decadent mac and cheese. Divine, yes. Healthy, no. Unless you are a cyclist who burns as many calories as my husband does. 

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20150114-SoupFennel Matzo Ball Chicken Soup
january 14, 2015

"Matzo ball soup is chasing a memory," my husband said, as he turned up his nose while we ate it for dinner. But I've got no memory of my own for it. I didn't eat it as a child or as an adult, and worked hard to tell the story of unleavened bread and the escape from Egypt to my children tonight.

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Quinoa with Romanesco and CoconutQuiona with Romanesco & Coconut
january 12, 2015

The recipe says to use cauliflower and broccoli, but I only had romanesco, which is a little bit of both. A chartreuse space-alien looking sort of brassica, it suits this dish just fine.

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Kale SaladRaw Kale Salad with Root Vegetables
january 15, 2015

Every time I turn around there seems to be another massaged kale salad asserting its healthfulness in my direction. But the truth of the matter is, most of them are pretty tasty. This one, with maple-cayenne roasted pecans and apples is especially delicious. I recommend you try it. You won't even notice the rutabega.

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Dill Spiced SalmonDill Spiced Salmon
january 12, 2015

Everyone knows that fish and dill go together well, but in this combination spices and chilies amp that classic combo up to a new level.

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Twice Fried Chicken

Twice Fried Chicken with Rainbow Slaw
january 11, 2015

We broke out the deep fryer for this one, a yet unused Mother's Day present from 2014. For many years I've both longed for and feared a deep fryer of my own. But we seem to have adequately tempered temptation by following the advice of a friend: we only fry outside and store it out of sight in the garage.

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