20141010-PinkEggsSmBeet Salad with Pink Eggs
October 10, 2014

The problem with beets is that they turn everything pink. So what a good idea to do it deliberately! This salad is fast to put together and serve if the beets and eggs are cooked ahead of time. Which I didn't mind doing before breakfast, because dying eggs pink is fun.

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Kale & Cheddar StrataKale & Cheddar Strata
October 7, 2014

Buzzfeed suggested this as a make-ahead weekend brunch item, but I made it for dinner instead.

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Chiles Rellenos, Mexican Green Rice, Yellow Indian Woman BeansLazy Chiles Rellenos
October 2, 2014

This is my favorite recent trifecta (or triple win): Mexican Green Rice, Lazy Chiles Rellenos, Yellow Indian Woman beans. I only wish my kids loved it as much as I do. They routinely ask for the beans by name and always manage to choke down a bite each of the rice and rellenos, so I'll call it good. 

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Chard TartChard Tart
September 24, 2014

This tart was a surprisingly successful quick meal, though as you can see, not my prettiest. Pizza dough instead of pastry is a great idea! With a little prep-ahead and someone at home to preheat the oven this is a snap. It takes about 5 minutes to assemble and 30 to bake. Home by 6? You'll eat before 7.

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Buy the bookChard, Ricotta & Saffron Cakes
June 2, 2014

These little pancakes are a perfect way to use up chard when you don't feel like eating chard. Or feed it to your kids, when you know they won't want to eat it otherwise.

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Egg Salad with Tarragon, Parsley & Chives
june 1, 2014

Egg salad is kid stuff. To me it has always been part of sweaty picnics, messy faces and squashed sandwiches at the bottom of my locker. But this one rises above, especially when served open-faced on toast. Tarragon and parsley give it a grown up flavor that can take the heat. For easy-peel eggs: add them to already boiling water, simmer 11 minutes, then cool in ice water for 30.

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Bittman-EverythingSalad Niçoise
april 23, 2014

A composed salad is the obvious thing to make when the fridge is full of Easter Eggs. Salad Niçoise is one version that I especially love, there is something magical about the combination of vinaigrette, hard boiled egg and canned tuna. They work phenomenally well together.

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Zucchini Pancakes & Grilled Chicken
october 1, 2013

The chicken is already made, it joined some swordfish on the grill while I was making dinner Sunday. Cooking two meals at once, both from the new Canal House Cooking Volume 8, was motivation enough for me to fire up the charcoal grill out in the yard. Lighting an actual fire is always more satisfying than pushing the button on our gas grill, even though it takes more time and effort. Plus, the food always tastes better.

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Buy the bookCelebration Cake
august 17, 2013

Today we are throwing my daughter a birthday party, more than a month and a half late. But she doesn't care - there is a movie, with minions and fart jokes, popcorn, presents and a cake loaded with more sprinkles than I've ever seen in one place before. My quick snapshot didn't quite live up to the photo on the cover of this book, but the actual cake was just as exciting and really fun to decorate. I can't speak for the fun of baking it, because my husband did it.

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june 13, 2013

On p.100 of the May issue of Sunset Magazine, this recipe is a combination of eggs, kale, avocado and spices over rice. For ours, I'll add on the crock pot korean spare ribs we've been making for years. More details on that later.

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