SoHa Chicken Jollof RiceSoHa Chicken Jollof Rice
march 21, 2015

This is a Senegalese dish that Marcus Samuelson likes to get in South Harlem. I was pretty excited to find a one pot meal recipe that calls for cabbage, and to see peanuts referred to as ground-nuts, since I've long wondered what ground-nut oil is. It often shows up in British cookbooks.

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Minestrone with Arugula PestoHeirloom Bean's Minestrone with Arugula Pesto
march 19, 2015

We all love pesto at my house, though it is usually made with basil and pinenuts. This one is made with arugula and parsley instead. Both have parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic and salt. I used the blender tonight, instead of the food processor, and I think the latter is better: the blender makes it too smooth.

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Shredded Turkey Chili (with chicken)Shredded Turkey Chili
march 17, 2015

Most of Marcus Samuelson's recipes are not particularly fast and easy, but this one is! I made it with leftover chicken from a day or two ago and beans cooked in the crockpot yesterday.

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Pan Fried Sole with Chimichurri SaucePanfried Halibut with Chimichurri Sauce
march 16, 2015

My grocery store didn't have any halibut, but it did have sole. It also didn't have any Wondra flour, so I used all purpose. Both substitutions worked out fine: this sauce is delicious, my entire family loved their fish!

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French Lentil SaladFrench Lentil Salad
march 10, 2015

This dish is an example of good, honest food. It's a simple preparation that highlights the ingredients' flavors. The earthiness of the lentils goes well with carrots and onions, and a little bit of spice kicks it up a notch. 

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Helga's Meatballs & Gravy with Carrot-Apple Mashed PotatoesHelga's Meatballs & Gravy with Carrot-Apple Mashed Potatoes
march 9, 2015

Helga is Marcus Samuelson's grandmother, and since my own grandmother has no recipe for meatballs, what better way to celebrate National Meatball Day than to use her's?

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Jalapeño, Pork & Hominy ChiliJalapeño, Pork & Hominy Chili
march 6, 2015

Posole from Nopalito restaurant is one of my favorite lunches ever, so I thought I'd try making it myself. This version of posole has pork in a green broth, instead of beef in a red broth, and is quick to prepare, as long as the hominy has been cooked ahead of time or comes from a can. 

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Kale Salad With Popped Wild RiceSpicy Kale Salad with Popped Wild Rice
march 3, 2015

Kale salads seem to be magically delicious these days, and this one was no exception. Wild rice, popped like corn, gave it a crunchy topping, a sort of better-for-you crouton replacement.

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Buttery Spiced Pilaf with Bitter GreensButtery Spiced Pilaf with Bitter Greens
february 29, 2015

On  leap of faith I brought this to a potluck for my friend Britt's birthday, without previously testing the recipe. It was a big hit! Lentils, quinoa, cracked wheat, greens and a good salty spice blend make this dish a sure thing. So much so that the party host asked to keep leftovers for herself. What could be better than that?

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Brown Rice BowlBrown Rice Bowl
February 17, 2015

This meal is packed with protein, whole grains and greens. It can be easily assembled from ingredients cooked the night before or earlier in the day and it tastes great. That's a triple win, in my book.

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Hummus and PitaHummus and Pita
february 14, 2015

Ottolenghi's restaurants are, as far as I can tell, all in London and all wildly popular. The recipes in this cookbook are from those restaurants. Ottolenghi bases his cooking on vegetables, pulses and grains from his native Israel. Luckily for me, that includes lots of whole grains, healthy proteins and vegetables that we get in our CSA box.

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20150212-CreamyButternutSoupButternut Squash Soup
february 12, 2015

Spicy Sweet Potato is our usual favorite orange soup, but this one is good, too. More gingery than spicy, but I have to say that sweet potatoes and butternut squash taste pretty similar when cooked in chicken broth with onion.

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