SoHa Chicken Jollof RiceMarcus Samuelsson's SoHa 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 PestoSteve Sando'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)Marcus Samuelsson's 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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French Lentil SaladPollan Family's French 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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Buttery Spiced Pilaf with Bitter GreensMolly Watson's Buttery 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 BowlMolly Watson's Brown 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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20150212-CreamyButternutSoupPollan Family's Butternut 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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Crusty Brown Rice with GreensMolly Watson's Crusty Brown Rice with Greens
february 12, 2015

The photos are beautiful and the concept is great, but so far I'm striking out with this cookbook. First the cruncny farro, now a dinner that elicits "Ew! Crusty? Brown? I won't eat it!"  To top it all off, I singed the crust.

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Macaroni CasseroleLisa Leake's Macaroni Casserole
february 5, 2015

Walks like a duck, talks like a duck. I'm going to call this macaroni and cheese and add it to my quest for the perfect recipe. This one calls for 1 cup of "add-ins", like  frozen peas or chopped steamed broccoli. Knowing my kids' abhorrence for the peas I add to chicken pot pie, I asked for their input. Surprisingly, my vegetable-averse son asked for steamed cabbage. 

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Alfredo with ShrimpLisa Leake's Alfredo with Shrimp
february 4, 2015

Shrimp cook fast. Shrimp are high in protein. Shrimp taste good. I usually only need two good reasons to do something, so that's enough for me! This recipe has the added bonus of using spinach, which is a frequent part of our weekly CSA box. And it makes whole wheat pasta tolerable. That's five reasons to make it for dinner. Five!

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Teriyaki Flank Steak SaladLisa Leake's Teriyaki Flank Steak Salad
february 3, 2015

I neglected to mention this yesterday, but after dropping last night's Teriyaki Salmon on the grill I re-used its marinade for tonight's flank steak. I just can't let a half cup of soy sauce go to waste. Even my son took note of its long pouring time during preparation.

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