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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Bourbon Shrimp with SpinachBourbon Shrimp with Spinach
january 10, 2015

This may be the quickest dinner in his entire book. I whipped it up in about 15 minutes late tonight after my husband and I arrived home from separate parental duties, one PTA meeting and one trip to the local wine bar to solicit a donation for the PTA fundraiser. 

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Orange-Curry Beef Stir FryOrange-Curry Beef Stir Fry
january 9, 2015

This dish puts an Indian spin on orange-beef, which I would usually consider Chinese. But adding Madras curry powder makes it something altogether different, a one-dish meal with the homey warmth of curry and a sour-sweet kick.

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january 8, 2015

We've been trying to recreate the perfect mac and cheese ever since discovering it at my favorite NYC restaurant this past summer.  My kids are now mac and cheese connoisseurs, and while this particular recipe didn't meet the ultimate goal, it did fulfill another long sought dream: squash pasta they will actually eat.

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Spatchcock Roasted Chicken & PotatoesSpatchcock Roasted Chicken & Potatoes
january 5, 2015

Spatchcocking, or cutting out the backbone and laying flat, helps a bird roast more quickly and gives something to jump-start a crock-pot of stock with. The name is bad and so is the picture, but this is the fastest and most delicious way to get chicken dinner on the table.

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october 10, 2014

The problem with beets is that they turn everything pink. So why not 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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Simple Tomato SauceSimple Tomato Sauce
october 9, 2014

Tuesday morning we had a counter top full of tomatoes, so I hustled during breakfast and dinner to make the least complicated sauce I could find: olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, salt. Plus some oregano since it was right there sitting on the counter.

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