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Cheesy Polenta Lasagna with Swiss Chard

Vegetarian polenta lasagna with swiss chard and sweet peppers.

Our weather just sucks. I hope I’m not offending anyone, but it’s in the 60’s, sunny, and the magnolia tree in the backyard is covered in plump, fuzzy buds ready to burst into bloom. Tahoe isn’t much better. It’s in the 50’s right now, and […]

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa

  We’re in countdown mode for Super Bowl Sunday. My team’s not going to be on the field, but I like both teams (entirely because I like Seattle and I used to live in Boston). Clearly, I don’t care who wins – it’s all about the […]

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Yellow Split Pea Dal

Yellow Split Pea Dal

I decided many years ago that I didn’t like Indian food. Any of it. After all, it was in the same area of the world as China, and I knew for a fact I didn’t like Chinese food. Not terribly enlightened or adventurous, I know. But food […]

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Curried Cauliflower & Greens Mac and Cheese: #ComfortFoodFeast

Curried Cauliflower & Greens Mac 'n Cheese

This week’s theme for Food Network’s #ComfortFoodFest is Mac and Cheese. I grew up on Stouffer’s Mac ‘n Cheese, and before that, Swanson’s TV dinners (yes, I know that probably slams me into a particular age bracket), but as an adult, I’ve learned that Mac and […]

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Baked Artichoke Risotto with Radicchio

Baked Artichoke Radicchio Risotto

Creamy baked artichoke risotto casserole loaded with artichokes and radicchio, topped with lemon-caper breadcrumbs…for the Food Network #ComfortFoodFeast. We’re back! The Food Network’s #FallFest is now done, and we start a new series called #ComfortFoodFeast as we bundle up by the fire for the cold nights […]

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Coconut Curry Mussels | #SundaySupper

coconut curry mussels

Mussels steamed in a broth of vegetable stock, coconut milk, red curry paste, and lime juice, mixed with onion and red peppers. This week’s theme on #SundaySupper is Year End Cravings, hosted by Cindy on Cindy’s Recipes and Writings. Something we’ve had a hankering for […]

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Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

Soft ginger molasses cookies with little chunks of sugared ginger.

Secret Recipe Club: Soft ginger-molasses cookies with little chunks of sugared ginger for an extra kick. Every year on Secret Recipe Club, we get a get-out-of-jail card. Which is to say, we get either December or January off without penalty, depending on the group we’re in. […]

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Holiday Crab & Shrimp Scramble | #SundaySupper

Holiday Crab and Shrimp Scramble Eggs

Holiday brunch for a crowd (or special breakfast for 2): Crab, shrimp, and asparagus folded into softly scrambled eggs.                                                     […]

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Brussels Sprouts Chips with Nutritional Yeast

Brussels sprouts chips with Nutritional Yeast

Looking for a healthy snack for your holiday gatherings? Make some Brussels sprouts chips. I admit it’s a little time-consuming to peel away the leaves, but it’s totally worth it. With my version, I sprinkled a little Nutritional Yeast on top, along with a very small […]

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Wine-Poached Spiced Pear Strudel with Chocolate

Wine-poached spiced pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries.

Secret Recipe Club: Wine-poached and spiced pear strudel with pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries. This might be my new(est) favorite dessert. Yes, I know I always say that. But I really mean it. It’s perfect when you want […]

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Spiced Cranberry Buckle | #SundaySupper

clove spiced buckle with cranberry sauce.

  This week’s theme at #SundaySupper is Thanksgiving Leftovers, hosted by Jennie at The Messy Baker. As we approach this food-centric holiday, this week’s theme is the perfect guide for you through the long weekend that follows your annual feast. I love leftovers. They give […]

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Boozy Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Raisins

Every year or so, I like to switch up my cranberry sauce. Cranberries offer a feast of opportunities since they work and play well with both savory and sweet. Some years I fold in onions, Serrano peppers, and cinnamon and serve it over salmon, pork chops, or cream […]

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DIY

Basil, Chive, and Mustard Butters

Easy compound butters using fresh herbs from the garden to make dishes a little more special. Compound butters are a great little condiment to keep in the freezer, all wrapped in wax paper and tucked into ziplock baggies. They’ll keep that way for a long […]

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Green Mint Chutney…Tossed in Rice With Tomatoes & Nectarines

green mint chutney rice

Spicy, green mint chutney is a popular staple on the Indian table, particularly in summer. If you follow this blog, you know I love condiments I can have on hand to make great meals in minutes. This powerful little condiment, Classic Mint Chutney from Spices […]

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Garlic Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Olive oil infused with garlic plus cooking tips. Flavored olive oils are fun and so easy to make. But there’s good reason to take precautions. There is risk of botulism in making some types, and this seems to be particularly true of garlic oil as […]

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Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper

Roasted Tomato Hummus 600 The Wimpy Vegetarian

Easy hummus recipe with a swirl of balsamic roasted tomatoes. If you follow this blog, you know I’m a list person. Have you ever had something on your to-do list you keep postponing? Not something like ‘clean the bathroom grout’ – that’s in an entirely different […]

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