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Mashed Celery Root with Blue Cheese and Watercress: #FoodNetwork-Dish

Mashed celery root whipped up with mascarpone and blue cheeses, watercress, and topped with thinly sliced scallions.

This week, the FN Dish bloggers start a new theme: #SustainableSides.  For the next 3 months, we’ll be blogging every Thursday about all kinds of side dishes to serve with dinner. And we kick it off with ‘Anything Mashed’! I know, this dish is more whipped than mashed, […]

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Asparagus Gribiche: #SundaySupper

I love to garden. (Rewind. Whrrrrrr.) Let me rephrase. I love going into my back yard and harvesting vegetables to eat, and love the idea of having grown them myself. But I’m not terribly successful at the actual gardening part. I have issues. I lack […]

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Spiralized Sweet Potatoes and Apples in Browned Butter

spiralized sweet potatoes and apples in brown butter

  I know. I just published a recipe a few days ago featuring something spiralized. But it’s such a kick pushing things through the spiralizer. If you don’t have one yet, I recommend picking one up next time you’re at Sur La Table or online on Amazon. Besides […]

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Zucchetti Scampi over Couscous: #Healthy Solutions Spice Contest

Spiralized zucchini cooked in a scampi sauce and served over couscous.

Spiralized zucchini cooked in a scampi sauce and served over couscous for a satisfying vegetarian dinner!                             Shrimp scampi is the first dish I learned to make as an adult, and all […]

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Watercress and Buttermilk Vichyssoise: #ProgressiveEats

Watercress and buttermilk vichyssoise with a dollop of mascarpone, served as a starter in shooter glasses.

Move over kale, there’s a new powerhouse in town. Well, it’s actually been around for a long time. In fact, Hippocrates built his first hospital near a natural spring because it was a natural habitat for this green. I’m talking about watercress. What? The limp, frail […]

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Vegiladas – Vegetarian Enchiladas: #SRC

Vegetarian enchiladas

  These are just the BEST. You can add meat or shrimp if you really must, but consider going completely meatless with these enchiladas. It’s The Secret Recipe Club time again. For the uninitiated, we’re a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four […]

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Sweet and Smoky Lentil Sloppy Joes: #WeekdaySupper #McSkilletSauce

Lentil sloppy joes

Vegan Sloppy Joes using lentils, sweet bell peppers and onions, and McCormick Sweet and Smoky Sloppy Joes Skillet Sauce! As a child, my favorite lunch in the school cafeteria was Sloppy Joes. As I inched down the long lunch line, I watched jolly hair-netted lunch […]

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Chocolate and Pretzel Bark with Sea Salt

chocolate bark with pretzels and sea salt

It started with a deceptively innocent outing. A close friend, Ina, and I decided to go for a hike in the Headlands, and stopped at a local grocery store for the sustenance we were certain we’d need, what with all the exercise we were planning on the […]

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Polenta Cake with Honey Yogurt and Peach Preserves: #SundaySupper

Polenta Cake with Yogurt and Peaches

With Valentine’s Day upon us, I wondered where and how this day of celebrating love and romance began. Unsurprisingly, it’s all a bit murky. First of all, there were at least two, and maybe three, priests canonized as martyred saints in Catholic records by the name […]

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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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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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