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Mujadara with Roasted Tomatoes and Greens

Mujadara lentils and rice

Our puppy Rika was sick last week…the oh-my-God-she-might-die kind of sick. Of course we knew from the first tender moment we brought her into our lives, that we would likely outlive her. But as an 8-month-old puppy with 10,000 more fields to run, and 100,000 […]

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Asparagus Carbonara with Horseradish Crumbs

Asparagus Carbonara

  It’s Thursday, so it’s time for our weekly post for The Food Network’s blog, FN Dish. Our theme for spring is #SustainableSides, and this week’s topic is asparagus. Sure, I could have come up with a more traditional side dish thing, but honestly, I really wanted to […]

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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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Roasted Red Pepper Penne

It’s The Secret Recipe Club time again. For the uninitiated, we’re a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four smaller blogging groups. Every month, we’re each assigned a blog in our group to look through. We try a few recipes and chose one […]

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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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Nut-Free Anise Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

Anise Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

Bringing a new life into your family is cause for celebration. It changes your life, expands your world, and deepens the relationship with your spouse in ways you didn’t expect. For me and my husband, it’s been a new puppy. Rika is 6 months old now and she’s […]

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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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Orange – Mango Smoothie with Lime & Ginger: #SundaySupper

orange mango ginger smoothie

Orange mango smoothie with lime and ginger for a heart healthy start to the day. A couple of months ago, I was offered a Ninja blender and I have LOVED using it for all kinds of things. But the things I’ve enjoyed making the most are […]

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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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