Mashed Fava Beans and Mint Crostini | #WeekdaySupper

Mashed fava beans with mint on crostini for a perfect appetizer - from the Vegetable Butcher cookbook.

The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini is a must-have cookbook for all of us. After playing with it for the past two weeks, I can firmly state that its flavorful recipes pull me into the kitchen and deliver on their promise. But this cookbook is much more than that. It’s a love letter to vegetables, instructing us how to welcome them into our homes, and treat them with the respect they deserve. Cara opens the book with a flourish of Butchery Basics, focused on knife care, equipment, and ...

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No-Bake Pie: Margarita Pie with a Pretzel Crust

No Bake Pie: Margarita Pie with a Pretzel Crust. Great frozen dessert to serve for Cinco de Mayo, and tuck away the leftovers into the freezer to have on hand all summer.

No-bake pie that tastes like a margarita, complete with salt from the pretzel crust! Sometimes I beg my husband to go to a Mexican restaurant just so I can slurp down (in a ladylike way) a good, blended Margarita. I've tried lots of flavors over the years - strawberry, watermelon, mango, and cranberry - but the classic lime is still my all-time favorite. So when Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen blog, chose a pretzel theme this month for Progressive Eats, I knew immediately what ...

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Trofie Pasta with Creamy Poblano Sauce (Espagueti Verde)

Trofie Pasta with Creamy Poblano Sauce

Trofie pasta tossed with a creamy poblano sauce made from roasted poblanos, Mexican crema, garlic, cilantro, and queso fresco. One of the ways to be mere minutes from dinner being on the table at 6:30 pm, when you haven't given dinner a single thought until 6:00 pm, is to have sauces all ready to go in the refrigerator. An essential part of a well-planned pantry, an array of sauces you've cooked ahead over the weekend can be tossed with pasta, grains, legumes or vegetables during the week ...

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Sgroppino al Limone (an Italian Sorbetto Cocktail) | #SundaySupper

Sgroppino (Italian dessert cocktail) with lemon sorbet, Prosecco, and vodka.

One of my favorite things about travel is discovering new dishes, and bringing them into my kitchen. I'm not talking about celery root foam, or other molecular gastronomy tricks. I mean dishes well-known within a particular culture or region. Dishes with a past that can claim lineage. Food with kitchen cred. To name a few - fried empanadas filled with cheese and dusted with sugar  - popular Ecuadorian street food -- I'll be blogging about them soon! Farinata and socca, two dishes that I ...

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Crunchy Kale and Apple Salad with Thai Peanut Butter Dressing

Crunchy Kale Napa Cabbage Apple and Mint Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

Crunchy winter salad of kale, Napa cabbage, apples, and honey roasted peanuts all dressed in a fabulous Thai peanut butter dressing. This post is part of The Food Network's #ComfortFoodFeast series on their blog, FNDish........ Some salads are all about the salad, and the dressing is just along for the ride. But sometimes, the salad is all about the dressing. This is one of those. The unassuming sauce you see in the jar is a peanut butter dressing, and may look a little drab, but trust ...

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Vegetarian Jambalaya Stuffed Red Peppers Casserole | #SundaySupper

Jambalaya Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian jambalaya that can be made in a flash with Zatarain's Jambalaya Mix, and then scooped into red peppers ready for roasting. It's all topped off with cornbread and cheddar cheese.  Do you like knowing the history behind some of our traditions? Me too. Mardi Gras is coming up, and today this celebration is practically synonymous with New Orleans. But its roots are firmly planted in early pagan spring and fertility festivals known as Boeuf Gras (Fatted Calf). Apparently these early ...

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Chickpea Spread for Avocado Toasts

Chickpea Spread and Avocado Toasts

Deliciously healthy chickpea spread with garlic, onions, lemon and mayo for your next batch of avocado toasts. This is officially my new favorite way to lunch. We all know avocado toasts are all the rage. I started making them for lunch 2 - 3 times a week last summer. I'd slice up a half an avocado. Toast up a slice of seeded bread, grab some good olive oil, and finish it off with a spray of Jane's Crazy Salt. Well now I'm stepping up my game with this lunch, thanks to Anna at Cheese ...

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Bang Bang Cauliflower Mac ‘n Cheese

Bang Bang Mac 'n Cheese

I've seen 'bang bang' dishes in my Pinterest stream for awhile, and when I saw that this week's theme for Food Network was mac 'n cheese, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. First of all 'bang bang' dishes are all about the creamy, sweet & spicy sauce, and following the theory that cheese makes everything better (*reminder: I'm a wimpy vegetarian), I figured mine would morph into a creamy, cheesy, spicy sauce.  (For the record I initially tried a creamy, cheesy, sweet & spicy ...

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Welsh Rarebit Crostini | #ProgressiveEats

Welsh Rarebit Crostini

It's said Wales didn't have any rabbits. They'd been hunted into extinction. Others are quoted as saying that the Welsh name was used as a patronizing way to discount things. For example a Welsh pearl was one of poor quality. And Welsh Rabbit (where the Rarebit name stemmed) clearly lacks rabbit. In truth, the origins of this dish is likely both. It probably represented a dish that really didn't have meat because none was available. But how did Rabbit become Rarebit? We don't know for ...

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Cauliflower Tetrazzini with Poblano Peppers | #SundaySupper

Cauliflower Tetrazzini with Poblano Peppers

Vegetarian tetrazzini loaded with cauliflower and poblano peppers, and switches out the more traditional sour cream or heavy cream for yogurt. I hope all of you had memorable holidays, as we wrap it all up with a huge football weekend (go Steelers!!). My stepson and his 3 of his 5 kids came to visit us in Tahoe for several days of fun times. Skiing, sledding, bowling, go-kart racing, Star Wars VII, and playing games were all on the menu, along with celebrating two of my grandson's ...

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Cranberry Cake (Tart) | #Secret Recipe Club

Cranberry Cake missing piece featured

OMG you guys. This cranberry cake is the easiest, tastiest cake I've made since the peach cake I make every summer. This is exactly the kind of cake I love most to make -- a simple cake loaded with seasonal fruit. It's not that I don't love frosting - it's just that I see it as a whole separate food group and I love frosting so much, it can overshadow the cake. Cakes like this are all about the cake and the fruit. For the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food ...

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Jalapeño Poppers Gougère | #FoodNetwork

Jalapeño Pepper Gougère

With all the news swirling around - from ParisTurkeyRussiaSyria, to the political gauntlet for our next President, and the fact that we had not one, but two mass killings yesterday (just another day in the news in the gun-hugging USA), the question I turn over in my mind is whether we're raising the next generation in a culture of fear. The way I see it, there are two components to fear: 1) something we're afraid might happen in the future, and 2) our response to it right now today. That ...

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