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Paneer Biryani with Cucumber Raita

Paneer biryani sautéed with tomatoes, served with cucumber raita and mint chutney. One dish vegetarian meal.

We have a fabulous Indian restaurant in the town where we live, close enough to walk to. We eat there a couple times a month, and when we want to eat at home and watch a movie, we often call them for take-out. If you […]

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Mac ‘n Cheese Impossible Pie

Mac 'n Cheese Impossible Pie

Secret Recipe Club: “Impossible” Pie with macaroni and cheese that makes its own crust while it bakes. I was so excited when I got my Secret Recipe Club assignment this month. It’s always fun to find new blogs to visit – but when it’s a blog […]

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‘Cheesy’ Vegan Broccoli Soup with Lemon

Vegan broccoli Soup with 'cheese'

Cheesy vegan broccoli soup using nutritional yeast in place of cheese. The lemon juice and allspice separates this broccoli soup from the pack. I’m a sucker for broccoli soup. I try almost every version I see. Some have hidden secret ingredients like apples (which worked amazingly […]

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Garlicky Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Garlicky roasted cabbage steaks

GARLICKY ROASTED CABBAGE STEAKS I know it’s best to simplify in life, but somehow I always seem to complicate things. Case in point: even though I know three dishes, one appetizer, and a dessert are fine for a small dinner party, somehow I end up with 4 […]

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Broccoli Cheddar Frittata with Tomatoes: #SundaySupper

broccoli cheddar frittata with tomatoes

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR FRITTATA WITH TOMATOES We have friends in Ashland, just over the California line into Oregon, who we visit when we drive to Portland to see our step-daughter and her family. Ashland is famous for it’s vibrant theatre life and is synonymous for Shakespeare on […]

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Cheesy Beer Bread with Quinoa, Millet and Jalapeño Peppers

Cheesy Beer Bread with Quinoa, Millet, and Jalapeño

CHEESY BEER BREAD WITH QUINOA AND MILLET This week’s theme for Food Network’s FN Dish blog is cheese. I would be helpless in the kitchen without cheese, so it was challenging to decide what to make. Cheese has brokered many vegetarian – carnivore tussles in […]

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Fig and Anise Bread (Overnight Method)

Fig and Anise Bread

FIG AND ANISE BREAD Baking yeasted bread is easy, but it can be one of the most intimidating things to tackle if you’ve never done it. My first time, I almost convinced myself I couldn’t do it at all. I was in culinary school, in my […]

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Mixed Grains Salad with Avocado, Black Beans and Grapes

Quinoa and millet salad with black beans and avocado, topped with nutritional yeast, and dressed with lime juice.

MIXED GRAINS SALAD WITH AVOCADO, BLACK BEANS, AND GRAPES Quick, healthy mixed grains salad of quinoa and millet tossed with black beans, avocado slices and grapes, dressed with lime juice and rice vinegar. It’s The Secret Recipe Club time again. For the uninitiated, we’re a group of […]

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Mini-Potato Gratins with Baby Mustard Greens: #JadeAsianGreens

Mini-potato gratins layered with cheese and mustard greens, topped with bread crumbs.

I feel kind of sorry for mustard greens. They never became the “It Girl” that kale did, no cartoon character has made them famous like Popeye, and they don’t sound deliciously Italian like broccoli rapini. In truth a lot of mustard is grown specifically for […]

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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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Baby Bok Choy Couscous with Mangoes and Strawberries

Baby bok choy couscous salad with mangoes and strawberries, dressed in a lemon garlic dressing.

I’ve been hot on the trail of healthy greens lately. I was a Kale Girl all last year; I blogged about the benefits of watercress last month; and now I’m delving into Asian greens, possibly the most nutrient greens of all. Asian greens have been […]

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