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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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Spinach & Garlic Chickpea Pancakes with Sriracha Yogurt

Chickpea pancakes filled with garlic, scallions and spinach, and topped with Sriracha Yogurt.

I admit that when I first saw this week’s Pancake theme with The Food Network’s #ComfortFoodFest, I thought about ricotta pancakes studded with blackberries and one of my very favorites – soufflé pancakes scented with lemon and served with a berry compote. And then I […]

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Cauliflower Skillet Steaks – Sicilian Style: #SundaySupper #McSkilletSauce

seared cauliflower steaks

If you love McCormick spices and rubs (their Grill Mates Montreal Steak, Molasses Bacon, and Smokehouse Maple Seasonings are staples in our kitchen, along with their more traditional spices), you’re going to want to try their newest product line: McCormick® Skillet Sauces. These are ready […]

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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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Crispy Roasted Leeks

crispy roasted leeks

  I’m always on the hunt for easy condiments I can make at home that add a burst of umami flavor to vegetarian dishes. Umami is that all-important flavor that adds the same deep savory, salty oomph to dishes that bacon contributes for the meat eaters at the […]

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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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Countdown: Best Desserts

Best desserts

A roundup of best dessert posts from 2014. These were readers’ top favorite desserts that I posted this year. A group of us from Secret Recipe Club are doing a fun series of recipe roundups for the rest of the year. I wanted to do it […]

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Countdown: Best Party Snacks and Appetizers

best snacks and appetizers

A roundup of best posts of party snacks and appetizers from 2014. These were readers’ top favorite snacks and appetizers that I posted this year. A group of us from Secret Recipe Club are doing a fun series of recipe roundups for the rest of […]

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