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5 MAKE AHEAD SALADS

Confession: I hate salad. Leafy greens depress me. I usually eat all of the “stuff” in a salad, leaving the greens until the end, and then heavily sigh as I try to clean my plate. So when it comes to eating a little healthier for lunch, I struggle. I feel compelled to order a salad but resent having to eat […]
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GREEN GODDESS SALAD + DRESSING

Green Goddess Dressing, though considered a token of late 1970’s cuisine, is actually from the 20’s.  You can tell because of the abundance of tarragon, anchovies and mayonnaise.  The only thing that doesn’t feel 1920’s about it is the absence of a hard boiled egg.  I swear 90% of recipes from the 1920s involve a hard boiled egg. A digression! […]
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CITRUS FENNEL TAHINI SALAD

I love creamy dressings. They can take a meh salad and make it feel practically decadent – ok, not really, but definitely more substantive at least. Tahini, for the uninitiated, is a sesame puree that you’ll find in a lot of sauces in the middle east, like hummus.  It’s delicious, and adds a lovely warmth and creaminess to anything it’s […]
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CURRIED CHICKEN WRAP // MOM MONDAY

Many of my girlfriends and family are fun, awesome, and fabulous young moms, and though I’m still a few years away from little ones of my own, the idea of “mom friendly” dishes has popped up more than once.  I was a pretty open minded eater as a little kid, but my brother on the other hand…ketchup and brown stuff […]
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THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS SOUP

Leftover quesadillas, leftover hash, and of course leftover sandwiches are my family’s go-to Thanksgiving hangover meals. But this year, I think I have a more healthful, comforting solution for what to do with all of that extra turkey. This soup is similar to a simple chicken noodle soup, but it’s flavor comes from the herbs, spices, and definitely the fennel […]
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MISO GRILLED CAULIFLOWER

Cauliflower is best a little burnt.  It sounds weird, but I love roasting or grilling the stuff until it’s hardly recognizable.  That’s when that caramelized, sweet flavors come out, and combined with a crispy crunch – yum.  So to emphasize that natural sweetness locked inside, I marinaded the cauliflower in a miso dressing and threw it on the charcoal grill.  […]
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CIOPPINO FISHERMAN STEW WITH GARLIC BREAD

“This is one of California’s most famous dishes, and one that we can claim is ours, all ours.” Helen Evans Brown is one of my favorite cookbook authors, and if she says that cioppino is a California dish, I’m inclined to believe her. Whenever I get bored and the kitchen muses refuse to whisper in my ear, I’ll find myself […]
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FIANCE CHILI

Craig, my fiancé, is obsessed with his chili. He’s almost as obsessed with “the back video” (a youtube video featuring a variety of stretches to help strengthen your lower back), and I’m pretty sure I’m number three on that list. Fourth is whiskey and indie rock – tied. Fifth is arguing with his brother, Eric, over “Top Five” lists. But […]
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