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ALBONDIGAS SOUP

Albondigas is my favorite Spanish word to say: al-BOHN-dee-gahs! Say it with meaning! It means meatballs. Less fun to say in English, definitely.  When I was last in Mexico, I had the pleasure of enjoying albondigas con salsa roja, or meatballs with red sauce. The red sauce was a mysterious mix of chiles and tomato, and the meatballs were small, […]
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FALAFEL

You know those warring Philly Cheese Steak spots across the street from each other in Philadelphia? Well, welcome to the French version, falafel-style. On this narrow street in the Marais, falafel joints compete for your affections, but L’As Dus Fallafel won my heart in the end. Literally my best bite in Paris and only 5 euro.  This blend of crunchy, […]
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CHIPOTLE VEGGIE BURGER

Sofrito, depending on where you are, is the base of many many dishes. Typically onion, fat, and a couple of other ingredients, it provides the foundation for other flavors to be layered.  For the base of these veggie burgers, I used an Ecuadorian style sofrito, with onion, toasted garlic, tomatoes, cumin, and cilantro.  The result is a rich and flavorful […]
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THE GREEN MARY

I’m new to the whole Bloody Mary thing, as I’m not really into tomato juice, but I love the idea of a savory cocktail. The key is balance and liberal heat. So in celebration of St. Patty’s, I thought a green take on the hungover brunch classic was in order. In this version I lose the tomatoes and include an […]
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BRUCE’S SPICY CORNBREAD DRESSING

Last year I had two thanksgivings, back to back. My fiance’s family had a Thanksgiving lunch, and a little later my family had an early Thanksgiving dinner.  My family kills it at Thanksgiving. My mom’s stuffing is wonderful, Tina’s pies are next level, and on the whole, we have very high expectations when it comes to Thanksgiving sides.  My intention […]
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MARY-GARITA

Want the brunch refreshment of a bloody mary with the laid back afternoon vibes of a margarita? You’re in luck then, because I give you, the Marygarita.  Bloody Maria’s are no new thing, but I love the sweet / tart lime punch in a margarita especially with tequila, so I took my favorite aspects of each drink and combined them […]
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FALAFEL SLIDERS

I did a cleanse recently through Renew Juicery, and my favorite part of it, other than the delicious juices, were the amazing falafel burgers. I love the bright, fresh flavors in falafel, and on a grain-free bun with chipotle tahini, it’s the perfect guilt free lunch. These are also fabulous party appetizers, as they’re about slider size. INGREDIENTS For 12 small […]
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CHICKEN TAGINE + THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

When I think of Hitchcock films, “emotionally stirring” isn’t a phrase that comes to mind. Thrilling? sure. White knuckle inducing? Definitely. But a tear jerker? Eh… The first 90% of The Man Who Knew Too Much is your classic Hitchcock film. Jimmy Stewart plays a doctor on vacation with his family in Morocco who gets tangled up in an assassination […]
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BURRITO BOWL

I love customizable lunches, and a burrito bowl is one of the easiest to whip up. A little brown rice, your favorite salsa, some leftovers and you’ve got an awesome and easy meal.  For this version, I made roasted yams that I had to make twice…because I ate the entire first batch while hovering around the kitchen. I love roasted […]
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