Easy cranberry sauce

15 November 2011
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I’ve decided the way to tackle Thanksgiving this year is one manageable step at a time. Thanksgiving dinner isn’t hard, it’s just the number of dishes that can be daunting. This year I’m all about easy. We all choose our cheats for Thanksgiving. My mom always used dried stuffing mix, and my mother-in-law would make […]

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Mediterranean dip

12 November 2011
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I’ve learned more about dips during my time in the Midwest. Midwesterners love warm dips – cheesy artichoke, nacho cheese with Ro-Tel, and more recently, buffalo chicken (yes, chicken in the dip). Northern California is more of a cold-dip-and-veggies kind of place – guacamole, hummus, and the occasional spinach dip in a sourdough bread bowl. […]

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Crunchy curry chicken salad

21 October 2011
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To me there’s one problem with most chicken salads: too much chicken. Plain old chicken and mayonnaise seems like a lost opportunity when instead you could add in fruit, nuts and spice have something crunchy, savory, sweet, nutty, creamy and tastebud-tingly. In my house, curry chicken salad makes leftover chicken a reason for celebration. The […]

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Quinoa arugula salad

15 July 2011
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My friend Kim turned me on to quinoa again recently with this colorful and satisfying summer salad. The recipe she used had chickpeas, red pepper and artichoke hearts; when I made it I used sweet grape tomatoes and feta. If you have quinoa, arugula and a good dressing, any extras are icing on the cake. […]

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Arugula, pear and parmesan salad

2 April 2011
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What happens when I, lover of carbohydrates, eliminate grains and legumes from my diet? I’m left with salad, carrot sticks and salad. Fortunately few things are more satisfying to me than a big bowl of fresh, well-dressed veggies – except maybe a warm buttered slice of sourdough bread, a moist slice of chocolate cake, or […]

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Roasted cauliflower with parmesan and olives

22 March 2011
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It’s been 533 days since my last visit to New York City, and ever since I left I’ve been longing for another piece of cauliflower pizza from Sullivan Street Bakery. Probably not too many people can say they’ve had cauliflower that blew their mind. But I can. Thin shavings of caramelized, roasted cauliflower atop a […]

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Fennel, orange and avocado salad

23 February 2011
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Roasted fennel brought me out of my winter-vegetable blues, but this simple, refreshing salad of slivered raw fennel, juicy oranges and creamy avocado is giving me a vision of spring. I’ve shoved over my tired late-winter lettuces in favor of this plate of freshness. This is one cold-weather dish I just might miss even in […]

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Chocolate pie

14 February 2011
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My husband’s birthday falls within days of his dad’s and his brother’s birthdays, so rather than having three cakes in a week, my husband has always opted for an old-fashioned chocolate pie. This pudding pie isn’t fancy, it’s rich, chocolatey comfort food: simple to make – milk, eggs, cornstarch, chocolate – and oh, so good. […]

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Roasted fennel with parmesan

9 February 2011
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This was just the dish to lift me out of my winter vegetable rut – slices of fennel roasted until caramelized, showered with delicately salty shavings of Parmesan to balance the sweet soft crunch of the fennel. I adore fennel but never seem to buy it, probably because finding it requires real hunting at the […]

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Derby pie (chocolate pecans & bourbon oh my)

23 November 2010
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It’s not too late for you to make this crunchy, gooey, chocolatey pie for Thanksgiving. Just buy a pie crust, and the rest is piece of cake…er, pie. Every December my extended in-laws celebrate the delivery of derby pie from their friend Libbie. And each year they jostle over every last crumb. Pie crusts are […]

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