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Whether it be because these nights I’ve got twenty minutes start to finish to throw dinner together or because I’ve been missing my weekly trips to the fruit market in order to sleep later, I have been seriously neglecting my leafy greens.  So when I made this salad, I almost cried of happiness.  I don’t know if that’s because it is just that good or if it’s because it was salad at all.  All I know is that I finished my salad before Nate and that never happens.  Which probabl...

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I started these cookies at the same time I started a phone conversation with my mom.  I got a beep halfway through letting me know my sister was trying to call me too.  I finished the cookie part of the recipe as I hung up with my mom, an hour and ten minutes later.  I dialed my sister back and started on the filling ingredients, chatting, licking, and measuring all at once.  Halfway through my conversation with my sister Nate came in to askwhen I might be off the phone and done with the...

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After finally finishing off all the pots of leftover soup from Soup Night, which were much needed during a week when sit-down dinners were nonexistent, it was time for something different.  And by different I mostly mean a fresh, home cooked meal placed on a real plate, on a real dinner table.  I was happy to get into the kitchen and pull out my favorite knife.  Nate was happy to eat anything that didn’t consist mainly of liquid and microwaving.     The whole time I was prepping this reci...

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Let’s just say that sometimes SmittenKitchen goes a little overboard with her raves and gushes. Sometimes seriously overboard.   I got an e-mail notifying me it was my turn for snack night at home group.  I saw this e-mail at about 1am after cleaning up soup bowls, a soup splattered stove, coffee spills, and assorted mugs, glasses and napkins.  For once, no visions of 8-layer cakes or dipped sandwich cookies filled my head.  I wanted FAST.  I wanted EASY.  But I didn’t want boring.  ...

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I’ve probably never gone longer without posting a sweet recipe than I have since starting food blogging.  This in no way means that I haven’t been getting my chocolate dosage, though.  I don’t know how it happened, but this is not the remedy yet.  This is not a blog about dessert.  It’s a blog about dinner.  A nice, have-your-friends-over dinner.     It’s got all the decadent favorites: nuts and a quality cheese.  A sauce with tons of flavor and no nutritional value.  O...

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This is not your average tart.  Neither does it contain the caloric content of an average tart.  It’s possible it contains double.   It’s rich.  It’s velvety.  It’s aromatic and tangy and pungently garlic.  It’s buttah.     It sets up nicely and would be perfect for your next bruncheon luncheon.  It will put smiles on the faces of those who come to a brunch expecting distastefully to feel over-sugared, -syruped- and –carbed.  I for one love to feel all three, but peo...

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Pretty pomegranate seeds for a salad.  They look like ruby jewels.       Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls right out of the oven.       Add new comment...

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Chowder.  A perfect signal that Fall is indeed here.  A perfect antidote to days that got far too cold far too quickly.     I love this chowder for it’s ease and versatility.  I also love the big bundle of saffron-flavored rice in the middle of it.  It’s the only packaged rice/pasta product you’ll see me buy.  But this recipe has endless possibilities and is perfect to substitute and change based on your convenience and palate.  This last time I made it, I had very small amounts of...

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This is a salad that Nate loves.  This is a salad that Nate begs for.  This is a salad that Nate suggests I make once a week.  I don’t.  Not everybody loves corn as much as this guy.     But then came these tomatoes!  The cutest tomatoes I ever did see.  They were $1 more than my customary grape tomatoes, but I just didn’t care.  I mean, do you see that little green guy with red streaks?  He’s perfectly adorable.  My mind glittered with his possibilities and how pre...

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What could be better than cheese and bread for a pregnant stomach?  Some days, not much.  I’ve been avoiding meat so regularly (unless it’s on a taco or burrito and then I eat it right up!) that there is literally not a single protein left in my freezer.  This is unheard of for the girl who buys 8 lbs. of chicken breasts every time they are on sale!     What makes this Italian is the use of fontina cheese in place of the more traditional French emmentaler cheese.  Ultimately, I di...

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