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This salad hit the spot in a way not many can do.  It was such a perfect weeknight meal that I wish I could recreate it tonight and pronto.  And I would except that I used up all my fingerling potatoes and pancetta last night.   Regrettably I ate it far too quickly the first time around, forking up the potatoes and greens in a swift spin.  It was a dinner of pure delight.  It was pure unadulterated happiness … until I tried to do my back and core exercises on a stomach full of finge...

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Lately it’s been like a Mexican fiesta at our house: carnitas, gorditas, burritos, Mexican lasagna, corn and avocado salsa and most recently chilaquiles.  I’ve been holding out on you I guess with the lack of photographs of these goodies.  But Nate urged me to record these chilaquiles in photographic history.     This is a traditional Mexican dish that I’ve never put my hands into, but my co-workers’ love for it left me ready to try when the Mexican craving hit.  (These things al...

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Here is a perfect recipe for vegetable due-diligence.  You know, those times when you get really motivated to make sure you are getting your three servings a day; when you are trying to branch out from the usual salads, cucumbers, and tomatoes in your rotation.  Snow peas have never been in my regular rotation, but I’ve grown to acquire an occasional taste for them.  But who am I kidding?  I’ll eat almost anything if fresh avocado is included.     This is an endlessly adaptable sal...

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As much as I’m not a leftovers person in general, some days I’m glad to leave work in the knowledge that 10 minutes in the microwave will lead to dinner on the table.  And yet as often as I’m glad about the timesaver leftover, I throw away any extra time I might have.   I decide that since I don’t have to spend much time on the entrée I’ll put my energy into a fabulous SIDE … or DESSERT!  (My vegetable-touting mom shakes her head at this notion of decadence.)     Last night...

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Since we are spending ten days in Panama (right now!) eating seafood, sipping daiquiris on the beach and probably munching on lots of fried things, I was looking for some light meals to keep us afloat until we go.  I know that despite my love of totally unhealthy food, halfway through the trip I’ll be wishing I had some fresh greens on my plate.  I was trolling for some new recipes (a regular habit) and jonesing for some good salad when I ran across this Sara Moulton recipe on the Food ...

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Some people make weeknight task lists with things like clean the bathroom or work out or reorganize my shoe closet.     I do these things too (oh, how I wish I had a shoe closet!), but when Pioneer Woman put up this post from her visit with Pastor Ryan I was a goner.  Everything on that To-Do List was moved down a spot until I could try my hand at homemade pasta.  It didn’t help that my husband caught scent of this endeavor and started asking daily if this was the day of homemade pas...

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A month ago I made a special stop-off at Trader Joe’s to pick up mascarpone.  A month ago I was getting ready to host     little Saturday brunch where I would serve Strawberry Mascarpone Crepes.  Let’s not talk about how that day turned out.  The important point being that I left the crucial mascarpone in the fridge at work just as I warned myself not to.  For the brunch I was able to sub with some leftover cottage cheese which I popped in the blender.  But this left me with a special...

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I’m officially back in the saddle again.  I made dinner last night from start to finish, no pre-bought products, brand new recipe.  And it was deliciously satisfying and perfectly, boldly flavorful.  Just how I like it.  The recipe?  A result of my newest magazine subscription, Fine Cooking. The Southwestern flavor combos were enough to entice me away from my recently meatless cravings.  It’s been awhile since I stopped obsessively buying boneless, skinless chicken breasts and freezing...

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  This is a recipe that I bookmarked sometime in the Fall.  But then each time I needed to bake cookies for the church cafe or home group or anything else, something about it was just not quite exciting enough.  So I kept putting it back in the HEAP of "To Try" recipes.  Finally three weeks ago I bought the needed ricotta, determined to give this one a shot.  As you all know now, any plans I had for three weeks ago fell completely to the wayside of 6 days in the hospital.   I finally got ...

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Enough with the blood and guts and hospitals.  It’s time to give you some all-new breakfast brunch options again. You all know I live for a good Saturday morning breakfast and can’t stand the thought of eating some soggy cereal on my one day when I can start the day at a leisurely pace in the kitchen. With less than leisurely Saturdays as of late, we’ve had to sink to frozen, homemade cinnamon rolls. (I know, who’s complaining, because I love a good cinnamon roll any day; breakfast, lun...

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