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This recipe came about after managing to score a package of spinach lasagna noodles at the grocery store.  Some days you just get lucky in Quito!   I didn't want to "waste" them on regular lasagna that is heavy and can't be saved into seeming healthy simply by using green noodles.  So it was time to put to use a recipe that I'd been avoiding for some time.  It was a delicious recipe but one that seemed finicky and like lots of work.  Maybe because last time I made indivi...

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She's beautiful, huh?            A beautiful loaf of soft and pillowy bread riddled with little bits of basil, parmesan, and pine nuts. Yum. Delicious with a little pat of butter but equally delicious without.           Made to go alongside a bowl of homemade, creamy tomato soup.       And the next day toasted and made up with your favorite sandwich toppings.       Pesto Bread  Taken from Cooking ...

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You know some nights when you are just hungry or frazzled or busy and you just don't want to take the time to find your good camera and good lighting and tell your husband to wait while you photograph what he just wants to consume?  Except you just know this would be a really, really good one before you even try it?  Well, that's a night when I haul out my point and shoot and then let the pictures be what they are.  So they are a little dark and murky because that happens when din...

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I was delighted to find some fresh sweet corn at the store and knew I needed to take full advantage of it by keeping it fresh and not overdoing it.  Some was boiled and eaten off of the cob, some was cut off the cob and frozen because even though fresh corn is best, fresh frozen corn is about 100 times better than canned corn.     And some was turned into this salad.  I loved that this recipe highlighted the corn in its raw, crunchy capacity. I also just love beautifully colo...

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Because the price of chicken and fish are almost equal here (gone are the days when I could load up on boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99/lb.), we've been eating more fish.  It's healthy and we are slowly experimenting beyond blackened cajun-style fish, my usual go-to.         The beauty of tilapia is that it is such a quick protein to cook.  And if there is one thing I've learned about fish, it's that it's best to keep it simple.  So fish for dinner ...

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  If I keep waiting to share this recipe it will be full-on winter and then what is the point of talking about Fall Sage Pesto?  The problem is that there is no recipe.  I found this pesto in an Ina Garten cookbook.  But since then I've packed up and moved twice and now many of my recipes are somewhere between here and Ecuador ... or the Runyan's garage.  It's anyone's guess.   I'll give you a pitiful attempt at my recollection of what this entailed and see where yo...

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This is a rustic dinner at it's best.  It's what I might imagine myself eating if I were wandering through the vineyards of Tuscany and someone invited me into their humble home.  A one bowl dish of hearty and healthy fare.  This with a glass of chianti and some new friends would make for a full and satisfied stomach and a feeling of warm content.   Alas I'm not in Tuscany and this was made in my kitchen with ingredients from the super market as opposed to a homegrown garden.  And yet it is...

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Happy Thanksgiving!  (And a non-Thanksgiving dish for you ...)   I’m in love with orecchiette.  Something about then looks so much more elegant and enticing than say elbow macaroni or mostaccioli.  It’s possible that I choose recipes just for their inclusion of this sweet little ear-shaped pasta.  I don’t know why I do this, though, because I have NEVER once found orecchiette at any of my grocery stores.  They are simply nonexistent.  There is cavatelli, shells, linguine, fe...

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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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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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