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THIS is a salad favorite that came straight from my head. I mean, there was a recipe for some sort of salad something or other but it was one of those days when I hadn't grocery shpoped correctly and was missing ingredients. And then as I subbed in for those missing items, I thought of other items that would be delish and before I knew it, I had a completely different salad.   A totally tasty salad.   Hearty and filling, chock full of veg and flavor, a exture explosion.     &...

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Most days any salad I eat is dressed with balsamic.  It's everybody's favorite.  My ranch eating days were over when I turned 20.  I'm just not into that gloppy, heavy feel on a salad.   But every once in awhile I just love a good caesar salad.  Dressed with homemade caesar dressing that is anything but gloppy and dull.  It's think and bright and tangy.  This dressing is all those things and it's delicious.  And adding corn to a classic caesar transforms i...

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This is what I've been eating all summer.  It's my current favorite lunch salad.  And since we don't have  bounty of peaches and blueberries to mark our summer, I'm celebrating the produce I do have!  I make this while Nate slaps two sandwiches on white supermarket bread together and think, "I've definitely got the better end of this deal!"         It's crispy and crunchy, vibrant and fresh.  The broccoli and sunflower seeds make it hearty enough for ...

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There have been A LOT of cookies in my recent past.  A LOT.  It didn't stop with Christmas.  I just kept going.  And I'm not one of those bakers who bakes without frequent tastings so every once in a while (it doesn't happen often) I get sugared out.  You know that feeling when you're full of cookie dough and yet you still want to eat something to take away the sickly sweet feeling?     This soup was made for that feeling.  Warm, hearty, bursting with flav...

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I LURV pumpkin soup.  Pumpkin Soup with blue cheese and bacon crumbles sprinkled on top?  A bowl full of yum that can take me straight back to my Christiana Street Chicago apartment on a Fall night.    I also LURV black beans.  Like a lot.  Like, I could give up chicken, pork, and red meat almost completely in favor of black beans.  (But you'd have to let me keep some bacon and a good juicy burger in the diet once in a while.)        So a so...

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We eat a LOT of soup here.  It's on the menu at least once a week and we can do that year round because by the time it's 6pm night has fallen and the air is generally around 60 degrees.  With two under two in the house now, soup is also super helpful.  Most soups can be built in parts throughout the day when you have a few minutes here and there and then come together in time for dinner and baths before 7pm bedtimes!   Canaan adores zucchini and Nate and I adore almost any cr...

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I referenced this soup in my Christmas Eve post.  It's a recipe without measurements, one of those recipes where you cut and toss and roast and pull it all together when it tastes right to you.  I'm a big fan of texture (why I really don't care for pudding) and so I love the way the kale and chickpeas crunch in your mouth against the silken texture of the soup base.   I make a lot of butternut squash soup here because the squash comes already peeled and cut and it's really inexpen...

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I love asparagus.  I love it plain, roasted with just a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice.  I love it blanched and incorporated into salads.     And I love, love it with cheese.  Good, creamy, piping hot cheese.  I could eat this for lunch.  I could eat it and call it dinner.  I might be able to eat it for breakfast.  Mm, no probably not.  But it's delicious.       It's full of that crisp green flavor.  It's crunchety in...

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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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New Year's Eve is tomorrow which means lots of parties, a later bed time for most, fun drinks, good food, and a giant, overrated ball drop.   New Year's food often consists of a lot of finger foods and appetizers.  My husband's dream food.  So you're invited to one of these parties and trying to figure out what to take that it will be different from the same old, same old cheeseball or pigs in a blanket.     Well here you go:  brussels sprouts.   Seriously?  Brussels sprouts?  The veget...

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