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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 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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I'm pretty tired of feeding my kids animal crackers for snacks.  And they're pretty tired of eating animal crackers.  It was time for something new.  Seeing how I steer clear of the chip, candy and cookie aisles and I live in a foreign country where pretzels cost $5 for a small bag I needed some creativity.         Crunchy chickpeas?  It was worth a shot.  Sort of like nuts, which Canaan loves.  Ccertainly healthier than most snack options. ...

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When we first arrived in Quito, after the babe and I were showered and clean of five rounds of his puke and after he was safely tucked into his new bed, and after I took a minute to freak out about the place we would be staying our first two weeks I opened the fridge.  And in the fridge was a bowl with a post-it note on it.  A note that said, "Lentil Soup."  And my heart sank possibly just one note lower because lentil soup?  Lentils are what my mom used to have to eat all al...

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Zucchini can be bad, just bad.  I've had bad before and I've made bad before.  One thing I've learned is to always salt my zucchini and let it sit for ten minutes releasing water before blotting it with a paper towel.  Less water = tastier zucchini and better texture.  Another thing I've learned is that I don't think this vegetable needs much cooking time at all.  I steer away from any recipes that have you roast for long periods, opting for barely cooked options that highlight the grill or...

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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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Lately, I’ve got a few too many people in my life calling me a food snob.  Okay, so maybe I do believe a wedge of quality brie, camembert, or port salut will top a slice of American EVERY day.  And maybe it’s true that I’ve been known to say something along the lines of, “People who consider lasagna a company meal must live sad, culinary lives.”  And maybe I’ve turned up my nose at many a greasy burger or gravy covered chunk of meat.  Well, OKAY, maybe I do like the finer si...

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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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