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Recipe: Smoked Sun-Dried Tomato and Red Lentil Salad

In a moment of panic for a 4th of July party, I didn’t have enough vegetarian options so I had to throw something together.  This was the result and it was one of the biggest hits at the party (second only to pulled pork on ciabatta with red cabbage)!   Smoked Sun-Dried Tomato and Red […]

Recipe: Rainbow Vegetable Terrine

Terrines are a traditionally French food, similar to a pate (but with coarsely chopped foods in loaf form), and they’re served cold or at room temperature. I love the idea, but they’re frequently unhealthy and fatty. This Rainbow terrine requires no special cooking equipment or ingredients and can be made with whatever you have in […]

Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers

Take advantage of Kirby cucumbers because they’re now in season.  Often, I would recommend making pickles with these cucumbers, but canning in the heat sounds a little tedious and uncomfortably hot.  Instead, this is a basic quick pickle that will last in your fridge for weeks. Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers Serves 6 6 Kirby cucumbers, […]

10 No-cook meals for hot summer days

Everyone is miserable in this heat.  Luckily, in NYC, we got a break this week and temperatures are (only) in the mid 80’s.  Last week, with temperatures in the high 90’s, many people were scrambling for easy and cool meals. Though the recipes below aren’t exact, experiment with the ingredients until you find a balanced […]

Recipe: Caramelized Cipollini Onions

Cipollini Onions are easily my favorite onion.  Ok, maybe not – but they’re definitely top 3 (with Vidalia and shallots).  They’re a smaller, flat onion that ranges in pale yellow to light brown.  They’re sweeter onions (as they have more natural sugars than other onions) and pretty mellow so they’re delicate and delicious without any […]

Recipe: Savory Caramelized Onion and Herbed Turkey Cupcakes

I randomly stumbled upon the idea of lasagna cupcakes and was so overcome with excitement that I spent an entire Friday night assembling different flavors and testing proportions.  Here’s the answer I came up with:  they all taste good.  It’s lasagna!  What’s not to like about lasagna?! The nice thing about this recipe is that […]

Recipe: Szechuan Green Beans

Green beans are, in my opinion, one of the best spring veggies because they’re green, crunchy and delicious raw.  However, there are still some cold nights ahead of us and this dish is a great way to use green beans in a bold, flavorful, comforting side dish. Chinese style Szechuan cooking is characterized by bold […]

Recipe: Baby Artichoke and Vidalia Onion Crustless Quiche

Though a traditional quiche is a savory custard filling in a pastry crust, modern quiches are made with egg mixtures and flavored in a variety of ways.  Here, I omit the crust, which speeds up prep time and cuts the fat.  Since springtime veggies are coming into season, fresh artichokes and Vidalia onion will give […]

Recipe: Savory Wild Winter Rice (plus a cost analysis!)

This recipe demonstrates the affordability of healthy eating and the ease with which you can prepare a healthy and hearty meal.  This recipe combines a whole grain, protein, 3 different colored vegetables and healthy fats (oil).  Further, the seasonal ingredients used help keep the cost down but the flavor bold.  To make this a vegan […]

Recipe: Perfectly Roasted Squash Seeds

I am, like many other people interested in cooking, sustainability and conservatism, interested in using as much of my produce as I can.  Not only to decrease the amount of waste I produce, but also because I don’t want to throw away perfectly good food! Squash seeds (including, pumpkin, butternut, acorn, kabocha, et al) are […]