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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 […]

Slow Food’s slow decline

You may have seen recent headlines and wondered what’s up with Slow Food USA. In one word: drama. Background: Slow Food International, the parent organization of the USA chapter, was founded in 1986 in Italy to preserve biodiversity and traditional foods.  Chapters have popped up all over the world in opposition to fast food.  It’s […]

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: Rocket-Sunflower Seed Pesto Pasta

You may have heard of ‘rocket pesto’ (from the alternative name of arugula, roquette) and it’s commonly prepared the same way as a basil pesto.  However, the flavors of basil (traditional pesto) and arugula are so different that I think the arugula needs it’s own pesto flavors. It’s easy to grow in containers and the […]

Recipe: Winter Squash Curry

I’m on a curry kick right now – and though it’s only just begun, the versatility of curries is amazing. The variety of curry powders out there is astounding; regional populations have cultivated hundreds of different spices used in their unique curry blends.  For those who aren’t familiar, curry powder is a combination of up […]

Recipe: Sundried Tomato Quinoa Stuffed Swiss Chard

Every single time I make this recipe, I end up with a big pile of no-so-attractive looking slop, but it is tasty.  In my opinion, this is a perfect recipe for the middle of the winter – at this point, it’s been months since tomatoes have been seasonally available, so I’m craving a rich-tomato-y flavor. […]

Recipe: Warming Winter Salads

I often want a cool, refeshing salad during the summer but in colder months, I want dishes that are just as easy but a little more filling.  Winter salads can be just that – served warm or cold, they’re filling, easy, and packed with antioxidants that will keep you healthy through flu season.  Here are a […]

The Symbiotics of Prebiotics and Probiotics

At this very moment you have about 400 living microorganisms living in your digestive tract. Some good, some not-so-good but for better or worse, they’re going to be there a while. The good ones help digest some foods, synthesize vitamins and build essential fatty acids.  They also maintain balance and help keep you regular.  Probiotics […]

Recipe: Warm Sweet Potato Salad

Around this time of year, kale, swiss chard, and collard greens are the popularly used winter greens.  Though, underused, mustard greens shouldn’t be overlooked.  They have a nice earthy, peppery flavor that adds a little unexpected kick.  Some mustard greens look similar to curly kale, with curly edges to the leaves, but other mustard greens […]

Easy Spring Salads

Spring is finally here in Brooklyn, NY! Though most of the open farmers’ markets around NYC only have flowers so far, it won’t be long before you see many more fruits and vegetables grown in 2011.  Asparagus, salad greens (like spinach), carrots, radishes, and rhubarb are all delicious seasonal ingredients. Though onions and potatoes are (as usual) some of […]