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Crockpot Black Beans with Hatch Chiles, Chicken Sausage, and Quinoa

September 18, 2013
Black Beans with Hatch Chiles, Chicken Sausage, and Quinoa

I was just not cut out to be a hoarder. I try – like really try – but in the end, neurosis kicks in and my priorities immediately shift to depleting the mountain of whatever I just bought “because it was such a great deal!” as quickly as humanly possible. Obtaining things – not hard. [...]

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Kale and Quinoa Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese

May 10, 2013
Kale and Quinoa Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese

Today should be “Garden Friday” where I show you how I somehow managed to make it another 7 days without killing the green things growing in my backyard. But it’s raining outside. Like, “you shoulda’ built that ark” raining. So instead of showing you our first zucchini, or telling you about my peach tree dropping [...]

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Spinach & Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese

February 4, 2013
Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts

We now have a 3 year old! A 3 year old who eats things like quinoa, kiwi, prosciutto, and even a bite of sushi now and then. The crazy thing is that I can distinctly remember the first time I tried each of those foods – because I was far, far older than 3. But [...]

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Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

January 21, 2013
Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

“You always have to make things so complicated. Open a jar, pour it out, and just leave it alone for once.” That’s only a small portion of the rant my sister emailed me – we get along fabulously She asked for my “favorite green enchilada sauce.” So I sent it to her. And it’s a [...]

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Bacon and Pea Macaroni & Cheese

December 23, 2012
Bacon and Pea Macaroni & Cheese

It’s the day before Christmas Eve. And like just about everyone else, I have a ginormous to-do list. I’m supposed to be bagging up the biscotti and wrapping caramels. Instead, I’m watching a disappointing football game (spoil it and tell me it gets better – I’m an entire half behind), trying to relax after hitting [...]

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Foil Packet Soy-Lime Salmon with Green Beans

November 27, 2012
Foil Packet Salmon with Green Beans

I like following recipes when I cook. I can take a pile of ingredients and make dinner when I need to. But I like order and I like lists and I like continuity. And I hate wire hangers. And on a day when I’ve stubbed my toe three times on that stupid coffee table while [...]

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Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

November 9, 2012
Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

In my family, Thanksgiving has 3 rules. And they all involve cheese: 1) There must be broccoli & rice casserole. I can bring roasted broccoli for a healthier broccoli dish. But it has to be served alongside of – not instead of – the casserole. 2) I must make the broccoli & rice casserole. Me. [...]

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Broccoli and Bacon Mac & Cheese

October 17, 2012
Broccoli and Bacon Macaroni & Cheese

Plenty of people are passionate about food – good food – and perhaps none more so than the people out there who read and comment on food blogs. And that’s where we got dinner tonight. On the post about National Pasta Month, reader Anna mentioned her friend’s “desperation” macaroni & cheese. Broccoli & bacon + [...]

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