Monthly Archives: May 2011

White Bean Crostini

A terrific, quick, vegan appetizer.  You can make this with any canned bean and fresh herb combination.  Get creative!  When toasting the crostini you want them a little bit charred.  The nearly-burnt edges give it tons of flavor. 1 baguette … Continue reading

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Quick Pickled Beets and Sicilian Greens

Quick Pickled Beets and Sicilian Greens Here are two side dishes that are fast and versatile.  I saw these gorgeous golden beets at the market today and had to take them home.  For the Sicilian Greens I used the beet greens (not … Continue reading

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Lebanese Green Lentil Salad

<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-610" title="IMG_0096" src="http://swellkid.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/img_0096.jpg?w=1024&quot; alt="" width="1024" height=" Here is a tasty vegan dish that's packed with flavor.  This dish gets better the longer it sits and tastes great at room temperature, so it's perfect for a buffet or … Continue reading

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Chicken Macaroni Bake, Leftovers #6

Wondering what to do with a little leftover chicken in the fridge?  Turn it into a satisfying baked pasta dish.  This dish tasted great and took about thirty minutes to make and bake. One thing I love to do is … Continue reading

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Crispy Dijon Pork Chops

These pork chops are tasty and juicy and couldn’t be easier to make.  I used Grey Poupon, but any Dijon mustard would work.  You could also spice it up and use hot Chinese mustard. Serves 4 4 thin bone-in, center … Continue reading

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Beef Burgers with Basil Aioli and Balsamic Red Onions

It sounds like a mouthful and it is!  These juicy burgers are topped with two awesome condiments that can be used for a variety of purposes.  I love the idea of turkey burgers with basil aioli.  Chicken salad with basil … Continue reading

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Honey Glazed Baby Carrots

These are the first carrots of the season from the farmer’s market.  Tiny, sweet, and tender.  I didn’t even have to peel them.  The glaze brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots.  If you don’t have fresh thyme, dill … Continue reading

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Mini Lemon Cheesecakes

A perfectly sized portion and no spring form pan.  All you need is a muffin tin and cupcake papers.  These can be frozen for up to one month.  They thaw on the counter in about ten or 15 minutes. This … Continue reading

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Asparagus Fettuccine

In the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living there is a recipe that calls for asparagus curls.  They reminded me of fettuccine noodles, so I came up with this dish.  The asparagus is thin and flexible like a noodle and … Continue reading

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Rockfish and Shrimp in Lemony Brown Butter Sauce

I learned the coolest trick from a book my mom lent me called The Soul of a Chef.  Keep a sauce hot by pouring it into a thermos!  It seems so simple, but I only think of a thermos for … Continue reading

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