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Marinated Mozzarella

Marinated Mozzarella

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Soaked in olive oil and a mix of fresh herbs including basil & rosemary, Marinated Mozzarella balls are great in tomato salads or as the feature element in a charcuterie spread. The tomato plants in

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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces mozzarella (ciliegine or bocconcini), drained
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (basil, chives, rosemary, oregano)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3-1/2 cup olive oil
Zucchini Squash Pea Orzo

Zucchini Squash Pea Orzo

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Pesto is the secret ingredient and herby flavor booster in this easy roasted Zucchini Squash Pea Orzo with salty crumbled ricotta salata. Whenever I roast a mix of vegetables, zucchini and yellow squash are always

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Ingredients
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium summer squash, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 3/4 cup fresh peas
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
Salt & Vinegar Potato Salad

Salt & Vinegar Potato Salad

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It’s week 2 of farmers market season, and the pickings were just as slim as week 1. Please forgive my complaining. I know I am being very impatient. And yes, ungrateful. I did see a

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Ingredients
  • 3 pounds red potatoes 
  • Kosher salt & black pepper
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup lightly packed parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups kettle-cooked salt & vinegar potato chips, crushed
Asparagus, Cannellini Bean & Sourdough Salad

Asparagus, Cannellini Bean & Sourdough Salad

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Last Friday I had trouble sleeping. It wasn’t because my mind was racing with anxiety or nerves. Nope. It was actually just pure excitement. I couldn’t contain myself. Saturday morning was the official start of

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Ingredients
  • 6 ounces sourdough bread, torn into rough pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper plus more for serving
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, bottom ends trimmed
  • 3/4 cup canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives
Rainbow Carrot Salad

Rainbow Carrot Salad

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My closet and my pantry have two very different color schemes.  On one extreme: I am an interior designer who works at an architecture firm. I tend to stick to the unofficial uniform of black

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 rainbow carrots, peeled
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted roasted pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
Green Minestrone Soup

Green Minestrone Soup

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I know spring is official when these two trees in our neighborhood start to bud. They have the most delicate beautiful pink blossoms that are different from the other trees on the street. It seems

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Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 leek, white and pale-green parts only, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly slices
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise with a mandolin
  • 1 cup shelled peas, fresh or frozen
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
Apple Walnut Rye Salad

Apple Walnut Rye Salad

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Crispy, snappy apples like a Pink Lady are great for salads including this Apple Walnut Rye Salad with shaved white cheddar, lemon, scallions and mixed greens. Happy first day of spring!  Even though winter hasn’t

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Ingredients
  • 4 slices rye bread, torn into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves and pieces
  • 2 Pink Lady apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces baby spinach & arugula
  • 1 ounce shaved white cheddar
Thai Sweet Potato Curry

Thai Sweet Potato Curry

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Yesterday afternoon I stepped back to look at my kitchen, and it was like a tornado had gone through it. Thanks to a combination of Super Bowl party prep and other cooking, every square inch

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Ingredients
  • 6 to 7 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk
Sriracha Lime Chickpeas

Sriracha Lime Chickpeas

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Crispy and a bit spicy, oven-roasted Sriracha Lime Chickpeas are a healthy snack. They also are a great topping for salads (instead of croutons) and roasted vegetables. I saw a photo of my son at

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Ingredients
  • 2-15 ounce cans chickpeas
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sriracha
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Rosemary Olive Knots

Rosemary Olive Knots

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I haven’t always been a homebody, but nothing beats comfy clothes and snuggling under a blanket on the sofa. In my early 20s, I was the complete opposite. FOMO is a term that didn’t exist

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Ingredients
  • For dough
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for work surface
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
Vegetarian Pho

Vegetarian Pho

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Like most people, I wish I made it to the gym more often, but with a toddler it’s a miracle that I get out the door looking presentable. Since I can’t carve out time for

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Ingredients
  • For broth
  • 1 large onion, peeled and halved
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 4 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped