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Fava Bean & Pea Fattoush

Fava Bean & Pea Fattoush

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Last weekend’s weather in Chicago was a little bit of everything—cold, warm, rain, sunshine and even snow. Deciding what to eat was a serious challenge. One moment I was craving a hearty bowl of soup,

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Chickpea Greek Salad

Chickpea Greek Salad

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The other day I found myself at the grocery store without an agenda. This is a big deal considering my usual careful planning and obsessive compulsive list-making.  At least I wasn’t there on an empty

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Ingredients
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
Udon Noodle Stir-Fry with Asparagus, Mushrooms & Peas

Udon Noodle Stir-Fry with Asparagus, Mushrooms & Peas

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The kitchen of my dreams doesn’t have any upper cabinets. It’s a very obvious theme on one of my Pinterest boards. Of course, I know better than to actually do that when we eventually get

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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces dried wide udon noodles
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 4 ounces shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup peas, fresh or frozen
Grilled Asparagus Salad

Grilled Asparagus Salad

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Monday to Friday at least one of my daily meals involves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and carrot sticks. Don’t get me wrong, that PBJ is and will always be one of my favorites,

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Ingredients
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, whites and yolks separated and roughly chopped
Ramp Pesto

Ramp Pesto

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On Friday night I absolutely couldn’t sleep. It had to do nothing with my slumber time the last few days. In fact it was the opposite. I had stayed up late and gotten up early

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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of ramps (about 7), trimmed, whites and leaves separated
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 ounce grated Parmesan plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

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With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, my palate has shifted. Despite the slim choices at last weekend’s farmers market, I am craving refreshing fruit-filled dishes. Here in Chicago, it is still too early

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Chilled Asparagus Soup

Chilled Asparagus Soup

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I have a tendency to cook certain ingredients the same way every time because I love how they turn out. Call me a creature of habit. I won’t be offended. In fact, I might be flattered!

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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper plus more for serving
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • Minced chives and fresh parsley for serving
Spring Pea Pesto

Spring Pea Pesto

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April and May are the trickiest months to figure out what to wear. This must be why I’ve been rushing around so much in the morning. It’s my bad excuse for why I’m late. I

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Ingredients
  • 1-10 ounce package frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 scallion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 ounce Pecorino cheese, grated
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
Rhubarb Ginger Soda

Rhubarb Ginger Soda

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While out shopping a few weeks ago I spotted the unmistakable rosy stalks of rhubarb in a prominent position on the produce shelves, a definite sign of spring. I paused before tossing a bunch into

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