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Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

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To be honest, I might be more excited about the toppings on this black bean soup than the actual soup. Trust me, the soup is really tasty. It’s very easy to make and full of

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

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I consider carrots to be my first vegetable. Of course I can’t remember what puree my mom served me when I was a baby, but I do recall lunches and dinners with raw carrot sticks

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

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Despite my efforts, I realize obsessing with hand-washing and antibacterial products will not create an invisible bubble to protect me from germs. This year seems worse. There’s no getting around it—everyone is sick. Our four-year-old

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Ingredients
  • For chicken stock
  • 1 whole chicken (3 to 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 leek, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
Lemon Lime Shortbread

Lemon Lime Shortbread

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I love to bake, but it’s only on special occasions when I get fancy with frosting, sprinkles and other decorations. Zero-effort bar and drop cookies that look even more appealing when they are lopsided, bumpy

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Citrus Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese

Citrus Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese

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A few days ago when I opened the cupboard and I had to duck to avoid being hit in the head by a bear-shaped bottle filled with honey, I knew it was time to do

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Ingredients
  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 cara cara orange
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
Winter Squash Agrodolce

Winter Squash Agrodolce

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There’s been a box sitting next to our kitchen island since October. That’s when we started our fall CSA subscription. It ended the week before Christmas, and I am still struggling to get through the

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Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 to 3 pounds acorn, dumpling & carnival squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt & black pepper
  • 2 Fresno chilies, thinly sliced into rings
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Chickpea Soup

Chickpea Soup

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I finally caught it—my first cold of the season. What started as a scratchy throat has turned into a full blown foggy head and sniffles, so much for my daily multivitamin. Even though going overboard

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Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1-15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces cavatelli pasta
Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

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I learned an important lesson last weekend: do not try to shop for holiday cookie cutters less than a week before Christmas. What I thought would be a quick one-stop errand, ended up being a

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

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I have a bad habit of saving things. This is especially true with clothes. While it is no big deal if a dress hangs in my closet for months before joining my regular rotation, when it

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Root Vegetable Tacos

Root Vegetable Tacos

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Every winter I’m convinced the current snowstorm will be the last one. I’m always wrong. Without fail, another blast of cold returns. Call it denial or whatever you want. As a Midwesterner since birth, I

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Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Nantucket Bay Scallops

Nantucket Bay Scallops

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When I think about what’s in season, fruits and veggies are first to pop into my mind. Right now we are in a lull until spring, but there are non-produce edibles that are at their

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 pound Nantucket Bay scallops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon wedge
Chorizo Kale Stew

Chorizo Kale Stew

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Every March when the season change becomes official with the equinox signaling the end of winter, Mother Nature always seems to miss the deadline. The buds have yet to appear on the trees, but I am

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