February 3, 2011

creamy Jerusalem artichoke soup {vegan}

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I must confess, I don’t cook with Jerusalem artichokes—also known as sunchokes, as often as I should. Perhaps it’s the knubby tubular appearance that makes them feel unapproachable. It sounds silly even saying that, but I can see why many people feel perplexed by them. Since 2011 has been about exploring new ingredients, I decided to scoop up a bunch at the farmers’ market last week. Continue reading

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February 2, 2011

beef bolognese

Purists may want to take a seat. I’ve done a lot of tampering with this seemingly classic Italian dish.

Some of the changes were from necessity, and others pure whim. I’ve made a pork version of this a few times, the sweetness of the marsala wine being a natural compliment to the flavors of the pork from Flying Pigs Farm. Yes, you read correctly—I used marsala wine in this bolognese sauce, casting aside the requisite red wine. Continue reading

January 26, 2011

light & airy whole grain biscuits

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The last month has brought two big changes to my cooking habits. Meat, while it was always eaten in moderation has been pretty non-existent, save for the occasional bacon I make for the kids. In its place, beans have been given their proper due. Not using bacon has pushed me to look for flavors in unexpected places. My kale, white & ravioli soup proved to be a very fulfilling meal without my usual tendency to boost it with bacon. Continue reading

January 24, 2011

steel cut oats—two ways

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Oatmeal seems simple enough, but it’s a divisive breakfast in our house. I love the nutty, toothsome texture of steel cut oats, as does my youngest daughter. The Mr. and my 7-year-old prefer old fashioned oats. Luckily, steel cut oats are forgiving, provided you don’t overcook them, so I can make a pot on Mondays and heat portions as the week goes on. Continue reading

January 20, 2011

walnut fudge brownies

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There’s nothing like a nut-studded, fudgy brownie to cure a chocolate hankering. Problem is many recipes lure me in with promises of chewy, chocolate squares of goodness only to leave me crestfallen from the first bite. Thankfully, I’ve created the perfect brownie recipe to satisfy my craving whenever the mood strikes. Continue reading

January 19, 2011

homemade vanilla bean yogurt

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Homemade yogurt is a pretty hot trend right now—and for good reason. I’d never met a plain yogurt I liked until making my own a few months ago. The tangy, creaminess is a rewarding treat after a patient waiting period. Continue reading

January 18, 2011

caramelized onion dip

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Parenthood is a perennial reminder of how fast time flies. Blogging and recipe developing are a very close second. While perusing my own archives, I came across this recipe I created for Cuisinart almost a year to the day. Continue reading

January 15, 2011

arugula salad + blood orange vinaigrette

It’s just about mid-January, and while I’m not exactly in a root vegetable rutt yet, I couldn’t help think about all the summer salads that are months away for us farmers’ market shoppers here in the northeast. I had no intention of even making a salad, but after spying some blood oranges at the little market I inhabit a few times a week, I soon found myself picking up some organic baby arugula too. Continue reading

January 12, 2011

how to make crepes +a dairy-free version

This morning kids all over NYC are waking up to find out school is indeed open. Thank heavens the city I grew up in didn’t flinch over less than a foot of snow the way they did the day after Christmas. While it did have me dancing a jig—school closings are the arch nemesis of work-at-home parents, I realized it meant I’d have to pack lunch. Continue reading
January 11, 2011

easy homemade butter

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Homemade butter is a real treat, and while not very cost-effective for high-volume baking considering the cost of cream these days, it’s something I always make for a special occasion, which can be as simple as good friends coming over for dinner.
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