Shrimp and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches

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This delectable nibble, which evolved from my Green Goddess Dip post, is one example of a whole being better than the sum of its parts. This recipe uses the components from the Green Goddess Dip and assembles them in a more formal presentation. The result is a combination of texture and taste that really works. Doesn't this look like it would be … [Read more...]

Middle Eastern Bison Pita Sliders

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When I think of meatballs - and believe me, this is not an infrequent occurrence - I usually picture them in marinara sauce, maybe with some fresh mozzarella melted on top. Maybe on a garlic-toasted hoagie roll. Which are both delicious options, but I am always open to different recipes and flavor palates, if they provide me yet another way to eat … [Read more...]

Parmesan Spinach

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When it comes to spinach, I am usually just a sauteed-with-garlic kind of gal, but occasionally I will add a little more depth. Here, I lightened up a recipe for a cheesy spinach by using skim milk instead of whole milk, and using less cheese than the recipe called for. I am sure, given my results, that it would be even more decadent with the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

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Craving to make cookies + My offer to bake a snack for a morning meeting Morning cookies Simple math. Well, mandel bread, not "morning cookies," but that is certainly a descriptive term for these chocolatey, crunchy delights. If you are not familiar with mandel bread, it is the Jewish version of biscotti. Have you ever wondered how biscotti is … [Read more...]

Green Goddess Dip

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Is hummus on its way out? I feel like hummus is on its way out. I still love it, and imagine I will post a hummus recipe soon, but I feel like maybe we are turning a corner on the chickpea front. If so, you heard it here first. Enter: Green Goddess Dip. Just the name of it sounds luscious, no? If you are looking for something a little different … [Read more...]

Chocolate-Cinnamon Oatmeal with Fresh Fr...

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Until recently, if I was looking for a filling breakfast, I would have taken an egg sandwich over oatmeal any day. In my mind, all oatmeal was like the package of over-flavored, over-sugared cinnamon-apple instant stuff you hydrate with hot water from the office water cooler. Fine in a pinch, but not very satisfying. Enter: actual oatmeal. … [Read more...]

Tortilla Chips

Make Your Own Tortilla Chips ~ My Utensil Crock

When I sit down at a Mexican restaurant, they just can't bring (or refill) the chips fast enough. The part I do not love? With every chip - and there are always many - I think about the deep fry. So much deep fry. This cannot be rectified when dining out, but when at home, this recipe is perfect to satisfy your own craving or serve to company. I … [Read more...]

Southwest Quinoa Bowl

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I did a lot of cooking this week, and found myself, as I do during such weeks, with odds and ends in the fridge, in small quantities, and no real plan. At such a time, pizza delivery may sound perfect, but these delicious ingredients were all calling to me. Perhaps you recognize some of them from recent posts: garlic, onions, cooked quinoa, … [Read more...]

Shish Taouk – Chicken Kabobs

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Get acquainted with the broiler in your oven, if you are not already. You can make some great food with it - and fast. These kabobs take 10 minutes once they're in the oven, and are incredibly versatile. They can be served on a salad, in a pita with hummus and veggies, on a plate of rice or quinoa with sauteed broccolini - you name it. The chicken … [Read more...]

Chicken Stroganoff

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Why not, right? While beef stroganoff is an ultimate comfort food, I try to limit (but not eliminate!) my red meat consumption. I am always on the lookout for alternatives. I was a bit skeptical of this recipe at first, but I performed my litmus test by scanning the ingredient list to see if there was anything I really was not interested in working … [Read more...]