French Fries

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French fries are, easily, one of my top-ten favorite foods. It is possible that they would be one of my top-ten favorite things in the world, but I have not drafted such a list. With the skin on - even better. I ate the entire batch I just made, and am making myself hungry again thinking about it. As a general rule, however, I do not like eating … [Read more...]

Meat Sauce

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If “quasi-goulash” were a thing, you would be reading a post about it now.  But it is not; I just made that up. So instead, you are reading a post about a dish that started as a cross between marinara and Bolognese sauce. Call it what you will – I call it “delicious” (well, I call it “meat sauce”), and cannot make it too frequently, or else it … [Read more...]

How to: Make Spaghetti Squash

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I will start this post by stating outright that I love my pasta, and I am not going to pretend that spaghetti squash is a flawless substitute for noodles. It is, however, healthier. I am no health expert, but I can perform a mean internet search of "spaghetti squash," which leads to all sorts of calorie and nutrition factoids. While there are … [Read more...]

Applesauce

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I love apples and buy them regularly, but they are just never the first thing I grab when I want a snack. As a result, I often end up with a small army of them in my refrigerator. Just one of those things, I guess! But I found a delicious use for them, even when they are past the point where they are crisp. Although this recipe works best with … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili

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It is so satisfying to me to make something hearty, healthy, and delicious from ingredients I always have on hand. This recipe can be made from items you can keep in your pantry, with just a few items from the produce department (and if you are like me, you usually have at least one onion and one sweet potato on hand anyway). The optional bit of … [Read more...]

How to: Roast Peppers

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While roasted peppers are easily found in stores and are great in a pinch, if you find fresh peppers at a decent price, it is more cost-effective and healthy to prepare them yourself. They will also taste fresher - and there is no substitute for that! Turn on the broiler in your oven and set a rack 4 to 5" below. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; … [Read more...]

Warm Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Sala...

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With my first bite of this dish, I had the distinct feeling that I had just found my way out of a side dish funk - a funk that I did not even know I had been in. Ingredients: - 1 c cooked quinoa (any color, but red adds great color to this dish) - 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (1/2") - 1 red onion, sliced into 1/4" to 1/2" rings - 1 … [Read more...]

How to: Peel and Seed a Tomato

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As soon as I learned this technique, I immediately didn't know how I had ever used a raw tomato with seeds before. This technique requires a few minutes of prep time, but I find it is worth it for some dishes. All you need is a tomato, a serrated knife, and a small pot filled with water deep enough to cover the tomato. You should also have a bowl … [Read more...]

Red Pepper – Eggplant Dip

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Is there any better appetizer than a dish that is both healthy and full of flavor? This recipe is another Cooking Club Classic (Hostess: TK; Theme: Mediterranean Tapas; Date: 03.04.12).  I make it all the time - when I see red peppers next to eggplants in the produce section, I cannot help myself!  Add a tomato and you are most of the way there. … [Read more...]