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Quick and Cheap Dinner: Quick Chili

In Quick and Cheap Dinners On February 10, 2010 3 Comments

my new favorite winter dish is this super quick chili recipe I tweaked from Real Simple. I added some ground meat to it, but you could just omit that part if you want to keep it vegetarian. I love the addition of bulgur because it adds a little more heft to the dish. It sticks nicely to the ribs.

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Food Pr0n: Toasty Granola Bars

In Food Pr0n On January 27, 2010 6 Comments

I won’t skip breakfast no matter how tired or rushed I am. Lately, however, I have been relying on packaged breakfast bars more than I should. Noticing the trend, my boyfriend suggested we make our own granola bars. The idea appeals to my inner hippie, because what could be more “granola” than making your own granola?

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Food Pr0n: Winter Greens and Potato Casserole

In Food Pr0n On January 13, 2010 3 Comments

This casserole is a stick-to-your-ribs, it’s-in-the-single-digits kind of dish. You could skip the cheese if you wanted and make it vegan. I indulged and justified it because I’m doing a lot more walking these days :-)

New Kitchen Cooking Bonanza

In Posts On January 3, 2010 1 Comment

I am finally a resident of Chicago, and an apartment with a full-size refrigerator, oven and range. After three and a half years of cooking in a hallway I have ATTACKED every appliance in my new kitchen in a cooking fury.

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Quick and Cheap Dinner: Sweet Potato, Kale and Quinoa

In Quick and Cheap Dinners On December 19, 2009 1 Comment

I’m busy, I’m packing, blah, blah, blah. You get it by now. In spite of everything going on in my life, I must take time to feed myself nourishing meals. Maybe I’m high maintenance or a bit snobby. I’m OK with that, because I get to eat lovely dishes like this hearty concoction of winter veggies.

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Food Pr0n: Potato and Radicchio Flatbread

In Food Pr0n On December 16, 2009 2 Comments

I keep reminding myself that packing then moving across the country in a U-Haul through the midwest in the dead of winter would cause anyone anxiety. This is mainly the reason that I haven’t had much time to cook lately, and I miss it. So, in the midst of all of this chaos, I chose to make my own pizza dough and create this lovely flatbread. Procrastination is a skill, folks, you have to work hard to get it right.

Traveling, Packing, Reading, Not Cooking

In Posts On December 11, 2009 0 Comments

I just got back from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium this evening. Tomorrow morning I head to Chicago to set up my new home office. So as you can guess, there ain’t a whole lot of cooking and writing going on here.

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Food Pr0n: Buttered Leeks and Radishes

In Food Pr0n On December 6, 2009 4 Comments

In my attempt to eat more seasonally, I am encountering produce that I don’t normally prepare. Leeks fall into that category. This recipe combines leeks with another veggie that often confounds me, the radish. I know what you’re thinking: since when is butter healthy? Fear not the sat fat, the recipe only calls for a tablespoon for 4 servings.

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Quick and Cheap Dinner: Butternut Squash Pita Pizza

In Quick and Cheap Dinners On November 29, 2009 6 Comments

I saw this recipe for a butternut squash pizza on Real Simple and knew I could make it real simpler. Instead of using the refrigerated dough the recipe calls for, I turn to my quickie standby for mini pizzas: the pita.

Food Pr0n: Tangy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

In Food Pr0n On November 28, 2009 4 Comments

I love Brussels sprouts steamed with a little salt and butter, but I can see how they are an acquired taste for many. This recipe is like a subdued yet tangy sauerkraut flecked with pungent little caraway seeds. The scent that wafts from the oven reminds me of a Jewish deli.