Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
I really wish I could have invented silly bands or rainbow looms, but alas, I only invent things like Chickpea Salad. And even then, I didn’t really invent it, of course. But today, I had the idea to make a mashed chickpea salad in the exact same style as my favorite chicken salad — with...

Velvety Cauliflower Soup with Turmeric, Sunflower Seeds, and Truffle Oil

Velvety Cauliflower Soup with Turmeric, Sunflower Seeds, and Truffle Oil
This summer was not kind to my waist line. Or to my hip line, ass line, and stomach line, for that matter. Packing and moving meant pizza and beer on many more nights than I’d care to admit. And if unpacking one spice bottle from twenty sheets of packing paper burned a lot of calories, I’d...

Sunny Side Up Egg, Prosciutto, and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Sunny Side Up Egg, Prosciutto, and Caramelized Onion Pizza
I had a little birthday party for my husband a few weeks ago and decided I wanted to make a bunch of pizzas. This is usually a real pain, not because it’s difficult, but because you run out of space for the multiple pans, dough, and ingredients required to do this for a crowd. And I like to have...

Fried Egg, Sriracha, Cream Cheese, and Spinach on Ciabatta

Fried Egg, Sriracha, Cream Cheese, and Spinach on Ciabatta
Two of my Facebook friends (and actual real life friends!) were virtually bantering back and forth about a sandwich a few months ago. I am uncertain if they made it up or got the idea from someone else, but as soon as I saw their pictures I knew I had to try it. (Who says pictures of what you are eating...

Vegetable Soup with Basil Pistou

Vegetable Soup with Basil Pistou
I read this article in the New York Times yesterday (Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries).  Here’s a little quote to blow your mind: For example, only 23 percent of meals include a vegetable, Mr. Balzer said. (Again, fries don’t count, but lettuce on a hamburger does.) Truthfully,...

Late Spring Couscous with Spinach, Zucchini, and Pumpkin Seeds

Late Spring Couscous with Spinach, Zucchini, and Pumpkin Seeds
So the school year is wrapping up  and I am firmly planting my head in the sand related to how I am going to a) keep everyone entertained all summer, b) get my paid work done and deliver a large project at the end of August, c) maintain some sanity amidst the fighting siblings and wet bathing suits...

No Hangover Tequila Chicken Tacos with Guacamole

No Hangover Tequila Chicken Tacos with Guacamole
Well, I guess I cannot entirely guarantee that you won’t have a hangover with these tacos.  If you are so inclined to drink the remaining tequila in the bottle after you make the marinade, then you are on your own.  And it is a lonely place to be — trust me.  The tequila hangover is something...

Apple and Fontina Monte Cristo

Apple and Fontina Monte Cristo
When my husband is traveling on business (which seems to be way too much lately), I usually keep the cooking to a minimum.  I hate having a big mess to clean up when I am the only one to clean it.  And combined with homework, baths, and bedtime routines, sometimes it just seems like more than I can...

Corn and Zucchini Bisque

Corn and Zucchini Bisque
Making soup is one of my greatest pleasures.  After you know the basic models and processes, you can do just about anything and use up just about anything.  It is a tremendous stress reliever for me too — before every presidential debate (I get a little worked up over politics), I have to make...

Curried Chick Pea and Red Potato Hash

Curried Chick Pea and Red Potato Hash
Does anyone remember that show “Ready, Set, Cook?”  Basically it was a game show where you got a box of random ingredients and had to make dinner out of it.  Some of the cooking reality shows use a similar premise now, but I liked this show because the professionals had to work with regular...

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