Easy Grilled Artichokes with Roasted Garlic-Dijon Puree

There are two ways of doing things in the kitchen: the restaurant chef’s way and the easy way. When I cooked at the five-star Mary Elaine’s, I was in charge of the artichokes, trimming them by the case. First I cut off all of...
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Spring Sugar Snap Pea Shooters

 Puree makes eating veggies a snap It can be so tempting to skip vegetables at lunch. Maybe you have healthy pasta dinner leftovers, but no vegetables to serve on the side. That batch of chicken breasts that you grilled to last all week is protein-packed,...
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Fresh Strawberry Coconut Water Mocktail

As the temperature rises, it’s important to maintain good hydration to feel and perform your best. I grow tired of plain water and a lower-calorie mocktail is sometimes a welcome diversion from a fully leaded cocktail. Part beverage, part snack, this drink is brimming with...
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Creamy Ginger-Orange Smoothie with Almond Butter

Recently my brother-in-law shipped us a case of Florida oranges. Shortly thereafter my husband’s co-worker gave us a grocery bag full of freshly picked oranges from her backyard. I had so many oranges I panicked! Who would eat them? (I love them, my daughter...
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Oven-Fried Onion Bloom with Tangy Dipping Sauce

If you’re like me, you love a good deep fry. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, after all, where I was no stranger to Friday fish fries and deep-fried cheese curds. I’ve enjoyed the deep-fried onion blooms found on restaurant menus across the...
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Roasted Cauliflower with Cashews & Curried Dip

Get excited…. today cauliflower gets made over with a flavor explosion! Cauliflower naturally gets sweeter as it roasts and its flavors concentrate. If you’re like me, you will find yourself spooning the crunchy cashew-panko topping right into your mouth. Then there’s the dip. Well,...
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Red Lentil Hummus with Cumin and Sriracha

I’m not over exaggerating when I say that my husband and I eat hummus every. Single. Day. Usually I purchase commercially made varieties, but it just dawned on me while writing this that if I make my own batch of hummus weekly, none will...
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Roasted Baby Broccoli with Toasted Almonds & Lemon

Simply delicious: baby broccoli is terrific roasted Though a quick steam in the microwave serves a purpose when it comes to my weeknight vegetable routine, sometimes I’m looking for a side dish with a bit more excitement. Vegetables take on unexpected flavors and textures when...
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Recipe: Oven Pumpkin Fries with Cumin, Feta Cheese & Pepitas

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie. All of these orange-hued, holiday-spiced foods excite me this time of year, signaling that Thanksgiving and Christmas are near. Since most pumpkin offerings are sweet, I thought it would be fun to cook a pumpkin from scratch and...
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