Turkish Stuffed Bell Peppers

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We’re home from Portland and I miss it SO much already. It actually looked like Fall there! On Saturday we woke up early to run over to my old high school. I did a timed mile and was 11 seconds faster than my last one (two weeks ago) with a [...]

Black Bean Vegetable Soup

I never really found black bean soup appealing. It didn’t look good, it never really tasted good (unless it was topped with so much cheese and sour cream you couldn’t really tell what it was), and I never felt any kind of urge to make it until this recipe. [...]

Red Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

After spending the weekend eating, drinking, and socializing in San Francisco, my to-do list was not looking very fun… but I was REALLY excited to get back into the kitchen. Unfortunately for me, the cupboards were a little bare, so I knew a big shop was in order. I [...]

Black Eyed Pea Salad

Not being from the South, I don’t think I ate a single black eyed pea until a few months ago. I’m not jumping-up-and-down excited about them, but they’re not bad, and since we have a couple bags of them to use up, I’ve been trying to figure out what [...]

My favorite vegetable soup

There’s something extraordinarily comforting about eating creamy soups when the weather gets cool. As a kid, I gravitated towards Campbell’s Cream of Asparagus with so many crushed Saltines in it that it basically solidified. These days I stay away from canned soups, but they’ve been replaced with something MUCH [...]

Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

I think the whole idea of having a mantra is a little cheesy. Although during the last few miles of a marathon — when feel like I could keel over and die at any second — I have a few key phrases I repeat to myself to keep going, [...]

Rice-stuffed Bell Peppers

Some vegetables are just crying out to be stuffed. That little groove in celery was clearly designed by some higher power with peanut butter in mind. I can’t look at mushrooms without thinking how much better they would be flipped upside down, stems removed, and filled with a rich [...]

Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Peppers

My jeans are telling me that it’s time to stop eating so much refined sugar, white flour, and red meat.  And when they tell me things like that, I listen.   Our move to Thailand was pushed back a week because my husband got really sick, so for our [...]

Bean Thread Salad

I found a huge package of bean threads for ridiculously cheap at a market in San Francisco, and knew there would be many of these salads in my future.  Tonight I found everything I needed to create this recipe already in my refrigerator, so this was easy to throw together. [...]

Paella

Paella is a great one-dish meal that can be altered in myriad ways depending on what you have on hand and what is in season.  Beginning with the components of broth, saffron, and short-grain rice, from there the possibilities are endless.  For this variety, I included green beans, two [...]

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