Monthly Archives: May 2011

Grilled Tilapia Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw

I’ve been on a huge Mexican food kick recently. I don’t know if it’s the heat (Baltimore might as well be Beirut right now) or my obsession with avocados, but I can’t get enough. The last three times I’ve been to a Mexican restaurant (I go a LOT), I’ve ordered fish tacos. Each order was […]

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Granola 2.0

I needed to give this one another go-around. My first batch o’ granola focused on avoiding butter to have a “healthier” result. I guess apple juice is “healthier” than butter, but when you don’t use butter your granola isn’t quiiiiiiite as special/tasty/treat-worthy. Besides, Super Natural author Heidi Swanson uses butter in her granola, so it […]

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Brown Butter Strawberry Muffins

Recently America’s Test Kitchen posted the “perfect chocolate chip cookie” recipe online. As a cookie monster, I was intrigued. A perfect chocolate chip cookie? Better than Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side?! How was this possible? While I’ve yet to try ATK’s version, I was totally intrigued by their use of browned butter instead […]

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Grilled Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

It took me about 3 gorgeous days in a row to realize that my back patio was NOT going to cut it. All the row homes in Baltimore have back alley “patios”, which is a nice way of saying a cement floor with cement walls, dead weeds growing out of a cement-encased box of rocky […]

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I’m pretty sure the first time I had ceviche was during the Most Unnecessary Vacation Ever, also known as College Spring Break. It was in [insert typical spring break dive location here] where 40 or more of my classmates spent a week appalling the locals with just how much Americans can eat and drink. But, […]

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BLT with Basil Mayonnaise

My mom’s cranked out a lot of memorable meals in the last two and a half decades that I’ve known her. For a Mother’s Day Post, I figured I could cherry-pick one of her standouts from a long track-record of top-notch performance. But trying to pick my favorite Mom-meal was like trying to pick my […]

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Wild Rice and Asparagus Soup

This soup is 100% inspired by the cover of my friend Jessica’s new favorite cookbook, Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson. On my most recent visit to her apartment, I immediately started salivating at the looks of this delicious rice/asparagus/pea soup on the cover. It looked incredible, fresh, simple, and ridiculously healthy. I was sold. […]

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