Category Archives: Vegetables

Pad Thai

I was never a girl scout as a kid (though I indulged in the cookies), but, more randomly, I was a 4-H-er. I’m not really sure what 4-H is exactly (Head, Heart, Hands… Hmm), but all I know is that when I was in the 5th grade, Mom signed me (and my sister Frances) up. [...]

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Roasted Mushrooms, Puréed Leeks, Watercress Salad…

… and Garlic Toast (that title was getting a little long). This is an imitation of an appetizer I had the other week at a place called B Bistro. Basically, they brought out this plate with a streak of creamy, herbed aioli, on top of which sat some fried garlic bread and buttery, roasted forest [...]

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Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Walnuts

Butternut Squash. It doesn’t get any more autumnal than that. I used to shy away from this stuff because I was introduced to squash in the form of an under-seasoned and fibrous puree. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right amount of salt (and I like to add a touch of [...]

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Steak with Green Beans and Cauliflower

The skeptics are going to have to trust me on this one. Cauliflower? Sounds like some eternally horrible veggie that only weirdos eat with a side of sauerkraut and wienerschnitzel. It looks like albino broccoli. You’ll recognize it as the pitifully abandoned pile sitting on the crudités platter untouched, long after the carrots and celery [...]

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Roast Chicken with Carrots and Yams

There are few things in life better than a roast chicken. I mean, in my book, it definitely sits at the champions’ table with August tomatoes, café au laits, and pizza. And when you can throw all your veggies into the pot with it, a delicious dinner is also really simple to make. I used [...]

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Sweet Pepper and Goat Cheese Salad

Happy Labor Day, everybody! I’ll emphasize day because Labor Day Weekends don’t exist in my slightly troubling career trajectory.  Yes, getting scheduled for Saturday and Sunday night shifts threw a monkey wrench of epic proportions into my would-have-been-phenomenal weekend plans. So, after machete-hacking my way through the jungle of kitchen weeds that was my Sunday [...]

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Corn and Tomatoes on Toast

pa lottery So it’s fun to cook and all but when you’re twenty-something, living in a small apartment, and working non-stop… it’s hard to find the time to eat, let alone cook! And when you do finally make the effort (Sunday night activity?), and find a recipe you like, and whip up your dinner, you [...]

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Poached Egg, Tomatoes, and Fresh Herb Dressing

mega millions A good friend of mine used to top just about every meal she made with a poached egg. Salad plus an egg, pasta plus an egg, burger plus an egg—80% of the time it works every time. Growing up in a family of voracious poached egg eaters, this is a skill I’ve learned [...]

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