Grape Ambrosia with Toasted Almonds

GRAPE AMBROSIA WITH TOASTED ALMONDS

Ever year, my family would gather at my godparents’ house on Christmas Eve. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, the whole gang. I distinctly remember cracking walnuts and opening roasted chestnuts in their dim living room next to the warm, decorated fireplace. My sisters and I would congregate in my godmother’s walk-in closet and try on her furs,… 

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Red Lentils with Stewed Tomatoes

RED LENTILS WITH STEWED TOMATOES

Winter inspires me to cook warm, hearty dishes with a little heat thrown in – chili, spicy soups and legume dishes, especially lentils. I know plenty of people who are unmoved by lentils but I adore them. They easily soak up different flavors and can be paired with a variety of ingredients. They’re nourishing, relatively… 

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Festive Slaw in Champagne Vinaigrette

FESTIVE SLAW IN CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE

Thanksgiving in sneaking up on us. I’ve been seeing plenty of turkey, stuffing, and potatoes recipes flying around but not too many veggie recipes, at least the non-starchy ones. And sure, there might me a green salad on the Thanksgiving table but sometimes my palate is looking for more. This festive slaw recipe won’t disappoint. It’s… 

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Chewy Apple Brownies

Chewy Apple Brownies

I love making brownies. They’re easy to make, easy to grab, and easy to love. You know what I love even more? Making a healthier, lighter version of them. Although it took multiple attempts, I’m finally pleased with the brownie recipe below that incorporates my favorite fall fruit, apples! The recipe uses only one tablespoon… 

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Fried Green Tomatoes

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

It may be late September but tomato season is still flourishing in the San Francisco Bay area. Last weekend, I attended a tomato-tasting party  so tomatoes have definitely been on my mind lately. California is so fortunate to have a long growing season for tomatoes. Back home in New Jersey, the growing season is gone in… 

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Tomato Mint Quinoa Salad

TOMATO MINT QUINOA SALAD

Quinoa is a very intriguing ingredient. It’s classified with the rest of the grains but it’s not even a grain, it’s a seed. Pronounced “keen-wah,” this grain-like crop has been around for over 6,000 years, originating in the Andean region of South America. The Incas held the crop to be sacred and referred to it… 

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