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Child-Friendly Recipes: Roast Pepper Pesto

My kids are spectacularly fussy eaters. I’ve long given up caring, and our mealtimes now are a mix of children eating nothing/plain potatoes while the grown-ups have a feast, and special child-friendly meals that the grown-ups eat because it’s there. “Pastapesto,” as the little monsters lovingly call it, is different, because eeeeeverybody loves it.

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We Try It!: Cooking For One

Cooking meals and working with leftovers can be vexing when you’re cooking for one. That’s why, when my good friend Lauren introduced me to the concept of Grilled Chicken Veggie Bowls, I ran with it.

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Surrounded by Rice

Boyfriend Freckle is the type of person to not check cupboards and fridges before going out for groceries. Recent cleaning out of said cupboards showed me that we own four different kinds of rice, three pastas, five bags of noodles, and some couscous.

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Eating the Weeds: Acorns

Oh, little acorn. So ubiquitous and wee, the stuff squirrel dreams are made of.

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Spinach and (Veggie) Sausage Penne

Maybe it’s the Halloween displays at Target, or maybe it’s the reemergence of “pumpkin” as a ubiquitous and shockingly orange flavor, or maybe it’s that I’m recovering from my first cold/flu of the season, but lately I’ve just been feeling hearty. It might be 90 degrees outside right now, but I am ready to get […]

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Zucchini and Tomato Pasta

I read so many food blogs that spin these lovely tales of exploration and discovery. In them, the kitchens are always large and sunny, the food is always fresh and available, and the cook/writer is always cheerful and full of boundless optimism. That does not necessarily reflect the reality of my life. There you will […]

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Baked Pasta, Seasoned With Spite

What is with this weather lately. Microsoft Word is telling me that I should not be ending that with a period because it is obviously a question, but it is absolutely not a real question. It is so full of disgust for this weather-weirdness that I have moved completely outside of the realm of rhetorical […]

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In Case of Emergency, Please Make This Pasta

It’s 5 o’clock. You’re headed home, you’re tired, and you’re hungry. You want some real people food, but you don’t really want to make food or mess up a lot of dishes. Or maybe you have a last-minute date with a new romantic interest. Or maybe your best friend has had a bad day and […]

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Cheesy Pasta

This isn’t a recipe. This is a cheese-delivery system for when you just want some mother-frakkin’ cheese because life is being life and the only thing that will fix it is cheese. Read on to learn how to make one of my staples.

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The Taste Test Tuesday Experiment

I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying to get my recipe collection under control. Part of that was getting myself organized, but I also decided that in the process I wanted to try some new recipes instead of making the same five things over and over. With that in mind, about a month ago I instituted […]

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Baked Ziti with Veggies

I like foods that do most of the work for me. It might seem a little unfair, since I’m the one doing all the eating and the food is doing all the getting eaten, but if there’s a dish that I can throw in the oven for a bit while I do my nails or […]

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Going Through the Recipe Box

I spend a disproportionate amount of my procrastination time on food blogs. I look at the pretty pictures, gaze in wonder at the endless uses for spinach, and bookmark anything that looks promising.  Today, I am going to share some of those finds with you.

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Macaroni Salad – It is Cold!

Most of the country has been sweltering this week. No, not my neck of the woods. Yes, I am bitter about it, thanks for asking. But, regardless of the less-than-stellar temperatures, I braved the great outdoors to celebrate to start off summer in true American style – with lots of cold salads.

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Pesto is the Best-o!

So California is starting to have beautiful moments of spring, and with each sunny day, I get less and less inclined to make heavy, wintery foods. I am not talking smack on those carby bits of glory, but y’all know that eating a big bowl of mashed potatoes when it’s warm and sunny is less […]