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The brussels sprout is the perennial childhood dinner table torture device, perhaps only second to the lima bean.  I have to admit they are not my favorite vegetable either.  I’ve been recipe testing brussels sprouts for 3 full years.  In fact, this vegetable almost completely took me out of recipe writing all together.  I probably […]

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Spanish rice is that loose term for any rice dish that is sort of red and is typically served alongside Mexican food.  My college friend, Marti, used to get giant casseroles of Spanish Rice from her childhood nanny which fed people for days.  Locha’s rice was legendary.  Or maybe we were just hungry and almost […]

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Baby Bok Choy is my favorite new vegetable.  They are so adorably cute, delicious, fast, and easy!  I think the flavor is a little like softened celery – very, very mild.  Baby Bok Choy is very low calorie, and packed in Vitamins A, C, and K.  Nutrient dense and prepared completely in 10 minutes. Baby […]

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My kids love Chicken Clagiving night.  That’s what they named our version of not Thanksgiving – with Roasted Chicken, Gravy, Homemade Stuffing, and Mashed Potatoes.  The key to stuffing (or croutons if you’re making those), is to have your bread thoroughly dried out.  This is almost never a problem for me since I’m inclined to buy […]

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“Crunchy Green Beans with Almonds and Butter!”  cries the smallest of my small ones.  Not that he’s very small any more, as he’s approaching his fifth birthday.  This is likely both my children’s very favorite vegetable, yet hell hath no fury if I run out of slivered almonds. The proper name for the tiny french […]

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This simple salad has been one of my favorites of the year.  It requires you to step away from the pre-washed bagged lettuce, but I think Romaine hearts are one of the easiest lettuces to prepare.  If you can chop and wash celery, romaine hearts work the exact same way.  Adding sliced grilled chicken can […]

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I never knew so many people struggle with preparing mashed potatoes at home!  I frequently hear from readers or friends that they consistently fail with mashed potatoes.  And conversely, people (especially my friend Rachel) claim to crave my mashed potatoes.  Back in the hey day of my Sunday dinners, I used to make mashed potatoes […]

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The title may be a tad bit misleading, as I’d guess most people wouldn’t call this party an “easy” menu for a child’s 5th birthday party, but I’d say it was certainly elegant.  Since I’m just rolling from one party straight into the next, LE’s Fifth birthday party was a combination of two events in […]

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Some potatoes au gratin recipes are cheeseless – simply potatoes made in a cream sauce.  When I hear potatoes au gratin, I really hear melted cheese disguised as a vegetable.  I always feel robbed if I order them, and the cheese is mysteriously absent.  This recipe is adapted from my mac and cheese recipe, which […]

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This tomato tart recipe might also be called a quiche.  It came from a now out of print Williams Sonoma Entertaining Cookbook – where it is deemed a tart.  I’ve made a few adjustments to the recipe – the largest of which is that it takes at least twice as long to cook as the […]

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