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Ratatouille

Ratatouille is my all-time favorite Pixar movie. I think someone’s favorite Pixar movie says a lot about them. I won’t go into my stereotypes now, but let’s just say if you said A Bug’s Life, I would exit the conversation immediately. The combination of Paris and food certainly resonate but my true love stems from the…

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Fresh Figs

I’ve been on a roll in the kitchen lately, making new recipes with unfamiliar ingredients and savoring the results. Weeks 4 and 5 from my CSA brought the first pickings of summer squash. Beyond traditional supermarket green zucchini and yellow squash, these varieties have included Sunburst (flat, patty pan), Golden Glory (gold zucchini), Romanesco (striped zucchini…

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Black Bean Tacos with Plantains and Guacamole

I’m really excited about sharing this recipe. The inspiration comes from Venezuelan arepas, griddle-fried corncakes often filled with various combinations of beef, chicken, cheese, guacamole, plantains, and chorizo. I made an easier version, subbing in pre-made corn tortillas topped with a vegetarian-friendly rendition of Cuban black beans and quick fried plantains. The salty/sweet taco gets an extra dose of…

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Pasta Primavera

In one week, I pick-up my first share of vegetables from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which runs June – November. I’m excited and apprehensive to adventure into the land of seasonal produce, much of which I’ve never eaten, let alone cooked. I plan on blogging through this 24 week adventure! You can read along…

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Thai Quinoa Bowl

I’ve been eating a lot of quinoa recently. In the summer, the superfood grain replaced rice in this rendition of a Chipotle Burrito Bowl I frequently made for work lunches. During the fall, I subbed quinoa for pasta in Giada’s Roasted Butternut Squash dish for a boost of protein. However, while quinoa is delicious in both recipes,…

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Brussels Sprouts and Spinach Frittata

I can’t flip an omelet nor have I mastered the art of the soft scrambled egg. I blame these short-comings on a lack of practice. My breakfast rotation consists of smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal. However, these sugary and carb-filled breakfasts often leave me counting down the minutes to lunch when breakfast was a mere hour…

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