Six Minute Breakfast Taco

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Most of my weekday breakfasts are bowls like this pomegranate yogurt bowl or this blueberry cheddar cereal bowl or even this chocolate coconut chia pudding.  Bowls are quick, easy to pack, easy to make in advance and assemble at work.  I rarely have the time or energy to cook before I’ve had my coffee in the morning, and I usually get up, work out, grab my belongings, and have biked halfway to work before I’ve really shaken off the sleep. So how’d a breakfast that requires me to actually turn on the stove end up with a prominent place in … Continue reading

Blueberry and Cheddar Cereal Bowl

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Some would argue that Northern California has no seasons.  In my part of Berkeley it is 67 degrees nearly every day with just a few degrees leeway in each direction.  Somehow, my body still senses the seasons, and oatmeal and wheatberry breakfast bowls give way to green juice and smoothies.  J introduced me to this breakfast the first summer we were dating.  I, always quick to jump on any excuse to eat cheese first thing in the morning, quickly added it to my summer rotation.  It reminds him of the summers he spent in Rhode Island with his family.  I … Continue reading

Potato and Cheddar Pierogi

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Last weekend I was back in Boston, and my mom took a day off from work so we could spend it together.  I don’t get nearly as much Mom time now that I live 3000 miles away, so it was a rare treat.  I lodged a special request that we spend part of the day making pierogi.  Pierogi (a potato-filled dumpling of Polish origin), didn’t play any prominent role in my childhood, but my mom has fond memories of her Aunt Katie making them.  We’ve been slowly collecting several generations worth of family recipes and dishes, and I really can’t … Continue reading

Grilled Cheese with Sharp Cheddar, Apples and Whole Grain Mustard

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So I’ve written about this sandwich before.  But really, it merits a second entry.  It was one of my very first blog posts, and I wasn’t even attempting to take food pictures at that point.  Plus, it’s been nearly a year, and I still look forward to this sandwich. It’s super simple to make, but incredibly satisfying.  I press it on a Foreman grill, but you could definitely butter the outside and grill it like a more typical grilled cheese. Simply slice up some of the sharpest cheddar cheese you can find, and half an apple (I always eat the … Continue reading

Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese with Zucchini and Kale

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Pasta the night before a race is a tradition for me.  I know it’s a tradition for everyone, but I really look forward to the pasta the evening before a race.  Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorites.  My grandfather made an incredible macaroni and cheese with pounds of cheddar and stewed tomatoes and bread crumbs.  He made it most every time we visited.  It was incredible, but did I mention the pounds of cheddar?  Not super race friendly.  I’d seen Mark Bittman’s recipe for cauliflower macaroni and cheese all over the web recently, including on the Runners World … Continue reading

Raw Walnut “Cheddar”

Extra sharp cheddar is my very favorite cheese.  I’ve always been skeptical of vegan nut cheeses, but we’re still in the early days of my vegan challenge, and my Cabot Seriously Sharp cheese is far, far away (not just because you can’t get it in Northern California yet).  I’ll admit when I saw Gena’s post for Raw Vegan Walnut Cheddar Cheese, I was still skeptical.  I’ve always thought nut cheeses looked interesting, but I viewed them more as a substitute for hummus, certainly not a substitute for cheese.  Still, every other recipe I’ve ever made from Gena’s website has been … Continue reading

An Ode to Kale

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Did kale recently become trendy? I have no recollection of kale from childhood. Of course, my mom got us to eat vegetables by hiding them in cake (the chocolate and zucchini combination is perennially smart and sneaky), so it’s perhaps unsurprising that kale and I were unacquainted. Still, lately kale parades about as the new celebrity vegetable, getting prime space in the grocery store, and even magazine glamour shots. For the last year or so I’ve been buying all the kale hype, eating it up if you will (or won’t. I understand). I introduced myself to kale by finally climbing … Continue reading

(Currently) Perfect Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese (with tomato soup!) is one of the ultimate comfort foods.  When I was little the cheese was American, and the soup was Campbell’s.  Since then I’ve spun off this perfect combination in many ways.  We’ve stayed more traditional, just swapping the American cheese for sharp cheddar, the white bread for wheat, and the Campbell’s for some easy but delicious roasted tomato and basil soup.  We’ve swapped out all kinds of cheese in the sandwich, and even added the tomatoes to the sandwich.  (I’ve made a killer sandwich with cheddar, gorgonzola and tomatoes for J).  The soups have covered … Continue reading