Kale Coconut Salad

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When you move to California (having never even visited before), you falsely feel like you have some sense of the place.  TV and movies promise palm trees, sunshine, and surfers.  While I knew I was moving to Northern California and not San Diego, I was still surprised our first morning here (in August no less), that I needed to pull on a sweatshirt to go search out a local coffee shop.  I always find myself explaining to friends and relatives back home that my part of California is usually always 67 degrees.  Even in August.  Even in November. So this … Continue reading

Strawberry Edamame Salad with Ginger Honey Lime Dressing

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This was one of those meals that come together while I stood in front of the fridge.  Usually when I stand in front of the fridge with the door open, I just find myself eating cheddar cheese, so this was a happy surprise.  I’ve been keeping a bowl of cut up strawberries in the fridge (to distract me before I can reach for the cheese).  I also had some edamame in the freezer, and when I mixed the strawberries and edamame together, I just grabbed some sunflower seeds from the cupboard for crunch.  I thought the dressing idea was at … Continue reading

Homemade Matar Paneer

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A block away from my freshman dorm was a restaurant called “Tamber’s Nifty Fifties.”  The décor was pure American diner, with the vinyl booths, jukebox, and just a touch of neon.  They served burgers and tuna melts and milk shakes.  Plus an entire menu of Indian food.  Truly a strange combination.  At the time, I just thought it was weird; I was far more obsessed with classes and grades than food at that point in my life (for days at a time I derived the majority of my calories from Annie’s shells and cheese).  Looking back on it now though, … Continue reading

Everyday Buttermilk Skillet Cake

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I found my everyday cake!  While paging through the Joy the Baker cookbook, I was instantly taken by this simple recipe.  Sadly though, I don’t really need an everyday cake.  People are not constantly dropping by my house for tea, and while cake is always welcome in this house, I don’t really need cake on my kitchen table every day.  Still, it’s nice to think of life in an alternate universe where I would always need to have cake in the house.  Where my kitchen staples might be eggs, kale, cheddar and buttermilk cake.  That seems like an excellent alternate … Continue reading

Irish Soda Bread

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Irish soda bread signifies March and spring to me just as much as daffodils and birthday cake.  My mom has always made it in March, usually to have at our birthday party, and somehow it feels not quite right to make it at other times.  Even now, living in California, where things seem perpetually in season, I find myself avoiding strawberries through winter.  I look forward to strawberry season and have no desire to ruin strawberry memories with a pale pink imposter in February.  March is Irish soda bread season in my turning of the world.  My mom has always … Continue reading

Mexican Breakfast Bowl

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Despite the name, I’ve eaten this bowl for dinner more nights than not this past week.  When I like something, I tend to go all in.  I’ll read every book an author has written.  I eat pineapple until my mouth burns, and then I eat more pineapple.  I listen to the same song on repeat until the lyrics cease to sound like words.  And I eat this for dinner four nights in a row because it takes ten minutes to make and is just as satisfying every single time. J doesn’t like repetition.  He can actually eat just one chocolate … Continue reading

Olive Oil Granola

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When Melissa Clark writes about something, it sticks in my brain.  I received “In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite” two Christmases ago, and promptly read it cover to cover.  “In the Kitchen” seamlessly weaves stories and recipes together to create a cookbook that you can enjoy as a novel if you prefer.  Her Olive Oil Granola has been lodged permanently in the back of my brain since that first reading.  I only recently started making my own granola, with this simple granola recipe.  When that experiment turned out so well, the olive oil granola memory started shoving its way … Continue reading

Lemon Snowcap Beans and Stars Soup

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Another week, another soup recipe.  Soup is so convenient for a packed lunch, easy to load with vegetables and protein, and so satisfying when heated up.  This recipe even uses tiny star pasta, though you can use any kind of tiny pasta if you can’t find stars. Rainbow Swiss chard just makes me smile.  I remember the first time I saw it at the Union Square farmers’ market in Cambridge.  I barely knew what it was, and I certainly didn’t know what to do with it, but I bought it anyways because the pinks and reds and yellows of the … Continue reading

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Kale

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Soup making is the perfect activity for a weekend afternoon.  Very little conscious thought is required for a simple soup, and you can putter around, reading or cleaning while keeping the soup on the back burner.  My black bean soup might seem to have a very long cooking time, but it slowly simmers away in the time it takes to clean our two bedroom apartment.  Or watch a few episodes of Downton Abbey.  You know, however you choose to spend a Sunday afternoon. I love bringing soup for lunch throughout the week, though at work I’ll liberate some goldfish from … Continue reading

Cranberry, Pear and Wheat Berry Breakfast

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I have just a handful of weekday breakfasts that I make over and over again.  Lately my green ginger limeade has been my breakfast of choice, since it doesn’t feel a bit like winter right now..  Normally during the winter I crave a warm start to the date and alternate between oatmeal with bananas and almond butter and this delicious wheat berry breakfast.  I first saw this wheat berry breakfast bowl on 101 Cookbooks more than two years ago.  While I’ve made Heidi’s more elaborate version for company or weekend breakfasts on a number of occasions, I use this super … Continue reading