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Strawberry Balsamic Jam

Strawberry Balsamic Jam

As summer begins to wind down and the nights start to get cooler, I find myself already feeling wistful for easy summer living: flowy sundresses, refreshing seasonal beers, and fresh, beautiful summer fruit, at the peak...

Chilled Yellow-Tomato Soup with Mint and Yogurt

Chilled Yellow-Tomato Soup with Mint and Yogurt

Confession: I bought a bunch of beautiful, fragrant yellow tomatoes last weekend at the farmers market and promptly forgot about them. I should really be punished—seriously, it’s a...

Avacado Spring Rolls With Cilantro Chili Dipping Sauce

Avacado Spring Rolls With Cilantro Chili Dipping Sauce

This dish was actually inspired by an appetizer I had at the Cheesecake Factory. It was a crispy egg roll, filled with avocado and served with a cilantro tamarind dipping sauce. The roll was mostly...

Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Crispy, salty French fries seem to be de rigeur in late-night diners, but, to tell the truth, I can take or leave regular French fries (sweet potato fries are different—I pretty much always...

Health Freak Sushi

Health Freak Sushi

As things in my life get more and more hectic, I'm finding myself gravitating more and more toward simple, fresh, healthy foods at the end of the day. These sushi rolls are made with nutty brown rice, which is better for...

Spiced Plantain Tacos

Spiced Plantain Tacos

It should be light, so as not to weigh you down in the heat. It should feature bright, bold flavors, capitalizing on the incredible bounty of produce available this time of year. It should be portable and picnic-friendly. And, most...

White Cheddar Queso Dip

White Cheddar Queso Dip

I love the idea of queso dip (essentially melted cheese), save for the fact that it's typically made with uber-processed cheese (think Velveeta), which gives it its super-creamy texture. Well, I think uber-processed...

Tempeh Avocado Banh Mi

Tempeh Avocado Banh Mi

I'm no stranger to the banh mi game. These delicious Vietnamese sandwiches are readily available in most cities and are a longtime favorite of the broke-but-discerning foodie. Traditional banh mi are made on soft, white...

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are kind of having a moment, and for good reason: Not only are eggs inexpensive and highly nutritious, but deviled eggs are gluten-free, paleo, and generally vegetarian (sorry, vegans). Even better, deviled...

Creamy Sweet Potato Leek Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato Leek Soup

You may recall that I am of the somewhat unpopular opinion that regular, starchy potatoes aren't all that great. It's not even a health thing; I just don't get what the fuss is all about. I mean, sure, if they're covered...

Candy Cane Beets with Yogurt and Pistachio-Mint Pesto

Candy Cane Beets with Yogurt and Pistachio-Mint Pesto

Early on in my relationship with Evan, our friend Ellie commented that Evan and I were perfect for each other because I cook and he is invariably the loudest, most enthusiastic eater at the table. She was right-his moans...

Chicken Broth

Chicken Broth

If you've read this for a while, you know how much I love a good roast chicken. Most weekends, it becomes the cornerstone of our meals. I'll make one on Friday night and serve it with homemade challah, roasted sweet...

Ricotta Meatballs

Ricotta Meatballs

It's easy to come up with excuses not to cook. Even I do it sometimes. I have a regular conversation with myself most days around 5:30 p.m. that I like to call "the Burrito Debate."

Guinness Mac and Cheese

Guinness Mac and Cheese

Look, I don't care about football. The few times a year I watch football, I do it for one of two reasons: the other people watching, or the food (obviously). The last time I watched an entire game, it was because I loved...

Hot Buttered Pretzels

Hot Buttered Pretzels

Hard pretzels don't really do much for me. Sure, they're oft-lauded as a great healthy snack, but honestly, I'd rather have a bowl of kale. Even the peanut butter-filled kind, while marginally better than plain ones,...

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