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Ace doesn’t like cauliflower, but I do. I don’t like how people tend to drown it with cheese sauce; I like it lightly steamed, or roasted. Heck, I like almost any vegetable roasted– it brings out a sweetness to it you can’t get any other way. The pasta dish pictured above is my take on [...]

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Pepperoni Bread

I had the urge to bake cookies for the holiday party at work, but was afraid other staff members would feel the same way and then there would be a glut of cookies. Not that I think that’s a bad thing, mind you, but in the interest of providing a more balanced set of foods [...]

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Winter Panzanella

In the summertime, I like to make panzanella. When I saw that there were recipes for a winter version, I had to try it. This is a yummy combination of garlic-parmesan croutons, butternut squash, and Brussels sprouts, from Michael Chiarello. The recipe is here. Some changes: It took me twice as long to cook the [...]

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We discussed lamb stew at the Amber Horizons-SL Halloween Party, in sufficient detail that I simply had to follow through.  Was going food shopping anyway… — LAMB STEW 4 large leeks (the white parts, plus as much of the green as you dig) 3 tbsp butter + a few tsps of olive oil 1 lb [...]

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Guacamole

I have such trouble with avocado affinage (is it legal to use that word in reference to a food other than cheese?  I sense Brillat-Savarin tossing in his grave) that I forget sometimes just how good guacamole can be when you use one that’s properly ripened.  The version shown in the picture above was made [...]

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Niçoise Salad

It’s been a recent tradition of mine to usher in the spring with a colorful salad. The niçoise salad is one of my favorites (a poetic recipe can be found here), so when I saw a version on Bellini Valli’s site, more than burnt toast, I knew I had to make it. Some changes I [...]

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Vegetable & Chickpea Curry

I like to cook with my slow cooker, but somehow I never remember to use it in the wintertime, when I crave soups and stews. I’m trying to rectify that now. This curry was a big hit, and I expect it will made again while the weather is still cold. This is adapted from the [...]

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White Bean Dip

This was a hit of the get-together I threw yesterday. No photo, unfortunately– it was gobbled up before I remembered to take a picture. Adapted from Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis. Ingredients 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste) 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or more to taste) 1 15 oz. can [...]

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Lentil Soup

Every dish has a story. This lentil soup was the first soup I made from scratch. I was a senior in college, sharing a house with three good friends. We all loved to cook in our tiny kitchen. (Unfortunately, not all of us liked to clean up, but that’s another story.) I had recently purchased [...]

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(photo edited by Ace) I once had a boyfriend who had a Cuban-born aunt. He said she made the most amazing black beans and rice. He made it for me one night, and I was hooked. Our relationship didn’t last long, but the happy memory of this dish will always be with me. The recipe [...]

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