Psycho Cooker

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Quinoa Salad

  My new kitchen has by far the most counter space and storage of my adult life.  It has opened me to so many new tools and little indulgences, simply because I have the space to use and stow them.  Vases for flowers, tea light candles, a food processor, a huge cutting board, a salad spinner: these are things that I now have space for, and being ever committed to simple pleasures, I see them as a currency that improves the quality of my daily life.  While I’m not using it daily, the food processor is certainly broadening my culinary […]

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Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese with Bacon

  I do not find mac and cheese boring.  Not at all.  I love cheese, and I love pasta, and I love the comforting, creamy, and ultimately benign flavor and texture profile of mac and cheese.  But some people might find it boring, bite after creamy bite.  If you happen to be one of these people, but you still enjoy cheese and pasta, this is the recipe for you.  I think the title essentially speaks for itself: Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese with Bacon.  Despite the fact that it is loaded with spinach, I am not going to try […]

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Artichoke Pasta with Lemon Grilled Chicken

I really shouldn’t go into a lot of detail here.  It is simply unnecessary, but I can’t help myself.  This delicate pasta recipe should sell itself with its classic flavors, imprinted with the latest psycho cooker trend: grill everything.  This light summery pasta is full of flavor.  I started with a simple marinade for chicken breasts, consisting of a few ingredients with big flavors: white wine, fresh lemon zest/juice, extra virgin olive oil, and a few tablespoons of fresh thyme.  I whisked the ingredients together in a wide shallow dish, so my chicken cutlets could take a languid swim in […]

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip

‘Tis the season of holiday parties, and the catch phrase of “bring a dish to share.”  I think this is a great concept, as it allows people to get together more often, without putting the financial burden all on one person.  Although, I will admit that sometimes it can be inconvenient, and store-bought contributions are sometimes necessary.  Hummus seems to go over well.  However, I went to a party on Saturday night, and I was determined to bring something a little more personal.  In my experience, spinach-artichoke dip seems to be a universal crowd-pleaser.  There is a reason that it […]

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New Year’s Eve: Appetizers Galore

  I personally feel that New Year’s Eve is a slightly overrated holiday.  If you enjoy paying a cover charge to go to a crowded bar, where you have to fight to get the bartender’s attention, the more power to you.  It’s just not for me.  I do, however, enjoy any occasion where it is socially acceptable to eat excessively and decadently.  So for that, New Year’s Eve, I tip my proverbial hat to you.  I spent the holiday with my food-loving cousin, Shell, and her food-loving fiancé, Micah.  We decided we would each make 2 appetizers, and watch bad […]

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Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Shells

I am a recovering Giada de Laurentiis super-fan.  Unless you went to college with me, you were probably unaware that such a thing existed.  When I first started cooking, there was a part of me that truly felt that Giada was my personal culinary tutor, and quite possibly, my best friend (if only she knew me).  Rationally, I was aware that this was all untrue, but on a visceral level, I had other beliefs.  I watched Everyday Italian at 4:30 pm, daily.  Nothing could deter me; the show brought out a degree of concentration I only wish I could achieve […]

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