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Squid, Chorizo, and Chickpea Stew

Since I am still in awe of the tender, meaty texture that results from slowly cooking squid, I decided to further explore this cooking method.  Not only is the texture perfectly toothsome,  but the requisite slow cooking doesn’t actually take long at all.  For squid, “slow cooking” translates to about 30-40 minutes.  Thus, this is truthfully a relatively quick cooking soup that can easily be served as a simple meal on its own, or it can be beefed up a bit with a side salad, or a little bit of orzo pasta mixed in. This hearty squid soup is flavored […]

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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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Curried Chickpea Salad

Make a mental note: when it’s too hot to cook, you’ll make this for dinner.  Vegetarian?  Vegan?  On a budget?  Looking for something healthy, but satisfying?  Just plain hungry?  This recipe will fit the bill.  This is a Mark Bittman original recipe.  Truth be told: I have a sweet spot for ol’ Bittman, but this recipe is particularly tasty, and functional.  The requirements are simple: chop a couple vegetables, and stir a few things together, and you have a light summer meal at your disposal.  Chickpeas, curry powder, red bell pepper, lime, scallions, cilantro, peas, and coconut milk: that’s all […]

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Scrambled Eggs with Beans

This is my comfort food, weeknight meal of the moment.  I tend to find something I like, eat on it repeat, and then burn out.  My current food crush is scrambled eggs with cheese and refried beans.  This simple preparation of store-bought ingredients results in a quick, satisfying meal.  It consists of slightly doctored refried beans, topped with perfectly scrambled eggs and shredded cheese, along with a splash of hot sauce and a little avocado, if you have it.  I have made it a few times now, and timing is essential for success.  Everything must be ready and waiting for […]

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Kale, White Bean, and Kielbasa Soup

A magical time of year is descending upon us.  From the depths of December, we have emerged, earning about a scant minute of additional light each day.  Now that we have reached March, those tiny moments have accumulated into a meaningful amount, and regardless of the temperature, we can literally see and feel the light at the end of winter’s tunnel.  As if that weren’t enough, the added bonus of Day Light Saving’s Time is around the corner.  No one is happier about these lighter days than me, but it also makes me grateful for the last few cold days […]

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White Bean and Feta Dip

This is a tasty to morsel to share with friends, and requires no heat to make (a big bonus in these summer months).  It is sort of like an Italian hummus: smooth, creamy bean dip flavored with garlic and lemon.  Unlike hummus, it is made with white beans, as opposed to chickpeas, and it does not contain tahini (a sesame seed paste that all legitimate hummus contains).  It also has some fresh herbs in it.  I would recommend putting them in at the very end of the blending process, as my herbs became a little overly-pulverized for my tastes.  It […]

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Shakshuka

This recipe is foolproof.  The evening I made it, I was behaving like a fool, and it still came out great.  That day, I picked up a new pair of glasses, which was an exciting event since they are my first new pair in nine years.  When I retrieved them from the optometrist’s office, I relegated my contacts to a clean, white case in order to test out the glasses, and wore the glasses home.  This was my first foolish decision as the new prescription left me initially disoriented, which probably did not bode well for my driving.  I drove […]

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Chicken Chili

Sometimes I can’t quite get this blog together.  I do the cooking, I take the pictures, I write up the recipe, but then sometimes the words simply don’t flow.  Or the words do flow, but rather than flowing like a delicate creek, they flow like muddy water, bursting out of a sewer drain.  I’m not sure where this blog post falls in that spectrum; however, I can tell you that the recipe was rather tasty.  This chili is definitely not the most beautiful food to come out of my tiny kitchen, but it certainly went down easy.  I have been […]

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Tortilla Soup

My friend, Molly, inspired this simple, lovely recipe.  She is a great cook, and I was lucky enough to eat her tortilla soup recently.  I know I just posted a soup recipe, but January is National Soup Month, and I’ve wanted to make this recipe for a while.  I’m not sure who exactly the qualified authority figure is that delegates these food holidays, but I think it’s a good excuse to inundate my blog with soup recipes.  Plus, avocados make a perfect garnish for tortilla soup, and they just happened to be on an irresistible sale.  My tortilla soup is […]

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Black Bean and Chorizo Soup with Quesadillas

Lately, I’ve been in a creative rut, both in the kitchen and in my life, in general.  Sometimes, it just seems like I’ve reached my limit in concocting creative ways to eat, or how to trick the kids I work with into doing what they need to do without being miserable.  Play-Doh only goes so far.  Lately, even my breakfasts and lunches seem like a drag, and I just feel cheated when I don’t enjoy a meal.  So much of the day is arduous, and a good meal can be so uplifting in the midst.  When the turkey wrap that […]

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