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Lasagna with Sausage and Basil

I recently moved into a one bedroom apartment, nestled between the Hollywood Hills, Hollywood, and West Hollywood.  This is momentous because it is my first time having a separate bedroom (I have been a reigning queen of studio apartment living), but also because I am settling further into my life in Los Angeles.  After subletting for eight months, I have moved into my own place; I have a lease; I have purchased furniture; I’m making a commitment.  And I have a separate room for my bed.  This is huge.  The other morning, I woke up, and walked into my kitchen.  […]

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Spicy Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup with Chard

Being in a new environment with so many tempting cuisines, I haven’t been cooking quite as much as I used to.  I also am sharing a kitchen for the first time in my adult life, and I am still figuring out my culinary stride in that setting.  While I do still cook, I tend to go with quick recipes in my repertoire, instead of breaking new ground.  However, last week I made a new recipe for dinner, and it served as a delightful reminder of how much I enjoy that process.  It was a new recipe (I’ll post about it […]

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Whole Wheat Linguine with Kale and Sausage

Whole-wheat linguine with kale and sausage: I’m not sure if I need to say anything else, but I will give it a whirl.  I adapted this dish from my newest cookbook, cheekily titled “50 Shades of Kale” (completely ridiculous, I know, but I do attest that it was the most creative and compelling of the 5 kale-based cookbooks at Peppercorn, the local culinary retail Mecca of Boulder).  This dish is very simple, but it has all the best things in it: pasta, cream, white wine, garlic, crushed red pepper, sausage, and loads of kale. The recipe called for whole-wheat linguine, […]

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Stuffed Peppers

Unlike the typical 9 to 5 job, I work 4-10 hour days.  The days are undeniably long, but a weekly 3-day weekend more than makes up for my intense workweek.  It’s like a weekly mini-vacation.  My favorite part of my three-day weekend is Sunday.  Not working on Mondays, Sunday has been transformed from a somber, stressful affair, focused on preparing for the workweek, into a relaxing and delightful day.  I spend most of my Sunday evenings hunkered down at a good friend’s house in Denver, sipping vodka, eating antipasto, and verbally dissecting the world at large.  Our Sunday meal is […]

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Baked Rigatoni with Eggplant and Chicken Sausage

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while.  When I was in Detroit for Thanksgiving, I went on a Food Network-watching binge.  Amidst all the recipes for stuffing and green bean casserole, Tyler Florence’s baked rigatoni with eggplant was a refreshing change of pace.  I am not exactly a huge fan of Florence’s show.  First of all, the title, “Tyler’s Ultimate,” is a little presumptuous.  Who can really claim to be the authority on the ultimate?  And the presumption doesn’t stop there: he introduces every recipe as the “ultimate [insert food here].”  My favorite is the episode where he […]

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Sausage and Lentils with Fennel

I won’t try to dress it up: this was not my finest hour in the kitchen.  Before I even went to the market to get the ingredients, doubt whispered quietly in my ear about this recipe.  But I ignored it, and walked straight into this culinary mess anyway.  For a while, I’ve wanted to make something with fennel. So when I found this recipe on Epicurious.com, it sounded perfect: a lovely sauté of vegetables and lentils, served with sausage.  I love French lentils, those green little beauties, and with a chicken sausage substitution, this sounded healthful and unlike anything I’ve […]

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Baked Pasta in Varying Dimensions

This dish is definitely not winning any beauty pageants, but it compensates for its unfortunate looks with flavor.  Baked pasta and vegetables is one of my favorite Sunday night dinners.  It gives me the opportunity to use any lingering vegetables or cheese in my fridge, and the leftovers make me so happy on Mondays, the longest of long days.  Honestly, when I prepare this, I usually eat it for one of the two meals I pack for school (because my Mondays are so long that they require two meals), and I’m generally thrilled to eat it again for dinner when […]

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