March 2012

Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

March 26, 2012

Packed with vegetables and beans, then topped with creamy mashed potatoes, don’t tell the carnivores in your family this is meatless. They won’t miss the meat. Serve it as a comforting, casserole-style main dish for dinner or as a side dish to roast chicken.

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Asparagus Soup

March 19, 2012

Fresh asparagus is one of the heralds of spring. Although we can find it almost year round (due to imports), the best quality and quantity of asparagus comes in the spring. If you are an asparagus lover, try this lemony puree of asparagus soup for a spring or Easter dinner. It’s easy to make and can be made ahead to save time. My recipe serves two, but it scales up easily to serve a crowd for dinner.

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Irish Soda Bread – Gluten Free

March 13, 2012

Baking Irish soda bread was the perfect opportunity to test a new gluten free flour called Cup4Cup. I’ve worked with other gluten free flour blends (like Bob’s Red Mill, also a great product) but was particularly interested in this one because it was developed in the kitchen of famed Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry.

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Basic Broccolini: A Fast and Healthy Side Dish

March 5, 2012

For a quick, easy and healthy dinner side, try broccolini. In less than three minutes, plus the time to get water to a boil, you’ll have one of my weeknight go-to side dishes on the table. But don’t serve it plain. Add a drizzle of good oil, some herbs or spices and you have a versatile and delicious vegetable packed with nutrition.

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