BBQ Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes

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Procrastination: it’s a thing for me. Okay, maybe more like a way of life. Tonight, when faced with the one-month overdue task of writing this post, I announced I would take a shower before beginning to write. That turned into an opportunity to try out my newest skin care samples. While trying them I decided to clean out my makeup bag. Midway through tossing out 10-year old eye liners, I discovered a little 3-year old had used my good make-up brushes to paint with something stickey-yet-slimy (Vaseline? Neosporin?). I spent the next fifteen minutes trying to find something to clean … Continue reading

Grilled Cilantro Chicken

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For over a year now I’ve been working on the perfect cilantro marinade for grilled chicken. It needed to be rich in flavor with balanced spices, salt and acid, but most of all it needed to add moisture and soak through the chicken with the brightness of cilantro. I tried a version with coconut milk and lots of lime, I tried a version with cilantro and loads of garlic. There was a lot of cilantro around here last year. Then it got cold–really cold, and snowy–really snowy. My dear sweet grill sat encased in ice for months and my cilantro … Continue reading

Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cinnamon

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Quinoa, it’s everywhere. You can barely have a discussion about food and cooking without the topic ending up with quinoa. It’s such a huge food fad right now that it has transcended the kitchen and is appearing in non-food items as well. There is  a line of hair care products touting amino-acid rich quinoa as its secret to success. There is a good reason its so popular. Quinoa is high and fiber, protein, full of amino acids, gluten-free and Kosher for Passover. Best of all it is very easy to work with. That’s why it makes the perfect compliment to … Continue reading

Crispy Mushroom Risotto Cakes with Roasted Tomatoes and Onions (Vegan)

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It was not that long ago that vegetarians dining at most restaurants had very few options. Most places offered little more than a pasta option. Thankfully, these days restaurants are finally realizing that there is real finesse and flavor in meatless and vegan options. Now, imagine that as a vegetarian you sat down at a restaurant to find real protein rich options, bold satisfying flavors and enough foodie appeal to make meat-eaters turn heads and ask the waiter what you have on your plate. The Wynn Resort in Las Vegas thought that would be a good idea too so they … Continue reading

Coconut-Lime Icebox Pie (Egg-Free) for Pi Day

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March 14, 2015 at 9:26:53 a.m – That’s the time to start celebrating. Back in 1988, I doubt that physicist Larry Shaw of the Exploratorium in San Francisco had any idea what a phenomenon Pi Day would become when he decided to start celebrating March 14 as the day to recognize the importance of the mathematical and physical constant. For a food blogger with a scientist father, the idea of a math-themed holiday with a food tie-in is a dream come true. For the past several years I’ve had the intention of doing a Pi Day post, but this year … Continue reading

Whole Wheat No-Sugar-Added Banana Bread

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A month ago I was digging out from blizzard number one and packing up for a week on a warm Caribbean beach. Then, in day five of our dreamy sun-drenched trip, I received a frantic call from my mom, who was watching our house. Water was pouring into the house and quickly destroying two of our bedrooms. Now, a month later, thanks to major ice damming, we have two unusable bedrooms and water now wreaking havoc on the antique wood ceilings of the front porch. Winter has, day by day, brought us to our knees. Everyone in Boston is suffering … Continue reading

Red Bean and Hominy Chili

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Can we all just calm down and get over the air-pressure of a few footballs? Come on, it’s time for the Super Bowl and there are more important things to talk about. Like chili. Chili is essential to Super Bowl festivities. This is the third year I’m featuring a chili recipe for Super Bowl week, and the first time I’m giving you a vegetarian option. The first time I featured a chili recipe, I shared my mild Texas style beef chili with no beans. That recipe has continued to be one of my most popular recipes on the blog. Then … Continue reading

Fattoush with Yogurt

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I’m all wrapped up in yogurt right now. Chobani asked me to come up with a recipe using their all-natural yogurt to share with you. I came up with two. I am little bit of an overachiever these days. Here’s the first: If you are not familiar with fattoush, then you are in for a treat. This middle-eastern bread salad is the best thing in my diet right now. At it’s heart, fattoush is a combination of toasted or fried pita tossed with cucumbers, tomatoes and other veggies. My version is adapted from the wildly popular and addictive Jerusalem: A … Continue reading

Nasoya Breakfast Burritos

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So, in yesterday’s post I turned you into a tofu lover, right? Well, here’s a few more recipes to use your love of tofu in, and these are breakfast! Recently, Nasoya contacted me and asked me to try out a few of their breakfast recipes. Regardless if you are new to tofu, or use it regularly, you might not think of it as a breakfast option, but it makes a wonderful substitute for eggs. It’s full of protein and the flavors adapt easily to whatever flavor you are looking for. Nasoya provided me with free Nasoya products in exchange for … Continue reading

Not-So-Fried Char Siu Tofu Spring Rolls

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Let’s talk about your fears for a minute. Not the what’s hiding under the bed sort of fears, or the scary clown sort of fears. Let’s talk about your fear of tofu for a sec, okay? Yup, you – the one that looks the other way when passing the little square boxes in the produce section. You need to embrace your fear, look it in it’s little white plastic face and say  I can master you. If I learn to cook that scary looking white square correctly, then it will be oh-so-tasty and I will be so happy to have … Continue reading

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