Eggplant Ricotta Penne Pasta

One of the things I like best about where we live is the plethora of neighborhood restaurants.  At the end of our block you’ll find Japanese, two Italian, Chinese, Korean BBQ, Thai, two pubs, Indian and Rock ‘n Rose (not sure how to describe this last one, but their tagline is “food, passion, glamour”).  No chains; all local, mostly family-run, unique places.…

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Sautéed Cabbage with Onions, Ginger and Coconut Milk

My refrigerator’s veg bin seems to have an ever-present head of cabbage tucked in its back corner.  Cabbage isn’t something that I’ve typically been inspired by.  It’s not exactly the sexiest of veg.  No one raves about that “amazing cabbage dish” they just had.  People don’t scour farmer’s markets looking for that just-picked head of cabbage. Coleslaw is always an option, but…

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The Best Lazy Margherita Pizza

Last week I taught my most favorite cooking class thus far:  pizza-making.  Most people dial for pizza delivery (take-away).  But it’s so incredibly simple to make and what you get is sooooo much better and healthier than what’s available at most pizza joints, that you’ll be your own favorite pizzeria before too long.   Dough is the most crucial part of the…

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Tuna Nicoise Sandwiches

The girls and I just returned from a week of R&R in Florida with my parents (and a big 70th bday celebration for my mom…Happy Birthday Mom!!).  Beach time was definitely maximized:  long morning walks, shelling with the girls, afternoon picnics, sunset cocktails.  On our last day my dad picked up sub sandwiches for our final beach picnic.  I hadn’t…

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Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto

  More veg, less meat.  That’s a big food trend this year, witnessed by the popularity of Meatless Mondays and vegetarian cookbooks such as Plenty More (see my Cauliflower Cake recipe).  People aren’t necessarily giving up meat and going vegetarian, but just trying to eat more vegetables and limit meat consumption.  Last summer my oldest daughter, Libby, out of the blue,…

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Frittata

I can’t believe I watched the whole thing!!!!  Stayed up til the bitter end of the Super Bowl (or “The American Football Super Bowl” as referred to here), including post-game.  In the UK.  Till 3:30am.  Being a bit bleary-eyed and sleep-deprived (we didn’t have the post-Super Bowl snow day that most of the US mid-west and east coast got), coupled with…

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